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  • Vikas Swarup takes over as Spokesperson in MEA 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup, whose debut novel was made into the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire", on Saturday assumed charge as Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry. A 1986 batch IFS officer, Swarup succeeded Syed Akbaruddin, who has been promoted as Additional Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry and will...
  • India a land of great opportunities: Narendra Modi to top German CEOs April 13, 2015

    Hannover: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a busy schedule at Hannover on Sunday, meeting top German CEOs including of Daimler, Voith, Metro AG and Bombardier Transportation whom he told that India is a land of great opportunities. Modi, who flew down to this German city after his two-day visit to France,...
  • Ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu found dead in Andes mountains April 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu who went missing in the Andes mountains on March 24 during a climbing mission has been found dead. A Facebook page 'Rescue Malli Mastan Babu' launched by his supporters and well wishers had this single post on Saturday : "Mountains retained its favourite child.....
  • India welcomes agreement over Iran's nuclear programme April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Friday welcomed the understanding reached between Iran and the six world powers on Tehran's contentious nuclear programme and hoped that this would lead to a comprehensive agreement by June 30. "A significant step seems to have been taken with agreement on the parameters of a comprehensive settlement...
  • Vikas Swarup likely to replace Syed Akbaruddin as MEA spokesperson March 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Author of 'Slumdog Millionaire' and career diplomat Vikas Swarup is likely to replace Syed Akbaruddin as Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson. He is expected to take charge on April 18, 2015. Swarup joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986, motivated by an interest in international relations and a desire...
  • Gen VK Singh attended Pakistan Day function after Centre's considered decision: MEA March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday said its Minister of State Gen VK Singh attended the Pakistan National Day function after a "considered decision" by the government. "I want to make it very clear he (Singh) went there as government representative. He went there based on a considered decision. He...
  • PM Modi to visit France, Germany and Canada from April 9-16 March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on an eight-day tour of France, Germany and Canada on April 9 with a focus on attracting investment and enhancing overall cooperation with the three countries. Modi will first travel to France on April 9 and from there he will leave for Germany...
  • There are only two parties, no place for third in resolving Indo-Pak issue: Ministry of External Affairs March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Giving no importance to the invitation extended to separatist leaders for celebration of Pakistan National Day in Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs claimed that there are only two parties when it comes to a resolution on Indo-Pak issues. "The government of India prefer to speak for itself....
  • No scope for any third party involvement in India-Pakistan dialogue: Government March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Friday said there will never be any scope for third party involvement in Indo-Pak issues while asserting that it was committed to resolving all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, through bilateral dialogue. "We are committed to resolving all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, bilaterally with Pakistan through...
  • India, US move forward on implementation of Nuclear deal March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: India and the US are in the process of exchanging the inked copies of Administrative Arrangements (AA) for the nuclear deal, paving the way for the implementation of the pact which was signed seven years ago. "After the necessary internal procedures, the signed texts are currently being exchanged between...
  • Seychelles working on maritime security, says Syed Akbaruddin March 11, 2015

    "The talks between PM Narendra Modi and Seychelles President James Alexis Michel focused on strengthening bilateral maritime ties and enhancing development cooperation," said MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. ...
  • Indian woman Prabha Arun stabbed to death in Sydney, MEA to provide assistance to her family March 9, 2015

    Sydney: After a 41-year-old Indian woman was brutally stabbed to death in Australia, the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) has told CNN-IBN that the consulate in Sydney is in touch with the employers and providing all necessary assistance. "There are a lot of Indian living in Australia and there have been stray...
  • Modi changed dress four times on a day while Obama wore just one suit: Akbaruddin Owaisi March 3, 2015

    Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi's brother Akbaruddin has mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for changing his clothes often and trying hard to impress US President Barack Obama during the latter's visit to India on Republic Day. Ridiculing Modi, Akbaruddin said, "He (Modi) changed his dress four times...
  • RSS a 'club of bachelors', can't teach on producing children: Akbaruddin Owaisi March 3, 2015

