Sushma Swaraj

  • Sushma Swaraj seeks info on Indians jailed abroad for action 4 days ago

    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...
  • Uproar over Gaza: Rajya Sabha adjourned twice during Question Hour 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Congress-led Opposition on Thursday created ruckus in Rajya Sabha over a discussion on violence in Gaza not being listed in the day's agenda, leading to two adjournments during the Question Hour. As soon as the House met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari said...
  • RS Chairman rejects Centre's demand, agrees to discuss Gaza in House 5 days ago

    New Delhi: In an embarrassment for the Union government, Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari has rejected the Centre's demand not to hold a discussion on Gaza violence in the House. Ansari said there will be a discussion on the issue but in consultation with the government. While the Opposition wanted...
  • Do not follow UPA line on Sri Lankan issues, PMK urges NDA government 6 days ago

    New Delhi: A delegation led by PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss on Wednesday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and demanded that the NDA government should not toe the line which was adopted by the previous UPA regime on issues concerning Sri Lanka. "NDA should change its policy towards Sri Lanka and...
  • High drama in Rajya Sabha as MP lists debate on Gaza without Sushma Swaraj's consent 6 days ago

    New Delhi: There was high drama in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday due to confusion over a debate on the Gaza crisis. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had listed the debate, but External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrote to the Rajya Sabha Chairman claiming that her consent wasn't sought before...
  • Vaidik-Saeed meeting wasn't officially organised: Indian High Commission 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Hours after the Narendra Modi government denied any back channel talks following Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the Indian High Commission in its report has said that it had no information about the meeting and that it was a personal meeting. This comes after...
  • Vaidik-Saeed meet: Centre clarifies its stand, Congress seeks discussion 1 week ago

    New Delhi: With the increasing pressure from the opposition, the government has been forced to clarify its stand on yoga teacher Ramdev's close aide Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Lahore. The government has fielded its senior ministers in both the Houses of Parliament as the...
  • Rail Budget debate derailed as 'tired' RS members refuse to take part 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed a peculiar scenario when none of the members was willing to initiate or participate in a debate on Rail Budget despite being listed, with some saying they were tired, prompting the Chair to adjourn the House for the day at around 5.30...
  • Row over Vaidik-Saeed meet: The diplomatic misadventures of a private individual 1 week ago

    The extremely controversial meeting between 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and journalist Ved Prakash Vaidik has sparked off a nationwide debate. While opposition Congress slammed the meeting as government sponsored, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj strongly refuted such claims, saying that the government equally condemns such a meeting. ...
  • Have sought report from envoy in Pakistan on Vaidik-Saeed meet: Sushma 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Facing opposition from every corner, the government on Tuesday said that it disapproved and condemned the meeting of journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Rajya Sabha, "The government of India totally disapproves Vaidik's meeting with Hafiz Saeed." She...
  • Government says it has nothing to do with Vaidik-Saeed meet 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The central government on Tuesday ruled out any link with Ramdev aide Ved Prakash Vaidik's 'interview' with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the allegation that the government facilitated the journalist's meeting with Hafiz Saeed is false and...
  • Punjabis trapped in Iraq: Badal to meet Sushma again July 7, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said he would again meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to ask her to expedite the process of bringing back 39 people from the State "trapped" in Mosul region of strife-torn Iraq. An assurance in this regard was given by Badal to...
  • British ministers to meet Modi July 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Bilateral trade and economic relations will be high on the agenda when two top British ministers will have meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their counterparts separately on Tuesday. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will arrive in Mumbai...
  • British ministers to visit India; meet Modi, Sushma July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: British ministers William Hague and George Osborne will meet Prime Minister on July 7 and 8. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will jointly call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 8, a ministry of external affairs...
  • Huge Indian package for Nepal during Modi's visit likely July 5, 2014

    Kathmandu: India is expected to announce a major economic assistance package for Nepal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposed visit to the country. India's Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae on Saturday met Nepal's Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat when the matters related to the visit were discussed. "India is likely to announce...
  • BJP lauds government efforts in bringing back Indians from Iraq July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP on Saturday lauded the government for its efforts in ensuring safe return of Indians from strife- torn Iraq and expressed hope that the remaining stranded countrymen would also be brought back safely to their motherland. "We are grateful to the Narendra Modi-led Indian government for the way they...
  • UK Foreign minister on two-day 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 two-day 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...
  • 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...
  • Special flight carrying 46 nurses, 130 other Indians from Iraq to reach Mumbai today July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The ordeal ends for the 46 Indians nurses and 130 other Indians as they finally return home from Iraq after being held in captivity by ISIS militants the war torn country. The special Air India flight carrying the nurses and 137 others would first land in Mumbai around...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Modi government's neighbourhood priority policy: Swaraj to visit Nepal June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: In line with the new government's commitment to give priority to neighbouring countries, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Nepal later next month. The External Affairs Minister, who chose Bangladesh for her first official foreign visit, had also accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first visit to...
  • Sushma Swaraj concludes Bangladesh visit June 27, 2014

    Dhaka: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concluded her three-day-vist to Bagladesh on Friday after offering prayers at the historic Dhakeshwari Mandir for better ties between the two countries. "I came to Bangladesh with an open mind. Good relations exist between India and Bangladesh and the relationship will get better. I...
  • Sushma Swaraj visits Hindu temple in Dhaka June 27, 2014

    Dhaka: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj prayed on Friday for better ties between India and Bangladesh at the historic Dhakeshwari Mandir, a media report said. The minister visited the temple on the last day of her three-day trip and offered prayers, the online edition of Prothom Alo newspaper reported. She spoke in...