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>> the pilgrimage to india, now it is russia's turn to build trade and development ties with an emerging giant. president medvedev meets singh with deals about technology on the agenda. >> russia looks very favorably on this cooperation. i said to prime minister singh today that india is a good partner for us. >> welcome to "gmt." i'm david eads. a world of news and opinion. tensions rising as the big freeze continues to rate havoc in europe's transport system. another royal wedding announced
in britain. the queen's granddaughter to wed. it is midday here in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington and early evening in delhi where the red carpet is being rolled out yet again at another -- as another world leader comes to the compliments. this time it is russian president dmitri medvedev. he is leading a trade delegation in search of multi-billion dollar deals. with a history of friendly relations both countries looking to extend cooperation in nuclear energy, arms trade, and pharmaceuticals. joining me from belly is our correspondent. >> india has ambitions over the next few years to modernize its military, particularly the air force and to modernize its infrastructure so that its economy, which is growing about 9%, can keep on growing. but to do that the government here feels that it needs foreign
technology and know-how, which is why it is -- it has been an abiding so many foreign leaders to new delhi. the latest of home, at the major medvedev, the russian president. in a changing world, old friendships can be the best. russia and india have been allied since the cold war. now they have agreed to jointly develop a new fighter aircraft. it is a deal worth more than $30 billion to moscow. in return, diplomatic support for india's ambitions. >> russia considers india a strong and developing candidate for permanent seat in the u.n. security council, if there is a petition to expand it. we also talked about the overhaul of international financial institutions. >> the diplomats and india's foreign ministry have never been busier.
while there is still recession in many parts of the world, india is booming. it is not only russia that once a piece of the action. all permanent members of the u.n. security council have now visited delhi. david cameron was the first, accompanied by britain that the largest ever trade delegation. barack obama, deals worth more than $10 billion, and said india was not a key partner of the u.s. nicolas sarkozy help sell two french nuclear reactors on his visit. wen jiabao pledged to double china's trade with india to $100 billion by 2015. there are great opportunities for everyone, but some think india itself should be more assertive. >> visits by world leaders are constructive as far as how indian diplomacy not -- can help
the private sector at home secure contracts in the same way these foreign governments are securing contracts through leaders who visit india. >> india's only going in one direction. its growth seems assured. and there is a feeling here that the rest of the world can no longer afford to ignore it. >> it is important in the eyes of the government and people are realizing india has a strong future in the coming years, and definitely everyone is looking up to it. >> it is a long journey that we have come from, toward the alleviation of poverty, towards a development in many fields. yes, there are things like infrastructure that we need to work on the. >> india is opening its gates to the world and can expect even more visitors seeking mutual benefit.
the challenge for the government here in l.a. now is to make sure these changes lead to real improvements for the indian people. many of whom, of course, continue to live in a very difficult conditions, indeed. back to you, david. >> you mentioned assertiveness and the importance of that. does this visit reflect for you any discernible shift, if you like, and the nature of relations between these two countries? >> president medvedev has come here, worried that india was getting closer to the u.s., and while during the close -- cold war the soviet union was the main arms supplier to india, that position has been taken over by the u.s. and israel, too, so the lot of weapons here. it this is partly about reminding india who its old
traditional and close friends are. and russia does not want to lose out because of competition. leaders are competing with each other to make sure they can benefit as much as they can from the indian success story. >> quite a married around. market -- mark, thank you very much. let us take a look at some of the other stories making headlines. the flight delays and cancellations roll along and the snow keeps coming. looks set to run to christmas and beyond. no wonder tempers are frayed and airports and railroad stations across europe. tens of thousands of passengers see their holiday plans going holiday -- a horribly wrong. frankfurt airport in germany ground all flights and heathrow only getting one third away and high-speed cross channel euro start trains are anything but high-speed. >> in theory, northern europeans love a white christmas. in practice, it's been a pain. travelers through frankfurt
found another day of snow halted their movement. board showed flights canceled to and from germany that the busiest airports and one of the hopes of international travel. >> i arrived to the airport sunday and i have been awaiting the whole time. my flight has been cancelled again. i am going to take the train. the organization is terrible. >> in london heathrow there was the same sense of frustration at the uncertainty and general discomfort of improvised airport living. >> heaps of people lying on the floor. i guess that is the way it goes. >> no organization at all. the information to the customers has been terrible. nothing. nobody saying nothing to us. what you see on the screens is canceled, counsel. >> authorities everywhere moving into overdrive.
