Smita Sharma

  • India-Pak relations: Challenges for Modi 17-08-2014 07:57 PM

    As India and Pakistan celebrate 67 years of Independence, CNN-IBN discusses with Indo-Pak experts the challenges and expectations that lay ahead for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif. ...
  • Russia might try to seize more parts of Ukraine 18-07-2014 06:17 PM

    In an interview with CNN-IBN, Smitha Sharma talks about how the Ukraine crisis began in the region. The internal Ukraine crisis began in November 2013 leading to the capture of Crimea. The fear instilled in people now is that Russia might attempt to seize more parts of Ukraine. ...
  • PM Modi meets Chinese President in Brazil, calls for a solution to the border issue 15-07-2014 07:53 AM

    Fortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his delegation are in Fortaleza, Brazil, for the sixth BRICS summit. Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit, for the first time after assuming power. The two discussed the contentious boundary issue with the PM pushing for a resolution...
  • Girls married off in relief camps, dumped within months in Muzaffarnagar 09-07-2014 08:09 AM

    Muzaffarnagar: In the aftermath of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, Akhilesh Yadav's Uttar Pradesh government, under criticism, promised Rs 1 lakh for any girl getting married at the relief camps. But that has resulted in hundreds of spurious marriages with young girls being married for just days and then being dumped...
  • India-US-Japan can together reduce tension in the region: John McCain 03-07-2014 04:30 PM

    New Delhi: US Senator John McCain on Thursday said that a strong US-India-Japan relationship can strengthen our ties with the entire region and work together to reduce tensions in the region. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, McCain said, "We have very high expectations as I think that the people...
  • Reports of BJP being spied upon by NSA embarrassing, says US Senator John McCain 03-07-2014 08:38 AM

    US Senator John McCain who is in India on a two-day visit has told CNN-IBN that reports of the Bharatiya Janata Party being spied upon by the National Security Agency is embarrassing. Speaking to CNN-IBN, he has also admitted that there is a need for more judicial and Congressional supervision...
  • India summons US diplomats over snooping of BJP, calls it unnaceptable 02-07-2014 11:36 AM

    New Delhi: India has strongly taken up the issue of the US National Security Agency spying upon the Bharatitya Janata Party and has summoned US diplomats. The government has called the snooping of the BJP 'unacceptable' and has sought assurance from the US that it will not happen again. However,...
  • Sushma Swaraj chairs meeting of Gulf envoys to discuss Iraq crisis 29-06-2014 03:48 PM

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday held a meeting of India's top envoys from Gulf countries to discuss the situation in conflict-hit Iraq where the Indian government is in the process of facilitating departure of nearly 10,000 of its nationals from non-conflict zones. The meeting was regarding...
  • Iraq envoy contradicts MEA, says can't confirm if Indians have been abducted 24-06-2014 08:10 AM

    New Delhi: Even as a few stranded Indians have returned home from Iraq, the Indian government has reassured the families of other citizens trapped there. However, now Iraq ambassador has contradicted the Ministry of External Affairs. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, the Iraqi Ambassador, Ahmad Tahseen, has said that...
  • No mass evacuation planned yet, many Indians stranded in Iraq seek help 21-06-2014 01:08 PM

    New Delhi: Even as the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate, Indian government has not yet planned any mass evacuation from the war-torn country, say sources. The Ministry of External Affairs wants to focus on the 120 Indian nationals stuck in conflict zones, the sources added. Union Home Minister Rajnath...
  • ISIS dangerous not only for Syria but whole world: Syrian Ambassador 19-06-2014 05:12 PM

    Syrian Ambassador to India, Riyadh Abbas on Thursday said that the ISIS is getting support from Al Qaeda supporters, like western, colonial states and some Saudi countries. In an interview to CNN-IBN, Syrian Ambassador said, "ISIS is terrorist organisation which is dangerous not only for Syria but the whole world."...
  • A year after Uttarakhand floods, tourism drops, hotels deserted 17-06-2014 08:11 AM

    Kedarnath: A year after the devastating Uttarakhand flash floods, even as rebuilding the state remains a huge task, one of the biggest challenges the state now faces is to win the confidence of tourists who seem to have kept a distance from the state this summer. Dinesh Uniyal is a...
  • Uttarakhand tragedy: Memorial to be built in Rambada 16-06-2014 03:40 PM

    Last year in Uttarakhand, a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination, thousands of people lost their lives and hundreds went missing. Today in Rambada, Uttarakhand, a foundation was laid, for a memorial, to be built in the remembrance of all those who lost their lives in 2013 flood tragedy. ...
  • Uttarakhand floods: A year on, thousands continue to struggle, bodies still lying around in Kedarnath 16-06-2014 08:29 AM

