US stands with India in its quest for justice for 26/11: Trump

Washington, Nov. 27: On the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attack, President Donald Trump on Monday said that the United States stood with the people of India in their quest for justice. In the barbaric attack unleashed on November 26, 2008 by 10 LeT fedayeen from Pakistan, 166 people,…

11/27/2018

US paid billions to Pak and 'fools' never told us Bin Laden was living there: Trump

Washington, Nov. 20: Continuing his tirade against Pakistan, President Donald Trump on Monday said the US has paid Islamabad billions of dollars but it never told the Americans that the Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was living in that country.   In an interview to a television news channel…

11/20/2018

India, China hold dialogue; agree to step up military exchanges

Beijing. Nov. 15: Top officials of India and China held the ninth Annual Defence and Security Dialogue here after a one-year gap due to the Doklam standoff, as both countries agreed to enhance military exchanges and interactions. The dialogue on November 13 was held between the two defence delegations headed…

11/15/2018

Break silos, ‘fruits of innovation’ must reach people: Indian PM to scientists

New Delhi, Nov. 13: Research and academic institutions should “break silos” and work towards establishing strong linkages with laboratories and the industry for the benefit of the people, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged members of his scientific advisory council. Modi interacted with members of the Prime Minister’s…

11/13/2018

On WWI anniversary, Indian PM says India committed to world peace

New Delhi, Nov. 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to Indian soldiers who fought in World War I and said the country reiterates its commitment towards world peace so that the trail of death and destruction caused by wars does not occur.   "Today, as we mark one…

11/11/2018

First India-built WW-I memorial

Paris, Nov.11: Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday inaugurated the first India-built war memorial in northern France to pay tribute to thousands of Indian soldiers who fought selflessly and made supreme sacrifices during World War I. Naidu, on a three-day visit to Paris starting Friday, also interacted with…

11/11/2018

Indian PM to attend swearing-in ceremony of Maldives President-elect on Nov 17

New Delhi, Nov. 9: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih next week, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Friday.   The Prime Minister will also visit Singapore to take part in the 13th East Asia Summit and other meetings on…

11/09/2018

India announces nuke-missile carrying sub INS Arihant is operational

New Delhi, Nov. 5: In a major strategic development,  India on Monday announced successful completion of its nuclear triad capability by saying its nuclear submarine—the INS Arihant—had completed its first ever "deterrence patrol".   Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Office said SSBN (Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear) INS Arihant recently returned…

11/05/2018

New UK sculpture to honour Indian soldiers

London, Nov. 4: A new sculpture in honour of Indian soldiers who fought during World War I was unveiled on Sunday in the town of Smethwick in the West Midlands region of England on Sunday.   Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick had commissioned the “Lions of the Great War” monument, which…

11/04/2018

Modi unveils Sardar Patel's Rs 3,000 cr 'Statue Of Unity' in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Oct. 31: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the 182-metre high 'Statue of Unity' in honour of country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and dedicated it to the nation.   Built on Sadhu Bet Island on Narmada river, the imposing statue is touted to be the…

10/31/2018

Modi, Abe hold informal talks, visit robot-making factory

Yamanashi (Japan), Oct. 29: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held informal talks at a picturesque resort near Mount Fuji and visited a factory of industrial robot manufacturer on Sunday as they spent about eight hours together on the first day of a two-day summit. Modi, who…

10/29/2018

Indian PM Modi one of my most ‘dependable’ friends: Japanese Premier Abe

New Delhi/Yamanashi, Oct. 28: Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe on Sunday said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of his most “dependable” friends and together with the Indian leader, he would like to strengthen bilateral cooperation to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific.   In a message published in Indian newspapers…

10/28/2018

Hafiz Saeed’s JuD no more on Pak list of banned outfits

Islamabad, Oct. 27: Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) are no longer on the list of banned outfits in Pakistan as the ordinance that proscribed them under a UN resolution has lapsed and the new Imran Khan-led government did not extend it, a media report…

10/27/2018

Trump picks Indian as chairman of key federal energy agency

Washington, Oct. 25: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday designated Indian-American Neil Chatterjee as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency charged with overseeing America's power grid and deciding on multibillion-dollar energy projects.   Chatterjee, who is FERC Commissioner, would replace Kevin McIntyre as chairman of the…

10/25/2018

Indian PM Modi awarded 2018 Seoul Peace Prize for ‘Modinomics’, ‘furthering democracy in India’

New Delhi, Oct. 24: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the Seoul Peace Prize 2018 for his contribution to high economic growth in India and world through ‘Modinomics’, the award citation stated. His contribution to world peace, improving human development and furthering democracy in India, too, were the…

10/24/2018

Indian PM announces national award in Netaji's name for disaster relief workers

New Delhi, Oct. 21: A national award in the name of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be given every year to police personnel who do excellent work in rescue and relief operations during any kind of disaster, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Sunday. According to the Indian Media, The…

10/21/2018

Modi, Wickremesinghe hold talks; discuss India-assisted development projects in Lanka

New Delhi, Oct. 20: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday and discussed a range of issues related to bilateral ties, including the progress of India-assisted development projects in the island nation.   The two leaders held talks at the Hyderabad…

10/20/2018

Three-fourths of H-1B visa holders in 2018 are Indians: US

Washington, Oct. 20: Nearly three out of every four H-1B visa holders as of October 5 are Indian citizens, an official US report has said.   According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were as many as 419,637 foreign nationals working in the US on H-1B visas…

10/20/2018

Indian PM seeks views on how IT, electronic sectors can help make ‘new India’

New Delhi, Oct. 19: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought views of IT professionals on how the technology and electronic manufacturing sectors could help in making a “new India”. “Dear professionals associated with the IT sector, technocrats and tech-lovers, I have a request...Have a look at this Open…

10/19/2018

Over 60,000 Indians received Green Cards in 2017: DHS

Washington, Oct. 19: Out of the over 600,000 Indians waiting for the most sought-after Green Card, only 60,394 have received the legal permanent residency last year which allows them to live and work in the US, according to the latest official figures. Under the current regulation, skilled immigrants from India need…

10/19/2018

Somalia: 16 Dead, Over 20 Injured in Twin Suicide Explosions

Mogadishu, Oct. 14: As many as 16 people were killed in the double suicide explosions that rocked southwestern Somalia on Saturday. The suicide bombings that targeted a restaurant and coffee shop saw over 20 injured. As per several reports, the number of deaths reported vary. According to witnesses, suicide bombers walked…

10/14/2018

Government plans another key GST-like reform to boost ‘ease of doing business’ in India

New Delhi, Oct. 13: In what seems to be another move to boost ease of doing business in India, the government is planning uniform stamp duty rates across the country on the transfer of any financial instruments including stocks and debentures, reported ET.   The move is similar to the…

10/13/2018

India-Pak foreign ministers attend SCO meet, no bilateral talks

New Delhi, Oct. 12: External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India Sushma Swaraj on Friday shared the stage with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Dushanbe in Tajikistan. The leaders are attending the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (CHG). Swaraj and Qureshi are…

10/12/2018

India ignores US threat; buys S-400 missiles from Russia

New Delhi, Oct. 5: India on Friday ignored threats by the US to impose sanctions and went ahead with the deal to procure the S-400 ‘Triumph’ air defence missiles from Russia. An Indo-Russian joint statement after the Narendra Modi-Vladimir Putin meet in New Delhi said, “Both sides welcomed the conclusion…

10/05/2018

India Wants Trade Deal With US Primarily to Keep me Happy, Says Donald Trump

Washington, Oct. 2: United States President Donald Trump On Monday claimed that India wants to have a trade deal with America primarily to keep him happy. During his White House news conference, Trump referred India as a “tariff king” and reiterated his allegations that New Delhi has a high tariff rate on various American products.…

10/02/2018

UK to Unconditionally Back India's Bid For NSG Membership

New Delhi, Sept. 28: The UK would be giving its unconditional support to India’s bid for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership as the latter has done enough for an entry into the elite group which is responsible for international nuclear commerce, said a report on Friday. Diplomatic sources told the…

09/28/2018

India, Pak foreign ministers to attend SAARC meet today

New Delhi, Sept. 27: Days after cancellation of proposed talks between Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan by New Delhi followed by heated exchanges on both sides, Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi would be attending a SAARC meeting on Thursday. The two leaders are representing their respective countries at…

09/26/2018

No meeting between foreign ministers of India, Pakistan in New York: MEA

New Delhi, Sept. 21: Within 24 hours of announcement of acceptance of the offer of talks from Pakistan, India on Friday cancelled them. The two foreign ministers, Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, were to meet along the sidelines of the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) session in New York…

09/21/2018

India, Pak foreign ministers to meet in New York next week

New Delhi, Sept. 20: The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has confirmed that Sushma Swaraj will hold a meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York next week. The development was first reported by The Tribune. The two leaders will represent their countries at the United…

09/20/2018

Imran Khan writes to Indian PM Modi, calls for resumption of peace dialogue

New Delhi, Sept. 20: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to Indian PM Narendra Modi seeking resumption of dialogue between the two countries. According to Indian media More specifically, and significantly, Khan has sought a meeting between Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on the sidelines of UNGA.

09/20/2018

India, Pakistan foreign ministers likely to hold talks in New York

New Delhi, Sept. 19: India and Pakistan are in discussion through their respective missions and ministries for a possible meeting between the two foreign ministers. India and Pakistan are in discussion through their respective missions and ministries for a possible meeting between the two foreign ministers. Official sources on both…

09/19/2018

Indian PM Modi turns 68, to celebrate birthday in Varanasi

New Delhi, Sept. 17: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will celebrate his 68th birthday on Monday in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi where he will interact with school children. Modi will reach Narur village this afternoon where he will interact with children of a primary school, which is aided by a…

09/17/2018

Indian PM cleans Ambedkar school to launch ‘swachhata’ drive

New Delhi, Sept. 16: Launching the 15-day “Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took up a broom to clean a school named after Dalit icon BR Ambedkar in Paharganj as ministers of his government and BJP leaders and workers participated in similar exercise across the country.…

09/16/2018

Mann ki Baat: Indian PM expresses solidarity with people of flood-ravaged Kerala

New Delhi, Aug. 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed solidarity with people of flood-ravaged Kerala. In the latest edition of his radio programme “Maan Ki Baat” the PM assured the people of the State that the entire country was with them in the difficult time.    “Calamities…

08/26/2018

India, China to expand military cooperation

New Delhi, Aug. 24: India and China will draft a fresh memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation and further "expand" the engagements between their armed forces.These decisions, among others, were taken at a two-hour meeting between Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Chinese counterpart Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe here…

08/24/2018

India, China may consider coordinated patrol at LAC

New Delhi, Aug. 22: In a bid to have better ‘working’ relations, Defence Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman will meet her Chinese counterpart Lt Gen Wei Fenghe on Thursday to discuss additional measures to ensure peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto boundary between the two nations.…

08/22/2018

India ready for constructive engagement with Pakistan, Modi writes to Imran

New Delhi, Aug. 20: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter to his newly elected Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, conveying that India was looking for constructive and meaningful engagement with his country. Modi noted that India was committed to peaceful neighbourly ties with Pakistan, official sources said, quoting from the…

08/20/2018

Imran elected Pak PM, oath saturday

Islamabad, Aug. 17: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was elected Pakistan’s new prime minister on Friday after he defeated veteran politician Shehbaz Sharif in a one-sided election in the National Assembly.   The election for the top post had become just a formality after the Pakistan Peoples Party led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari…

08/18/2018

INDIAN POLITICS LOSES POET AND ELDER STATESMAN

New Delhi, Aug. 16: Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at AIIMS this evening at 5.05 pm bringing to an end a glorious political innings. He was 93.    AIIMS announced the demise of the BJP veteran saying, “It is with profound grief that we inform about…

08/17/2018

India to be engine of world growth for 3 decades: Modi

New Delhi, Aug. 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India would be the engine of growth for the world economy for the next three decades as the “sleeping elephant” had started to run on the back of structural reforms like GST.   Addressing the nation from the…

08/15/2018

Innovate or stagnate, says Modi; heaps praise on IITs

Mumbai, Aug. 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said innovation and enterprise would be the foundation stones for a developed India, and asserted that societies that do not innovate stagnate.   At the 56th annual convocation of the IIT-Bombay, he said the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have built brand…

08/12/2018

Indian-American high schooler wins International Geography Bee Championship

Houston, August 10: Indian-American high school student Avi Goel has won the world championship at the International Geography Bee's junior varsity division held in Berlin, Germany, last month.   Avi, 14, a tenth grader at Silver Creek High School in Evergreen, San Jose, CA, won a gold medal in seven out…

08/10/2018

Indian PM Modi dials Imran Khan, congratulates him on election victory

New Delhi, July 31: Days after former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan emerged as the top contender for the Pakistan prime minister’s job in the elections held on July 25, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reached out to him.   Modi spoke to Imran Khan, chairperson of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party,…

07/31/2018

Modi, Xi Meet on Sidelines of BRICS 2018, Reiterate Commitment to Maintain Peace Along Border

New Delhi, July 27:  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg on Thursday. Notably, the two leaders who met for the third time in less than four months, held talks to further friendship between India and China.  Both the…

07/27/2018

'Would Build Gandhi Heritage Centre to Recall Africa’s Role in Shaping Mahatma's Mission,' Says Indian PM Modi

Uganda, July 25: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday while addressing Parliament of Uganda said that a Gandhi Heritage Centre would be built in order to pay homage to the Father of the Nation to remind everyone of Africa’s role in shaping his mission. Modi added that the centre would be built at Jinja,…

07/25/2018

Modi in Africa: Indian PM to Gift 200 Cows to Village in Rwanda as Part of President Kagame's Girinka Scheme

New Delhi, July 24: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today gift 200 cows in Rwanda, his first stop of the five-day tour to three African nations – Rwanda, Uganda and finally South Africa where he will attend the BRICS Summit. PM Modi’s unusual gift to the country, which will be locally…

07/24/2018

Terrorist Attack in J-K's Pulwama Leaves One Cop Dead, Another Injured

Kashmir, July 16: A terrorist attack on a police post outside National Conference leader Ghulam Muhadin’s house in Pulwama left one policeman dead while the other is in a critical condition, said reports on Monday. Based on the initial probe, Zahoor Thokar group of Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit is involved in it. Terrorists…

07/16/2018

Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Maryam Provided B Class Facilities Due to Their Social Status

Rawalpindi, July 14: Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have been given B class facilities in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi due to their social status, an official was quoted as saying by Pakistani media. The former PM of Pakistan and his daughter were arrested by anti-corruption officials late on Friday after they arrived in…

07/14/2018

Pakistan: 128 Killed, Over 180 Injured in Twin Bomb Blasts Targeting Poll Rallies; IS Claims Responsibility

New Delhi, July 14: At least 128 people including senior politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani were killed and more than 180 injured on Friday as powerful bomb blasts targeted two separate election rallies in Pakistan, the deadliest in a string of attacks on candidates ahead of the upcoming July 25 polls. As per a report, terrorists targeted…

07/14/2018

Trump says 'a lot of progress' made in Kim summit

SINGAPORE, June 12 - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un emerged from their Singapore summit Tuesday with the US president hailing "a lot of progress" and a "fantastic" sit-down."We had a really fantastic meeting," Trump said as he strolled out of the Capella Hotel side-by-side with the North Korean leader.…

06/12/2018

India, Indonesia join hands to counter expansionist China

NEW DELHI, May 31: India and Indonesia will develop a naval port in Sabang, a strategic location on the tip of Sumatra island and at the entrance of the vital Malacca Straits. The move, which comes at a time when China is expanding its maritime footprint in the region, was the most significant decision…

05/31/2018

India-Pak thaw: Both agree to follow ceasefire on LoC in letter and spirit

NEW DELHI, May 30: Signalling a significant step forward in the thawing of relations between India and Pakistan, the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two armies spoke on the hotline and “agreed to fully implement the Ceasefire Understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit forthwith” on the…

05/30/2018

Indian PM Narendra Modi arrives in China, his goal clear: Bridge the trust deficit

Wuhan (China), Apr. 27: PAST MIDNIGHT Thursday, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in this picturesque city of lakes, parks and gardens along the Yangtze river, the big question that followed him was this: Can he bridge the trust deficit with China, and its powerful President Xi Jinping? The answer,…

04/27/2018

India won’t soften on terror from Pakistan during Modi-Xi talks

NEW DELHI/BEIJING, Apr. 25: The meeting between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi jinping may not see them getting into specifics of prickly issues but this does not mean India will soften its position on Pakistan and cross-border terrorism.Foreign minister of India Sushma Swaraj in her address at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation foreign ministers…

04/25/2018

Swaraj urges Indians, Chinese to learn each other’s language to improve ties

Beijing (China), Apr. 23: Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday urged the people of India and China to learn each other’s language to strengthen ties between both the nations. Addressing a media briefing at ‘Contribution of Hindi in the Friendship of India and China’ event here, Swaraj…

04/23/2018

Indian PM Modi to visit China on April 27-28 for summit talks with President Xi Jinping

New Delhi, Apr. 22: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China for an informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping from April 27 to 28 in Wuhan, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. “We will make sure that the informal summit (between Indian PM Modi and Chinese President Jinping) will be…

04/22/2018

Indian PM Modi holds talks with German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin

Berlin, Apr. 21: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had a “wonderful meeting” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed multiple aspects relating to bilateral cooperation as well as other global issues with her. Modi met Merkel during a brief stopover in Berlin after wrapping up his visit to the UK…

04/21/2018

Sweden a strong supporter of ‘Make in India’ from the very beginning: Indian PM Modi in Stockholm

New Delhi, Apr. 17: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that Sweden has been a strong supporter of the ‘Make in India’ initiative from the beginning as both the countries agreed to deepen their collaboration through a strategic innovation partnership for a ‘win-win’ outcome and strengthen defence and security cooperation. “Sweden…

04/17/2018

PM Modi picks historic site in London to share ‘Bharat ki Baat’

NEW DELHI, Apr. 16: Indian PM Narendra Modi's ‘Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ public interaction in London will be held at the iconic Central Hall Westminster, an old Methodist church in central London, and is likely to be attended by around 1,500 people. The event, to be held at 5pm Wednesday, will…

04/16/2018

Salman gets 5-year jail term in blackbuck poaching case, 5 others acquitted

Jodhpur, Apr. 5: A Jodhpur court on Thursday sentenced Bollywood star Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing two blackbucks in October 1998 but acquitted his colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre giving benefit of doubt, a prosecution lawyer said Preparations for sending Salman to…

04/05/2018

In unprecedented deal, Pakistan acquires powerful missile tracking system from China: Report

NEW DELHI. Mar. 22: China has sold Pakistan a powerful missile tracking system in an unprecedented deal that could speed up the Pakistani military’s development of multi-warhead missiles, reported Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper today.While no details were available on how much Pakistan paid for this missile tracking system, the report said the…

03/22/2018

India, China try to reset ties ahead of Modi’s SCO trip

NEW DELHI, Mar. 4: India and China are preparing for a series of high-level interactions leading up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in June and both sides are expected to tone down some of the hardline approaches that have characterised bilateral…

03/04/2018

Defence ties with Jordan, deals on health, culture on table

NEW DELHI, Feb. 28: A framework on defence cooperation, a twinning agreement between archaeological sites in Agra and Petra (Jordan), establishment of a centre for excellence in Amman by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), and some agreements on health, culture, customs are on the table as the…

02/28/2018

Free Maldives political prisoners: India

NEW DELHI, Feb. 23: A day after expressing disapproval of extension of emergency by 30 days in Maldives, India on Thursday called for release of all political prisoners.The Indian MEA spokesperson said India did not see “any valid reason” for extension of emergency. “We continue to watch the situation and…

02/23/2018

Justin Trudeau tells Amarinder Singh: Canada did not support any separatist movement in India

AMRITSAR (INDIA), Feb. 21: Putting to rest all speculation, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a private hotel in Amritsar on Wednesday. In the 40-minute meeting, Amarinder raised the Khalistan issue with Trudeau with the latter assuring him that Canada did not support any separatist…

02/21/2018

India, Iran agree to eliminate ‘forces that support terror’

NEW DELHI, Feb. 18: In a strongly-worded joint declaration, India and Iran expressed their conviction that the fight against terrorism should not only “seek to disrupt and eliminate terrorists, terrorist organisations and networks, but should also identify and address conditions conducive to terrorism as well as extremist ideologies”. In a…

02/18/2018

Our leaders, people have the right to visit Arunachal: India to China

NEW DELHI, Feb. 16: In a strong reaction to China's objection to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Arunachal Pradesh, India on Friday said its leaders and people have the right to visit the northeastern state, asserting that it is an integral part of the country. Indian PM Modi had on Thursday…

02/16/2018

Narendra Modi arrives in Oman, accorded ceremonial reception

NEW DELHI, Feb. 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived in Oman, the last destination on his three-nation tour. Modi was accorded ceremonial reception on his arrival and he also met Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said and Deputy Prime Minister for…

02/11/2018

India hopes Palestine becomes a free country in peaceful manner, says Indian PM Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI, Feb. 10: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine. He was conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine by President Mahmoud Abbas today, recognising his key contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine. On…

02/10/2018

Dawood Ibrahim linked to British properties: Report

LONDON, Feb. 4: India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim has been linked to a series of properties across Britain, according to a media report on Saturday.The 62-year-old fugitive mafia boss, wanted in India as the mastermind of the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai and accused of crimes such as match-fixing and extortion,…

02/04/2018

India's Budget 2018: BJP takes cue from Gujarat results, Arun Jaitley has schemes to bolster ‘rural-friendly’ image

NEW DELHI, Feb. 1: Minutes after Arun Jaitley concluded his budget speech, BJP leaders walking in the corridors of Parliament started praising the India's Union Budget as “pro-farmers and pro-poor.” Going by his speech – he has repeated the farmer 22 times and agriculture 15 times – Jaitley’s fourth budget in the…

02/01/2018

Pak's ISI trained Kabul hotel attacker: Top Afghan envoy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30: Pakistan's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, trained a terrorist involved in the attack on Kabul's iconic Intercontinental Hotel in which over 20 people were killed, a top Afghanistan envoy has alleged. Afghanistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mahmoud Saikal, made the serious allegation against the ISI in a tweet…

01/30/2018

Indian PM Modi at ASEAN summit: Freedom of navigation will be key focus of India, ASEAN in the maritime domain

NEW DELHI, Jan. 25: While laying emphasis on the freedom of navigation in the maritime domain, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said security cooperation in this domain was the major focus of discussions with ASEANleaders. Addressing the ASEAN India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi, PM Modi said,  “India shares the ASEAN…

01/25/2018

Climate change, terrorism are biggest threats the world is facing today: PM Modi in Davos

DAVOS, Jan. 23: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday insisted that terrorism and climate change are the biggest threats that the entire world is facing in the present time, and added that the “artificial distinction” made by some people between “good and bad terrorists is equally dangerous as terrorism”. Delivering a…

01/23/2018

World Economic Forum: 20 years after Gowda, PM Modi at Davos — with a ‘new India’ story

MUMBAI, Jan. 21: TEN years ago, as chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi had been on course to attend the summit of the global business and political elite at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. The previous year, months before the end of his first term…

01/21/2018

Netanyahu backs India's right to hit terror hideouts across LoC

NEW DELHI, Jan. 19: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country and India "have some understanding" should India decide to unilaterally carry out combative action across the Line of Control against UN-designated terrorists, a statement that is indicative of an endorsement of India's right to defend itself.In an exclusive interview…

01/19/2018

Pakistan ISI Paid Terrorist Crores to Kidnap Kulbhushan Jadhav From Iran: Report

New Delhi, Jan. 18: Pakistan’s claim of arresting Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav from Balochistan has been laid bare as a Baloch activist has exposed the nefarious aims of the country’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Baloch activist Mama Qadir Baloch told an Indian news channel that Jadhav was actually kidnapped from Iran…

01/18/2018

Pakistan considers proposal for DGMO-level meet: report

NEW DELHI, Jan. 17: As part of suggesting certain confidence-building measures to reduce violence on the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan is considering to propose to India a meeting of Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries. This was mentioned by a Pakistan defence ministry official during…

01/17/2018

India, Israel ink 9 pacts; Indian Prime Ministers hold talk to boost ties

New Delhi, Jan. 15: India and Israel on Monday inked nine pacts to boost cooperation in key areas, including cyber security, after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held extensive talks to strengthen ties in the strategic areas of defence and counter-terrorism. Modi also invited Israeli…

01/15/2018

Scope to ramp up heat on Pak for cross-border terror: Indian Army chief Gen Rawat

NEW DELHI, Jan. 14: Political initiative must go "hand-in-hand" with military operations in Jammu and Kashmir to bring peace, Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said today, and favoured ramping up military offensive to pile up heat on Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism in the state. Gen Rawat said the…

01/14/2018

UN hails India, China's climate change fight when 'others are failing'

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 13: The United Nations has hailed India and China for their leadership role and strong commitment in fighting climate change at a time when "others are failing".Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the UN has a "very solid commitment" for climate action, pointing out that African nations were the biggest victims…

01/14/2018

We are capable of handling China's assertiveness along border, says Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat

NEW DELHI, Jan. 12: Chief of the Indian Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday said India would not allow its territory to be invaded by anyone, and that China may be a powerful country but India was not a weak nation either. The time had come for India to shift focus…

01/12/2018

Talks on terror can go ahead, says Indian MEA as it confirms India, Pak NSAs meet in Bangkok

NEW DELHI, Jan. 11: The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday confirmed that the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of both India and Pakistan met in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on December 26, reported PTI. The Indian Express had first reported about the meeting between the two countries’ NSAs in Bangkok on December…

01/11/2018

Only India can give you what you want: Mehbooba Mufti tells people of J-K

NEW DELHI, Jan. 10: At a time when Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing an increase in cases of militant attacks, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday urged the people of the state to shun the path of violence and respect the Indian Constitution. “Hum J&K constitution ko, mulk ki constitution ko…

01/10/2018

Major reduction in number of Chinese troops in Doklam, says Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat

New Delhi, Jan. 8: The transgression incident in Arunachal Pradesh, where Chinese workers entered Indian territory constructing a track, has been resolved, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Monday. He also said that there was a major reduction in the number of Chinese troops in the Doklam area.…

01/08/2018

‘Trump administration trying something new for Pakistan’

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8: The Trump administration believes that it is time to try something new other than maintaining strategic patience and offering inducements to Pakistan to prevent it becoming a safe haven for terrorists from where they can attack the US and its allies, a senior official said. He said…

01/08/2018

Good idea: Trump responds to senator Rand Paul’s proposal to stop all aid to Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Jan. 7: US senator Rand Paul on Friday tweeted about a proposal to end not some, but all aid to Pakistan .President Donald Trump, fresh from a New Year's day tweet criticising Islamabad, couldn't help responding to his party colleague's tweet."Good idea Rand!", Trump tweeted. In a video posted on Friday, the junior…

01/07/2018

Fodder scam case: Lalu Prasad Yadav handed jail term of 3.5 years, imposed Rs 10 lakh fine

NEW DELHI, Jan. 6: Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Saturday sentenced by a special CBI court to three-and-a-half years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a fodder scam case. Jagdish Sharma, the then Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, and former RJD leader R K…

01/06/2018

Anti-Pakistan protests in PoK over exploitation of water resources

Muzaffarabad (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), Jan. 5: The people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) continue to protest against Pakistan's exploitation of Kashmir's water resources. Recently, the Awami Action Forum, political parties and people of Muzaffarabad staged a protest demonstration against the Kohala Hydropower project in PoK. They blocked the Muzaffarabad-Rawalpindi highway and raised slogans against the government. The…

01/05/2018

US suspends security assistance to Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5: The United States has said that it has suspended all security assistance to Pakistan until Islamabad takes “decisive action” against terror groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, which according to Washington is destabilising the region. The suspension would allow the Trump administration, which will…

01/05/2018

Pakistan has Played a Double Game With US for Years: Nikki Haley

Washington, Jan. 3: Pakistan has played a "double game" with the United States for years, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has alleged, saying it is unacceptable to the Trump administration.Haley came out in support of President Donald Trump's decision to block USD 255 million military aid to Pakistan. "There…

01/03/2018

Pakistan has given us lies and deceit, says Donald Trump as he hints at withdrawing $255 million aid

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1: In one of the strongest warning from the US President, Donald Trump hinted that he would withdraw the annual $255 million aid to Pakistan for not cooperating on terrorism. In a tweet on Monday, Trump said the US had foolishly given Pakistan more that $33 billion in aid…

01/01/2018

Sushma Swaraj Rules Out India-Pak Series at Neutral Venue, Cites Ceasefire Violations

New Delhi, Jan. 1: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj has ruled out the possibility of a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan, even at a neutral venue.At a meeting of Parliament's consultative committee on external affairs, Swaraj said high incidents of cross-border violations by Pakistan mean the atmosphere…