ice clearers were working overtime. at heathrow, the aim was to prevent a recurrence of the previous nights when the terminal turned into a camp site. >> yesterday we had more passengers coming to the terminals than leaving, that led to many people -- in each terminal, and we have been doing everything we can to improve the situation for those passengers. >> in brussels, flights were grounded because of a lack of de-icing liquid. the airport's french supplier had run out of the raw materials to make the stuff because lorries could not move in the region of the fact repaired the thing about the modern transfer system is it is finely calibrated for efficiency in normal times. but when abnormal weather throws a spanner in the works, bad glitches occur right across the globe. the effect of the great european freeze is now being felt in airports from new york to hong kong.
steven evans, bbc news, berlin. >> it is a sorry sight, is in it? you can keep up to date on the snowfall as it affects europe. you can get information on weather conditions across the continent and the latest from key european transport hubs. for all that and more, bbc.com /news is the place to go. the israeli air force has struck what it says are seven suspected militants sites in gaza. officials say three palestinians were wounded in these attacks. israeli military says the air strike started smuggling tunnels and weapons manufacturing facility. reports from iran says at least five people were killed in an earthquake in the southeast of the country. the quake, magnitude 6.5, centered around a small town where just a few hundred residents live but not fall from the city of bam that was devastated by an earthquake in 2003 when at least 26,000 died.
a total eclipse of the moon has taken place over europe and north america and western asia. the first time this a klutz has taken place on the winter solstice, shortest day of the year. since 1638. the american politician villages and says there must be deeds, not words, from north korea -- american politician bill were richardson says there must be deeds, not words. he says p'yongyang agreed to allow nuclear inspectors back in. this report from beijing. >> are arriving in beijing with a message for p'yongyang -- government -- gov. bill richardson says he has a new offer from the north koreans. he says the north will allow you and nuclear inspectors expelled last year back into the country. p'yongyang may also sell nuclear fuel rods.
and consider his proposal for a joint north-south commission. to work with the united states to try to reduce tension along the disputed border. >> my meetings with the north koreans, they are always very strong in their position. they were very strong on their message. sometimes bellicosity. but i noticed a pragmatic attitude on their part. more realistic. a view, perhaps, that they moved in little too far down the press at this and that it was time to come back and pull back and start negotiations again. >> u.n. inspectors have for years tried to get an accurate picture of the north's nuclear facilities -- in the face of limitations imposed by the authorities there of where they can go, what they can see.
china welcomed the suggestion. they may now be allowed back in paired -- back in. >> north korea has the right to use nuclear energy peacefully, but at the same time, it has to obey the inspection provisions by the iaea. we hope all relevant issues be dealt with under the framework of the six-party talks. >> in seoul, lawmakers were briefed by the defense minister. on monday's military drills close to the disputed border. officials have so far given a cool response and the reported offer from the north. but still has not been confirmed officially by the government in pyongyang. bbc news, beijing. >> president obama's deal with russia to sign the new start treaty on nuclear disarmament has been hailed as one of his foreign policy triumphs. but would be thwarted at the last, as the u.s. senate prepares to vote on the deal?
