Oil consumption grows fastest in India
India has surpassed China to become the largest contributor to incremental oil consumption in 2016, accounting for 21.8 per cent of it, according to BP Statistics. In addition, industrial fuels contributed more to this growth than vehicular fuels, reflecting the shift to more efficient pet coke and away from coal and improving economic activity.

India kick-starts military satellite programs
NEW DELHI — To meet military space requirements, India plans to launch a 550-kilogram homemade military satellite within the next fortnight to join the heaviest homemade rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, according a Ministry of Defence source.

Environment protection: World is looking towards India, says PM Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: On the World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for efforts to save the nature for the future generations as he noted that the entire world is looking towards India in this regard.

India welcome to play a role in reconstruction of Syria: Assad
NEW DELHI: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said India is welcome to play a role in the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.

Russia Readying To Supply S-400 Anti-Aircraft Missile Systems To India
ST PETERSBRUG: Russia today said it was preparing to supply S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems to India and both governments were "simply discussing" the terms. Pre-contract preparations underway on the supplies of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile complexes to India, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters in St Petersbrug.

India-Germany ties attract attention after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s outburst
BERLIN: As PM Narendra Modi landed here on Monday evening, Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent outburst appears to have centred attention on the Germany-India relationship.

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.