The transformation of Gwadar port on the Pakistan coast as a base for Chinese Navy ships was long expected, but when media reports actually appeared on Friday to that effect, it was startling news.
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said India did not seek war, but would “gouge out eyes” of the enemy if provoked. “We don’t itch for a fight, but if someone looks at the country with an evil eye, we will gouge his eyes out and put them back in his hand, we have that much power,” he said,
Assuring severe retribution, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has asserted that they will kill three Indian soldiers for every Pakistani soldier they neutralise.
India is looking for a “pragmatic” conversation with China on “how not accommodating each other’s aspirations is not beneficial to the relationship”.
A site in India’s Andhra-Pradesh State is the most probable for construction of a new nuclear power plant (NPP) with Russia’s participation, Swapnesh Malhotra, Adviser of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, told TASS in an interview on Friday.
India and Russia have approved a proposal to double the range of BrahMos, world’s first supersonic cruise missile.
India quietly signed two contracts worth $1.4bn with Israel Aerospace Industries for the purchase of two additional Phalcon/IL-76 Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) valued at $1 billion and 10 Heron TP unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) during the recent visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivil to India.
In election-bound Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that Indus river waters “belong to our farmers” and India has the right to the waters flowing into Pakistan.
“The Indus waters, India has the right to those waters…it flows into Pakistan. Flowing through Pakistan, the water goes into the sea.
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Modi does not want to face the same fate as Vajpayee, and this is one reason why he may be willing to court more risks in a bid to retain power in 2019.
“Today, I am taking a pledge, whether I die or live I will remove PM Modi from Indian politics,” Mamtha Banerjee said while addressing a Trinamool Congress rally which was organised to protest demonetisation in Kolkata today.