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Recruitment of Indians by Russian Army is of ‘utmost and deep concern’: MEA

MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said India has “again taken up the issue” of recruitment of Indian nationals in the Russian military with Moscow

Russian army servicemen drive a tank on a street in Donetsk, Russian-controlled Ukraine (REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 09:28 PM IST

India, Sri Lanka launch Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, deepen ties

President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Jaishankar participated in a ceremony to hand over more than 150 houses built under two India-backed housing projects.

EAM S Jaishankar with Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe (Twitter/@DrSJaishanka)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 07:17 PM IST

68 Indian pilgrims among 600 people to die during Hajj in Saudi Arabia

The deaths of the Indians were reported over a period of weeks and the number of deaths on the final day of the pilgrimage was six

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as they perform Tawaf at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on June 18 (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 07:15 AM IST

Doval, Sullivan set vision for next chapter of strategic tech partnership

Most of the initiatives were aimed at countering Beijing’s efforts to acquire dominance of strategic technologies and vital supply chains

Indian NSA Ajit Doval and US NSA Jake Sullivan witness the signing of agreements during the iCET meeting in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 08:51 PM IST

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan begins two-day visit to India

Earlier this year, Sullivan had called off planned visits to India twice because of the US administration’s preoccupation with the Israel-Hamas conflict

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan in Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 02:55 PM IST

Nikhil Gupta extradited by Czech Republic to US on June 14: Czech spokesperson

Czech authorities arrested and detained Gupta on June 30 last year, and Indian officials were given consular access to him on several occasions

According to US federal prosecutors, Nikhil Gupta was on a mission to kill Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. (Reuters file photo)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 01:00 PM IST

Only efforts involving Russia, Ukraine will lead to peace: India at Swiss summit

India has decided not to associate itself with joint communique or any other document emerging from the peace summit because of its position on Russia & Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives for a photograph with heads of states and country representatives during the Summit on peace in Ukraine at the luxury Burgenstock resort, near Lucerne, in Switzerland on June 15, 2024. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 08:34 PM IST

Ukraine war, defence ties in focus as PM Modi holds high-stakes bilaterals

A statement from Zelenskyy’s office said he had briefed Modi on the preparations for the peace summit and its agenda.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Twitter/@narendramodi)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 02:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Make tech creative, not destructive: PM Modi at G7 Summit

During its G20 presidency last year, India stressed the need for international AI governance and will continue collaborating globally to ensure AI transparency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with United Kingdom PM Rishi Sunak and World Bank President Ajay Banga at the G7 Outreach Summit, in Apulia on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 04:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Tech benefits must reach all to eliminate inequalities: PM Modi at G7 session

India is among 12 countries and five international organisations invited by Italy, the host of the G7 Summit, to join the outreach session.

PM Modi said India has considered it its responsibility to put the priorities and concerns of countries of the Global South on the world stage (X/narendramodi/)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 10:26 PM IST

US Congressional delegation to meet Dalai Lama in Dharamshala next week

Micheal McCaul, a Republican, was among four US lawmakers who introduced the Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets a guest as he leaves after attending a special event during which exile Tibetans made him traditional offerings and prayed for his long life, at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala on June 11. (AP)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 09:20 PM IST

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to arrive in India next week on 2-day visit

This will be Sheikh Hasina’s first stand-alone bilateral visit to India since she began her fifth term following Bangladesh’s general election in January.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attends India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 10:33 PM IST

PM Modi, Rishi Sunak assess India-UK free trade pact talks on G7 Summit sidelines

PM Modi and PM Rishi Sunak expressed satisfaction with the progress made in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations between the two countries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets United Kingdom PM Rishi Sunak on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Apulia on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 05:38 PM IST

Modi, Macron to intensify strategic defence cooperation, push ‘Make in India’

France is India’s closest strategic partner in Europe and the two sides have built up close cooperation, especially in security and defence

Apulia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Italy on June 14 (PTI/@MEAIndia*)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 04:41 PM IST

IAF aircraft bringing back 45 bodies from Kuwait; one injured Indian succumbs

The C-130J Hercules aircraft took off from Kuwait early on Friday morning and is expected to land first at Kochi in Kerala at around 11am

The fire broke out early on Wednesday at a building at Mangaf in southern Kuwait that housed 196 foreign workers. (ANI photo)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 10:23 AM IST

Kuwaiti authorities detain 2 for fire, say blaze was caused by short circuit

The building where the fire occurred had been rented by NBTC group, an engineering and construction firm partially owned by an Indian national, to house 196 workers

