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DHARAMSALA, (IANS) - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has named an eight-year-old US-born Mongolian boy as the reincarnation of a spiritual leader. He has been recognized as the reincarnation of the third most important leader in Tibetan Buddhism as the

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Facing a nationwide ban in the US, Chinese short-form video making platform TikTok still has access to "troves of personal data of Indian citizens" who once used the app before it was banned in June 2020

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - As a panel of UN experts warned that India's food production could see a massive fall if global warming went unchecked, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that he was asking the G20 for a pact

India-West News Desk INDIAN WELLS, CA - Rohan Bopanna became the oldest ATP Masters 1000 champion when he and his Australian partner Matt Ebden won the men’s doubles title at the BNP Paribas Open here on March 18. Bopanna, 43, and Ebden,

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - India's top industrialist and philanthropist Ratan Tata has been appointed to the 'Order of Australia' for distinguished service to the Australia-India relationship, particularly to trade, investment, and philanthropy, Australia's Governor General has announced. As of 2022, Ratan

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Cyber-security researchers from CloudSEK have claimed that a Russian hacker group targeted the Indian Health Ministry website and infiltrated its Health Management Information System (HMIS). The pro-Russian hacker group called Phoenix allegedly compromised the HMIS Portal and

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Kavilmadam Ramaswami Parvathy, who led the World Food Programme's (WFP) relief operations in Turkey after last month's devastating earthquakes, as the world body's top official in Tajikistan.Guterres' spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, who

LUCKNOW, (IANS) - The Design Museum of London, to celebrate the movement of rural women's empowerment, has decided to exhibit the 'pink sari' in an exhibition on Indian fashion "Offbeat Sari" that will open in May. The 'pink sari' is a

MELBOURNE, (IANS) - The Indian Consulate in Brisbane was forced to close temporarily on March 15 after Khalistani supporters blocked the entry raising slogans against Hindus, days after Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's assurance to curb anti-India elements in the

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - India remained the world's top arms importer, but its imports declined by 11 per cent between 2013-17 and 2018-22, according to a report by Stockholm-based defense think-tank SIPRI. The decline was linked to a complex procurement process,

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India is being proactive in countering the illegal diversion of materials from its sprawling pharmaceutical industries and the use of an army of "underemployed" highly qualified chemists to make illegal synthetic drugs, according to the

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 9 met visiting US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and discussed issues of mutual interest. Raimondo is currently on a four-day visit to India. In a series of tweets, the finance ministry said

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - A US intelligence report has warned that "expanded military postures by both India and China along the disputed border" elevates the risk of armed confrontation between the two nuclear-powered neighbors. The report said that while India and

HYDERABAD, (IANS) - The United States will be opening a state-of-the-art building of its Consulate General in Hyderabad built at a cost of $340 million on March 20. This represents a tangible investment by the United States in strengthening the US-India

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has called attention to the rampant violence perpetrated against women by terrorists and reinforced the demands for zero tolerance for terrorism. Speaking at the Security Council on March 7, India's Permanent Representative Ruchira Kamboj said

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Hijab has been made mandatory for women students and teachers at co-education academic institutions of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. A notification to this effect was issued on the instructions of PoK Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas. It will be mandatory

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said that his conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi left him "more optimistic than ever" about the progress that India is making in health, development, and climate. In his 'dispatch' notes, Gates said

NEW DELHI, (ANI) – India External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on March 2 said that G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting reflected the concerns of the global south. The meeting, held under the presidency of India, reflected the bitterness that surrounds nations

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Representatives of fugitive self-proclaimed godman Swami Nithyananda's fictional nation of 'Kailasa' have wormed their way into a UN committee's discussion on sustainable development in Geneva creating the false impression that the world organization has recognized

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - The Pakistan Interior Ministry has granted Pakistani citizenship to 214 foreigners in the last five years for multiple reasons, including marriage. As per documents, these include as many as 159 Indians. The documents reveal two Indians got Pakistani nationality

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - With US President Joe Biden nominating Ajay Banga, to head the World Bank, the top posts in the global financial institution will be held by Sikhs. Before Banga, who is slated to take up the job this

CHENNAI, (IANS) - In the case of oil imports, India till now is on a firm path of sourcing the product cheaply from Russia since the latter’s invasion of Ukraine. This is much against the wishes of the western powers who

Washington (IANS) US believes that the suspected Chinese surveillance balloons that shot down over the Atlantic Ocean on February 4, was part of Chinese effort to spy on military assets in other countries, including India. Meanwhile, an Indian official attended a

