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NEW YORK, NY (ANI) - In an apparent reference to China, India on Aug 9 said that the practice of placing holds and blocks on listing requests of terrorists without giving any justification must end. India's Permanent Representative to the United

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Demonstrations planned by Sri Lankan opposition parties and trade unions have fizzled out, with smaller crowds turning up to mark the fourth month of an anti-government protest campaign launched in the wake of the ongoing economic crisis. In

India-West News Desk LONDON - Britain's prime ministerial candidate, Rishi Sunak, has shared that there was "clearly something" when he met his now wife, Akshata Murty the daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy. In an interview with 'The Times', the former Chancellor

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - A Hindu family from Sanghar in Sindh province of Pakistan was attacked on August 7 evening by almost a dozen men over a petty squabble, prompting uproar on social media with netizens demanding justice for the

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Amid pressure from its immediate neighbor India, Sri Lanka has urged China to delay the entry of controversial Chinese ship 'Yuan Wang 5' into the Chinese controlled port in Southern Hambantota. In a letter to the Chinese Embassy

NEW DELHI. (ANI) - In an emotional testimony, a 62-year-old woman who is a victim of religious persecution in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan narrated the ordeal of being called 'Kafir' after living in Afghanistan for three generations. On August 3, a total

NEW YORK, NY(ANI) - India's new permanent representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and said it was a "privilege to be the first Indian woman to be given the honor". "Today, have

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - Pakistan is heading towards an unavoidable political crisis after the thumping victory of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the recently held by-election in Punjab province. Out of the total 20 provincial seats, PTI won 15 seats

ATTARI, (IANS) - Protesting over the Chess Olympiad Torch passing through Kashmir, the 13-member Pakistan team, including two officials, crossed the international border via the Integrated Check Post here and returned home on July 29. The Pak chess team had arrived

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Three Indians -- former head of National Security Advisory Board P.S. Raghavan, journalist Saeed Naqvi and telecom champion Sam Pitroda were placed in the list for allegedly promoting pro-Russian narratives by a Ukrainian government body set

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Two Indian police personnel in the UN peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were killed on July 26 during attacks on peacekeepers by local people. The two were from the Border Security Force

By ASHIS RAY LONDON - Liz Truss, the incumbent caretaker Foreign Secretary in deposed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, beat her rival Rishi Sunak, the Indian-origin former Chancellor, according to a survey of ruling Conservative party members, the electoral college

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The International Monetary Fund on July 26 slashed its annual growth projection for India by 0.8 percentage points to 7.4 percent for 2022 and forecast "increasingly gloomy developments" for the global economy such as high inflation,

LONDON, (IANS) - Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, the two final candidates in the UK's Prime Ministerial race, have vowed to toughen measures against migration, the media reported on July 24. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Truss, the incumbent Foreign

COLOMBO (ANI) - US Ambassador to Colombo Julie Chun on July 22 expressed deep concerns about the actions taken by Sri Lankan authorities against protestors at Galle Face in the middle of the night. Chun asked for restraint by authorities and

COLOMBO (IANS) - Eighteen ministers, including Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena were sworn into Sri Lanka's new cabinet on July 22 here. Dinesh Gunawardena was sworn in as the Prime Minister earlier in the day, and he will also hold the position of

COLOMBO (IANS) - Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as Sri Lanka's eighth President on July 21, vowed to crackdown on protesters who took over President's House and Prime Minister's Office.Wickremesinghe, who was elected with 134 votes in the parliament said

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - The first of its kind NRI Festival had a gala launch here. NRI committees from the US, the UK and the Middle East were enthusiastic about the festival being dedicated to the diaspora community and expressed confidence

By ASHIS RAY LONDON - Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who resigned from this position because of differences with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on July 20 won the first stage of the contest to succeed Johnson as head

COLOMBO, (ANI) - Ranil Wickremesinghe will take oath as the President of Sri Lanka at the parliament complex on July 21 after his victory in a parliament vote to choose a new president for the South Asian country. Wickremesinghe will be

LONDON, (IANS) - Describing the scenes at the London airport as a 'disgrace and inhumane', actor Hugh Grant has said that he believes the UK "has the worst Home Secretary in British history." Passengers traveling through Heathrow Airport have complained of

LONDON (IANS) - UK's former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on July 19  hung on to his lead in the race to select the next leader of the Conservative Party - and the Prime Minister, extending his lead in the

COLOMBO, (ANI) - The Sri Lankan Supreme Court has issued an interim order that prevented former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa from leaving the country without the court's permission until July 28. Meanwhile Sri Lankan Prime

LONDON, (IANS) - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pushing for failed Tory leadership candidates to back "anyone but Rishi" Sunak, it was claimed on July 15, amid reports that the whole team at 10 Downing Street "hates" the former Chancellor

By ASHISH RAY LONDON - UK's former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak remained on top in the race to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the second round of voting among Conservative Party MPs on July 14, but Indian-origin Attorney