01/01/2018

At last, Muslim women free from instant talaq, says PM Modi

NEW DELHI, Jan. 1: After years of hardship, Muslim women have found a way to free themselves from instant triple talaq, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modisaid on Sunday in his first remarks on the issue after The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, was passed in Lok Sabha…

01/01/2018

All 10 leaders of Asean nations will be chief guests at Republic Day parade, says Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI, Dec. 31: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the leaders of all ten countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations, or Asean, will be chief guests at the Republic Day parade. During his Mann ki Baat radio show, he said it was the first time in…

12/31/2017

Palestine's Pakistan envoy shares dais with Hafiz Saeed, India issues demarche

NEW DELHI, Dec. 30: India slammed Palestine on Friday for its ambassador in Pakistan sharing a platform with JuD/LeT chief Hafiz Saeed at a rally in Rawalpindi. India is serving a strongly worded demarche to the Palestine government, expressing displeasure.In a late evening statement, Indian MEA spokesperson said tersely, "We are taking…

12/30/2017

Absurdity beyond measure, says Sushma on Pak’s claim of detecting metallic substance in shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife

NEW DELHI, Dec. 28: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Thursday led a scathing attack on Pakistan for its “inhumane” behaviour during the meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his mother Avanti and wife Chetna in Islamabad on December 25, saying human rights of the family members of the former Indian…

12/28/2017

Pakistan lets Kulbhushan Jadhav meet wife & mother, but across glass wall

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, Dec. 26: Twenty-two months after Pakistan claimed to have apprehended Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for spying, a charge denied by India, Jadhav finally met his wife Chetankul and mother Avanti across a glass wall at the Pakistan foreign office.This was Jadhav's first contact with his family or any Indian/s after he was shown to…

12/26/2017

Narendra Modi to be first PM to attend World Economic Forum in 20 years

NEW DELHI, Dec. 25: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his maiden appearance at Davos, the Alpine ski resort where the world's top CEOs and a large number of heads of government gather for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in January.Modi will be the first Indian PM to attend the meet in…

12/25/2017

India, Russia focus on ramping up economic & defence ties

NEW DELHI, Dec. 24: Seeking to strengthen bilateral trade and investment, foreign minister of India Sushma Swaraj and visiting Russian deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin took stock of economic ties between the two countries. The two leaders co-chaired a meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC).Defence minister…

12/24/2017

India may soon get its first runway on a 'sea bridge'

NEW DELHI, Dec. 23: India may soon get its first runway on a "sea bridge". The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has got green nod to extend Lakshadweep's Agatti Airport by building an RCC platform on the beach and shallow sea.   The runway will be extended on this platform and the longer airstrip will allow…

12/23/2017

India, China hold border talks, first after Doklam standoff

NEW DELHI, Dec. 22: India and China on Friday agreed on the need to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, pending resolution of the border question.The Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question met in New Delhi on Friday for the 20th round of talks.…

12/22/2017

Pakistan Army Chief extends support to Hafiz Saeed, says JuD Chief can ‘take up Kashmir issue’

NEW DELHI, Dec. 20: Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief and the Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed can play an ‘active role’ to resolve the Kashmir conflict, as every other citizen of Pakistan, reports ANI. Speaking at ‘in-camera session’ of the Senate Committee…

12/20/2017

Pakistan issues visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother; family to meet on December 25

NEW DELHI, Dec. 20: The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday issued visas to the mother and wife of death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet him in Islamabad on December 25. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal confirmed in a tweet that the visas have been issued. Jadhav, a…

12/20/2017

New US National Security Strategy: India a leading global power, Pakistan needs to show it can be responsible for its nukes

NEW DELHI, Dec. 20: Almost a year in office and after two bilateral meetings between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, the US government on Tuesday marked out India’s emergence as a “global power” in its first National Security Strategy — a significant upgrade in Washington’s assessment of…

12/20/2017

Sikhs in Pakistan's KP province allege being forced to convert

Peshawar, Dec. 19: The Sikh community in Pakistan's Hangu district in northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have alleged that they were being forced to convert to Islam by a government official, according to a media report. The Sikh community members have lodged a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner Hangu Shahid Mehmood,…

12/19/2017

Pak NSA blames US on Kashmir: 'Nuclear war a real possibility'

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 19: Peeved at the US for backing India on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan's National Security Advisor (NSA) Lt Gen (retired) Nasser Khan Janjua, warned on Monday that nuclear war in South Asia was a real possibility."The stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance, and the possibility…

12/19/2017

Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh Results Show India is Ready For Reforms, Says PM Modi

New Delhi, Dec. 18: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Monday evening addressed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Delhi after party’s victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Expressing his delight on the elections results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi thanked people of the two states…

12/18/2017

Pakistan Confirms 'Processing' Visa Applications of Jadhav's Wife, Mother

Islamabad, Dec 18: Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday confirmed that the visa applications of former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav‘s mother and wife were being processed. The FO said in a tweet that the duo were given the visa on humanitarian grounds. “Visa applications of mother and wife of Commander Jadhav received for their visit on…

12/18/2017

Terrorist Attack in Pakistan: 8 Killed, 31 Injured in Blast Near Church in Balochistan

Islamabad, Dec. 17: At least eight persons were killed and over 31 people were injured after an explosion near Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta. As per initial reports, the attack targeted the churchgoers. Reportedly, shots were also fired. Multiple casualty is suspected.     Soon after the explosion near the…

12/17/2017

As Rahul Gandhi takes over, Women’s Bill on top of agenda

NEW DELHI, Dec. 16: Empowering women in politics and increasing their participation in governance remains a global challenge for us women and the people who lead us. Rahul Gandhi takes over formally as the President of INC today and I have no doubt that his vision for the party includes…

12/16/2017

Modi in Brussels: Define terrorism or UN may become irrelevant

BRUSSELS, Dec. 15: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi cautioned that the United Nations may become irrelevant if it continued to drag its feet on India’s demand to pass a resolution defining terrorism, its supporters and the criteria for declaring a country a supporter of terrorism. “If this is not done…

12/15/2017

India, China agree peaceful resolution of Doklam reflects their political maturity: Indian MEA

NEW DELHI, Dec. 13: The Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday confirmed that the Doklam issue was discussed with the Chinese Foreign Minister during the trilateral meet between India, China and Russia held in New Delhi on December 11. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Indian counterpart…

12/13/2017

Rahul Gandhi elected Congress president unopposed in India, to take charge on December 16

NEW DELHI, Dec. 11: Along expected lines, Rahul Gandhi was elected as Congress president unopposed on Monday, signalling a generational shift in the Grand Old Party, which his mother Sonia Gandhi shouldered for 13 years. The announcement was made by the Congress’ Central Election Authority chairman Mullapally Ramachandran. Ramachandran said the 47-year-old…

12/11/2017

Sushma Swaraj Assures Visa to Parents of Pakistani Boy Lodged in Amritsar Jail

New Delhi, Dec. 7: Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday extended visa to parents of a juvenile Pakistan national who has been lodged in Amritsar jail since May 2013. Responding to Pakistani author Mehr Tarar, who had tweeted about a Pakistani juvenile incarcerated in an Amritsar jail, Swaraj, in a…

12/07/2017

Donald Trump declares Jerusalem Israeli capital, Benjamin Netanyahu hails decision as ‘important step toward peace’

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7: US President Donald Trump shattered decades of unwavering US neutrality on Jerusalem Wednesday, declaring the sorely divided holy city as Israel’s capital and sparking frustrated Palestinians to cry out that he had destroyed already-fragile Mideast hopes for peace. Defying dire, worldwide warnings, Trump insisted that after repeated…

12/07/2017

India successfully test-fires surface-to-air Akash missile

BALASORE (Odisha), Dec. 5: India on Tuesday successfully test-fired Akash its supersonic surface-to-air missile with indigenous radio frequency seeker from a test range in Odisha, officials said.The state-of-the-art indigenous missile targeting an UAV 'Banshee', was fired from the launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here this afternoon."The radars, telemetry and electro-optical…

12/06/2017

China stops funding CPEC road projects over graft issue, Pakistan 'stunned': Report

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 5: China has decided to temporarily stop funding at least three major road projects in Pakistan, being built as part of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, following reports of corruption, a decision that has left officials in Islamabad "stunned", a media report said on Tuesday.The decision by the…

12/05/2017

Kashmiris thwart bank robbery by pelting stones on militants

Srinagar (India), Dec. 5 : A major bank robbery was thwarted in the Noorpora area of the Kashmir valley when local people pelted stones on the militants attempting the robbery of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank's Branch. The militants fled the stone pelting and fired at the crowds who gathered…

12/05/2017

Pakistan Man Arrested For Writing "Hindustan Zindabad" On Wall Of His House

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 5:  A Pakistani man was arrested by police in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for writing "Hindustan Zindabad" on the wall of his house.Seeing "Hindustan Zindabad" written on the wall of a house in the Nara Amazai area of Haripur infuriated the local community, the daily Express news reported on Monday.According to police,…

12/05/2017

Act against terrorist safe havens or we will: CIA to Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4: Act against terrorist safe havens or we will. CIA Director Mike Pompeo has issued a stern warning to Pakistan that if it did not act against the alleged terrorist safe havens inside the country then the United States would be forced to destroy them on its own. The warning comes…

12/04/2017

Not satisfied with Pakistan's cooperation in war against terror: US

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3: The US is not satisfied with Pakistan's cooperation in the war against terror as part of its South Asia strategy and yet to see Islamabad taking steps to "rein in" the Taliban and the Haqqani network, a senior Trump administration official has said.He also termed the release of Mumbai-terror attack accused Hafiz…

12/03/2017

India wins election to be in IMO Council for next 2 years

NEW DELHI, Dec. 2: India polled second highest votes on Friday to remain as a member of one of the councils in International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the next two years.New Delhi managed to secure 144 votes of member countries. Germany scored a maximum of 146 votes. This for the first time…

12/02/2017

Terrorism can’t, shouldn’t be linked with any religion: Sushma Swaraj at SCO meet

SOCHI, Dec. 1: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion as she urged the international community to enhance cooperation to combat the scourge which is a “crime against the entire humanity”. Swaraj, who is here to…

12/01/2017

Thank You Sushma Swaraj, say Pakistani families

NEW DELHI, Dec. 1: A 15-month-old Pakistani girl recuperating in a Noida hospital may well be the most eloquent testimony to India’s open-heartedness in the face of the chill that has set in ties between the neighbouring countries. Eight months ago, when Shireen Shiraz’s parents, Karachi’s Shiraz Ahmed and his wife…

12/01/2017

Nation needs better quality of medical education, Indian PM Modi tells Manushi Chhillar

NEW DELHI, Dec. 1: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to newly-crowned Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, who's studying medicine, of the importance of medical education and the need to improve its quality in India.After a meeting with the PM at which Manushi's family was present, her father Mitra Basu Chhillar told TOI…

12/01/2017

Top US general says Taliban 'living in comfort' in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29: It's been nearly 100 days since President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and the wider region, a strategy that demanded Pakistan do more to fight the Taliban, but Pakistan has yet to take significant action against the Taliban, according to the commander of US…

11/29/2017

Ivanka Trump: From selling tea to becoming PM, Narendra Modi showed transformational change is possible

HYDERABAD, Nov. 29: Ivanka Trump, daughter of and advisor to US President Donald Trump, on Tuesday lauded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “for all that you are doing to build India” and proving that “transformational change is possible”. “From your childhood selling tea to your election as India’s Prime Minister, you’ve proven…

11/29/2017

North Korea fires ballistic missile; Washington, DC, now within reach, say experts

SEOUL, Nov. 29: North Korea fired what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that landed close to Japan, officials said, Pyongyang’s first test launch since mid-September with some scientists cautioning that Washington, D.C, could now technically be within reach. North Korea fired the missile a week after U.S.…

11/29/2017

Excited to visit India, we can do a lot together: Ivanka Trump

NEW DELHI, Nov. 28: On the eve of her visit to India, US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump has told The Times of India that "as the world's largest democracies... there is much we can and should do together. We share common priorities, including promoting economic growth and reform, fighting terrorism, and…

11/28/2017

Pak Nukes surest route to escalate war to nuclear level: report

Washington, Nov. 26: Pakistan's tactical nuclear-weapons programme is not only dangerous for safety and security of the region, but also it is the surest route to escalating conventional war to the nuclear level, according to a report by an American think-tank. In its report 'Asia in the Second Nuclear Age', the…

11/26/2017

US Warns Of "Repercussions" For Pakistan Over Freed Terrorist Hafiz Saeed

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26: The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for US-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a freed terrorist Hafiz Saeed accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai. "(Hafiz) Saeed's release, after Pakistan's failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a…

11/26/2017

Pakistan govt should arrest, charge 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed for his crimes: US

NEW DELHI, Nov. 24: The United States on Friday asked the Pakistan government to ensure that 26/11 master mind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who was released from House arrest earlier in the day, was arrested and charged for the crimes he has committed. “The United States is deeply…

11/24/2017

Hafiz Saeed's release is an attempt by Pak to 'mainstream' UN-proscribed terrorists: India

NEW DELHI, Nov. 23: India on Thursday expressed "outrage" at Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed's imminent release from house arrest in Pakistan, terming it an attempt by the neighbour to "mainstream" terrorists, reported news agency ANI."Saeed's release appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. It…

11/23/2017

Brahmos completes cruise missile triad: Indian Prime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam hail IAF on extraordinary feat

NEW DELHI, Nov. 23: In a major boost to the strike capability of Indian Air Force, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile — Brahmos — on Wednesday created history when it was successfully test-fired from a Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet against a target in the Bay of Bengal. With this,…

11/23/2017

26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to be Released From House Detention

Islamabad, Nov. 22: Mastermind of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is scheduled to be released from house detention in Pakistan on Thursday, as authorities failed to provide evidence to extend the sentence, reports claimed. Authorities arguing against the release of Saeed are of the opinion that it could invite international sanctions…

11/22/2017

Dalveer Bhandari's re-election to ICJ reflective of India's strong constitutional integrity: Indian Government

NEW DELHI, Nov. 21: India on Tuesday welcomed the re-election of Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and said that the extraordinary support from the UN members was reflective of the respect for India's strong constitutional integrity of the polity.Hailing Bhandari's re-election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it as a proud moment…

11/21/2017

China's New Nuclear-Capable Missile Can Hit Ten Targets Simultaneously Anywhere in The World

Beijing, Nov. 20: In what may kickstart yet another round of arms race between some of the most powerful countries in the world, China is all set to induct a new missile named Dongfeng-41 which has the capacity to hit targets anywhere in the world. The missile is equipped with devices to…

11/20/2017

More than two months after Doklam standoff, China and India hold talks

NEW DELHI, Nov. 18: More than two months after the Doklam border stand-off was resolved following mutual withdrawal, India and China on Friday held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism in Beijing. The two sides reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and…

11/18/2017

After quad meet, France-India to deepen ties in Indian Ocean Region

NEW DELHI, Nov. 15: France aims to enhance cooperation with India in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the issue will figure prominently in the upcoming high-level talks between the two sides, the French envoy said in Delhi on Wednesday.Alexandre Ziegler's comment comes against the backdrop of a quadrilateral meeting of officials…

11/15/2017

ASEAN-India summit: PM Modi calls for efforts to uproot terrorism, backs rules-based security architecture

NEW DELHI, Nov. 14: Identifying terrorism and extremism as the major challenge facing the region, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on ASEAN member states for joint efforts to mitigate the menace. “We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time that we jointly…

11/14/2017

Great democracies should also have the world’s greatest militaries, resolve Trump and PM Modi

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13: "Two of the world's great democracies should also have the world's greatest militaries,'' the United States and India resolved today in an unprecedented and eye-catching commitment, following a bilateral meeting between President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Philippines.Supporting…

11/14/2017

India puts ASEAN region at the centre of its engagement: Indian PM Modi

NEW DELHI, Nov. 13: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a strong pitch for greater cooperation between India and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations), which would power both regions to mutual economic growth and overall development."In the near future, south Asia and southeast Asia will be the development engine of the world," …

11/13/2017

Kashmiri youth visiting Pakistan used as terror conduits: Indian Government agency

NEW DELHI, Nov. 13: Kashmiri youth visiting Pakistan are being imparted training in cyber-communication and used as conduits for conveying specific instructions, a multi-agency body constituted by the government to probe terrorism and smuggling of drugs across the Indo-Pak border found.  Kashmiri youth, who are either studying in Punjab or…

11/13/2017

PM Modi briefly meets Donald Trump, world leaders at ASEAN gala dinner

MANILA, Nov. 12: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held separate pull-aside meetings with US President Donald Trump and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of a gala dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN.Modi was also seen chit-chatting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Malaysian Prime…

11/12/2017

India, Japan, U.S., Australia hold first ‘Quad’ talks at Manila ahead of ASEAN Summit

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Nov. 12: India on Sunday held the first official-level discussion under the newly boosted regional coalition known as the ‘Quad’, the quadrilateral formation including Japan, India, United States and Australia. A press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs stated that ‘open’ and inclusive regional vision and…

11/12/2017

Narendra Modi, Donald Trump Likely to Meet on Sidelines of ASEAN Event in Manila

New Delhi, Nov. 12: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump are likely to meet on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) anniversary celebrations in Manila, Phillippines on Monday. Japenese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several other world leaders will descend Manila on Sunday evening at the ASEAN summit…

11/12/2017

There should be conducive environment: Indian MEA on Indo-Pak talks

NEW DELHI, Nov. 10: India on Thursday made it clear that for talks with Pakistan to go ahead, there has to be a conducive environment and atmosphere free of terror and free of terrorists receiving support from Islamabad. The remarks by Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar came in…

11/10/2017

Eye on China, India urges world for stability in Indian Ocean region

NEW DELHI, Nov. 9: In a message unlikely to go unnoticed in Beijing, India has called for nations involved in maritime disputes to exercise self-restraint and not do anything which could affect peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region.China has continued to build artificial islands in South China Sea (SCS) to validate its…

11/09/2017

India test-fires indigenously designed Nirbhay sub-sonic cruise missile

Balasore (Odisha), Nov. 7: India on Tuesday conducted a flight test of its indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’, which can carry warheads of up to 300 kg, from a test range at Chandipur along the Odisha coast.   This was the fifth experimental test of the homegrown…

11/07/2017

26 killed in church attack in Texas' worst mass shooting

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Nov. 6: A man opened fire inside of a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others in the deadliest mass shooting in the state's history, the governor said.Officials didn't identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday night,…

11/06/2017

India enters Guinness World Records with over 918kg khichdi dish

NEW DELHI, Nov. 4: India set the world record by cooking about 918kg khichdi, a traditional dish at the World Food India event here, a Guinness World Record official said on Saturday.A team led by renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor cooked khichdi in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records and promote the dish as Brand…

11/04/2017

Indian PM Modi at World Food India 2017: ‘Farmers are anna datas, central to efforts in food processing’

NEW DELHI, Nov. 3: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday inaugurated World Food India 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. Speaking at the event, PM Modi described India as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. “India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. GST has…

11/03/2017

In World Bank’s ease of doing business, India ranks 100 out of 190 nations

NEW DELHI, Oct. 31: The Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Tuesday received a shot in the arm as India jumped 30 places to rank 100th in World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ report. “We were ranked 142 in 2014 and 130 last year in ease of doing business World Bank list.…

10/31/2017

North Korea: 200 Killed in Tunnel Collapse at Nuclear Test Site

New Delhi, Oct. 31: At least 200 people have reportedly been killed after a tunnel collapsed at a nuclear test site in North Korea, Japanese media reported. According to Japan’s TV Asahi, the incident took place on October 10 during construction of a new underground facility at Punggye-ri nuclear testing site in…

10/31/2017

Pakistan’s support to terrorists ‘unacceptable’, will continue to retaliate: Indian Army

NEW DELHI, Oct. 30: India and Pakistan held an unscheduled Director General of Military Operations-level talks on Monday afternoon after an urgent request from Islamabad. The Pakistan DGMO complained to Lieutenant General A K Bhatt that Indian forces had resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC). In his…

10/30/2017

Mann ki Baat: Indian PM Modi says India always spread message of peace

NEW DELHI, Oct. 29: In the latest edition of Mann ki Baat, Indian PM Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled the efforts of the United Nations in establishing peace across the world. Hailing India as the land of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) and how Indians have always spread the…

10/29/2017

Support connectivity but it has to be open, equitable: India on OBOR

NEW DELHI, Oct. 28: India on Friday hoped that the direction and the policy set by the Communist Party Congress in China will further promote Sino-India relations and contribute to peace and stability in the region.The remarks by Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar came in response to a query on…

10/28/2017

'If Pak fails to act against terrorists, US will get it done in a different way'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27: The Trump administration has firmly told Pakistan that if it fails to take "decisive" actions against terror groups, the US will "adjust" its tactics and strategies to achieve the objective in a "different way", a State Department official on Friday said.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Pakistan that it must take action…

10/27/2017

India, US to implement HOSTAC to strengthen maritime security

Washington, Oct. 27: To strengthen maritime security, India and the United States have agreed to implement the programme for Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC), the Pentagon has said.   A decision in this regard was taken by Defence Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman and her US Counterpart…

10/27/2017

Sushma Swaraj, US Secretary Rex Tillerson Attack Pakistan Over Terrorism, Discuss HIB Visa Issue

New Delhi, Oct. 25: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday issued joint press statements in New Delhi. “Happy to inform that our defence and strategic relations have deepened after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States. India, USA, Afghanistan…

10/25/2017

Eradicate terrorists operating within Pakistan's soil: Tillerson tells Abbasi

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 25: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday bluntly told Pakistan's top leadership that it must increase efforts to eradicate terrorists operating within the country.Tillerson arrived here on a whirlwind visit to reset bilateral ties strained after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorist groups.During his meeting…

10/25/2017

Trump-Tillerson rope in India and Afghanistan to bring Pakistan to heel

KABUL, Oct. 23: There was a time not so long ago when a US cabinet member or high official visiting Islamabad and New Delhi on the same trip to the region would have irked India and invited grumbling about American hyphenation of the two countries. But such is the rapidly evolving nature…

10/24/2017

Indian PM Modi congratulates Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on re-election

NEW DELHI, Oct. 23: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on his re-election and said he looked forward to further strengthening the relations between the two countries. Abe got a resounding victory in the snap polls held yesterday, with his LDF-led coalition winning two-thirds majority in…

10/23/2017

Sushma Swaraj To Meet Bangladesh PM to Discuss Rohingya Issue on 2-Day Visit

New Delhi, Oct. 22: Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will visit Bangladesh on her two-day visit on Sunday. She is expected to meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to discuss the large Rohingya influx from Myanmar. She will also co-chair the Indo-Bangla joint consultative commission meeting to review the bilateral relations and…

10/22/2017

Indian PM Narendra Modi Launches His 'Dream Project' Ro-Ro Ferry Service in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Oct. 22: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched his dream project ‘Roll on, Roll off’ ferry services in Gogha district, Gujarat. Modi termed it as ‘one of its kind’ project in not only India but in South Asia too. The ferry service will reduce the distance between Gogha and Dahej from 310 kms to 30 kms. Attacking the…

10/22/2017

Narendra Modi wants peace with Pak but not at cost of security: US official

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot "pursue peace" with Pakistan in a way that "cuts his own security", a top Trump administration official has said, asserting that it is in the interest of Islamabad to build confidence with New Delhi to restart commercial ties.Ahead of secretary of…

10/21/2017

Trump resumes and intensifies drone strikes on Pakistan after hostage rescue

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21: The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up drone strikes on Pakistan in the past week after the rescue of a Canadian-American couple and their three children, purportedly with Islamabad's help. High-intensity and frequent strikes -- of the kind not seen since 2010, when they averaged two a week --…

10/21/2017

India-Russia Mega War Exercise - Indra- Begins Today

New Delhi, Oct. 20: Over 400 Army personnel and multiple units of Air Force and Navy have arrived in Russia to participate in the first ever India-Russia Tri-Services war games. The 10-day mega military exercise named Indra will primarily focus on achieving coordination between forces of the two countries in a…

10/20/2017

'You're my family': Indian PM Modi celebrates Diwali with troops in J&K's Gurez

NEW DELHI, Oct. 19: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated Diwali with the jawans of the Indian Army and BSF in Gurez valley along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and said that he considers them as a part of "his family."The Prime Minister, who offered sweets and exchanged greetings with…

10/19/2017

India Will Grant Medical Visa in All Deserving Cases, Announces Sushma Swaraj on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct. 19: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Thursday announced that India will approve medical visa request of all deserving patients. Keeping her words, Sushma Swaraj asked a Pakistani woman named Amna Shamin to contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan to get a visa for visiting her ailing father. Sushma…

10/19/2017

Indian PM Modi urges India Inc to invest more in ayurveda

NEW DELHI, Oct. 18: Pitching for affordable and accessible healthcare, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the time has come for a "health revolution" through ayurveda and the corporate sector must invest to strengthen the traditional stream of medicine by means of more research."We have seen the IT revolution in…

10/18/2017

US should support independent Balochistan: American lawmaker

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14: The US should support the Baloch people and other oppressed groups in Pakistan, who are being subject to grave human rights violations for demanding the right to self-determination, a senior American lawmaker has said.Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said Pakistan needs to remember what happened in 1971, referring to developments in then…

10/14/2017

Jammu-Kashmir: Top JeM commander Khalid Ahmad killed in Ladoor encounter

NEW DELHI, Oct. 9: Indian Security forces on Monday claimed to have killed a top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander during an encounter in North Kashmir’s Ladoora village. The slain militant was identified as Khalid Ahmad, a resident of Pakistan, who has been active in the region in the last two years. Director…

10/09/2017

Saudi Aramco plugs into India’s oil growth story

NEW DELHI, Oct. 9: The world's largest oil exporter, Saudi Aramco, on Sunday officially launched its unit in India with a view to tap opportunities presented by the country's rapidly growing appetite for energy.Oil minister of India Dharmendra Pradhan and Aramco CEO Amin Nasser, who is here to attend the India Energy Forum beginning on Monday, jointly inaugurated the…

10/09/2017

Demonetisation resulted in decline in terror activities: Indian FM Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI, Oct. 8:The demonetisation has resulted in a sharp reduction in insurgent and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir where stone throwers were no longer active in the last 8-10 months, Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley said.  He made the remarks while refuting the impression that transformational initiatives…

10/08/2017

India, EU agree to strengthen cooperation to fight terror

NEW DELHI, Oct. 6: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met top leaders from the European Union to discuss measures to strengthen India’s ties with the EU in key areas of trade and security in New Delhi. India and the EU have adopted a declaration to counter terrorism at the 14th…

10/06/2017

Balochistan blast: At least 13 killed in suicide attack at Jhal Magsi shrine

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 5:At least 13 people were killed and nearly 20 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Sufi shrine packed with devotees in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province on Thursday, police officials said. Deputy Commissioner Asadullah Kakar told the media that the attacker tried to enter…

10/05/2017

Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa Says Force Capable of Carrying Out Strike Across Border

New Delhi, Oct. 5: Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Wednesday said that the IAF is capable of locating, fixing and carrying out strike across the border. He was addressing the IAF’s annual press conference in New Delhi on Thursday when he asserted that any decision on another surgical…

10/05/2017

Pak can have economic benefits from India by ending terror safe havens: US defence secretary

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5: Pakistan can have strong economic benefits from India if it realises that the "tide has shifted" and stop providing safe havens to terrorists on its soil, US defence secretary Jim Mattis has said.Mattis told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee tuesday that the Trump administration is being very clear…

10/05/2017

At least 50 dead in Las Vegas shooting; cops say gunman 'killed himself'

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 2: At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, raining down bullets from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes before shooting himself dead, according to…

10/02/2017

Swaraj appeals to people to extend help in finding Geeta's parents

NEW DELHI, Oct. 1: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Sunday appealed to people to extend their help in finding the parents of Geeta, a deaf and mute girl, who had returned to India from Pakistan.   Sushma Swaraj in her appeal also said that whosoever helps in finding…

10/01/2017

Need for dialogue among states possessing nuclear weapons, says India

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 29: India has highlighted the need for a “meaningful dialogue” among all states possessing nuclear weapons to build trust and confidence for achieving the goal of nuclear disarmament. In a written submission to the United Nations general assembly, India said it has consistently supported negotiation in the…

09/29/2017

Afghanistan slams Pakistan for 'supporting' terror groups, says nobody can dictate its foreign policy

New Delhi, Sept. 29: Slamming Pakistan for its support to various terror groups, Afghanistan said on Friday that the time has come for taking a "fundamental" decision that no country should be allowed to use terror as an instrument of foreign policy. Afghanistan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah said his country…

09/29/2017

Elphinstone Road station stampede : At least 22 dead, 30 injured in Mumbai

NEW DELHI, Sept. 29: At least 22 people were killed in a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station on Friday. The stampede took place on foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations. Initial reports suggest more than 30 people are injured. BMC’s disaster management unit said “required agencies have…

