External Affairs

  • Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to begin on June 8 31-03-2014 10:24 AM

    The annual 'Kailash Mansarovra Yatra' will begin on June 8 after the medical examination of the travellers in Delhi, officials said on Monday. The journey will begin with the gathering of certified travellers. They will be examined at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) base hospital in the national capital and...
  • Budget 2014: MEA gets higher allocation 17-02-2014 06:44 PM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs was on Monday allocated Rs 14,130 crore for 2014-15, which is an increase of 20 per cent compared to revised outlay of last year as more funds have been earmarked for India's overseas developmental projects. The allocation is up by Rs 2,337 crore...
  • MEA rejects AAP's claim of Uganda writing letter to Kejriwal 21-01-2014 01:30 PM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday rejected the Aam Admi Party's claim that the Ugandan High Commission sent a letter admitting that its nationals were being forced into prostitution. The MEA has clarified that the letter produced by the AAP as proof is six months old and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Full text: Devyani Khobragade's letter to her colleagues 19-12-2013 04:41 PM

    Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has thanked her colleagues in the External Affairs Ministry for their support in the case pertaining to her arrest by the US authorities. Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was strip-searched, cavity-searched and swabbed for DNA after her arrest in New York last week...
  • Family breathes a sigh of relief as Sunil James gets freed from Togo 19-12-2013 09:27 AM

    Mumbai: In an early morning development, Indian sailor Sunil James was released by Togo authorities on Thursday. Confirming the news of his release, the Ministry of External Affairs said that he will be brought back to India later in the day or early on Friday morning. The news has brought...
  • Togo court to decide on sending jailed Indian sailor home 09-12-2013 09:05 AM

    New Delhi: A court in Togo on Monday is expected to take a decision on whether jailed Indian sailor Captain Sunil James will be allowed to visit home for his child's cremation or not. The Ministry of External Affairs officials have said that they are hopeful that James will be...
  • Government gets consular access to Indian sailor in Togo jail 07-12-2013 12:23 PM

    Mumbai: In a relief for the family of ship MT Centurion captain Sunil James, who is in jail in Togo and has now lost his 11-month son, the External Affairs Ministry has now said that they have been granted consular access to meet James and two other jailed sailors. The...
  • Nigerian ambassador lashes out at media for biased coverage 06-11-2013 05:46 PM

    Panaji: Nigerian Ambassador Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku on Wednesday lashed out at the media alleging bias in the press coverage of the murder of a Nigerian national in Goa. "The situation we are in is somewhat volatile. This is an issue both governments have to address mutually through diplomatic channels and...
  • Pakistan has evidence that 26/11 attack was planned there: India 26-10-2013 03:03 PM

    India on Saturday said it was incumbent on Pakistan to present the evidence in 26/11 terror attacks as the planning, training of the terrorists responsible for the strikes and also the financing was done in that country. Reacting to Pakistan Foreign Office statement that it requires more evidence in Mumbai...
  • Ship detention: Britain seeks consular access to its nationals 18-10-2013 08:36 PM

    Britain, whose six nationals are among the arrested crew of a ship detained in Tamil Nadu, on Friday, sought consular access to them while having questions about the reasons for the action against them. "We have written to the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) to request consular access to the...
  • Arunachal archers detainment: Govt to take up issue of stapled visa with China 11-10-2013 06:40 PM

    New Delhi: A day after two Indian archers from Arunachal Pradesh were stopped form boarding a flight to China, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said they will take the matter with Chinese authorities. Admitting that such issues have been taken up with China in the past, the ministry...
  • Maldives presidential run-off should be held as scheduled: India 24-09-2013 11:25 PM

    As the Maldives Supreme Court postponed the country's presidential runoff election indefinitely, India said on Tuesday that it is important that the second round of the presidential elections is held as scheduled. In a statement, the ministry of external affairs spokesperson said it is also important that the candidate elected...
  • Kenya mall attack: Bangalore man Sudarshan B Nagaraj among those killed 24-09-2013 02:19 PM

    Nairobi: One more Indian was killed during the Nairobi mall siege taking the total toll of Indians killed during the hostage crisis to three. The terror siege at the Westgate mall in Kenya's Nairobi continues for the fourth day now. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin confirmed that Bangalore-resident...
  • Iraqi PM on 3-day visit to India from Thursday 21-08-2013 07:20 PM