SINGAPORE, (ANI) - Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been allowed entry into Singapore on a private visit and he has not asked for asylum and nor has he been granted asylum. Rajapaksa who

By ASHIS RAY LONDON - Two candidates out of the eight who have made the cut for Wednesday's first round ballot in the ruling Conservative party's leadership contest, are of Indian origin - Rishi Sunak and Suella Fernandes Braverman. The outcome

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - India on July 13 "categorically denied baseless and speculative media reports" that it had facilitated Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's travel to escape out of Sri Lanka. The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka took to Twitter

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - UN Population Division Director John Wilmoth has speculated that India becoming the world's most populous country could strengthen its claim to a permanent seat on the Security Council. He said on July 11 that India's

By ASHIS RAY LONDON - Rishi Sunak, of East African Indian origin, was on July 12 being touted as the bookmakers' favorite in the British Conservative party's leadership contest. The winner will automatically become the UK's Prime Minister. Previously, the favorite in

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the recruitment of children by armed groups in India while saying that the UN has verified "54 grave violations against 49 children" in conflict situations

COLOMBO (IANS) - As Sri Lanka awaits the replacement for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, court orders have been sought to prevent him from leaving the country together with his two brothers -- former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-Finance Minister Basil

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Sri Lanka, which is completely bankrupt and embroiled in a political crisis virtually with no leader, decided to elect a new President from the Parliament on July 20. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena made the announcement after President

By VISHAL GULATI NEW DELHI, (IANS) - The people of Sri Lanka have bravely taken the first important step -- to dismiss the incompetent and corrupt Rajapaksa family dynasty that brought the crisis upon the land. Now it is time to

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - The global population is projected to reach 8 billion on November 15, with India projected to surpass China as the most populous country in 2023, the UN said on July 11 on World Population

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has voted for a UN Security Council resolution sponsored by Western countries on continuing a passage for aid to reach parts of war-torn Syria and abstained on a countermotion proposed by Russia, both of

By ASHISH RAY LONDON - Former Chancellor of the Exchequer in the British government Rishi Sunak on July 8 formally launched his bid to become the leader of the Conservative Party. If he succeeds, he will automatically become Prime Minister of

NEW DELHI, (ANI) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to his "dear friend" the late ex-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was shot on July 8 during an election campaign in the Japanese city of Nara. Modi in a blog

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Lt Gen. Mohan Subramanian as the commander of UN peacekeeping in South Sudan, the largest troop deployment in UN missions, Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric announced July 5. Subramanian succeeds Lt

BY ASHIS RAY LONDON - The governments of India and Pakistan may be at daggers drawn. But Indian and Pakistani origin senior cabinet ministers in the British government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson have combined to almost oust him from the

BEIJING, (IANS) - Moscow supports expanding the UN Security Council (UNSC), but not by admitting Germany and Japan, Russian Ambassador to China, Andrey Denisov, said on July 4. In his address at the plenary session of the UN World Peace Forum

JOHANNESBURG - The United States had raised concerns with South African authorities that the controversial Gupta family were getting funds from Iran to buy the Shiva Uranium Mine in this country, according to the final report on an extensive judicial

NEW DELHI, (ANI) - Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on June 30, in coordination with the Indian World Forum and the Government of India commenced the transfer of distressed Afghan minorities - Hindus and Sikhs. A special flight comprising of 11

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - In the aftermath of Russia's missile attack on a crowded Ukrainian shopping mall, India has called the deaths of civilians "deeply disturbing". India's Deputy Permanent Representative R. Ravindra said on June 28: "Reports of deaths of

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) – Pakistan has decided to reach out to G20 countries to stop India from holding an event or meeting of the grouping in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Pakistan foreign office has categorically rejected any such attempt by India claiming

LONDON, (IANS) - Concerns are growing that India is being used as a potential back door into Europe for Russian oil supplies, given the surge in imports, media reports said. The huge blue and red hull of the SCF Primorye came

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has warned of Afghanistan becoming a haven for terrorist organizations that threaten the region and called for unified action against the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba getting entrenched there. India's Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Richard Marles has said that his ongoing visit to India reflects the conviction and the commitment by the new Anthony Albanese government to place India "at the heart

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Rejecting the Organization for Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) criticism as "divisive," India has said that efforts to combat religiophobia will not succeed if the rising hatred against Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism is ignored. "It's time that UN

BY ATEET SHARMA NEW DELHI (IANS) - Deeply worried by China's rapidly increasing imprint, Australia said on June 21 that it stands ready to work closer with India in support of an open, inclusive, and resilient Indo-Pacific. The affirmation from the Anthony

KABUL, (ANI) - The Guru Granth Sahib from the Gurdwara in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul, which was on June 18 attacked by unidentified assailants was retrieved from the complex, from which plumes of smoke were seen billowing out after the

