Akbaruddin

  • AP: Enquiry ordered after 14-year-old found to be a poll officer 17-03-2014 11:14 AM

    Hyderabad: The appointment of a 14-year-old boy as a booth level polling officer (BLO) has caused a huge embarrassment for the Election Commission. According to local media reports, a 14-year-old boy Mohammad Shaik Yousuf has been appointed as a BLO at Chandrayanagutta assembly seat in the walled city of Hyderabad....
  • MEA offers plum postings to 'friendly diplomats', E-Gram reveals 21-02-2014 06:45 PM

    New Delhi: CNN-IBN has accessed a confidential E-Gram by the Ministry of External Affairs sent in the end of 2013 asking its diplomatic missions abroad to indicate their "stations of choice" amongst a list of posts which were likely to fall vacant in 2014. The E-Gram, sent by then MEA...
  • Sex trade: Police file FIR on Ugandan women's complaint 04-02-2014 02:37 PM

    New Delhi: The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against unknown persons after three Ugandan women living in Khirki Extension approached it for help against traffickers. The Ugandan women filed the complaint reportedly with the AAP government's help. AAP leader and Delhi's Law Minister Somnath Bharti had conducted a raid...
  • MEA condemns misbehavior with Ugandan nationals, promises action 18-01-2014 10:17 PM

    Ministry of External Affairs expressed its concern over the matter raised by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti involving Ugandan nationals. MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said, "We condemn this incident, we also explained to the African heads of mission that action is underway and the complaints registered will be investigated. We...
  • India to ask UK for details of claims of help during Operation Bluestar 14-01-2014 05:01 PM

    New Delhi: A Sikh member of the House of Lords in London has claimed that recently released top secret documents suggest former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's government helped her the then Indian counterpart Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 to flush out terrorists holed...
  • Sri Lanka releases 20 jailed Indian fishermen 13-01-2014 03:24 PM

    New Delhi: The External Affairs Ministry today announced that India and Sri Lanka had begun the process of releasing fishermen trapped in Lankan jails. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted to say that 20 fishermen had been released today. "#India-#Srilanka begin process of release of fishermen. 1st batch of 20 released,"...
  • UN base attacked in South Sudan, 3 Indian peacekeepers dead 20-12-2013 07:44 AM

    New Delhi: In a unfortunate incident in South Sudan, three Indian peacekeepers were killed when attackers stormed a United Nations base in South Sudan where civilians had taken refuge, as violence and unrest continued unabated in the the world's newest country.. Confirming the news, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed...
  • Devyani Khobragade case: MEA slams Bharara's statement 19-12-2013 09:57 PM

    The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said the US authorities did not extend any courtesies during the arrest of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade. Taking a dig at the US Attorney prosecuting the case, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "The statement issued by Preet Bharara that the procedure followed...
  • India will take the matter of Indian diplomat Devyani forcefully with US: MEA 13-12-2013 09:20 PM

    New Delhi: A diplomatic row erupted between New Delhi and Washington after the arrest of the Deputy Consul General at the Indian consulate in New York, Devyani Khobragade. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh hit back on Friday by summoning US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell. Devyani Khobragade was arrested reportedly on...
  • Sailor in Togo jail: Wife awaits his return for son's last rites 06-12-2013 01:48 PM

    Mumbai: It has been six months since the crew of the ship MT Centurion was detained in a Togo prison in West Africa. Adding to the worries of the wife of Captain Sunil James, Aditi James not only has a missing husband now, but the body of their 11-month-old son...
  • Nigerian national death case: Nigeria upset over investigation by Indian authorities 06-11-2013 07:55 PM

    Panaji: A week after a Nigerian national was murdered in Goa, allegedly linked to a war between two gangs involved in drug trafficking, Nigerian ambassador Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku said, "We are being given the impression that the murder of this person is not important to you, your only concern is...
  • Kenya mall attack: 59 killed, 30 people still in hostage 22-09-2013 10:45 PM

    Nairobi: A day after the Nairobi attack took place, 30 people are still in hostage inside the Nairobi shopping mall where gunmen had killed at least 59 people on Saturday and injured 200 others. The casualties of the mall attack poured into hospitals hour on hour. The Kenyan Police are...
  • Kenya mall attack: Death toll rises to over 55 22-09-2013 07:36 PM

    The toll in the terror attack at an upscale shopping mall in Kenya's capital Nairobi on Saturday has risen to 59, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku said on Sunday. President Uhuru Kenyatta said the killed included some of his family members. Lenku, who is in charge of the country's...
  • Salman Khurshid likely to meet his Pakistani counterpart on Friday 10-09-2013 07:58 PM

    Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is likely to meet Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's foreign policy adviser, in Kyrgyzstan on September 13, said informed sources in New Delhi. Khurshid is to pay an official visit to the Kyrgyz Republic to attend a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council...
  • India does not support a strike against Syria, says MEA 03-09-2013 08:26 PM

