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  • Modi emphasised on need for close co-ordination to bring back black money: MEA 5 days ago

    MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Modi during his meeting with world leaders emphasised on the need for close co-ordination to address the issue of unaccounted money that was stashed abroad and that bringing it back is a key priority of the government. ...
  • PM Modi watches as Australian varsity displays Indian map without Kashmir 6 days ago

    Brisbane: During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the Indian map displayed there had Kashmir missing from it, prompting a strong protest by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh. "India's Foreign Secretary raised the issue strongly and received an unqualified apology," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said,...
  • Barack Obama meets PM Modi in Myanmar; calls him a 'man of action' November 12, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a brief interaction on Wednesday with Barack Obama during which the US President called him a "man of action". Modi and Obama met each other for the second time in six weeks at a Gala Dinner in Myanmar capital after the President...
  • India files appeal in Sri Lanka SC against fishermen death penalty November 11, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: India on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against a verdict of the high court awarding death sentence to five Indian fishermen in the island nation for alleged drug smuggling. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin while giving this information expressed confidence...
  • Tamil Nadu: PM Modi intervenes to save fishermen November 10, 2014

    Five fishermen from Tamil Nadu sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court for allegedly smuggling drugs may be transferred to India to serve out their sentence. This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Raja-paksa over the telephone on Sunday. ...
  • Prima facie case against Indian priest for assaulting minor in USA: Centre to Delhi HC November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre on Monday told the Delhi High Court that there is a "prima facie" case against Indian Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl during his stay in USA in 2004, warranting his extradition. The submission made before Justice Pratibha...
  • Aadhaar likely to be mandatory for issuance of passport November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Government is planning to make Aadhaar mandatory for issue of passports and is in the process of establishing a system for validation of criminal antecedents of the applicant. The issue was discussed threadbare at a meeting between the Ministries of the Home and the External Affairs, official sources...
  • India non-committal on Modi-Sharif meeting on SAARC sidelines November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Monday remained non-committal on having a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines on the SAARC summit in Nepal later this month. When asked about the possibility, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the SAARC summit...
  • Doing everything possible to bring back 5 fishermen from Sri Lanka: MEA November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Monday said it has accorded "very high priority" to bring back five Indian fishermen on death row from Sri Lanka and every possible avenue is being explored to ensure their safe return. Terming it as a "delicate" matter, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the government...
  • MEA welcomes Pentagon reports on Pakistan using terrorists against Indian Army as proxy November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday welcomed Pentagon reports on Pakistan using terrorists to counter Indian Army. "If the internatonal community is saying Pakistan is using terrorists as proxies to counter Indian army then its welcoming. Issue of terrorism should not be segmented," The spokesperson said extending support...
  • MEA condemns Wagah suicide attack; BJP, Congress insist on strong action to combat terrorism November 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs released a statement on Monday condemning the suicide attack near Wagah border that killed 65 people and injured 200 others. "There is no grievance or political goal so great, as to justify such a cowardly act. We believe that only the firmest and...
  • MEA rubbishes reports of gender discrimination in passport matters October 31, 2014

    The Ministry of External Affairs clarified on Friday that the state does not countenance insensitivity or gender discrimination in passport matters. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin strongly denied a media report saying that a lawyer appearing for the ministry had told the Bombay High Court that an unwed mother...
  • No gender bias, insensitivity in passport matters, clarifies MEA October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: India's external affairs ministry on Friday sharply rebutted reports that a single parent, especially a woman, is required to state, while applying for passport for her child, how she conceived the child, saying it does "not countenance insensitivity or gender discrimination" in passport matters. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed...
  • MEA to fight for Tamil Nadu fishermen sentenced to death in Sri Lanka October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Protests broke out in Tamil Nadu after five fishermen from the state were sentenced to death in Sri Lanka for smuggling drugs. The Ministry of External Affairs has said that it will file an appeal in the high court. The fishermen from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu were arrested...
  • EC for proxy voting, e-ballots for NRIs, but not polling at embassies October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission favours proxy voting and e-ballot for NRIs but not voting in Indian embassies abroad. It says the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) does not favour voting in missions abroad. "We are not opposed to anything. But will do anything that can be feasible," Chief Election...
  • India's warning on pro-Pakistan group's rally on Kashmir in London October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Two days ahead of a planned rally in London by a pro-Pakistan group on Kashmir issue, India on Friday warned that forces inimical to Indo-UK relations may utilise such opportunity in open societies. However, it appreciated Britain's stand that the Kashmir issue was to be resolved only by...
  • Pakistan using 'diversionary tactics' on talks: India October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Tuesday said that it was willing for a "serious dialogue" with Pakistan on all outstanding issues including Kashmir but maintained that Islamabad was not interested in talks and was using "diversionary tactics" by complaining to the United Nations. It also demanded that Pakistan must take immediate...
  • De-escalating border tension fully in Pakistan's hands: India October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Friday squarely blamed Pakistan for the tensions along the border, saying "de-escalation is entirely in Pakistan's hands" and also scoffed at Islamabad trying to term India the aggressor as "allegations without any basis". A day after Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the neighbouring country will have to...
  • India, China end border standoff in eastern Ladakh September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: India and China have "successfully terminated" the over three-week long standoff of its troops in Chumar and Demchok areas in eastern Ladakh and will hold a meeting on border affairs next month, the government said on Tuesday. As per understanding reached between India and China, the two sides...
  • BJP: No point raising Kashmir at UNGA September 27, 2014

    BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif on Saturday saying that there was no point raising the topic of Kashmir at UNGA since Jammu and Kashmir is an issue where there are only two stakeholders involved, but for the sake of answering, the MEA will give an answer...
  • Read: MEA lists Modi's itinerary during US visit September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to woo US on a five-day visit. Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that Modi's US visit is signal of India's abiding commitment to multi-lateralism and desire to build on growing convergence in Indo-US ties. Modi is scheduled to start his trip...
  • Boundary issue will be discussed during Chinese President Xi's visit: India September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: As it gears up to host Chinese President Xi Jinping, India on Monday said it that expects that the visit will address the "interests and concerns" of the two countries and that "all substantive" issues having bearing on the ties including the boundary dispute will be discussed. The...
  • Ladakh MP says Chinese army creating permanent structures in Indian territory, urges Modi to act September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: With just two days to go for Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India, the BJP MP from Ladakh, Thupstan Chewang has said that the Chinese army is threatening people living along the IndoChina border, and is encroaching into the Indian territory, "building permanent structures" on the Indian...
  • Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal meets Sushma Swaraj over problems of Sikhs September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, along with a delegation of Sikh leaders, on Saturday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and demanded that the issues pertaining to Sikhs in the United States be included in the agenda of meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US...
  • Concerned over attack on Sikhs in Pakistan, Congress asks government to take up issue September 7, 2014

    Chandigarh: Senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Sunday expressed grave concern over increasing attacks on members of the Sikh community living in the restive province of KhyberPakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. Singh, Congress's Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha, said urgent measures were needed to restore the confidence of the Sikhs living as a...
  • Sri Lanka to counter allegations at UN rights sessions September 7, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka, which has vowed not to cooperate with an international probe into its alleged rights abuses during the final phase of its military campaign against LTTE, will counter the charges at a UNHRC session beginning on Monday in Geneva. The External Affairs Ministry sources said that Sri Lankan Ambassador...
  • India committed to bring back growth: Sushma Swaraj September 6, 2014

    Manama: India is firmly committed to bring back growth and have clear policies, which will facilitate business environment, transparency and speed, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday. "The result is there before you in just 100 days: GDP growth is showing early signs of recovery. Indian economy has bounced...
  • IndiaAustralia sign civil nuclear agreement, agree on bilateral maritime exercise September 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India and Australia on Friday signed the longawaited civil nuclear agreement that will allow Australia to export uranium to India as well as three other agreements, including on water resources and in sports during Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visit to India. The four agreements were inked as Prime...
  • Sushma Swaraj to visit Bahrain on Saturday September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Bahrain on Saturday where she is likely to seek steppedup investment in India from the oilrich country while highlighting wave of new initiatives taken by the new government to spur economic growth. It will be her first visit as External Affairs...
  • Vietnam seeks India's help on CBSE pattern in schools August 25, 2014

    Hanoi: Vietnam on Monday sought cooperation from India to bolster its primary school education even as CBSE textbooks are slowly gaining popularity. During External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj talks with the Vietnamese leadership, it was noted that India has a good primary school system. The Vietnamese side said that they would...