President to visit Karnataka on October 24-25

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Karnataka on October 24 and 25,  according to a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement on Monday. This will be his first visit to the State after assuming office as President. On October 24, the President will commence his engagements by paying tributes to the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda. Later, he will visit IISc, Bengaluru laboratory and attend a round-table discussion with scientists. On October 25, Mr Kovind will grace the ‘Vajramahothsava’ – Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on completion of 60 years of Vidhana Soudha, and address members of both Houses of … Continue reading President to visit Karnataka on October 24-25

Senate committee set to vote on appointing Ken Juster as US Ambassador to India

Washington: A crucial Senate Committee would vote on Trump administration’s ambassadorial nominee to India, Ken Juster, later this week, thus paving the way for a full Senate confirmation soon. The confirmation process of Ken Juster, an old India hand in the Trump Administration, is likely to be a smooth affair given the bipartisan support the former White House official received during his confirmation hearing early this month. As per the agenda of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee released on Monday, the full committee would take a vote on 16 ambassadorial nominees including that of Juster on Thursday. Other ambassadorial nominees … Continue reading Senate committee set to vote on appointing Ken Juster as US Ambassador to India

Mugabe Removed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador

The World Health Organization rescinded Sunday its appointment of Zimbabwe’s longtime President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised. I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. Tedros, who became head of the WHO in July, had announced his appointment of Mugabe two days earlier during a conference in Uruguay, saying that Zimbabwe … Continue reading Mugabe Removed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador

Diwali splendor at London Eye

Smita Sharma Londoners were treated to a dazzling London Eye dressed up in rangoli patterns to celebrate the festival of lights. The occasion was dedicated to the victims of the recent terror attacks in the UK and the Grenfell Tower fire. Back home, diplomatic missions in India were decked up in festive colors. Russian envoy Nikolay Kudashev, who reached Delhi some days ago, participated in the festivities. He was hosted, along with other select diplomats, for a Diwali dinner by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. During his first stint in India in the late 90s, Kudashev rose to the rank of DCM … Continue reading Diwali splendor at London Eye

Islamabad denies discussing Jadhav case during meeting of its envoy with Sushma

Pakistan has refuted reports that India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her introductory meeting with the Pakistani envoy to India had called for Islamabad to review its position in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the Dawn reported. Dubbing the media reports with respect to the meeting held earlier this week as ‘speculative’, Pakistan’s Foreign Office stated, “During this interaction, no specific case came under discussion. Therefore, the reports appearing in the Indian media are speculative.” Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of terrorism and spying for India’s intelligence agency- the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). On April 10, … Continue reading Islamabad denies discussing Jadhav case during meeting of its envoy with Sushma

MP CM visits National Museum of American History; meets Indian envoy

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], October 23 : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on a six-day visit to in Washington D.C., paid a visit to National Museum of American History. The Chief Minister took to Twitter and said: “In National Museum of American History, got to know about the glorious history of America’s freedom struggle.” “America is made up of people from all corners of the globe. It is a matter of pride that people of Indian origin have received prominence here prominently,” he wrote. He also met Indian Ambassador to Washington, Navtej Sarna. “It was a great pleasure meeting … Continue reading MP CM visits National Museum of American History; meets Indian envoy

Putin’s special envoy reaches out to India on Afghanistan

NEW DELHI: In a significant regional security outreach, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy Zamir Kabulov recently visited Delhi and held discussions with NSA Ajit Doval and foreign secretary S Jaishankar, top government sources told TOI. The government has not yet made the visit public keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the discussions but official sources here said all issues related to regional security were discussed, with special focus on the developing situation in Afghanistan and the role of Pakistan. As Putin’s special representative, Kabulov is responsible for Moscow’s Afghanistan policy. TOI had first reported on September 20 that … Continue reading Putin’s special envoy reaches out to India on Afghanistan

Pak summons India’s DHC over ceasefire violations

Islamabad, Oct 15 (PTI) Pakistan today summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner for the third time this month over the alleged “ceasefire violations” by Indian troops along the Line of Control, claiming that two children were killed in the firing. The Foreign Office, in a statement, alleged that Indian forces resorted to firing in Kotli/Nokial sector yesterday which killed two children. The Foreign Ministry said that it summoned the Indian envoy to protest the “unprovoked” violation of a 2003 cease- fire by the Indian forces.”Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations,? it said. “The deliberate targeting of … Continue reading Pak summons India’s DHC over ceasefire violations

Food security: India to convey firm stand at Marrakesh meet

Suresh Prabhu will make it clear in Marrakesh meet that India will not enter into any trade-off in other areas of agriculture for a permanent solution for public stock holding programmes. Geneva: Commerce minister Suresh Prabhu is expected to deliver the strongest message yet during a meeting of more than 35 trade ministers in Marrakesh on Monday that New Delhi will not accept any outcome at the upcoming World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ministerial conference in Buenos Aires without a permanent solution for public stock holding programmes for food security, said a person familiar with the development. He will also make … Continue reading Food security: India to convey firm stand at Marrakesh meet

In a first, India to attend SCO contact group meeting on Afghanistan today

NEW DELHI: India has been invited to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) contact group meeting on Afghanistan for the first time to discuss the war-torn country’s security situation as well as economic potential, a development being viewed as an acknowledgement of India’s rising profile in the region. The meeting, scheduled to be held in Moscow on Wednesday, comes after a successful United States-backed Indo-Afghan trade and investment show in Delhi. The SCO contact group that had become defunct in 2009 has been revived this year after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention, people aware of the matter told ET. India became … Continue reading In a first, India to attend SCO contact group meeting on Afghanistan today