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Nepal SAARC Meeting on Feb 1 to Decide on Next Summit Schedule

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The nations of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will meet in Kathmandu on February 1-2 to attend the Programming Committee meeting over the next SAARC summit schedule. This is the first meeting of the SAARC members after the controversial postponement of the 19th SAARC summit scheduled in Islamabad last year in November due to India’s objections over the ...

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Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar Gets One More Year of Extension

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Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar has been given an extension of tenure by one more year by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Monday. He was scheduled to retire on January 28, after serving already on a two-year extension of service. In a statement, the government said Jaishankar’s term has been extended from 29th January 2017 to 28th January 2018. A ...

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President Underlines Need for Closer Ties with UAE

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President of India Pranab Mukherjee on the eve of the 68th Republic Day received Chief Guest Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces at Rashtrapati Bhavan and hosted a banquet in his honour on Wednesday evening. Welcoming the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the President said the State ...

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Modi Invites Trump to Visit India

When the much-awaited telephone call came from the new US President, Donald Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was upbeat because the call has accredited India with a prime status of being the fifth country made by Washington’s new leader. Trump, in his typical style called India a “true friend and partner,” and invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the ...

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PM Welcomes UAE Crown Prince as Republic Day Chief Guest

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his welcoming address on the eve of the state visit of United arab Emirates Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said his participation as the Chief Guest in the Republic Day Celebrations on Thursday would herald new era in bilateral ties. Recalling his visit in August 2015 to Dubai, Mr Modi said, “We ...

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Trump to Call Modi Today

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Following the telephonic call from the outgoing US President Barack Obama, today Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a call officially from the new US President Donald Trump at 11:30 PM in the night which is expected to go well beyond the midnight in India. Mr Modi will be the fifth world leader to receive Trump’s call since his ...

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UAE Crown Prince to Visit as Chief Guest for Republic Day 2017

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UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of United Arab Emirates is visiting India as the Chief Guest for the 2017-Republic Day celebrations from 24-26 January 2017. This is the second visit of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to India since February 2016. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit ...

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Sushma Swaraj Twitter Seva to Help Abducted Indian in Malaysia

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, known for her Twitter-based interaction with Indians abroad who require help, has responded to a Twitter message from an NRI in Malaysia who had sought help. Yogendra singh, an Indian national had asked for her help through twitter saying that his father was abducted in Malaysia for ransom on January 17. Soon Sushma Swaraj ...

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Obama Makes Last Official Call to Modi on Hotline

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who received a telephone call from US President, Mr Barack Obama on Wednesday evening, thanked him for his ooperation. The two leaders reviewed with satisfaction the significant all round progress and cooperation in ties between India and the US in the past few years. Prime Minister Modi also thanked President Obama for his strong support ...

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Indian Cabinet Approves MOUs with United Arab Emirates

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Memorandum of Understanding between India and United Arab Emirates for cooperation in the field of Small and Medium Enterprises and Innovation. The MoU will benefit Indian SMEs and lead to equitables and inclusive development, said a statement. The exposure to best practices in SME sector abroad would provide an opportunity to Indian SMEs ...

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NSG Membership Can’t be US Gift to India, Says China

As China reacted adversely to the Obama administration’s reference to India’s membership bid to the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) saying it cannot be a parting gift to a country unless it signs NPT, the outgoing US envoy Richard Verma said eventually the Chinese hurdle would be overcome. In his farewell address, Mr Verma said US President Barack Obama and ...

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India, Mauritius Sign MoU on Fisheries, Cooperatives

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India signed an MoU with Mauritius on Monday to cooperate in fisheries and cooperatives in agro industry, fisheries and dairy sector. India’s Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh and Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Govt. of Mauritius, Mr. Soomilduth Bholah signed on MoU for Cooperation in the field of Cooperatives, in New Delhi on Monday. The MoU will ...

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India, Kenya to Renew Ties as President Kenyatta Visits New Delhi

Welcoming Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had visited Kenya 6 months ago, said common belief in democratic values, shared developmental priorities and the warm currents of the Indian Ocean bind both the countries. “In our discussions today, President and I reviewed the full range of our relationship. During my visit to Kenya ...

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India, Israel Move Closer in Horticulture Sector

An Israeli delegation led by the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of Israel, Mr. Uri Ariel met Indian Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday to discuss bilateral cooperation in agriculture. Both sides expressed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations in the field of Agriculture which is manifested by the fact that the third phase of Action Plan ...

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US Envoy Richard Verma to Quit as Trump Admn. Takes Over

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Indian-origin US ambassador to India, Richard Verma, will quit as he was a political appointee of President Barack Obama and as per the tradition all political appointees quit after a new President is sworn in. Since the trasition team of President-elect Donald Trump refused any grace period to political appointees, all of them including Richard Verma will relinquish their offices ...

