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  • India does not rule out Modi-Sharif meet at SAARC 12 hours 37 minutes ago

    New Delhi: India on Sunday did not rule out a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit, saying that he is keen to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian leaders as possible. Answering queries from mediapersons,...
  • Modi assures Merkel of looking into issue of scrapping of German language in Kendriya Vidyalayas 1 week ago

    Brisbane: On the sidelines of the G-20 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met many world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel where she raised the issue of German being scrapped in Kendriya Vidyalayas to be replaced by Sanskrit. The Prime Minister has promised to look into the issue. Merkel said they...
  • PM Narendra Modi fever grips Sydney ahead of Indian diaspora event 1 week ago

    Brisbane: The Indian diaspora in Australia will seek to recreate the Madison Square Garden magic when they will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sydney in the country's largest indoor arena. Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi, will leave for Sydney...
  • Modi emphasised on need for close co-ordination to bring back black money: MEA November 15, 2014

    MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Modi during his meeting with world leaders emphasised on the need for close co-ordination to address the issue of unaccounted money that was stashed abroad and that bringing it back is a key priority of the government. ...
  • Repatriation of black money stashed abroad a key priority for India: PM Modi to BRICS leaders November 15, 2014

    Brisbane: Ahead of his first appearance at the G20 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday raised the issue of black money in an informal meeting with the BRICS leaders. Modi said that repatriation of unaccounted money kept abroad is a key priority for India. Calling for close coordination on...
  • Barack Obama meets PM Modi in Myanmar; calls him a 'man of action' November 12, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a brief interaction on Wednesday with Barack Obama during which the US President called him a "man of action". Modi and Obama met each other for the second time in six weeks at a Gala Dinner in Myanmar capital after the President...
  • Not bothered by the growing Chinese presence: Syed Akbaruddin November 12, 2014

    In an interview with CNN-IBN, Syed Akbaruddin said that ASEAN was very important for India. "We are not bothered by the growing Chinese presence. India has good relations with Myanmar. We shall inform if border issue is raised with China," said Akbaruddin. ...
  • India files appeal in Sri Lanka SC against fishermen death penalty November 11, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: India on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against a verdict of the high court awarding death sentence to five Indian fishermen in the island nation for alleged drug smuggling. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin while giving this information expressed confidence...
  • PM Modi meets Myanmar President Thein Sein November 11, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Myanmar's President U Thein Sein to begin a string of bilateral meetings with over 40 world leaders during his 10-day three-nation tour on the margins of key multilateral summits here and in Australia and a visit to Fiji. Modi met Then Sein...
  • Doing everything possible to bring back 5 fishermen from Sri Lanka: MEA November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Monday said it has accorded "very high priority" to bring back five Indian fishermen on death row from Sri Lanka and every possible avenue is being explored to ensure their safe return. Terming it as a "delicate" matter, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the government...
  • No gender bias, insensitivity in passport matters, clarifies MEA October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: India's external affairs ministry on Friday sharply rebutted reports that a single parent, especially a woman, is required to state, while applying for passport for her child, how she conceived the child, saying it does "not countenance insensitivity or gender discrimination" in passport matters. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed...
  • We will push the Sri Lankan government to free these fishermen: Syed Akbaruddin October 30, 2014

    Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We have been following this case for some time now. We aim to pursue this case at the high court level. We will push the Sri Lankan government to free these fishermen." ...
  • Tamil Nadu CM urges Modi to ensure release of Indian fishermen given death penalty October 30, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Paneerselvam has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the government to ensure the release of the five fishermen who have been sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court for allegedly smuggling drugs. He has said that the people of Tamil Nadu have...
  • Sri Lanka court gives death to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in drug smuggling case October 30, 2014

    Chennai: Sri Lankan court on Thursday gave capital punishment to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in an alleged drugs trafficking case. The fishermen were arrested in 2011 by Sri Lankan Navy. The fishermen have been given time till November 14 to appeal at the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. The five...
  • Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to visit India October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will be on a two-day visit to India next week, the external affairs ministry said on Friday. "Prime Minister of Vietnam will be on a state visit to India from October 27-28," external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Friday. The spokesperson added...
  • India's warning on pro-Pakistan group's rally on Kashmir in London October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Two days ahead of a planned rally in London by a pro-Pakistan group on Kashmir issue, India on Friday warned that forces inimical to Indo-UK relations may utilise such opportunity in open societies. However, it appreciated Britain's stand that the Kashmir issue was to be resolved only by...
  • Pakistan using 'diversionary tactics' on talks: India October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Tuesday said that it was willing for a "serious dialogue" with Pakistan on all outstanding issues including Kashmir but maintained that Islamabad was not interested in talks and was using "diversionary tactics" by complaining to the United Nations. It also demanded that Pakistan must take immediate...
  • De-escalating border tension fully in Pakistan's hands: India October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Friday squarely blamed Pakistan for the tensions along the border, saying "de-escalation is entirely in Pakistan's hands" and also scoffed at Islamabad trying to term India the aggressor as "allegations without any basis". A day after Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the neighbouring country will have to...
  • Damaged, lost passports of flood-hit Kashmiris to be replaced October 7, 2014

    New Delhi: In a major relief for Jammu and Kashmir residents, the government on Tuesday said it will issue passports with same validity and waiver of fees to those whose travel documents were lost or damaged in the floods last month. "Passport holders in J&K whose passports have been damaged/lost in...
  • Read: MEA lists Modi's itinerary during US visit September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to woo US on a five-day visit. Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that Modi's US visit is signal of India's abiding commitment to multi-lateralism and desire to build on growing convergence in Indo-US ties. Modi is scheduled to start his trip...
  • Bilawal's comment on Kashmir 'far from reality', says Syed Akbaruddin September 20, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Saturday termed as "far from reality" comment of PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari that his party will get back entire Kashmir from it and asserted the integrity and unity of the country was "non negotiable". "We are in the process of looking forward and looking forward does...
  • Boundary issue will be discussed during Chinese President Xi's visit: India September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: As it gears up to host Chinese President Xi Jinping, India on Monday said it that expects that the visit will address the "interests and concerns" of the two countries and that "all substantive" issues having bearing on the ties including the boundary dispute will be discussed. The...
  • PM Modi set to woo Japan on his first bilateral trip August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first major bilateral trip to Japan on Saturday for a fiveday visit since he came to power in May. A power packed delegation of economists, bankers and industrialists will accompanying the PM on his trip to Japan. Reliance Industries Chairman ...
  • India, Pakistan face trust deficit August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: It was Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit's first public statement, since the Foreign Secretary level talks were called off. And he made it clear that for his government, it wasn't a question of an "eitherOr" when it comes to speaking to Kashmiri separatist leaders, which of course was...
  • News 360: India calls off talks with Pakistan August 18, 2014

    India on Monday called off its Foreign Secretarylevel talks with Pakistan, sending a strong message to the country after its envoy held an hourlong meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders in Delhi despite a warning by India against it. ...
  • No confirmation yet if people found in shipping container in UK are Indians: MEA August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Sunday said that there was no confirmation whether people found in the shipping container were Indians. The remarks came in the backdrop of UK media reports suggesting that 35 illegal migrants trespassing into the United Kingdom via waterways in the...
  • 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." ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Iraq crisis: 17 more Indians evacuated from conflict zone, says MEA June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that 17 more Indian nationals have been evacuated from the conflict zone of Iraq with the help of local authorities and are now in Baghdad. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "The safety of Indians in Iraq remains the matter of...