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Tag: Ministry Of External Affairs

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.

PM Of India Modi Condemns Deadly Truck Attack in ‘Nice’ France

[New Delhi] PM Of India Modi Condemns Deadly Truck Attack in ‘Nice’ France.No Indian Affected. Indian Embassy Opened helpline Number
Prime Minister Of India Narendra Modi today strongly condemned the deadly truck attack in France terming it as a “mindless act of violence”.
Modi said India shares the pain and stands firmly with France in this hour of “immense sadness”.
PM Modi In His Couple Of Tweets Said
.”Appalled by the horrific attack in Nice. I strongly condemn such mindless acts of violence. My thoughts are with the families of deceased,”
He Added”I hope the injured recover soon. India shares the pain & stands firmly with our French sisters & brothers in this hour of immense sadness,”
At least 80 people were killed when a truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice in a “terrorist” attack on revellers watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.
As Per Ministry Of External Affairs, No Indian affected in this attack
Ministry’s Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted “Our Ambassador in Paris is in touch with the Indian community in Nice. So far no report of any Indians affected,”
He also said the Indian embassy in Paris had opened the helpline number 33-1-40507070.
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India Declines To Think Pessimistically On US Senate Bill Rejection

[New Delhi] India Declines To Think Pessimistically On US Senate Bill Rejection
India today downplayed the US Senate rejecting a key amendment recognising the country as “global strategic and defence partner”, saying it would be “premature” to speculate about its final content.
The US had recognised India as a “major defence partner” in a joint statement issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit there last week.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup Optimistically said.”We have seen media reports about non-inclusion of an India-related amendment in the consideration of the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) by the US Senate.
“The preparation of NDAA in the US Congress involves approval of different versions in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and their reconciliation to evolve a single consensual text, which is again put to vote in both chambers.
He Added “The 2017 NDAA is in the process of its formulation and it would be premature to speculate about its final content,”
He also noted that preparation of NDAA is a process distinct from the decision of the US Government to recognize India as a Major Defense Partner.
“This was an executive decision and already announced in the India-US Joint Statement of June 7. A number of Senators and Congressmen have moved proposals that only seek to reinforce this decision of the US Government.
“It reflects the bipartisan support in the US Congress for stronger defence cooperation between India and the US,” he added.
The US Senate failed to recognise India as a “global strategic and defence partner” of the US after a key amendment necessary to modify its export control regulations could not be passed.
Top Republican senator John McCain had moved an amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA-17) which if passed would have recognised India as a global strategic and defence partner.
The US had recognised India as a “major defence partner” in a joint statement issued after Modi held talks with President Barack Obama which supported defence-related trade and technology transfer to the country which would now be treated on par with America’s closest allies.
NDAA was passed by the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 85-13. But some of the key amendments including the (SA 4618) even though they had bipartisan support
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Public Grievances Redress &Monitoring System Is Useless:NAPA

[Jalandhar,Punjab]Public Grievances Redress &Monitoring System of India Is Useless:NAPA
Slamming at the Public grievances redress and monitoring system of India North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) said that this portal is useless without any will power of the authorizes concerned to redress the issues and grievances filed online by the applicant or complainant.
Executive Director Satnam Singh Chahal said that he filed a request for audience in the last week of January 2016 with Punjab NRI Minister Mr Tota Singh, DGP Punjab Police on Dec 2015 to discuss the serious issues of Punjabi Diaspora but until today this request is still under process and the same is pending with Mr H.S.Kandhola Director Grievances and Pensions for necessary action which should be taken on January 20,2016.
It is still waiting for action on Feb 19,2016 when he is back to United States from a trip to India
Chahal. Added, Similarly a request was filed to seek an audience with MEA Minister on Dec 23,2015 to discuss about the ten missing persons from Punjab while going to USA but the same request was closed on January 01,2016.

India Resents Over Obama Govt’s Decision to Sell 8 Fighter Jets to Pakistan

[New Delhi]’India Resents Over US’ Decision to Sell Fighter Planes F16s to Pak’
India today expressed disappointment and resentments over US administration’s decision to sell eight F16 fighter jets to Pakistan, saying it disagrees that such arms’ transfers will help combat terrorism.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will be summoning US Ambassador Richard Verma to convey India’s “displeasure”.
“We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan. We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism.
“The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself. The US Ambassador will be summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs to convey our displeasure,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

48 Indians in Foreign Prisons,Despite Serving Term,Still Waiting For Free Air

[New Delhi,]48 Indians in Foreign Prisons Despite Serving Term
48 Indian nationals continue to be lodged in foreign jails and deportation centres despite having served their term, including 40 in Bangladesh.
“As per available information, there are 48 Indian nationals who have completed their sentences and are waiting for completion of deportation formalities in foreign jails and in deportation centres,” the External Affairs Ministry has told the Assurances Committee of the Rajya Sabha on information sought by Avinash Rai, an MP from Punjab.
Of these, 40 Indians are lodged in various Bangladesh jails, five in Myanmar, two at a deportation centre in Bahrain and one in Malaysia.
About the reasons for delay in bringing them back, the Ministry said, “Some information was to be collected from Indian missions/posts abroad.”
“The number of Indian nationals who have completed their jail terms in various jails in Bangladesh, as on date is 40.
Since July 2014, out of 37 prisoners, 16 have been released and repatriated. 19 new convicted and undertrial prisoners who have completed their sentences have been added to the previous list of released prisoners,” it further stated.
The Ministry said Indians Missions and Posts in these countries have been regularly taking up with the respective foreign governments the issue of early release of prisoners from jails and deportation centres.
The Ministry said Indian missions and posts also provide air tickets for facilitating their return.

Rajeev Kumar [IFS] New,Ambassador to Republic of Senegal

[New Delhi]Rajeev Kumar [IFS] New, Ambassador to Republic of Senegal
Rajeev Kumar [IFS]Appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Senegal
Rajeev Kumar (IFS: 2001), presently DCM in Embassy of India, Brasilia has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Senegal.