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Indian Ocean

The ocean between Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica (or the Southern Ocean)

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Indian Ocean: The ocean between Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica (or the Southern Ocean)
The Indian Ocean is the third-largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering 70,560,000 km2 (27,240,000 sq mi). It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by the Southern Ocean or, depending on definition, by Antarctica.


Exclusive: China-owned oil tanker changes name in apparent effort to evade U.S. sanctions

While in the Indian Ocean heading toward the Strait of Malacca, the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pacific Bravo went dark on June 5, shutting off the transponder that signals its position and..
Reuters - Published

India rejects asylum to former Maldives vice president fleeing his country's police after embezzlement of state funds

India sent back a former Maldives vice president who sought asylum after fleeing the Indian Ocean archipelago nation to avoid police.
Firstpost - Published

With focus on Indian Ocean region, India hands over two fast interceptor boats to Mozambique

The 2 India made boats were handed over at a ceremony at the Mozambican Naval Headquarters with the handing over certificate being signed by the Director-General, Coast Guards of India K Natarajan and..
DNA - Published

Need to respond to China's growing might in Indian Ocean: Navy chief

The Indian armed forces will need to respond to China's rapidly-expanding military might, especially its growing naval footprint in the Indian Ocean Region, within their budget limitations and other..
IndiaTimes - Published

India set to play key role of security guarantor in Indian Ocean region: Maldives defence forces chief

IndiaTimes - Published

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka nosedive in May, June after bombings

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka fell sharply in May and June from a year ago, as visitors shunned the Indian Ocean island after the Easter Sunday attacks, the tourism bureau said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

US Senate passes legislative provision to give India Nato ally-like status

The amendment provides for increased US-India defence cooperation in the Indian Ocean in the areas of humanitarian assistance, counterterrorism, counter-piracy and maritime security. The bill would be..
IndiaTimes - Published

India-backed ambulance service in Sri Lanka expanded, now available across all provinces

India's 1990 Emergency Ambulance Service in Sri Lanka which played a crucial role in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks is now available throughout the eight provinces of the Indian..
DNA - Published

In relief to India, Maldives may scrap ocean deal with China

An agreement China signed with the Maldives to build an observatory in the Indian Ocean is likely to be scrapped, as India's relations with its maritime neighbour enter a purple patch following the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Narendra Modi's visit to Maldives and Sri Lanka indicator to China that India is ready for strategic competition

To put it simply, India needs to project power in its traditional areas of influence and restore a sense of balance in the greater Indian Ocean Region for smooth facilitation of trade, commerce,..
Firstpost - Published

Maldives: Coastal surveillance radar system built by India jointly inaugurated by PM Modi, President Solih

The inauguration assumes significance as China views the Maldives as key to its Maritime Silk Road project in the Indian Ocean.
DNA - Published

India’s role vital for peace in Indian Ocean, says Maldives

As PM Narendra Modi landed in Male on Saturday, Maldivian foreign minister Abdulla Shahid told TOI that India had a key role to play in the maintenance of peace and stability in the Indian Ocean, and..
IndiaTimes - Published

India key for peace and stability in Indian Ocean: Abdulla Shahid, Maldives Foreign Minister

In the exclusive interview, Abdulla Shahid called PM's visit to his country a great honour.
DNA - Published

Looking at India for peace and stability in Indian Ocean: Maldives

As PM Modi landed in Male on Saturday, Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid told TOI India had a key role to play in the maintenance of peace and stability in the Indian Ocean, and in turn the..
IndiaTimes - Published

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Maldives on 1st foreign visit after re-election

Modi arrived in the Maldives on Saturday on his first foreign visit after re-election as Prime Minister, reflecting the importance India attaches to its 'Neighbourhood First' policy. The visit is aimed..
IndiaTimes - Published

Ferry service from Kochi, cricket stadium on PM’s agenda in Male

India is looking to start a ferry service from Kochi to the Maldives, apart from expediting several other projects, to boost connectivity with the Indian Ocean country, the government said ahead of PM..
IndiaTimes - Published

With visits to Maldives and Sri Lanka, PM Modi to reinforce 'neighborhood first' policy

PM Narendra Modi will embark on a visit to Maldives and Sri Lanka from June 8 to 9, in a reflection of India's continued priority for the 'neighbourhood first' policy. During his visit to the key..
IndiaTimes - Published

Australia minister in Sri Lanka stresses 'tough' asylum policy

A senior minister restated Australia's tough border policy on a visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday amid reports that the Australian navy had intercepted and returned several boats carrying asylum seekers..
Reuters - Published

