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INDIA, RUSSIA SIGN MILITARY PACT, TO FOCUS ON FGFA
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia in December, India has signed a military technical cooperation agreement with Russia, which provides a blueprint for stepping up joint production of advanced weapon systems.  
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is in Moscow for the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC), signed a military- technical cooperation agreement with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.  He pitched for a greater role for Russian defence companies in the Make in India programme, which seeks to modernize India’s military-industrial complex.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/india-russia-sign-military-pact-to-focus-on-fgfa/

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PM ABE’S NEW THRUST TO JAPAN’S CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGY
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent lightning visit to five Central Asian countries and Mongolia forms a landmark in Japan’s Eurasian diplomacy. No other Japanese Prime Minister had ever visited these countries in a single trip. To be sure, in 2006 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/pm-abes-new-thrust-to-japans-central-asian-strategy/

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ISLAMIC STATE BOASTS OF BLOWING UP RUSSIAN PLANE
In an alarming incident, a Russian airliner crashed into a mountain area of the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, with an affiliate of the Islamic State claiming responsibility for it.  The incident once again renews spotlight on the issue of safety of airliners.
The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it crashed in a desolate mountainous region of central Sinai region. All 224 passengers aboard the ill-fated aircraft died.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/islamic-state-boasts-of-blowing-up-russian-plane/

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INDIA VOICES CONCERN OVER BIRGUNJ CRISIS IN NEPAL
In the backdrop of the ongoing crisis in Nepal at the Birgunj-Raxaul border, India has expressed concern and stressed on the need for the government of Nepal to address the issue on a priority basis.
There was heavy firing by Nepal’s police forces in Birgunj to disperse the crowds from their sit-in spot on crucial Miteri Bridge at Indo-Nepal border, opening the Birgunj-Raxaul border point after 40 days. The blockade of the border had incapacitated the movement of trucks from both sides of the border.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/india-voices-concern-over-birgunj-crisis-in-nepal/

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DELHI-JAKARTA CONNECT: ‘INDIA NOT IN BUSINESS OF COUNTER-BALANCING CHINA
Ahead of the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, India has denied any counter-balancing of China as it sought to upscale relations with Indonesia, the largest country in ASEAN and a fellow-traveller in Non-Aligned Movement.
India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is on a five day visit to Indonesia and Brunei, stressed on the importance, India attaches to deepening and expanding its relations with Indonesia.  Focusing on the common interests, Mr Ansari said: “We have much in common – sharing cultural values, but also developmental objectives give our large youthful populations and their growing aspirations. We also share similar governance challenges and can benefit from sharing our experiences with each other.”
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/delhi-jakarta-connect-india-not-in-business-of-counter-balancing-china/

TO BE NOT TALKING TO PAKISTAN IS DUMB
What are we to make of India-Pakistan relations? On one side of the ledger we have the elevating story of how Geeta, an abandoned deaf-and-mute girl who had strayed into Pakistan and was brought up by the Edhi Foundation of Karachi, returned this week to India after 13 years, triggering an India-Pakistan love-fest.
On the other side is the continuing stand-off in official relations accompanied by bouts of sabre-rattling and gunfire across the Jammu border. The icing on this unsavoury cake this week was of former President Pervez Musharraf acknowledging in a Pakistani television interview that terrorists like Osama bin Laden and Hafiz Saeed were honed by the Pakistani military .
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/to-be-not-talking-to-pakistan-is-dumb/

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US TO SEND SPECIAL TROOPS TO SYRIA AFTER PEACE TALKS
With Moscow raising the stakes by resorting to aerial bombing to flush out radical Islamist militants in Syria, the US has decided to send special troops to Syria after it held peace talks with Russia on the issue.
Disclosing Russian troops already stationed in Syria to combat the Islamic State (IS), the situation in Syria hasn’t shown any sign of improvement. Disclosing its plans on October 30 to station the first American boots on the ground in Syria in the war against Islamic State fighters, the US said dozens of special forces troops would be sent as advisers to groups fighting against the jihadists.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/us-to-send-special-troops-to-syria-after-peace-talks/

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ELECTIONS IN TURKEY: IMPLICATIONS FOR SECURITY IN WEST ASIA
Turkey will elect its 26th Parliament on November 1, 2015. This snap election takes place within five months of the last election on June 7, 2015. No party was able to secure a majority in that election. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which has been in power since 2001, fell short of a majority by 18 seats. Although it tried to cobble up a coalition, it did not succeed and recommended to the President to hold another election, hoping to receive a decisive verdict in its favour in the fresh poll. Erdogan could and should have invited the second largest Republican People’s Party (CHP) with 132 seats to put together a coalition. He did not because he wanted his own party to form the government.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/elections-in-turkey-implications-for-security-in-west-asia/

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SRI LANKA FISHING ROW: WHY ‘COERCIVE DIPLOMACY’ MAY NOT WORK
In a recent letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the travails of the Indian fishers arrested/harassed by Sri Lanka Navy (SLN), Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa commended ‘coercive diplomacy’ as a possible way to make Colombo see reason. In a way, the chief minister’s suggestion is an expression of the entire state’s exasperation and frustration at not being able to resolve the fishermens’ row amicably, despite unanimous resolutions by the State Assembly, other independent initiatives of the government and individual political parties and groups.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/sri-lanka-fishing-row-why-coercive-diplomacy-may-not-work/
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