India and Japan Partnership in ‘Specified Skilled Worker’: Details of areas


The Union Cabinet of India  has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Government of India and Government of Japan, on a Basic Framework for Partnership for Proper Operation of the System Pertaining to “Specified Skilled Worker”. Here are the details: Details: The present Memorandum of Cooperation would set an institutional mechanism for partnership and cooperation between ...

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Indian doctor let off of molestation charges in Dubai

 A 42-year-old Indian doctor in Dubai has been cleared of the charge of molesting a woman who had approached him as partof a visit for a Botox therapy session. The Dubai Court of First Instance that heard the claim of a 31-year-old American victim. The victim said in August this year, she visited the clinic in Bur Dubai when the ...

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s photos of her sewing, fishing go viral

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s photos of her sewing, fishing go viral

Recently two photos of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have gone viral on the social media giving people a glimpse of the leader’s daily life but claimed routine by her. In one photo, Hasina is seen working on a sewing machine wearing a traditional Bengali attire, while in the other the leader was snapped catching fish at the Ganabhaban lake, ...

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India and Finland sign MOU for environmental protection and biodiversity conservation

Representational Picture: The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge),Mr. Prakash Javadekar addressing the inaugural session of a workshop of Pollution Control Boards of States, in New Delhi on May 18, 2016. (PIB Photo)

India and Finland on Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 signed an MOU for developing cooperation between two countries in the field of Environment protection and biodiversity conservation.  The MoU is a platform to further advance Indian and Finnish partnership and support, exchange best practices in areas like prevention of Air and water pollution; Waste management; Promotion of circular economy, low-carbon solutions ...

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Indian Foreign Secretary visits Nepal over border discord


In a bid to repair ties with Nepal following the boundary dispute, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday morning for a two-day visit. The visit will see Shringla meet the top political leadership of Nepal and hold delegation level talks with his counterpart, Bharat Raj Poudyal in Kathmandu. This is his first Nepal visit after ...

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World Food Programme gets 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace

The World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security, was awarded 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger. In 2015, eradicating hunger was adopted as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. ...

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Michelle Obama lashes out at Trump, overshadows Joe Biden, Kamala at 2020 Convention

Wearing a viral DNC ‘V-O-T-E’ necklace, Michelle Obama brought to the Democratic National convention Monday an entirely new twist to lash out at President Donald Trump with her fiery speech that obliterated the candidates. Urging Americans to vote for Joe Biden, she said, he “is not perfect,” but “there is no perfect candidate, no perfect president… His ability to learn ...

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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!

Kim Jong Un

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


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


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

India Russia SPIEF 2017

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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