A major boost to India-US defence ties

The growing defence and strategic ties between India and the United States got a major fillip when resident Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) that seeks to counter the growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Agreement signed for military aviation service centre in Hyderabad

India-based Space Era Materials and Processes and Russias KRET, a part of Russian state corporation Rostec, have signed an agreement to set up a service centre for military aviation in Hyderabad.

China, India to have new defence pact

China and India are in touch for a new version of a 12-year-old MoU on defence and setting up a hotline between their defence ministries.

Indian Navy helps Norwegian ship in Gulf of Aden

The Indian Navy - expanding its area of operation in its bid to be a blue-water force  - helped a Norwegian ship manned by an all Indian crew to retrieve its cable chain and port anchor that had slipped into the Arabian Sea in the piracy infested waters of the Gulf of Aden.

India, Chinese defence ministers in 'historic' engagement

In a move aimed to help take forward the Wuhan consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, India and China - in a significant engagement - agreed to boost interaction between their armed forces and operationalise a hotline to step up strategic communication and prevent conflicts.

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.