    Guptkashi: As Uttarakhand marks the first anniversary of the devastating floods, thousands of survivors continue to struggle, hoping the government will eventually come good on its promise to provide jobs and new homes. In October 2013, over Rs 500 crore were sanctioned to the state Irrigation Department for flood protection...
  • Watch: Uttarakhand crawls back to normalcy an year after the floods 14-06-2014 10:16 PM

    It is one full year since the natural disaster stuck Uttarakhand and left irreparable scars on its people. CNN-IBN visits the state to find out changes in the past one year. ...
  • Rise of India & China will make the world more peaceful: Wang Yi 10-06-2014 06:45 PM

    New Delhi: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi believes India and China share a long term relationship and the latter need not get insecure about the former's strengthening relationship with other neighbouring countries. However, the Tibetan issue remains a bone of contention between the two countries as China expects India to...
  • Ready for discussion on stapled visa with 'old friend' Modi: China 10-06-2014 08:53 AM

    New Delhi: One of the sticking points in India's relationship with China has been their policy of issuing stapled visas to people from Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. While refusing to discontinue its policy, China agreed to work towards finding an approach that provides facilities for the travel of local people...
  • China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi to visit India on June 8 29-05-2014 05:20 PM

    New Delhi: To strengthen its ties with the Narendra Modi government, China will send Foreign Minister Wang Yi to India on June 8. During his visit, Chinese Foreign Minister will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and he is also expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier...
  • PM Modi holds telephonic conversation with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang 29-05-2014 02:38 PM

    New Delhi: After holding bilateral talks with heads of the SAARC nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the talks were cordial and high level interactions were discussed. The Chinese premier also conveyed the...
  • Nawaz Sharif's daughter hails his decision to attend Modi's swearing-in 24-05-2014 10:36 PM

    New Delhi: Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam hailed her father's decision to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in saying the step will help in restoring fraying bilateral ties. In an exclusive statement emailed to Network 18, Maryam said, "The invitation extended by India's Prime Minister-designate & the reciprocal gesture by the Prime Minister...
  • Modi-Sharif meeting unlikely to be path breaking, say analysts 24-05-2014 03:49 PM

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on May 26 at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. "The Pakistan Prime Minister will be visiting India for the swearing-in ceremony," confirmed PML(N) spokesperson Tariq Azim. ...
  • Pakistan just one member, don't ignore other nations: G Parthasarathy 24-05-2014 02:44 PM

    Reacting to the confirmation from Pakistan PM for attending Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony, former diplomat G Parthasarathy said that Pakistan is just one of the eight nations that were invited and cautioned that one should not go overboard with just one nation and ignore the others. ...
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony 24-05-2014 11:25 AM

    New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on May 26 at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. "The Pakistan Prime Minister will be visiting India for the swearing-in ceremony," confirmed PML(N) spokesperson Tariq Azim. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson in...
  • Pakistan PM to take a call on Modi's oath taking ceremony invitation today 22-05-2014 01:26 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan is undecided over whether the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will take up Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's invitation to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed that Sharif has received the invite but will only decide whether to attend the ceremony or...
  • No clarity yet on Pak PM's decision on attending Modi's swearing-in event 22-05-2014 10:27 AM

    New Delhi: Amidst speculations on whether Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, ruling party PML-N leader Siddiq-ul Farooq said that the Pakistan PM is likely to accept Modi's invitation. Pakistani PMO sources said that Sharif is exploring the opportunity to...
  • SAARC leaders invited to PM's swearing-in ceremony; Nawaz Sharif unlikely to come 21-05-2014 08:46 PM

    Diplomatic overtures have already begun even though the new government is yet to take office. In a first, SAARC leaders have been invited to PM's swearing-in ceremony. BJP on Wednesday said that it was Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's desire to invite the heads of government of all SAARC countries to...
  • Narendra Modi not keen about US trip, priority China, Russia, Japan 21-05-2014 01:12 PM

    New Delhi: Is new Prime Minister Narendra Modi trying settle score with the United States of America (USA) by not feeling enthusiastic about a visit to America? The USA has extended an official invitation to Modi to visit Washington but Modi does not seem very enthusiastic about the trip. According...
  • WB: Mamata plays the secularism card against Modi with an eye on Muslim votes 05-05-2014 08:14 AM

    Kolkata: A war of words has broken out between West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi ahead of the next phase of elections in West Bengal with the crucial Muslim vote at stake. "I demand...
  • 1971 wounds: Bangladesh needs a healing touch

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    Last February of last year, thousands of young people flocked to Dhaka's Shahbag Square, seeking justice. Like Lucy Akhtar, the 23-year-old protest organiser everyone called...

  • Watch: Reactions of relatives of Malaysian flight MH192 passengers 21-04-2014 08:34 AM

    More than 40 days after MH 370 went missing, there was another Malaysian airline scare after flight MH192 from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore turned back mid-air, when a malfunction was detected. Malaysian Airlines has reported that the flight has landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The Bangalore bound...