DHAKA, (IANS) - Bangladesh has refuted "misleading" Chinese media claims that the Padma Bridge is "a major cooperation project" between Dhaka and Beijing. In a statement on June 18, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry said: "Some quarters are trying to portray that

COLOMBO, (IANS) - With transportation coming to a near standstill nation-wide due to fuel shortage, Sri Lanka on June 17 declared 'work from home' for government employees for the next two weeks. The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a circular on

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his call to stop any violence stemming from religious differences in India. His spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on June 14 that Guterres "is for the full respect of religion, for calling

STOCKHOLM, (IANS)- India and Pakistan also seem to be increasing the size of their nuclear weapon inventories, a leading arms watchdog has said. At the start of 2022, nine states -- the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and

MOSCOW, (IANS) - The US "with its own hands" pushed the countries, which are not participating in "sanctions wars", to form a "new Big Eight" group with Russia, the Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has said. "The group of eight

NEW DELHI, (IANS) -Notwithstanding the recent ban on wheat, India with the aim of touching a $5 trillion economy, is set to position itself as a key global food supplier as shortages push prices. India has maintained that it was

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Iran has taken down an earlier press statement which mentioned that India has assured of acting against those responsible for making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said during a press conference on the

JOHANNESBURG, (IANS) - The South African government has announced that two brothers from the wealthy Gupta family have been arrested in the United Arab Emirate. Atul and Rajesh Gupta are accused in South Africa of profiting from their close links with

CAIRO, (IANS) - The Cairo-based Arab Parliament has strongly condemned and rejected the "irresponsible remarks" made by two former spokespersons of the ruling party in India against Prophet Muhammad. In a statement issued on June 7, the Arab Parliament said that "such statements

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued visas to 163 Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the annual Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom Day scheduled to be held from June 8-17. The issuance of visas is

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Amid the ongoing disastrous financial crisis with severe food, power and fuel shortages in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament on June 7 that the UN has planned to provide humanitarian assistance of around $48

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Congress leader P. Chidambaram on June 6 hit out at the BJP after two of its leaders were suspended over their remarks against Prophet Muhammad saying it was the international backlash that forced the party to

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - As a victim of cross-border attacks, India has said it regrets that state sponsors of terrorism are "allowed to go scot-free" for serious violations of international law and urged the international community to make them

NEW YORK, NY(IANS) - Responding to Islamabad's attack on New Delhi at the UN Security Council over Kashmir, India has reminded Pakistan of its "shameful history" of committing the genocide of hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh for which

NEW DELHI (IANS) - A team from India is currently on a visit to Kabul to oversee the delivery operations of India's humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. The team is expected to visit various places where Indian programs and projects are being implemented. The foreign

ISLAMABAD, (ANI) - China on June 2 agreed to refinance Pakistan with $2.3 billion worth of funds amid the dwindling foreign exchange reserves of the country. This development comes as the restoration of the country's delayed International Monetary Fund (IMF) program

BY SHANEER N SIDDIQUI MANAMA, (IANS) - Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, on May 31 met Swami Brahmaviharidas and a delegation of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha to discuss the construction of a BAPS Swaminarayan

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Seeing the devastation brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, India has put a spotlight on the threat of terrorists using biological weapons and suggested that the UN help countries deal with the risk. "In the Covid-era, the

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - The 8th edition of International Day of Yoga will be celebrated with the theme of 'Yoga for Humanity'. The event will be organized in India and across the globe on June 21. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced

KATHMANDU, (IANS) - Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that his government is committed to take back the "disputed land currently occupied by India". Addressing the Parliament, he said that his government is committed to protecting the land belonging

ISLAMABAD, (ANI) - Pakistan is set to import two million metric tons of wheat from Russia with cash payment amid the continuing sanctions on Moscow that have made trade difficult with the Vladimir Putin government. The decision was taken by a

MOSCOW, (ANI) - The Russian Indian friendship society Disha sent about three tons of humanitarian aid including pharmaceuticals, to the medical station of the Russian Armed Forces in Kursk, the Russian embassy in India said. The Russian embassy said that the

DAVOS SWITZERLAND, (ANI) - Defending India's national interest amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict, Union Minister Piyush Goyal on May 26 rejected any arguments that India is significantly increasing imports from Russia or contributing to the situation in Ukraine. This comment comes

Indian troops deployed in Congo as part of a Multilateral United Nations Peacekeeping Force, seen here on May 26. KINSHASA, (ANI) - The Indian army and troops of other nationalities under the UN flag fended off an unprovoked attack by an

TOKYO (ANI) - Reaffirming shared commitment to deepen cooperation on infrastructure, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) countries on May 24 agreed to allocate $50 billion for infrastructure and investment in the Indo-Pacific region over five years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY - Warning about the dire threat from terrorists exploiting emerging digital technologies, from cryptocurrencies and NFTs to 3D printing and artificial intelligence, New Delhi has proposed holding a meeting of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee

