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  • Nearly 6,000 Indians languishing in foreign jails 18 hours 44 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Nearly 6,000 Indians are currently languishing in foreign jails with maximum of 1,400 being lodged in Saudi Arabia, government said on Thursday. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who also looks after the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry, said a total of 5,986...
  • Sushma Swaraj directs deployment of more staff for exit of Indians from Libya 2 days ago

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday directed deployment of additional staff to enable smooth facilitation of return of Indian nationals from strife -torn Libya, a day after the government advised its nationals to leave that country and not to travel there. The minister, who reviewed the security situation...
  • India's mission in Tripoli advises all Indian nationals to leave Libya 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The India's mission in Tripoli on Monday advised all its nationals to leave Libya as Civil war has worsens in the country. The development came after the US and UK closed their embassies in the the strife-torn country. There are more than 6000 Indians employed in Libya who asked to...
  • Sushma Swaraj seeks info on Indians jailed abroad for action July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed all Indian missions in the countries where significant number of nationals were in jail to provide updated information for further action. This came after the release of 40 Indian nationals, who returned on Friday after being held in prison in Saudi...
  • Iraq crisis: 36 Indian nationals reach Kerala July 18, 2014

    Kochi: Another batch of 36 Indians, including 21 nurses, arrived early on Friday from strife-torn Iraq, officials said. The 36 Indians, all Keralites arrived here from Dubai. While three of the nurses were working in General Hospital at Kirkuk in Kurdistan, in Iraq, 18 were employed with Azadi Teaching Hospital at...
  • Iraq crisis: 175 more Indians to reach home on Thursday July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Another batch of 175 Indian nationals will reach on Thursday from conflict-hit Iraq even as the number of Indians to be evacuated from that country will be 3000 in next few days. "Another Special Flight coming from Iraq! Approximately 175 Indians to depart Najaf late tonight; will reach Delhi...
  • Iraq crisis: Families of abducted Indians meet Punjab CM, MEA says all safe July 11, 2014

    The families of 39 Indians who are in still in ISIS captivity on Friday met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh. Frustrated over the lack of information from both the Punjab government and the Centre, the families said that they last heard from their relatives in Iraq who...
  • Iraq crisis: 39 Indians in Mosul are safe, says MEA July 11, 2014

    Ministry of External Affair spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday said, "I can confirm that we have had through interlocutors a contact with Indians in captivity Information we have got and they are unharmed but remain in captivity." ...
  • India asks UN team on Kashmir to leave Delhi premises July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: India has asked a United Nations military observer group on Kashmir to vacate a government-provided bungalow in New Delhi, in a toughening stance against a mission that Indians have long opposed. New Delhi considers the whole of Kashmir as an integral part of the country and has bristled against...
  • Iraq crisis: Tickets provided to 1600 Indians to return, says MEA July 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after the return of 46 Indian nurses from Iraq, The Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday that MEA has provided ticket to 1600 Indian nationals stuck in the war-torn country to facilitate their return. Two special flights will be operated to New Delhi from Najaf and...
  • Iraq: Mass evacuation of Indians on, 600 more to return home on Sunday July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In more relief for the families whose loved ones are stuck in war-torn Iraq, 600 more Indians are set to return from the strife-hit country on Sunday. As many as 200 people from Najaf and 400 Indian nationals from South Baghdad will head for their homeland on Sunday. The...
  • Indian nurses freed from Iraq return to Kochi, welcomed by Kerala CM July 5, 2014

    Kochi: Bringing an end to the ordeal, 46 Indian nurses have returned to Kochi after being held in captivity by ISIS militants in the war torn Iraq. Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy was present at the airport to receive the Indians returning from Iraq. Relieved to have the nurses back in...
  • Special flight with 46 Indian nurses freed from Iraq takes off from Mumbai, to land in Kochi July 5, 2014

    Mumbai: The special Air India flight carrying 46 Indian nurses freed from Iraq has taken off for Kochi after making a halt in Mumbai for refueling and catering supplies. From Kochi the flight will go to Hyderabad and then to Delhi. 46 Indians nurses and 130 other Indians are on...
  • Iraq crisis: Nurses to reunite with their families on Saturday July 5, 2014

