India Invites Pak’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto For SCO Meeting In May

India has invited Pakistan’s foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in May, according to a media report on Wednesday, pinning the hope to mitigate its stressed relationship with the neighbour. The invitation came as a positive response to Pakistani prime minister Shehbaz Sharif’s urge to have peace with India over all outstanding issues including the Kashmir dispute.  Meanwhile, the invitation to nuclear-armed rivals was unexpected, as Bhutto’s initial comment against India’s prime minister Narendra Modi triggered protests all over the country. While both countries have…

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Foreign MoS Lekhi Reaches Bolivia On Final Leg Of 4-nation Trip

Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi on Saturday arrived in the Bolivian Capital La Paz in the final leg of her four-nation trip. This will be her first visit to Bolivia, the external affairs minister had announced earlier. “Arrived in La Paz, the World’s highest capital on my first bilateral visit to Bolivia. Looking forward to interacting with Foreign Minister & other dignitaries to review cooperation. Will join activities to strengthen ties between India and Bolivia,” minister Lekhi posted on her official Twitter account. During her visit, the…

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MoS Muraleedharan Holds Talks On Indian Diaspora With UAE Ministers In Abu Dhabi

Union Minister of State (MoS) V Muraleedharan held separate meetings with the Justice and Tolerance Ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday and discussed issues faced by the Indian community in the west Asian country. During his meeting with the UAE Justice Minister Abdullah Al Nuaimi, MoS Muraleedharan discussed India-UAE cooperation on consular matters and the people-to-people connection between both nations. “Had a productive meeting with Justice Minister of UAE, Abdullah Al Nuaimi in Abu Dhabi. We discussed India-UAE cooperation on consular matters & processes for helping any…

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Foreign Secy Kwatra Visits Bhutan, To Co-chair Development Cooperation Talks

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra arrived in Bhutan’s Paro on Wednesday to co-chair the 4th India-Bhutan Development Cooperation talks and hold bilateral consultations with the Bhutanese counterpart. The Foreign Secretary is on an official visit to Bhutan from 18 to 20 January, the Indian Embassy in Thimphu said in a statement on Twitter. “Welcomed Foreign Secretary @AmbVMKwatra on his arrival at Paro, for an official visit to Bhutan from 18-20 January. He will hold bilateral consultations with Foreign Secretary of Bhutan Aum Pema Choden and co-chair the 4th India-Bhutan Development Cooperation…

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India To Host Virtual Summit To Address Global South Concerns In Jan

India will host a virtual summit on January 12 and 13 to bring together countries from the global South and share their common concerns, interests and perspectives on a variety of global challenges, including food and energy security, as a result of the Ukraine conflict. According to Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, more than 120 countries have been invited to the “Voice of Global South” summit, with the theme “Unity of Voice, Unity of Purpose.” At a media briefing, Kwatra said concerns and apprehensions of the developing countries often do…

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Diaspora Is Key To India’s Developmental Path: MEA Official On Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

The Indian diaspora will play an important role in the country’s development, said Ausaf Sayeed, Secretary (Consular and Diaspora), Ministry of External Affairs, on Thursday, ahead of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) next week. Secretary Sayeed said at a special MEA briefing that this will be the first PBD convention as India enters the Amrit Kaal, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s vision of building Amanibhar Bharat over the next 25 years. “As we enter the Amrit Kaal, this will be the first PBD convention. In keeping with Prime…

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Political Unrest In Afghanistan, Myanmar Impacting Indian Projects: MEA

In response to the parliamentary committee’s observations on Myanmar allocations, the ministry stated that, despite the country’s ongoing political situation, India completed and handed over a capacity-building institution in information technology and agriculture research this year Due to the current political and security situations in Afghanistan and Myanmar, India-backed projects have suffered setbacks and faced numerous challenges in both countries, the Ministry of External Affairs has informed a parliamentary panel. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, chaired by BJP MP PP Chaudhary, noted a reduction in aid to Afghanistan.…

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Centre Data Reveals That 1.83 Lakh Indians Gave Up Citizenship In First 10 Months Of 2022

According to a reply by Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan in the Parliament, this number is up by 20,000 since 2021. The data also reveals that since 2014, over 12.43 lakh Indians have renounced their citizenship More than 1.83 lakh Indians gave up their citizenship between January 2022 to October 2022. This has been revealed by the Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, who added that this number is up by almost 20,000 from 1.63 lakh (approximately) in 2021.  Muraleedharan shared these figures…

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India Sends 13th Batch Of Humanitarian Assistance To Afghanistan: MEA

The medical items include pediatric stethoscope, sphygmomanometer mobile type with pediatric BP cuff, infusion pump, drip chamber set, electro cautery, nylon sutures etc In view of the urgent appeals made by the United Nations to assist the Afghan people, India has supplied the thirteenth batch of medical assistance consisting of essential medicines and medical/surgical items to Afghanistan on Tuesday. The medical items include pediatric stethoscope, sphygmomanometer mobile type with pediatric BP cuff, infusion pump, drip chamber set, electro cautery, nylon sutures etc that were handed over to authorities of the…

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392,000 Indians Renounced Citizenship In Last Three Years: Govt

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said that according to details provided by the Ministry of External Affairs, individuals renounced Indian citizenship for reasons personal to them and took citizenship in over 120 countries Over 392,000 Indians gave up their citizenship in the last three years and 1.70 lakh of them, the highest, took up American citizenship, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said that according to details provided by the Ministry of External Affairs, individuals renounced Indian citizenship for reasons personal…

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