Dharamsala (IANS) According to a Washington-based advocacy group, the UN experts' warning about China's efforts to forcibly assimilate the "vast majority" of Tibetan children by separating them from their families and boarding them at state-run schools highlights the urgent need

Damascus, (IANS)  According to Xinhua news agency, the ministry urged the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations to support the Syrian government in its rescue efforts.  According to the ministry, Syria requires help in

Islamabad (IANS) - General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former dictator, President, and military ruler, died in Dubai after being critically ill for about two years. Former military ruler of Pakistan, General Pravez Musharraf died on Sunday, 5 February, in Dubai after

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Commenting on Sri Lanka's debt restructuring process, visiting US Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, complained on February 1 that while India has made strong commitments for the cash-strapped island nation to unlock the International Monetary Fund's

PATNA, (IANS) - Several laborers from Bihar's Siwan and other districts said that they are trapped in Tajikistan and requested the Indian government to rescue them. The laborers went to Tajikistan on a contract to work and alleged that the company

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - A new poll by Morning Consult revealed shifting perspectives of India that see China, amid geopolitical changes, as the "greatest military threat" in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war, writes Michael Kugelman in Foreign Policy. New Delhi

COLOMBO, (ANI) - Reaffirming India's support for the stability of Sri Lanka both politically and economically, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said full implementation of the 13th amendment in the island country is critical for achieving reconciliation with the minority

NEW DELHI, (ANI) - The last two 'Saroops' of the Guru Granth Sahib have arrived from Afghanistan's Kabul in Delhi on Wednesday and will now be taken to a Gurudwara. Three people have arrived from Kabul with the last 2

ISLAMABAD, (ANI) - As the world stares at a potential third World War amid the ongoing military conflict raging in Ukraine, two superpowers -- US and Russia -- are standing with India as allies, reported leading Pakistan national daily, The

COLOMBO, (IANS) - The Canadian government has imposed sanctions on ex-Sri Lanka Presidents -- Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa -- over human rights violations during the 26-year-long war against Tamil minorities. "Canada is imposing sanctions against the following individuals who committed

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - South Asia is the hotspot of the climate crisis with the people there most prone to die - 15 times more likely - from its impact, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "As always, those developing

LAHORE, (IANS) - Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he once told then Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa that he had been a playboy in the past, media reports said. Revealing details of his last meeting with Gen Bajwa

VARANASI - (IANS) - From the ravages of war, this love story between a Ukrainian man and a Russian woman has also had a painful end. A Ukraine national, Kostiantyn Beliaiev, 50, was living in Haridwar. He was depressed, having lost

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) – As many as 100 people have been arrested in Balochistan's port city of Gwadar as the provincial government struck with an iron fist at protesters and imposed an emergency law that prohibits the gathering of five or more

By VIKAS DATTA The dark clouds of Covid may have dissipated a bit in 2022 with growing vaccine coverage stemming the mass fatalities, but, the continuing pandemic, along with other diseases and age, continued to take its toll on several stellar

By ASHIS RAY LONDON, (IANS) - Akshata Murthy, the wife of British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, is slated to appear on the cover of the February issue of Tatler, a 313-year-old international monthly magazine, which features glamour, fashion and society, not

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - After Uzbekistan's Health Ministry said that the Noida based company Marion Biotech's cough syrup was responsible for the death of 18 children, India-made drugs have sparked new safety concerns across the globe. In October this year,

Photo: WildFilmsIndia NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Numerous attempts of Chinese intrusion into Indian territory were to collect rare Himalayan fungus 'Keeda Jadi' (Cordyceps), the Indo-Pacific Centre for Strategic Communications (IPCSC) has said. Cordyceps, also known as caterpillar fungus or Himalayan gold, is

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 26 sought India's help in the implementation of a peace formula with Russia. "I had a phone call with PM Modi &

SEATTLE, WA - Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's ex-wife Reham Khan has tied the knot with a US-based Pakistani actor Mirza Bilal. The 49-year-old British-Pakistani journalist, who was married to Khan between 2014 and 2015, announced on Twitter her marriage to

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari failed to get an in-person meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his recent visit here and had to settle for a phone conversation even though they were in

KATHMANDU, (ANI) - Kiran Kumar Sah, an MP from Nepal, created history this month after taking an oath in the Sanskrit language. There is no record of taking an oath in Sanskrit before this, the Nepali publication reported citing the Federal

