FOREIGNERS

  • No foreign funding, no money from capitalists: Anna Hazare Yesterday

    Ralegan Siddhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who recently announced a nationwide 'jail bharo andolan' against the NDA government's Land Acquisition Bill, claimed that he has never received foreign funds or money from capitalists for the work he is engaged in. "I want to deny allegations of receiving foreign funds and...
  • China welcomes India's visa-on-arrival plan to its tourists 2 days ago

    Beijing: China on Wednesday welcomed India's plans to grant visa-on-arrival facility to Chinese tourists, but did not commit to a reciprocal gesture for Indians visiting the country in large numbers. "We welcome this," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in Beijing. Hua was responding to reports from India that an...
  • Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to visit Nepal in April 2 days ago

    Kathmandu: Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Nepal on April 2 on a three-day visit as part of his SAARC yatra. Nepal's foreign affairs ministry and a spokesperson at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu told IANS that Jaishankar is slated to meet top political leaders, including President...
  • VK Singh can't blame government for making him attend Pakistan's event: Congress 3 days ago

    The Congress has hit out at MoS External Affairs VK Singh saying a former army general should not have tweeted on foreign policy. "Don't understand why he kept saying it was a government decision. He is part of it so it is his decision. There is a collective responsibility," former...
  • Rupee weakens by 6 paise against dollar in early trade on Wednesday 3 days ago

    Mumbai: The rupee fell by six paise at 62.32 against the dollar in early trade on Wednesday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange due to appreciation of the US currency overseas. Fresh demand for the dollar from importers also weighed on the local currency but a higher opening in the domestic...
  • Rupee ends at 62.26 vs dollar; logs longest run of gains since 2011 4 days ago

    Mumbai: The Indian rupee on Tuesday inched up by a paisa against the American currency to end at 62.26, extending its winning streak to seventh straight session, the longest string of gains since June 2011. The rupee opened higher at 62.20 per dollar as against Monday's closing level of 62.27 per...
  • Rupee up 19 paise vs dollar; logs longest winning streak since 2012 5 days ago

    Mumbai: The Indian rupee on Monday strengthened by 19 paise against US dollar in its sixth straight day of rise -- its longest winning run since 2012 -- to end at 62.27 on sustained selling of the greenback by banks and exporters amid foreign capital inflows. The rupee resumed slightly higher...
  • Black money law: Foreign property to be taxed at current price 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Indians having undisclosed property abroad will have to pay tax and penalty on the basis of the current market value of the asset, and not at the purchase price, as per the new black money bill. However, the tax and penalty would take into account the part-disclosure, if...
  • 12 players to be part of Diamond Quadrilateral project 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Reputed companies from six countries, including France, Germany, Italy and China, have entered the race to become part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet Diamond Quadrilateral bullet train project. Twelve international companies are bidding for conducting the feasibility study for the three corridors of the Diamond Quadrilateral high-speed rail...
  • Faced tease,taunts during passage of Insurance Bill, says Jayant Sinha 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Piloting the Insurance Amendment Bill was not just a political and professional challenge for Jayant Sinha as he also faced "teasing" and "taunts" over the stand his father as a former finance minister took on allowing foreign investment in the sector. Recalling the debate in Parliament on the passing...
  • Rupee ends almost flat vs dollar ahead of Fed policy outcome March 18, 2015

    Mumbai: The Indian rupee on Wednesday ended almost flat against the dollar at 62.69 ahead of the US Federal Reserve's monetary policy statement that could shed light on the timing of interest rate hikes. The rupee resumed slightly higher at 62.68 per dollar as against the last closing level of 62.70...
  • Government cancels licences of 1,142 NGOs to receive foreign funds March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Cracking down on erring NGOs, government has cancelled licences of 1,142 NGOs belonging to undivided Andhra Pradesh, under which they get foreign funds, for not filing their annual returns for three consecutive years. The foreigners division of the Home Ministry has served notices to NGOs on October 16, 2014...
  • Cabinet approves Bill to unearth black money March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bid to unearth black money and illicit assets stashed abroad, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a Bill with stringent provisions for prosecution of such offences with rigorous imprisonment of up to 10 years. "The Cabinet has approved Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of New Tax)...
  • Former Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa blames India for his election defeat March 13, 2015

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has blamed India, the US and European countries for his humiliating defeat in the January election. "It was very open, Americans, the Norwegians, Europeans were openly working against me. And RAW (India's Research Analysis Wing)," Rajapaksa told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post...
  • Despite Lok Sabha nod, fate of Insurance Bill hangs in balance March 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Fate of the Insurance Bill hangs in balance with the Congress expressing its opposition to the manner in which it was brought and approved by Lok Sabha and the government hinting at the possibility of a Joint Session to clear the key reform measure. With the BJP and its...
  • Congress hits out at government for not raising terror boat, Lakhvi issue with Pakistan March 4, 2015

