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Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks        SC collegium transfers high court judges        Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn        Crown Prince orders release of 850 Indian prisoners from Saudi jails        Putin says Russia to take measures if US deploys missiles        Jadhav''s death sentence based on ''extracted confession'', should be annulled: India tells ICJ        Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported        Taylor surpasses Fleming becomes highest ODI scorer for NZ        ICC keeping a close watch on India-Pakistan situation ahead of WC        Vivo unveils V15Pro with Industry-first 32 MP pop-up selfie camera        Tripura gets Rs 85 crore Mega Food Park        India, Saudi Arabia ink MoUs for cooperation in tourism, broadcasting        Bernie Sanders enters 2020 US presidential race : Reports        Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency        Djokovic wins his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year        Pakistan shooters not taking part in New Delhi World Cup        Pulwama attack masterminded by Jaish, ISI: corps commander        Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''        Salve exposes Pak military courts at ICJ, says judges don''t even need law degree        RBI pays Rs 28,000 cr interim dividend to govt ahead of elections        
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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.


Putin says Russia to take measures if US deploys missiles
Jadhav''s death sentence based on ''extracted confession'', should be annulled: India tells ICJ
Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported
Bernie Sanders enters 2020 US presidential race : Reports
Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency
Salve exposes Pak military courts at ICJ, says judges don''t even need law degree
ICJ to hold public hearings in Kulbhushan Jadhav case from Monday amid fresh Indo-Pak tensions
India, Iran agree on close cooperation to fight terrorism
German high-speed train derails in Switzerland, no injuries
Pak school punished after students dance on Indian song, wave India''s flag
Five dead in gun attack in Mexican resort of Cancun
IS terrorists claim responsibility for attack on Egyptian troops in North Sinai
Around 50 people could be killed in mine shaft flood in Zimbabwe
Trump declares national emergency over border wall
Suspected gunman among five dead in Illinois factory shooting
Pak court grants bail to PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif
Russia says ready to mediate Venezuelan crisis
Nepal-India ties move upward, joint projects gain momentum: PM Oli By Shirish B Pradhan
Indian teenager who mistakenly crossed into Pakistan released
At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Maisie Williams to star in thriller 'The Owners'
 Los Angeles: "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams has boarded the cast of Julius Berg's thriller "  
Swara Bhasker turning producer
I want to do serious films now: Kartik Aaryan
Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
KERALA NEWS
Fire breaks out in a QRS showroom
 Kottayam: A major fire broke out in QRS showroom at Thirunnakkara in Kottayam on Monday evening. On
Flash Hartal in Kerala: Stray incidents of violence reported
Thousands bid emotional farewell to CRPF jawan in Kerala
Religious practices should be respected: Smriti Irani
NATIONAL NEWS
Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks
 New Delhi: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday increased India''s Haj quota by about 25,000, the third hike in
SC collegium transfers high court judges
Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn
Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''
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