    All the 46 nurses who have been in captivity in Tikrit since June 11 were released by ISIS in Mosul. A special Indian plane will now take the nurses from Erbil, Iraq to Kochi, Kerala to reunite with their families. ...
  • News 360: Free from ISIS clutches, Indian nurses head for home July 4, 2014

    As many as 116 Indians including 46 nurses from Kerala will reach India on Saturday morning, reassured the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday evening. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that an Air India aircraft has flown from New Delhi and is expected to reach Erbil, Iraq, late on Friday. ...
  • Iraq crisis: 116 Indians to reach home on Saturday, efforts on to rescue others in captivity July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: As many as 116 Indians including 46 nurses from Kerala will reach India on Saturday morning, reassured the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday evening. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that an Air India aircraft has flown from New Delhi and is expected to reach Erbil, Iraq, late on...
  • Iraq crisis: Nurses will reach Kochi on Saturday, confirms Kerala CM July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday confirmed that all the 46 Indian nurses who are now free from the clutches of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will reach India on Saturday in a special aircraft. Chandy said that the nurses were on their way to...
  • Iraq crisis: Indian nurses will be flown from Erbil to Kochi in a special aircraft July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: All the 46 Indian nurses released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will be flown directly from Erbil in Kurdistan to Kochi in a special aircraft, sources said. The nurses are expected to reach Kochi at around 7 am on Saturday. Sources have told...
  • We are safe, ISIS militants have not harmed us: Abducted Indian nurse July 4, 2014

    Mosul: The 46 Indian nurses whose fate hanged in the balance ever since they were shifted from Tikrit by the ISIS militants, are safe, confirmed one amongst them. One of the abducted nurses told CNN-IBN that they were safe in the custody of the militants and that they were currently placed...
  • Iraq Crisis: Indian nurses in ISIS custody, MEA says all are safe July 4, 2014

    All Indian nurses in Tikrit under the custody of ISIS militants have been moved to another location in Iraq. The External Affairs Ministry said that they are safe and officials are trying to keep in touch with them. ...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 3, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • MEA provides tickets to 500 Indians in Iraq to come back home July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: With no sign of abatement of the crisis in Iraq, the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said that it has provided tickets to 500 Indian nationals in Iraq to facilitate their return home. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We are using facilities available through Indian community welfare...
  • Firing on in Tikrit but Indian nurses are safe: MEA July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: There has been instances of bombing and firing in the vicinity where 46 Indian nurses have taken refuge from the ISIS militants in Iraq's Tikrit, said Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, however, assured that all the nurses were safe, adding that efforts were on...
  • Preparations on to rescue 600 Indians from war-torn Iraq: MEA June 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Assuring that the government was making sure Indian nationals stuck in Iraq were brought back home safely, the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that arrangements were being made for flying as many as 600 Indians from the war-torn country. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that these 600...
  • 3 Air India planes on standby for evacuation of Indians in Iraq, Sushma meets envoys June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India on Sunday kept three planes on standby for evacuation of Indian nationals in strife-torn Iraq even as the Government reviewed the situation in the region at a high-level meeting after which it said the 39 abducted Indians were safe. The government also said that it was in...
  • Sushma Swaraj meets worried family members of Indians stuck in Iraq June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Anxious family members of Indians stranded in war-torn Iraq met Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday evening and sought help to bring back their dear ones. This is Swaraj's second meeting the family members of Indians stuck in the war-torn country. "They had last met us on 19th...
  • As many as 40 Indians will be flown out of Iraq on Tuesday: MEA June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday once again assured that the Indian government was putting in all efforts to help the Indians stranded in Iraq. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that while the 39 Indians in Mosul were still held in captivity, the Indian nationals stuck in Tikrit,...
  • Iraq crisis: Government is prepared to act, says Naresh Gujral June 29, 2014

    Shiromani Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral on Sunday said that the central government has assured to act according to the situation in Iraq. "We are told that our people are safe. Government is prepared," he added. ...
  • Sushma Swaraj chairs meeting of Gulf envoys to discuss Iraq crisis June 30, 2014

    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...
  • Aggrieved families of Indians abducted in Iraq to meet MEA again June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Little news about the whereabouts of their loved ones have forced the families of the Indians abducted from Mosul in Iraq to pay yet another visit to the Ministry of External Affairs. Sushma Swaraj is expected to meet the aggrieved families on Sunday evening. Concerned parents are desperately seeking...