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Priyanka ends her ''dharna'' in Chunar, Cong to pay Rs 10 lakh to victims'' kin        Sheila Dikshit passes away        Western allies back UK over tanker seizure        Shiva Thapa becomes India''s first gold-medallist in Kazakhstan President''s Cup        Three beaten to death in Bihar over attempted buffalo theft        Priyanka detained on way to Sonbhadra, says prepared to go to jail        Heavy rains continue in Kerala        Indian-American adoptive father of Sherin Mathews challenges life term, seeks new trial        PM Khan to travel to US on commercial flight        Trump reaffirms Iranian drone destroyed, Tehran denies        Sindhu tames old rival Okuhara to enter semis of Indonesia Open        Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire, says longtime friend Arun Pandey        Team India squad for Windies Tour to be announced on July 21        India asks Pak to implement ICJ verdict on Jadhav immediately; Imran says shall proceed as per law        Trust vote; Karna assembly adjourned amid din; Guv directs CM to prove majority by Friday 1.30 pm        IT dept attaches assets of Mayawati''s brother, BSP blames BJP govt        33 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio        Former Pak PM Abbasi arrested over corruption case        Iran Guards say they have seized a ''foreign tanker''        Bayliss replaces Moody as Sunrisers head coach        
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International News
Australia signs massive sub deal with French firm
 
(Canberra, Feb 12, 2019): Australia formally signed a $50 billion contract with France to build 12 state of the art submarines Monday, a signal of the country''s willingness to project power across the Pacific. Prime Minister Scott Morrison hailed the "very audacious plan" at a ceremony in Canberra as "part of Australia''s biggest ever peace-time investment in defence".

The contract for 12 attack-class submarines is with France''s Naval Group, a consortium with state backing, and has been years in the making. It is Australia''s largest ever defence procurement project and the largest ever foreign sales deal by French shipbuilder Naval Group. The first submarine is expected to be finished in the early 2030s.

Critics say that is too late: the waters to Australia''s north and east are the scene of an intense struggle between the United States, China and regional powers, who are all vying for influence. Beijing has made territorial claims to much of the South China Sea -- a marine thoroughfare that is vital to maintain the supply of ores, minerals and crude that fuel the Chinese economy.

Washington fears that China is becoming increasingly assertive over its territorial claims to display its dominance over smaller Asian nations and cement its role as the prime regional power. Australian military analysts hope the subs will allow the country to maintain a credible deterrent against possible hostile actions. Visiting French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly signed the agreement for Paris.

The ceremony took place in the shadow of a memorial to US forces in front of the Australian defence offices in Canberra. "It takes a lot of confidence for Australia to bet on France and a lot of confidence for France to share with Australia the capability that is so close to the core of our sovereignty and our strategic autonomy and a result of immense investment over decades," Parly said. Under the Strategic Partnership Agreement, 12 conventionally powered submarines derived from the Naval Group Barracuda nuclear design will be constructed in a new shipyard in South Australia.


Western allies back UK over tanker seizure
Indian-American adoptive father of Sherin Mathews challenges life term, seeks new trial
PM Khan to travel to US on commercial flight
Trump reaffirms Iranian drone destroyed, Tehran denies
33 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio
Former Pak PM Abbasi arrested over corruption case
Iran Guards say they have seized a ''foreign tanker''
US House votes to condemn Prez Trump over his ''racist'' tweets against four non-white Congresswomen
JuD chief Hafiz Saeed arrested on terror financing charges
Israel inks USD 50 mn deal with India to supply complementary Naval MRSAM systems
''The world was watching'': US commemorates Apollo mission 50 years on
China gifts warship to Sri Lanka
ICJ to deliver verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Wednesday
Will look into allegations of Google-China ties: Trump
Taliban bomb kills at least 11 Afghans in Kandahar: Officials
EU offers Sri Lanka support for counter terrorism initiative
World hunger is still not going down after three years and obesity is still growing : UN report
43 people die in Nepal floods
Spain rescues 141 migrants at sea in one day
Pak, India agree on '80 per cent and beyond' on Kartarpur draft agreement: Faisal
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Lata Mangeshkar asks MS Dhoni to not retire
 New Delhi: The Nightingale of Bollywood has requested Mahendra Singh Dhoni to not consider retiremen  
Omar Abdullah, Shah-Faesal support Zaira's decision to quit acting, wish her luck
Daisy Ridley will never return to social media
'Bond 25' reveals first look from Jamaica sets
KERALA NEWS
HC pulls up Kerala govt over Munnar encroachments
 Kochi: The Kerala High Court Wednesday pulled up the state government over the issue of alleged encr
Student Stabbed at University College: SFI leaders have gone absconding
Ker CM takes a dig at Congress MLAs on quitting spree
Special Additional Sessions court permits Dileep to travel abroad
NATIONAL NEWS
Priyanka ends her ''dharna'' in Chunar, Cong to pay Rs 10 lakh to victims'' kin
 Mirzapur: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra ended her ''dharna'' at the Chunar guest
Three beaten to death in Bihar over attempted buffalo theft
Priyanka detained on way to Sonbhadra, says prepared to go to jail
India asks Pak to implement ICJ verdict on Jadhav immediately; Imran says shall proceed as per law
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