India missile test amid perceived threats from neighbouring Pakistan and China

Vastavam web: India tested its longest-range intercontinental missile on Thursday, the defence ministry said, part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighbouring Pakistan and China.The 5,000-km range (3,107-mile) Agni missile was tested from an island in the Bay of Bengal, the ministry said on its official Twitter account.The Agni-V is an advanced version of the indigenously built Agni, or Fire, series, part of a programme that started in the 1980s. It has been tested previously before.