VIF Information Alerts - 04 Jan 2018

India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installation
Published - The Hindu
1 Jan, 2018

India and Pakistan on Monday exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of nuclear installations and facilities under a three-decade old bilateral pact.

According to an External Affairs Ministry release, the two sides exchanged the list under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan. Click here to read...

Defence ministry clears purchase of smart bombs, missiles
Published - The Times of India
3 Jan, 2018

The defence ministry on Tuesday said minister Nirmala Sitharamanhad "cleared two procurement proposals" worth Rs 1,714 crore to acquire 240 precision-guided bombs from Russia and 131 Barak missiles from Israel.

The Rs 1,254 crore acquisition of the 240 "smart" KAB-1500 laser-guided bombs for Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets from M/s JSC Rosoboron Exports (Russia) will "address the deficiency of precisionguided munitions" in the IAF's arsenal as well as "enhance the offensive capabilities" of the force. Click here to read...

Amid differences, India to host China’s top political bod
Published - The Times of India
3 Jan, 2018

Differences over key issues between India and China will not come in the way of the 2 countries ramping up political contacts. India will host a 6-member delegation of the powerful Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) for 5 days starting Wednesday, official sources told TOI. The delegation will be headed by Meng Xiangfeng, a close confidant of President Xi Jinping and Deputy Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee.Click here to read...

Centre okays Rs 6,808-cr Zojila tunnel project
Published - The Tribune
4 Jan, 2018

The Centre today approved the strategic Zojila tunnel project for Jammu and Kashmir with a total capital cost of Rs 6,808.69 crore. The tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to the Ladakh region.

According to an official release, the decision on the proposal mooted by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways was taken today at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Click here to read...

Trump threatens to cut US aid to Palestinians
Published - The Guardian
3 Jan, 2018

Donald Trump has dramatically escalated his conflict with the Palestinian leadership, threatening to cut funding for the Palestinian Authority unless it recommences peace talks.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, earlier said the US would cut funds to UNRWA, the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, unless the Palestinian Authority went back to the negotiating table.Click here to read...

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