Indian Ocean: News

16 Aug 2022

Sri Lanka

Chinese 'spy ship' docks in Sri Lanka amid India's concerns

A Chinese research vessel, purportedly a spy ship, docked in Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port on Tuesday amid concerns in India.

31 Jul 2022


Chinese rocket debris bedazzles sky before falling into Indian Ocean

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it Superman? No, it's a Chinese rocket lighting up the night sky!

19 Oct 2020


Amid India-China border row, Australia to join Malabar naval exercise

The Defence Ministry on Monday announced that Australia will be joining the upcoming Malabar naval exercise, completing the Quad or quadrilateral coalition along with the United States and Japan.

02 Dec 2019


Tamil Nadu rains: 15 people killed, schools closed

In an unfortunate incident, 15 people were killed after a wall collapsed this morning in a village near Mettupalayam in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district, as heavy rains continue to batter the southern state.

16 Nov 2019


5 most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the world

It's downright heartbreaking to see the way our beloved beaches are being treated nowadays.

18 Aug 2019


Planning a family-vacation? Here are five best destinations to explore

If family vacation is on your mind, thumbs up for the idea!

22 Jul 2019


Top five honeymoon destinations in Asia

Just like weddings, honeymoons are also a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and for that very reason, they must be unforgettably special.

30 Mar 2019


Pentagon strongly denies reports of spying on India's ASAT test

The Pentagon has strongly denied the reports that the US spied on India's anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test by sending a reconnaissance aircraft from its base in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to monitor the development.

04 Feb 2019

Bay of Bengal

ISRO set to launch communication satellite GSAT-31 this Wednesday

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to launch its 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 on Wednesday from the spaceport in French Guiana (French and European spaceport).

15 Dec 2018


India and France hold talks on deepening bilateral cooperation

India and France today held discussions on deepening bilateral strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defense, space, and civil nuclear energy sectors.

11 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Singapore summit: Pence, Modi to discuss bilateral relationship, defense cooperation

US Vice President Mike Pence and PM Narendra Modi would discuss India-US defense cooperation and bilateral relationship during their meeting in Singapore next week, the White House said yesterday.

28 Oct 2018


India helped in democracy restoration in Maldives: Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

India played a "positive" role in the restoration of democracy in the Maldives by "exerting pressure" on the ruling regime, and the new government in the island nation would be "sensitive" towards New Delhi's "concerns", former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said Sunday.

27 Oct 2018


5 most breathtakingly beautiful airports in India

Many amazing domestic and International trips begin and end with air travel.

Maldives leader Abdulla Yameen blames defeat on 'disappearing ink'

Outgoing Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has told the Supreme Court that disappearing ink and specially treated ballot papers were to blame for his heavy election defeat last month.

15 Oct 2018


Air India wall collision: Foreign media simply can't believe it

An Air India flight's collision with a boundary wall has left foreign media absolutely bewildered.

01 Oct 2018


Injured sailor Abhilash Tomy set to return home after rescue

Injured Indian Navy sailor Abhilash Tomy, rescued in a multi-nation operation from the Indian Ocean near Australia, is set to return home.

24 Sep 2018

Indian Navy

Naval Commander Abhilash Tomy has been rescued after three days

In what is sure to give relief to well-wishers and family members of circumnavigator Abhilash Tomy, he has been rescued after three days by French vessel Osiris.

22 Sep 2018

Indian Navy

Circumnavigator Abhilash Tomy's yacht capsizes in Indian-Ocean, Navy sends help

The Indian Navy has sent frigate INS Satpura to rescue 39-year-old Golden Globe Race Commander Abhilash Tomy who was injured after his yacht capsized in the Indian Ocean, off Perth on Friday.

10 Sep 2018


Must ensure Africa doesn't become 'theater of rival ambitions': Swaraj

India will work with Africa to keep the oceans open for benefit of all nations, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, asserting that the two sides must work together to ensure that the second largest continent doesn't again turn into a "theater of rival ambitions".

28 Aug 2018


Strong 6.2-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia, no tsunami warning issued

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia today, US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage.

28 Aug 2018


India, Vietnam to strengthen trade, investment, maritime, defense cooperation

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held talks with her Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh and discussed measures to strengthen trade, investment, maritime and defense cooperation between the two countries.

