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  • Ambassadors of Gulf Arab states to return to Qatar November 17, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Monday said they will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait and Oman, had been rattled by the rift in relations that was widely...
  • India urges higher pay for millions of Gulf workers November 17, 2014

    New Delhi: India is pressing rich countries in the Gulf to raise the wages of millions of Indians working there, in a drive that could secure it billions of dollars in fresh income but risks pricing some of its citizens out of the market. Over 5 million Indian nationals are believed...
  • Sushma Swaraj says welfare of expatriates is priority November 12, 2014

    Abu Dhabi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said welfare of Indian nationals residing abroad, particularly in the Gulf countries, is one of the top most priorities of her government. "We believe that the overseas Indians must be a part of the growth story of the nation," she said in an...
  • Dubai: Indian convicted for suicide attempt; fined $544 September 23, 2014

    Dubai: An Indian worker, in his mid 20s, has been convicted and ordered to pay 2,000 dirhams by a court for attempting to commit suicide by consuming 48 sleeping pills after he could not sleep. The convict, who was identified only by his initials RB, was rushed to a hospital on...
  • Sushma Swaraj chairs meeting of Gulf envoys to discuss Iraq crisis June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday held a meeting of India's top envoys from Gulf countries to discuss the situation in conflicthit Iraq where the Indian government is in the process of facilitating departure of nearly 10,000 of its nationals from nonconflict zones. The meeting was regarding...
  • Indian baby fights for her life after ninth surgery in Dubai June 5, 2014

    Dubai: A sixmonthold Indian baby is fighting for her life at a hospital after being operated nine times for multiple complications due to her premature birth. Safa, weighing only 580 grams, was born three months premature to Sheerain and Nasir Khan, through a Csection surgery on November 2, 2013, Gulf...
  • Indian found dead under mysterious circumstances in UAE May 19, 2014

    Dubai: A 30yearold Indian man in the UAE has been found dead on a boat under mysterious circumstances. The body of MSH, identified only by his initials, was found on the boat by some workers in Sharjah on Sunday, Gulf News reported. Police and CID officials recovered the body from the scene...
  • India welcomes deal on Iran's controversial nuclear programme November 24, 2013

    India, on Sunday, welcomed the prospect of resolution of issues related to Iran's controversial nuclear programme through dialogue and diplomacy after Tehran agreed to curb it under a deal with six world power. "India welcomes the prospect of resolving questions related to Iran's nuclear programme through dialogue and diplomacy," official spokesperson...
  • Saudi Arabia bank on Pakistan for nukes, claims report November 8, 2013

    Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects and believes it could acquire atomic bombs "at will", the BBC reported on Thursday. Saudi Arabia's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme though it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy...
  • 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off western Mexico coast October 20, 2013

    A 6.8magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of Mexico on Saturday the US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake hit56 miles (90 km) southwest of Huatabampo in Sonora state, . The quake hit at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) in the Gulf of California, USGS said. ...
  • Rahul bats for farmers, sees Amethi as future farm hub October 7, 2013

    Noting that farmers are suffering due to problems in the food supply chain, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Monday, said there is need for ensuring better compensation for the farmers against their produce. Rahul, who laid foundation stone of a mega food park in Jagdishpur here, said that right from...
  • GCC seeks stronger ties with India September 26, 2013

    New York: A ministerial group of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and India discussed here ways to strengthen and develop cooperative relations between them in various fields, and reviewed current regional and international issues of mutual interest. During the meeting, held at the headquarters of the GCC's mission in New York...
  • Kollam: 20yearold mother kills new born baby from her illicit relationship September 24, 2013

    A new born baby girl was suffocated to death reportedly by her mother at Kulathupuzha in Kollam district, police said on Tuesday. The baby's 20yearold mother has been taken into custody in connection with the incident, police said. Police said preliminary investigation revealed the woman delivered the baby at the residence...
  • Indian tanker MT Desh Shanti allowed to leave after 26 days in detention September 7, 2013

    Having been in detention for nearly 26 days at Iran's Bandar Abbas Port, Indian oil tanker MT Desh Shanti has finally been allowed to leave, two days after the central Iranian authorities ordered its release. "MT Desh Shanti was finally released at 2345 hrs (IST) on September 6th and the vessel...
  • Gulf Islamists irked as monarchs back Egypt's generals August 28, 2013

    A scuffle broke the reflective atmosphere of Friday prayers in Riyadh's al-Ferdous mosque after the imam deplored the recent bloody crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters by the military in nearby Egypt. The fight between members of the congregation, recorded on a widely circulated Youtube clip and reported by the daily al-Hayat...
  • UAE to host International Conference for Plastics Conversion August 26, 2013

