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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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Sushma Swaraj Offers Help on Kuwait, Libya, South Sudan Victims Abroad

In view of sporadic incidents of attacks on Indian nationals in the Gulf and Middle-East, Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that the Indian Embassy has taken up the matter at the highest level in Kuwait and Libya to ensure safety and security of Indian nationals. On the condition of Mrs. Gopika Shajikumar, who was stabbed in ...

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MEA Secretary Jaishankar Meets Top Chinese Officials to Soothen Feelings

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Amid apprehensions and suspicions, Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar visited Beijing and held talks with top officials to bring a semblance of rapproachement in fast-deteriorating bilateral relations. On Wednesday, Dr. Jaishankar held held parleys over Beijing’s reluctance to support India’s NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar, the two top impediments in current bilateral ...

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Ansari Addresses Joint Business Forum in Rwanda

Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that Rwanda has put behind it the unfortunate genocide of 1994 and the efficient and clean city of Kigali captures the great strides that this country is taking on its path of growth and prosperity. Launching the India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Program in Kigali on Tuesday, Mr Ansari said the program will ...

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Ansari on Visit to Rwanda, Uganda; Calls for Renewed Focus on Africa

iNDIA'S Vice President M. Hamid Ansari addressing the Indian community, in Kigali, Rwanda on February 19, 2017.(PIB PHOTO)

India’s Vice President M. Hamid Ansari has stressed the need for a renewed and more focused effort by India to give a dynamic impetus to relations with African nations. Speaking to the media onboard Air India One Special Aircraft on the way to five-day visit to Rwanda & Uganda, along with Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Vijay ...

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4 New Envoys Present Credentials to President Mukherjee

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Envoys of Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen and Zambia presented their credentials to the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in RashtrapatiBhavan on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The envoys who presented their credentials were: – 1.Mr. Nejmeddine Lakhal, Ambassador of Tunisia 2.Mr. Mohamed Maliki, Ambassador of Morocco 3.Mr. Abdulmalik Abdullah Al-Eryrani, Ambassador of Yemen 4.Ms. Judith KangomaKapijimpanga, Ambassador ...

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India Seeks to Revise Tax Treaties with Foreign Nations: Minister

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Indian government is planning to revise the tax treaties with partner countries to enable the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to use the data for prosecution of those who have stashed black money abroad, said a statement. Treaty partner countries have been requested to modify the tax treaties to explicitly include provisions that will enable information ...

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India Holds Basmati Rice Promotion Event in Iran as Ban May be Lifted

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A 20-member Indian trade delegation led by Chairman of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) visited Iran from January 28 to 30, 2017 to promote export of Basmati rice that was banned since five months. In view negative publicity in Iran media about Indian rice, the promotional event was held at Hotel Espinas Palace in Iranian capital ...

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India Provides NRs.24.9 Lakh to Nepal for Highway Projects

Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae handed over a Cheque for four highway projects to Nepal Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Mr. Ramesh Lekhak at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu on Monday, January 30, 2017. (Photo courtesy: Indian Embassy, Nepal)

Indian embassy in Nepal has handed over a cheque for NRs.24,97,10,698.17 towards 25 percent of the cost of the four contracted road stretches in Nepal, as part of the aid to support infrastructure development in the Himalayan neighbour. The roads — Birendrabazaar-Mahinathpur, Janakpur-Yadukuwa road, Manmat-Kalaiya-Matiarwa (0-15 km road) and Manmat-Kalaiya-Matiarwa (15-26.660 km road) — are being built under Postal Highway ...

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India’s US Mission in Washington DC Holds Joint Workshop on Defence Preparedness

Indo-US Joint Workshop on “Medical and Chem Bio-defence”

In view of deepening Indo-US defence scientific cooperation, a Joint Workshop on “Medical and Chem Bio-defence” is being organised by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi (of DRDO), is being held from 31st January to 2nd February 2017 at the Indian Chancery in Washington DC. The workshop has focused on medical, chemical and biological defense strategies ...

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India Invited as Guest Nation at St. Petersburg Economic Forum 2017

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India has been invited as a Guest Country in the St. Petersburg International Forum, Official Spokesperson said, confirmin the news on Wednesday in a briefing to the reporters. “This is to confirm that India has been invited as a Guest Country at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) which will be held in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia ...

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Post-Hafiz Saeed House Arrest, India Seeks Credible Crack Down by Pakistan

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In an official response to the preventive detention of Hafiz Saeed and others by Pakistan on Tuesday, India’s spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Mr Vikas Swarup said credible steps by Pakistan required to show its commitment to end terrorism. Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior placed on Tuesday the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Falah–e-Insaniyet Foundation under the watchlist. Also the Falah-e-Insaniyet ...

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