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Thai Prime Minister joins national celebrations of India days

Saturday, January 28, 2012

India: Prime Minister of Thailand, was the guest of honor Thursday at the 63rd celebrations of India's Republic Day, an annual exhibition of the country's military could be held amid tight security.

Yingluck Shinawatra, who traveled to New Delhi on Monday, is making his first official visit to promote trade, the Asian partners expect to double to U.S. $ 14 million in 2014 from its 2010 level.

Shinawatra, who became prime minister of Thailand, women, in August, was sitting with Pratibha Patil, the first woman president of India and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as bands and war material presented last.

On Wednesday, Thailand and India agreed to accelerate talks for a bilateral free trade agreement in July.

Patil, in a speech on the eve of the celebrations said the endemic poverty in India was a concern despite robust economic growth of the country, echoing recent comments by the prime minister.

"We are witnessing the growing influence of India and its sustained economic growth, but there are many important tasks that have not been met, in particular the commitment to empower the poor and marginalized," he said.

During the ceremony, India put on display for the first time its Agni-IV missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead of one ton to a target of about 3,500 kilometers (2,170 miles) away.

The two-stage Agni-IV, the last test in November 2011 as part of a program in India to build an arsenal of weapons including nuclear warheads, intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The national ceremony flypasts later culminated in the United States and built the C-130J Super Hercules, supplied by Russia Sukhoi 30, MiG-29 fighter planes, British-made Jaguar bombers and military helicopters.

India is improving its army more than a million hardware with tens of billions of dollars due to their long-standing tensions with regional rivals China and Pakistan.

Some 25,000 police, soldiers and commands for monitoring capital against possible attacks by militant groups, while the skies were a no-fly zone for the duration of the celebrations, authorities said.

Last September, 12 people died and about 80 people were injured when a powerful bomb exploded in the fortified Delhi High Court in the heart of the Indian capital. The troops were also in force in the streets of India-administered Kashmir to try to prevent protests by separatists groups often use the occasion to denounce the government of New Delhi.

AFP
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