    On the second day of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar's visit to Pakistan as part of his SAARC Yatra, the Congress is on the offensive and questioned why issues like VIP treatment for 26/11 attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and Pakistan terror boat issue were not raised. Senior Congress leader Manish...
  • Rupee slips 33 paise to 1-week low against US dollar after Raghuram Rajan's currency comment March 4, 2015

    Mumbai: In line with weak stocks, the rupee on Wednesday slipped by a hefty 33 paise -- its fourth straight daily loss -- to close at 62.25 against dollar amid RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's comment that an "excessively strong rupee" is undesirable as it triggers disinflationary pressures. Heavy demand for...
  • Foreign Secretary Jaishankar raises concerns on cross-border terrorism with Pakistan March 3, 2015

    Islamabad: Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday conveyed India's concerns on cross-border terrorism during talks with his Pakistani counterpart, and both agreed that ensuring peace and tranquillity on the border was vital. During talks with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary, both discussed bilateral issues and agreed to work together...
  • Rupee falls 5 paise against US dollar, ends at 61.92 March 3, 2015

    Mumbai: Continued its slide for the third straight session, the Indian rupee on Tuesday fell 5 paise to end at 61.92 against the Greenback following sustained demand for the American currency from importers and a better dollar in overseas trades. Widening fiscal deficit, which rose to Rs 5.68 lakh crore...
  • Ceasefire violations, SAARC connectivity to top foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan today March 3, 2015

    Islamabad: It is a crucial day in the SAARC yatra as India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is visiting Pakistan on Tuesday. The issue of repeated ceasefire violations is likely to top the agenda when he meets his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary. He is also likely to push for better connectivity...
  • Black money: Luxembourg offers to send financial experts team March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Luxembourg, one of the biggest routes for investments into India, on Monday offered to send a team of experts in New Delhi to brief the government on measures taken by it to curb illegal financial transactions. The offer was conveyed by Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn to his Indian...
  • Eagerly waiting to visit Bangladesh soon:PM Modi writes to Sheikh Hasina March 2, 2015

    Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his eagerness to visit Bangladesh soon in a letter which was today handed over to his counterpart Sheikh Hasina by visiting Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, officials said. "I am eagerly waiting to visit Bangladesh soon," a spokesman of Hasina's office quoted the letter as...
  • Rupee weakens four paise against US dollar March 2, 2015

    Mumbai: Bucking the uptrend in stocks, the Indian rupee on Monday weakened four paise to finish at 61.87 against the US dollar due to sustained demand for the American currency from banks and importers. Some caution adopted by participants ahead of core sector data outcome also impacted sentiments, said forex brokers. The...
  • Budget woos foreign investors with tax incentives March 1, 2015

    Mumbai: India, keen to rekindle economic growth, wooed foreign investors on Saturday with a budget that delayed controversial rules to target tax avoidance and maintained lower taxes on income from debt investments. The measures, part of the government's budget for the next fiscal year, come amid growing concerns about foreign investors...
  • E-Commerce companies hope Jaitley will find a way out of current tax muddle February 27, 2015

    Bengaluru: India's IT capital is the hub of booming e-commerce. And in budget 2015, India's e-commerce companies are hoping they will find a way out of their current tax muddle. With online shopping and online transactions growing by leaps over the last year, the big e-commerce players like Amazon and...
  • PM Modi's decisive leadership to bring India, US closer: America February 27, 2015

    Washington: Praising the decisive leadership style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts, a top American spy official told lawmakers here that India under Modi would work more closely with the US on security, terrorism and economic issues, despite maintaining an independent foreign policy. "Prime...
  • Re-imagining the Indian Foreign Service February 24, 2015

    "Aap yeh cutlery aur menu decide karma chod dijiye aur yeh sochiye ki Bharat mein investment kaise laa sakte hain." That was Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the Indian embassy in Japan on his hi-profile first trip to that country in 2014. Of all the civilian services Prime Minister...
  • Rupee bounces back by 11 paise against US dollar, ends at 62.20 February 24, 2015

    Mumbai: The rupee recouped by 11 paise to close at 62.20 against the US currency on fresh selling of the dollar by banks and exporters on hopes of more foreign capital inflows into equity market. The rupee resumed higher at 62.25 per dollar as against the last close of 62.31...
  • 'Ida' wins Oscar for best foreign language film February 23, 2015

    Los Angeles: The black-and-white Polish film "Ida" has won the Academy Award for best foreign language film. The win marks the first foreign language Oscar for Poland despite nine previous nominations and a rich history of filmmaking, including by renowned directors like Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polanski. But the tautly made...
  • Foreign direct investment doubles to $2.16 billion in December February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India almost doubled to $2.16 billion in December 2014, compared to $1.10 billion in the same month of 2013. During the April-December period of the current fiscal, FDI rose by 27 per cent to $21.04 billion as against $16.56 billion in the same period...