EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

  • Earthquake: Government asks media houses to exercise restraint 15 hours 56 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The government on Sunday asked the media houses to exercise restraint in speculating about possible aftershocks after the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday saying it can complicate relief efforts. In a media advisory, External Affairs Ministry said, in view of the coordinated efforts of our agencies to evacuate...
  • Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose family members to meet PM Modi on May 17 6 days ago

    Kolkata: Family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will meet Prime Minster Narendra Modi on May 17 and press for the declassification of secret files on Netaji lying with the central and state governments. "We had written to the Prime Minister requesting for time to discuss the issue. A couple of...
  • Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi enquire about Sushma Swaraj's health 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Setting aside political differences, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul on Monday walked upto External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha and enquired about her well-being. Gandhi walked upto her and had a chat with a smiling Swaraj, who also spoke to the Congress chief. The...
  • Government owes around Rs 600 crore to Air India for VVIP travel April 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Government owes around Rs 600 crore to Air India for using its aircraft for travel of VVIPs. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has taken up the issue with various ministries regarding the pending amount related to the services of Air India aircraft availed for such VVIP travel. According to official...
  • Government sets up panel to consider declassification of Netaji-related files April 15, 2015

    New Delhi: An inter-ministerial committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, has been set up by the government to look at the possibility of declassification of all files related to death or disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose nearly 70 years back. The first meeting of panel, which consists of representatives...
  • North Korean Foreign Minister in India April 12, 2015

    New Delhi: In a significant diplomatic engagement, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will receive her North Korean counterpart Ri Su-yong on Monday during which issues like DPRK's contentious nuclear programme and concerns over the tension in the Korean Peninsula are expected to figure. The meeting, which comes nearly a month ahead...
  • VK Singh gets heroic welcome upon return from Yemen after ending evacuation operations April 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Minister of External Affairs General VK Singh on Friday received a heroic welcome on as he returned from war-torn Yemen. He oversaw the massive evacuation operation. India on Thursday wrapped up its air evacuation operations rescuing another 630 of its citizens from Sanaa, taking the total number of Indians...
  • Over 1,000 Indians evacuated from Yemen on Monday, several still stranded April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: External Affairs Ministry on Monday said 1000 more Indians stuck in Yemen have been evacuated. 574 left Sana'a on three flights, while 479 were evacuated on board INS Mumbai from Al Hudaydah. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said all major evacuations will be complete by Monday evening. But many...
  • 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...
  • India strongly condemned outrageous terror attack in Kenya April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Thursday night strongly condemned the outrageous terror attack on a university campus in Kenya that killed at least 70 students, saying the international community needs to further strengthen its fight against terrorism. "India strongly condemns barbaric terrorist attack on a university campus at Garissa in north-eastern Kenya,"...
  • Navy evacuates 349 Indians from strife-torn Yemen, confirms Ministry of External Affairs April 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Sailing away from troubles, the Navy late on Tuesday night rescued 349 Indians from war-torn Yemen. The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted that Navy's INS Sumitra with evacuated Indians left from Aden late on Tuesday night and will be reaching Djibouti from where they will leave for India. Confirming...
  • We appreciated General VK Singh's presence at Pakistan Day celebrations: Pakistan envoy March 31, 2015

    A week after the row over MoS External Affairs General VK Singh attending the Pakistan National Day celebrations, Pakistan's envoy to India tried to play down the issue. "We appreciated General VK Singh's presence at Pakistan Day celebrations," said Pakistan envoy. ...
  • 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...
  • MoS External Affairs General VK Singh's office rubbishes rumours of his resignation March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh's office on Tuesday night rubbished rumours of his resignation from the post. The former Army chief had on Monday attended Pakistan's National Day celebrations at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi where several Kashmiri separatist leaders were also present. Singh...
  • Unskilled workers not to be allowed to take up foreign jobs March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: With a significant number of unskilled Indian workers facing trouble and legal action abroad, government on Friday said it has decided not to allow people without skill certificates to leave the country for overseas employment. Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told the Lok Sabha...
  • India gives 250,000 USD to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: India has given a cash assistance of USD 250,000 to Vanuatu which has been hit by a massive tropical cyclone leading to loss of lives and widespread destruction of property. "The government is deeply saddened by the tragedy caused by the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu...
  • Indian woman stabbed to death in Sydney, MEA to provide assistance to her family March 9, 2015

    Australian police have released the CCTV footage which shows Prabha Arun walking from a train station just before the incident. They have also appealed for information from the public in the case. Her husband has reached Sydney where the Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that the consulate is providing...
  • 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...
  • Indian sets Guinness Yoga record in Hong Kong February 15, 2015

    Hong Kong: A 29-year-old Indian yoga teacher in Hong Kong on Sunday set a Guinness World Record for performing Yoga continuously for 40 hours non-stop, demonstrating more than 1,500 'asanas'. Yogaraj CP, a yoga instructor based here, broke the record for the 'Longest Yoga Marathon (Male)' by performing continuously for three...
  • Indian Ambassador to US S Jaishankar is new Foreign Secretary, replaces Sujatha Singh January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: In a major shakeup in the External Affairs Ministry, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday appointed India's Ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar, as the new Foreign secretary. He replaces Sujatha Singh. The major change comes just a day after US President Barack Obama left the country after a...
  • External Affairs Ministry strips Devyani Khobragade off her duties over vigilance case against her December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In yet another trouble for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the External Affairs Ministry has stripped her of her duties as Director in the Development Partnership Division of the MEA. She has been placed under a compulsory wait. Sources in the MEA said that the action taken against Khobragade...
  • India third largest passport issuing country, China at the top: Sushma Swaraj November 14, 2014

    Shillong: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that India is the third largest passport issuing country after China and the US. "India accounts for 14 per cent of passport issuance and is the third largest passport issuing country after China and the US, with over 5.7 crore passports...
  • 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." ...
  • India siding with US against China can be disastrous: Natwar Singh September 25, 2014

    Jaipur: A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on his maiden visit to the United States, former external affairs minister Natwar Singh said that India should not unite with the US against China as it could be "disastrous". "The era of superpower has gone. America is not the only...
  • Sushma Swaraj arrives in Afghanistan to improve strategic ties September 10, 2014

    Kabul: Seeking to enhance strategic cooperation and help Afghanistan deal with key challenges of security and stability, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived on Wednesday on a crucial visit as the trouble torn country approaches the first democratic transition of power after fall of the Taliban in 2001. Swaraj's visit also...
  • 25 Indian workers arrested in Kuwait on murder charges August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Reportedly, 25 Indians in Kuwait have been arrested on murder charges on Friday. The External Affairs Ministry has reacted to the situation stating that India's Mission has taken up problems with Kuwaiti authorities and will soon provide necessary assistance. The ministry has also said that all Indians in...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends onarrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended onarrival 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' August 21, 2014

    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 seafarers 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 theinitiative 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...