russian defense minister says any attempt to change the terms of the deal now will scuffle the treaty. some republicans -- it is far from certain to win the two- thirds support it needs to ratify. this new deal sets new limits on the tayside's respective arsenals but each side would be allowed to have 1550 warheads and updates of the verification process, each side allowed to carry out on the site inspections to verify how many warheads each missile is carrying and the sec's new rules on missile defense but russia has warned it will withdraw from the treaty if any future american missile shield weakens its nuclear deterrence. jake sherman covers congress for politico.com. thank you for joining us. what is the key to this opposition? what is it the opponents really don't like? >> as you mentioned, one of
president obama's biggest accomplishments in foreign- policy and run into a familiar foe, united states senate, which held up a lot of this legislation all year, although many of the things he tried to give the senate and into the past. >> is it a political aim to block it or is it on substantive complaints about the tv itself? both. ually, democrats say there is a political element, which is this is a lame duck session of congress and a lot of lawmakers voting on this will be gone within the week. that is the problem. also concerns from republicans about it weakening united states defense, which is something democrats say they are receptive to and will in to work on. but as you mentioned, russia said, no, thank you, if there are any changes, we are out to. >> from obama's point of view, is it the case that if he does not get it through now,, the new year when the figures change, the senators changed, he is done for? >> he is in a lot of trouble.
right now he needs nine republicans to come along. in the next congress, 14. it is always difficult -- as republicans said, they want to make obama a one-term presidents of a political element that he spoke of is totally different, the new year and that is why senate democrats and congressional democrats are really pushing this across the finish line in these last couple of days. they see this as the time. they got a letter from the top military official in the united states and says this needs to pass. and if republicans were to say no and block this legislation, that would be a complete change in course for republicans to try to business and of themselves as strong on military issues. >> what is your expectation? >> it looks like it will -- toward passage today and tomorrow. it needs to get over a procedural hurdle that will cast the debate time and what happens it will go through in the next 30 to 35 hours but it looks like it will pass and it will give
president obama a very big victory in these closing weeks of the year. >> jig sherman, thank you very much, indeed. >> thank you. >> the wikileaks founder julian assange told bbc he is fighting for the swedish extradition warrant over accusations he sexually assaulted two women because he believes he would be held incommunicado and his swedish lawyer would be gagged. this report contains some flash photography. >> julian assange emerging from court last week after securing bail, as he wages is fight against extradition to -- sweden. but the mansion where he has been given accommodation by a supporter while on bail, wikileaks founder told bbc that if they have to go back to sweden he believes he would be held incommunicado and his british lawyer would also be gagged. and he would be denied natural justice. he said the allegations of sexual assault and sweden are rose from the table and involved
going to police for advice rather than to make a complaint against him. it. they had gotten into a tizzy. he was asked whether he wanted to change his world. >> the world has a lot of problems and they need to reform. the only response of every person who is the ability to do something about it, if they are a person of good character, has the duty to try to fix the problem. >> clearly not short on self belief. he is promising many more expose days -- working on things everytime, on nearly every country in the world. >> still to come on "gmt," love is in the air in britain. as if one or a wedding is not enough, and engagement of sarah phillips. in thailand, state of emergency
has been in force in bangkok for more than eight months, to be lifted. emerges in measures have given sweeping powers to security forces, including the right to detain suspects. introduced during anti- government protests in which more than 90 people were killed. rachel harvey has this report from bangkok. >> emergence of law has been in place in bangkok and surrounding provinces for more than eight months. gradually as the security situation in thailand has improved the government and security forces felt confident enough to lift it. state-by-state, province by province. even now it is not a complete return to normality. security forces said they would like to see -- the internal security act to be retained, and get -- still gives them sweeping
