DIPLOMACY

Jaishankar praises Rs.20 lakh crore stimulus plan, prepares for next

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has described Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement under government’s Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package under Atma Nirbhar Bharat as “bold initiatives” and noted that freign policy begins at home, hinting at changes soon to foreign policy too. “Foreign Policy begins at home. A strong economy allows our voice to be heard in the world. ...

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India ramps up hydroxychloroquine production, exports 50 mln tablets to US

Video grab of PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump on Monday (White House)

India has ramped up its exports of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) amidst demand from the US and Europe as it is being touted one of the treatment drugs for coronavirus, though severalside-effects have been noticed over its usage among patients. After allowing 60 drug makers in Uttarakhand to produce HCQ, an Indian source with direct knowledge of the exports said 50 million ...

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Is North Korea leader Kim Jong-un really dead? No!

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Reports are going viral speculating not merely the post-surgery complications of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un but hints from medical quarters that he passed away are going viral with no reaction from the official quarters of Pyongyang. The news of his successor are equally attracting the world attention. Associated Press has brought them to a halt showcasing a train ...

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Coronavirus Impact: Trump cracks another whip, suspending all immigration into US

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Battered by criticism at home over delayed response to Coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump announced on Monday evening to sign an executive order temporarily suspending all immigration into the United States temporarily, without specifying how long it would be in effect and whom it would affect. “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need ...

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India’s new FDI rules violate WTO norms, says China

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China, which has invested more than $8 billion in India, has taken recent India’s revision of its foreign direct investment (FDI) norms to prevent the takeover of Indian firms amid the coronavirus pandemic as discriminatory and in violation of World Trade Organization’s principles. The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) revised the FDI regulations stating, “An entity ...

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Trump lights diya as White House celebrates Diwali 2019

US President Donald Trump has followed the tradition set by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2009 and lit the light in White House marking the Festival of Lights, an Indian celebration. This was Trump’s third Diwali celebrations at the Oval Office. “For many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists in the United States and around the globe, this sacred period is ...

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Putin to pay 2-day visit to India from Oct 4, focus on defence pacts likely

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi from October 4 to 5, 2018, for the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit. During the visit, President Putin will hold official talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also have a meeting with the President of India, and attend other official engagements. The last Annual Summit ...

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Vikram Misri appointed as Indian Ambassador to China

IFS diplomat Vikram Misri of 1989 batch, who is currently Ambassador of India to Myanmar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of lndia to the People’s Republic of China. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2018 that he will take up the assignment shortly, without giving further details. Misri will take over ...

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4th BIMSTEC Summit Declaration in Kathmandu vows for Bay of Bengal unity

India’s PM, Bangladesh PM, the Chief Advisor of Bhutan, President of Myanmar, PM of Nepal, President Sri Lanka, and the Prime Minister of Thailand, met in Kathmandu on 30-31 August 2018 for the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit and reaffirmed their commitment to the principles and purposes of BIMSTEC as enshrined in the 1997 Bangkok Declaration. Recalling the Third BIMSTEC Summit Declaration (Nay ...

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15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting held in Singapore

India’s Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu attended the 6th East Asia Summit- Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM) and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) in Singapore on Saturday, Sept.1. Singapore is currently holding the Chair of ASEAN. The 6th East-Asia Economic Ministers’  Meeting was chaired by Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, and was attended by Economic Ministers from  ...

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Bala Venkatesh Varma appointed next ambassador to Russia

D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, currently Indian ambassador to Spain has been appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation. Mr Varma from the 1988 batch of IFS is expected to move to Moscow soon. “He is expected to take up his assignment shortly,” said a press release of the External affairs Ministry. Mr. Varma earlier served in several ...

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Diplomatic Dinner? Israeli dinner Dessert in a Shoe Shocks Japan PM Abe

Whether intentionally or unintentionally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made a faux paux of sort when his renowned and creative chef served visiting Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with desert dishes in a shoe on last week May 2. Shocked Japanese revealed it a week later. Japanese, like any Asian culture, do not bring shoes inside the home, ...

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Adnan Sami not alone, many Indians do face humiliation abroad

When Bollywood singer Adnan Sami landed in Kuwaiti airport on Sunday, he was in for a shock to see how the officials of Kuwaiti immigration treat Indians. Enraged, Adnan Sami tweeted about the episode:"Kuwaiti airport immigration mistreated my staff for no reason and called them ‘Indian Dogs’! When you were contacted you did nothing!! How dare d Kuwaitis behave like ...

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US visa screening to check your Facebook, Twitter, other social media history now

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Reminiscent of the erstwhile Cold War polemics, the US State Department will publish its new rules requiring new visitors and immigrants to the country to furnish the details of their social media history, from Facebook to Twitter, among others which may reveal their social practises, ideological inclination and mindset. During the Cold War, leftist ideology was abhorred and in-depth scrutiny of educated ...

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Rumours of Martial Law abound in Pakistan as Musharraf’s return expected

Refuting rumours about a possible judicial coup or martial law in Pakistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi on Saturday said the country is actually heading to elections in July to elect the next government. The remarks came when Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI) Secretary General Iqbal Dar told media on Friday that their alliance leader and former Pakistan President Pervez ...

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Abu Dhabi buildings lit in Tricolour to welcome Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted in UAE capital Abu Dhabi with some buildings lit in the Indian tricolour as the city was decked up for the occasion and the busy day marked signing five agreements by the two countries. Modi held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the major outcome of the event ...

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India signs MoUs/Agreements signed on Cambodia PM Hun Sen visit

The Vice President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India is committed to provide all support to the agricultural sector in Cambodia, which has a great potential. He was interacting with the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Mr. Hun Sen, in New Delhi on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Senior officials from Cambodia and India were present on the ...

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Myanmar leader Suu Kyi calls On President Kovind

Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, called on President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday, January 27, 2018.She was one of the 10 ASEAN leaders who graced the Republic Day parade on Friday as Chief Guest. The President thanked Suu Kyi for her presence at the Republic Day and the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit. The President ...

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Curtain Raiser Event held for the Founding Ceremony of International Solar Alliance in Bonn

A Curtain Raiser Event for the Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held at Bonn, Germany on Monday, November 13, 2017. Speaking at the event, Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India hoped that, in the spirit of affirmative action, developed countries will earmark a percentage of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) ...

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