    While maintaining India's position against chemical weapons, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said India does not support a strike against Syria. ...
  • Fake Salman Khurshid account tweets on Syria cause flutter 28-08-2013 11:49 PM

    Amid reports of an impending Western military strike on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons, a fake Twitter account of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid caused a flutter on Wednesday, saying the attack was to begin soon. The government complained to the San Francisco-headquartered company and the fake...
  • Chinese incursions won't be dealt with through diplomatic routes: MEA 21-08-2013 06:30 PM

    New Delhi: Amidst reports of fresh incursions Chinese troops into the Indian territory in the Chagalgam area of Arunachal Pradesh, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the matter will not be taken up via diplomatic channels."We do not take up non events in diplomatic practice. What has happened...
  • India welcomes Sharif's friendship offer, wants him to act on terror 13-08-2013 04:09 PM

    New Delhi: India on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's offer of friendship with a caveat that Pakistan must not harbour terrorists. Responding to Sharif's call for 'coming together with a clean heart', Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Pakistan needs to honour the sanctity of the...
  • Pak envoy does a U-turn on Dawood, India seeks action in 1993 Bombay blast case 10-08-2013 09:51 PM

    New Delhi: Even as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shatif's special envoy for improving relations with India Shahryar Khan did a U-turn on his remarks on Dawood Ibrahim, India said the 1993 Bombay bomb blast dossier has "never" been closed and it will not rest till those responsible for the heinous...
  • Won't rest till the perpetrators of the 1993 Bombay blast are punished: MEA 10-08-2013 05:28 PM

    New Delhi: The Indian government has reacted strongly to the statement made on Dawood Ibrahim by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special envoy for improving relations with India Shahryar Khan. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin on Saturday said that India will not rest till the perpetrators of the 1993...
  • India, China meet to discuss peace, tranquility on border, says MEA 24-07-2013 07:50 AM

    New Delhi: India and China held talks in New Delhi on Tuesday amidst the repeated reports of incursions by the Chinese Army. The meeting between the two countries was the third of the joint mechanism on border affairs. The Ministry of External Affairs damped down the speculation that a breakthrough...
  • India, China hold talks to discuss peace, tranquility on the LAC 23-07-2013 02:00 AM

    New Delhi: India and China began talks on Monday in New Delhi amidst fresh border tensions with more reports of incursions by Chinese troops in Chumar sector in Ladakh. However the Ministry of External Affairs has said that the peace and tranquillity on the border are on the agenda not...
  • Afghanistan: 3 Indians killed in Taliban suicide attack 03-07-2013 12:53 AM

    New Delhi: Three Indians were on Tuesday killed in a Taliban suicide attack on a NATO supply company's compound in Kabul. The three Indians were working in a housing compound, when the Taliban attack began with a suicide bomb in a large truck. Two or three insurgents fought guards for...
  • PM conveys dismay over Sri Lanka move on 13th Amendment 19-06-2013 04:30 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday told a delegation of Sri Lanka Tamil MPs that he was "dismayed" by reports suggesting that Colombo planned to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment on devolution of powers to provinces ahead of polls to the Northern Provincial Council. The...
  • Unacceptable if US violating Indian privacy laws: India 12-06-2013 04:20 AM

    New Delhi: India said on Tuesday it would be "unacceptable" if it is discovered that Indian laws on privacy have been violated by the surveillance launched on web users worldwide by the US National Security Agency (NSA). "If it is discovered that Indian laws relating to privacy of information of...
  • Manmohan not invited for Sharif's swearing-in in Pak: MEA 14-05-2013 09:10 PM

    New Delhi: There is no invitation for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who will be forming the next government there. "There is no specific proposal on the table, of a specific request for a specific occasion," Syed Akbaruddin,...
  • India has proposed talks with Pak on prisoners: MEA spokesperson 03-05-2013 03:48 PM

    India has proposed talks with Pakistan on the issue of prisoners in both the countries. This came as India regretted the attack on Sanaullah Haq in the Kot Bhalwal Jail. "The attack on Sanaullah is regrettable. He is being attended to. It's necessary that prisoners be treated humanly in jails,"...
  • Khurshid will go ahead with Beijing visit: Official 03-05-2013 04:25 AM

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is to go ahead with his May 9, 2013 Beijing visit amid the stand-off between the two countries over the incursion by Chinese troops in Depsang area of Ladakh. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Thursday, in answer to a question,...
  • Lt Col, 4 other Indian soldiers killed in South Sudan 09-04-2013 05:18 PM

    New Delhi: Five Indian soldiers, part of the peacekeeping force, escorting a United Nations convoy in South Sudan have been killed in an ambush by Sudanese rebels. The five killed includes a Lt Colonel. Four other soldiers have also been injured in the incident, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed...
  • Respond on PIL for norms to restrict hate speeches: SC 08-04-2013 01:40 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre on a plea seeking framing of guidelines for restricting hate speeches by politicians and leaders of social and religious organisations. A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir also issued notices to the Governments of Maharashtra and Andhra...