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India’s Bid to Buy $2 Billion Drones May Yield Positive Offers From Tough-Talking Trump Admin

Within a couple of hours from now, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald Trump for their first one-on-one exchange at the White House that may last for 20 minutes to be followed by respective delegations joining the bilateral discussions. The carrots are already flying in each other’s direction with the US declaring Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed ...

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PM Meets Indian Community in Washington DC, Praises Their Contribution

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi addressing at the Indian Community Reception, in Washington DC, USA on June 25, 2017.(PIB)

As part of his US visit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday interacted with the Indian community in Washington DC after his CEOs meeting where he pitched for more investments in view of GST roll out and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in India. Addressing the Indian diaspora, he noted that they rejoiced whenever there was good news from India, ...

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Modi in US Meets CEOs, Reiterates ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in India

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi in a group-photograph with the US Business Leaders, at Washington DC, USA on June 25, 2017.(PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of his US visit on Sunday met the CEOs of top 20 American firms, including Tim Cook of Apple, Sathya Nadella of Microsoft and Sunder Pichai of Google, and interacted wih them before highlighting his government’s reforms to make India a destination for ‘Doing Business’. In a tweet, Modi said, “Interacted with ...

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Queen Elizabeth Showed me Gandhiji’s Gift – Khadi Handkerchief: Recollects Modi

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi's gifts to the Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, of the United Kingdom, in London on November 13, 2015. (PIB)

In his Mann ki Baath, PM Narendra Modi recollected the great gift-giving habits around the world and how Queen Elizabeth once showed him a hand kerchief woven in khadi by Gandhiji and sent to her as her wedding gift. Referring to his Kerala visit recently, Modi said the P.N. Panicker Foundation encourages people to cultivate the habit of reading books ...

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India and Portugal: Modi Trumps up Support for start ups

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. Antonio Costa at the signing ceremony of MoU between India and Portugal, at Lisbon, Portugal on June 24, 2017.(PIB)

In his latest foreign visit to Portugal, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed MoUs in Lisbon for creation of an India Portugal Space Alliance and launched a unique startup Portal – the India-Portugal International StartUp Hub (IPISH) – in Lisbon. While the agreements will promote India’s science and technology partnership with Portugal, towards the establishment of a unique Centre on ...

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Modi Addresses Plenary Session of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, on the sidelines of the SPIEF2017, in St. Petersburg on June 02, 2017.(PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (June 2, 2017) addressed the Plenary Session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) where India is a “guest country” this year, and Prime Minister Modi is the “Guest of Honour.” In his remarks, the Prime Minister thanked President Putin for the opportunity to be present at SPIEF, in the beautiful city of ...

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PM Modi Visits Russia, Meets President Putin at St. Petersburg

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the President of Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin at the joint media briefing, at Konstantin Palace, in St. Petersburg, Russia on June 01, 2017.(PTI)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (June 1, 2017) met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 18th Annual India Russia Summit at St. Petersburg, where he recalled his first visit to St. Petersburg as Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001. He said ties between India and Russia span the spectrum from Culture to Defence. The Prime Minister said 70 ...

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New Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) to be Opened in the Second Phase

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DOP) have decided to utilize the Head Post Offices (HPO)/ Post Offices in the country as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for delivery of passport related services to the citizens of the country, giving due functionality to post offices in the country. In the first phase, it has ...

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Arun Jaitley Meets South Korea President, Conveys PM Message

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley meeting the South Korean President in Seoul (PIB Photo)

Indian Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence Arun Jaitley met South Korean President MOON Jae-in on Wednesday and conveyed the good wishes of the Prime Minister of India. Complimenting President Moon for his vision for the region and the relationship with India, and recalling the PMs invitation to the President to visit India, FM hoped that the two leaders ...

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Welcoming India, Pakistan Aboard, China Says No Bilateral Issues at Shanghai Group

The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C), Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Vijay Goel meeting the Vice Mayor of Shanghai (incharge of youth affairs), Mr. Shi Guanghui, in Shanghai, China on June 12, 2017.(PIB)

Welcoming India and Pakistan into the SCO, China categorically ruled out any bilateral issues cropping up at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a stand that India avowedly upheld in all multilateral forums. “As a founding member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), we are very happy about the membership of India and Pakistan,” China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou said at ...

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Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh Postpones his Visit to China

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Mr Radha Mohan Singh has postponed his visit to China for the purpose of every possible help to farmers in the current environment and in the policy decisions by the State Governments for the interests of farmers’ welfare. Agriculture Minister’s visit to China was scheduled from 15th June 2017 to 17th June ...

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India Navy Chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba to Visit Israel

Indian navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman COSC & Chief of the Naval Staff will visit Israel from 12 to 15 June, 2017 as part of bilateral relations to increase high level defence exchanges, said the government in a statement. During his visit to Israel, Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman COSC & CNS is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with Lt ...

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Indian MP Delegation to Visit Israel, Minister Ahluwalia Leads Panel

The Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri S.S. Ahluwalia leading an Indian Parliamentary delegation, in a visit to the Agricultural water solutions company Naandan Jain, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 05, 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Yadav is also seen.(PIB)

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, S.S. Ahluwalia, led an Indian Parliamentary delegation on a three-day visit to Norway for promoting and strengthening parliamentary relations between the two countries. The visit, which concluded late last night, is expected to further strengthen bilateral relations between India and Norway. During the visit, the Indian delegation met ...

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PM Holds Talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi arrives at Orly Airport, Paris on the last leg of his four nation visit, in Paris, France on June 02, 2017.(PIB)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, June 3, 2017, met French President Emmanuel Macron in Parisand congratulated him for the recent election victory. The Prime Minister spoke of the service to humanity and human values that France-India relations have rendered successfully over the years. He expressed confidence that relations will go forward even faster. In this context, the Prime ...