RIYADH, (IANS) - Saudi Arabia has banned citizens from traveling to 16 countries, including India, over the Covid-19 situation in those nations. The General Directorate of Passports said that the list of countries comprised Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Yemen,

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has honored India's more than one million Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) for connecting people with healthcare services. ASHA, which means "hope" in Hindi, are among the six recipients of Global Health

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Sri Lanka has defaulted on its debt for the first time in its history as the country struggles with its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years. It comes after a 30-day grace period to come up

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian diplomat has described Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's off-topic reference to India at the Security Council as a "Pavlovian response". "Pakistan Representative made unwarranted remarks, which symbolize nothing, but a Pavlovian

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY(IANS) - With economic growth forecast at 6.4 percent for this fiscal year, India will be the fastest-growing major economy, according to the UN. "We expect Indian recovery to remain strong in the near term in the

KATHMANDU, (IANS)- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a day-long visit to Nepal, offered prayers at the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini to mark the occasion of Buddha Purnima. He was accompanied to the temple by his Nepalese counterpart

CHENNAI, (IANS) - Pope Francis on May 16 canonized Devasahayam Pillai, or 'Blessed Lazarus', who became the first layman from India to be granted sainthood. Pillai, a Hindu who converted to Christianity in the 18th century - drawing the ire of

New Delhi, (IANS) - Pakistan cricketers aren't allowed to feature in the cash-awash Indian Premier League (IPL) because of the political tensions between the two nations. Not just the IPL, the two nations haven't played any bilateral cricket series since 2012.

PESHAWAR, (IANS) - The Peshawar-Islamabad Road in front of Qila Bala Hissar was blocked by the members of the Sikh community to register their protest against the killing of two Sikhs here. "Amidst the slogans of "Bole-So-Nihal, the members of the

ISLAMABAD, (ANI) -Ever since Beijing started implementing its expansionist policies and crushing the voices of dissidents, the feeling of resistance is fast developing in its neighboring countries and occupied territories like Xinjiang and Tibet. PAKISTAN Although neighboring Pakistan is China's close ally,

KYIV, (ANI) -The Indian Embassy in Ukraine, which was temporarily operating out of Poland, will resume its operation in Kyiv from May 17. The Embassy was temporarily relocated to Warsaw on March 13 due to the deteriorating security situation in the

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - A survey conducted by Ipsos to capture the response to the war in Ukraine found seven in 10 urban Indians support taking in Ukrainian refugees. Eight in 10 want India to avoid getting militarily involved. Six

COLOMBO, (IANS) - To end the current political deadlock, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The oath was taken on May 12before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Vacated after the controversial resignation of

BY SUSITHA FERNANDO COLOMBO, (IANS) - A Sri Lankan court on May 12 banned former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 15 others, including his son, MPs, and senior police officers from leaving the country, for instigating violence that killed nine people

BY HAMZA AMEER LAHORE, (IANS) - A Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court has sentenced at least 22 accused to five years of imprisonment each for allegedly attacking a Hindu temple in Punjab province. In July 2021, miscreants allegedly attacked the Ganesh temple at Bhong

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has contributed over Rs 6 crore to the UN aimed at promoting and enhancing the public outreach of Hindi in the world body. India's Deputy Permanent Representative R. Ravindra handed over a cheque for the

BY HAMZA AMEER ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - The Pakistan government under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has decided to resume trade with India, designating a trade minister for the task. Though the decision is being seen as a major development in terms of the

COLOMBO, (IANS)- Sri Lanka, where a second state of emergency was imposed after the crippling strike over the external debt and the pervading economic crisis, with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa finally forced to step down, has seen China playing a

COLOMBO, (IANS) - In the wake of the widespread violence in Sri Lanka that left five people dead, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family on May 10 took refuge at a naval base in Trincomalee after leaving Colombo

BY SUSITHA FERNANDO COLOMBO, (IANS) -Amidst violent clashes and unrest in Colombo, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 9 resigned. He handed over his resignation to President and his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa's resignation following violent clash between pro-Rajapaska

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Mahatma Gandhi's personal belongings kept in Britain will be auctioned and are likely to fetch Rs 4.74 crore, a media report said. According to the report, there are 70 items belonging to Gandhi including his hand-made khadi

NEW DELHI, (IANS)- Russian friendly countries, including India, could be helping Western manufactured components to make their way into Russian weapons used in Ukraine, British defense and security think tank --Royal United Services Institute --said in a report. The report, titled

NEW DELHI, (IANS)- India's Permanent Representative to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti engaged in a Twitter spat with the Dutch Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland, Karel van Oosterom over New Delhi's abstention from voting at the General Assembly against

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - While welcoming a high-level UN panel's recommendation to exempt the food purchases by the World Food Program (WFP) from export restrictions, India has called for international cooperation to face the looming energy crisis

BY HAMZA AMEER ISLAMABAD- (IANS)- Pakistan has reacted aggressively after the Delimitation Commission for Jammu and Kashmir submitted its much-awaited report to the Indian government on May 6, calling it a "blatant attempt to disenfranchising and disempowering the Muslim majority population

