Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched the country’s first locally built nuclear-powered submarine on Sunday. “Today, we join a select group of five nations who possess the capability to build a nuclear-powered submarine,” Singh declared in his speech at the eastern naval base of Visakhapatnam. Although he billed the submarine as an outcome of a public-private partnership, the Indian leader did mention Russia in his address
Operations against Maoist rebels were to continue Friday during a week in which Maoist rebels killed more than 10 Indian government supporters and took over eastern Indian villages, a government official said. The government of the state of West Bengal on Thursday deployed paramilitary forces and state police to reclaim Maoist-dominated areas, said Ardhendu Sen, West Bengal’s home secretary. The forces have reclaimed an area of about 12 square miles (20 square kilometers), and there is an area of about 9 square miles (15 square kilometers) remaining to reclaim in the West Midnapore district, Sen added
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is set to reclaim a second term with a resounding mandate for his Congress party.
The party of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was surging ahead in its bid for re-election as a major opposition party conceded defeat during vote count Saturday. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was leading in 252 of the 543 federal parliamentary boroughs by early afternoon. Congress workers were quick to assemble at the residence of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, who heads the party, to celebrate with drumbeats and fireworks