09/29/2017

GOVERNMENTS WHO SUPPORT TERRORISM INVITING SUICIDE: INDIA

Bishkek/New Delhi, Sept. 28 : In a veiled reference to Pakistan, India on Thursday said that governments which offer sanctuary to terrorism are sending an invitation to suicide.In his keynote address at a conference on "Islam in a Modern Secular State" in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Indian Minister of state for External…

09/28/2017

Indian Army strikes Naga insurgents along Myanmar border, inflicts ‘heavy casualties’

NEW DELHI, Sept. 27: The Indian Army on Wednesday inflicted “heavy casualties” on NSCN(K) cadre during an operation along the India-Myanmar border, the Eastern Command said. The exchange of fire reportedly took place at around 4.45 am. “Indian security forces” suffered no casualties, a statement by the Army said. “Heavy casualties…

09/27/2017

India, US should go for pre-emptive strikes, destroy Pak's N-assets: Ex-US senator

MUMBAI, Sept. 26: Suggesting that both India and the US conduct pre-emptive strikes inside Pakistan to destroy its nuclear sites (where weapons have either already been stored or are being made), former US Senator Larry Pressler told on Monday that Donald Trump may turn out to be the best American president yet for India as he…

09/26/2017

Day after Pak goof-up at UN, Indian envoy displays ‘true picture’: photo of Armyman killed in J&K

NEW DELHI, Sept. 26: A day after Pakistan’s top envoy at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi waved a photograph of a purported “pellet gun victim” from Kashmir which turned out to be a photograph of an injured girl from Palestine, India fielded a junior diplomat at the UN who showed…

09/26/2017

My battle against corruption is uncompromising: Indian PM Modi

NEW DELHI, Sept. 25: Vowing to end corruption, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told the BJP national executive meeting in the national capital that his battle against corruption is “uncompromising” and no one will be spared. Addressing a press conference after the BJP meet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitleyquoted Modi as saying,…

09/25/2017

Swaraj slams Pakistan at UN, says India produces engineers, doctors, and they jihadis

NEW DELHI, Sept. 24: India asked Pakistan on Saturday to consider why after gaining Independence together 70 years ago, India was an IT power and produces engineers and doctors while Pakistan churns out jihadis who are a threat to the world.Responding to Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's charge of "atrocities" in Jammu and Kashmir,…

09/24/2017

India calls Pakistan ‘Terroristan’ at UN, says polluter paying price

NEW DELHI, Sept. 23: In a stinging reply to Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's fulminations against India at the UN, India described its western neighbour as "terroristan" which is home to a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism.Exercising its right of reply, India emphasised that Pakistan had become a land of "pure terror"…

09/23/2017

Countries using terrorism as instrument of state policy must be condemned: India

NEW DELHI, Sept. 21: India on Thursday once again urged the world to act against countries sponsoring terrorism and said "the horror of terrorism continues to haunt global peace and security"."We must condemn efforts, including by States, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries," Indian…

09/22/2017

India's Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana flounders: 30 lakh trained in skills, less than 3 lakh get job offers

NEW DELHI, Sept. 21: The Indian government’s flagship skilling scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), is struggling to achieve end-results. Data for the PMKVY scheme until the first week of July 2017 reveals that out of a total 30.67 lakh candidates who had been trained or were undergoing…

09/21/2017

Visits by Trump, Modi to Israel 'truly historic': Netanyahu

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20: He may have hosted over a hundred of world leaders to Israel this year but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feels the visits by the US President Donald Trump and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi were "truly historic".Netanyahu mentioned this on Tuesday during his address to the United Nations General Assembly here.With Modi,…

09/20/2017

Ivanka Meets Sushma at UNGA Session, Discusses Women Entrepreneurship

New York, Sept. 19: US President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump on Tuesday met External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the annual United Nation General Assembly session in New York. They discussed women entrepreneurship and workforce development in the two countries. Ivanka would be…

09/19/2017

Sushma Swaraj holds trilateral talks with US, Japan counterparts

NEW YORK, Sept. 18: Foreign ministers of India, Japan and the US on Monday emphasised on the need for ensuring freedom of navigation, respect for international law and peaceful resolution of disputes, as they held a trilateral meeting in the backdrop of Doklam crisis and assertive Chinese behaviour.On the sidelines of the UN…

09/18/2017

Sushma Swaraj in New York to attend UN General Assembly meet

NEW YORK, Sept. 18: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj arrive here today to represent India at the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session with a packed schedule of super diplomacy among an array of world leaders.During her week-long stay, Swaraj, leading a high-powered Indian delegation, is expected to hold about…

09/18/2017

Indian PM Narendra Modi calls for sweet revolution in the country

AMRELI (INDIA), Sept. 17: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon the dairy industry to take up honey farming for bringing sweet revolution in the country on the lines of white revolution and green revolution.Addressing a gathering at theSatkar Samellan organised here, PM Modi talked more about farmers and the coastal…

09/17/2017

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un says he will complete nuclear programme

PYONGYANG, Sept. 16: North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said the country is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the United States, as the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the North’s “highly provocative” ballistic missile test on Friday. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency carried Kim’s comments…

09/16/2017

In ‘Jai’ Ho mode, Modi and Abe plan Asia-Africa link to counter China

AHMEDABAD, Sept. 15: The groundbreaking announcement of India's first bullet train project on Thursday signalled the fast-tracking of India-Japan ties as Indian PM Narendra Modi and his counterpart, Shinzo Abe, looked to strategically align India's 'Act East' policy with Japan's 'Open Pacific' initiative and fashion an Asia-Africa "growth corridor".Abe's evocative…

09/15/2017

Modi, Shinzo Abe vow to fight terrorism, strengthen strategic cooperation; bullet train by 2022

NEW DELHI, Sept. 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday held talks on wide-ranging subjects including bilateral ties, regional and international issues and chiefly on terrorism. At the annual Inda-Japan summit held in Gandhinagar in Gujarat, the two countries vowed to strengthen cooperation in order…

09/14/2017

Defence, nuclear cooperation key items on table for India-Japan talks

NEW DELHI, Sept. 14: As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe begins his two-day visit, India and Japan are expected to dig deep into their bilateral relationship, especially with an eye on converging their strategic and economic outlook to take it to the next level.As a detailed joint statement is still being worked…

09/14/2017

Modi and Shinzo Abe hold grand roadshow in Ahmedabad: Key developments

NEW DELHI, Sept. 13: 1. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrived on a two-day visit to India on Wednesday and was received by Indian PM Narendra Modi at the Ahmedabad airport earlier in the afternoon. 2. The Japanese Prime Minister, who is accompanied by his wife Akie Abe, was given a ceremonial reception on his…

09/13/2017

After Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi to host Shinzo Abe in Gandhinagar next week

NEW DELHI, Sept. 9: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Gandhinagar, instead of Delhi, on September 14, sources told The Indian Express on Friday. This will mark the second time that Modi will be hosting a visiting leader and holding bilateral talks in…

09/09/2017

ISI’s covert act prompted Modi-Kyi anti-terror pact

NEW DELHI, Sept. 8: When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi decided Wednesday to broaden the bilateral security and counter-terrorism partnership, the drivers were New Delhi’s concerns over ISI infiltration into the ranks of Rohingyas and Yangon’s fight against the Rakhine terrorists. India and…

09/08/2017

For first time, Pakistan admits LeT, Jaish are based on its soil

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 7: Pakistan on Wednesday admitted for the first time that internationally proscribed terrorist outfits, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammed, were operating from within its territory, with foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asifcalling for tougher action against these groups."We should impose restrictions on activities of elements like LeT and JeM so that we…

09/07/2017

Trump nominates Kenneth Juster as US envoy to India

Washington, Sept. 6: President Donald Trump has sent Kenneth Ian Juster’s nomination to the US Senate for the next American ambassador to India. A confirmation hearing of the Senate on his nomination is likely to be scheduled to be held soon. Juster, 62, played a key role in the Indo-US ties…

09/06/2017

PM Modi, President Xi Jinping feel need for closer communication between defence, security personnel of India & China

NEW DELHI, Sept. 5: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday identified the need to have closer communication between defence and security personnel of the two countries at the first substantive bilateral meeting of the two leaders after the tense standoff in Doklam. The meeting came on the…

09/05/2017

Xiamen BRICS summit in China: Xi Jinping sets stage for talks with Modi tomorrow; Need peace, not conflict

XIAMEN, Sept. 4: TWO DAYS before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, sources indicated that New Delhi is willing to “move on” after the Doklam border stand-off and work towards normalising the relationship. Modi and Xi are likely to meet at noon on Tuesday, just…

09/04/2017

Modi cabinet reshuffle 2017: Full list of PM Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers

NEW DELHI, Sept. 3: As a fresh set of ministers have been inducted into the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, the third reshuffle since 2014. Nine new ministers were into the council of ministers and four have been promoted to the Union Cabinet. The swearing-in ceremony began at 10.45 am this morning.…

09/03/2017

Modi Cabinet rejig: A nod for BJP’s young champs

NEW DELHI, Sept. 3: The reshuffle of the Modi government is expected to recognise emerging leaders in BJP like Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who have all held organisational positions in the past.The induction of Gennext leaders when the Modi government assumed office in May 2014 had sent more…

09/03/2017

BRICS Summit: Modi’s first visit to China tomorrow since Dokalam standoff

Xiamen (China), Sept. 2: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, as he visits the country days after both New Delhi and Beijing decided to end their more than two-month long standoff at Doklam plateau. The prime minister will visit the country…

09/02/2017

Today’s launch to start era of private sector role in satellite building

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU, Aug. 31: The launch of India's eighth navigation satellite, IRNSS- 1H, on Thursday will open a new chapter in the country's history of space exploration as, for the first time, the private sector has been actively involved in assembling and testing of a satellite. Earlier, the private sector's…

08/31/2017

Hurricane Harvey: 200 Indian students marooned in Houston, says Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI, Aug. 28: Nearly 200 Indian students of Houston University are stranded and surrounded by ‘neck-deep’ water as Hurricane Harvey continued to flood the Texan city of Houston, said Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday. Swaraj said efforts were being made to supply these students with food…

08/28/2017

Doklam standoff end in sight: India, China begin to pull troops out from site, says Indian MEA

NEW DELHI, Aug. 28: There may be an end in sight to the Doklam standoff indicated the Indian external affairs ministry (MEA) on Monday as it announced that both Indian and Chinese troops are slowly being pulled out from the face-off site."...expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed…

08/28/2017

Bihar floods: Indian PM Modi announces Rs 500 cr relief, conducts aerial survey of flood-affected areas

NEW DELHI, Aug. 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced a Rs 500 crore relief package for flood-hit areas of Bihar after visiting the state. The Prime Minister reached Bihar on Saturday morning where he was received by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi in Purnea. After reaching the…

08/26/2017

Army called in Sirsa town ahead of Dera verdict

SIRSA (INDIA), Aug. 25: The army was called out in Sirsa on Friday ahead of the special CBI Court’s verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, even as senior police personnel are carrying out a flag march in the town and outside the sect’s…

08/25/2017

Young entrepreneurs must become ‘soldiers of development’: Indian PM Modi

NEW DELHI, Aug. 22: Calling young entrepreneurs to become ‘soldiers of development’, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged people to work towards country’s growth. Addressing CEOs and Start ups at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Delhi, Modi said, for a government, the welfare and happiness of people is supreme. “In Government,…

08/22/2017

Donald Trump: India’s role critical in Afghanistan’s stability; Pakistan must stop sheltering terrorists

VERGINIA (US), Aug. 22: After months of speculation and delays over his plans about Afghanistan, US President Donald Trump finally unveiled his strategy to win a war which has stretched over 16 years. Targetting Pakistan for its safe harbour to terrorism over the years, Trump said that America needs to…

08/22/2017

12-year-old Indian-origin boy crowned 'Child Genius' in UK

LONDON, Aug. 20: A 12-year-old Indian-origin boy has been crowned the UK's 'Child Genius' in a popular television quiz competition, days after he became an overnight sensation after answering all questions correctly.Rahul Doshi won the Channel 4 show 'Child Genius' by beating his nine-year-old opponent - Ronan - 10-4 in the…

08/20/2017

israel says will never support pakistan on kashmir

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, Aug. 19: Under no circumstances will Israel support Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, top Israeli authorities have said.This is significant given that the country has been relatively silent over Kashmir, which is described as the core issue between India and Pakistan, despite standing shoulder to shoulder with India in…

08/20/2017

Utkal Express derailment : 10 dead, over 50 injured in Muzaffarnagar train accident

NEW DELHI, Aug. 19: At least 10 people were killed and over 50 others injured as six coaches of Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar area on Saturday evening, ANI reported. Reflecting on the incident, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation…

08/19/2017

Students' body in PoK holds massive protest rally demanding freedom from Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Aug. 19: A massive rally has been organised by the Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation in Jandali area of PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) to demand freedom from Pakistan.  Local leader Liyaqat Khan said, "Pakistan sends terrorists here to ruin this peaceful place". In a video shared by ANI, the…

08/19/2017

Indian-American physician announces Congressional bid

Washington, Aug. 19: An Indian-American physician from Arizona has announced that she will run for the US House of Representatives in the 2018 General Election. Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room physician and cancer research advocate, said she believes in solving problems and improving lives. She would run from the Arizona's eighth…

08/19/2017

LAC meet after stones hurled

New Delhi, Aug. 16: Within a day of stone hurling between Indian and Chinese troops, military commanders today met and decided to let the incident be a case of “bygones”, while strengthening the peace mechanisms along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC). A meeting was conducted this afternoon at Spanggur…

08/17/2017

Religious freedom under attack in Pakistan, says United States

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16: Religious freedom is under attack in Pakistan where minorities like Sikhs, Christians and Hindus remained concerned over government’s “inadequate” action to address forced conversions to Islam. Members of religious minority communities said that there continued to be inconsistent application of laws safeguarding minority rights and enforcement of…

08/16/2017

India, US pledge to maintain peace across Indo-Pacific region

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15: India and the United States pledged to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region through a two-by-two ministerial dialogue, the White House said. US President Donald Trump had called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of India’s independence day, news agency PTIreported. “The leaders resolved to enhance…

08/15/2017

No question of being soft on terrorism or against terrorists: Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, Aug. 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said there is no question of being soft on terrorism or against terrorists. Modi on Tuesday unfurled the national flag at the Red Fort to mark India's Independence Day. Kashmir problem cannot be resolved by bullets or abuses but by…

08/15/2017

US ready to help India modernise its military: Admiral Harris

Washington, August 13: A top American commander has offered the US help to India to modernise its military, saying that together they can improve India’s military capabilities in significant and meaningful ways. Over the past decade, the defence trade between the US and India has touched nearly $15 billion and is…

08/13/2017

‘Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai’ only way out to end Doklam crisis, says Dalai Lama

New Delhi, Aug. 10: Describing the ongoing Doklam standoff as “not very serious”, the Dalai Lama wednesday invoked “Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai”, a catchphrase that defined Sino-India ties in the 1950s, stressing that the two neighbours have to live side by side in peace.   Asserting that any problem has to…

08/10/2017

Check terror activities along LoC, India tells Pak

NEW DELHI, Aug. 10: Even as Pakistan accuses India of carrying out ceasefire violations, the government has conveyed to Islamabad that there has been a spurt in terrorist activities along the LoC and in infiltration attempts.A ceasefire violation by Pakistan had on Tuesday led to the killing of an Indian…

08/10/2017

Accepting PM Modi invitation, Ivanka Trump will head to Hyderabad in November-end

NEW DELHI, Aug. 9: US President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, is scheduled to visit Hyderabad in the last week of November, for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (November 28), South Block sources told. Sources said Indain Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the summit — started by then US…

08/09/2017

US, Australia, Japan slam Beijing for militarisation of South China Sea

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7: The US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers on Monday called for a halt on land reclamation and military actions in the South China Sea and compliance with an arbitration ruling that invalidated China's vast claims to the disputed waters. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Australian Foreign…

08/07/2017

North Korea: UN backs fresh sanctions over missile tests

United Nations, Aug. 6: The United Nations Security Council has agreed on fresh sanctions against North Korea over its missile programme. A resolution banning North Korean exports and limiting investments in the country was passed unanimously. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said it was "the most stringent…

08/06/2017

Venkaiah Naidu elected next Vice-President of India

New Delhi, August 5 Former Union Minister of iNdia M Venkaiah Naidu was on Saturday elected the next Vice-President of India. M Venkaiah Naidu secured  516 votes out 760 valid votes. Gopalkrishna Gandhi got 244 votes.   Although 785 MPs are there in both the Houses of Parliament, 14 MPs…

08/05/2017

Coordinating with Bhutan on Dokalam issue: India

New Delhi, Aug. 4: India on Friday said it continues to engage with China diplomatically and has been coordinating with Bhutan to find a mutually-acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff. “We continue to engage with China through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution,” India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal…

08/04/2017

Doklam not only issue, solution will emerge through dialogue: Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI, Aug. 4: Underlining that China has been contributing to India’s growing economic might, External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj Thursday said dialogue is the only way out of the Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at the trijunction with Bhutan and this should be seen in…

08/04/2017

China extends technical hold on Masood Azhar’s terror listing at UN

United Nations, Aug. 3: China has again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list JeM chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN. China had in February this year blocked the US move to designate…

08/03/2017

World Bank allows India to construct Kishanganga, Ratle projects in J&K

Washington, August 2: India is allowed to construct hydroelectric power facilities on tributaries of the Jhelum and Chenab rivers with certain restrictions under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), the World Bank has said.   The World Bank’s comments came as officials from India and Pakistan concluded the secretary-level talks over…

08/02/2017

Lashkar chief killed in Pulwama

Srinagar, August 2: Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Abu Dujana, recently named the second-in-command of the Zakir Musa-led outfit with Al-Qaeda links, was killed in a surgical operation in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district early tuesday morning.      Married seven months ago, the “most-wanted” terrorist was killed at his in-laws’ house while visiting his…

08/02/2017

Modi unbeatable in ’19: Nitish

Patna, Aug. 1: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar monday praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying no one was capable of challenging him in the next General Election. “No one is competent enough to compete with Modi in 2019,” he said.  On dumping the grand alliance to form a government with…

08/01/2017

With Quit India spirit, expel communalism, casteism by 2022: Indian PM

New Delhi, July 30 Ahead of the 70th Independence Day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invoked the Quit India Movement and exhorted the countrymen to use the same spirit to expel problems of communalism, casteism, corruption, terrorism, poverty and dirt from the country by 2022. He asked the…

07/30/2017

Pakistan PM quits after court orders disqualification

ISLAMABAD, July 28: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday quit as prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him over corruption charges. The court had ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to de-notify Nawaz Sharif as member of the parliament. In a formal reaction to the court's verdict, the spokesman…

07/29/2017

Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies PM Nawaz Sharif from office

Islamabad, July 28: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on Friday disqualified from office by the Supreme Court which sent his case to an anti-corruption court for trial in the Panamagate graft scandal.   In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court ordered that a case be registered against Sharif and ruled…

07/28/2017

What do I call you, Superwoman? God? Ailing Pakistani woman thanks Sushma Swaraj after getting visa

NEW DELHI, July 28: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Thursday directed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue a visa to a Pakistani national for medical treatment in India. Swaraj's direction to India's High Commissioner in Pakistan Gautam Bambawale came after a woman -- Hijaab Asif -- sought…

07/28/2017

Iraq never said 39 missing Indians were dead: Swaraj

New Delhi, July 26: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said Iraq Foreign Minister had never said that the 39 missing Indians were dead.   Speaking amid uproar over the issue in the Lok Sabha, Swaraj said the government would not close the file on the missing Indians in Iraq till…

07/26/2017

Sri Lanka’s cabinet clears port deal with China firm after India’s concerns addressed

COLOMBO, July 25: Sri Lanka’s cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation. The port, close to the world’s busiest shipping lanes, has been mired in controversy…

07/25/2017

Stone-pelters’ calls led NIA to zero in on seven separatist leaders

NEW DELHI, July 25: The arrest of seven Hurriyat leaders on Monday comes after one-and-a-half months of painstaking investigation that unearthed electronic evidence of their communication links with four dozen J&K youths tracked repeatedly amid stone-pelting mobs over the past year.Telephonic conversations, which showed some 48 'habitual' stone-pelters being in touch with…

07/25/2017

Venkaiah Naidu warns Pakistan: ‘Recall what happened in 1971 war’

NEW DELHI, July 23: Days after the US State Department identified Pakistan as one of the “terrorist safe havens”, India's NDA Vice-presidential nominee Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said terrorism had become its state policy. “Terrorism is the enemy of humanity, it has no religion. It has unfortunately become Pakistan’s state policy,” he was…

07/23/2017

Swaraj to hold talks with Iraqi counterpart on 39 missing Indians

New Delhi, July 23: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj will hold extensive talks with her Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday during which focus is expected to be on the issue of 39 Indians kidnapped by the ISIS three years back from Mosul city.     Al-Jaafari's visit from…

07/23/2017

US Will Not Pay Pakistan For Military Reimbursements: Pentagon

WASHINGTON, July 21 : The Pentagon will not make the remaining military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 after US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress Islamabad had not taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a US official said on Friday.  "The funds could not be released to the Government…

07/22/2017

‘Rohaan – keep smiling’: Sushma Swaraj meets Pakistani infant who underwent surgery at Noida hospital

NEW DELHI, July 21: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj Friday tweeted out photographs of her meeting Pakistani infant Rohaan who underwent a heart surgery at a hospital in Noida recently. The minister wished the four-month-old boy ‘good health and long life’ in her tweets. The child was accompanied…

07/22/2017

Border tiff: US indicates India, China 'are talking' and 'going to talk' more

NEW DELHI, July 21: The US on Friday indicated that India and China "are talking" and are further "going to talk to one another" about the ongoing, tense standoff at the border in Doklam .The US state department also said it is watching the border situation "closely and carefully" and wants both countries to "engage in…

07/21/2017

Gujarat: 114 Pakistanis are Indian citizens now

AHMEDABAD, July 21: Nandlal Meghani's, Dr Vishandas Mankani's and Kishanlal Andani's joy knows no bounds. They are among the 114 Pakistan citizens to have received Indian citizenship. The recipients will receive their citizenship certificates today.High crime rate in PakistanSharing his joy with Mirror, Nandlal Meghani, 50, a resident of Ghatlodia, said, "I…

07/21/2017

My election shows democracy's greatness: India's President-elect Ram Nath Kovind

NEW DELHI, July 20: Calling his election the "greatness of democracy", India's President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday pledged to work for the betterment of the country."This is a very emotional moment," Kovind told reporters after being elected President of India. "This is a very big responsibility for me.""It is my duty to…

07/20/2017

India-Russia 5th-gen jet deal ‘soon’

Zhukovsky (Russia), July 20: India and Russia have entered the second stage of negotiations for jointly developing the Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) and the two sides will sign a contract “in the near future”, a top Russian official has said.   Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec State Corporation, said all…

07/20/2017

US keeps Pakistan on list of countries providing safe haven to terrorists

WASHINGTON DC, July 19: Shifting its stance towards Pakistan, the Donald Trump administration today listed Pakistan among its list of nations which provide "safe havens" to terrorists. The US Department of State has said that terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) continue to operate, train, organise and…

07/19/2017

How Indian PM Narendra Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' raked in Rs 10 crore profit for All India Radio

NEW DELHI, July 19: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat' has translated into a revenue of about Rs 10 crore for the All India Radio (AIR). During the last financial years, the national public radio broadcaster earned Rs 4.78 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 5.19 crore…

07/19/2017

No letter from Aziz, ailing PoK student appeals for visa to Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI, July 18: Diagnosed with a tumour in the liver, a 24-year-old in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir wants to travel to New Delhi for treatment but is unable to make the journey because Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs, will not write a letter to the Indian High…

07/18/2017

India, not China, is among the fastest growing economies: World Bank

NEW DELHI, July 18: Chinese economy is slowing down. In its latest report, the World Bank has said, "The continued gradual slowdown in China will slightly offset a pickup in the rest of the region led by a rebound among commodity exporters. Growth in China is anticipated to slow to…

07/18/2017

Will keep punishing you for LoC misadventures, India warns Pakistan

NEW DELHI, July 18: The deadly war of attrition continues along the 778-km Line of Control, with New Delhi issuing another stern warning to Islamabad that it will continue retaliatory punitive fire assaults against Pakistan Army's targeting of Indian troops or providing covering fire to infiltrating terrorists.Indian Director-general of military operations Lt…

07/18/2017

39 Indians abducted in Iraq could be in jail near Mosul : Swaraj

NEW DELHI, July 17: India's Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday met family members of the 39 construction workers abducted from Mosul in 2014 and expressed hope that they would be released soon as India had received information that they were probably lodged in a jail near Mosul. According to Swaraj, the missing…

07/17/2017

Ultra-light howitzers: Exhaustive field trials on in Pokhran

NEW DELHI, July 16: Exhaustive field trials are being carried out on two long-range ultra-light howitzers in Pokhran which the Indian Army received from the US after a gap of 30 years since the Bofors scandal broke out, an official said.The test-firing of the guns is primarily aimed at collating and determining various critical data like…

07/16/2017

Amarnath Yatra bus accident: 16 pilgrims dead, rescue operation underway; Indian PM announces compensation

NEW DELHI, July 16: Several pilgrims are feared dead and over 30 injured after a bus carrying Amarnath Yatris fell into the gorge in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. 19 injured are being airlifted for treatment. According to a PTI report, 16 pilgrims have lost their lives after the bus fell off…

07/16/2017

US House passes USD 621.5 billion bill to aid defence co-operation with India

Washington, July 15: The US House of Representatives has passed a USD 621.5 billion defence policy bill that proposes to advance defence cooperation with India. An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National…

07/15/2017

Pakistan a Benedict Arnold ally, supports terrorism: US Republican lawmaker

NEW DELHI, July 15: Pakistan is a "Benedict Arnold" ally that has 'betrayed' the United States with its support for known terrorist organisations, a US lawmaker from the state of Texas said on Friday. Ted Poe, a Republican Congressman who recently moved an amendment to a US Congress piece of…

07/15/2017

India has the most FB users: Report

NEW DELHI, July 15: A recent report claims that India has overtaken the United States in total number of Facebook users, becoming the social networking giant's top country by user base. The report pegs Indian users at 241 million, a shade ahead of the Unites States' 240 million. However, Facebook has contradicted…

07/15/2017

Aggressive China did not anticipate strong Indian response in Doklam: EU Vice President

Brussels, July 14: An aggresive China did not anticipate India stepping in a strong manner to defend Bhutan`s territorial sovereignty during its unilateral move to build a motorable road from Dokala in Doklam area towards the Bhutan Army camp in Zornpelri, according to Ryszard Czarnecki, vice president of the European…

07/14/2017

Pakistan cannot execute Kulbhushan Jadhav till the court rules on case: ICJ

NEW DELHI, May 18: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday unanimously stayed Pakistan's execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhavuntil it rules on the merits of the case.The ICJ ruled that there is the possibility of "irrevocable prejudice to the rights of Jadhav. In its plea to the court, India had expressed…

05/18/2017

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Balakote sector; 1,700 shifted to safer places

Jammu, May 17: Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire again on Wednesday by firing at Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Jammu of Kashmir. “The Pakistani Army resorted to firing at Indian forward posts along the LoC in Balakote sector from 0050 hours today,” a…

05/17/2017

Caught on Camera: How Pakistan funds Kashmiri separatists to burn the Valley

NEW DELHI, May 17: After India Today aired a special investigative report where Hurriyat's Provincial President (Geelani Faction) Naeem Khan was caught on camera admitting Pakistan is funding the violence in Kashmir Valley, India Today reporters were threatened. After the video went on air, Naeem Khan came to India Today…

05/17/2017

France's Macron calls for 'historic reconstruction' of Europe

BERLIN, May 16: France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, has called for a "historic reconstruction" of Europe, saying it is "the only reaction" to fight populism. Speaking in Berlin on the first full day of his presidency, he was joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She said the pair had a…

05/16/2017

As China opens its One Belt One Road summit, anti-CPEC protests erupt in PoK

GILGIT, May 15: As China opened one of its biggest foreign policy initiatives since 1949 — the One Belt One Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing, which is being attended by heads of state and government of over 23 nations, including Pakistan, protests broke out in Gilgit-Baltistan against the ongoing construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project…

05/15/2017

Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist nabbed from Indo-Nepal border, Pak passport recovered

NEW DELHI, May 14: Amid increased tension along the border in the wake of the recent ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir's Manjakot and Nowshara sectors, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) on Saturday arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist while he was trying to cross over to the Indian side from Nepal.Identified as Naseer Ahmed…

05/14/2017

Hafiz Saeed detained for ‘spreading terrorism in the name of jihad’: Pakistan

LAHORE, May 14: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides have been detained for “spreading terrorism in the name of jihad”, Pakistan’s interior ministry has told a judicial review board. Saeed appeared before the board on Saturday and informed it that he…

