EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

  • PM Modi to visit France, Germany and Canada from April 9-16 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...
  • Natwar Singh attacks Manmohan Singh in his book August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh's reign as Prime Minister has been severely criticised by his former ministerial colleague Natwar Singh, who says he leaves no legacy after being in power for 10 years. Singh, who was External Affairs Minister under Manmohan Singh, says the MEA was "demoralised" since it was run...
  • Centre working towards safe evacuation of Indians from Libya, Tunisia July 30, 2014

    In a step to facilitate safe evacuation of Indians from wartorn Libya and neighbouring Tunisia, the External Affairs Ministry has said that 6 officials have been deployed for the same. A high level meeting has been chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and tickets are being arranged for those...
  • We have to deliver quickly: Sushma Swaraj July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Friday said living up to people's expectations is a big challenge for Modi government as those "who give a mandate with so many aspirations don't have much patience" and it has to "deliver quickly". "We have to deliver and...
  • 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...
  • 117 Indians to return from Iraq today, 2,200 more wish to come back July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly 2,200 Indians in Iraq's nonconflict areas wish to return home, with 117 of them set to reach the capital after midnight on Sunday, it was announced on Sunday. The external affairs ministry said the government was buying tickets for some 1,600 of the 2,200 while the air fare...
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reaches Bangladesh for 2day visit June 25, 2014

    Dhaka: Sushma Swaraj arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday night on her first official visit abroad after becoming External Affairs Minister during which she will hold talks with the top leadership on key bilateral issues including Land Boundary Agreement, proposed Teesta river pact and illegal immigration. Swaraj arrived in Dhaka for the...
  • Iraq crisis: Trying to shift all Indians from the conflict zone, says MEA June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that it was trying to shift all Indian nationals from the conflict zone in Iraq. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We had indicated that around 120 Indians are in conflict zone and around 17 had been shifted.". Meanwhile, two other Indians...
  • Sushma to visit Dhaka on June 2527 June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Bangladesh next week during which she will hold talks with the top leadership there on a host of issues of bilateral and international interest. This is Swaraj's first standalone visit abroad as the External Affairs Minister. She had earlier this month accompanied...
  • 16 Indians evacuated from Iraq June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Sixteen Indians have been evacuated from Iraq, the government said on Friday. Eight Indians were pulled out of Baiji and eight more from Anbar province in the violencehit country, the external affairs ministry said. "Of the 120 Indians in affected areas, 16 have left (for India) so far," ministry spokesman...
  • 16 Indians evacuated from violencehit areas in Iraq: Government June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Maintaining that the situation in Iraq remains a priority for the Union government, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that the government will provide monetary help to Indians stranded in Iraq if they want to want to return. "All the Indian nationals in Iraq who are...
  • Bring back our relatives, cry the families of Indians stranded in Iraq June 19, 2014

    40 Indians have been abducted in Iraq by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadist group. Their family members came to Delhi on Thursday to seek help from the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs. "The last time I spoke to my son was June 10. I...
  • 40 Indian workers kidnapped in Iraq, not received any ransom calls: MEA June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that 40 Indian workers working with Tariq Noor al Juda construction company have been abducted in Iraq. According to the MEA, most of the abducted Indians are from the northern part of India. However, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that no ransom...