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IFS Officer Trainees Call on President in Rashtrapati Bhavan

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee with the Officer Trainees of Indian Foreign Service of 2016 batch from Indian Foreign Service Institute, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on June 01, 2017.(PIB Photo)

A group of Officer Trainees of the 2016 batch of the Indian Foreign Service called on the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee today (June 1, 2017) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Addressing the Officer Trainees, the President congratulated them for choosing the Civil Services as a career. He said that as they had chosen to serve their country as its diplomatic ...

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Sushma Seeks Shashi Tharoor’s Help to draft strong Reply to Pakistan on Jadhav

As Indian Parliament unanimously decided to condemn Pakistan for awarding death sentence to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of spying, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Congress MP and former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor to help draft a resolution to be adopted by both houses. Soon after her statement in Parliament, Sushma Swaraj walked up to ...

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India Signs 7 MoUs, Malaysia PM Razak Meets PM, President

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak called on President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, April 1, 2017, as part of his state visit, reciprocating PM Narendra Modi visit to Malaysia in November 2015. Welcoming PM Razak, the President said relations between India and Malaysia are centuries old and is best ever so far. The ...

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Indian Army Chief Visits Nepal and Bangladesh

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is visiting Nepal and Bangladesh from 28 March to 02 April 2017 on his first foreign visit after assuming office. Gen Rawat will be visiting important military installations and meeting high ranking dignitaries including the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and the Chief of Army Staff. The delegation will also visit Nepalese Army Mountain Warfare ...

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French Former President Sarkozy Meets Modi

Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and congratulated him for the success of “demonetization”. The Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Sarkozy on the publication of his latest book, “Tout pour la France”. The two leaders discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest. India’s relations with France have seen a spur in recent ...

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Indonesian Security Minister Visits Delhi

An Indonesian delegation led by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, General (Retd.) Wiranto held talks with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Since both India and Indonesia have world’s largest Muslim populations, in a democratic set-up and common cultural and social ties, Rijiju said India is ...

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Ambassador Venkatesh Varma Accredited to Andorra in Spain

IFS Officer of 1988 batch Mr. D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, currently Indian ambassador to Spain has been accredited as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Principality of Andorra, with residence in Madrid. “He is expected to take up his assignment shortly,” said a press release of the External affairs Ministry. Mr. Varma earlier served in several capacities, including the ...

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Preet Bharara, US Attorney in Devyani Khobragade Row, Fired

US attorney Preet Bharara, whose office arrested Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and subjected her to strip search before filing prosecution charges ignoring her diplomatic immunity in December 2013, has been shown the exit door unceremoniously by the Trump administration. He is one among the 46 attorneys appointed by Obama administration and fired. Defiant as usual, Preet Bharara has created another ...

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Jordan Royal Official Meets PM

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Mr. Fayez Tarawneh, Chief of The Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan call called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, March 10, 2017. They discussed the shared commitment to strengthen bilateral engagement and the many opportunities in this regard. Mr. Fayez Tarawneh also exchanged views with Prime Minister on the situation in West Asia and the scourge of terrorism that ...

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H1 Visa Premium Process Halt is Good, Argues US Lawyer

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The Trump administration has halted the H1 Visa Premium Processing for at least 6 months and it should not come as a bolt from the blue but an inevitable course of events from a battered economy like the United States, which had allowed streams of workers and goods from abroad, which no other country had ever done, argue US immigration ...

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Trump Effect: Married Spouses Rush for US Visa Paper Work

Many immigrants in the US are rushing to attorneys to file papers of their marriage to U.S. citizens that entails them green card and citizenship eventually but not without paperwork, warn US attorneys. Non-filing of papers leads to denial of citizenship. Unless the case for permanent residence or Green Card has not been submitted to the immigration department, the person ...

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Gopal Baglay Succeeds Vikas Swarup as MEA Spokesperson

Diplomat Gopal Baglay, a 1992 batch IFS officer, with his predecessor Vikas Swarup as Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry.(MEA Photo)

Diplomat Gopal Baglay, a 1992 batch IFS officer, will Succeed Vikas Swarup as Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry. Mr Swarup will move on to be India’s new High Commissioner to Canada. Mr Baglay was earlier heading the PAI (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran) division in the ministry and in his place, Mr Deepak Mittal will assume the new charge of the PAI division. ...

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Indian Navy Chief Sunil Lanba to Visit UAE, Oman

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Indian Navy’s Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff will visit United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman from 26 February to 02 March 2017, to consolidate bilateral naval relations and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. Admiral Lanba will begin his visit from UAE on 26 February 2017, where he will hold bilateral discussions with Mohammed bin Ahmad ...

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Ansari Praises Indian Community’s Contribution to Uganda Business

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The Vice President of India, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari said India’s commercial and business ties with Uganda are dynamic and form a key pillar of bilateral relations, while addressing the India-Uganda Business Meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The Vice President said that Uganda’s expanding economy offers opportunities in a variety of sectors. He has underscored the ...

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3 EU Delegations on Whirwind Tour of India

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A delegation of the Committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection, European Union led by Ms. Vicky Ford met the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, in New Delhi on February 23, 2017. The European Parliament Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection is on a visit to Mumbai and New Delhi from ...

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Jaishankar Makes Half-Way to Convince China on NSG, Azhar Issues

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External Affairs Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar’s visit to China at a crucial stage has come as no magic but certainly paved the way, at least by half, to make Beijing see the reason behind India’s demand. The latest restructured strategic dialogue with Chinese counterpart Executive Vice Minister Mr. Zhang Yesui besides the State Counsellor Mr. Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister ...

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