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Predicting a doomsday scenario for crisis-ridden Sri Lanka, the island nation's Finance Minister Ali Sabry said that the total foreign reserves have dropped even below $50 million and warned that the current economic crisis could not be

LONDON, (IANS) - Lady Aruna Paul, the wife of Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone, passed away peacefully at her London house on May 3 night. She was 86. The couple was married for 65 years. Apart from her husband, she is

BY ASHISH RAY LONDON, (IANS) - Whether British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to woo British Gujaratis by visiting Gujarat last month will pay off or not will be evident soon, when results of local elections in the four segments of

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The absence of India, Russia and China from the 'Declaration for the Future of the Internet' agreement, signed by 60 countries including the US, the European Union and the UK, has raised eyebrows among the stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - The World Bank has approved a $47 million project to support the Government of India's Mission Karmayogi, a national program to build civil service capacity, the bank said. There are nearly 18 million civil servants employed across

NEW DELHI (IANS) -"A friend in need is a friend indeed" is the saying. The dictum is in full play as India has offered Sri Lanka an additional $500 million to help it to import fuel while it is in

NEW DELHI (ANI) – ‘Earth Anthem’ written by the Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K. is used across the world and has been translated into 150 languages till date. On 52nd Earth Day, Abhay K. said, "The quest for a common anthem for

VARANASI (ANI) - Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth on April 21 offered prayers at Varanasi's Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The Mauritius Prime Minister is on an eight-day visit to India to strengthen bilateral ties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting

COLOMBO (IANS) - India has once again backed Sri Lanka, which is grappling with its worst ever economic crisis, by affirming full support to expedite International Monitory Fund's Extended Fund Facility. India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has affirmed her Sri Lankan

WASHINGTON, DC(ANI) - The International Monetary Fund on April 19 slashed India's growth forecast for the current financial year 2022-23 (FY23) to 8.2 per cent from its earlier estimate of 9 per cent in January. However, as per the projections for

KOLKATA (IANS) - RFNS Moskva may have been a potent naval platform till about 10 years ago but was unfit for modern naval warfare when it sank in the Black Sea a few days ago, senior Indian Navy officers, both

Chennai, April 15 (IANS) A senior leader of the Balochistan freedom movement Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch, who is in exile in Canada, has said that a Government of Balochistan in Exile(GBE) has been established on March 21. The Baloch leader, in

AIZWAL (IANS) - The northeastern states of India, especially Mizoram, still bear the brunt after a military coup was declared in neighboring Myanmar on February 1 last year. Mizoram's lone Rajya Sabha member, K. Vanlalvena, said that following the violent clashes

KATHMANDU (IANS) - One of the perennial irritants and outstanding issues between Nepal and India is the boundary dispute that has, for some time, caused major misunderstandings between Kathmandu and New Delhi. After the India-China war of 1962, India made some

NEW DELHI (ANI): Russia and India on April 14 celebrated the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. A reception was held at the Russian Center for Science and Culture here. The audience was addressed by Russian Ambassador to

NEW DELHI(ANI) - With India and the US celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations, the US embassy in New Delhi on April 14 posted a video that featured several renowned members of the Indian diaspora talking about the journey in

BENGALURU (IANS) - Infosys CEO and MD Salil Parekh said on April 13 that the company won't work with any Russian clients. "We work with no Russian clients and the work we do is with a small number of global clients

LONDON (IANS) - Financial penalties have been imposed on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak by London’s Metropolitan Police for breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules. Johnsons wife Carrie has also been fined. Johnson and Sunak are

LAHORE (IANS) -The life-size sculpture of Maharaja Ranjit Singh - the ruler of the Sikh empire during the 19th century - has been restored to its golden shine and is expected to be reinstalled at a safer place at Lahore

BEIJING (IANS) - Chinese state media has said that the Sharif family of Pakistan has been promoting bilateral ties for a long time, and cooperation between the two nation could be even better than under former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Global

LONDON (IANS) - British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak's wife Akshata Murty has said she will pay UK taxes on her overseas income, following a row over her non-domicile status. She owns 700 million pounds in shares of the Indian

LONDON (IANS) - An embattled British Conservative party Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, on Apr.8 defended his wife Akshata Murthy, daughter of Narayana Murthy, one of the founders of software giant Infosys, against charges of avoiding paying taxes in

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued over 2,200 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the annual Baisakhi celebrations. The issuance of visas is covered under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol

NEW DELHI (IANS) - As Sri Lanka faces the crisis of an economic meltdown, India has emerged as its true friend. Assistance in different forms extended to the people of the island country under New Delhi's 'Neighborhood First' policy has

NEW DELHI (IANS) - With unending public protests against the government targeting Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and with the opposition in no mood to support the government, the crisis in the island nation has only aggravated. Leader of the Opposition,