05/14/2017

Jammu-Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri

NEW DELHI, May 14: AFTER a brief lull previous night along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector, the border in adjoining Rajouri sector became alive as Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling at various places there on Sunday morning. The entire border from Peer Badesar adjoining Nowshera to Tarkundi…

05/14/2017

Army is not against Kashmiris, our job is to separate, target terrorists: Indian Gen Rawat

NEW DELHI, May 13: Underlining the operating philosophy of the Army which believes that all Kashmiris are not involved in militancy, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said “our job is to separate the terrorists from the Kashmiri people and target the terrorists”. Disabusing the notion that the Army…

05/13/2017

US imposes sanctions on Pakistan-based extremists to hit funding, disrupt leadership

NEW DELHI, May 13: In a bid to disrupt the leadership and fund-related activities of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), United States has imposed sanctions on Pakistan-based extremists and an organisation run by 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) group. Ayatullah Ghulam Muhammad (Haji Hayatullah), Ali Muhammad Abu Turab, Inayat-ur Rahman,…

05/13/2017

In Sri Lanka, PM Modi takes a dig at 'proponent of hate' Pakistan

NEW DELHI, May 12: Without naming it, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today took a dig at Pakistan referring to it as a "proponent of hate" that is "not open to dialogue and therefore only open to causing death and destruction"."The biggest challenge to sustainable world peace today is not necessarily from conflict…

05/12/2017

India calls for deeper ties with Sri Lanka as China looms

COLOMBO, May 12: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Friday declared his desire for a "quantum jump" in relations with Sri Lanka, as New Delhi jostles with regional rival Beijing for influence in the island nation.India had always considered its smaller neighbour to be within its sphere of influence but…

05/12/2017

'Beijing must take India's growth seriously', says China's state media

NEW DELHI, May 11: China's state-controlled press, which usually disparages India's growth story, today published an article saying Beijing can't afford to get too complacent, especially if "India copies China", because the South Asian nation will then "gain the attention of world capital".Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party's newspaper on international affairs, went so far…

05/11/2017

Nawaz Sharif, Pak army chief discuss stay order on Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution

NEW DELHI, May 10: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday held a meeting to discuss the stay order from the International Court of Justice against the hanging of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav , Geo News reported citing sources.During the meeting, which lasted for around 90 minutes, Sharif was…

05/10/2017

International court stays Pakistan's order to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav

NEW DELHI, May 10: In a huge relief for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has stayed the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court. This was after India instituted proceedings against Pakistan at the court accusing Islamabad of "egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations" in…

05/10/2017

'Imran Khan's party to sue Nawaz Sharif for taking money from Osama bin Laden'

ISLAMABAD, May 9: Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan's party has said it would sue Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly taking money from Osama bin Ladento promote jihad in Kashmir.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Khan has been demanding resignation from Sharif for alleged corruption. PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday that he would file a…

05/09/2017

Pakistan exporting terror, claim three neighbours

TEHRAN, May 9: With Iran's top military official warning Pakistan of reprisals for sheltering Sunni militias attacking targets in Iran, three of Islamabad's neighbours have accused it of cross-border terrorism. Iran's warning that it might be considering its version of "surgical strikes" comes after 10 of its border guards were killed…

05/09/2017

Indian woman says was forced to marry Pak man at gunpoint

ISLAMABAD, May 8: A 20-year-old Indian woman, who approached the Indian High Commission in Pakistan with a request to repatriate her, on Sunday alleged that she was forced to marry a Pakistani citizen at gunpoint, marking a new turn in the case.Uzma filed a plea with an Islamabad court against her husband Tahir Ali…

05/08/2017

Iran warns will hit militant 'safe havens' inside Pakistan

TEHRAN, May 8: The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks.Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish al Adl, a Sunni militant group, had…

05/08/2017

Want to make Northeast gateway to Southeast Asia: Modi

SHILLONG ( INDIA), May 8: Stating that the Northeast has not seen “balanced development”, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his government has initiated major infrastructure projects to make the region a “gateway to Southeast Asia”. “My emphasis on Northeast is because a balanced development of the region did…

05/08/2017

French elections: Emmanuel Macron wins presidency, vows to ‘fight the divisions’ that undermine the country

PARIS, May 8: Centrist Emmanuel Macron has vowed to “fight the divisions” in the country after recording a resounding victory over far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the French presidential runoff election. “I have heard the anger, anxiety and doubts that a large number of you expressed,” a solemn Macron said…

05/08/2017

India, Russia to ink deal on 5th generation fighter design

NEW DELHI, May 7: After years of delay, India and Russia are likely to soon ink a "milestone" pact to finalise the detailed design for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and move ahead with the multi-billion dollar co-development project.INdian Government sources said almost all the ground work has been completed…

05/07/2017

Nigeria Chibok girls: At least 80 freed by Boko Haram

ABUJA, May 7: Islamist militants of the Boko Haram group have released at least 80 schoolgirls from a group of 276 they abducted in north-eastern Nigeria three years ago, officials say. The release reportedly came after talks with the government, though few details are confirmed. The abduction of the so-called…

05/07/2017

How ISI funds stone-pelters via Hurriyat in Kashmir: Times Now

NEW DELHI, May 6: Television channel Times Now today aired an expose showing how Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI has routed Rs 70 lakh or more to stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir through Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah.This explosive revelation comes on the heels of confessions by two recently captured ISI agents in India, that they regularly got money from Abdul…

05/06/2017

launch of South Asia Satellite marks the fulfilment of India's commitment : Modi

NEW DELHI, May 5: Indian Prime Minister's Video Conference with South Asian leaders following the successful launch of South Asia Satellite   The South Asia Satellite, a unique example of South Asian regional cooperation in space sector, was successfully launched today by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from Sriharikota.  …

05/05/2017

Husband of England’s Queen Elizabeth II Prince Philip retires from public life

London, May 5: Prince Philip, the 95-year-old cricket-loving husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, will step down from carrying out royal engagements from September, the Buckingham Palace announced thursday.   The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer carry out public engagements from September, the palace said in a statement. “In taking…

05/05/2017

Terrorists on 'mission loot' in Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR (INDIA), May 4: In the third such incident in last 48 hours, terrorists looted 3 lakh from a bank in Kakapora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday, less than two hours after four masked men carrying guns robbed 5 lakh from Ellaquai Dehati Bank in Wahibugh village of…

05/04/2017

Beheading of soldiers: Pak denial carries no credibility, says Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI, May 3: Union Defence Minister of India Arun Jaitley on Wednesday rejected Pakistan's denial of role in cross-LoC firing that killed two Indian soldiers and the dastardly act of mutilating their bodies. "The denial itself carries no credibility," Jaitley said when asked by reporters about Islamabad's denial. "This can't happen without…

05/03/2017

Blood trail proves Pakistan army personnel killed and beheaded Indian soldiers: India

NEW DELHI, May 3: Blood samples collected by Indian investigators have confirmed that Pakistan army personnel killed the two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies in the Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control.Foreign secretary S Jaishankar conveyed this to Pakistan high commissionerAbdul Basit, who was summoned to the external affairs ministry on Wednesday morning.While briefing media, India's…

05/03/2017

Terror factories along LoC back, working overtime

NEW DELHI, May 3: New terror training camps and launchpads have come up across the line of control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) over the past few months, even as the ones dismantled and relocated in the wake of September 2016surgical strikes by the Indian Army have shifted back closer to the LoC.There…

05/03/2017

Pakistan a 'rogue state', govt would take appropriate action: Venkaiah Naidu

BENGALURU, May 2: Describing Pakistan as a "rogue state", Union minister of India M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the government would take "appropriate action" against it for the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers in Krishna Ghati along the Line of Control (LoC) yesterday.He also blamed Pakistan squarely for funding terrorism and influencing the situation in Kashmir.Retorting…

05/02/2017

India and Turkey agree to act against those who 'create, support and shelter' terror

NEW DELHI, May 1: India and Turkey have decided to work together to strengthen cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to effectively counter terrorism, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said on Monday after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan .The two leaders agreed on the need to act and stand against those who create and…

05/01/2017

India's 'priceless gift' South Asia Satellite to be launched on May 5

NEW DELHI, May 1: The South Asia Satellite will be launched on May 5, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced today, describing it as India's "priceless gift" to its neighbours as part of the 'sabka sath, sabka vikas' concept.Seven out of eight SAARC countries are a part of the project which Pakistan refused to…

05/01/2017

Two Indian jawans martyred as Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K's Poonch

NEW DELHI, May 1: One Indian Army and one BSF soldier were martyred when Pakistani troops fired rockets at a forward defence location (FDL) post of the BSF along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.One soldier was also critically injured in the firing.The ceasefire violation took place around 8:30am. A junior commissioned officer…

05/01/2017

Donald Trump: N Korea's Kim Jong-un a 'smart cookie'

WASHINGTON, May 1: US President Donald Trump has described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "pretty smart cookie". Speaking to CBS, he noted Mr Kim had assumed power at a young age, despite dealing with "some very tough people". Amid escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme, he said…

05/01/2017

Indian PM Modi on Mann ki Baat: In new India, no VIP, only EPI (Every person is Important)

NEW DELHI, Apr. 30: Picking up from where he had left off in his last Mann ki Baat address, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was overwhelmed by the public response on preventing wastage of food. “I thank people for putting forward their suggestions on topics for Mann…

04/30/2017

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to remain under house arrest for 90 days more

LAHORE, Apr. 30: Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeedwill remain under house arrest here for 90 days more after the expiry of his three-month detention period tonight.Pakistan's Punjab government on Sunday decided to extend the duration of the house arrest of Saeed and his four aides under the country's anti-terrorism act…

04/30/2017

Pak army rejects PM Sharif firing aide over leak to Dawn newspaper, says directive is ‘incomplete’

ISLAMABAD, Apr. 30: The Pakistan army’s public rejection of action taken by the Nawaz Sharif government against a member of its inner circle over the Dawn Leaks affair has resulted in a standoff between the two institutions, with many fearing that things may worsen in the coming days. On Saturday,…

04/30/2017

Dawood Ibrahim Admitted in Hospital After Health Deteriorates Post Massive Heart Attack!

New Delhi/Karachi, Apr. 29: Fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar has reportedly suffered heart stroke some days back and was admitted to a hospital in Karachi, News 18 reported. Sources close to Dawood Ibrahim reportedly said to News 24, that the 62-year-old don has been kept on a ventilator after an operation to remove…

04/29/2017

Pakistan's ISI supporting terrorist groups, US lawmakers told

WASHINGTON, Apr. 28: Pakistan's ISI is supporting terrorist organisations inside the country, US lawmakers were told by a newly formed Muhajir (refugee) group which alleged terror outfits like Taliban and al-Qaida are trying to take control of the port city of Karachi."Nowadays, Pakistan has become a safe haven for extremist groups with full support of Pakistani…

04/28/2017

'US military support to Pakistan must be conditional on terror crackdown', says International Crisis Group

NEW DELHI, Apr. 28: The role of the US "will be central" in pressuring Pakistan to rethink " its support to the Taliban 's Quetta Shura and the Haqqani Network", said the International Crisis Group (ICG), which does research on violent conflict.In its first 'Watch List 2017' of the year- what the ICG calls…

04/28/2017

India asks Pakistan for certificate on Jadhav's health condition

NEW DELHI, Apr. 27: India has sought from Pakistan a certificate on the health condition of Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court there, the external affairs ministry of India said on Thursday. MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that the well being and state of Jadhav's health is a "matter of great concern" to India as…

04/27/2017

Matter of concern that even after 8 years 26/11 perpetrators enjoy freedom in Pak: India

NEW DELHI, Apr. 27: Demanding immediate action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 attack, India on Thursday said it was a matter of concern that even after eight years of the strike, they continue to enjoy freedom in Pakistan.Indian External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay's remarks came amid reports that Pakistan has rejected…

04/27/2017

Three army men martyred as terrorists attack Kupwara army camp in J&K

SRINAGAR (INDIA), Apr. 27: Two soldiers and an army captain were martyred this morning after terrorists attacked an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, reported Times Now.The army officer killed was identified as Captain Ayush, official sources told PTI. Two terrorists were gunned down in the exchange of fire. An encounter between security…

04/27/2017

Stone-pelting won't help J&K, Azharuddin to youth

SRINAGAR (INDIA), Apr. 27: Stone-pelting would not help Jammu and Kashmir and the youth of the state should channelise their energy towards constructive pursuits, former captain of the Indian cricket team Mohammad Azharuddin said Wednesday.He also advocated a political initiative to reach out to the people of the state."Yes, there should…

04/27/2017

India Is Winning Its War on Human Waste : Bill Gates

WASHINGTON, Apr. 26: Nearly three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made one of the boldest comments on public health that I have ever heard from an elected official. It's still having a big impact today. He made the comment during his first speech to the nation commemorating India's…

04/26/2017

Trump backs down on border wall funding

WASHINGTON, Apr. 26: US President Donald Trump has indicated he will ditch plans to find cash for his border wall in this week's spending bill. The president's close adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said funding for the wall would be left out of a budget measure that must pass by Friday. Building…

04/26/2017

Rajnath Singh pays tribute to CRPF martyrs, terms Sukma attack a ‘cold blooded murder’

CHHATTISGARH (INDIA), Apr. 25: Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh termed the Maoist ambush on the CRPF patrol in Sukma on Monday that led to the death of 25 jawans a ‘cold blooded murder.’ He told reporters in Raipur on Tuesday that it was an act of cowardice and that the sacrifice…

04/25/2017

US submarine arrives in South Korea as tensions rise

WASHINGTON, Apr. 25: A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army's 85th founding anniversary on…

04/25/2017

Jaish-e-Muhammad launches jihad fundraising drive in Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Apr. 25: Top jihad commander Maulana Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Muhammad has begun a new drive calling on landowners to gift their ushr, a religious tithe levied on the harvest, to help “martyrs, prisoners detained for Islam, the families of religious warriors, seminaries, offices and needy individuals”, an advertisement issued…

04/25/2017

Chhattisgarh encounter: PM Narendra Modi says ‘sacrifice of martyrs will not go in vain’

NEW DELHI, Apr. 24: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Monday condemned the attack on CRPF jawans in Chattisgarh’s Sukma district. At least 26 security personnel of the 74th battalion were killed in an encounter with the Maoists on Monday. “Attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly & deplorable. We…

04/24/2017

Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack

KABUL, Apr. 24: Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of a Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead, the presidential palace says. The attack happened on Friday at an army base near Mazar-e Sharif. Insurgents targeted troops leaving Friday prayers at the…

04/24/2017

Arun Jaitley flags H-1B visa concerns to US Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON, Apr. 24: Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley has raised the issue of tightening of the H-1B visa regime with his US counterpart Steven Mnuchin during their first meeting and highlighted the contribution of Indian companies and professionals to the American economy.This was the second time Jaitley raised the H-1B visa issue with…

04/24/2017

France presidency elections: Macron and Le Pen 'through to run-off'

PARIS, Apr. 24: The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, multiple projections indicate. An Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll puts Mr Macron on 23.7% in first-round voting with Ms Le Pen on 21.7%. Opinion polls have consistently predicted…

04/24/2017

New defence doctrine to ensure Indian Army, Navy, IAF can tackle entire spectrum of conflicts

NEW DELHI, Apr. 23: The Indian armed forces have formulated a new "joint doctrine" to ensure the Army, Navy and IAF plan and work together to effectively tackle the entire spectrum of conflict, ranging from full blown conventional wars to irregular and hybrid warfare, in the years ahead.Defence ministry of India…

04/23/2017

India-US ties are stronger, more mature: Arun Jaitley

WASHINGTON, Apr. 22: The US-India ties have significantly improved over the last few decades, becoming more "stronger" and "matured" that defied changes in the governments in both the countries, finance minister of India Arun Jaitley said on Friday.Jaitley, speaking at a reception hosted by India's ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, said the…

04/22/2017

Indian PM Modi condemns ‘cowardly terror attack’ on Afghan army base

NEW DELHI, Apr. 22: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Saturday condemned the attack in Afghanistan which killed more than 50 Afghan soldiers. “Strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Mazar-i-sharif. Our prayers and condolences to the familes who lost loved ones,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter. The Taliban attacked…

04/22/2017

In a first, India, Russia to hold tri-services drill

New Delhi, Apr. 20: India and Russia are set to expand their military tie. And in an important signal to the world, the two nations will conduct their first-ever tri-services joint exercise this year. The exercise will be conducted in Russia and would include military components of the Army, Indian Air…

04/20/2017

ISRO aims for rocket capable of launching heavier satellites

HYDERABAD, Apr. 20: Indian Space Research Organisation plans to undertake next month the first developmental flight of a "game-changer" rocket capable of launching four-ton class of satellites from Sriharikota spaceport, says its Chairman A S Kiran Kumar.ISRO rockets (launch vehicles) at present have the capability to launch satellites up to 2.2…

04/20/2017

In the works: Modi-Trump meeting in June

NEW DELHI, Apr. 19: United States National Security Advisor H R McMaster met Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi Tuesday, setting the ball rolling for a bilateral visit by the Prime Minister in the next few months, possibly as early as June. If this happens, it will be his…

04/19/2017

US reaffirms Major Defence Partner status for India

NEW DELHI, Apr. 18: The United States and India reaffirmed a strategic partnership that involves not only a growing defence relationship but also shared perspectives of the region.Rounding off his first regional visit, US NSA, HR McMaster held talks with prime minister of India Narendra Modi, NSA, Ajit Doval and foreign secretary S Jaishankar. According…

04/18/2017

Donald Trump aide delivers another tough message to Pakistan on terrorism

WASHINGTON, Apr. 18: On a day the fledgling Trump administration has announced that it is going to "abandon the era of strategic patience" practiced by previous US governments, a top American official arrived in Islamabad to tell Pakistan that it should stop using terrorism to pursue its goals."As all of…

04/18/2017

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Apr. 17: Pakistani troops fired from automatic weapons and shelled mortars on forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, in the sixth instance of ceasefire violation this month.   “Pakistani Army fired indiscriminately from small arms and automatic weapons and…

04/17/2017

Justice should be done to Muslim women, says Indian PM Modi on triple talaq

BHUBANESHWAR, Apr. 16: Raising the issue of ‘triple talaq’ at the BJP National Executive Meet, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Sunday said that justice should be done to Muslim women, according to Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. Modi also said that if there are social evils, the society should be…

04/16/2017

North Korean missile ‘blows up’ on test launch as US Vice President Mike Pence heads for South

PYONGYANG, Apr. 16: A North Korean missile “blew up almost immediately” on its test launch on Sunday, the US Pacific Command said, hours before US Vice President Mike Pence was due in South Korea for talks on the North’s increasingly defiant arms programme. The failed launch from North Korea’s east…

04/16/2017

India on diplomatic offensive to save Kulbhushan Jadhav

NEW DELHI, Apr. 16: India is looking to mount yet another diplomatic offensive to save Kulbhushan Jadhav who was awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court. Official sources here said the government was awaiting a response from Pakistan over its demand for a copy of the chargesheet against Jadhav as it mulled options…

04/16/2017

Pakistan playing dangerous game in Jadhav's case, says Parrikar

Panaji, Apr. 15: Former Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar has said on friday Pakistan is playing a "dangerous game" in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death in the neignbouring country on charges of spying. "Pakistan is playing a dangerous game. Pakistan should understand that if India starts retaliating then…

04/15/2017

Kulbhushan Jadhav issue: India retaliates, calls off security dialogue with Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Apr. 15: Amid fresh turmoil in ties with Pakistan over the death sentence to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, India has decided to put on hold all bilateral exchanges.The government on Friday called off talks between the two countries on maritime security which was scheduled for April 17. India officially conveyed to…

04/15/2017

PM Modi pays rich tribute to BR Ambedkar, says every Indian should have a house by 2022

NEW DELHI, Apr. 14: Commemorating the 126th birth anniversary of B.R Ambedkar, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that every Indian should have a house with adequate facilities by 2022 and that his government has been tirelessly working towards that direction. “We have a dream for 2022. The poorest of…

04/14/2017

US unleashes 'mother of all bombs' for first time in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Apr. 14: The United States dropped "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said.The strike occurred at 7:32 pm (1502 GMT).US President Donald Trump touted the bombing as…

04/14/2017

Pakistan promoting 'civil resistance' in Kashmir through radicalisation: Union home ministry

NEW DELHI, Apr. 13: Pakistan has changed its strategy of "superimposition" of militancy onto Jammu and Kashmir by promoting "civil resistance" through radicalisation, the Indian Union home ministry has said in its annual report.The ongoing militancy in the state is intrinsically linked to infiltration of terrorists from across the border, both through the International Border as…

04/13/2017

India can also hang 'their terrorists' without trials, former home secretary R.K. Singh

NEW DELHI, Apr. 12: Strongly condemning Pakistan for announcing a death sentence to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader and former union home secretary of India R.K. Singh on Wednesday warned Islamabad that New Delhi might do the same and terrorists caught with arms and…

04/12/2017

Jadhav not a spy, should be freed, says Rajnath

Mumbai, Apr. 12 (PTI): Indian Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tuesday accused Pakistan of attempting a "pre-planned murder" of former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and asserted India will do "whatever it takes" to ensure his release."Pakistan is attempting a pre-planned murder of Kulbhushan Jadhav," he said, striking an aggressive posture against…

04/12/2017

Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan: Careful what you do, consider the consequence to our relationship

NEW DELHI, Apr. 11: Indian Union minister Sushma Swaraj asserted that India will go "out of way" to ensure justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav, and warned Pakistan of severe consequence to the bilateral relationship with India if it goes ahead with his execution."I would caution Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral…

04/11/2017

New 26/11-like attack by Pak-based terror groups could spark India’s fury: Report

NEW DELHI, Apr. 11: In case of another 26/11-type attack by Pak-based terror groups, it would be difficult for India to show restraint, says Brussels-based think-tank International Crisis Group in its recent report while analysing US policy pertaining to terrorism in South Asia.It says the two main anti-India groups that enjoy considerable patronage…

04/11/2017

Jadhav's death sentence is 'premeditated murder', says India in demarche to Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Apr. 10: The government of India on Monday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit after reports emerged that alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhavhad been sentenced to death by Pakistani military.Foreign secretary S Jaishankar ordered Basit's presence and issued a demarche stating that the proceedings that led to Jadhav's sentencing are farcical."The proceedings that have…

04/10/2017

Sushma Swaraj to the rescue of Superwoman Lilly Singh’s visa troubles in Toronto

NEW DELHI, Apr. 9: For Indians with any sort of visa issues, Sushma Swaraj has been proved to be THE ‘go to person’ over the past year or so. And with the senior Cabinet minister reaching out to people promptly and helping people in distress regularly, it’s not strange that even…

04/09/2017

36 dead, 140 injured in ISIS blasts at Egypt's Coptic churches

CAIRO, Apr. 9: At least 36 people were killed and nearly 140 others injured today in twin ISIS blasts targeting Coptic churches packed with worshippers who had gathered for Palm Sunday mass in Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria, the deadliest attacks on minority Christians in recent years.The first blast took place in the…

04/09/2017

Indian PM Modi promises Sheikh Hasina early solution to vexed Teesta water dispute

NEW DELHI, Apr. 9: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised an early solution to the vexed Teesta water dispute with Bangladesh."I firmly believe that it is only my government and excellency Sheikh Hasina, your government that can and will find an early solution to Teesta water sharing," he told the visiting Bangladeshi Prime…

04/09/2017

PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Hasina to hold delegation-level talks

New Delhi, Apr. 8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina will hold talks in New Delhi on Saturday.   The two leaders will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations.   More than 20 pacts are set to be inked after the delegation-level talks.   Two agreements…

04/08/2017

Sajjan on India visit this month

New Delhi, Apr. 8: Taking forward the bilateral relations on to the next stage, Punjab-born Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will be travelling to New Delhi and Punjab later this month.   Sajjan is scheduled to arrive on April 17 for an interaction with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley as both countries…

04/08/2017

US hits Syria, takes on Russia

Palm Beach/Beirut, Apr. 8: The US fired 59 cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian air ase from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, the first direct US assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. In the biggest…

04/08/2017

India will become permanent member of UN Security Council: Swaraj

NEW DELHI, Apr. 6: Expressing confidence that India would become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, external affairs minister of India Sushma Swaraj today said the country expected that the new members would have the same rights, including theveto power , as the existing permanent members.During the Question Hour in Rajya…

04/06/2017

Won't let go of PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan, says Indian government

NEW DELHI, Apr. 6: India reiterated its claims on Wednesday over J&K territories under Pakistani occupation amid reports that Islamabad was planning to declare Gilgit-Baltistan a new province.External affairs minister of India Sushma Swaraj asserted in the Lok Sabha that it was incorrect to assume that India would let go of any part of its territory as…

04/06/2017

Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh amid China protest: No problem if some consider me demon

NEW DELHI, Apr. 5: Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, today responded to China's objection to his Arunachal Pardesh visit saying New Delhi has never used him against Beijing. China has raised objection to the Dalai Lama's trip to Arunachal Pradesh saying it will cause 'serious damage' to bilateral…

04/05/2017

Dalai visit: India asks China not to interfere in internal affairs

New Delhi, Apr. 4: Amid a row over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India on Tuesday asked China not to interfere in its internal affairs, saying it respects the "One-China" policy and expects Beijing to reciprocate.     Making a statement on the visit of the Dalai Lama to…

04/04/2017

‘Veto will not preclude us from acting’: US on Chinese opposition to ban Masood Azhar

UNITED NATIONS, Apr. 4: The United States of America on Tuesday said countries using veto to dislodge sanctioning of terrorists will not “preclude” it from taking actions, amid continued Chinese opposition to efforts to get Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. “The administration very much is looking at…

04/04/2017

Rift in Lashkar-e-Taiba as top commanders Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi fall apart

NEW DELHI, Apr. 3: Indian Intelligence reports said differences have cropped up between Lashkar's founder leader Hafiz Saeed and its operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi over some issues pertaining to fanning unrest in the Kashmir Valley.  Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commanders Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi are at loggerheads over issues pertaining…

04/03/2017

Muslims realising terrorism is attempt to defame Islam, says Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI, Apr. 2: Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the country is united against any kind of violence and Muslims have realised that terrorism is an attempt to defame Islam."The whole country is united against terrorism. The Muslims have realised that terrorism is an attempt to defame Islam,"…

04/02/2017

Indian PM Modi inaugurates Chenani-Nashri tunnel; says Kashmir's youth have two paths - tourism or terrorism

NEW DELHI, Apr. 2: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today championed the newly-inaugurated Chenani-Nashri tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir as a symbol of development which will ensure the progress of the state in social and economic spheres."This is not merely a long tunnel. It is a giant leap in terms of development and…

04/02/2017

Colombia mudslides kill 206, sweep away homes

MOCOA (Colombia), Apr. 2: Mudslides killed at least 206 people and left hundreds injured or missing after destroying homes in southern Colombia, officials have said.They were the latest victims of floods that have struck the Pacific side of South America over recent months, also killing scores of people in Peru and Ecuador.In the…

04/02/2017

India, Malaysia ink seven pacts; PM Modi says we’re converging efforts aimed at farmers’ food security

NEW DELHI, Apr. 1: Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak arrived in New Delhi on Saturday as part of his six-day visit to the country, where he expressed his deep admiration for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. He was greeted by PM Modi and accorded a ceremonial welcome…

04/01/2017

J&K protesters influenced via social media groups run by Pak: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI, Mar. 31: Union home minister of India Rajnath Singh reached out to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir and asked them not to protest against security forces in the valley. The minister's statement comes a day after J&K police chief said that young men in Kashmir were committing suicide by…

03/31/2017

ISIS module responsible for Ujjain train blast made failed bid to target Indian PM Modi rally: NIA

NEW DELHI, Mar. 30: The ISIS-inspired terror module, allegedly involved in the Ujjain train blast, had made a failed bid to carry out an explosion at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Lucknow on Dussehra last year, according to Indian NIA probe reports. According to the reports of interrogation of…

03/30/2017

India becomes net exporter of power for the first time: Indian Government

NEW DELHI, Mar. 29: India has become a net exporter of electricity for the first time, the power ministry of India said on Wednesday, adding that upcoming cross-border transmission lines with neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar will only increase sales. April-February power exports of around 5,798 million units were 4 percent higher than…

03/29/2017

India may hold maritime meet with Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Mar. 27: India is all set to host a meeting of the Indian Coast Guard and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) next month in a sign that while it may not soon formally start the comprehensive bilateral dialogue (CBD) process, it is not averse to talking to Islamabad…

03/27/2017

India to focus on blue economy during Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s visit

NEW DELHI, Mar. 27: India and Bangladesh are expected to unveil a joint roadmap for cooperation in the Bay of Bengal region during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India next month. This is in keeping with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to develop blue economy partnerships with the…

