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Indian police foil bomb attack on Delhi

Delhi police have prevented a major bomb attack on the capital by suspected Pakistan-based militants, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Wednesday, after authorities arrested two men carrying explosives at the city's main train station.

Pakistan, India to normalize trade by end of year

Pakistan will normalize trade with India by the end of 2012, Islamabad announced Wednesday, signalling its commitment to liberalizing trade with its regional rival.

India and Italy seek to 'clear air' over fishermen's deaths

Two Italian marines employed to provide security on an oil tanker are being held in the southern city of Kochi while they are investigated for murder in India, after firing on a trawler off the coast of Kerala ten days ago, killing two fishermen.

India workers' strike sees mixed response

All India Trade Union Congress general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said: “This is a historic occasion. For the first time all the big trade unions have come together to protest the anti-labor policies of the government.”

On Location Video: India's new art collectors

At India's largest modern and contemporary art fair, first time buyers are on the rise.

India questions Italian ship crew after 2 fishermen shot dead

The crew of the MV Enrica Lexie said they feared their boat was about to be attacked by pirates and so they fired in self-defence.

India ministers resign over mobile phone porn scandal

Three government ministers in the southern Indian state of Karnataka resigned on Wednesday after two of them were accused of watching a pornographic video on the third official’s mobile phone during a state assembly session.

Google, Facebook take down 'offensive' India content

The California-based Internet giants are among 22 companies, including Yahoo! and Orkut, who have come under intense Indian government pressure to remove images, video or text considered “anti-religious” or “anti-social.”

When the going gets tough the arms dealers get going

France lands mass order for fighter jets from India
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A Rafale fighter jet at an air show in Bangalore last year. The Indian government must have liked what it saw since today it was announced it had purchased 126 of them from French arms manufacturer Dassault. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Here's an old truism: When first world economies are in the doldrums there is still one tried and true place to get a jolt: the arms market. Prime Ministers and Presidents make calls on behalf of private firms in the hopes of sealing the deal. 

France, looking at projected GDP growth in 2012 of a mere 0.5 percent received its jolt today with news that its aircraft manufacturer Dassault had completed a deal to sell 126 Rafale fighter jets to India. The price tag is estimated at between $10 and 11 billion. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is smiling.

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