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Tag: Ministry Of External Affairs

India Slammed UK’s Labour Party for Intervening on Kashmir

(New Delhi)India Slammed UK’s Labour Party for Intervening on Indian Kashmir Issue
India slammed the UK’s Labour Party after it passed a resolution calling for international intervention on the Kashmir issue.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Wednesday described the Labour Party’s move as an attempt at “pandering to vote-bank interests”.
There is no question of engaging with the Labour Party or its representatives on this issue, he said.
The UK’s opposition Labour Party on Wednesday passed an emergency motion on Kashmir calling for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek international observers to “enter” the region and demand the right of self-determination for its people.

Pak Nervous About India’s Steps On Article 370 in J-K : MEA

[New Delhi]Pak Nervous About India’s Steps On Article 370 in J-K : MEA
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said steps have been taken keeping in mind the best interests of Jammu and Kashmir.
He asserted Pakistan’s efforts to link peace deal with Kashmir issue have not worked.
“There is a feeling that Pakistan is nervous over India’s initiative in Jammu and Kashmir,” Kumar said.
“Pakistan thinks it will not be able to mislead people if there is development in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
His remarks come days after the Indian government scrapped special status for Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two Union territories

India Rejects US’s Religious Freedom Report

[New Delhi]India Rejects US’s Religious Freedom Report Saying it Sees No Locus Standi for a Foreign Government to Pronounce on the State of its Citizens’ Constitutionally Protected Rights.
In its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, the State Department alleged Friday that mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef.
Responding to media queries on the report, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion.”
The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities, he said.
“We see no locus standi for a foreign entity/government to pronounce on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights,” he said.
Releasing the report at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week said the report was like a report card which tracks countries to see how well they have respected this fundamental human right

India To Build 200 Maldivian Civil Servants Every Year

[New Delhi]India To Build 200 Maldivian Civil Servants Every Year
The National Center for Good Governance (NCGG), India’s leading civil services training institution, has entered into an MOU with the Maldives Civil Services Commission for capacity building of 1000 Maldives civil servants over the next 5 years. The agreement was signed during the visit of the Prime Minister of India to Male on 8th June 2019.
NCGG will assist the Civil Services Training Institute, a subsidiary of the Civil Service Commission, Maldives to develop training programs and materials, assist in organizing the exchange of experts as needed by the Civil Services Commission.
The Ministry of External Affairs will bear all expenses pertaining to the training program.

India Dares Pakistan To Act With Nayi Soch Against Terrorism

[New Delhi] India Dares Pakistan To Act With Nayi Soch Against Terrorism
Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar Speaking on Indo Pak Situation said
“If Pakistan claims to be a “naya Pakistan with nayi soch”, it should show “naya action” against terrorist groups and terror infrastructure on its soil and end cross border terrorism in support of its claims”

India Calls Imran Khan’s Ignorance ,a Lame Excuse

[New Delhi] India Calls Imran Khan’s Ignorance ,a Lame Excuse
India’s responding to remarks by Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on the Pulwama Terrorist Attack
said
“We are not surprised that the Prime Minister of Pakistan refuses to acknowledge the attack on our security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism. Prime Minister of Pakistan has neither chosen to condemn this heinous act nor condoled with the bereaved families.
Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime. It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action”
The Prime Minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse. In the horrific attack in Mumbai on 26/11, proof was provided to Pakistan. Despite this, the case has not progressed for the last more than 10 years. Likewise, on the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, there has been no progress. Promises of “guaranteed action” ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister has referred to a “Naya Pakistan” with a new thinking. In this “Naya Pakistan”, Ministers of the current Government publicly share platforms with terrorists like Hafeez Saeed who have been proscribed by the United Nations.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister has called for dialogue and expressed his readiness to talk about terrorism. India has repeatedly stated that it is ready to engage in a comprehensive bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence.
Pakistan claims to be the greatest victim of terrorism. This is far from truth. The international community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve center of terrorism.
It is regrettable that the Pakistani Prime Minister has insinuated that India’s response to the terrorist attack is determined by the forthcoming General Election. India rejects this false allegation. India’s democracy is a model for the world which Pakistan would never understand. We demand Pakistan to stop misleading the international community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control.

India Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attack in Chabahar of Iran

[New Delhi]India Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attack in Chabahar of Iran
Ministry of External Affairs has condemned this “despicable terror” attack in which two people were killed and several wounded outside police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar
As per MEA a suicide bomber blew up a car.
MEA statement said. “We wish speedy recovery to those injured. The perpetrators behind this dastardly attack should be brought to justice expeditiously.
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India Urges Pak to Build Corridor to Kartarpur Sahib:Dera Baba Nanak

[New Delhi]India Urges Pak to Build Corridor to Kartarpur Sahib:Dera Baba Nanak
India Thursday urged the Pakistan government to build a corridor to Kartarpur Sahib to facilitate easy movement of Indian pilgrims to the shrine — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev.
Kartarpur Sahib is situated in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province and there have been demands to build a corridor linking it with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India has approached Pakistan government to recognise the sentiments of the Sikh community and build the corridor, in keeping with the resolution adopted by the Cabinet Thursday to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev next year.

Centre’s Flagship Carrier IDF-OI Is a Not-For-Profit Trust:M E A

[New Delhi]Centre’s Flagship Carrier IDF-OI Is a Not-For-Profit Trust:M E A
India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) is a not-for-profit Trust set-up by the Government of India to facilitate philanthropic contributions by Overseas Indians to social and development projects in India. IDF-OI is chaired by External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj yesterday
Presently, IDF-OI is promoting flagship programmes of Government of India- Swachh Bharat Mission and National Mission for Clean Ganga; and projects identified by the State Govts, for funding by Overseas Indians.
Working with State Governments in areas such as sanitation; education; drinking water; women’s empowerment et/c, IDF-OI is offering projects for funding by Overseas Indians. Overseas Indians can contribute as an individual, or a group of individuals or even through their respective Indian Associations.
IDF-OI does not recover any administrative cost from contributions received from Overseas Indians.
At the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2017 the Plenary Session I focused on The Indian Diaspora- Catalyst for Realising India’s Development on 08 January 2017, chaired by Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri M.J Akbar. The session discussed how IDF-OI can effectively enable Overseas Indians to reconnect and contribute to India’s social and development efforts. They expressed interest in working with IDF-OI and highlighted the need for credibility i.e. accountability, efficiency, and transparency in project implementation and fund utilisation.
At the conclusion of the session IDF-OI also received contributions from Overseas Indians

Navtej Sarna Appointed Ambassador to USA:New Ambassador For New Govt

[New Delhi]Navtej Sarna Appointed Ambassador to the USA
India Appoints New Ambassador For New Govt In The USA
India’s High Commissioner to UK Navtej Sarna was today appointed as Ambassador to the US, a high-profile posting where he will face the task of engaging with a new administration in Washington following the November 8 Presidential poll.
Sarna, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1980 batch, was serving as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs before he was posted in London in January.
He succeeds Arun Singh, who is due for retirement.
The 59-year-old diplomat was among the longest-serving spokespersons of the MEA.
He had held the post between 2002 and 2008.
As per External Affairs Ministry .”He is expected to take up the assignment shortly,”
Government has also appointed 1988-batch IFS officer Taranjit Singh Sandhu as the next High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka.
He will replace Yash Sinha.
In Washington, Sarna’s main task will be to ensure continuity in Indo-US relations when a new dispensation takes charge.
Sarna has authored many fiction and non-fiction books, with the most recent being ‘Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life’ released last year.
He was also India’s Ambassador to Israel from 2008 to 2012.
For two years from August 2012, Sarna had served as additional secretary in-charge of international organisations in the MEA.
Sarna had served at various Indian missions including in Moscow, Warsaw, Tehran, Geneva, Thimphu and Washington.
Yash Sinha, tipped to be Indian High Commissioner to the UK, is a seasoned diplomat and, in his career spanning 35 years, he has handled several important assignments at the MEA and in Indian diplomatic missions in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South America.