    The Expo Centre Sharjah will play host to the fifth International Conference for Plastics Conversion, the high-profile industry gathering of plastic converters scheduled for 2014, an official release said on Sunday. GPCA PlastCon 2014 will be organised in association with Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association here from April 7 to 10...
  • Nigerian pirates release MT Cotton with 24 Indians onboard July 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Turkish tanker MT Cotton that had been hijacked by Nigerian pirates off the coast of Gabon in Central Africa has been set free. The ship, manned by an allIndian crew of 24 people, was hijacked last week and released on Monday. A large number of ships, mainly cargo vessels...
  • Pirates hijack ship with 24 Indian crew members off Gabon coast July 17, 2013

    New Delhi: A Turkish tanker MT Cotton manned by an allIndian crew of 24 people has been hijacked off the coast of Gabon in Central Africa. The owners of MT Cotton lost all contact with the ship two days ago. The ship is suspected to have been hijacked by Nigerian...
  • Pirates hijack ship with 20 Indian crew members off Gabon coast July 16, 2013

    New Delhi: A Turkish tanker flying the Maltese flag with a crew of 20, all of who are Indians, has been hijacked by pirates off the coast of PortGentil, Gabon. According to Hurriyet Daily News a Turkish foreign ministry official confirmed that the hijacking took place late on Sunday. "The owners...
  • Gulf Air to pay Rs 5.32 lakh for deficient service June 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Gulf Air has been directed by the state consumer commission here to pay a compensation of Rs 5.32 lakh to a businessman for its "deficient" service, as it did not provide him accommodation when his flight from Tehran to Delhi was postponed by a day. The Delhi State Consumer...
  • Kairali airlines to commence operations from Nov 1 June 15, 2013

    Kochi: Kairali Airlines, a low cost private sector airline from Kerala, will commence operations from November 1, a top official said. The plan was to start flight services connecting Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode airports to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore and Lakshadweep with aircraft which would be purchased or leased, Chairman and...
  • India warns citizens against travelling to 3 Nigerian states June 6, 2013

    Abuja: India has issued a travel warning to its nationals in Nigeria urging them to be cautious while visiting the oilrich nation's troubled northeastern region, where a state of emergency had been declared in May. The High Commission of India in Nigeria, on its website, urged its nationals living in Borno,...
  • Mumbai dabbawallas to share success mantra in Dubai June 2, 2013

    Mumbai: The legendary dabbawalas (lunchbox carriers) in Mumbai, known for their management skills, will feature in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) conference to be held in Dubai on June 4 and 5. Arvind Talekar, spokesperson of Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers' Trust (NMTBST) said that he would represent the 5,000...
  • Etihad confirms taking 24 pc stake in Jet Airways for $ 379 mn April 24, 2013

    Dubai: Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways confirmed it had taken a 24 per cent minority stake in Jet Airways for $379 million. The Gulf carrier said in an emailed statement it would subscribe to 27.3 million new shares at Rs 754.74 per share. Jet said in a brief statement to the stock...
  • Iran testfires new landtosea ballsitic missile in Gulf April 16, 2013

    Dubai: Iran testfired a new landtosea ballistic missile in the Gulf, a senior official said on Tuesday, days before an annual ceremony meant to showcase its military muscle at a time of rising tension with the West over its nuclear activity. Israel has publicly warned of possible air strikes on...
  • US probe rules out wrong doing in Indian fisherman killing April 9, 2013

    Washington: A US Navy investigation has ruled out any wrong doing into the killing of one Indian fisherman in a firing incident off the Persian Gulf in 2013 that also injured three others. "The investigation found that the use of force was appropriate and in accordance with Chairman, Joint Chiefs...
  • Afghanistan's Karzai in Qatar, Taliban talks in focus April 1, 2013

    Doha: President Hamid Karzai held talks with Qatari leaders on Sunday, official media reported, on a visit the Kabul government has said would seek to explore the possibility of talks with Taliban insurgents on ending Afghanistan's war. Karzai's trip to the Gulf Arab state, a US ally which has mediated in...
  • Kochi: PM to address NRIs at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas January 8, 2013

    Kochi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally inaugurate the global NRI meet Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi on Tuesday. Over 2,000 delegates are expected to participate in the threeday event that started in Kochi on Monday. The theme this year is 'Engaging Diaspora The Indian Growth Story.' President Pranab...
  • Kuwaiti gets 2 years for insulting emir on Twitter January 6, 2013

    Kuwait: A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison for insulting the country's ruler on Twitter, a lawyer following the case said, as the Gulf Arab state cracks down on criticism of the authorities on social media. According to the verdict on Sunday, published by online newspaper Alaan,...
  • Jet Airways confirms in stake sale talks with Etihad January 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Jet Airways confirmed on Thursday that it was in talks with Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways for a potential stake sale in the Indian carrier, although terms have not been finalised yet. "Various structures are being explored by the legal and commercial teams and care being taken to ensure...