    India and Iraq, second largest oil exporter to the country, are expected to ink a key pact on energy cooperation among other agreements during the three-day visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki from Thursday. In a first bilateral visit by a head of government in 38 years, the Iraqi...
  • MEA calls assault on UK Sikh man a shameful incident 19-08-2013 04:07 PM

    An 18-year-old man was punched in the face and shoved to the ground leaving him with a bloody nose and black eye by a 19-year-old girl in London. A video of the brutal attack went viral on social media sites which took place earlier this week. ...
  • Secy-level Indo-Pak talks to delay due to LoC killing 13-08-2013 06:55 PM

    India on Tuesday gave a clear indication that killing of its five soldiers on LoC by Pakistan Army will delay the Indo-Pak Secretary-level talks, asserting that dialogue can only proceed in an environment free of violence and terror. It also asked Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of LoC, saying it...
  • 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...
  • LoC killings: We have to approach the issue with care, says Salman Khurshid 08-08-2013 11:39 PM

    "Out of every negative event and tragic consequence, if some hope can be kept alive it should be welcome. But we have to proceed with caution," said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. ...
  • The govt is adequately vigilant and prepared: Khurshid on LoC killing 06-08-2013 11:59 PM

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said that the killings of the Indian soldiers along the LoC was unacceptable, but remained silent on the status of next month's India-Pakistan dialogue. Khurshid, while speaking to CNN-IBN, said the government is aware of its responsibility and will do the...
  • 'Terror machine' beyond Afghan borders the main threat: MEA 03-08-2013 11:19 PM

    New Delhi: With militants again targeting its mission in Jalalabad, India on Saturday said "terror machine" that operates from "beyond the borders" was the main threat to Afghanistan's security while the war-torn country assured that no stone will be left unturned to ensure safety of Indian diplomats there. At least...
  • Sujatha Singh takes charge as Foreign Secretary 01-08-2013 03:55 PM

    New Delhi: Sujatha Singh, an IFS officer of the 1976 batch, on Thursday took charge as the new Foreign Secretary. Singh, 59, who was earlier ambassador to Germany, succeeded Ranjan Mathai and will have a fixed tenure of two years. She is the 29th Foreign Secretary and the third woman...
  • Snowden affair clouds US attempts to press China to curb cyber theft 09-07-2013 04:11 AM

    Washington: Revelations by former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden will make it harder for the United States to confront China at talks this week over the alleged cyber theft of trade secrets worth hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Snowden's disclosures of American electronic surveillance around the world...
  • Has India become the only country to back the US on cyber snooping? 02-07-2013 11:55 PM

    India has rejected US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden's request for asylum in the country. The Ministry of External Affairs said it saw no reason to accede to Snowden's request. ...
  • India turns down US whistleblower Edward Snowden's asylum request 02-07-2013 04:04 PM

    New Delhi: India has rejected US National Security Agency whistleblower Edwarden's request for asylum in the country. The Ministry of External Affairs said it saw no reason to accede to Snowden's request. "The Indian Embassy in Moscow did receive a request for asylum in a communication dated 30 June from...
  • PMO clears Sujata Singh's name for the post of Foreign Secretary 02-07-2013 09:47 AM

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday cleared Sujata Singh's name for the Foreign Secretary's post. Sujata Singh, currently Indian ambassador to Germany, is the senior-most officer in the Indian Foreign Service and will succeed Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai who retires on July 31. Sujata Singh, a 1976 batch...
  • India an ever changing place, says John Kerry 24-06-2013 05:40 AM

    New Delhi: US Secretary John Kerry made a strong pitch for India and the US cooperating in clean energy and said the US is keen on implementing the Indo-US civil nuclear deal "as soon as possible". Describing India as a nation that would soon become the most populous and the...
  • John Kerry arrives in India for three-day visit 23-06-2013 07:09 PM

    New Delhi: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Sunday to participate in the fourth round of Indo-US strategic dialogue even as US announced to invest $100 million in India's burgeoning clean energy sector. Kerry, 69, accompanied by a high-level delegation arrived on a three-day visit,...