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) or 19.8% of the water on Earth's surface. It is bounded by Asia to the north, Africa to the west, and Australia to the east. To the south it is bounded by the Southern Ocean or Antarctica, depending on the definition in use. Along its core, the Indian Ocean has some large marginal or regional seas such as the Arabian Sea, the Laccadive Sea, the Somali Sea, Bay of Bengal, and the Andaman Sea.


Madagascar thanks India for supply of essential commodities amid Covid-19 outbreak [Video]

Madagascar thanks India for supply of essential commodities amid Covid-19 outbreak

Foreign minister Tehindrazanarivelo Liva thanked the Govt. of India for supplying essential medicines to Madagascar amid Covid-19 outbreak. At a formal ceremony in capital Anatananarivo Indian..

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World's shipping fleet sound horn for 'heroes' on May Day [Video]

World's shipping fleet sound horn for 'heroes' on May Day

Shipping fleets around the world sounded their horns on Friday, as part of a global initiative to mark May Day and show solidarity with seafarers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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PM Modi rejuvenates 'samosa diplomacy' with Australia's Scott Morrison ahead of video summit

"Connected by the Indian Ocean, united by the Indian Samosa! Looks delicious, PM @ScottMorrisonMP! Once we achieve a decisive victory against COVID-19, we will enjoy the Samosas together. Looking..
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World's deepest octopus captured on camera

A "Dumbo" octopus is photographed at a depth of 7,000m in the Indian Ocean's Java Trench.
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US and India must develop plan to counter China's efforts to strengthen its position in Indian Ocean: American think-tank

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Mission Sagar: India's helping hand across Indian Ocean during COVID-19 crisis

This deployment is in line with India's role as the first responder in the region.
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Mission Sagar: India sends INS Kesari with medical teams, food to Indian Ocean countries

India on Sunday dispatched INS Kesari, carrying on board two medical assistance teams, medicines and essential food items, to countries in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the govt's 'Mission..
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South Asia coronavirus cases hit 22,000 as Maldives locks down capital

The number of people infected with the coronavirus crossed 22,000 in densely populated South Asia on Friday driven by a rise in cases in India as the tiny Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives locked..
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Brave snorkeler swims in a group of nurse sharks in the Maldives

A snorkeler in the Maldives had a terrifying but unique experience as he swam above a group of nurse sharks in the Indian Ocean. - Published

Conference on Indian Ocean postponed

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India postpones biggest maritime exercise amid COVID-19 scare

With the outbreak of coronavirus outside China and increase in the numbers of cases in India, the Indian Navy has postponed its biggest multilateral naval exercise -- Milan 2020 -- in the Indian Ocean..
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France's 'stolen children' make emotional return to native Reunion Island

In this edition, we explore the tragic story of France's "stolen children". Between 1963 and 1982, more than 2,000 youngsters were taken from Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean, to repopulate rural..
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Greater vigilance needed in Indo-Pacific region: President Ram Nath Kovind

"Today, the geopolitical situation in the world and in the Indo-Pacific in particular demands greater vigilance. I am aware that the Navy has adopted mission-based deployments in the Indian Ocean..
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Hope Sri Lanka will fulfil aspirations of Tamil people: PM Modi after talks with Sri Lankan PM

Rajapaksa's visit here assumed significance as his tenure as Sri Lanka's president from 2005 to 2016 saw expansion of China's footprints in the Indian Ocean island nation, triggering concerns in India...
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Maldives to enhance security for tourists after stabbings

maldives to enhance security for tourists after stabbings
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives government plans to increase security for tourists after suspected Islamic extremists stabbed three foreigners in the Indian Ocean nation. The National Security..
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India looks to ramp up defence presence in western Indian Ocean

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Scientists explore 'Midnight Zone' to study ocean

Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission are preparing to dive down 4,000 meters to unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean in a bid to survey its wildlife and gauge the effects of climate change... - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

Looking to create air defence, logistics and peninsula theatre commands: CDS Bipin Rawat

The armed forces are likely to collaborate and create an 'air defence command' to cover all aerial operations taking place in the Indian airspace, a 'peninsula command' to look after all naval..
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Australia eyes second flight from Wuhan as evacuees arrive on Christmas Island

Australia may arrange a second flight out of China's Wuhan city after a first plane load of evacuees arrived in the Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on..
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India comes to cyclone-hit Madagascar's rescue

India has delivered massive relief supplies to the cyclone-hit Madagascar in the Indian Ocean region using the amphibious warfare vessel, INS Airavat. Foreign minister S Jaishankar said that India was..
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Maldives rejoins Commonwealth as 54th member

maldives rejoins commonwealth as 54th member
LONDON - The small Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives has rejoined the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth secretariat said on Saturday. The Commonwealth had welcomed its "54th family member" after..
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Alarm over Chinese research ships in Indian Ocean Region