    Hyderabad: Stoking a controversy, senior All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi on Monday termed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as a "club of bachelors" and said that those who advocate producing more children have no right to say so as they themselves are not married. Owaisi asked all Muslims to be...
  • Foreign Secretary Jaishankar to travel to Pakistan in March February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will travel to Pakistan in March; seven months after India cancelled foreign secretary-level talks. "In accordance with the Prime Minister's directive, will be undertaking a SAARC Yatra to all South Asian countries including Pakistan in March," Spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin...
  • Nothing on nuclear deal done outside 4 corners of Indian law: Government February 5, 2015

    New Delhi: With questions being asked about the understanding reached on the nuclear deal with the US during President Barack Obama's visit in January, India on Thursday maintained nothing has been done outside the "four corners of the Indian law". "Let me assure you that when we arrived at the understanding...
  • India hits out at Pakistan for Kashmir rallies February 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Reacting sharply, India on Thursday termed the activities undertaken in Pakistan by its leaders and "unsavoury elements" as "futile quest for territorial aggrandisement" to mark so called 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' and said it was high time it should focus on its problems. "We are aware that there are multiplicity...
  • Indo-US nuclear deal unlikely to be cleared during Obama's visit: sources January 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India, the nuclear deal between the two countries is unlikely to be cleared, said government sources. The US has demanded that it be allowed to track nuclear material supplied to India. In an attempt to remove the hurdles in the nuclear...
  • Progress made in negotiations with US on nuke issue: India January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: India and the US negotiators have been making "progress" in trying to resolve the differences in operationalising the landmark civil nuclear deal ahead of President Barack Obama's arrival here on January 25 on a three-day visit, which is packed with high-voltage engagements. Describing the three-day visit as "one...
  • Diplomatic stand-off deepens, India rubbishes Pakistan's claims of aiding terror groups January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: The diplomatic stand-off between India and Pakistan is escalating with Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif on Monday accusing India of helping terror groups in Pakistan carry out "heinous acts". Asif further alleged that India has 'designs on Pakistan' and claimed that the Taliban has links with India. "The...
  • Looking forward to a cordial relationship with Sri Lanka: India January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Monday said it was looking forward to warm, cordial and friendly relationship with the new Sri Lankan government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and hoped that his dispensation will take along all sections of the population and ensure their welfare. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin...
  • Pakistan making efforts to obscure challenge posed by safe havens: India January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Reacting sharply to Pakistan's allegation that it was carrying out attacks from Afghanistan soil, India on Monday said it was well known who was "upstreaming terrorism" and Islamabad was making an effort to obscure the challenge the safe havens pose to the region. "We all know, who is...
  • Dawood will be brought to justice wherever he is: India January 9, 2015

    Gandhinagar: India on Thursday said that its stand on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, wanted for the 1993 Mumbai blasts, was still same and the fugitive gangster will be brought to justice wherever he is. "Our stand about Dawood Ibrahim is still the same, that he is an absconder from justice....
  • Indian Consulate in Sydney evacuated, staff safe, assures government December 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian Consulate in Sydney was on Monday evacuated in view of the hostage situation in a cafe near its premises and all the staff members are safe, the External Affairs Ministry said. "As a preventive measure in accordance with the local requirements, we have evacuated the staff...
  • Modi-Sharif handshake a face-saver for Kathmandu SAARC Summit, Pakistan to host next one in 2015 November 27, 2014

    Kathmandu: The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit waited for a handshake between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif for it to be successful. Pakistan had already spiked three agreements, engulfing the summit in despondency. But the summit came to an end on Thursday...
  • Have not received any request from Pakistan for talks, no meeting planned so far: MEA November 26, 2014

    Kathmandu: Speaking tough on talks with Pakistan, India on Wednesday made it clear that there are no structure talks planned with Pakistan. "The PM is going to have series of bilateral talks with SAARC nations. We have not planned any meeting with the Pakistan PM as there was no...
  • India does not rule out Modi-Sharif meet at SAARC November 23, 2014

    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 November 16, 2014

    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 November 16, 2014

    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. ...