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India joined China and Russia in abstaining on a UN Security Council resolution on Myanmar, calling for the restoration of democracy there and the release of political prisoners, foremost among them Aung San Suu Kyi. The

CHENNAI, (IANS) - US Marines have delivered gifts including toys to around 50 children housed in an NGO in Chennai. The gift is part of the US Marine's Toys for Tots program which is an initiative to brighten the lives

KATHMANDU, (IANS) – Nepal’s Supreme Court on December 21 ordered the release of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who is also known as the 'bikini killer' or 'serpent killer'. Hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Sobhraj, a joint bench of Justices

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - A Mumbai nurse who came face to face with the 26/11 terrorists at a hospital and protected 20 newborns gave a moving testimony before the UN Security Council about the horrors of terrorism and its

KANGRA, (ANI) - Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, on December 19, said that India is a perfect place and his permanent residence and that he prefers India. While responding to a query over the Tawang clash, Dalai Lama at Kangra airport

DHAKA, (IANS) - Indian war veterans, participating in Victory Day celebrations, paid tribute to the members of the Bangladesh Armed Forces who made supreme sacrifices during the Liberation War of 1971 by laying a wreath at the altar of Shikha

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Leo Varadkar has joined the ranks of current Indian descent prime ministers becoming the fourth outside India when he again became the Taoiseach of Ireland. The Fine Gael party leader assumed the prime ministership at the

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari called for cooperation between New Delhi and Islamabad on terrorism but veered off into a personal vituperative tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi using extreme, unparliamentary language. Asked by a Pakistani

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 16 had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he reiterated that dialogue and diplomacy are the only way forward to resolve the ongoing conflict with Ukraine. The conversation

LONDON, (IANS) - In a major setback to fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, the UK High Court has denied him permission to appeal against his extradition before the UK Supreme Court. The judgment order was pronounced at the Royal Courts of

By ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar hit out on December 15 at double standards on terrorism practiced by China and Pakistan and said that the international community should collectively act against those countries

NEW YORK, NY(IANS) - In an unprecedented move, Iran has been expelled from the UN's Commission on the Status of Women in a vote on which India abstained. The US proposal at the UN Economic and Social Council to remove Iran

PM Modi during his visit to Bagan, Myanmar NEW DELHI, (ANI) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been consistently projecting Buddhism as an important and unique part of India's foreign policy. In the last eight years, Modi has visited several Buddhist or

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) Mahatma Gandhi was hailed on December 14 for his vision that guides the world organization at the unveiling of his statue at the UN headquarters, here. The bust was donated by the Indian government and stands on

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India stood alone abstaining on a Security Council resolution backed in a show of consensus by the Western countries as well as China and Russia, saying it could allow the diversion of aid to terrorist

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Chinese troops approached the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh but Indian troops firmly contested their way, leading to a clash between the two, sources said on December 12. Although no loss of life or major injuries was reported,

NEW DELHI (ANI) - India will steer the celebration of International Millet Year 2023 and organize campaigns to promote the cultivation and consumption of nutri-cereals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. The Prime Minister's message was conveyed at the opening ceremony for

By ASHISH RAY LONDON, (IANS) - Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper scam case, has claimed in a signed five-page hand-written letter from Tihar Jail to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that he is "being abused in a

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Co-chair and Trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates on December 6 called on India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Both discussed India's successful initiatives in dealing with the pandemic and its aftermath and the country's

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Diplomats and a US politician have been honored at the UN with the Diwali Foundation's Power of One award recognizing their contributions to promoting international relations. The head of the European Union (EU) delegation to the

BOSTON, MA (IANS) - Indian startup Kheyti, a pioneering solution for local smallholder farmers to reduce costs, increase yields, and protect livelihoods on the frontlines of climate change, was among five winners of The Earthshot Prize for their ground-breaking solutions

SINGAPORE, (ANI) - A World Bank report published last week revealed that remittance flows to India from its migrant workers are on track to gain 12 percent to reach a record $100 billion for the year. Remittance growth in 2021

KOLKATA, (IANS) - While all eyes are on the ongoing football World Cup in Qatar, little is known of the fate of eight ex-Indian Navy personnel imprisoned in that country for over 90 days now. The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) has

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - When Ruchira Kamboj took the gavel on December 1 at the Security Council, she was following in the footsteps of an illustrious Indian woman, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit who assumed leadership of a major UN body

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India will take over the presidency of the Security Council on December 1, at a time of an acute international crisis that will call upon its diplomatic skills in the UN's highest decision-making body paralyzed

