[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
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[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.
[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”
[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.
[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.
[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.