28 Aug 2018


Swaraj talks about economic importance of Indian Ocean in Vietnam

Emphasizing the economic importance of the Indian Ocean, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said with the eastward shift of the global economy, the Indian Ocean is at the center of the emerging "Age of Asia" and those who live in this region bear the primary responsibility for its peace and stability.

30 Jul 2018


Grieved families of MH370 victims hope for answers from official-report

Relatives of people aboard Malaysian Flight MH370 said today they hoped a long-awaited report into the plane's disappearance might give them answers about one of the world's most enduring aviation mysteries.

17 Jun 2018


Seychelles calls off key military-deal with India before president's visit

Weeks before a New Delhi visit, Seychelles President Danny Faure called off a significant defense deal that would have allowed India to expand its strategic reach in the Indian Ocean.

03 Jun 2018


Indian armed forces building partnerships in Indo-Pacific region: PM Modi

Describing the Indo-Pacific as a "natural region", PM Narendra Modi said India's armed forces, especially the Navy, are building and expanding partnerships in the strategically vital region for peace, security, and humanitarian assistance.

US Pacific Command is now US Indo-Pacific Command: Trump admin

The Trump administration today renamed the US Pacific Command to US Indo-Pacific Command in recognition of the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

29 May 2018

Kuala Lumpur

Ocean Infinity's search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 formally ends today

The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has come to an end today, finding no trace of the aircraft but Australian Government is hopeful that one day it will be located.

18 May 2018

Sri Lanka

China using Taiwan to gain more control, isolate India, Japan

China will turn Taiwan into a major nuclear and conventional military base and use it to gain more control over the disputed South China Sea to "isolate" both India and Japan, warned Richard D Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center yesterday.

27 Apr 2018

Madhya Pradesh

Unseasonal lightning strikes kill 9 in Andhra Pradesh

The unseasonal lightning strikes in Andhra Pradesh have killed nine people, including a nine-year-old girl, since Tuesday.

25 Apr 2018


Last Sikh Queen's earrings fetch £175,000, 6 times auction estimate

A pair of gold pendant earrings from the collection of last Sikh Queen of Punjab Maharani Jind Kaur fetched £175,000 (Rs. 1.6cr approximately), nearly six times the guide price, at an auction.

18 Apr 2018

Indian Navy

Indian Navy extends warning to China's navy through witty tweets

In a world where verbal battles are increasingly being fought on social media, the Indian Navy seems to have won a victory of sorts over the naval forces of arch-rivals China.

26 Mar 2018


6.4 magnitude quakes strikes Indonesia, tsunami alert issued briefly

A 6.4 magnitude quake shook eastern Indonesia this morning. A tsunami alert was issued, but it stayed active briefly.

17 Mar 2018


Indian Navy's second, third Scorpene-class submarines undergoing sea trials

The second and third of the six Scorpene-class submarines, part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy, are undergoing sea trials while the rest are under construction, a senior naval officer said.

11 Mar 2018


India-France strengthen ties, sign pact to counter China's influence

India and France strengthened their 20-year-old strategic ties on Saturday as President Macron met PM Modi and signed 14 pacts ranging from cooperation in security to space exploration to clean energy.

06 Mar 2018

Virender Sehwag

Attention, art enthusiasts! Here's your chance to own affordable artworks

It is good news for art enthusiasts, who can now own works by leading as well as emerging artists at affordable prices at a new festival in New Delhi.

27 Feb 2018


Maldives declines India's invite for naval exercise 'Milan'

In a move that could further exacerbate the already-disturbed relations between India and Maldives, Male has declined Delhi's invitation to participate in the biennial multinational naval event "Milan."

24 Feb 2018


Growing closeness between Maldives and China worries India

Apart from being engulfed in political turmoil, Maldives has now become the latest linchpin in India-China's tussle for regional leadership.

12 Feb 2018

Narendra Modi

PM Modi's Oman visit: Attends India-Oman business meet

PM Narendra Modi was on a two-day state visit to Oman. The two sides signed eight agreements. He also addressed the Indian diaspora at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in capital Muscat.

28 Jan 2018


India, Seychelles sign crucial deal for military infrastructure development

After much negotiations and discussions, India and Seychelles have signed an agreement that allows the former to build military infrastructure on Assumption Island.

12 Jan 2018


Hunting for MH370: Malaysia offers $70mn to ocean exploration firm

The government of Malaysia has inked a deal with an American ocean exploration firm, Ocean Infinity to launch a new search for the missing flight MH370.