Muslim rule in India barbaric: BJP

NEW DELHI: BJP weighed in on the Taj Mahal controversy on Monday, describing the period of Muslim rule in India as “barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance”, while asserting that party members could hold any opinion they wanted on specific monuments. BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao’ s reaction came after controversial party MLA from Uttar Pradesh, Sangeet Som, questioned the Taj Mahal’s place in history and said the episode of Mughals in India’s history was “unfortunate”. Som’s comments came in the wake of criticism of the UP government for excluding the Taj from a booklet promoting its new tourism … Continue reading Muslim rule in India barbaric: BJP

Newest outpost for U.S. crude exports: India

NEW YORK/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is set to emerge as a key market for American crude exports in coming months, as refineries in that country are ramping up “test” purchases of U.S. grades to diversify their imports. U.S. exports recently set a weekly record with nearly 2 million barrels of crude a day sent overseas. But shipments to India have been rare, with just a few deliveries since the U.S. lifted its ban on crude exports in late 2015. Indian refineries are starting to increase purchases as the country seeks to secure more supply from outside the Middle East. … Continue reading Newest outpost for U.S. crude exports: India

FO summons Indian envoy, lodges protest over ceasefire violations

ISLAMABAD: The Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to Foreign Office on Sunday to condemn the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces in Kotli and Nakyal Sectors yesterday. The Acting Director-General for South Asia and SAARC Dr Muhammad Faisal protested against Indian ceasefire violations resulting in the martyrdom of two children and injuries to four others, including three children, the foreign office spokesperson said. He said that the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) had carried out more than eleven hundred ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary, resulting in the martyrdom of 47 innocent … Continue reading FO summons Indian envoy, lodges protest over ceasefire violations

Indian ambassador meets US senator, discusses bilateral ties

Washington–Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, has met Senator Bernie Sanders and discussed bilateral ties between the two countries. A tweet by the Indian Embassy in the US on Wednesday said: “Ambassador Navtej Sarna warmly received by Sen. Bernie Sanders; enjoyed discussing positive outlook for Indian economy, strong #India US bonds & shared regional perspectives.” According to the embassy, the Sarna-Sanders meeting was restricted to discussions on US-India relationship, Indian economy and a few other issues, The American Bazaar Online reported. Sanders, who is the longest-serving independent in the US congressional history, had lost to his fellow Democrat Hillary … Continue reading Indian ambassador meets US senator, discusses bilateral ties

No exodus of Indian expats from Oman, says India envoy

Muscat: “There has been no mass exodus. In fact, there has been some net increase,” said Indra Mani Pandey, ambassador of India to Oman, while commenting on the Indian expat population in Oman. The economic downturn has resulted in many companies cutting costs and laying off workers. However, the total number of Indian expats in Oman has risen, although not at a very high rate, Pandey added. “The net increase is not very high; it’s a small net increase. But it’s an indication that there has been fresh recruitment also, while some people may have to leave their jobs and … Continue reading No exodus of Indian expats from Oman, says India envoy

Gautam Bambawale India’s Next Ambassador To China

A 1984 India Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Gautam Bambawale is expected to take up the assignment shortly, the ministry said. NEW DELHI: Seasoned diplomat Gautam Bambawale, India’s high commissioner to Pakistan, was today appointed as the country’s next envoy to China.This was announced on Thursday by the external affairs ministry. A 1984 India Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Mr Bambawale is expected to take up the assignment shortly, the ministry said.He will replace Vijay Gokhale. A deft hand in Sino-India relations, Mr Bambawale opted to learn Mandarin Chinese as his foreign language and served in Hong Kong and Beijing between 1985 … Continue reading Gautam Bambawale India’s Next Ambassador To China

India’s envoys to Pakistan, Bangladesh strong contenders for China posting

The present envoy to China, Vijay Gokhale, may be posted as secretary (economic relations) at the South Block. Gautam Bambawale, India’s high commissioner to Pakistan, and Harsh Shringla, the envoy to Dhaka, are top contenders for the post of the country’s next ambassador to China, sources said. The present envoy to China, Vijay Gokhale, may be posted as secretary (economic relations) at the South Block, sources said on condition of anonymity. Gokhale was also a secretary-level officer in China, South Block sources said. Gokhale, a 1981 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is in contention to succeed S Jaishankar as foreign … Continue reading India’s envoys to Pakistan, Bangladesh strong contenders for China posting

New Indian envoy for China could be delayed

Sources said it would take a while before India names its next ambassador to China as the two contenders, Gautam Bambawale and Harshvardhan Shringla, the high commissioners to Pakistan and Bangladesh, have equally strong credentials. Indian envoy to China, Vijay Gokhale, would stay there till October before he takes over as economic relations secretary at the foreign ministry headquarters in New Delhi. Sources said it would take a while before the government names its next ambassador to China as the two contenders, Gautam Bambawale and Harshvardhan Shringla, the high commissioners to Pakistan and Bangladesh, have equally strong credentials. If Bambawale … Continue reading New Indian envoy for China could be delayed

Nepal PM Prachanda Meets China Envoy, Discusses Xi Jinping’s Visit

KATHMANDU: Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda has reaffirmed his commitment to the “One-China” policy in a meeting with the new Chinese envoy in Kathmandu, during which the proposed visit of President Xi Jinping was also discussed. Prachanda, who met ambassador Yu Hong at his official residence at Baluwatar, discussed matters relating to Xi’s proposed visit to Nepal, sources said. However, the date of the visit has not yet been spelt out. Xi was expected to visit Nepal in October but he cancelled the visit. The cancellation was then attributed by local media reports to Nepal’s “pro-India” stance after Prachanda took over … Continue reading Nepal PM Prachanda Meets China Envoy, Discusses Xi Jinping’s Visit

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over non-issuance of medical visas

Islamabad: Pakistan has summoned the Indian envoy over non-issuance of medical visas to Pakistani nationals seeking treatment in India, Pakistani media reports said on Saturday. According to Geo News, thousands of Pakistanis seeking treatment for liver and heart-related ailments at major hospitals in New Delhi, Chennai and other Indian cities have been affected due to non-issuance of medical visas. “India has made it impossible for Pakistanis to get medical visas,” an official was quoted as saying by the channel. Pakistan summoned the Indian high commissioner to Islamabad, Gautam Bambawale, and expressed concern over the issue, it said. However, there was … Continue reading Pakistan summons Indian envoy over non-issuance of medical visas