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INS Kalvari commissioned into Indian Navy December 14। Prime Minister Modi ceremonially inducted the Scorpene class boat in Mumbai। Built by state-run MDL with French collaboration, Kalvari is the first submarine inducted after 2000। Modi described the Kalvari as a fine example of Make in India। Five more Kalvari Class submarines are to be commissioned over the next couple of years। India Celebrates Navy Day। India Strategic Salutes the Indian Navy। UAE decides to upgrade its fleet of Mirage 2009 combat jets। Boeing, Emirates announce commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 aircraft worth $15 billion। Russian Helicopters signs deal for undisclosed number of Mi-17 1A2 Helicopters to India’s Vectra Group। Terror attack in New York’s Lower Manhattan kills 8 injures at least 15। An Uzbek, the terrorist mowed cyclists and pedestrians with a hired pickup truck। He was shot and captured, and notes recovered him indicated loyatly to ISIS। He is 29, came to the US in 2010, and married an Uzbek woman there। India marks 85th Indian Air Force Day। Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa says IAF working towards ‘Technology Intensive’ capability। For the first time, indigenous LCA Tejas takes part in IAF Day Flypast । IAF will issue RFI for 114 single engine combat aircraft within two weeks or so । RFI will go to Lockheed Martin for F 16 and Saab for Gripen for their latest variants । IAF aims to get 18 aircraft in 4-5 years, and 96 more in progressive manufacture from then onwards । Capability will be the first parametre for selecting the aircraft, and then the price । The selected aircraft will have more capabilities than those specified in the 2007 RfP for MMRCA ।
December 16, 2017
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French President’s Diplomatic Adviser calls on Prime Minister Modi

New Delhi. Diplomatic Adviser to the French President Jacques Audibert called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi January 18.

The Prime Minister recalled his visit to France in 2015, and the visit of President Hollande as Chief Guest at the Republic Day on 2016, and said that the exchange of visits had laid the foundation for strengthening bilateral ties for years to come.

Mr Modi said that bilateral relations between India and France have expanded from the triad of Defence, Space and Civil Nuclear cooperation to encompass a broad range of sectors, especially counter-terrorism, maritime security, and renewable energy.

Prime Minister Modi recalled the establishment of International Solar Alliance as a landmark achievement in global efforts against Climate Change, and conveyed his appreciation for French support to this initiative.

The Prime Minister called for greater bilateral cooperation in Smart Cities, Urban Transport, and Infrastructure Development.

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