LONDON (IANS) - UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is scrambling to quell a row over his billionaire heiress wife's 'non-dom' status amid claims she could have avoided millions of pounds in UK tax. Akshata Murthy, whose father is one

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – In what is likely its strongest statement on the Ukraine situation so far, India on Apr.5 "unequivocally condemned" the killings of civilians in Bucha after hearing Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and UN officials giving heart-rending

COLOMBO (IANS) - As Sri Lanka undergoes one of the worst crisis since its Independence, a number of former and current cricketers including those playing for the IPL expressed their worries about the current situation in their homeland. Former skipper and

NEW DELHI (IANS) - A Chinese hacker group known as 'Deep Panda' that went into hibernation after attacking global entities some years ago, including in India, is back in action. Deep Panda has launched new attacks against finance, travel and cosmetic

COLOMBO (IANS) - Reliving thousands of those waiting in queues at fuel stations around the country and those hit by 13-hour-long power cuts, 40,000 MT of diesel under the Indian Line of Credit of $500 million arrived at the Colombo

HYDERABAD (IANS) - After the World Health Organisation (WHO) suspended the supply of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine under the United Nations procurement after an inspection last month, the company has said it is working on upgrades to ensure that the

NEW DELHI (IANS) India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held bilateral talks here on Apr.1, which comes amid Moscow's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Lavrov arrived in New Delhi on Mar.31, marking the first visit

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Mar.31 urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to permit his government to send essential commodities and life-saving medicines to Sri Lanka. Stalin, in a memorandum submitted to Modi during their meeting

HYDERABAD (IANS) - Eminent breast cancer surgeon P. Raghu Ram was on Mar.30 conferred the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire (OBE). The award was bestowed by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, who represented Queen Elizabeth II

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - While announcing that a UN official will spearhead a diplomatic effort for a ceasefire in Ukraine, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that he has been in "very close contact" with India on mediation efforts. The UN chief

NEW DELHI (IANS) - On a day when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India, the UGC and AICTE warned Indian students and their parents not to seek admission in professional courses in China. The University Grant Commission (UGC) warning, a

LONDON - Rishi Sunak has denied any connection with the multinational firm part-owned by his wife that has continued to operate in Russia during the war in Ukraine. The UK Chancellor said he had "nothing to do" with Infosys, in which

COLOMBO (IANS) - At Sri Lanka's All Party Conference held in a bid to come out of one of worst economic crises in its history, a former President and an ex-Prime Minster insisted that Sri Lanka should take the help

ISLAMABAD (IANS) - China has decided to increase its arms exports to Pakistan and take a major leap in its defense cooperation with Pakistan, initiating sale of arms ranging from stealth fighters to submarines, a move viewed as Beijings attempt

PESHAWAR (IANS) - The first public school for Sikhs in Pakistan is nearing completion in Peshawar as "90 per cent construction work" has been concluded, media reports said. The work on the project practically started two years ago after a piece

India-West News Desk NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mar.22 spoke on the phone with his UK counterpart Boris Johnson and discussed the situation in Ukraine. The pair agreed that Ukraine’s integrity and territorial sovereignty must be respected. Russia needed to

NEW DELHI (IANS) The family members of Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan while on a reporting assignment in Jul. last year, will approach the International Criminal Court against the Taliban demanding a proble into his killing

ISLAMABAD (IANS) - An 18-year-old Hindu girl, Pooja Oad, was reportedly shot dead in Rohi, Sukkur, in Pakistan following a failed abduction attempt. According to Sindhi media, the girl was said to have been shot in the middle of the street

LONDON (IANS) - Russian oil exports to India have quadrupled this month in a sign of the vast reshaping of global energy flows since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Financial Times reported. India, the world's third-largest energy consuming country, has snapped up

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The Indian Embassy in Ukraine, which has been temporarily relocated from Kiev to Warsaw due to the fighting, has said that it has been functioning round the clock for Indian nationals in Ukraine who are trying

CHENNAI (IANS) - Officials of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) are wondering about the impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict on the delivery of atomic power plant components from Russia's Rosatom for four plants being set up at Kudankulam in

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - As India pledged to continue its efforts with Russia and Ukraine to end the war, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Mar.14 that he has been in "close contact" with New Delhi on the mediation

By NISHANT ARORA NEW DELHI - As the Ukrainian government continues to fight a 'hybrid war' where Russia-backed threat actors are hitting their Internet networks while the ground forces attack physical infrastructure and key cities, India, which faces imminent threat at

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The Indian Embassy in Ukraine has been temporarily shifted to Poland in the wake of the ongoing Kiev-Moscow conflict, India said on Mar.13. A statement said, "In view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Ukraine, including

NEW DELHI (IANS) An unarmed supersonic missile "accidentally" took off from Sirsa and landed at a place 124 km within Pakistani territory on Mar.9 evening, the Indian Defense Ministry said on Mar.11, "regretfully" explaining it was "a technical malfunction." The ministry

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The Indian Embassy in Moscow on Mar.11 said that it does not see any security reasons for Indian students to leave Russia amid the ongoing war with Ukraine. An advisory, issued by the Embassy, said that it

Walter J. Lindner, German Ambassador to India was firm that invading neighboring countries was no way to settle issues. (IANS photo) JAIPUR (IANS) - Stressing that Germany has not criticized India's position on Ukraine, the German Ambassador to India, Walter J.