03/27/2017

Kansas shooting: Indian-Americans honour Ian Grillot for his heroism with USD 1,00,000 cheque

Houstan (USA), Mar. 26: Ian Grillot, who was injured while trying to intervene during the Kansas shooting incident that killed Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was felicitated by Indian-Americans community in Houston. "It is not every day that one meets a genuine hero - a person who risks his life for another, and…

03/26/2017

'Jatayu Was The First To Fight Against Terrorism,' Says PM Modi

NEW DELHI, Mar. 26: Terrorism has thrown a big challenge to humanity and people should draw inspiration from ancient scriptures to take on the menace, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. "Terrorism has gripped the entire world. It has thrown a challenge to humanity. If we try to analyse…

03/26/2017

Botched ISI operation led to clerics’ detention in Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Mar. 26: The detention of two clerics from Delhi's famous Nizamuddin Dargah in Pakistan was likely to have been the result of a botched ISI operation as there was nothing remotely suspicious or out of place in their visit to Lahore.The account now available suggests that the uncle-nephew duo of Asif Nizami and Nizam…

03/26/2017

Doval in US, discusses ways to fight terror

Washington, Mar. 25: India and the US have agreed to chalk out a joint strategy as partners to combat the “full spectrum” of terror threats as the National Security Advisers of the two countries met here, a top White House official said today.   National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met his…

03/25/2017

Muslim nations’ envoy discuss online blasphemy against Islam

ISLAMABAD, Mar. 25: Envoys of 21 Muslim countries met in Islamabad to discuss blasphemous contents against Islam on social media and decided to adopt a joint strategy to counter it. Pakistan’s interior minister Nisar Ali Khan hosted a meeting of envoys to thrash a policy to counter online anti-Islam materials,…

03/25/2017

Pakistan has to walk away from terror: India

NEW DELHI, Mar. 24: A day after Pakistan's envoy expressed Islamabad's desire to have good relations with India, Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay on Friday said that the neighbouring country has to walk away from the terror"."Pakistan has to walk away from terror," Baglay said while addressing MEA's weekly media…

03/24/2017

No need for Indian IT industry to worry about curbs on H-1B visas, says govt

NEW DELHI, Mar. 24: The Centre on Thursday said there was no reason to worry about thecurbs on H-1B visas or the job security of Indian IT professionals working in the US for the time being as the Indian government is in talks with the Trump administration on the matter.Foreign minister of India Sushma Swaraj said…

03/24/2017

Pakistan has to vacate PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan: India

NEW DELHI, Mar. 23: The only issue of dispute between India and Pakistan as far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned is the illegal occupation of PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan by Pakistan, the government today said.Union minister Jitendra Singhreiterated India's demand that Pakistan should vacate illegal occupation of these areas.Singh's sharp remarks…

03/23/2017

London terror attack: 'India stands with the UK in the fight on terror', says Indian PM Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI, Mar. 23: Following what UK PM Theresa May called a "sick and depraved" terror attack in London yesterday, her Indian counterpart PM Narendra Modi said today that India "stands with (the) UK in the fight against terrorism."In yesterday's terror attack that occurred very close to the British parliament, five people including the…

03/23/2017

No Indian casualty in London attack: Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI, Mar. 23: External affairs minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday night said there is no Indian casualty so far in the 'terror' attack near UK Parliament in which three people have been killed and over 20 people are injured.The external affairs minister said she is in constant touch with the Indian…

03/23/2017

India-Bangladesh-Russia civil nuclear cooperation on the cards

NEW DELHI, Mar. 23: India and Bangladesh are expected to sign a civilian nuclear deal during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India from April 7-10. This will lead to trilateral cooperation with Russia, which is building a nuclear power plant in Rooppur in Bangladesh.  The proposed deal, which will…

03/23/2017

Terror groups continue to have safe havens in Pakistan : Afghan Foreign Minister

WASHINGTON, Mar. 22:  Terror groups continue to have safe havens in Pakistan and its establishment provides unhindered support to terrorists, Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said on Tuesday, slamming Pakistan for being the destabilising factor in his war-torn country.Noting that the Ghani government, soon after coming to power, tried to open…

03/22/2017

Modi has mandate to solve bigger problems in J&K: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Mar. 21: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had the mandate to solve the bigger issues and problems faced by the people of the state. "If any leader ever had the mandate to solve bigger problems including those…

03/21/2017

Pakistani husband threatens Indian wife 'he won't let her go alive'; Sushma intervenes

NEW DELHI, Mar. 21: Following a father's YouTube SOS that his daughter was being mistreated by her in-laws in Pakistan, External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swarajon Monday said the Indian High Commission had met the victim and was ensuring her safe return to India.Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she received a YouTube message from Mohammad Akbar that…

03/21/2017

Indian clerics to reach Delhi on Monday: Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI, Mar. 19: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj spoke to one of the two clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who were later traced after going missing in Pakistan."I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow,"…

03/19/2017

BJP's Adityanath sworn in as UP chief minister with 2 deputies

NEW DELHI, Mar. 19: Five-time Parliamentarian , of India the BJP's Adityanath, was this afternoon sworn in as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister along with 49 ministers, in a ceremony graced by a plethora of BJP luminaries, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior opposition politicians and a raft of sadhus, sanyasis and sanyasinis.The two deputy…

03/19/2017

Sushma hints at ISI hand in Indian clerics’ disappearance

NEW DELHI, Mar. 18: Foreign minister of India Sushma Swaraj hinted on Friday that Pakistan's ISI may be behind the abduction of the two custodians of Delhi's Nizamuddin dargah, who have gone missing in that country.She said the Pakistani "hosts" of the khadims were "under pressure not to speak to the Indian…

03/18/2017

Nizamuddin Dargah head priest, nephew go missing: Sushma Swaraj takes up matter with Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Mar. 17: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj said Friday that she has taken up the matter of Nizamuddin Dargah head priest and his nephew going missing in Pakistan with the government of that country. “We have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested…

03/17/2017

After Islamabad's reaction on Ajmer blast acquittal, India says Pak must not meddle in our internal affairs

NEW DELHI, Mar. 17: Taking exception to Pakistan's statements on the acquittal of Swami Aseemanand in the Ajmer blasts case, India has said it rejected Islamabad's effort to meddle in India's internal affairs and did not need any self-serving sermons from the neighbour.Pakistan's attempts to link the verdict in the Ajmer case to the…

03/17/2017

BJP’s win in polls has implications for Sino-India ties: Chinese media

BEIJING, Mar. 16: The BJP’s landslide victory in state polls has “implications” for the Sino-India ties as it could further embolden Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s “hard-line attitude” and pose difficulties for “compromises” in rows with countries like China, official Chinese media commented today. “Modi recently led his Bharatiya Janata Party to…

03/16/2017

Sushma Swaraj makes fiery return to Lok Sabha, blasts Kharge

NEW DELHI, Mar. 16: Making an impactful comeback on her first day in Parliament since undergoing kidney transplant in December, external affairs minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday dismissed Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge's charge that the Centre was silent on hate attacks against Indians in the US and said the issue had been taken up with…

03/16/2017

'China-Pakistan economic corridor challenge to India's sovereignty'

NEW DELHI, Mar. 16: India has expressed strong opposition to the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which is the key to Beijing's ambitious 'One-Belt, One-Road' initiative, even as it slammed Islamabad for not taking concrete steps to stop crossborder terrorism."The CPEC passing through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir challenges Indian sovereignty," said the Union defence…

03/16/2017

US charges Russian agents, hackers in massive Yahoo breach

  WASHINGTON, Mar. 16: Two Russian intelligence agents and a pair of hired hackers have been charged in a devastating criminal breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half billion user accounts, the Justice Department said Wednesday in bringing the first case of its kind against current Russian government…

03/16/2017

Pakistan a terrorism factory, has illegaly occupied portion of J&K: India at UN

NEW DELHI, Mar. 15: Calling Pakistan a terrorism factory, India on Wednesday lashed out at the neighbouring country saying its terror policies have alienated its own people through continued mistreatment of minorities. In the United Nation, India accused Pakistan of spreading terrorism and illegally occupying some territories in Kashmir. Exercising…

03/15/2017

Seema Verma confirmed by Senate for top health post in Trump administration

WASHINGTON, Mar. 15: The US Senate has confirmed Indian-American Seema Verma for a top healthcare position in the Trump administration. She is expected to play a key role in the government's bid to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.Verma, who has been described by the White House as the "unquestionably qualified" first generation Indian-American, was confirmed…

03/15/2017

Modi favourite for 2019 Lok Sabha elections: US experts

WASHINGTON, Mar. 14: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has emerged as a clear favourite for the 2019 general elections after the BJP's landslide victory in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand , top US experts on India have said.While one of the expert noted that the electoral results of the just concluded Assembly polls in five states…

03/14/2017

Poonch: Pakistan violates ceasefire again, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says they disturb peace on every festival

NEW DELHI, Mar. 13: In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling in the Malti sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been no reports of casualties yet. Speaking to news agency ANI, BJP leader Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore slammed Pakistan for resorting to such violation…

03/13/2017

baloch activists protest outside united nations office in geneva against china pakistan

GENEVA, Mar. 13: Baloch political and human rights activists have demanded a special rapporteur in the United Nations to probe gross human rights violations in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Baloch activist Ahmar Mastikhan has stressed that Balochistan is a graver crisis than Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar."It has been delayed. It could…

03/13/2017

India, Saudi Arabia to explore joint production in defence

New Delhi, Mar. 13: Taking forward the growing engagement between India and Saudi Arabia, both countries are in talks for joint production in various fields, including petroleum, new technology and defence industry.   As India prepares itself for the visit of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud later this year, Secretary (Economic…

03/13/2017

Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law Makki gets charge of head of JuD

LAHORE, Mar. 12: Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, who carries a $ 2 million bounty on his head, has been given the charge of the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawah after the Mumbai terror attack mastermind was put under the house arrest by Pakistan’s Punjab government. “Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki,…

03/12/2017

H-1B visas could be a source of tension in Indo-US ties: Former US diplomat

WASHINGTON, Mar. 12: "Demonising" the H-1B work visa issue could be a "source of tension" in Indo-US ties, a former top diplomat under the Obama Administration has said, calling for a "rational discourse" on the topic that could affect the lives of thousands of Indians."The issue of H1B and the rhetoric that…

03/12/2017

‘We believe in the power of 125 crore Indians’: Indian PM Modi after BJP win in UP, Uttarakhand polls

NEW DELHI, Mar. 11: After the BJP’s astounding victory in Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who led the party campaign, thanked ‘karyakartas’ for their hardwork and all the people who reposed faith in the party. “Am overjoyed that BJP has received unprecedented support from…

03/11/2017

India snubs new UN chief, rejects mediation on Kashmir issue

NEW DELHI, Mar. 11: India has again reiterated that only a bilateral solution to the Kashmirissue is possible, amid signs that new United Nations (UN) secretary general Antonio Gutterres was looking at ways to break the deadlock between the two nations.Responding to reports that Guterres was considering opening a conversation with senior Indian and Pakistani…

03/11/2017

South Korean court upholds motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye

SOUTH KOREA, Mar. 10: South Korean leader Park Geun-hye became the country's first president to be ousted by impeachment after a panel of justices on Friday upheld a motion to dismiss her over one of the nation's biggest influence-peddling scandals. In a decision televised live from the main court room,…

03/10/2017

India expresses concern over terrorist movement along LoC

NEW DELHI, Mar. 10: India on Thursday asked Pakistan to take action against the increasing number of terrorists being spotted at "launch pads" along the Line of Control, even as it conveyed the two Pakistani teenagers who had accidentally strayed across the border last September would be handed over at the Wagah border…

03/10/2017

Lucknow encounter: Proud of Saifullah's father, Rajnath Singh says in Parliament

NEW DELHI, Mar. 9: Union home minister of India Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the whole country is proud of slain ISIS terrorist Saifullah's father Sartaj for saying " a traitor cannot be my son , straight and simple"."He (Sartaj) refused to take ISIS terrorist Saifullah's body. The entire country is proud of him," Rajnath Singh said…

03/09/2017

Terrorists moving along LoC, DGMO tells Pak counterpart

New Delhi, Mar. 9: Indian Army Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen AK Bhat spoke to his Pakistani counterpart on Thursday morning and expressed concern over the “movement of terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC)”-- the 749 km de facto Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir.   “The DGMO…

03/09/2017

'Won't bury traitor's body, a traitor is no son of mine": Father of killed 'ISIS terrorist' Saifullah

NEW DELHI, Mar. 8: Family members of the alleged ISIS terrorist killed in Lucknow yesterday refused to accept his body saying "a traitor" is no son of theirs."One who indulges in anti-national activities can't be my son. Look, someone who's a traitor cannot be our son. It's that straightforward. We will absolutely…

03/08/2017

Lucknow encounter ends, terror suspect linked to Bhopal-Ujjain train blast killed

NEW DELHI, Mar. 8: One terror suspect was killed as anti-terror operation in Thakurganjarea of Lucknow ended after almost 12 hours in the wee hours of Wednesday.Indian Police refuted as "false" earlier reports of two terror suspects holed up in a house in the outskirts of Lucknow."After opening the doors of the house…

03/08/2017

New Zealand government condemns racist tirade against Indian origin man

NEW DELHI, Mar. 7: Reacting to reports of an Indian origin man being assaulted and racially abused in Auckland on Monday, the New Zealand government soundly condemned the attack and said the incident was not indicative of the country's attitude towards foreigners."We don't condone race-based abuse in any form," said Suzannah Jessep, Acting New…

03/07/2017

26/11 attack carried out by Pak-based terror group: Pakistan ex-NSA

NEW DELHI, Mar. 6: Pakistan’s former national security adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani on Monday admitted that the 26/11 Mumbai attack, which claimed many lives, was carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan and called it a “classic” example of cross-border terror. “I hate to admit that the 26/11 Mumbai…

03/06/2017

Attacks on Indian-origin people: Diplomats open channels, community rallies support online

WASHINGTON, Mar. 6: Alarmed by incidents targeting Indian-origin people in the US, Ambassador Navtej Sarna is quietly working the diplomatic channels by reaching out to governors, Congressmen and US administration officials, while the influential Indian community has been encouraged to mobilise public opinion and increase awareness. The Sikh Coalition, the…

03/06/2017

US assures India of speedy justice to Indian-American victims

WASHINGTON, Mar. 6: The US on Sunday night assured India of working with all agencies to ensure "speedy justice" to the Indian-American victims of bias-related incidents."State Department, on behalf of US government, expressed condolences and assured they are working with all agencies concerned to ensure speedy justice," the Indian Embassy…

03/06/2017

Indians are valuable; ashamed of shooting, Kansas Governor says

NEW YORK, Mar.5: Indians are a valuable community of Kansas and they are welcome in the state, governor Sam Brownback has told Indian diplomats and community members in the aftermath of a bias killing of an Indian there .Brownback said he was ashamed of the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and the wounding of Alok…

03/05/2017

India may not engage with Pakistan in near future

NEW DELHI, Mar. 5: For a casual observer, it may seem that a new spring in the air for Indo-Pak relations. India climbed down on the new Saarc secretary general, India and Pakistan exchanged fishermen lodged in prisons and earlier this week, New Delhi softened its declared hostility to the Indus Waters…

03/05/2017

Arrogance towards India could be dangerous for China: Chinese daily

BEIJING, Mar. 4: It would be dangerous for China if it adopted an arrogant attitude towards India and ignored its increasing competitiveness in the manufacturing sector, a Chinese daily said on Friday. An editorial in Global Times said India's growing might in its manufacturing sector means stiff competition and more pressure…

03/04/2017

Hafiz Saeed’s son hints at Dawood-jihad link

NEW DELHI, Mar. 3: A video shot on "Kashmir Day" in Pakistan on February 5 has had Indian intelligence agencies on their toes. In the video, accessed by TOI, Jamat-Ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's son, Talha, is seen inciting a crowd to wage war against India using Dawood Ibrahim's name. This is the…

03/03/2017

Jaishankar prepares ground with White House for Modi-Trump meet

WASHINGTON, Mar. 3: With the Trump administration's state department in disarray amid reports of being downgraded and downsized, India's foreign secretary S.Jaishankar homed into the White House National Security Council on Wednesday to seek a continuation of ever-improving ties with Washington amid episodic wrinkles.The high-ranking Indian official, considered one of the architects…

03/03/2017

India successfully test-fires interceptor missile

NEW DELHI Mar. 1: In yet another step towards an operational two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, India on Wednesday tested a low-altitude interceptor missile to destroy an incoming ballistic missile over the Bay of Bengal.DRDO on February 11 had tested a high-altitude interceptor missile as part of the experimental BMD system, which is designed…

03/01/2017

Trump condemns Kansas shooting in speech to US Congress

Washington, Mar. 1: America stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said as he broke his silence on the fatal Kansas shooting in which an Indian techie was killed. “Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as…

03/01/2017

In goodwill gesture, India to release 39 Pakistan prisoners

NEW DELHI, Feb. 28: In a significant sign that India is finally responding to Islamabad's peace overtures, the government has decided to release 39 Pakistani nationals languishing in Indian jails. Among them are 21 prisoners who have completed their sentence and 18 fishermen.Immediately after Islamabad released Indian soldier Babulal Chavan,…

02/28/2017

Gopal Baglay appointed as new Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson

NEW DELHI, Feb. 27: Joint secretary Gopal Baglay was appointed the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India on Monday."Delighted to take over as official spokesperson. Hope to have your cooperation in continuing the high traditions set by my predecessors," Baglay said after officially assuming charge as the MEA spokesperson. Outgoing spokesperson Vikas Swarup took…

02/27/2017

Foreign secretary to visit US to take up H-1B, Indians’ safety issues

NEW DELHI/HYDERABAD: Foreign Secretary of India S Jaishankarwill visit the US from Tuesday during which key bilateral issues, including India's concerns over a possible clamp down on H-1B visas and safety of Indians are expected to be discussed.According to officials here, Jaishankar will also be holding talks on regional and international…

02/27/2017

Farooq Abdullah Should Leave Politics, Lead Militants in Kashmir Instead: BJP

Jammu (INDIA), Feb. 27: Accusing National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah of instigating Kashmiri youth against the country, the J&K unit of BJP on Sunday asked him to leave politics and lead the Valley's “militants” instead. He was referring to Farooq's Friday statement that dubbed the present turmoil in the Valley as…

02/27/2017

UP election 2017: Security tightened at Indian PM Modi’s Mau rally after information of threat to his life, claims top cop

NEW DELHI, Feb. 26: A senior Indian police official on Sunday claimed that there is a threat to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life during his visit to Uttar Pradesh’s Mau district, news agency ANI reported. According to Mau ASP RK Singh, Rasool Pati, who is an accused in the Haren Pandya…

02/26/2017

Need for Indian-Americans to unite: Sikh leader

Washington, Feb. 26: A top Indian-American Sikh leader has condemned the shooting incident that resulted in the “tragic” death of an Indian engineer, saying there is need for the community to unite. “Our first priority needs to be ensuring the safety and security of every Indian and Sikh living in the…

02/26/2017

‘Mann ki Baat’: India made history with launch of 104 satellites, says Indian PM

New Delhi, Feb. 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated his 29th ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme to India’s technological advancement, including the Indian Space Research Organisation's recent launch of 104 satellites into space in one go. 'Winter is on its way out; Vasant, the season of spring has…

02/26/2017

Dawood Ibrahim gang’s contract killing bid foiled as police nab shooters

RAJKOT (INDIA), Feb. 25: A sharp-shooter owing allegiance to the Dawood Ibrahim gang and three others were arrested from city outskirts on Saturday, when they were allegedly on their way to eliminate a Jamnagar-based businessman on direction’s of Pakistan-based underworld don’s brother Anees, Indian police said. Anees Ibrahim, who looks…

02/25/2017

India, China holding talks on Masood Azhar, such ‘discussions take time’: Chinese envoy

NEW DELHI, Feb. 24: Chinese envoy to India on Friday said that talks between India and China are on over the issue of a ban on Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar by the United Nations. In a statement to the media, Luo Zhaohui said that such ‘discussions take time’. He…

02/24/2017

Indian shot dead in US, shooter yells ‘get out of my country’

Houston/Washington, Feb. 24: An Indian engineer was killed and two others were injured after an American man yelling “get out of my country” opened fire on them in a crowded bar in Kansas City in an apparent hate crime incident.   Srinivas Kuchibhotla (32), who was working at GPS-maker Garmin…

02/24/2017

China says it's pleased with strategic talks with India

BEIJING, Feb. 23: China said on Thursday that the strategic dialogue with India, which took place on Wednesday, proved to be hugely successful resulting in "extensive agreements". The upgraded strategic dialogue involved two teams of officials with the Indian delegation led by foreign secretary of India S Jaishankar and China's executive vice…

02/23/2017

India, China gear up for tough negotiations during strategic talks

BEIJING, Feb. 22: Foreign secretary of India S Jaishankar set the stage for the upcoming strategic dialogue in Beijing by saying that India remained "strongly committed" to maintaining good relations with China. India wants to maintain its ties with China without making any compromises on its stand on major issues…

02/22/2017

Pakistan bowing to Trump-Modi pressure on terrorism, says US President's Indian-American acolyte

WASHINGTON, Feb.22: Pakistan's abrupt defanging of terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed is a result of behind the scenes effort by the Trump administration led by a "new and tough sheriff in town" and a "skilled and receptive partner" in New Delhi who, together form a "mortal threat to Islamist terrorism everywhere," US President Donald…

02/22/2017

India wants certainty, transparency in US visa regime, says Nirmala Sitharaman

NEW DELHI, Feb. 21: India has pitched for certainty in the US visa regime arguing that businesses flourish only in a stable environment.Commerce and Indian Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the issue was discussed in detail with a group of visiting US Congressmen."We have discussed in detail as to what the uncertainties…

02/21/2017

Pakistan cancels licences of 44 weapons issued to Hafiz Saeed and his aides

LAHORE, Feb. 21: Pakistan has cancelled the licences of 44 weapons issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisations, citing security reasons.An official of the Punjab Home Department said the step has been taken in line with the government's action against Saeed and his organisations - the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falaha-e-Insanyat (FIF)."The Punjab home department cancelled licences…

02/21/2017

Hafiz Saeed threat to us, says Pak minister

NEW DELHI, Feb. 21: The Pakistan government appears to have acknowledged for the first time that 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who has been placed under house arrest by Pakistan and listed under an anti-terrorism law, was a threat to the country. Pakistan media quoted the country's defence minister Khawaja Asif as saying that…

02/21/2017

PoK power project starts despite PM Modi threat

Srinagar, Feb. 20: The government in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir has begun work on a $2.4 billion hydroelectric power project on river Jhelum, which flows out from Kashmir valley. The 1,124 MW (megawatt) project is the largest in the territory coming up at Kolhala, about 224 km from Muzaffarabad, the capital of PoK. The…

02/20/2017

Pakistan rulers support terrorism: Afghanistan Assembly Speaker

INDORE, Feb. 19: Amid absence of Pakistan in South Asian Speakers' summit, Afghanistan came down heavily on Pakistan about sponsoring terrorismin the neighbouring states. Afghanistan even said that if Pakistan does not change its policy, terrorism could become a big threat for itself."Terrorism in South Asia is the biggest and most serious…

02/19/2017

India waiting for ‘credible action’ against Hafiz

NEW DELHI, Feb. 19: Pakistan's decision to further curb Jamaatud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's activities by naming him under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) did not evoke an immediate response from India but put put the focus on whether Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharifis being provided some leeway by the new army chief Qamar Bajwa.The Indian government is…

02/19/2017

India To Develop Airborne Early Warning System With 360 Degree Sweep

Bangalore, Feb. 19: As Indian Air Force has taken delivery of its first indigenous “Eye in the Sky” Netra (Airborne Early Warning & Control System) its developer says an advanced version with a 360 degree sweep — against the present 240 degrees — is on the cards. “The next system…

02/19/2017

No restraint for anyone: Day after shrine blast, Pakistan kills 100 militants

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 18: A day after an Islamic State group (IS) bomber killed nearly 80 pilgrims at Pakistan's most famous Sufi shrine in Sindh, security forces claimed to have eliminated around 100 militants in a countrywide crackdown.The suicide blast at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was one of the deadliest ever…

02/18/2017

Have we found the 8th continent? It’s called Zealandia

NEW ZEALAND, Feb. 18: There is an entire, submerged and unrecognised continent that has been hiding until now, according to scientists. New Zealand is sitting on top of the geological entity, most of which sits underneath the South Pacific and so can't be seen, according to a major new paper.In a paper…

02/18/2017

Karachi hub of anti-India jihadists supported by Pakistan army: Report

NEW DELHI, Feb. 17: The Pakistan port city of Karachi is a hub of anti-India jihadist groups and criminals who often enjoy the support of the Pakistani army, says a report released by the Brussels-based think tank, International Crisis Group.The report says terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, its parent organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Maulana Masood Azhar…

02/17/2017

India, China to discuss 'friction points' like Masood Azhar and NSG bid in first Strategic Dialogue

NEW DELHI, Feb. 16: India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual "concern and interest" including "friction points" such as Masood Azhar and NSG.Foreign secretary of India S Jaishankar and executive vice-chairman of China hang Yesui will…

02/16/2017

Pakistan most dangerous country for world: Former CIA official

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16: Pakistan is probably the "most dangerous country" for the world, a former CIA official has said, citing the potential dangers emanating from its failing economy, rampant terrorism and one of the fastest growing nuclear arsenal.Kevin Hulbert, a former CIA station chief in Islamabad, warned that the "failure"…

02/16/2017

India 'key player' in global space race, says International media after Isro's record 104-satellite launch

WASHINGTON/LONDON, Feb. 15: India has emerged as a "key player" in a growing global commercial market for space-based surveillance and communication, world media commented on Wednesday after the country scripted history by successfully launching 104 satellites using a single rocket.Isro's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 on Wednesday injected India's weather observation Cartosat-2 Series satellite…

02/15/2017

Those who display ISIS, Pak flags will be treated as anti-nationals: Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat

NEW DELHI, Feb. 15: Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Wednesday issued a strong warning to those who back terrorists during counter-insurgency operations."Those who obstruct our operations during encounters and aren't supportive will be treated as overground workers of terrorists," the Army chief said while paying tributes to the martyred soldiers in Delhi. General Rawat said…

02/15/2017

Bangladesh Navy Sailors prepare to get underway aboard the Bangladesh Navy Ship Nirbhoy (P-812) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2012India Offers Submarine Training to Bangladesh to Balance China

New Delhi (Sputnik), Feb. 14: India and China continue to compete for the affections of Bangladesh in the naval realm. After Dhaka bought two refurbished submarines from Beijing last year, India has offered to train its sailors to operate them. New Delhi wants to host the Bangladesh submarine crew at three of its schools: the Submarine Training School, the Escape…

02/14/2017

China blames Washington, Seoul for North Korea missile launch

BEIJING, Feb. 14: China, facing criticism that it is not doing enough to pressure North Korea to drop its nuclear program, said Monday that the root cause of North Korean missile launches is friction with the United States and South Korea.North Korea fired a banned ballistic missile on Sunday, its first test…

02/14/2017

Sushma Swaraj seeks report on deaths of Indians in Dubai

NEW DELHI, Feb. 13: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Sunday sought a report from the Indian embassy in UAE regarding three Indians who reportedly suffocated to death in diesel tanks in the Gulf nation."@cgidubai has informed me about the unfortunate death of three Indian nationals Kishan Singh, Mohan Singh and Ujendra Singh all…

02/13/2017

No talks now, peace with Pakistan at time, place of our choosing: Government

NEW DELHI, Feb. 12: Categorically ruling out resumption of peace talks with Islamabad despite a more peaceful Line of Control (LoC) and improving situation in Kashmir, a top government official said India would “seek peace with Pakistan at a time and place of its own choosing”. New Delhi also feels…

02/12/2017

India's interceptor missile test a hit; two-layered shield possible

NEW DELHI, Feb. 12: India took a big step towards an operational two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system by testing a high-altitude interceptor missile to destroy an incoming ballistic missile over the Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning."Today our scientists have made a missile that can destroy an enemy missile high in the sky. Only four…

02/12/2017

Abu Dhabi module recruited nine Indians for Islamic State, sent some to Syria: NIA probe

BENGALURU, Feb. 11: an abu dhabi module of the Islamic State — comprising three Indian youths — recruited eight men from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and even sent some of them to Syria to join the IS, a probe by the Indian National Investigation Agency has revealed. The NIA…

02/11/2017

India formally protests to China for blocking ban on Masood Azhar

NEW DELHI, Feb. 10: India has issued a demarche (diplomatic missive) to China regarding itscontinued block on a UN ban on Jaish-e-Muhammed leader Masood Azhar. The MEA of India confirmed on Thursday demarches had been served to the Chinese embassy in New Delhi and in the foreign office in Beijing by the…