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India to Allocate Dwarka Land for 2nd Diplomatic Enclave in Delhi

Indian Cabinet has approved the transfer of 34.87 Hactares of land in Sector 24, Dwarka, New Delhi from Delhi Development Authority to Land and Development Office (L&DO) for the purpose of allocating it to the proposed Second Diplomatic Enclave in the national capital. Currently, there is only one Diplomatic Enclave in Chanakyapuri, where land has been allotted to the Embassies ...

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Indian Cabinet Okays MoU with Portugal, Kenya, Uruguay

Indian Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved signing of bilateral agreements with Portugal, Kenya and Uruguay in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. The Agreements cover exchange of scientific and technical information, trade in plants and plant products, exchange of information in phytosanitary issues, training programmes, seminars and visits of experts and consultants. These ...

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Foreign Ministry Announces New Passport Rules, Streamlining Online Process

The Ministry of External Affairs has announced new passport rules liberalizing the process of issue of passport to benefit the ordinary citizens as government officials and ministers and legislators have the privilege of getting a Silver Passport that is considered a status symbol and obtained easily within the legislature and bureaucracy. Under the changed rules, all applicants born after January ...

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Indian Navy Chief Visits Japan, Bilateral Ties to Strengthen Further

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, has paid an official visit to Japan from 19 December 2016 in a bid to consolidate existing Maritime Cooperation initiatives as well as explore new avenues. Defence cooperation between India and Japan is currently robust and is primarily focused towards Maritime Cooperation ever since the commencement of the India-Japan Comprehensive Security ...

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India, Cyprus Enter Pact to Avoid Double taxation

A revised Agreement between India and Cyprus for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal evasion (DTAA) with respect to taxes on income, along with its Protocol, was signed last month on 18th November, 2016 in Nicosia, which will replace the existing DTAA that was signed by two countries on 13th June 1994. The Protocol was signed ...

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Indo- Maldives Joint Military Exercise Begins in Maldives

A 14 days joint training exercise of the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force commenced today with the Opening Ceremony at in Maldives. The training contingents comprised of a platoon strength from BIHAR Regiment and a similar strength of the Maldivian National Defence Force. Senior military observers of both the countries will be witnessing the validation phase of ...

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Time for India, Indonesia to Stem Radicalism and Intolerance: President Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said India attaches high importance to Indonesia’s success as a pluralistic democracy with an open society based on the shared values of syncretism, tolerance and respect for diversity. Hostin a banquet to the visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Mr Mukherjee said, “We see India and Indonesia as two countries providing a bulwark against radicalism and intolerance. ...

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Defence Minister Parrikar Arrives in Mauritius on a Two Day Visit

Indian defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, arrived in Mauritius on Saturday, on a two day visit, the first ever visit by a Defence Minister of India to Mauritius. He is accompanied by senior officers of the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Ministry of Defence. Parrikar called on the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth and was the Special Guest ...

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Bangladesh Coast Guard Visits India

The Indian Coast Guard welcomed a four member delegation led by Director General, Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury who are on a three day visit to India. In addition to meeting senior officials in the Ministry of Defence, the delegation will also be discussing issues of mutual cooperation in the field of maritime law enforcement, maritime Search & ...

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Pearl Harbor Visit by Japan PM Abe to Bury Hatchet or History?

In a reciprocal gesture to US President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, cementing the leftover feelings of animosity, if any, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that he would visit Pearl Harbor NOT on December 7 but 20 days later. Pearl harbor was a US Naval base in Hawaii that Japan attacked on ...

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Prime Minister of Qatar Calls on President

Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday after an eventful visit that witnessed strengthening of ties between the two nations. Welcoming the Qatar Prime Minister to India, the President said that the third high-level visit in two years highlights the importance that both countries attach ...

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UK Relaxes Visa for Businessmen, Modi Pitches for Students Too

Post-Brexit, United Kingdom is opening up to Indian businessmen announcing for the first time a very easy process visa under its "Registered Traveller Scheme" but she chose to remain silent on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s request to provide "greater mobility" for students and researchers. Speaking at the India-UK Tech Summit organised by CII, Theresa May, who was instrumental in ...

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Suu Kyi Calls on President Mukherjee

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of the Republic of Myanmar called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday, (October 18, 2016). Welcoming Aung San Suu Kyi on her first State Visit to India, the President said that India and Myanmar are close neighbours and have a good long standing relationship with each other. During ...

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Cabinet Approves MoU between India, EU on Water

The Union Cabinet under PM Narendra Modi has given its approval for the signing of MoU between India and European Union in the field of water resources. The MoU envisages strengthening the technological, scientific and management capabilities of India and the European Union in the field of water management on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit. It provides ...

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Cabinet Okays MoU with African Asian Rural Development Organization

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development. The MoU for the triennium 2015 – 2017 is being signed under which capacity building programmes for AARDO ...

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