CHENNAI (IANS) A 21-year-old hailing from Tamil Nadu, who was rejected twice by the Indian Army as well as sought to join the US army, is now fighting in the Ukrainian Army against the invading Russian troops. Intelligence reports have revealed

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Calling for immediate attention to the "worsening situation" in Ukraine, India's Permanent Representative at the UN T.S. Tirumurti reported to the Security Council about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intercession with the leaders of Russia and

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India and its allies in pushing for the reform of the Security Council have called for a serious look at the veto powers of the permanent members which are "undermining the legitimacy" of the UN's

NEW DELHI (IANS) - In a phone call that lasted for about 50 minutes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mar.7 urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold direct talks with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky amid the ongoing Moscow-Kiev war, according

NAIROBI (IANS) - Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Stockholm address linking environmental conservation and poverty reduction was echoed in the high-level opening ceremony of the special UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) beginning here on Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of

NEW DELHI (IANS) - With Russian state media reporting that authorities have arranged 130 buses for evacuation of Indian students from war-battered Sumy and Kharkiv in Ukraine, India on Mar.4 said that pulling them out was not possible without a

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Most members of the Russian elite are now busy evacuating their relatives and loved ones from Moscow to Georgia, Israel and the UAE, according to Ukrainian intelligence. "The top political leadership of the Russian Federation continues to

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke over the phone on Mar.2 with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the situation in Ukraine and sought the safe passage of Indians there. The two leaders reviewed the situation, especially in the

Bihar born Dr.Abhay Singh is a legislator in Russia representing President Vladimir Putin’s party. (photo Facebook Miristan Consulting & Services) NEW DELHI - As the Russia-Ukraine conflict rages, Dr. Abhay Singh, a Russian legislator from Vladimir Putin’s party claimed that the

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Every year thousands of students from India go to Ukraine for medical education. A big reason for this is the facilities and cheap medical courses offered to the students in Ukraine and the recognition given to

NEW DELHI (IANS) - As the situation in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine gets increasingly bitter with Ukraine receiving overwhelming sympathy from the international community for bravely facing a powerful Russian assault, the stand of India on the UN

By ASHOK SAJJANHAR NEW DELHI - Russian President Vladimir Putin crossed the Rubicon when he ordered his troops in the early morning of Feb. 24 to launch what he called a "special military operation" but what in reality was a full-blown

The two Hindu officers in the Pak army: Kailash Kumar and Aneel Kumar. (photo Twitter) India-West News Desk NEW DELHI – In a rare move, the Pakistan army has promoted two Hindus to position of leadership. Ayaz Gul of VOA News tweeted,

KIEV (IANS) - Amidst the prevailing tension, the Indian students stranded in Ukraine were left with no choice but to queue up outside the Indian Embassy in Kiev seeking the authorities' help as they ran out of food and money. The

ISLAMABAD (IANS) - In an apparent display of its "hostility" towards India, Pakistan removed the banners inscribed with "India's message of love" for Afghans from the trucks carrying humanitarian aid sent by India to Afghanistan. The trucks carrying the aid had

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Pakistan has transported the first load of Indian wheat and medicines to the war-torn Afghanistan via the Torkham border. Pakistan said that the aid was supplied through the first batch of 41 Afghan trucks that entered the

Many Indian students in Ukraine are studying medicine. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - Indian students pursuing higher education in Ukraine have been caught in an uncertain and difficult situation amid the eastern European country's growing tensions with neighboring Russia. While parents

KATHMANDU (IANS) – India’s small Himalayan neighbor, Nepal, has been caught in diplomatic wrangling between the US and China, over a $500 million US grant to Nepal. After Nepal delayed in ratifying the US aid in Parliament, a senior US State

Chris Alexander is the former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - Former Canadian minister and diplomat Chris Alexander has hit out at Pakistan saying it should compensate 9/11 victims as the attacks were planned in Karachi. The former

NEW DELHI (IANS) – India’s Income Tax department on Feb.16 carried out raids at multiple premises linked to Chinese tech conglomerate Huawei across the country in connection with alleged tax evasion. A source said the raids were being conducted in the

There is increasing fear that Russia will invade Ukraine leading to political chaos across Europe. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - India is among several countries including the US, the UK, Germany and Singapore, who issued an advisory for their nationals

The disputed Hindu Gymkhana in Karachi. (IANS photo) By SANJEEV SHARMA NEW DELHI - Despite court orders, Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) remains unwilling to vacate the Hindu Gymkhana in Karachi, a protected heritage site that was rented to the