02/10/2017

Pakistan says India building ‘secret nuclear city’, MEA rejects claim

NEW DELHI, Feb. 10: Hours after Pakistan claimed India is building a ‘secret nuclear city’, the Ministry of External Affairs refuted the neighbouring country’s allegations terming it baseless. In a statement to the media, Indian MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Pakistan’s claims of India’s secret nuclear city is baseless. “This…

02/10/2017

An attempt a day: Pak infiltration bids highest in 2016

New Delhi, Feb. 9: The infiltration bids from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir in 2016 were highest among the previous three years at an average of one attempt per day.     In a written reply in Indian Rajya Sabha, Indian Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said 364…

02/09/2017

China blocked US move to get Masood Azhar banned by UN

NEW DELHI, Feb. 8: China has yet again blocked a move to get the UN to sanction Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and an accused in the Pathankot attack case. According to official sources, the US had moved the UN to ban Azhar last month but Beijing blocked the move.Indian…

02/08/2017

US moves UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar, China voices objection

NEW DELHI, Feb. 7 : Throwing its weight behind India, the US on Tuesday moved the United Nations for banning Pathankot attack mastermind and Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.The US, supported by the UK and France, moved a proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security…

02/07/2017

US think tanks call for tougher line on Pakistan by Trump administration

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7: A group of South Asia experts in U.S drawn from various think tanks has recommended to the Trump administration a hardening of Washington's stance towards Pakistan if it does not stop the use of terrorism in Afghanistan and India. Among its recommendations are a review of whether Pakistan fits the criteria…

02/07/2017

India watches warily as China further ramps up FDI into Nepal

NEW DELHI, Feb. 7: China's economic influence in Nepal continues to grow by leaps and bounds with Beijing again topping the list of nations who have pledged maximum FDI into the Himalayan nation.According to Nepal government figures, China accounted for as much as 68 per cent of all FDI pledged for Nepal in the…

02/07/2017

Indo-UK made new Hawk combat aircraft looks to take on China

NEW DELHI, Feb. : India and the United Kingdom have jointly developed a combat ready aircraft that will be on offer to neighbouring countries, countering growing Chinese penetration of the defence market in the region. A jointly developed, dual role version of the Hawk trainer aircraft will make its debut later…

02/06/2017

Days after crackdown by Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed-led JuD rebrands under new name

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 4: Jamaat-ud-Dawa has rebranded under the new name of 'Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir', just days after its chief Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest and a crackdown launched on the organisation's activities.The Mumbai attack mastermind had indicated about a week before his arrest that he might launch Tehreek Azadi Jammu and…

02/04/2017

If Pak doesn’t mend ways, there will be more surgical strikes: India

New Delhi, Feb. 4: The government of India on Friday made it clear that it cannot guarantee that surgical strikes won't happen in future as any such action will depend on the situation prevailing at that time. "Pakistan is our neighbouring country. If they correct themselves it will be good,…

02/04/2017

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar moves bill to declare Pakistan sponsor of terror

NEW DELHI, Feb. 4: Independent Rajya Sabha member of India Rajeev Chandrashekhar on Friday sought discussion and passage of his private member’s bill seeking to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism and to end trade relations with it. Seeking consideration of his “The Declaration of Countries as Sponsor of…

02/04/2017

Chinese firms are in a mad rush to buy business and land in Pakistan. Read why

KARACHI, Feb.3: Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan after sealing two major deals in recent months, a sign of deepening ties after Beijing vowed to plough $57 billion into a new trade route across the South Asian nation.  A dozen executives from…

02/03/2017

Tihar’s security beefed up after Yasin Bhatkal’s entry

NEW DELHI, Feb. 3: The security at Tihar Jail has been beefed up since Thursday evening after convicted Indian Mujahideen terrorist Yasin Bhatkal was shifted to this prison complex in connection with cases against him in Delhi. Bhatkal was given death sentence by a Hyderabad court in December.Earlier in 2015, security agencies had intercepted…

02/03/2017

India to wait and watch on H-1B visa bill in US

New Delhi, Feb. 3: India on Thursday said one should “not pre-judge the outcome” of a legislation introduced by a US Congresswoman on H1B visas in the House of Representatives there but added that its view was that “Indian software exports and personnel add to the competitiveness of US industry”. …

02/03/2017

4 Pakistani boats found abandoned near Sir Creek area

AHMEDABAD, Feb. 3: : In just two days, Indian BSF patrols have discovered and seized four abandoned Pakistani boats in Koteshwar and nearby area of Sir Creek.The mystery of the missing crew has set alarm bells ringing across the border security network, as the memory of the Kuber trawler, which was hijacked by…

02/03/2017

Hafiz Saeed's arrest sends negative and disappointing message: Syed Salahuddin

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 2: Top Kashmiri militant commander Syed Salahuddin called upon Islamabad to reverse its order placing Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest, calling the move "painful and cowardly". Saeed has been detained under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1977, a notification issued by the interior ministry…

02/02/2017

Trump taps conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1: US President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch, a fast-rising conservative judge with a writer's flair, to the Supreme Court, setting up a fierce fight with Democrats over a jurist who could shape America's legal landscape for decades to come. At 49, Gorsuch is the youngest Supreme…

02/01/2017

Hafiz Saeed detention in national interest, says Pakistan Army

NEW DELHI, Feb.1: A DAY after Hafiz Saeed, Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief, was placed under “house arrest”, the Pakistan Army, for the first time, supported the civilian government’s action and called the detention a “policy decision taken in the national interest”. “Jahan tak…

02/01/2017

Credible crackdown against Hafiz Saeed will be proof of Pakistan’s sincerity: India

NEW DELHI, Jan. 31: A day after Pakistan’s Punjab police placed Mumbai 26/11 mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest, India on Tuesday said that “only a credible crackdown” would be proof of the country’s sincerity towards curbing terrorism. Speaking to reporters, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that…

01/31/2017

jamat ud dawa chief hafiz muhammad saeed put under house arrest pakistan media

NEW DELHI, Jan. 31: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has reportedly been put under house arrest in Lahore on Monday, according to a spokesman for Saeed’s organisation. Police arrived at the headquarters of the Jamaat ud Dawa charity that Saeed runs in the eastern city…

01/31/2017

Pakistan could be included in immigration ban list in future, says White House

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30: There is a possibility in the future of including Pakistan in the list of countries from where immigration has been banned, a top White House official indicated on Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that Pakistan was under consideration to be put in that category."The reason we chose those…

01/30/2017

Global warming, Pak shelling triggering avalanches: Rawat

New Delhi, Jan. 29: Global warming, ecological changes and heavy shelling by Pakistani troops are triggering avalanches in places like Jammu and Kashmir, which had not reported such instances earlier, Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said on Sunday.   “Ceasefire violations and use of heavy weapons by Pakistani troops are…

01/29/2017

Donald Trump vows 'new vetting' to weed out Islamic terrorists

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28: US President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new executive order Friday to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travelers from seven Muslim countries.Making good on one of his most controversial campaign promises, and to the horror of human rights groups, Trump said he was making America…

01/28/2017

CIA papers reveal China's nuclear free pass to Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Jan. 28: Recently declassified CIA files testify to the depth of the Pakistan-China military relationship built over decades and also highlights how Beijing was willing to risk its own nuclear cooperation with US to boost the nuclear ambitions of 'all weather friend' Pakistan. In the files, the US notes that China did not ask…

01/28/2017

‘MP’s PA in touch with ISI since 1996’

New Delhi, Jan. 28: ISI operative Mehmood Akhtar was reporting to Syed Farooq Habib, "head of intelligence wing" at the Pak High Commission in Delhi, with sensitive documents procured from Indian agents, the chargesheet filed by police has claimed.In a rare occurrence, the court document has put on record the entire interrogation report. Akhtar reportedly…

01/28/2017

Pakistan pumps diluted heroin into Punjab, triggers fear

CHANDIGARH, Jan. 27: The potency of heroin being pushed into Punjab (India) through the border with Pakistan has fallen from 43 per cent in 2014 to nearly one-fourth or around 12 per cent in 2016. This may seem like good news initially, but experts and activists dealing with the drug…

01/27/2017

Republic Day 2017: LCA fighter jet Tejas debuts at parade

NEW DELHI, Jan. 26: India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) developed indigenously made their maiden appearance at the Indian Republic Day parade here on Thursday. Despite overcast conditions, three fighter jets flew at a height of 300 metres from ground at a…

01/26/2017

India-UAE condemn State-backed use of religion to sponsor terrorism

NEW DELHI, Jan. 26: In a veiled attack on Pakistan, India and the UAE have condemned efforts by States to use religion to sponsor and sustain terrorism against other countries, and resolved to cooperate in countering terrorism by adopting a policy of “zero tolerance” towards the menace. An India-UAE joint…

01/26/2017

Burj Khalifa glows with tri-colour to mark India's Republic Day

Dubai, Jan. 26: Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, was on Wednesday lit up in tri-colours - saffron, white and green - to celebrate India's 68th Republic Day, showcasing strong cultural and trade bond between India and the UAE. "The visual expression of the tri-colors underlined the solidarity of the UAE…

01/26/2017

Female MP harassed in Pakistan parliament, threatens to set self on fire

  ISLAMABAD, Jan. 25: A Pakistani female lawmaker threatened to self-immolate after she was harassed by male colleagues in parliament, telling AFP that the widely-publicised incident shows how laws to protect women are not being enforced. Nusrat Sahar Abbasi, an MP in Sindh province, spoke of her fury after provincial…

01/25/2017

3rd US-China clash on South China Sea since Trump takeover

BEIJING, Jan. 25: China and the US took opposite positions on one more issue, making it the third, since Donald Trump took over as US president last Friday. Chinese foreign ministry on Tuesday warned Washington to "speak and act cautiously" on the South China Sea. The two countries earlier clashed on Taiwan and…

01/25/2017

Donald Trump calls PM Modi, says India a 'true friend'; extends invitation

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25: Describing India as a "true friend" of the US, President Donald Trump invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the country later this year, the White House said after both leaders spoke over phone and discussed issues such as trade, defence and terrorism.Trump spoke to Modi on Tuesday night over…

01/25/2017

Pakistan sending drugs to Punjab, will face dire consequences: Rajnath

Abohar, Punjab (INDIA): Union Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Tuesday accused Pakistan of sending drugs to Punjab and warned the Asian neighbour of dire consequences of it does not mend its ways. Addressing an election rally in poll-bound Punjab, Singh assured that whosoever promotes such activity will have to…

01/24/2017

Army foils infiltration bid on LoC; terrorist killed

  Jammu, Jan. 24: The Indian Army deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector foiled an infiltration attempt in the early hours of Tuesday.   The troops detected the movement of terrorists along the LoC. They engaged the infiltrating terrorists with effective automatic fire while drawing heavy retaliatory…

01/24/2017

Indian Foreign Secy Jaishankar gets 1-yr extension

  New Delhi, Jan. 24: The Union Government of India Monday gave Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, due to retire on January 28, one-year extension.    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet gave the nod to his extension till January 28, 2018.   Jaishankar is considered close to both PM and National…

01/24/2017

23 dead, many injured as Odisha-bound train derails in Andhra Pradesh; rescue on

BHUBANESWAR (INDIA), Jan. 22: At least 23 passengers died and many were left injured as seven coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express trainderailed near Kuneru station in Andhra Pradesh late on Saturday night.The incident took place around 11 PM when the train was going to Bhubaneswar."Seven coaches and…

01/22/2017

Revealed: How PM Modi became the most followed leader in the world

NEW DELHI, Jan. 21: Friday, as Barack Obama leaves office & Donald Trump becomes the US President, Narendra Modi becomes the most followed leader of state in the world. Narendra Modi has the highest no of followers among all leaders of state on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google+. This is an…

01/21/2017

'Don' of a 'Protectionist Era' in America: Donald Trump takes oath as US President

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21: The United States transitioned to a new "Don" on a bleak Friday noon with the possibility that it may soon bring darkness and disorder across the world. Sworn in as the country's 45th President , New York businessman Donald J Trump promised to dismantle the old order and institute new protectionist…

01/21/2017

Dawood link in Kanpur rail tragedy?

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20: For the past three days, Indian intelligence agencies and Delhi Police's Special Cell are trying to find a Delhi link to the Kanpur railway accident that killed 150 people in November 2016.Three men — Zia-ul-Haq, Shoaib and Zubair — are being grilled at the cell's headquarters…

01/20/2017

India not seeking Nuclear Suppliers Group membership as a 'gift': Centre on China's jibe

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20: India thursday hit back at China for saying membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group shouldn't be US President Barack Obama's ' parting gift' to New Delhi , and said its bid was based on its non-proliferation record."India is not seeking NSG membership as a gift. India is seeking it on its…

01/20/2017

Police suspect Pakistan's spy agency ISI hand in two rail accidents in Uttar Pradesh

PATNA/DELHI, Jan. 19: Two major train accidents near Kanpur which resulted in deaths of 151 passengers and injuries to 200 others, were carried out on the instructions of Pakistan's external spy agency ISI, according to the Bihar police. The ISI hand was exposed following the arrest of three criminals Umashankar Patel, Motilal…

01/19/2017

US, Indian navies sharing information on Chinese subs, says Pacific Command chief

NEW DELHI, Jan. 19: Admiral Harry B Harris, Commander of the United States Pacific Command, Wednesday said that US and Indian navies have been sharing information on the movement of Chinese submarines and ships in the Indian Ocean. He also said India should be concerned about the increasing Chinese influence…

01/19/2017

Trying to convince China that India’s rise not harmful to its ascent: Jaishankar

NEW DELHI, Jan. 18: In the backdrop of growing unease in Sino-India ties, India today said it has been trying to convince the Chinese government that its ascent is not harmful to the rise of China and that both countries should be sensitive on matter relating to sovereignty. In an…

01/18/2017

Police suspect Pakistan's spy agency ISI hand in two rail accidents in Uttar Pradesh

PATNA/DELHI, Jan. 18: Two major train accidents near Indian city Kanpur which resulted in deaths of 151 passengers and injuries to 200 others, were carried out on the instructions of Pakistan's external spy agency ISI, according to the Bihar police.The ISI hand was exposed following the arrest of three criminals Umashankar Patel,…

01/18/2017

Indian PM Modi at Raisina Dialogue: Pakistan must shun terrorism if it wants good relation with India

NEW DELHI, Jan. 17: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked Pakistan to stay away from terror activities if it wants good relation with India. Speaking at the inauguration of the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue, Modi talked about the importance of security and his dream of a well integrated neighbourhood. “Security…

01/17/2017

ISI will continue its proxy war against India, claims German political scientist Hein Kiessling

NEW DELHI, Jan. 17: Pakistan's spy agency ISI will continue its proxy war against India regardless of any change in its leadership because it needs an enemy, and ISIdefines it as India's "control over Kashmir", said German political scientist Hein Kiessling, who spent 13 years in Pakistan researching and interacting with its intelligence and military…

01/17/2017

Demonetisation shows 'boldness' of Modi: France

NEW DELHI, Jan.16: France has appreciated demonetisation in India, terming it as a "bold" decision which "shows how determined" Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to combat tax evasion, corruption and black money.French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault also hailed the "significant reforms" undertaken by Modi to attract foreign investments, saying "they…

01/16/2017

France wants JeM chief Masood Azhar to be declared international terrorist by UN

NEW DELHI, Jan. 15: Days after China blocked India's proposal in the UN, the world body's key member France has pitched for designating Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist, saying there are "very strong arguments in favour" of such a move.French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was on a four-day India…

01/15/2017

ISI backed Kandahar hijackers: Plane crisis negotiator Doval

NEW DELHI, Jan. 15: The Indian Airlines flight IC-814 hijackers were actively supported by Pakistan's spy agency ISI, leaving them under no pressure to end the hostage crisis soon, according to national security adviser of India Ajit Doval, who was among those tasked as negotiator to defuse the crisis. The Kathmandu-Delhi flight,…

01/15/2017

Pakistan holding hundreds of Pashtun girls as sex slaves: Umar Khattak

NEW DELHI, Jan. 14: A Pashtun activist, in a startling revelation, today alleged that NawazSharif-led Pakistan government is using Pashtun women as sex slaves to fund terror camps in the area.       Umar Daud Khattak, a Pashtun activist based in Afghanistan, claimed that Pakistani Army has destroyed several houses and…

01/14/2017

As India looks east, comes a Chinese warning

NEW DELHI, Jan. 14: China has warned small and medium-sized countries in the Asia-Pacificnot to take sides "among big countries".In a white paper it released earlier this week on Asia-Pacific security cooperation, Beijing also said major countries should treat strategic intentions of others in an objective and rational manner, reject the Cold War…

01/14/2017

Large protest outside Pakistan embassy in Kabul

KABUL, Jan. 14: Scores of protesters gathered outside the Pakistan embassy in Kabul on Friday to demonstrate against Pakistan's alleged support for insurgents. The demonstrators also raised slogans against Pakistan Army's intelligence arm, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Afghan media reported. A number of Afghanistan Green Trend (AGT) members held a demonstration outside the…

01/14/2017

Chinese tabloid says US needs to 'wage war' to block off South China Sea islands

BEIJING, Jan.13: Blocking Chinese access to islands in the South China Sea would require the US to "wage war", an influential Chinese state-run tabloid said on Friday, after US secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson suggested the strategy on Wednesday.Tillerson told his confirmation hearing before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he wanted to…

01/13/2017

Pak should 'neutralize' terror groups operating on its soil, James Mattis says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13: In a tough message to Pakistan, James Mattis, Donald Trump's pick for US defence secretary, has said that if confirmed, he would tell Islamabad the need to "expel or neutralize" externally-focused militant groups operating with impunity within the country.In his written submission to the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of his…

01/13/2017

Proxy war affecting secular fabric of India: Army chief on Kashmir militancy

NEW DELHI, Jan. 13: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday expressed concerns over proxy war being waged by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and said that it "is affecting the secular fabric of our country"."While we have challenges along our borders, we've to be concerned about the proxy war, terror that are…

01/13/2017

France for 'decisive action' against LeT, JeM

NEW DELHI, Jan. 12: France today pressed for "decisive action" against Pakistan-based terror groups like LeT, JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen which are "targeting" India and vowed to work with New Delhi to get terrorist Masood Azharproscribed by the UN Security Council.Without naming China which has blocked a proposal at the UNSC to sanction JeM…

01/12/2017

Rajasthan on alert after inputs of ‘possible intrusion’ from Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Jan. 12: An alert has been sounded in Rajasthan following inputs from central intelligence agencies of India about possible intrusion from across the Pakistan border. “There were inputs from the intelligence agencies (that) intruders can enter into India from Pakistan so the alert was sounded and the SPs…

01/12/2017

India sanctions $100 million for Kenya

NEW DELHI, Jan. 12: India on Wednesday announced $ 100 million Line of Credit for Kenya’s agricultural mechanisation. The announcement followed talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during which they agreed to deepen economic cooperation and expand trade. Modi said that the Line of Credit would…

01/12/2017

Move to take over Dawood Ibrahim’s properties cleared

NEW DELHI, Jan. 12: The Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property on Wednesday cleared the Centre’s move to takeover underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim’s two properties under the provisions of the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act. It passed the order dismissing 27 appeals of people claiming to be…

01/12/2017

Sushma Swaraj’s warning to Amazon over sale of tricolour doormats

NEW DELHI, Jan. 12: Foreign minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday threatened to refuse visas to Amazon officials and withdraw visas already given to Amazon employees in India, if the global e-tailer did not stop selling doormats with the Indian flag on them. "If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant…

01/12/2017

Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI, Jan. 11: Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships led by China's sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled Taiwan.The Soviet-built Liaoningaircraft carrier, returning from exercises in the South China Sea,…

01/11/2017

Barack Obama's farewell speech: Full speech

Here is the full text of U,S.A. President Barack Obama's farewell speech.CHICAGO, Jan. 11: It's good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelleand I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we've received over the past few weeks. But tonight it's my turn to say thanks. Whether we've seen eye-to-eye or…

01/11/2017

Purulia case: Indian PM Modi asks Denmark to extend full cooperation to extradite Kim Davy

GANDHINAGAR, Jan. 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Denmark to extend full support in the extradition of Purulia arms drop case accused Kim Davy, taking into account India’s “sensitivities”. The matter was raised by Modi during a call on by Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate Change Lars Christian…

01/11/2017

Kashmir: Militant killed in encounter with security forces in Bandipora district

SRINAGAR (INDIA), Jan. 10: A militant was killed today in an encounter with Indian security forces in Kashmir’s north Bandipora district, police said. Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of the militant in Parray Mohalla in Hajin area, security forces launched a search operation in the village, they…

01/10/2017

Pakistan's Babur-3 cruise missile launch fake, say some Indian experts

NEW DELHI, Jan. 10: A day after Pakistan announced the successful submarine launch of the nuclear-capable Babur-3 cruise missile , Times Now today quoted a defence and satellite analyst as suggesting Pakistan may have faked the launch.       The analyst, 'Raj', showed Times Now technical evidence to suggest Pakistan faked the missile…

01/10/2017

In first cross-LoC strike of 2017, terrorists kill 3, escape under mist cover

NEW DELHI, Jan. 10: Indian Intelligrnce and police services have warned that the terrorists responsible for killing three people in Monday morning’s attack on a road-construction crew near Akhnoor, the first cross-Line of Control strike in the New Year, could carry out further strikes on civilian or military installations around…

01/10/2017

Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed’s visit likely to boost ties between India and UAE

NEW DELHI, Jan.10: A marching band from the UAE's defence forces will join the parade on Republic Day, the first time Arab soldiers will be marching in New Delhi.After the French marching band joined the parade in 2016 in honour of Francois Hollande, the practice has caught the fancy of…

01/10/2017

Wary of China, India offers Akash surface-to-air missile systems to Vietnam

NEW DELHI, Jan. 9: India is now actively discussing the possible sale of the indigenously developed Akash surface-to-air missile systems to Vietnam, even as the two countries steadily crank up their bilateral military ties with a watchful eye on a confrontational China in the Asia-Pacific region.With Beijing continuing to thwart New Delhi's bid…

01/09/2017

Sushma Swaraj's new initiative to help Indian citizens, complaints shall now look at themselves

New Delhi, Jan. 9: If you are going abroad and want to help in some way from the Indian Embassy in the new initiative is the External Affairs Minister OF INDIA Sushma Swaraj. He appealed to the people that their complaints via Twitter Tweets related to the embassy and they also tag. He…

01/09/2017

Want to turn 'brain drain' into 'brain gain': PM at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Bengaluru, Jan. 8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru. He was accompanied by his Portugal counterpart Dr Antonio Costa, who is the chief guest for the event.   “This is a stage where the host and the guest are the same,” said…

01/08/2017

India, Portugal condemn terror

NEW DELHI, Jan. 8: India and Portugal on Saturday called upon the global community to avoid double standards in addressing terror and to strengthen cooperation in combating international terrorism with zero tolerance towards it. “They underlined that states should not support any terror entity including ‘non-state actors’ on any grounds…

01/08/2017

LoC strikes, note ban changed the way world looks at India, says Amit Shah

NEW DELHI, Jan. 7: As the BJP national executive gave a standing ovation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “unprecedented” cross-border surgical strikes and the demonetisation “success”, party president Amit Shah Friday said the two events had changed the perception of the nation about the organisation and that of other…

01/07/2017

China’s n-powered submarine spotted at Pakistani port

New Delhi, Jan. 6 (IANS) A Chinese nuclear-powered submarine was reportedly docked at a port in Pakistan, sources privy to the development said here on Friday. They added that it could be there as Beijing was selling eight submarines to Islamabad, four of which were to be built in the…

01/07/2017

RSS Muslim wing will host Kashmiri students to ‘bring them on right path’

NEW DELHI, Jan. 7: THE Indian MUSLIM Rashtriya Manch (MRM), an RSS affiliate, is organising a conference of Kashmiri students in the national capital Saturday to connect them “with the national mainstream, involve them in nation building and bring them on the right path”. The MRM claimed that they are…

01/07/2017

Masood Azhar is a terrorist, Beijing should 'adjust' its stand, says ex-Chinese diplomat

BEIJING, Jan. 7: In a rare case of dissent against official policy, a former Chinese diplomat who served in India has sought a change in China's repeated efforts to block India's bid to slap a UN ban on Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Masood Azhar.Mao Siwei - who previously served as China's Consul General…

01/07/2017

Beijing bars Tibetans from Dalai Lama event, seizes passports

NEW DELHI, Jan. 6:  Beijing has blocked thousands of Tibetans from attending a Buddhist event in Bodh Gaya which is being attended by Dalai Lama, according to reports from Nepal and China.China's state-run Global Times reported earlier this week that the "renewed" travel restrictions were imposed to battle terrorism and separatism.However, according to the Tibetan government-in-exile,…

01/06/2017

United States puts Osama bin Laden's son on terror blacklist

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6: The United States added Hamza bin Laden, son and heir of the late Osama bin Laden, to its terrorist blacklist on Thursday. Hamza, who is in his mid-twenties, has become active as an Al-Qaeda propagandist since his father's death at the hands of US special forces in…

01/06/2017

UAE about to seize Dawood's assets worth Rs 15,000 crore?

