India sweep 29 july 2011




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INDIA SWEEP 29 JULY 2011

  • After joint naval and air force war games, India and France will now hold an army exercise, 'Shakti', at Chaubatia, near Ranikhet, in September-October. "The exercise between the two armies will basically focus on counter-terrorism," said an official. The two navies and air forces regularly conduct the 'Varuna' and 'Garuda' series of exercises.




  • India Friday signed a $2.4 billion contract with two French defence firms for upgrading its 51 Mirage combat jets that were acquired in the 1980s. "Thales and Dassault Aviation today signed a contract for the upgrade of the Indian Air Force's Mirage-2000 fleet," a press release from the two French companies said Friday.




  • Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the people of Kashmir will never surrender before India from their inalienable birthright to self-determination. Syed Ali Gilani, who is under house arrest, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir had rendered unprecedented and countless sacrifices for the Kashmir cause and their struggle would not be allowed to go waste.




  • With American authorities raiding a university in North Virginia on charges of fraud, New Delhi has asked the US to ensure that the students, 90 per cent of whom are Indians, are not victimised in any manner as they all have valid documents. Noting that the university will not be closed immediately and will be given a month's notice to explain, Ministry of External Affairs said, "It is further understood that there will not be a mass termination of University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) students SEVIS records.


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Indo-French army drill in October

TNN | Jul 29, 2011, 03.40AM IST



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indo-French-army-drill-in-October/articleshow/9402885.cms
NEW DELHI: After joint naval and air force war games, India and France will now hold an army exercise, 'Shakti', at Chaubatia, near Ranikhet, in September-October.
"The exercise between the two armies will basically focus on counter-terrorism," said an official.
The two navies and air forces regularly conduct the 'Varuna' and 'Garuda' series of exercises.
The Shakti exercise comes at a time when France and India have finalized the almost Rs 11,000-crore upgrade of the 51 Mirage-2000 multi-role fighters in Indian Air Force's combat fleet.
Besides, French jet Rafale is still in the race, along with Eurofighter Typhoon, to bag the Rs 42,000-crore Indian Air Force project to acquire 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft after the rejection of American F/A-18 'Super Hornet' and F-16 'Super Viper', Swedish Gripen and Russian MiG-35 in the competition.
Two hundred Indian soldiers are also currently at the high-tech Land War -fare Centre in Warminster, near Salisbury in the United Kingdom, to take part in the 'Ajayee War -rior' exercise with the British Army.
Mirage combat jet upgrade contract signed for $2.4 bn

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=110122


New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) India Friday signed a $2.4 billion contract with two French defence firms for upgrading its 51 Mirage combat jets that were acquired in the 1980s.

"Thales and Dassault Aviation today signed a contract for the upgrade of the Indian Air Force's Mirage-2000 fleet," a press release from the two French companies said Friday.

A spokesperson for the two companies here said it was a "commercial contract" between the firms and the Indian government.

The Indian defence ministry also confirmed the deal, which the cabinet committee on security had approved a fortnight ago.

"Based on the integration of latest generation equipment and systems, the upgrade will further enhance the technical-operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force's Mirage 2000. The aircraft represents a long tradition of cooperation with French military aviation, initiated 50 years ago," the release from two firms said.

The contract comes even as India's defence ministry and the Indian Air Force top brass remained split over the high cost of upgrading the Mirage-2000 aircraft and the likely benefits to the country's future air power needs.

Taking into account $1 billion for new weapons and another $500 million for new facilities at Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the upgrade, the cost could rise to close to $4 billion, according to government sources.

Thus, the cost of the upgrade may work out to $79 million per aircraft, which, the opponents of the deal contend, is the same as that of the 126 fighters that India is buying under the $10.4 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) tender.

Those supporting the deal argue that once upgraded, the aircraft will be as potent as a new combat plane.

Among the upgrades planned for Mirage-2000 are a night vision goggle-compatible glass cockpit, advanced navigational systems, advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, advanced multi-mode multi-layered radar, fully integrated electronic warfare suite and advanced beyond visual range (BVR) capability.

The new weapons include 450 MICA interception and aerial combat missiles.

Thales and another French firm, MBDA, will be the weapons systems integrator and missiles supplier respectively.

Two of the planes will be upgraded in France by manufacturer Dassault Aviation, two in India with French help and the remaining 48 entirely by HAL. The upgrade of the entire fleet will take nine years.

The IAF inducted the Mirage-2000 between 1982 and 1986.


Kashmiris will never surrender before India: Gilani

http://www.kmsnews.org/news/kashmiris-will-never-surrender-india-gilani

Srinagar, July 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the people of Kashmir will never surrender before India from their inalienable birthright to self-determination.

Syed Ali Gilani, who is under house arrest, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir had rendered unprecedented and countless sacrifices for the Kashmir cause and their struggle would not be allowed to go waste.

Reacting to the demand of the puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah that Pakistan would have to talk to pro-India politicians as well, he described the demand as unjust and unrealistic because the pro-India parties had no objection over the forcible occupation of the territory. He said that Kashmir had neither been remained as part of India in past nor would remain in future.

The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader said that they had no competition with the puppet Chief Minister or other pro-India leaders but they had concern over the lingering Kashmir dispute and wanted its peaceful and amicable resolution in accordance with Kashmiris’ aspiration. He also stressed the holding of a fair and transparent plebiscite in the occupied territory, adding that they would also respect the opinion of Kashmiris if they took unexpected decision. He said that Omar Abdullah was an Indian stooge and he has no his own opinion.

Ensure UNVA students are not victimised: India to US
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ensure-unva-students-are-not-victimised-india-to-us/824350/
With American authorities raiding a university in North Virginia on charges of fraud, New Delhi has asked the US to ensure that the students, 90 per cent of whom are Indians, are not victimised in any manner as they all have valid documents.

Noting that the university will not be closed immediately and will be given a month's notice to explain, Ministry of External Affairs said, "It is further understood that there will not be a mass termination of University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) students SEVIS records.

"The US authorities are taking steps to provide necessary information to help the students transfer to other educational institutions in the US or go back to their home countries.

"We have impressed upon the US authorities the need to ensure that the students are not victimised in any manner, since they all have valid documents. We have been told that the focus of investigations is not on the students but on UNVA itself."


The Annandale campus of UNV was raided on Wednesday by officials from various federal agencies, including Immigration and FBI on the charges of fraud.

"We understand that the US immigration authorities (ICE) served a notice of intent yesterday, on the UNVA to withdraw its authorisation. However the University would not be shut down immediately but would be given a one month notice for explanation," the MEA said, adding ICE has kept the Indian Embassy briefed, as a very large percentage of the 2,400 UNVA students are from India.


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