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  • Modi government replaces Arvind Mayaram with Rajiv Mehrishi as Economic Affairs Secretary 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Thursday replaced Arvind Mayaram as Economic Affairs Secretary with Rajiv Mehrishi. In orders issued on Wednesday, Mayaram, a 1978-batch IAS officer belonging to Rajasthan cadre, was made the Tourism Secretary in place of Parvez Dewan on his retirement at month end. In his place,...
  • Home Ministry asked to administer Emblems Act October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Consumer Affairs Ministry has asked the Home Ministry to take over the complete administration of a law that aims to prevent improper use of certain emblems and names for professional and commercial purposes. The Emblems and Names Act (Prevention of Improper Use)...
  • India siding with US against China can be disastrous: Natwar Singh September 25, 2014

    Jaipur: A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on his maiden visit to the United States, former external affairs minister Natwar Singh said that India should not unite with the US against China as it could be "disastrous". "The era of superpower has gone. America is not the only...
  • Sushma Swaraj arrives in Afghanistan to improve strategic ties September 10, 2014

    Kabul: Seeking to enhance strategic cooperation and help Afghanistan deal with key challenges of security and stability, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived on Wednesday on a crucial visit as the trouble torn country approaches the first democratic transition of power after fall of the Taliban in 2001. Swaraj's visit also...
  • AlQaeda India wing: IB issues alert in all states as sources say video appears authentic September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Intelligence Bureau has issued an allIndia alert saying that the video, in which alQaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri announced the formation of an Indian branch of his terrorist group, is authentic, say sources. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been briefed about the video which the government says...
  • Appointing Sathasivam as Kerala Governor will lead to political interference in judiciary: ExCJI VN Khare September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam's name has been finalised for the post of Kerala Governor, which has led to a new controversy. Both the political and the legal fraternity have slammed the government's move calling it a bad precedent. Voicing his objection, former Chief Justice of India...
  • 25 Indian workers arrested in Kuwait on murder charges August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Reportedly, 25 Indians in Kuwait have been arrested on murder charges on Friday. The External Affairs Ministry has reacted to the situation stating that India's Mission has taken up problems with Kuwaiti authorities and will soon provide necessary assistance. The ministry has also said that all Indians in...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends onarrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended onarrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • Captivity of Indians 'a searing impact of Arab instability' August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday expressed concern over the continued captivity of 39 Indian workers in Iraq's Mosul city and Indian seafarers by pirates in Somalia and said their plight reflects the "searing impact" of regional instability in parts of Arab world on ordinary Indians. "The continued...
  • 2 schools of Nalanda University to commence courses from September August 10, 2014

    The first two Schools of Nalanda University, which is being built near the ruins of the ancient academic institution in Bihar with assistance from a number of ASEAN member countries, will commence its courses from next month. In her address at the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting, External Affairs Minister...
  • BJP slams JD(U) minister for making fun of Sushma Swaraj August 8, 2014

    A day after a senior JD(U) minister ridiculed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for saying that flood situation had been averted in Bihar due to theinitiative of the Centre, the BJP on Friday hit back at him for trivializing the union government's efforts to prevent largescale destruction due to discharge...
  • Philippines urges workers in Libya to leave while they can August 2, 2014

    Manila: The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strifetorn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast. A ship chartered by Manila is set to sail from Malta in the coming days to pick up Filipinos...
  • Natwar Singh attacks Manmohan Singh in his book August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh's reign as Prime Minister has been severely criticised by his former ministerial colleague Natwar Singh, who says he leaves no legacy after being in power for 10 years. Singh, who was External Affairs Minister under Manmohan Singh, says the MEA was "demoralised" since it was run...
  • Honour killing? 22yearold girl shot dead by brother over affair July 31, 2014

    In a suspected case of honour killing, a 22yearold girl was shot dead allegedly by her brother who was opposed to her relationship with a boy in Loee village in Muzaffarnagar. The girl was shot dead by her brother Arshad following heated arguments over the matter on Wednesday, Deputy SP R...
  • Centre working towards safe evacuation of Indians from Libya, Tunisia July 30, 2014