NEW DELHI, Jan. 5: Unconfirmed reports that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government may have moved to seize assets 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahimhas on its soil set off fevered speculation in political circles.The Indian intelligence and investigative agencies, as well as the ministry of external affairs, insisted that they were unaware…

01/05/2017

Hear the 'voice of the world' on terror, India tells China on Masood Azhar issue

NEW DELHI, Jan. 5: In a clear message to China on JeM chief Masood Azhar, whose designation as global terrorist it has been blocking, India on Wednesday asked Beijing to hear the "voice of the world" in dealing with terrorism.India hoped it would be able to persuade China to understand the…

01/05/2017

'Many Indian-Americans could be part of Trump administration'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5: Many prominent Indian-Americans could be part of Donald Trump's administration, a senior Republican leader has said, asserting that the president-elect has a "history of hiring the best talent".With Trump kicking off the process of building a formidable team to help him run the country beginning January 20 next…

01/05/2017

Pakistan must stop cross-border terrorism as Indian Army has the will, intelligence to strike back, says Army chief Bipin Rawat

NEW DELHI, Jan. 4: Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has warned Pakistan that it should cease and desist from actively aiding and abetting cross-border infiltration and terrorism, holding that his 1.3-million force has the requisite will, intelligence and capability to destroy terrorism wherever it emanates.Pointing to the "surgical strikes" conducted by the Army's…

01/04/2017

Donald Trump won’t tolerate ‘dual role’ from Pakistan: US’s Republican Hindu Coalition

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3: US President-elect Donald Trump reportedly made it clear to a US Republican Hindu group that he’s “not going to tolerate a dual role from India’s neighbours.” Shalabh Kumar, an Indian-American businessman and founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition told Indian media that this was the message Trump…

01/03/2017

India has inspired Australia to act on black money, may demonetise: Australian envoy

NEW DELHI, Jan. 3: Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, tells The Indian Express that following India’s demonetisation decision, there is talk in Australia about “demonetising our highest denomination note”. Excerpts: How do you view demonetisation? I am watching with great fascination how it unfolds — if it works,…

01/03/2017

Nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile successfully test-fired off Odisha coast

NEW DELHI, Jan. 2: A week after test firing Agni-V, India conducted the final test-firing of another nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile, Agni-IV, from test range off Odisha coast on Monday. With a range of more than 4,000 km, the missile was successfully test fired from Balasore. After the launch of…

01/02/2017

Pakistan calls India’s bid to ban Masood Azhar ‘politically motivated’

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 2: Pakistan on Sunday said India’s bid at the UN to ban Masood Azhar was “politically motivated” and “replete with frivolous information”, two days after its close ally China blocked the proposal to get the JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind listed as a global terrorist. Responding to…

01/02/2017

Man of the Indian Origion Become Chief of Army Kyrgizstan

Dubai, Jan. 2:Saudi, an Indian-origin entrepreneur has appointed Major General of Kyrgyzstan.Kyrgyzstan is the first time that such a large army in the person of Indian origin, has been appointed to the post. According to a report in Khaleej Times, Mohammad Rafiq Sheikh, who originally hails from Kerala, in an official…

01/02/2017

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

JAMMU (INDIA), 1 Jan: Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire this morning along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir but there was no casualty. “There was firing by troops from across from 0900 hours along LoC in Poonch sector today,” an officer said. The Indian…

01/01/2017

Indian pm modi warns of tough action against dishonest announces sops

New Delhi, 1 Jan. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Saturday set out a stern warning of tough action against the "dishonest" people even as he announced a slew of sops for senior citizens, farmers, rural housing, women and small entrepreneurs to soften the blow of demonetisation.   He also assuaged the honest…

01/01/2017

US offers big-ticket military tie-ups with India

NEW DELHI, Dec. 31: The US has now proposed joint development and production of futuristic military helicopters as well as infantry combat vehicles in the first such big-ticket programmes under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative+ (DTTI) with India.Top Indian government sources said the two projects would be discussed threadbare in the…

12/31/2016

Want to ‘amicably’ resolve all issues with India: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 30: Pakistan on Thursday said it wants to “amicably” resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, with India even as it underlined that no country can unilaterally revoke the Indus Waters Treaty. Kashmir dispute is the “bone of contention” between Pakistan and India, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said…

12/30/2016

If China shields Masood Azhar, India will paint it as terror abettor

NEW DELHI, Dec. 30: By this weekend, China will have to make up its mind on the fate of terror leader Maulana Masood Azhar when its "technical hold" on a ban against the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief expires in the UN Security Council. In anticipation, India too has readied its own subsequent actions.China put a…

12/30/2016

Pak PM Nawaz Sharif writes to Sushma Swaraj, wishes her speedy recovery

NEW DELHI, Dec. 29: Among those who have wished speedy recovery to External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj after she underwent a kidney transplant earlier this month is Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sharif has written a letter to Swaraj wishing her a speedy recovery, ANI has reported quoting…

12/29/2016

The US declared Lashkar a terrorist organization and wing

Washington, Dec. 29: US on Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba, a student in his unit were obnoxiously Al-Mohammedia students' declared a terrorist organization and banned its two top leaders. Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization by the US in 2001 was declared.US Department of State, said, "After the first time, declared a terrorist organization Lashkar started to change…

12/29/2016

formula for new nuclear suppliers group paves the way for indias entry but leaves pakistan out us group

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28: A draft proposal for accepting new members into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) paves the way for India’s entry but leaves Pakistan out, says a US-based arms control organisation. The Arms Control Association (ACA), Washington, also warns that relaxing membership rules will undermine non-proliferation. Last week, the…

12/28/2016

is hafiz saeed taking help of isis in conspiracy against india

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 28: Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed is dangerous conspiring against India. He is now with the terrorist group ISIS.  Hafiz Saeed IS the second organization to link terror networks operating in Syria.According to intelligence agencies, the organization Falah-e-Hafiz humanity in Syria are engaged in humanitarian work. But feared that Hafiz pretext of helping…

12/28/2016

Indian PM Modi in Dehradun: In one stroke fake notes, terrorism, drug mafia were dealt with post demonetisation

NEW DELHI, Dec. 27: Addressing a rally in poll-bound Uttrakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that demonetisation has helped put an end to a lot of social problems plaguing the country. “In one stroke fake notes, terrorism, human trafficking, drug mafia were dealt with after demonetisation announcement on November 8,” he said.…

12/27/2016

Brahmaputra talks: China looks to play Bangladesh against India

BEIJING, Dec. 27: China could try to play Dhaka against New Delhi during river water negotiations on Brahmaputra, which flows from the Tibetan region to India's Northeast, coursing into Bangladesh.More, Beijing may also try to use the Brahmaputra issue to push forward its One Belt, One Road or the Silk Road programme…

12/27/2016

Pakistan may face isolation if Minorities Bill repealed: Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 27: A minority Hindu lawmaker has said Pakistan might face isolation on international level if Sindh government abrogated the recently-passed Minorities Bill which criminalises forced conversions in the Muslim-majority country. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member of National Assembly (MNA) from the ruling…

12/27/2016

India test-fires Agni-5 missile capable of striking targets 5000 km away

NEW DELHI, Dec. 26: With an aim to strengthen its nuclear deterrence, India test-fired its indigenously-developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5’ from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on Monday. With a range of more than 5,000 km, the Agni-5 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of more…

12/26/2016

Chinese Carrier Enters South China Sea Amid Renewed Tension

TAIPEI, Dec. 26:  A group of Chinese warships led by the country's sole aircraft carrier entered the top half of the South China Sea on Monday after passing south of Taiwan, the island's defense ministry said of what China has termed a routine exercise. The move comes amid renewed tension…

12/26/2016

Indian Foreign Ministry launches 'Twitter service' app will help people

New Delhi, Dec. 26: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Twitter, listen to people's problems and to tackle them had begun much earlier. During their stay in the hospital because of a kidney transplant who also gave him problems tweet, they had to be disappointed. This initiative along with strengthening their…

12/26/2016

Pakistan defence minister falls for fake news, makes nuclear threat to Israel

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 25: Pakistan’s defence minister threatened Israel that his country could use nuclear weapons after a fake news report that his Israeli counterpart had threatened “nuclear retaliation” for Islamabad’s role in Syria against the Islamic State, highlighting the serious problem proliferation of fake news poses. A report in the…

12/25/2016

The registration fee for the minority Indian citizenship big concession

New Delhi, Dec. 25:three neighboring countries, including Pakistan, Hindus and other minorities to apply for Indian citizenship will not have to spend big bucks now.The Indian government gave a major concession in the amount of application fee of Rs 100 has reduced from Rs 15,000. The move by the organization that…

12/25/2016

India made the smart anti-airfield weapon, perfect shot from 100 km

      NEW DELHI, Dec. 25:India's defense is one more and joined the new breakthrough. India's Defence and Research Organisation Smart anti-airfield weapons (SAAW) successfully test. DRDO said on Saturday issued a press release said that the rarest weapons and successful flight test of the Indian Air Force aircraft. The weapon attached…

12/25/2016

Obama signs $ 618 billion defence bill; boosts security coop with India

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24: US President Barack Obama has signed into law the USD 618 billion defence budget for 2017, which enhances security cooperation with India and conditions nearly half of the funding to Pakistan on a certification that it is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani Network. Currently vacationing in Hawaii, Obama…

12/24/2016

'They always choose the prettiest': How girls are enslaved for debt payment in Pakistan

MIRPUR KHAS (PAKISTAN) Dec. 23: The girl called Jeevti was just 14 when she taken from her family in the night to be married off to a man who says her family owed him $1,000.Her mother, Ameri Kashi Kohli, is sure that her daughter paid the price for a never-ending…

12/23/2016

Army takes full control of Aleppo after four years

ALEPPO, Dec. 23: The army said on Thursday it has retaken full control of Syria's devastated second city Aleppo, scoring its biggest victory against opposition forces since the civil war erupted in 2011.The announcement came after a landmark evacuation deal that put an end to a ferocious month-long offensive waged on east…

12/23/2016

NIA files charge sheet against 8 in Hyderabad ISIS module case

NEW DELHI, Dec. 23: Eight persons were on Thursday named by Indian NIA in a charge sheet for allegedly attempting to carry out a terror strike by using explosive devices similar to those used by ISIS cadres during last year’s Paris attacks. The charge sheet was filed before a special…

12/23/2016

The fishermen left "Harmony" is a show of Pakistan?

 New Delhi, Dec. 22:   India 439 Pakistani fishermen in its jails, spoke of leaving.Serious tensions with India, Pakistan has said that we are taking this step as Sdbbavna. India was informed that fishermen have completed their sentences, which is bound to cause them to be dropped. Pakistan has said that 220 fishermen…

12/22/2016

Their is no blanket ban on every event of pak says india

NEW DELHI, Dec. 21: India Tuesday made it clear that those who participate in the event to be held in Pakistan does not mind, where many countries are involved. According to sources, India has denied that it is a regional conference on sustainable development in Islamabad boycottedis. However, on behalf of India, not…

12/21/2016

Berlin truck driver reportedly a Pakistani refugee

  BERLIN (GERMAN), Dec. 20: The driver of the big rig that barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday — killing at least 12 people and injuring scores more — is a Pakistani refugee who arrived in Germany earlier this year, local reports say. Sources told the…

12/20/2016

JeM Chief Masood Azhar Confesses: I Managed Nagrota Attack

ISLAMABAD (PAKISTAN), Dec. 20: A day after the NIA of India named JeM Chief Masood Azhar in its chargesheet in the Pathankot terror attack case comes a confession from Masood Azhar that spells trouble for Pakistan. JeM Chief Masood Azhar has confessed to managing the November 29 Nagrota terror attack in…

12/20/2016

Hyderabad blasts case: Yasin Bhatkal, 4 other IM operatives sentenced to death

HYDERABAD(INDIA), Dec. 19: Five senior operatives of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideenwere on Monday awarded death penalty by a special NIA court+ here in the February 2013 Hyderabad blasts case.This is the first case that any operative of the IM has been convicted+ .On December 13, the court convicted the five members, including IM co-founder Mohd Ahmed…

12/19/2016

Pakistan should be isolated for supporting terror: Bangladesh home minister

KOLKATA, Dec. 19: Assuring Bangladesh's support to India on the issue of tackling terror, its home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal says Pakistan needs to be isolated for "harbouring terrorists and supporting terror acts".He was also of the opinion that the delay in the Teesta water sharing treaty with India is giving scope to Opposition…

12/19/2016

Still in hospital, Sushma Swaraj continues outreach on Twitter

NEW DELHI, Dec. 18: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj has been ill and in hospital for over a month, but she still took time out on Sunday to offer help to the widow, who lost her husband in Japan recently.Responding to the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal's request, the ailing…

12/18/2016

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat: An experienced hand in high altitude warfare, counter insurgency ops

NEW DELHI, Dec. 17: Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat will succeed General Dalbir Singh as the next Indian Army Chief. Dalbir Singh will retire at the end of this month. Previously, Rawat was General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command. Before this assignment, Rawat was General Officer Commanding Maharashtra, Gujarat and…

12/18/2016

With an eye on China, India & US to upgrade Malabar Navy drill

NEW DELHI, Dec. 17: India and the US are planning to further upgrade their already expansive and top-level Malabar annual naval exercise, in which Japan has now become a regular participant, with a renewed thrust on anti-submarine warfare operations.This comes at a time when the Indian security establishment in keeping…

12/17/2016

Pakistan commission on August Quetta attack slams Islamabad for 'cavorting with terror'

NEW DELHI, Dec. 16: A PakistanSupreme Court-constituted commission yesterday slammed the country's central government for "cavorting with" banned terror groups, Dawn reported.Terror outfits must be immediately banned and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) must be enforced not just in letter but in spirit too, said the judge-led commission, formed to investigate the August…

12/16/2016

India hopeful of UN designating Masood Azhar a global terrorist

NEW DELHI, Dec. 16: Ahead of expiry of the Chinese "hold" against designating Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist by the UN, India on Thursday said the "ball is in the court" of Sanctions Committee and expressed hope that it will eventually see the "logic".Indian External affairs ministry Spokesperson Vikas…

12/16/2016

Narendra Modi says ‘very proud’ of Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI, Dec. 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on being named in the Global Thinkers of 2016 list compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine. According to news agency reports, Ms Swaraj was named in the “decision-makers” category along with the Democrat…

12/15/2016

Narendra Modi ranked among world's 10 most powerful people by Forbes

NEW YORK, Dec. 15: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has been ranked among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes in a list that has been topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin for a fourth straight year and had US President-elect Donald Trump in the second place.Modi ranks 9th on the…

12/15/2016

Pakistan wary of NSG 'exemption' for India

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 14: Pakistan is wary of powerful countries pressurising smaller nations to exempt India in the admission process to the NSG and feels that strategic stability in South Asia would be undermined if Pakistan's application+ was not treated equally with that of India.Pakistani official suspect that powerful countries could force the smaller partners…

12/14/2016

IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, four others convicted for 2013 Hyderabad blasts

HYDERABAD, Dec. 14: In the first conviction of high-profile Indian Mujahideen terrorists since the jihadi outfit unleashed terror across India, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court of India found five members, including IM co-founder Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa, alias Yasin Bhaktal, guilty on Tuesday of triggering twin blasts in Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad…

12/14/2016

45 launchpads of terrorists in PoK resurface: Intel reports

New Delhi, Dec. 13: Over two months after the Indian Army’s special forces commandos carried out “surgical strikes” on terrorist training camps across the Line of Control, intelligence inputs have revealed that launchpads used by the terrorists to infiltrate into India have again resurfaced. As many as 45 such launchpads, intelligence…

12/13/2016

India, Indonesia resolve to deepen cooperation to combat terror

NEW DELHI, DEC. 12: India and Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, on Monday agreed to strengthen defence and security ties with a major focus on maritime space and deepen cooperation for effectively combating terror, its financing, money laundering and arms smuggling.   In talks between Indian Prime Minister…

12/12/2016

pakistan paying one crore per terrorist to cross loc reveals pok leader

NEW DELHI, Dec. 12: Even as Pakistan keeps pleading its innocence at international fora regarding it not being involved in terror-related activities, particularly when it comes to India, Sardar Raees Inqlabi, a leader of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based Jammu and Kashmir Aman Forum, has rubbished that claim by saying that Islamabad is…

12/12/2016

Pakistan conspiring to divide India on religious lines: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI, Dec. 11: Slamming Pakistan for spreading terrorism in Kashmir and repeated violation of ceasefire, Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the neighbouring country wants to separate Kashmir from India by using terror tactics but it won’t happen. Speaking at ‘Shahidi Diwas’ programme in Jammu’s Kathua region, Singh…

12/11/2016

In PoK's Gilgit, protests against crackdown by Pakistani security forces

GILGIT CITY, Dec. 11: Protesters have taken to the streets in the Gilgit-Baltistan region+ of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) against human rights abuses and crackdown by the Pakistani security forces.Over 500 youth, including Gilgit's top political activist Baba Jan, have been taken into custody by the Pakistani security forces.Angry protesters said these young men…

12/11/2016

Sushma Swaraj’s kidney transplant at AIIMS successful, likely to be discharged in a week

NEW DELHI, Dec. 10: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj’s kidney transplant surgery has successfully ended at AIIMS on Saturday afternoon. Swaraj underwent a kidney transplant with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor. According to AIIMS sources, the nearly five-hour-long surgery was conducted by a team…

12/10/2016

Do not give political colour to our bid for nuclear technology, India tells China

NEW DELHI, Dec. 10: India's search for access to civilian nuclear technology+ is key to its development and climate change goals, and China should not raise political obstacles. Addressing a forum of Indian and Chinese think tanks here, foreign secretary S Jaishankar said India and China should give each other "sufficient space" and not…

12/10/2016

Chinese army launches massive military drill near Aksai Chin

BEIJING, Dec. 9: China's People's Liberation Army+ has launched a major drill in the western region of Xinjiang, which borders several countries including India and Pakistan.The exercise, which involves a massive force of 10,000 soldiers, is being carried out by PLA's western command. The command is in charge of Aksai Chin, the…

12/09/2016

India, US finalise Major Defence Partner agreement

NEW DELHI, Dec. 9: Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar and United States Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter Thursday finalised India’s designation as a Major Defense Partner of the United States. This was announced in the India-US joint statement on Carter’s visit to New Delhi. The designation as a Major Defense Partner,…

12/09/2016

Pakistan does not wish to live in perpetual hostility with India: Abdul Basit

New Delhi, Dec. 9: While reiterating that Pakistan does not wish to live in perpetual hostility with India, Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said that two sides need to come together to make a new beginning in the bilateral ties.     Speaking on the increasing diplomatic hostilities between the…

12/09/2016

Kashmir encounter: Security forces corner 3 terrorists in Anantnag

JAMMU (INDIA), Dec. 8: According to the fresh report, total of three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists are killed in the encounter in Arwani, Anantnag (J&K), combing the operation underway. The presence of the two terrorists was reported in Arwani, Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, where a gunbattle erupted between Indian security…

12/08/2016

Uri ‘terror guides’ are Class 10 Pakistani kids who strayed across, say family, school

NEW DELHI / LAHORE, Dec. 8: TWO Pakistanis arrested by the Army on charges of facilitating the attack on the 12 Infantry Brigade’s headquarters in Uri are Class 10 students who strayed across the Line of Control (LoC), the family of one and the principal of his school have told.…

12/08/2016

No conclusive evidence on alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Sartaj Aziz: Reports

NEW DELHI, Dec. 7: Sartaj Aziz, the Foreign Advisor to Pakistani's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, today told a full Senate chamber that the dossier on alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav contained mere statements, and that additional evidence needed to be collected, Pakistani media reports said."So far, we have just statements…

12/07/2016

PM Narendra Modi has 'broad shoulders' to face consequences of demonetisation: FM Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI, Dec. 7: In a bid to defuse opposition protests over the implementation of demonetisation and the distress it has caused, Union Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has 'broad shoulders' to face the consequences of the move."So called seven-decade normal had to be disrupted.…

12/07/2016

Plane with some 47 people on board crashes in north Pakistan

 ISLAMABAD, Dec 7:A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with about 47 people on board crashed in the mountainous north of the country on Wednesday, police and the civil aviation authority said. PIA said a plane bound for the capital, Islamabad, from the northern town of Chitral lost contact with the…

12/07/2016

Trump may move closer to India to balance China: Global Times

BEIJING: The India-US relations will become an important part of President-elect Donald Trump's diplomacy to "suppress" China, but it will have limited impact on Beijing as New Delhi may not accept a "quasi-alliance" with Washington to retain its independent foreign policy, the Chinese state media commented on Tuesday."US-Indian relations will become…

12/06/2016

Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa no more

CHENNAI (INDIA), Dec. 6: Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, leader to many Tamils and 'Amma' to millions, J Jayalalithaa died on Monday+ after undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai for 73 days. She was 68. Jayalalithaa+ , who was admitted to hospital on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration, suffered a cardiac arrest…

12/06/2016

Indian PM Narendra Modi wins TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year – Reader’s Poll

NEW DELHI, Dec. 5: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday declared as the winner of TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year – Reader’s Poll. According to TIME Magazine, Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed Sunday at midnight. TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year…

12/05/2016

Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa very critical, Apollo Hospitals says

CHENNAI (INDIA), Dec. 5: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, continues to be very critical and is onextracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and life support systems+ , said Apollo Hospitals in a statement on Monday."The chief minister is being treated and closely monitored by a team of experts," said…

12/05/2016

India, Afghanistan target Pakistan on cross-border terror

AMRITSAR (INDIA), Dec. 5: Terrorism emanating from Pakistan was one of the main focus areas at the Heart of Asia conference with Indian PM Narendra Modi and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani seeking to corner Islamabad on the issue. But unlike at the Bricssummit in Goa earlier this year, Modi didn't go overboard in highlighting crossborder terrorism and let Ghani do most…

12/05/2016

Heart of Asia: Without naming Pakistan, PM demands 'resolute action' on those who 'back, shield, harbour, nurture' terror

NEW DELHI: In a clear reference to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today demanded "resolute action" against not just terrorism, but those "backing, shielding, harbouring and nurturing" terrorism."We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror networks that cause bloodshed and spread fear. Silence and inaction on terror in Afghanistan and the region…

12/04/2016

India, Afghanistan call for action against terrorism

AMRITSAR (INDIA), Dec. 4: The Heart of Asia conference on Sunday saw both India and Afghanistan raise the pitch on terror and in clear terms asked Pakistan to take action against the terrorism emanating from its soil.In his address at the HOA conference, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani pointedly asked Pakistan…

12/04/2016

Pakistan says ready to talk, won’t raise Kashmir at Afghan forum

AMRITSAR (INDIA), Dec. 4: Pakistan is ready to talk with India, and India’s concerns about terrorism from Pakistan can be addressed within the framework of a comprehensive dialogue agreed upon on the sidelines of last year’s Heart of Asia, Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s advisor on foreign affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz…

12/04/2016

Indian Navy keeping a close eye on Chinese ships in IOR: Navy chief Sunil Lanba

NEW DELHI, Dec. 3: The Indian Navy on Friday said it was aware of the deployment and movement of Chinese naval ships and submarines in the Indian Ocean region, and that it has “kept a close eye” on them. Addressing the annual ‘Naval Day’ news conference here, Indian Navy chief Sunil…

12/03/2016

Burhan Wani Told Hafiz Saeed: Let’s Join Hands and Fight India

New Delhi, Dec. 2: A few days before his killing, Kashmiri militant leader Burhan Wani had spoken to Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed seeking his “blessings” and offered to put up a united front of LeT and his own Hizbul Mujahideen in their jehad against Indian security forces. CNN-News18 has accessed…

12/02/2016

Will never accept terrorism as ‘new normal’ of India-Pakistan relationship, says India

NEW DELHI, Dec. 1: India on Thursday categorically shut down speculation over the possibility of talks with Pakistan's foreign policy adviser Sartaj Aziz during his visit to India for the Heart of Asia conference. The statement came days after the terrorist strike on an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Nagrota.During a…

12/01/2016

India has urged China to change stand on Masood Azhar: Govt

NEW DELHI, Dec. 1: Government of India has urged China to reverse its technical hold on India's request, which is co-sponsored by several prominent countries, to get Masood Azhar designated as terrorist by the UN, minister of state for external affairs M J Akbar said on Thursday.In a written reply to a…

12/01/2016

Samba attackers entered from Pakistan via 80-metre tunnel?

NEW DELHI, Dec. 1: The Indian BSF has found an 80-metre-long, 2 feet by 2 feet tunnel near the international border near Chamliyal in Jammu that could have been used by the three suicide attackers killed in a firefight in Samba sector early on Tuesday. It could not say where in Pakistan…

12/01/2016

Patrol-free, multi-layer smart fence along India, Pakistan, Bangladesh border by end of 2017: Indian BSF

NEW DELHI, Dec. 1: India will have a patrol-free, multi-layered smart fence along its borders with Pakistan+ and Bangladesh by the later part of 2017 even as 20 big global firms are undertaking a technical evaluation for the same, Director General of Indian BSFKK Sharma said on Wednesday.Sharma said the force, after getting sanctions…

12/01/2016

Nagrota attack a revenge for Afzal Guru’s hanging, claim papers found on slain terrorists

JAMMU (INDIA), Nov. 30: Three heavily armed terrorists killed by Indian security forces during an encounter inside an army unit at Nagrota on Tuesday appear to be part of a group which recently sneaked into the Indian territory from Pakistan. Though there has been no official word from the army so…

11/30/2016

nagrota terror attack 7 army personnel martyred 3 terrorists killed

JAMMU(INDIA), Nov. 30: Two officers and five soldiers of the Indian Army were martyred in aterrorist attack on an Army unit+ in Jammu and Kashmir's Nagrota on Tuesday. Army personnel killed three terrorists and rescued two women, two children and 12 soldiers who had been trapped in a hostage-like situation.The attack took place early on…

11/30/2016

pak is trying to active khalistan movement in india again

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW, Nov. 29: The investigation of Sunday's Nabha jailbreak is throwing up contradictory information about who actually planned the escape- Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh, alias Mintoo, who has since been rearrested, or Parminder Singh, alias Painda, who had met Mintoo during a stint in the same prison.Painda,…

11/29/2016

NIA arrests 3 al-Qaida suspects; police say they were planning to attack PM Narendra Modi

MADURAI(INDIA), Nov. 29: In raids in several places in the city, three suspected al-Qaida operatives were on Monday arrested by the Indian National Investigation Agency.Police said the three allegedly planned to attack 22 top leaders of the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.They were allegedly involved in threatening embassies of various countries…

11/29/2016

Evidence shows Pakistan's 'complicity' in beheading of Indian soldier, says Army

NEW DELHI, Nov. 29: The Indian Army says it has recovered evidence of Pakistan's "complicity" in the beheading of one of its soldiers in the Macchil sector of Jammu and Kashmir last week. Showing photographs of food, grenades with Pakistan markings as well as night sights and radio sets with…

11/29/2016

NIA gets government nod to charge JeM chief Masood Azhar for Pathankot terror attack

NEW DELHI, Nov. 28: The Union home ministry of India on Monday accorded sanction to Indian National Investigation Agency to file chargesheet against the Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others for the Pathankot terror attack in January this year. Seven security personnel were killed in the attack.Sources say that MHA has given prosecution sanction to…

11/28/2016

No innocent will be harassed in the name of radicalisation: Rajnath Singh

HYDARABAD (INDIA), Nov. 28: Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Sunday told top police officers of the country not to arrest or harass anyone on basis of allegation of radicalisation unless solid proof is available. Singh also said that genuine NGOs are free to carry out development works but warned that…

11/28/2016

Cuba's Fidel Castro, former president, dies aged 90

CUBA, Nov. 27: Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, state TV has announced saturday. It provided no further details. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century before handing over the powers to his brother Raul…

11/27/2016

Parrikar threatens to ‘gouge out’ enemy’s eyes

PANAJI (INDIA), Nov. 27: Union Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said India did not seek war, but would “gouge out the eyes” of the enemy if provoked. “We don’t itch for a fight, but if someone looks at the country with an evil eye, we will gouge…

11/27/2016

Will Qamar Javed Bajwa be as hostile as Raheel Sharif to India?

NEW DELHI, Nov. 27: Pakistan army's deep-rooted professional hostility towards India will continue despite the change in guard, with General Qamar Javed Bajwa's name being announced+ to succeed General Raheel Sharif as the next chief.However, whether it will be as visceral as it was under Gen Sharif is something that remains to be…

11/27/2016

Be mindful of our aspirations: India to tell China

NEW DELHI, Nov. 26: India is looking for a "pragmatic" conversation with China on "how not accommodating each other's aspirations is not beneficial to the relationship". Speaking before a Indian parliamentary panel foreign secretary of India S Jaishankar, however, asserted, "We need to have that conversation and we will have…

11/26/2016

Chinese navy ships to be deployed at Gwadar port: Pak navy official

KARACHI (PAKISTAN), Nov. 26: China would deploy its naval ships along with Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a navy official in Karachi has said, shedding light on a plan likely to alarm India. China and Pakistan…

11/26/2016

Water under Indus Treaty belongs to Indian farmers, says Modi in Bathinda

BATHINDA, (India), Nov. 25: Raking up the river water row, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he was determined to stop the flow of water into Pakistan and bring it for farmers of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.   “The water on which India has its right is…

11/25/2016

After our surgical strikes, Pakistan knows what Indian Army is capable of, PM Modi says

NEW DELHI, Nov. 25: The surgical strikes+ conducted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir+in September wreaked havoc on Pakistan and taught it what the Indian Army was capable of, said Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Friday, in an address in Punjab."Our surgical strike created havoc across border. Pakistan now knows fully well what the Indian Army is capable…

11/25/2016

India undecided on talks with Pak

NEW DELHI, Nov. 25: India thursday remained non-committal about holding talks with Pakistan Prime Minister’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz during the Heart of Asia Conference which he will attend in Amritsar next week.   MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup told a weekly media briefing that the programme was in a…

11/25/2016

India should use soft power to woo China: S Jaishankar

New Delhi, Nov. 25: With China not budging from its position on India’s NSG bid, foreign secretary of India S. Jaishankar has called for a “sensible and pragmatic” conversation between the two sides on how “not accommodating” each other’s aspiration was detrimental to the overall relationship. The foreign secretary also…

11/25/2016

After Indian attack at LoC, Pak army wants to talk

NEW DELHI, Nov. 24: The two Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) — Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza — on Wednesday had an unscheduled conversation on the hotline in the evening during which a request for a structured talk at the DGMO level came from…

11/24/2016

In 'heavy retribution' for mutilating soldier, India blitzes Pakistani LoC posts with mortar

NEW DELHI, Nov. 23: The Indian Army today carried out a massive counter assault using heavy mortar fire on Pakistani posts along the Line of Control, making good its promise of "heavy retribution" for the beheading of an Indian soldier+ yesterday.Even as Pakistan continued to violate the ceasefire, the armed forces launched crippling attacks…

11/23/2016

Militants mutilate soldier’s body, kill 2 others in ambush

NEW DELHI, Nov. 23: Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up on Tuesday with the killing of three Indian jawans and mutilation of one of them, amid continuing exchange of fire between the two armies along the Line of Control. The Indian Army warned of “heavy retribution” for the “cowardly…

11/23/2016

Zakir Naik’s NGO gave ‘scholarship’ to IS man

NEW DELHI, Nov. 23: In what could be the first evidence of a direct link between controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) with the Islamic State's Indian recruits, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India has found that IS operative Abu Anas received Rs 80,000 as scholarship from the IRF.The funds…

11/23/2016

Separatists are in touch with ultras from across LoC: Indian Government in Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI, Nov. 23: Confirming the collusion between Kashmiri separatists and Pakistan-sponsored "disruptive" elements, the Indian government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that some key separatist leaders were reported to be in touch with terrorist leaders based across the border and in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) and were allegedly receiving directions and funding from…

11/23/2016

J&K: Three soldiers killed in Machhal, body of one mutilated; retribution will be heavy, says Army

NEW DELHI, NOV. 22: Three soldiers were killed in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir’s Machhal area on Tuesday, according to Northern Command of Indian Army. The body of one of the soldiers was mutilated. Reacting to the incident, the Army said “retribution will be heavy” for this…

11/22/2016

Blocking regional initiatives cannot go on, says Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Pak actions

NEW DELHI, Nov. 21: Sending out a clear message to Pakistan, India on Monday asked it to desist from "blocking every possible initiative" under SAARC, cautioning such a hugely damaging approach will force countries of the region to look for other options like BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical…