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - As India prepares to assume the presidency of the Security Council this week, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj has met with General Assembly President Csaba Korosi, according to his Spokesperson Paulina Kubiak. Kubiak

LONDON, (IANS) - Britain's new Prime Minister, 42-year-old Rishi Sunak, was expected to stress in a speech on November 28 night, 'the importance' of 'deepening ties in the Indo-Pacific'. This means Britain wants to consolidate defense and economic relations with India,

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - US President George W Bush called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh even before the 26/11 terrorists were done with their massacre of civilians in Mumbai, and even before the body count was over. President-elect Barack Obama was

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - The External Affairs Ministry on November 24 said Qatar has informed India that the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was not extended any invitation to attend the ongoing FIFA World Cup. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi

TORONTO, (IANS) - Following a surge in complaints post-Diwali in October, the Canadian city of Brampton unanimously moved a motion on Thursday to ban fireworks. The motion brought forward by Councilor Denis Keenan and seconded by fellow Councilor Gurpreet Singh Toor

NEW YORK, NY(IANS) - India has received wide praise for its leadership of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and for guiding the adoption of the Delhi Declaration on fighting terrorists using emerging technologies at its special meeting in

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - Pakistan President Arif Alvi on November 24 approved the recommendation of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the appointment of Lieutenant General Syed Asim Munir as the next Army chief, and Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe warned on November 23 that any attempt to topple the government through an anti-government protest or 'Aragalaya' would be crushed using military power and Emergency laws. Addressing the Parliament during the budget debate,

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has called attention to the threat posed by North Korea's missile technology proliferation to New Delhi's security and joined the US and eight other countries to demand UN Security Council action against Pyongyang. "Proliferation of

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Purnima Devi Barman, a conservation biologist known for initiating an all-female grassroots conservation movement from Assam for saving the greater adjutant, one of the world's rarest storks, is among the UN Environment Programmer’s (UNEP) 2022 Champions

BALI, (ANI) - UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on November 16 highlighted the strong bonds between India and Britain during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the two leaders discussing areas where the UK and India are working

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - The world population is projected to reach 8 billion on November 15, with India overtaking China as the world's most populous nation in 2023, according to the UN's World Population Prospects 2022. Currently, the global population

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Amid speculation in the US about India's peacemaking role in Ukraine, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was in Moscow for meetings with Russian officials, while Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra held talks with Deputy Secretary

LONDON, (IANS) - India was found to be the most common country of birth for one in six, or nearly 10 million, people in England and Wales, according to a report released by the UK's Office for National Statistics. The report,

ISLAMABAD, (ANI) - A Day after he was shot at in Pakistan's Punjab province, the country's former Prime Minister Imran Khan, on November 4, broke silence on the attack and said he was "hit by four bullets." In the first address

LAHORE (IANS) - The attack on former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Wazirabad on November 3 was launched from three different directions in which at least three individuals were involved, the police said, according to

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has abstained on yet another resolution involving Ukraine, this time a motion sponsored by Russia at the UN Security Council. Only China voted with Russia on November 2 on the resolution calling for an inquiry

LONDON – After an audience with King Charles III on October 25, where he was offered Diwali sweets, the 42-year-old Prime Minister of UK on October 26, shared Diwali wishes from his residence at 10 Downing Street. Sunak attended a

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - The UN human rights expert on Myanmar has said that the extremist Rohingya organization that has been involved in the massacre of Hindus in Myanmar should be apprehended and held accountable. Asked at a news conference

LONDON, (IANS) – Conservative party politician Rishi Sunak on October 25 officially became the Prime Minister of UK after meeting King Charles III at Buckingham Palace. In his first address as the Prime Minister, Sunak said: "UK is under economic distress

LONDO, (IANS) - Even as they wonder whether Rishi Sunak will be able to steer the Conservatives and his country out of the "fiscal black hole" they must contend with, British commentators haven't missed the significance of his elevation to

BENGALURU, (IANS) - The UK Queen consort Camilla is in a Bengaluru health center along with her friends, police sources said on October 23. She traveled by a British Airways flight and landed at the Kempe Gowda International Airport of Bengaluru. Earlier,

LONDON, (IANS) - The ruling Conservatives will race to find a new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in a week, after Liz Truss dramatically, though not unexpectedly, resigned as head of government on October 20 after only 45 days

MUMBAI, (IANS) - Indian cricket team will not travel to Pakistan and will insist on a neutral venue for next year's Asia Cup, the BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on October 19 after the board's meeting here. The 2023 edition of

