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Moscow, Oct 13 : President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia remained the top supplier of advanced weapons and defence technology to its “privileged strategic partner” India and added that Moscow and other BRICS nations were determined to back New Delhi’s fight against terror.

“Russia remains in the lead in terms of both direct supplies of most advanced weapons and military equipment and conducting joint researches with India as well as producing goods for military purposes. Our countries actively collaborate in the military technical field,” Putin said in an exclusive interview to IANS and Sputnik news agencies.

He underlined India-Russia partnership in the development of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and building of a new fifth-generation fighter aircraft as “the successful joint projects” of the two countries.

The President, who will be in Goa for the five-nation BRICS Summit this weekend, said many of the Russian projects in India not only have commercial importance but also play a significant social and economic role for the economies of the two partners.

Such projects, he said, “harmoniously fit in the new Indian industrialisation programme”, a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative.

“Russian companies see real prospects and high attractiveness of the Indian market,” Putin said in response to questions jointly emailed by IANS and Russian Sputnik wire service.

Describing India as “Russia’s especially privileged strategic partner,” Putin said the cooperation between the two countries was “making good headway in all areas on the basis of strong traditions of friendship, trust and mutual respect”.

Putin responded to a range of issues, including India-Russia economic ties, terrorism and Afghanistan.

On the economic front, he said India still remained “Russia’s major foreign trade partner” despite trade between the two countries dropping by 7.8 per cent last year.

“We are resolved to overcome the negative trend, which, in our opinion, is largely associated with volatility on the global markets and in exchange rates,” he said.

The comments come amid a notion that India had made a strategic shift in its military diplomatic ties after a rapid rise in arms trade with the US and other Western nations.

Russia has been traditionally the largest arms supplier to India. But the ties have witnessed some strain, particularly over the cost overrun of some Russian projects, including the delivery of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.

India has also made its concerns known over Russia’s decision to supply Pakistan with the Mi-35 attack helicopters and engines for the JF-17 — a lightweight single-engine multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by China and Pakistan.

Russia recently also conducted a joint military drill with Pakistan, sparking strong opposition from India at a time New Delhi was seeking to isolate Islamabad on charges of sponsoring terrorism.

But Putin shared his views unambiguously on terrorism, saying the BRICS bloc was “determined” to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

“For our five countries’ leaders this meeting (in Goa) will be a good opportunity to harmonise our positions on key issues on the international agenda. We are determined to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and corruption,” Putin said.

Putin said BRICS, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, would “also contribute to settling conflicts and ensuring international information security”.

The two-day summit in Goa begins on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Putin on the sidelines.

Modi is likely to raise the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism with the Russian president.

On Afghanistan, Putin said India and Russia were both interested in deepening “constructive multilateral cooperation” to help rebuild the war-torn country where decisive action was needed to defeat terrorism.

“Russia and India share the need to support national reconciliation efforts under international law and are interested in deepening constructive multilateral cooperation for the purposes of assisting Afghanistan in solving the issues of national security, building counter-narcotics capacity, ensuring social and economic development, and enhancing interconnectivity.”

Questions to Putin were emailed before India’s September 29 surgical strikes targeting terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

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Kamal Nath to take oath as MP CM on Monday at Jamboori Maidan

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Bhopal, Dec 16 :Congress nominee for the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s post Kamal Nath will take oath at the Jamboori Maidan here on Monday.

Earlier, when Governor Anandiben Patel had handed a letter of appointment for the top post to Kamal Nath, it was decided to have the oath-taking ceremony at the Lal Parade Ground but the venue was changed a day later.

Congress Media head Shobha Ojha told the media that preparations at Jamboori Maidan are on in full swing. Along with the party’s prominent leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, opposition leaders have also been invited.

Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party had organised grand programmes at the Jamboori Maidan, now when the Congress has come to power in the state after 15 years, it is all set to have the ceremony here.

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India welcomes end to political crisis in Sri Lanka: Reaffirms faith in upward trajectory

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New Delhi, Dec 16 : India on Sunday welcomed the end of political impasse in Sri Lanka with Ranil Wickremesinghe being sworn in again as Prime Minister of the island nation.

“As a close neighbour and true friend, India welcomes the resolution of the political situation in Sri Lanka,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to media queries.

“This is a reflection of the maturity demonstrated by all political forces, and also of the resilience of Sri Lankan democracy and its institutions.

“India remains committed to taking forward its people oriented development projects in Sri Lanka. We are confident that India-Sri Lanka relations will continue to move on an upward trajectory,” he added.

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SC should recall Rafale verdict, try Modi government for perjury: congress

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New Delhi, Dec 16 :Terming that the Supreme Court judgment on the Rafale case was “void” as it was based on “false and misleading submissions” by the Centre, the Congress on Sunday demanded that the Supreme Court should immediate recall the verdict and a notice to be issued to the Modi government for perjury and contempt of court.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Government misled the Supreme Court to get a manipulated judgement and when this glaring error came to notice, they told the SC couldn’t understand English language. Therefore we demand that the SC immediately recall this judgement, which is void.”

“The Supreme Court should not entertain the Centre’s Saturday application seeking rectification of errors in the judgment,” he added.

Sharma said that the Modi government not only committed perjury by making false assertions before the court but was also guilty of breach of parliamentary privileges.

” The entire episode has dented the dignity of the highest court in the country and it should give notice to the Modi government for perjury and contempt of court,” Sharma told the media here.

“The Supreme Court judgment is not only self-contradictory but is shocking in terms of having factual inaccuracies that are a result of false and misleading submissions made by the government.

The former union minister flayed the Modi government over its Saturday plea to rectify two sentences in the para 25 of the judgment where due to “misinterpretation” by the court, saying “is” was interpreted as “has been” at one place and as “was” in another.

“What the Modi government has done is unprecedented and its curative petition adds only to the injury it has caused to the Supreme Court. Instead of admitting its lies and apologizing, it is giving grammar lessons to the Chief Justice and his fellow judges.

“The court should take serious note of this and take action against the government for perjury and contempt of court,” said Sharma, adding that the matter of breach of parliamentary privileges will also be raised in both Houses.

However, PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge and the Congress have maintained that “no portion of the CAG report has been placed before Parliament or was in the public domain”.

The Supreme Court on Friday had dismissed multiple petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale jet fighters holding that the decision making process was not in doubt and it cannot go into the question of pricing and choice of offset Indian partner by the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation.

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