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Russian defence choppers to be ‘made in India’

In a major boost to strategic ties, India and Russia on Thursday decided to expand cooperation across various sectors as they signed 16 pacts, including deals on joint manufacture of 226 military helicopters and construction of 12 atomic plants with involvement of local companies in India.

After extensive talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the need for the world to unite against terrorism “without distinction and discrimination between terrorist groups and target countries”, an apparent reference to sources of the menace like Pakistan.

Putin backs Delhi’s Council bid

Mr. Putin conveyed Russia’s “strong support” to India’s bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council. —PTI