Affairs

  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends on-arrival visa facility for 4 African nations Yesterday

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended on-arrival 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' Yesterday

    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 sea-farers 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 the initiative 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 strife-torn 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? 22-year-old girl shot dead by brother over affair July 31, 2014

    In a suspected case of honour killing, a 22-year-old 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...
  • 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 extra-marital 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 extra-marital 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 high-level incidents around the world. It's the first TV series for Heigl since she left her Emmy-winning 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 BJP-led 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 100-crore 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 six-laning 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 four-laning of the Kazahakkottum-Mukkola 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 non-conflict 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 non-conflict 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 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...
  • 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...
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reaches Bangladesh for 2-day visit June 26, 2014

    Dhaka: Sushma Swaraj arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday night on her first official visit abroad after becoming External Affairs Minister during which she will hold talks with the top leadership on key bilateral issues including Land Boundary Agreement, proposed Teesta river pact and illegal immigration. Swaraj arrived in Dhaka for the...
  • Iraq crisis: Trying to shift all Indians from the conflict zone, says MEA June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that it was trying to shift all Indian nationals from the conflict zone in Iraq. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We had indicated that around 120 Indians are in conflict zone and around 17 had been shifted.". Meanwhile, two other Indians...
  • Sushma to visit Dhaka on June 25-27 June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Bangladesh next week during which she will hold talks with the top leadership there on a host of issues of bilateral and international interest. This is Swaraj's first stand-alone visit abroad as the External Affairs Minister. She had earlier this month accompanied...
  • Use of Hindi on social media only in Hindi-speaking states: Modi government June 21, 2014

    Facing criticism from various sections, government on Friday said the use of Hindi on social media is only for states speaking the language and is not being imposed on non-Hindi-speaking states. "Use of Hindi on government of India's social media platforms is only for Hindi-speaking states... Hindi is not being imposed...
  • 16 Indians evacuated from Iraq June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Sixteen Indians have been evacuated from Iraq, the government said on Friday. Eight Indians were pulled out of Baiji and eight more from Anbar province in the violence-hit country, the external affairs ministry said. "Of the 120 Indians in affected areas, 16 have left (for India) so far," ministry spokesman...
  • 16 Indians evacuated from violence-hit areas in Iraq: Government June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Maintaining that the situation in Iraq remains a priority for the Union government, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that the government will provide monetary help to Indians stranded in Iraq if they want to want to return. "All the Indian nationals in Iraq who are...
  • Bring back our relatives, cry the families of Indians stranded in Iraq June 19, 2014

    40 Indians have been abducted in Iraq by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadist group. Their family members came to Delhi on Thursday to seek help from the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs. "The last time I spoke to my son was June 10. I...
  • No directive that Hindi must be the dominating language: MHA June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju dismissed any directive issued by the government to declare Hindi as the dominating language. "The controversy on Hindi is unwarranted. There is no directive that Hindi must be the dominating language. We want every language to get due importance," he...