Balakot strike will compel Pakistan to change its behaviour: Navy chief

Even as India keeps a hawk-eyed scrutiny on China's expanding footprint in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba says the February 26 air strikes on the Jaish-e-Muhammed..
IndiaTimes - Published

India, Japan, Sri Lanka move to counter China

Three countries plan to take up Colombo Port expansion project to balance China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean region.
IndiaTimes - Published

Maldives may be Modi’s 1st port of call in second stint

PM Narendra Modi is likely to kick off his second tenure with a visit to the Maldives in early June, according to sources. ​​Maldives was the only country in the neighbourhood Modi did not visit in..
IndiaTimes - Published

U.N. deals diplomatic blow to Britain and U.S. over Indian Ocean islands

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean within six months, dealing a diplomatic blow to Britain..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka's Buddhists mark somber Vesak after Easter Sunday attacks

Buddhist Sri Lankans marked the festival of Vesak in low key celebrations on Saturday amid heightened religious tensions in the Indian Ocean nation following the deadly Easter Sunday attacks that..
Reuters - Published

Deserted beaches, empty rooms: Sri Lanka tourism takes a hit after bombings

Sri Lanka's $4.4 billion tourism industry is reeling from cancellations as travelers shun the sun and sand Indian Ocean island after multiple suicide bombings that killed over 250 people two weeks ago.
Reuters - Published

How Isro satellites tracked Fani, saved many lives

As meteorologists observed a trough of low in the southern Indian Ocean more than a week ago, five Indian satellites kept a constant eye on the system as it brewed into cyclone Fani. As it developed..
IndiaTimes - Published

The Long Road to Colombo Carnage

Islam, Christianity and colonialism collided with greed in the Indian Ocean, creating an ideological storm that is far from spent
Firstpost - Published

Former Army chief Dalbir Suhag appointed Indian envoy to Seychelles

Former Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has been appointed as India's next high commissioner to Seychelles, a country which is of strategic importance to India in the Indian Ocean region. General..
IndiaTimes - Published

Scientists track Indian Ocean's 'missing' plastic waste

Indian Oceans missing plastic waste found out by the scientists.
DNA - Published

Sri Lanka blasts expose flaws in organisational culture of country's security apparatus, its complacency in face of jihadist terror

The changing nature of global terrorism, transnational organised crimes and cyber-sabotage continue to pose serious security threats to all littoral states in the Indian Ocean region.
Firstpost - Published

Sri Lanka's bomb carnage casts pall over tourism revival

With its capital under curfew following devastating Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and upmarket hotels, Sri Lanka is filled with fear, horror and grief and tourists who have been flocking to..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka lifts curfew as death toll from attacks rises sharply

Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the Indian Ocean island killed 290 people and wounded about 500, but there were..
Reuters - Published

India to get eye in sky to track planes over its ocean

Come next January and India will be able to know the exact position of aircraft flying over the vast stretches of Indian Ocean falling in airspace of its own as well as that administered by it, every..
IndiaTimes - Published

Timeline: Sri Lankan bomb attacks on hotels, churches - 20 minutes of carnage

Bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 207 and injuring 450 people, in the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil..
Reuters - Published

Bombs kill more than 200 in Sri Lankan churches, hotels on Easter Sunday

Over 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since..
Reuters - Published

Procuring anti-submarine chopper boosts Indian Navy's defence capabilities; China's rising naval power has US wary

While the deal for India to procure 24 MH-60 Romeo Seahawks from the US is an attempt to curb China's military expansion in the Indian Ocean, Beijing is also likely to keep a close eye on the latest..
Firstpost - Published

India to purchase 24 advanced maritime helicopters from US for $2.4 bn, choppers expected curb Chinese influence in Indian Ocean region

The sale of the helicopters, at an estimated cost of $2.4 billion, will improve the security of a major defensive partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and..
Firstpost - Published

US reconnaissance aircraft monitored India's ASAT missile test: Plane spotter Aircraft Spots

A US Air Force's reconnaissance aircraft went on a mission from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to monitor India's first test-fire of an anti-satellite missile, according to Aircraft Spots, which..
IndiaTimes - Published

China's growing presence in Indian Ocean a challenge for India: Navy chief Lanba

China's growing presence in the northern part of the Indian Ocean is a challenge for India but New Delhi is keeping a close eye on the deployment of Chinese ships and submarines in the region, Navy..
IndiaTimes - Published

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