power. an emergency law allows them to detain suspects without charge up to 30 days and international security act allows the two detained for up to seven days. it comes at a time the anti- government protesters are appearing to gain confidence again. we have been gathering in large enough -- they have been gathering in large numbers on a regular basis but the rallies have been peaceful and that is why, i think, security forces and the government now still confident enough to lift some of the special security measures, although they say they retain the right to impose stricter measures act -- as and when they see fit. as long as the protest remained peaceful, as long as we did not see the bombings that we have seen a spate of for a long time, then it will gradually be eased further because going into next year tideland is supposed to hold an election and what the conditions for that election to be absolutely right. >> this is "gmt" from bbc world
lives. the headlines -- partners in a multibillion-dollar defense development and nuclear power, russian president medvedev renews ties with india. overnight snowfall in northern europe as to the misery of many thousands of stranded passengers. more news on the weather across europe and what it costs. >> absolutely. an example, british airways, the chaos is costing it $100 million a day, david. another day of disruption expected across europe with a more flights canceled here in the u.k. and also france and germany. he threw in london -- a return to normality is not expected before christmas. a major european airports are
rising passengers to check the web sites or twitter feeds before traveling. in the u.k. there are fears the impact of weather is having on the economy, shares in major retailers fell because investors are worried customers will be hampered from spending economist at global insight say the bad weather means there is not a very real likelihood growth could slow. account if -- accounting firm pwc warning businesses that a bad lead to impaired seeing their reputation suffered. why do we ask james clark from pwc whether any lesson has been learned from last year. >> not necessarily the right lessons. clearly in the u.k. was spent a lot of time investing in stock piles of rock salt and clearing roads but what we are not particularly good at is preparing for these events in the months coming up to the winter. businesses need to do more to prepare to protect themselves against destruction in the
future. but let us move on because the british government and heads of the countries biggest banks -- banks will meet today. postponed from yesterday because of the snow chaos. there will be discussing the thorny issue of bank bonuses. vincent cable said at the weekend the government could cap the financial lynsey if it did not show restraint over pay. an explanation about why this is such an in molted issue. >> it is because it is such a large amount of money some of these people are getting. there are bankers and the united kingdom getting in excess of 100 million pounds and 1 cent payout, which is an enormous sum of money. we are talking -- in the u.k., 2 million people involved in the banking industry, 5000 people would give bonuses at a level that requires some government intervention, so it is a very small demographic. >> let us continue and talk about big money because the trip that could be worth $30 billion, because of russian president the
major medvedev landed in india. in fact, he already signed some very important business deals. but the main focus will be agreement on design and development of stealth fighter jets being introduced into the indian air force. >> russian president dmitri medvedev and the business delegates he brought along on this visit to india have wasted no time getting to the negotiating table. already early on russia and india agreed to increase bilateral trade to about $20 billion by 2015. not just about increasing trade deals and the business done between both countries, but certainly for russia it is about securing a strategic partnership with a critical country. big-ticket items on the agenda on district -- trip include the supply of nuclear power generators by russia to india and also fighter jets. india is looking for 126 fighter jets. a contract worth about $12
billion, which could expand to about 30 billion in the future. >> reporting from mumbai parrot -- mumbai. markets are a bit more relaxed of the tensions in korea. >> there is going to be another royal wedding. buckingham palace announced the engagement of the queen's granddaughter zara phillips to international rugby player mike tindall. >> when exports personality of the year in 2006, zara phillips, now but next royal bride, a husband to become a straight talking and rugby player. they met in 2003 and has been a relationship conducted for the most part in private. like her brother peter, zara is not given a title. she lived her life with an incredible amount of freedom by will standards. there has even been a rebellious streak with the infamous tong's study. her love life, too, often
unconventional, especially during her tempestuous romance with a jockey. it mike tindall has been a steady influence on zara, and with that has come sporting success. in 2005 she told her mother's achievements winning a european event in a gold medal. a year later she became the sports world champion. as time passed they became more comfortable, appearing in public as a couple. the glimpse of them on "strictly, dancing" admission that have been tempted to take part. >> you were going to be in this year -- was it true or what these false things? >> we did get asked. >> the did get asked? >> unfortunately i have to watch. >> the queen seems to approve. in pressing the grandparents of great importance in this particular relationship. >> this is "gmt."
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