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Jayanth Jacob writes on foreign policy and politics for Hindustan Times.

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Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale in US to lay 2+2 groundwork

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale and other senior Indian officials will hold discussions with their US counterparts in Washington this week to prepare the ground for the first two-plus-two dialogue between the two countries, to take place in New Delhi in September, sources said.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, accompanied by Gourangalal Das, joint secretary (Americans) in the external affairs ministry, left for the US on Tuesday evening.(PTI/File Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2018 01:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rahul Gandhi joins RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav to protest against rapes at Muzaffarpur shelter home

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has been targeting Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar over the alleged rape incident at the shelter home in Muzzafarpur.

(From left) RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and CPI parliamentarian D Raja during a protest in Delhi on Saturday against the sexual abuse of girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2018 11:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

How 2+2 talks may affect over 300K Indians’ applications for Green Card

A total of 306,601 applications filed by Indian nationals for a Green Card under the Employment-Based Preference Category are pending approval with the US authorities, the latest available data show.

The latest available data shows that in 2016, 64,687 Indians received a Green Card, slightly higher than the 64,116 who were given permanent residence by the US in 2015.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2018 11:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

MEA reshuffle: Venkatesh Varma to be India’s envoy to Russia

D Bala Venkatesh Varma, a 1988 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, is set to become India’s envoy to Russia

He will replace Pankaj Saran, who has been appointed as a deputy national security adviser.(File Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2018 11:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayanth Jacob

India among 3 foreigners abducted and killed in Kabul

An Indian, Malaysian and a Macedonian citizen were abducted and killed by militants in Kabul.

DGCA did not elaborate on the observations or the concerns flagged by the US regulator, but said the FAA team will come for a final consultation within 65 days wherein the DGCA shall present the action taken on the observations.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 02, 2018 10:46 PM IST
New Delhi | By

NRC is India’s ‘local internal matter’ with ‘ethnic undertones’: Bangladesh

Bangladesh called the exclusion of over 40 lakh people in Assam from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) India’s “local internal matter” with “ethnic undertones”. It said New Delhi has not even once in the 48 years of Bangladesh’s existence ever raised the issue of illegal immigrants with Dhaka.

Bangladesh information minister Hasanul-Haque Inu insisted there are no illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in India.(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 01, 2018 09:42 AM IST
HT Correspondent, New Delhi | By

Between Imran Khan and India hangs the shadow of Pakistan Army

India once again finds itself staring at the reality of the Pakistan army, and how much authority it would give Imran’s government to deliver an outswinger or go for an out-of-the-box shot as far as bilateral ties are concerned.

ricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), addressing media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 11:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

India neither surprised by Pakistan election results, nor expecting turnaround, say experts

Imran Khan, once seen as a progressive liberal, and the Cricket World Cup-winning captain of Pakistan , has undergone a major political transformation in the little over two-decade history of his political party.

A shopkeeper looks on a screen, displaying the cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in a televised speech a day after the general election, at a market in Karachi, Pakistan July 26, 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 11:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Pakistan’s new government will look at Army for deciding India ties

A police officer, left, checks a voter at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Pakistanis are voting today in a closely fought election that will determine the course of the nuclear-armed nation central to U.S. anti-terrorism efforts and China’s global infrastructure ambitions.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 11:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping look to boost ties with Africa

PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are visiting Africa and will attend the 10th BRICS summit in South Africa.

India and China are rivals in Africa; India had an early start, but China has powered ahead, largely on the back of its willingness to underwrite, even build infrastructure in the continent.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2018 11:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

600 Indian construction workers in Qatar stranded with no pay

An Indian official said nearly 300 of the workers have been provided work in other companies while some have been brought back. But those affected say there has been no word on their compensation after having worked for eight to 10 years.

A file photo taken n November 16, 2014 shows workers at a construction site in Doha.(AFP File)
Updated on Jul 28, 2018 06:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

PM Modi to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on BRICS sidelines

Prime Minister Modi will also meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who assumed office in February this year, and is expected to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin, officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the West Lake State Guest House ahead of G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2018 07:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

All-party team led by Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan unhappy with Modi meet

At the meet, PM Modi reportedly handed over a list of projects in Kerala to CM Vijayan saying that these would not be getting the “Centre’s financial assistance”, said members of the delegation.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (third from right) with members of the all-party delegation that met PM Modi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 19, 2018 10:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

India seeks leniency in US sanctions on Iran, cities oil imports, Chabahar port venture

The US is re-imposing sanctions on Iran after the Trump administration decided to walk out of the Iran nuclear deal of 2015. 

A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar in Iran.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jul 18, 2018 07:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

India a stakeholder in the Korean peace process, says PM Modi

Modi made an oblique reference to North Korea’s linkages with Pakistan and hinted that this is a reason why India is a stakeholder in the peace process.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 10, 2018 11:57 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Around the world for diplomacy: Modi ministers target to visit 192 nations

Three more countries remain in the list of 192 member states of the UN to which the NDA government wanted to send a minister.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is hugged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their visit to Gandhi Smriti in Delhi on July 9, 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 10, 2018 09:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Four reasons led Air India to replace Taiwan with Chinese Taipei on website

Chinese Taipei is a standard nomenclature used internationally, said a person familiar with the development, listing one of the factors.