The presence of research vessels have raised security concerns as experts believe that the Chinese could be surveying the Indian Ocean to improve their submarine warfare capabilities.
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India closely monitors PLA Navy supported Chinese fishing fleet in Indian Ocean

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CDS Rawat downplays Chinese matrix in Indian Ocean, gives weight to freedom of navigation

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Monday downplayed the question of China's growing presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and said every nation looked at its security from a strategic..
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Eye on China, South gets 1st Sukhoi squad with BrahMos

India now has a new lethal weapons platform to keep a ‘strategic eye’ over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), especially the Bay of Bengal, as well as carry out ‘long-range precision strikes’..
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JS Saint-Pierroise: Indian Ocean island team Reunion causing a stir in French Cup

They are minnows located 6,000 miles from France but former Blackpool player Elliot Grandin hopes his Reunion side can continue their run in the French Cup.
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Chinese involvement in Indian Ocean increasing; we are watching: Navy chief

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China may deploy aircraft carrier in Indian Ocean Region, says Navy commander

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Iran, China, Russia launch joint naval drills in Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman

Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman on Friday, the commander of Iran's flotilla announced.
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Chagos Islands dispute: UK accused of 'crimes against humanity' by Mauritius

The PM of Mauritius says he is considering charges against UK officials over Indian Ocean islands.
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China, Russia and Iran to hold joint naval drills from Friday

China, Iran and Russia will hold joint naval drills starting on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, China's defense ministry said on Thursday,amid heightened tension in the region between..
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'I'm still scared' - Asia remembers tsunami that killed 230,000

Communities across Asia commemorated the more than 230,000 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Thursday, the 15th anniversary of one of the world's most deadly disasters.
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The world remembers Indian Ocean tsunami and its 230,000 victims, five years on

Communities across Asia commemorated the 230,000 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Thursday, the 15th anniversary of one of the world's most deadly disasters.
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230,000 people lost in a day: Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami

Communities across Asia commemorated the 230,000 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Thursday, the 15th anniversary of one of the world's most deadly disasters.
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The Indian Ocean tsunami remembered by those who survived it

The story of how the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami unfolded, by those who survived.
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Hundreds of Thai tsunami victims yet to be identified, 15 years on

Fifteen years after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 230,000 people on Boxing Day, 2004, a cargo container at a police station in southern Thailand bears witness to the hundreds of victims..
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India expands Indo-Pacific policy

India is increasing the area covered by its Indo-Pacific policy to include the western Indian ocean and Arabian Sea. This means that Asean is not only the heart of the Indo-Pacific, but includes the..
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India & France to start joint patrolling mission of Indian Ocean Region

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Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires?

A climate system in the Indian Ocean, known as the dipole, is behind extreme weather events in East Africa and Australia.
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Hermit crabs are confusing plastic for shells and it's killing them

hermit crabs are confusing plastic for shells and it's killing them
(CNN)More than half a million hermit crabs have been killed after becoming trapped by plastic pollution on two remote islands, a new study from the University of Tasmania found. Research teams..
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New Delhi ‘keenly watches’ over Chinese ships sailing across Indian Ocean – Navy chief

new delhi ‘keenly watches’ over chinese ships sailing across indian ocean – navy chief
India keeps close track of all Chinese ships, which have become more frequent in the Indian Ocean, the nation’s Navy commander said, as New Delhi excluded Beijing from the “like-minded” invitees..
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'Take clearance before working in our Exclusive Economic Zone': Navy warns China on ships operating in Indian ocean

Noting that the presence of Chinese ships in the Indian Ocean is increasing, Admiral Karambir Singh assured that the naval forces have been keeping a close watch on them and are fully prepared to deal..
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UK set to defy UN deadline to return Chagos Islands

uk set to defy un deadline to return chagos islands
Britain’s “outright defiance” of a UN deadline to hand the Chagos Islands to Mauritius by Friday, in a final act of African “decolonisation”, has been condemned by Mauritius and the..
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Why Seychelles has world's worst heroin problem

The Indian Ocean archipelago suffers from the highest rate of heroin abuse in the world, but policy makers are hopeful that rehabilitation will curb addiction.
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A Presidential election you need to follow

Sri Lanka's presidential polls begin Saturday with incumbent Maithripala Sirisena, not in the fray, which means no matter who wins, India will have to deal with a new President while wrestling China in..
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Mauritius starts counting votes after parliamentary election

Mauritius electoral authorities began counting votes on Friday after a parliamentary election dominated by calls for a fairer distribution of wealth on the prosperous Indian Ocean island.
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Rivals promise better wealth distribution as Mauritius votes

Mauritius held a parliamentary election on Thursday, with the main parties all promising a fairer distribution of wealth on the prosperous Indian Ocean island.
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