India, Japan come up with AAGC to counter China’s OBOR
NEW DELHI: India on Thursday launched a vision document for Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) at the ongoing African Development Bank meeting in Gujarat. The initiative, which comes amid China’s mega One Belt One Road project to connect Asia with Africa, is a joint vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. It aims for Indo-Japanese collaboration to develop quality infrastructure in Africa, complemented by digital connectivity.

India moves a step closer to joining international arms trade arrangement
NEW DELHI: India has moved a step closer to joining an international arms trade arrangement which is expected to boost military trade, having updated its guidelines for export of dual use items that have both military and civil applications.

President Ho Chi Minh’s 127th birthday marked abroad
Hanoi (VNA) – Many activities were held abroad to mark the 127th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).

Israel Aerospace Industries seals $630 million deal with India to supply missile defence systems
Jerusalem: State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries said on Sunday it has closed another major deal worth $630 million with India to supply advanced long-range air and missile defence systems for four ships of the Indian Navy. The deal, a major boost to the Make in India campaign, will be jointly executed with the Indian government's Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), and comes close on the heels of Israel's largest defence contract ever worth $2 billion to supply the Indian Army and Navy with missile defence systems.

India To Build 10 Heavy Water Nuclear Reactors, Create 33,000 Jobs
NEW DELHI: India will develop 10 heavy water nuclear reactors - a plan the government says will generate business worth 70,000 crores and create 33,000 jobs. The government's initiative came as India's efforts to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group -- a global club that controls nuclear commerce, remains stalled. The government now plans to generate 63,000 MW (megawatts) of nuclear power by 2032 and ramp it up to supply 25 per cent of electricity by 2050.

Under pressure from South Korea, Modi government ends 8-year bonhomie with North Korea
NEW DELHI: The Modi government’s recent gazette notification — following a UN resolution — prohibiting any training to North Korean military personnel in India reflects the position of the current regime which stopped training officers from the Far East Asian country since 2016.

North Korea cut off by 3rd biggest trading partner
North Korea has lost one of its biggest trading partners after India banned most dealings with the country.

Oracle to set up data centre in India
NEW DELHI: US tech giant Oracle today said it will set up a data centre in India to expand its cloud services here over the next 6-9 months.

Why India and China have separate ambitions for their space programmes
The successful launch of the South Asian Satellite from Sriharikota onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) on Friday not only reiterated the technological prowess of India’s space agency, but was also a landmark in science diplomacy in the region.

India successfully test fires Agni-II Ballistic Missile
BHUBANESWAR: Amidst heightened tension along the LoC after Pakistan army from PoK mutilated bodies of Indian soldiers in Kashmir, India on Thursday successfully launched nuclear capable Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) Agni-II, which can ‘kill’ targets more than 2,000 km away.