Air India does not have flights to Taipei, but it has a code-sharing arrangement with Air China.(File photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2018 11:36 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Congress says ‘no’ as AAP sends ‘feelers’ for tie-up

Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken says the party does not have confidence in the AAP given that Arvind Kejriwal recently stated that he will supportModi and the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls if the central government grants statehood to Delhi.

A combination photograph of Congress president Rahul Gandhi (left) and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(File photos)
Updated on Jul 07, 2018 11:29 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByJayanth Jacob and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Air India’s decision consistent with international norms, India’s position on Taiwan: MEA

The external affairs ministry has defended national carrier Air India’s decision of replacing Taiwan with Chinese Taipei on its website.

Air India has replaced Taiwan with Chinese Taipei on its website.(Reuters/File Photo)
Published on Jul 06, 2018 09:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Lucknow interfaith couple’s passports cleared

Persons familiar with the internal probe said an official at the RPO and police in the verification report went beyond their brief, getting into details that are “irrelevant” while issuing the travel document to Tanvi Seth and Anas Siddiqui.

Mohammad Anas Siddiqui and Tanvi Seth show their passports issued to them by the Regional Passport Office, in Lucknow.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Jul 04, 2018 11:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By

India-US to hold talks on sanctions against Iran oil imports

The US has told India and other countries to cut oil imports from Iran to “zero” by November 4 or face sanctions, indicating that there would be no waivers to anyone.

This file photo taken on March 12, 2017 shows a view of an oil facility in the Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf. The United States remains determined to force Iran to change its behaviour by cutting its oil exports to zero, the State Department said on July 2, 2018.(AFP)
Published on Jul 04, 2018 11:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Kailash Mansarovar yatra: 1,600 Indian pilgrims stranded after landslides, rains

At least two Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims died — one of possible high-altitude sickness and another of heart attack — and their bodies were airlifted by helicopter, officials said.

Pilgrims being provided with air-bridge service between Pithoragarh and Gunji during the annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, in Pithoragarh on Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 07:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Kathmandu and New Delhi | ByAnil Giri and Jayanth Jacob

No change in visa policy for students from India, says UK

Indian students will experience no change as a result of the latest announcement on visa application, the British High Commission in New Delhi said.

In changes to its immigration policy tabled in Parliament on Friday, the UK Home Office announced a relaxation of the Tier 4 visa category for overseas students from around 25 countries.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2018 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

How gaps in India’s passport rules may have helped Nirav Modi cross borders

Once passport is revoked, the information gets fed into a system that is expected to be shared world over, making the travel of Indian passport holder legally impossible

A file photo of Nirav Modi at his office in Lower Parel in Mumbai.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Updated on Jun 20, 2018 02:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayanth Jacob and Rajesh Ahuja

India looks to boost ties with Latin America

To build ties with the region becoming increasingly important for its foreign policy objectives, New Delhi was pushing for high-level contact that has been missing, officials said on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to travel to the region later this year when Argentina hosts the G20 summit.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Jun 18, 2018 11:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Centre to crack down on those seeking jobs abroad without orientation programme

Blue-collar workers from Delhi who fail to undergo a mandatory orientation programme cannot go abroad, with the government refusing them clearance to emigrate, a move that could have a bearing on job prospects of thousands of people.

The government order, which kicked in on June 15, came after recruitment agencies in the Capital failed to get at least 20% of prospective emigrant workers schooled in pre-departure orientation training.(HT/Photo for representation)
Updated on Jun 17, 2018 11:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

India rejects UN report on rights violations in Kashmir, calls it ‘fallacious, motivated’

The UN, in its first report on human rights in the region, urged Pakistan to end its “misuse” of anti-terror legislation to persecute peaceful activists and quash dissent.

The UN report focuses mainly on alleged serious violations committed in Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 15, 2018 12:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Srinagar | ByJayanth Jacob and Ashiq Hussain

In India’s statement on Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit, an oblique reference to Pakistan

India said it welcomed the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday. India enjoys good ties with both the countries.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (left) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (right) after taking part in a signing ceremony at the end of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2018 07:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Private sector experts for govt jobs: What MEA started as experiment gains momentum

Around 12 such officials hired as subject experts are attached with the policy planning and research division of the external affairs ministry but they don’t have decision-making or administrative powers

It was on the suggestion of the parliamentary panel, which is headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, that the ministry of external affairs allowed lateral entry — opening up government positions to talent from private sector, academics and public sector(Livemint File)
Updated on Jun 12, 2018 07:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

India, US will hold two-plus-two talks on July 6 in Washington

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will travel to Washington to meet their US counterparts and hold discussions on a host of bilateral issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump during the Asean summit in Manila in November 2017. The two-plus-two meeting was announced after Modi’s meeting with Trump at the White House in August 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2018 01:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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