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - The World Bank announced the beginning of two parallel legal processes to address Pakistan’s concerns over two hydropower projects on the western rivers by India in violation of the Indus Basin Treaty, breaking a six-year-old gridlock. The World

LONDON, (IANS) - Senior Conservatives will this week hold talks on a "rescue mission" that would see the swift removal of Liz Truss as leader after the new chancellor Jeremy Hunt dramatically tore up her economic package and signaled a

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has abstained on a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia's annexation of Ukrainian territories, declaring that it is consistent with New Delhi's "well thought out national position", and has called for a diplomatic solution.The resolution,

CANBERRA, (ANI) - External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles in Canberra on October 10 and gifted a signed bat from Virat Kohli, in a special gesture to show the common thread of cricket that

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - While External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar kept the world in suspense on how India would vote on the upcoming resolution in the UN General Assembly condemning Russia's annexation of parts of Ukraine, New

COPENHAGEN, (IANS) - Dr. Renil Manat is on the top of the world as his long-time associate and family friend, Dr. Morten Meldal has won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The Keralite who has roots in Kozhikode and Thalassery, speaking in

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has joined the US in condemning North Korea's missile launches as a threat to the international community and warned that they could be in pursuit of its leader Kim Jong-un's threat of pre-emptive nuclear

GENEVA, (IANS) - The World Health Organization on October 6 issued an alert for four "contaminated" India-made medicines, used in the Gambia and found to contain chemicals that are toxic and potentially fatal, after 66 child deaths. "WHO has today issued

LONDON, (IANS) - Suella Braverman risked upsetting No. 10 saying she has "reservations" with Britain-India trade deal as it could lead to an increase in immigration to the UK, The Guardian reported. PM Liz Truss said she wants to sign a

GENEVA, (IANS) - Chinese authorities have developed an elaborate public relations strategy to end international support for Tibet after the death of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, which includes installing a puppet leader in his place, according to a

LONDON, (IANS) - After wrapping up a train in London with the Tata logo, the premier Indian conglomerate has now branded the London Marathon in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) colors. More than 40,000 runners participated in the event on October

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 4 had a telephonic conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Prime Minister reiterated his call for early cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of dialogue

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Indian security authorities were on alert following a bomb threat on board an Iranian passenger flight when it was approaching Delhi. Sources said that the Mahan Air flight, which was in Indian airspace when the airline received

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his country opposes any reforms that expand the UN Security Council to bring India into the fold. Pakistan's UN mission and its allies have worked to foil such

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Not just food and energy security but also the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine was at top of the agenda when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in New York

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on September 21 asked the UN Security Council to send an unambiguous message that impunity in carrying out violations of human rights will not be tolerated and called for independent

DHARAMSHALA, (ANI) - Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on September 22 said that he would prefer to breathe his last surrounded by the genuine and loving people of India, a free and open democracy, rather than among "artificial" Chinese officials. He

NEW YORK, NY (ANI) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi was hailed at the United Nations General Assembly for his message to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine war, by the US and France at the UNGA meeting here. On the

LEICESTER (UK), (IANS) - Violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Leicester were the result of outsiders coming to the city and inflaming existing tensions, community leaders have said, the media reported. Over the weekend, police made 47 arrests after clashes

LONDON, (ANI) - President Droupadi Murmu along with other global leaders attended the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19. Upon her arrival two days earlier, she offered tributes to Queen Elizabeth II at

SAMARKAND, (ANI) – A few hours before he celebrated his 72nd birthday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a warm interaction with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand on September

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe on September 15 stressed the importance of safeguarding the security of India when safeguarding the security of his country. "When it comes to the security of Sri Lanka, we are of the view

MOSCOW, (IANS) - Ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit where Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines, the Kremlin said that trade turnover between New Delhi and Moscow has soared nearly

NEW DELHI (ANI) - President Droupadi Murmu will visit London from September 17 to 19 to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and offer condolences on behalf of the Indian government, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Wednesday.Queen

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - There has been complete disengagement between Indian and Chinese forces at a key flashpoint in the Ladakh sector, government sources said on September 13. The process, which started on September 8 after months of talks and 16

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - Former Prime Minister and Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan has claimed repeatedly that the reason behind his ouster from power through a no-confidence motion by the opposition alliance in the parliament was part of a

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that although he is offering his "good offices" for mediating the Kashmir dispute, India has refused it as it considers it a bilateral matter. Guterres, who is on a