    In a step to facilitate safe evacuation of Indians from wartorn Libya and neighbouring Tunisia, the External Affairs Ministry has said that 6 officials have been deployed for the same. A high level meeting has been chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and tickets are being arranged for those...
  • Tomato prices skyrocket to Rs 80 per kg in some cities July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Tomato prices have soared up to Rs 80 per kg in some parts of the country after a substantial drop in supply from key producing states. The average price of tomato, monitored by the Consumer Affairs Department, in 59 cities, however, stood at Rs 60 per kg. The vegetable...
  • We have to deliver quickly: Sushma Swaraj July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Friday said living up to people's expectations is a big challenge for Modi government as those "who give a mandate with so many aspirations don't have much patience" and it has to "deliver quickly". "We have to deliver and...
  • 'Government believes in empowering business and protecting investors' July 22, 2014

    The Government believed in promoting ethical practices without burdening business with intense regulatory restrictions as "empowering business and protecting investors" was its motto, said NK Bhola, Regional Director (NR and NER), Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Addressing a seminar on "Business Ethics", organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Jamshedpur, on Tuesday,...
  • Police to record statement of officer's wife who alleged extramarital affair July 21, 2014

    A Madhya Pradesh police team will soon visit New Delhi to record the statement of IPS officer, Pramod Verma's wife Nidhi, who in a complaint to the State Director General of Police (DGP) Nandan Dube had charged her husband with having an extramarital relation with a woman police officer. Nidhi, in...
  • US hopeful of addressing nuke liability issues with India July 18, 2014

    Washington: With the new government in power in India, the US believes that there may be an opening to address the contentious nuclear liability issues with India, a top US official said. "While we have not yet had detailed discussion with the Modi government on the way forward on civil nuclear...
  • Rising India is ameliorating influence on China: US July 18, 2014

    Washington: The US has said a rising India is going to be an ameliorating influence on China as there will be areas of both collaboration and competition between the two Asian giants to work on. "A rising India is in some ways going to be an ameliorating influence on China and...
  • Man kills girlfriend over suspected love affair with another man July 17, 2014

    A woman was strangled to death allegedly by her boyfriend who suspected her to be involved in an illicit relationship with another man in the district,police said on Thursday. Prakash Rundala (25) allegedly murdered Ramanjot Kaur on July 10 at her flat in Jaipur, because a man had stayed with the...
  • 'The Ugly Truth' star Katherine Heigl returns to TV with 'State of Affairs' July 14, 2014

    Beverly Hills: Katherine Heigl is returning to television, with her mother in tow. She stars on the new fall series 'State of Affairs,' playing a CIA attache who informs the president on highlevel incidents around the world. It's the first TV series for Heigl since she left her Emmywinning role on...
  • Obama looking forward to meet Modi in September: US official July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: President Barack Obama is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September, which will be a "valuable opportunity" to renew the strategic partnership and spur trade between the two countries, a senior US official said on Thursday. US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns, who met...
  • Ministry of Minority Affairs gets higher outlay in budget July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The budget of BJPled NDA government on Thursday announced a higher outlay of Rs 3,734.01 crore for the Ministry of Minority Affairs and announced schemes for skill upgradation of minorities and Rs 100crore for modernisation of madrasas. The outlay of the Ministry of Minority Affairs in the union budget...
  • Government approves expansion of highways in five states July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved four and sixlaning of highways covering over 676 kilometres in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh at a total cost of about Rs 13,987 crore. "The CCEA today approved development of fourlaning of the KazahakkottumMukkola section of...
  • 200 Indians to return from Iraq on Wednesday: MEA July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that plane carrying 200 Indian nationals will arrive in the nation capital from Najaf on Wednesday. The Indian nationals are currently housed in accommodation provided by the Indian embassy. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "Evacuation of Indians from nonconflict zones...
  • 117 Indians to return from Iraq today, 2,200 more wish to come back July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly 2,200 Indians in Iraq's nonconflict areas wish to return home, with 117 of them set to reach the capital after midnight on Sunday, it was announced on Sunday. The external affairs ministry said the government was buying tickets for some 1,600 of the 2,200 while the air fare...
  • UK Foreign minister on twoday visit from Monday July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In its first engagement with the new government, UK's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague will embark on a twoday visit to India from Monday to hold talks with top leadership on key areas including trade and defence. Hague will come along with UK Chancellor of the...
  • Badaun murder: One month on, family awaits justice July 4, 2014

    Badaun: It has been almost a month since two minor girls were found hanging from a tree in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh and there is still no clarity on who killed the two teenagers and under what circumstances. The postmortem report was supposed to be the basis of scientific investigation...