Why it is time for New Delhi to make Nepal feel ‘India-open’

In October 2002, Shyam Saran, India’s ambassador to Indonesia, was appointed envoy to Nepal, then National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra told him that his mandate was to bring the monarchy and political parties together to “neutralize the Maoists”. The worry in South Block was a possible “Red Corridor” into India. Saran was India’s ambassador in Kathmandu for just 22 months before he became foreign secretary, but India’s priorities changed.     Advertisements Continue reading Why it is time for New Delhi to make Nepal feel ‘India-open’

Commissioner designate’s mind for better Indo-Pak ties

Indian High Commissioner designate Ajay Bisaria arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday with his wife Bharati Chaturvedi. He crossed over on foot through the Wagah border and was welcomed on the other side by the Indian Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad, J.P. Singh and other officials of the Indian High Commission. He will formally take charge after he presents his credentials to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain. While talks have been suspended between the two sides because of the terror attacks carried out by terrorists who have sanctuaries in Pakistan, the Indian envoy spoke of the need to move forward with a … Continue reading Commissioner designate’s mind for better Indo-Pak ties

Malaysia names Special Envoy to India

Samy Vellu (74), until recently president of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), will be Malaysia’s Special Envoy to India and South Asia for Infrastructure with effect from New Year’s Day 2011. Announcing his appointment, while releasing his biography at a function in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak praised Samy Vellu for his “connection” with the South Asian countries. “Many Malaysian companies will benefit from his role as a Special Envoy on Infrastructure,” said Mr. Najib. Mr. Devamany said Mr. Samy Vellu’s experience as “an architect of Malaysia’s infrastructure sector” and in interacting with India in the same … Continue reading Malaysia names Special Envoy to India

New Indian Envoy Ajay Bisaria reaches Pakistan

New Delhi: Newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria arrived in Pakistan to start his new assignment. Ajay Bisaria is 1987 cadre Indian Foreign Service officer who was appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Pakistan by the Ministry of External Affairs. Earlier, Bisaria was serving as Indian Ambassador to the Republic of Poland. Source: NewsMobile Continue reading New Indian Envoy Ajay Bisaria reaches Pakistan

Misadventure… Congress should explain why it held worrisome meeting

After Manmohan Singh slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remark alleging Congress leaders may have conspired with Pakistan to defeat BJP in Gujarat polls, BJP reacted sharply and said the former PM’s statement was “full of rhetorical flourish” without “answering” the questions the ruling party had raised. The ruling party also took strong exception to Pakistan government’s reaction to Modi’s remark. Condemning what he called the “unwarranted” statement by Pakistan on Gujarat elections, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that it seemed to suggest that it was aimed at bailing out the Congress party. Source: Indian Express Continue reading Misadventure… Congress should explain why it held worrisome meeting

Why did Congress take 48 hours to acknowledge meeting with Pakistan envoy: BJP

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Monday questioned why it took the Congress over 48 hours to accept that a “hush, hush” meeting with the Pakistani envoy and a former Pakistani Minister did take place at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence, attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Vice President Hamid Ansari and several Congress leaders. Rao’s remarks came soon after Manmohan Singh issued a statement accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spreading “falsehood and canards” in a desperate bid to win the Gujarat elections and asked him to “apologize to the nation”. In a hard-hitting statement, Manmohan Singh denied allegations … Continue reading Why did Congress take 48 hours to acknowledge meeting with Pakistan envoy: BJP

Social justice holds India, US together, says envoy

New Delhi [India], December 11 (ANI): Social justice is an important factor that holds the world’s largest democracy, India, and the oldest one, the United States, together, said Marykay L. Carlson, Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy in Delhi, on Sunday. There is a natural synergy between the largest and the oldest democracy and it gives strengthen to India-US relations, she added. Echoing Carlson’s sentiments Gaurav Grover, president of New Delhi Social Workers Association, said the purpose of the NGO was to increase the people to people relationship and it was in line with the policy of the two … Continue reading Social justice holds India, US together, says envoy

Toxic air may impact 8 million Indian kids: Unicef official

NEW DELHI: As many as 10 Indian cities have figured in the 20 most polluted cities across the world leaving over eight million children in the country exposed to toxic air and potentially putting their brain development at risk, said Yasmin Ali Haque, Unicef Representative in India. “It is a global problem. Field burning happens in South Asia and Africa. Coal power plants are all over the world. As per the reports we have on climate change, action might be taken in a country but the reaction is in another country,” Haque said. Source: Times Of India Continue reading Toxic air may impact 8 million Indian kids: Unicef official

India can become massive market for green solutions

New Delhi: Dec 6 (UNI) Norway is currently the world’s demonstration project for green transport solutions and India can become a massive market for green solutions, Norwegian Ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg said here on Wednesday. Addressing a seminar greening the transport sector in India, Kamsvåg said, “The target of 100 percent Electric Vehicles (EVs) by 2030 set by the Indian government is both ambitious and inspiring. Source: UniIndia Continue reading India can become massive market for green solutions

UAE ambassador to India says nation committed to joining hands with India to fight terror

New Delhi:  UAE denounces terrorism and regularly shares information with India in the fight against the global scourge, Gulf nation’s Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna said so on Tuesday. “We exchange a lot of information and we have created a mechanism in terms of dissemination of information and exchange of information,” Albanna response to questions at a media briefing in New Delhi. “We denounce terrorism, we denounce extremism. We work very closely with India, with many different countries in the world, to counter-attack all those organisations that have been listed either by the UN or by some other countries or … Continue reading UAE ambassador to India says nation committed to joining hands with India to fight terror