By RAHUL KUMAR NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Islamic nations have responded to the UN report on Chinese atrocities in Xinjiang with a deafening silence. None of the nearly four dozen countries in Asia and Africa have said anything about China's excesses

By DR AMJAD AYUB MIRZA The Great Game as we know it today began around the early 1800s when in 1801 Russian Tsar Paul, I sent Napoleon Bonaparte a secret letter proposing a joint invasion of British India. Considering the expedition

AIZAWL, (IANS) - A fresh wave of refugees from Myanmar crossed into Mizoram for shelter after the Myanmar armed forces launched a fresh offensive against civilians and Arakan Army militants, officials said on September 6. District officials said that during the

COLOMBO, (IANS) - President Ranil Wickremesinghe's Office on September 5 appointed a committee to facilitate the repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees who fled to India, especially during the 26-year-long ethnic conflict. The committee has been appointed on the request of the

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Beleaguered former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned here from Thailand on September  2 midnight. Rajapaksa, 73, returned to Katunayake International Airport on a Singapore airlines SQ-468 flight and several Ministers of the present government and politicians from

LONDON, (IANS) - UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was on September 5 announced the victor of the contest for the Conservative Party leader, defeating former Chancellor of Exchequer Rishi Sunak, and paving the way for her to become the next

NEW DELHI, (IANS) – Indian-origin UK Attorney General Suella Braverman is tipped to replace Priti Patel as UK Home Secretary in the Liz Truss cabinet. Braverman will be the third minority home secretary, after Priti Patel and Sajid Javid. Braverman traces her

LONDON, (IANS) - The Tory leadership ballot will close on September 2 with Conservative members to choose between Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak as the new UK Prime Minister, a media report said. The tea-time deadline will end the eight-week contest

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - Iconic sites in Pakistans Sindh province such as the Mohenjo-Daro ruins, Kot Diji, Ranikot suffered widespread damage during the recent catastrophic floods. At Mohenjo-Daro alone, the record rain has damaged excavated areas and exposed the ones buried underneath

By ASHE O NEW DELHI- Rajiv Gandhi was Prime Minister then testing the political waters after his stint as a pilot soon after his mother Indira Gandhi’s brutal assassination in 1984 when she returned to power after the ignominy of emergency

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian of India has taken over the command of the UN's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, the largest of its 13 operations. "It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve for

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Breaking its streak of abstentions on votes related to Ukraine, India has voted for a procedural matter that Russia opposed at the UN Security Council. Going against Moscow's stance, India on August 24 joined 12 other

KATHMANDU, (IANS) - The Nepal government is in a fix on whether to allow the Indian Army to recruit Nepali youths under the Narendra Modi government’s newly launched Agnipath scheme of short-term recruitment into the armed forces. New Delhi has apparently

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari canceled his European trip to Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. The Europeans wanted to discuss several threats posed by illegal and extremist Pakistanis. Had all gone well, Bhutto would have been

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - In one of the strongest implied criticisms of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, India has called it "an affront to common security". In keeping with India's delicate balancing act without naming Russia, India's Permanent Representative to UN,

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - At a time when invest ability in China is being questioned, shifting geopolitical realities offer India an opportunity to shine, Morgan Stanley said in a report. When the 15-nation UN security council hastily called for a vote

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - It is now apparent that the killing of terror-in-chief Ayman Al Zawahiri by a drone strike was a pivotal moment on several counts. It rendered a big blow to the Taliban, which had incensed the Americans

BERLIN, (ANI) - Gurdeep Singh Randhawa was elected as the first representative of the Indian community in Germany on August 17. Randhawa is the first Indian representative of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) Thuringia. CDU is Germany's strongest political

LONDON, (IANS) - Speculation is mounting about Rishi Sunak's future as another poll showed Liz Truss with an unassailable lead among Tory members in the race for UK Prime Minister, the media reported. Some MPs are predicting that the former chancellor

COLOMBO, (IANS) - A controversial Chinese ship with ballistic missile and satellite tracking facilities docked in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, despite security concerns raised by India about the vessel's presence in nearby waters. Port workers gave an enthusiastic welcome to the

By ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - China has again come to the rescue of a Pakistani terrorist by blocking a UN committee proposal to put sanctions on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader Abdul Rauf Azhar. At the Security Council's committee dealing with

COLOMBO, (ANI) - Former Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Thailand August 11 evening following his departure from Singapore. Rajapaksa was granted entry into Thailand following a request from the Sri Lankan government, NewsWire reported. He left Singapore on August 10

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