Neil Basu’splain-speaking in the past may have rubbed decision-makers Prime Minister Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel the wrong way says reports. (IANS photo) LONDON (IANS) - Neil Basu, an Indian-origin British police officer, is widely believed in political and

It is widely believed Pak's ISI aided the Taliban's lightning seizure of power and India is now offsetting that influence. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - In a surprise shift with major regional implications, India is reaching out to the Taliban-led

Imran Khan believes China is a friend of India, not the US. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the US has always used his country for its purposes. "Whenever the US needed us, they

LONDON (IANS) - The Indian government’s failure to crack down on the persecution of religious and other minorities by Hindu nationalists continues to weigh on the country’s democracy score, which has declined significantly in recent years, as per the EIUs

NEW DELHI (IANS) - A sessions court in Pakistan's Ghotki has sentenced a Hindu man to life in prison on charges of blasphemy. Nautan Lal has been fined Rs 50,000 as well, Samaa TV reported. Additional Sessions Judge Mumtaz Ali Solangi

LONDON (IANS) - Rishi Sunak, the Indian-origin chancellor of the exchequer in the British government, was allegedly photographed standing beside Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a gathering in the cabinet room of 10 Downing Street to celebrate Johnson's birthday in

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Pakistan and China are all set to sign different agreements worth $10-15 billion during the ongoing visit of Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan to China, including rollover of $4 billion deposits, fresh loan of $4 billion,

NEW DELHI (IANS) - With the eyes of the world and a billion of its own citizens fixed on northern China, the 'magical' scenery and snow at the Beijing Winter Olympics has been secretly choreographed by weather-altering state scientists,

From IW News Desk NEW DELHI — India on Feb.3 announced it would join the U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of Beijing’s Winter Olympics. An angry India made the announcement after China included in the torch relay a soldier who clashed with Indian

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has called for de-escalating of tensions around Ukraine through a diplomatic solution that addresses "legitimate security interests of all" as the US and Russia clashed in the Security Council on Jan.31. India's Permanent Representative T.S.

DUBAI (IANS) - A 33-year-old Kerala businesswoman in Dubai has an unending passion for collecting Disney plush toys and holds a Limca book of records for her hobby. Rizwana Ghori, who hails from Thrissur and has been living in Dubai for

Judge Sarala Nagala was confirmed to the U.S. District Court of Connecticut by a 52-46 vote in the U.S. Senate. (LinkedIn photo via shethepeople.tv) India-West Staff Reporter Two new federal judges for Connecticut have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate including Indian

File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing the media during a protest march by Opposition leaders from Parliament to Vijay Chowk against issues like Pegasus, on Aug. 12, 2021, in New Delhi, India. (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) By

Air stewardesses pose for a picture during the unveiling of a SpiceJet Boeing 737 design celebrating India's administering its billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose, during an unveiling event at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Oct. 21, 2021.

Indian Prime Minister Modi said that the scheme, estimated to cost Rs 64,000 crore, would make the health infrastructure self-reliant. (photo via IANS) VARANASI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi Oct. 25 launched the Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana from his

As India achieved the milestone of administering over 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, BJP leader Parvesh Verma celebrated by distributing sweets to party workers and people at Janpath on Oct. 21, 2021 in New Delhi, India. (Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via

An Indian health worker (left) registers a man for a dose of the Covaxin vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a health center in New Delhi on Oct. 21, 2021, the day India administered its billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose. (Prakash

Swab tests being administered to passengers arriving at the New Delhi Railway Station on Aug. 5, 2021. (Qamar Sibtain/IANS photo) NEW DELHI – India on Oct. 20 issued a revised travel advisory for international visitors, making a negative RT-PCR test report

S.K. Sundaram was also named a 2021 ASM International Fellow. (alfred.edu photo) India-West Staff Reporter ASM International recently announced its class of 2021, with two Indian Americans named among the honorees. Among the Fellows for 2021 were Dr. Govindarajan Muralidharan and Prof. S.K.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Development Committee meeting of the World Bank-IMF through video conferencing in New Delhi on Oct. 15. She shared measures taken to combat COVID-19, including the first stimulus of $23B to provide direct cash transfers

Sep Saraj Singh, Sep Vaisakh H, NB Sub Jaswinder Singh, Nk Mandeep Singh and Sepoy Gajjan Singh lost their lives during an ongoing operation in Shahadra, Thanamandi and Rajouri on Oct. 11. (ANI Photo) Associated Press SRINAGAR, India — Five Indian soldiers

>“It is a matter of concern that the large-scale buildup has occurred and continues to be in place, and to sustain that kind of a buildup, there has been an equal amount of infrastructure development on the Chinese side,” Gen.

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) WASHINGTON/DELHI – U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is on a two-day visit to India, also met External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. (photo via IANS) From News Dispatches NEW YORK (IANS) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman thanked India on