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Arms makers left frustrated as India awaits elections

Global arms makers gathered in New Delhi for India's biggest defence show face further frustrating delays as they await a new Indian government which they hope can speed up procurement. Big French, British, Russian, US and other arms groups at Defexpo, which runs until Sunday, are competing to offer their wares to India, the largest global importer of conventional weapons. The country, with regional rival Pakistan to the west and growing China to the north, is in the midst of a stuttering $100-billion defence modernisation programme to replace Soviet-era planes and tanks.

Indian soldier killed from Pakistani shelling in Kashmir

Pakistani troops shelled border outposts in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday night, killing one Indian soldier and wounding six people, Indian media reported Wednesday. Pakistan and India agreed in their leaders' meeting in September on the need to stop exchanges of fire in the Kashmir region but the two countries' forces have remained engaged in operations.

Indian soldier killed in Pakistani shelling in Kashmir

Pakistani troops shelled border outposts in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday night, killing one Indian soldier and wounding six people, Indian media reported Wednesday. Pakistan and India agreed in their leaders' meeting in September on the need to stop exchanges of fire in the Kashmir region but the two countries' forces have remained engaged in operations.

Five rebels killed in Indian Kashmir, police

Indian police and troops killed five suspected rebels in an overnight gun battle Friday in a forested area of northern Kashmir, triggering anti-India protests by local residents, police said. Police and an army contingent began a joint operation around midnight near the Najwan forests, 35 kilometres (20 miles) north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Pakistan accuses India of killing two women in Kashmir

Pakistani authorities on Sunday accused the Indian army of cross-border shelling that killed two women and wounded seven other civilians in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. "A 17-year-old girl who was wounded in shelling by Indian troops died at hospital, while another injured man was brought there," local police chief Chaudhry Majid told AFP. A local government official earlier said a woman was killed and seven were wounded in shelling by Indian troops.

India hints at restarting talks with Pakistan

India hinted Thursday at restarting peace talks with rival Pakistan that stalled over clashes earlier this year in the disputed region of Kashmir. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said India would be "picking up the threads" of peace talks with the new Pakistani government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which was elected in May. "There is a new government in Pakistan now. We will be picking up the threads from where we left off with the old government," Singh, the top official in the ministry, told reporters in New Delhi on her first day in the job.

Pakistani girl killed in Kashmir border firing

A Pakistani girl was killed Wednesday when Indian troops opened fire across the de facto border that divides disputed Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed rivals, officials said. The incident took place in Rawlakot district, around 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of Islamabad near the the Line of Control (LoC) separating the Indian and Pakistani-controlled sectors of the Himalayan territory. "Indian troops resorted to small arms and artillery fire in Battal area killing a 10-year old girl and wounding her mother," a senior security official told AFP.

India plans $111 bil. outlay for new military corps to counter China

India plans to establish a "mountain strike corps" to counter China, saying it will spend 6.2 trillion rupees ($111 billion) in the coming years, The Times of India reported Saturday. The corps will consist of nearly 40,000 personnel in a bid to counter China's growing military presence along the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border between India and China. According to the report, the money will be spent over five years, with India's Cabinet committee on security soon expected to give its approval.

India, China begin withdrawing troops from border

India and China Monday began withdrawing troops from a disputed area of the Himalayas after settling a border dispute that had threatened to reverse a recent warming in ties, Indian officials said. More than three weeks after Chinese troops were reported to have set up a camp far inside a region claimed by India, senior officers from both sides reached an agreement for a joint pullback.

India, China begin withdrawing troops from border

India and China began pulling troops back Monday from a disputed area of the Himalayas after resolving a border spat that had threatened to reverse a recent warming in ties, Indian officials said. More than three weeks after Chinese troops were reported to have set up a camp far inside a region claimed by India, senior officers from both sides reached an agreement for a joint pullback at talks in the region.
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