Cyclone Fani, an extremely severe category 4 storm and one of the strongest in recent years, makes landfall at the coastal town of Puri in the Indian state of Odisha. Eight people have been killed in India, according to the Press Trust of India, and hundreds more injured. Severe damage and flooding has been reported. One million Indians and 2.1 million Bangladeshis have been evacuated. A storm surge possibly up to 1.5m (5ft) is expected. The storm, weakening as it travels northeast through India, is expected to reach Chittagong in Bangladesh Saturday.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the global transfer of weapons between 2012 and 2016 has been higher than any other five-year period since the end of the Cold War, with the Middle East increasing its weapon imports by 212%, second only to India, who accounted for 13% of the world's imports.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin sign several agreements including a $12.9 billion defense and energy deal. Russian state oil major Rosneft pays for a controlling stake in both India's Essar Oil and port facilities that it already owns.
Somali pirates hijack a Bangladeshi cargo ship off the coast of India. [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-south-asia-11925616 (BBC)] [https:--web.archive.org-web-20101207041937-http:--www.straitstimes.com-BreakingNews-Asia-Story-STIStory_611002.html ("Straits Times")] [http:--www.capitalfm.co.ke-news-Africa-Pirates-steering-ship-towards-Somalia-10766.html (Capital FM Kenya)]date=August 2019