The blaze was the second largest fire disaster in Kuwait in terms of the death toll. (HT Print photo)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 08:59 AM IST

Kuwait’s worst-ever building fire puts spotlight on violations

Deadly fire in Kuwait kills 49, mostly Indian workers, in worst building fire in country's history. Crackdown on housing violations underway.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh calls on Kuwait Minister of Defense and Interior Sheikh Fahad Yousef Saud Al-Sabah, in Kuwait on Thursday. (Indian Embassy, Kuwait)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 08:22 AM IST

India steps up efforts to provide medical care to injured citizens in Kuwait

DNA tests were being done to identify the bodies and an IAF aircraft was on stand-by to bring back the bodies, Union minister Kirti Vardhan Singh said

MoS for external affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh meets Indians injured in Wednesday’s fire at the Jaber hospital in Kuwait on June 13 (PTI/VIA @indembkwt)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 10:01 PM IST

India rejects reference to Jammu and Kashmir in China-Pak joint statement

The China-Pakistan joint statement had opposed “any unilateral action” to resolve outstanding disputes, including the issue of J&K

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 7 (AP FILE)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 08:03 PM IST

PM Modi leaves for Italy to attend outreach session of G7 Summit

PM Modi is travelling to Italy’s Apulia region to participate in the G7 outreach session at the invitation of his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emplanes for Italy to attend the 50th G7 leaders’ summit in New Delhi (PTI/VIA @MEAIndia)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 07:47 PM IST

Kuwait fire that killed 42 Indians triggers crackdown by authorities

At least 42 Indians were among those who died on Wednesday when the fire engulfed a seven-storey building at Mangaf in southern Kuwait

Kuwait’s health minister Ahmad Al-Awadhi said 56 injured people were taken to local hospitals. (AFP Photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 08:09 AM IST

49, mostly Indians, killed in Kuwait building blaze

Footage shared on social media showed huge flames and black smoke coming out of the building as fire fighters attempted to control the blaze

Smoke billows after a fire broke out in a building, in Mangaf, Kuwait, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 06:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Political space to anti-India forces in Canada is main issue: Top Indian diplomat

Vinay Kwatra’s remarks came against the backdrop of two rallies organised by pro-Khalistan elements in Vancouver and Brampton

FILE - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, walks past India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's cremation site, during the G20 Summit in New Delhi, File) (AP FILE)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 09:11 PM IST

New Delhi pushing Moscow to release Indians in Russian army: Foreign secretary

The total number of Indians killed while serving with the Russian military on the frontlines with Ukraine since the beginning of the year has gone up to four

Vinay Mohan Kwatra said the Indian government has taken the issue very seriously, and has taken “immediate action” on receiving information about “Indians in the war zone (X/AmbVMKwatra)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 07:13 PM IST

40 Indians killed, 50 injured in southern Kuwait fire; Saddening, says PM Modi

Kuwait’s interior minister Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousuf Al-Sabah ordered police to apprehend the owner and janitor of the Al-Mangaf building

The fire in the Al-Mangaf building, a residence for workers, was reported to authorities in Al-Ahmadi governorate at 4.30am (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 05:47 PM IST

Chinese premier sends congratulatory message to PM Narendra Modi for third term

Premier Li Qiang said China is willing to work with India to “push forward bilateral relations in the right direction”.

China's Premier Li Qiang delivers his speech(AFP file)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 07:45 AM IST

Put verified stop to Russian army recruiting Indians: MEA on death of 2 national

Tuesday's statement by MEA is the first time that the Indian side has suggested that the matter could impact bilateral relations with Russia

Russian army servicemen walk at an exhibition displaying armoured vehicles and equipment captured by the Russian army from Ukrainian forces in Moscow, Russia on May 31(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 05:51 AM IST

Indian nationals, serving with Russian army, killed in battle

India confirms 2 more nationals killed in Russia-Ukraine conflict, demanding end to further recruitment by Russian Army. Concerns raised over impact on bilateral relations.

Indian nationals, serving with Russian army, killed in battle
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Busy foreign policy schedule for new NDA government

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is travelling to Italy for the G7 Summit this week and preparations are underway for a review of the Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) with the US

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister S Jaishankar. (File)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 06:48 PM IST

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, PM Modi pledge to deepen partnership

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik emphasised the centuries-old ties of friendship between Oman and India and conveyed his best wishes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Sultan of Oman Haitham Bin Tarik at Hyderabad House in New Delhi (ANI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 06:29 PM IST
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