11/22/2016

India successfully conducts twin trial of Prithvi-II missile

NEW DELHI, Nov. 21: India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile twice in quick succession as part of a user trial by the army from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. In salvo mode, the two surface-to-surface missiles which have a strike range of…

11/21/2016

Four soldiers injured as Pak violates ceasefire in Rajouri

JAMMU: Four Indian Army jawans were injured as Pakistani army resorted to heavy cross-border firing in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night, in third ceasefire violation since Saturday."Pakistani army resorted to heavy cross-border firing in the Rajouri sector, in which four of our soldiers have been injured," an Indian Army officer said.He said…

11/21/2016

Indian NIA may seek Interpol notice against Zakir Naik

NEW DELHI. Nov. 21: Looking to step up the heat on Zakir Naik, the Indian National Investigation Agency plans to summon him soon and will move for getting a red corner noticeissued if he avoids official agencies.       Sources said if Naik doesn't return, they could issue a non-bailable warrant…

11/21/2016

Over 115 killed as 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express derail

LCKNOW(INDIA), Nov. 20: More than 115 people were killed and over 200 injured early on Sunday morning when 14 coaches of the Patna bound Indore-Rajendra Nagar (Patna) Express (19321) derailed near Pukhrayan station in Kanpur Dehat district, 63 km from Kanpur.   The accident occurred at around 3.10 am after the ill-fated weekly train…

11/20/2016

Kashmir springs back to life, shops and offices open after four months

SRINAGAR (India) Nov. 19: The Kashmir valley burst into life on Saturday morning as offices, shops and other business establishments opened for the first time since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani+ in an encounter on July 8.Shops, offices, business establishments and fuel stations opened on Saturday morning for a full day…

11/19/2016

Kidney has no religious labels: Sushma Swaraj after Muslim man’s offer

NEW DELHI, Nov. 19: Kidney has no religious labels, this is what Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, undergoing treatment for renal failure, tweeted while thanking a Muslim man who offered her his kidney. 64-year-old Swaraj has been offered kidneys by scores of people since Wednesday when she said on…

11/19/2016

Pakistan has 130-140 nuclear weapons, converts F16 to deliver nukes, claims US report

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19: Pakistan is expanding its nuclear arsenal and has developed an estimated stockpile of 130 to 140 warheads for delivery as well as converting some of its fighter jets, including F-16s to deliver nukes, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said in its latest report.Authored by Hans M Kristensen and Robert S…

11/19/2016

Donald Trump considering Indian origin Nikki Haley for the post of Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18: Being unpredictable will be among his trademark features as President, Donald Trump promised during his election campaign, and true to his pledge, he has thrown in a wild card as a potential candidate for secretary of state.The capricious president-elect is tapping South Carolina governor Nikki Haley nee Nimrata Randhawa for the…

11/18/2016

Rustom-II, made-in-India drone capable of combat, completes maiden flight

NEW DELHI, Nov. 17: Rustom-II, India’s indigenously developed long-endurance combat-capable drone, successfully completed its maiden flight on Wednesday, giving a boost to India’s development programme for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The Defence Research and Development Organisation of India successfully carried out the maiden flight of TAPAS 201 (RUSTOM-II), a Medium Altitude…

11/17/2016

Donald Trump will clear bill to declare Pakistan a terror state, says Shalabh Kumar

NEW DELHI, Nov. 17: US President elect will approve a Congress bill to declare Pakistan a terror state when the legislation reaches him in what would be a shot in arm for India’s antiterror narrative, said Shalabh Kumar, a key Indian-origin member of Donald Trump’s advisory council and prominent businessman.…

11/17/2016

Senior Pakistan official Sartaj Aziz says he will visit India, hints at detente

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 16: Pakistan's top foreign policy official said on Tuesday he plans to attend the Heart of Asia conference in India and suggested the visit could be used to "defuse the tension" between the two neighbours.Sartaj Aziz's trip to India would be the first by a senior Pakistani official sinceterrorists attack…

11/16/2016

Sushma Swaraj undergoes tests for kidney transplant at AIIMS

NEW DELHI, Nov. 16 Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday tweeted saying "I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless." Following her post, people tweeted praying for her speedy recovery.(TH)

11/16/2016

Eye on China, Manohar Parrikar to visit Bangladesh to bolster defence cooperation

NEW DELHI, Nov. 16: India is dispatching defence minister Manohar Parrikar to Dhaka later this month to chalk out a major upgrade in bilateral defence cooperation in the backdrop of China continuing to expand its strategic footprint in Bangladesh.Government sources said on Tuesday that a new defence cooperation framework, which will lead…

11/16/2016

Indian PM asks parties to unite in national interest

  NEW DELHI, Nov. 16: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed to all political parties to let a “signal go from the winter session of Parliament that all parties can come together on an issue of national interest,” referring to his decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs. 500…

11/16/2016

Indian PM Modi feels Donald Trump will be well inclined towards India

NEW DELHI, Nov. 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking forward to working with US president-elect Donald Trump with whom he has good relations and feels that the incoming Republican administration will be well inclined towards India.Modi shared an informal assessment of Trump's win and its implications at a dinner hosted by Lok…

11/15/2016

Support India on terror, ours not a friendship to hide: Israel Prez

MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, Nov. 15: Friendship between India and Israel is at work “day in, day out” and is not a relationship “we should be hiding”, said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin as he pledged full support to India in fighting terrorism. Rivlin arrived Monday in Mumbai on an eight-day visit…

11/15/2016

Indian forces giving befitting reply to ceasefire breach by Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Nov. 15: Indian forces are responding "in a punitive manner" to each and every ceasefire violation by Pakistan army and Rangers, inflicting "heavy damage" on military bunkers and posts across the line of control (LoC) and international border (IB), said officials .This came after Pakistan, in a rare admission of casualties on…

11/15/2016

Israel President arrives in Mumbai on 6-day visit

  MUMBAI, Nov. 14: Israel President Reuven Rivlin arrived in Mumbai on Monday morning on a six-day visit to India to further strengthen bilateral ties.     Mr. Rivlin, who landed at the Mumbai airport with a large delegation of businessmen and academicians, will leave for Delhi on Monday. He will…

11/14/2016

India, Japan stand together on South China Sea; discuss partnership on Chabahar

NEW DELHI, Nov. 12: Despite China warning India and Japan against any dalliance over South China Sea (SCS), the two countries brought up the issue again in the summit meeting between Indian PM Narendra Modi and his counterpart Shinzo Abe as they stressed the significance of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in resolving…

11/12/2016

'Historic step' says PM Modi as India, Japan sign civil nuclear deal

TOKYO, Nov. 11: India and Japan on Friday signed a landmark civil nuclear cooperation deal after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Shinzo Abe, a move that will boost bilateral economic and security ties and facilitate US-based players to set up atomic plants in India.The two countries…

11/11/2016

India slams World Bank process on Indus Treaty

  NEW DELHI, Nov. 11: India lashed out at the World Bank over its decision to favour Pakistan on the Indus Water Treaty dispute process over the Kishenganga and Ratle dam and hydropower projects. While India had asked for a neutral expert to be appointed over Pakistan’s objections to the projects…

11/11/2016

Humble Trump visits White House, promises to seek Obama's counsel

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11: In the famous Frank Capra movie Mr Smith Goes to Washington, a young, idealistic man (James Stewart) comes to the US Capital to fight against a corrupt political system. Donald Trump, not very young and certainly not idealistic, has promised to do the same, but given that he has,…

11/11/2016

Trump and Modi will be 'best friends':Trump adviser

UNITED STATE, Nov. 10: President-elect of the United States Donald Trump will be ‘best friends’with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an adviser to the Republican claimed on Thursday.   Speaking to Reuters in an exclusive interview, US-based businessman Shalabh Kumar who is also Trump’s adviser on Indian-American voters said, Trump and Modi will be best…

11/10/2016

Modi leaves for Japan, may sign nuclear deal

  NEW DELHI, Nov. 10: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Thursday embarked on a three-day visit to Japan. During his tour, the two countries are expected to sign a civil nuclear deal, besides discussing ways to step up cooperation in trade, investment and security.          …

11/10/2016

Five Indian-Americans in U.S. Congress

  NEW YORK, Nov. 10: Indian Americans have the largest ever presence in the U.S Congress now and the community has got its first Senator in Kamala Harris, who won from California. While the Democratic Party has little to celebrate after the crushing defeat at the hands of Republican insurgent Donald…

11/10/2016

India makes fresh push to gain NSG entry

  NEW DELHI, Nov. 9: India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group will be centre-stage again this week as the group meets for the Consultative Group technical meeting on September 9-10, followed by the Plenary session in Vienna on Friday. The government hopes its application will be considered again,…

11/09/2016

Sushma Swaraj admitted to AIIMS, advised more tests

NEW DELHI, Nov. 8: External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj was on Monday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, where she will undergo certain endocrinological tests. “The minister (Swaraj) was admitted at around 7.22 PM at AIIMS. She is having diabetes and other medical…

11/08/2016

Sushma Swaraj scripts happy end to India-Pakistan love story

NEW DELHI, Nov. 8: An India-Pakistan love story has had a happy ending after Foreign Minister of India Sushma Swaraj got the bride her visa. Naresh Tewani, from Jodhpur in north India, tweeted Ms Swaraj asking for help, after his Pakistani bride Priya Bachchani's visa was delayed. The minister ensured…

11/08/2016

Terror recruits down to a trickle in Kashmir

  SRINAGAR(INDIA), Nov. 8: While mass protests and incidents of stone-throwing have held the Kashmir Valley hostage since the death of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani, the Jammu and Kashmir police are relieved that against its internal assessment of 500 to 1,000 youth joining the militancy, only around 42 have actually taken up…

11/08/2016

Britain already has a good visa system with India: Theresa May

NEW DELHI, Nov.7: Britain already has a good visa system with India, Prime Minister of The United Kingdom Theresa Maysaid late on Sunday as she arrived in the country for her first bilateral trip outside of the European Union since June's Brexit vote.May has said she plans to use the two-day visit to…

11/07/2016

Islamic State calls for attacks on U.S. election day

  WASHINGTON, Nov. 7: The terror group Islamic State has called for a “slaughter” of American voters on Election Day (November 8) and urged Muslims not to participate in the democratic process, according to a U.S.-based terrorist monitoring group.     Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, said on…

11/07/2016

New Clinton emails still show no wrongdoing: FBI

  WASHINGTON, Nov. 7: The FBI’s review of new emails did not uncover any wrongdoing by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the bureau has not changed its July recommendation not to charge her, Director James Comey told lawmakers today.     Since late October, when Comey dropped a bombshell that…

11/07/2016

NIA of India to file chargesheet against LeT man, explain how army majors facilitate terrorists’ infiltration

NEW DELHI, Nov.7: Four months after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and the continuing unrest in Jammu & Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency of India is all set to expose the role of Pakistani defence forces in orchestrating violence and spreading terrorism in Kashmir. By the end of this month, the agency will…

11/07/2016

Next mascot of ‘Incredible India’ is... Narendra Modi

  NEW DELHI, Nov. 6: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is set to be the mascot of the “Incredible India” campaign with the Tourism Ministry finally deciding to do away with plans to rope in any Bollywood stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, for the role which was lying vacant after the…

11/06/2016

Trump rushed off stage after gun scare at rally

  RENO, NEVADA, Nov. 6: White House hopeful Donald Trump was bundled off stage by security officers on Saturday after a gun scare during a campaign appearance in Reno, Nevada. The 70-year-old Republican tycoon reappeared several minutes later to cheers, declaring: “Nobody said it was going to be easy for us,…

11/06/2016

India is my home, says Bangladeshi writer Tasleema Nasreen

Canacona (Goa), Nov. 6:  Noted Bangladeshi writer Tasleema Nasreen saturday said India is her home and she has no alternative but to live in exile for rest of her life. "I have been living in exile since 1994. I know I have no other alternative but to live in exile…

11/06/2016

Nobody from Pakistan comes to India without ISI clearance: Tarek Fatah

CANACONA, GOA (INDIA), Nov.5: Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah today said India should snap all ties with Pakistan, and claimed that no artistes from the neighbouring country come here without clearance from ISI."India has no business to have any relations with the country (Pakistan) that has chopped off its limbs," the 66-year-old writer…

11/05/2016

India, China discuss steps to improve bilateral ties

  NEW DELHI, Nov. 5: National Security Adviser of India Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart met in Hyderabad on Friday for a day-long discussion on improving bilateral ties, especially on the issue of India’s entry into the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) and U.N. ban on terrorist Masood Azhar.    …

11/05/2016

Charges against mission staff in Pak. baseless: India

  NEW DELHI, Nov.4: India-Pakistan bilateral relations plummeted further on Thursday with Pakistan formally naming eight Islamabad-based Indian diplomats as alleged spies. India refuted the allegation, terming it an “after thought” to the expulsion of a Pakistan High Commission staffer from New Delhi.     The Ministry of External Affairs of…

11/04/2016

Chinese Army makes incursion into Demchok area of Leh district

  NEW DELHI (INDIA), Nov. 3: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been engaged in a face-off with the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) along the Line of Actual Control in Leh district’s Demchok area since Wednesday afternoon, a top government official told .     The official said the PLA has…

11/03/2016

4 terror launch pads spotted along Pakistan border

JAMMU(INDIA), Nov. 3: The Army's military intelligence (MI) of India in Jammu and Kashmir has spotted at least four terror launch pads of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) across the international border (IB). The launch pads are less than five kilometres from border outposts in the Samba region, where heavy shelling by Pakistan's troops killed six…

11/03/2016

8 civilians die in Pakistani firing, BSF destroys 14 enemy outposts in retaliation

JAMMU(INDIA), Nov. 2: The toll in cross-border firing rose on Tuesday with eight civilians, including two minors, killed and 25 injured after Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling in Samba, Rajouri, Jammu, Poonch, Ramgarh, Nowshera and Balakote areas even as Indian forces responded with massive fire. The escalated tension in the wake…

11/02/2016

Seven civilians killed in firing, mortar shelling by Pakistan

  JAMMU(INDIA), Nov. 1: Seven civilians were killed and three others injured in fresh mortar shelling and small arms firing in Jammu's Samba and Rajouri districts on Tuesday. Five civilians were killed in Ramgarh in Samba Sector. The other two — one woman, identified as Sultan Begam, and her daughter-in-law, identified…

11/01/2016

Pak. SC orders probe against Sharif; PTI calls off protest

  ISLAMABAD (PAKISTAN), Nov. 1: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing a case into the Panama papers leaks and offered to form a commission to investigate revelations that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's children had offshore accounts. Following this, Pakistan's Opposition called off a planned "lockdown" of the capital. Mr.…

11/01/2016

SIMI’s rise as source of recruits for terror outfits keeps agencies on edge

NEW DELHI(INDIA), Nov. 1: Since its shift towards radical beliefs became more pronounced in the 1990s, the Students' Islamic Movement of India, banned in 2001, has become major concern for security agencies for supplying recruits to Indian Mujahideenand Pakistan-based terrorist organisations. Over the years, SIMI leaders radicalised Muslim youths and formed networks to…

11/01/2016

Eight SIMI men killed in encounter after jailbreak

  BHOPAL (INDIA), Oct. 31: Eight alleged members of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were killed in an encounter by Madhya Pradesh police on Monday, said officials. The men had earlier escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail in the capital city of Bhopal early morning on Monday. They…

10/31/2016

Mann Ki Baat: Modi dedicates Diwali to soldiers

  NEW DELHI, Oct. 30: Amid tension on the border with Pakistan, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Sunday saluted the valour of the armed forces and lauded their sacrifice while dedicating the festival of Diwali to them. He hailed the people including celebrities for sending overwhelming messages to his…

10/30/2016

Four Pak posts destroyed by Indian troops: Army

  SRINAGAR (INDIA), Oct. 29: Indian Army on Saturday said it has destroyed four Pakistani posts in a massive assault across the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “Four Pakistani posts have been destroyed in a massive fire assault in Keran Sector,” an army official…

10/30/2016

Modi to visit Japan in November

NEW DELHI, Oct. 29: In a bid to strengthen bilateral ties, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan from November 11 to 12, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Friday. The visit is significant as it is likely to give both sides a new opportunity to take up the…

10/29/2016

Terrorists kill jawan, mutilate body, Army vows 'appropriate response'

NEW DELHI (INDIA), Oct. 29: An Army jawanwas killed in an encounter with terrorists near the Line of Control in Macchil sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday evening. The terrorists mutilated the jawan's body, apparently beheading him, before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing provided by…

10/29/2016

India snubs China, says Dalai Lama can go to Arunachal Pradesh

NEW DELHI/DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 28: The Dalai Lama's scheduled visit to Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang in March next year remains on course with the religious leader accepting an invitation from chief minister Pema Khandu. The visit was announced earlier this month but remained subject of discussion in the light of recent strains in India-China…

10/28/2016

‘Islamic preacher, grocer were easy prey’

  NEW DELHI, Oct. 28: The Indian “spies” in the alleged espionage case arrested on Wednesday were paid meagre amounts for their efforts to collect defence-related information for their Pakistani handlers, investigators suggested. “The amount varied between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month. Each time, the spies would bring in…

10/28/2016

Quetta terror attack: At least 20 killed in Pakistan police academy attack

QUETTA(PAKISTAN), Oct. 25: At least 20 people were killed in an overnight raid by militants on a police academy in southwest Pakistan, officials said early Tuesday, after declaring a military counter-operation was finished. "At least 20 were killed but this figure isn't final -- we'll confirm it in the morning,"…

10/25/2016

Paris attacker was my leader: IS recruit from India

NEW DELHI, Oct. 24: Islamic State group's operative from Tamil Nadu Subahani Haja Moideen, who fought alongside IS fighters in Iraq, has disclosed that one of the attackers in the Paris strikes last year, which left around 130 people dead, was his "group leader". Moideen, labelled the most "battle-hardened" IS recruit…

10/24/2016

Won’t hesitate to act alone against terror groups in Pak., warns U.S.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24: In a blunt message, the U.S. has warned Pakistan that it will not hesitate to act alone, when necessary, to disrupt and destroy terror networks as the country’s powerful spy agency ISI was not acting against all terror groups operating on its soil. “The problem is that there…

10/24/2016

Modi opens new green airport terminal in Vadodara

AHMEDABAD(INDIA), Oct. 23: In his first visit to Vadodara from where he had contested Lok Sabha polls in 2014 after he became Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated a new integrated airport terminal, country's second green airport terminal, and also attended a social welfare camp to hand out…

10/23/2016

Was denied U.S. visa for being bachelor: Ramdev

INDORE (INDIA), Oct. 23: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who heads the Rs. 4,500- crore Patanjali Group, was once denied U.S. visa because he was a bachelor and did not have a a bank account. But later he was invited to the country and granted a 10-year visa when he was to…

10/23/2016

Two JeM militants arrested in Baramulla district

SRINAGAR(INDIA), Oct. 22: The security forces Of India on Saturday arrested two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, involved in an attack that left two Army personnel and a policeman dead, from Baramulla district of Kashmir. According to a police spokesman, a joint operation was launched on Friday. The arrested militants were identified as…

10/22/2016

Indian BSF kills 7 Pakistan Rangers after sniper injures jawan

NEW DELHI, Oct. 22: The Border Security Force (BSF) of India on Friday claimed to have killed at least seven Pakistan Rangers personnel in Hiranagar, Jammu, in retaliation for a sniper attack that injured one of their men along the International Border. A BSF official said the sniping incident came after…

10/22/2016

PTV attack case: Pakistan court directs police to arrest Imran Khan, others

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 21: An anti-terrorist court in Islamabad on Friday directed the Pakistan Police to implement its orders with regard to the arrest warrants issued against Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan+ and Pakistan Awami Tehrik(PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri in the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters attack case. ATC judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi who presided over…

10/21/2016

Rita Bahuguna Joshi joins BJP

NEW DELHI, Oct. 20 : In a jolt to the Congress, senior leader Of India Rita Bahuguna Joshi resigned from that party and her membership of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Thursday to join the BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah. Ms Joshi's brother, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister…

10/20/2016

Art has no boundaries but countries have, says Venkaiah Naidu

NEW DELHI, Oct. 20: Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has said the government had no role in the move to boycott Pakistani artistes or interfered with Indian film-makers who hire them, but there is an atmosphere of anger at Pakistan in India and people from all walks…

10/20/2016

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor might become like East India Co, say Pakistan's senators

NEW DELHI, Oct. 19: Several Pakistan senators have expressed grave fears that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor+ (CPEC) could turn into another rapacious East India Company if the country's interests aren't actively protected+ , Dawn reported. What the senators were specifically worried about is the perception that local financing is being used for CPEC-related projects+ , instead of monies…

10/19/2016

US stands in solidarity with India on cross-LoC strikes

NEW DELHI, Oct. 19: The U.S. supports cross-LoC strikes by India, U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma said, adding that Washington has drastically cut assistance to Pakistan in the past five years over concerns on terror. “India took the action it thought was necessary to defend itself, which we understand,” Ambassador Verma told The…

10/19/2016

India to nail Pakistan's lie on LeT funding at international meet

NEW DELHI, Oct. 16: When delegates from 190 countries, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), United Nations and multilateral agencies sit together from Sunday in Paris for a weeklong discussion on financing of terrorism, the Indian representatives will turn the spotlight on the free run given to banned outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and…

10/16/2016

Russia gives S-400 systems to boost India’s air defence

BENAULIM, GOA, Oct. 16: India and Russia put up an emphatic display of deep bilateral ties on Saturday, setting aside recent discord, and came out strongly against terror. Both sides signed 16 important deals including one on S-400 missile systems, a game-changer in countering airborne threats. Defence production and acquisition agreements…

10/16/2016

Tensions with Pakistan overshadow BRICS summit

BENAULIM (GOA), Oct. 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma and Brazilian President Michel Temer for bilateral interactions on Saturday, as he faces the task of carving out common ground on terrorism among them at the eighth…

10/15/2016

India, Russia likely to sign 18 agreements during Putin's Goa visit

NEW DELHI, Oct. 14: India and Russia are likely to sign as many as 18 agreements when PMNarendra Modi hosts President Vladimir Putin in Goa on Saturday for the 17th India-Russia annual summit meet Defence and nuclear cooperation will again be among the highlights of their engagement with Putin+ likely to inaugurate the third and fourth units…

10/14/2016

No cross-LoC action in the past: Parrikar

MUMBAI, OCT13: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday rejected claims that cross-Line of Control surgical strikes had been carried out by the country earlier. Mr. Parrikar said that as per his knowledge of the Ministry since he took charge, no such action was conducted by the armed forces against Pakistan…

10/13/2016

Jayalalithaa still CM, but finance minister handed over her portfolios

CHENNAI (INDIA), Oct. 12 : Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday allocated all the portfolios of chief minister J Jayalalithaa to finance minister O Panneerselvam. Jayalalithaa will continue to be the chief minister. The portfolios held by Jayalalithaa included public department, IAS, IPS, IFS, general administration, police and home. An official statement from Raj…

10/12/2016

At times, war becomes unavoidable, says PM Narendra Modi

LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI, Oct. 12: Declaring terrorism to be the enemy of humanity and warning that countries sheltering terrorists would not go unpunished, PM Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that at times, war became inevitable because of the sheer nature of circumstances. In his first public comment on terrorism after the Army's successful surgical strikesagainst terror…

10/12/2016

Military cooperation with 'terror-sponsor' Pakistan will create problems, India tells Russia

NEW DELHI, Oct.12: Ahead of their annual bilateral summit, India has conveyed its opposition to Russia over its joint exercise with Pakistan, a nation which "sponsors and practises terrorism as a matter of State policy", saying it will create further problems. "We have conveyed our views to the Russian side…

10/12/2016

Pakistan greatest threat to world peace: India tells UN

NEW DELHI, Oct. 12: In yet another stinging reply to Pakistan, India told the United Nationson Monday that there was a dangerous correlation between Pakistan's unchecked development of nuclear weapons and the close nexus between the state and jihadi groups, and this posed the greatest threat to the world. Responding to a…

10/12/2016

India continues to boost military ties with China

NEW DELHI, Oct. 11:  India continues to slowly but steadily build military-to-military ties with China, even as it keeps its armed forces on high operational readiness along the western front with Pakistan for any contingency after the cross-border surgical strikes of September 29. India and China, after holding their first-ever…

10/11/2016

Five questions set by the second presidential debate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pulled himself back from the brink and drew the battle lines against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the second presidential debate on Sunday evening. Mr. Trump’s remarks about how he would kiss and grope women without their consent, revealed in the run up…

10/11/2016

Trump aggressive, Clinton steady in tense debate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10: The tension between Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton was palpable from the start of their 90-minute debate. The two U.S. presidential nominees set off the event with several personal attacks in the light of Mr. Trump's leaked tapes. First sign of the escalating tension: no handshake as…

10/10/2016

China dispels hopes of early breakthrough on NSG, sticks to its guns on Azhar

BEIJING, Oct. 10: China has said it is ready to continue its dialogue, to “build consensus” with India, on its membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). It also stuck to its guns regarding the decision to stall U.N. sanctions on Masood Azhar, the chief of the banned Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) group.…

10/10/2016

Afghan Taliban leader taught, preached in Pakistan, despite government vow to crack down

KUCHLAK, Pakistan, Oct. 10: For 15 years until his sudden disappearance in May, the new leader of the Afghan Taliban insurgency openly taught and preached at the Al Haaj mosque in a dusty town in southwestern Pakistan, associates and students told Reuters. Details of Hibatullah Akhundzada's life in Kuchlak, near the city of Quetta,…

10/10/2016

Pakistan fishermen spying for terrorists?

AHMEDABAD, Oct. 8: The defence establishment of Gujarat has asked the state police to be on alert while investigating infiltration bids by fishermen from Pakistan into Indian territorial waters. Sources said there is a possibility that terror operatives from Pakistan enter Indian waters to carry out recce in the guise of fishermen. Defence sources…

10/08/2016

India presses case against Masood

NEW DELHI, Oct. 7: India said on Thursday that international failure to act against terror would send a “dangerous message” and sought “action” against the Pakistan-based terror outfits. The Ministry of External Affairs urged the international community to “nudge” Pakistan to act against terrorists responsible for cross-border attacks even as…

10/07/2016

Germany backs India's strikes, says 'every state has the right to defend its territory from global terrorism'

NEW DELHI, 5 Oct.: Germany on Wednesday openly declared its support for India in its fight against terrorism+ . Answering a question on the recent Indian surgical strikes+ on terror camps across the line of control+ , Martin Ney, the German ambassador said, "it is absolutely clear that there are two norms in international law governing this issue (cross-border terrorism). The…

10/06/2016

Strange matter wins physics Nobel

Sweden, Oct. 4 : The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three British-born scientists for discoveries about strange forms of matter. David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, will share the 8m kronor (£727,000) prize. The work could result in improved materials for electronics and are already…

10/04/2016

Baramulla: It was a terror attack, not a case of friendly fire, says Indian BSF

NEW DELHI, Oct. 4 : The Indian BSF denied reports of "friendly fire" resulting in casualties during the terror attack on the Baramulla camp even as speculation swirled about tense nerves leading to firing late on Sunday night. The border force said terrorists struck at a joint Army-BSF camp and this claimed the life of one…

10/04/2016

Pakistan still in anaesthesia after surgery, says Parrikar

DEHRADUN/NEW DELHI, Oct, 2 : Pakistan is like a patient who has been given anaesthesia and doesn’t know that surgery has already been done on him, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday. The Minister’s remarks are first comments from a member of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) following the…

10/02/2016

Pakistan not getting support in UN on surgical strikes issue: Akbaruddin

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 1 : India has said that Pakistan approaching the United Nations on the issue of surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC has not found any resonance in the world body and rejected claims that the UN mission monitoring ceasefire “has not directly observed” any firing…

10/01/2016

Terror as state policy is war crime, Shah tells Pakistan

KOZHIKODE,September 25 : The BJP on Sunday reinforced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Pakistan, with party president tabling a statement on the terrorist attack on Uri, positing it as one in a decade-and-a-half of terror strikes against India by Pakistan. BJP president Amit Shah described Pakistan as a country…

09/26/2016

Let's fight battle to build a better nation and see who wins: PM Modi to Pakistan

Mohua Chatterjee| TNN | Updated: Sep 24 : KOZHIKODE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday broke his silence on the Uri terror attack and tore into Pakistan for its role in supporting terror in the region. At his first public rally since the Uri incident, PM Modi challenged Pakistan - not at conventional war - but in…

09/25/2016

India, France ink €7.87 billion agreement for 36 Rafales

NEW DELHI, 23 Sept : India and France on Friday concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of €7.87 billion, the first fighter aircraft deal since the purchase of Sukhois from Russia in the late 90’s. The deal was signed by Defence…

09/24/2016


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Tokyo (Japan), Sept. 13: A new leadership assumed responsibilities at the Non Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA), Japan on Sunday. The new office bearers took oath of office and secrecy after a long fought battle resulting from dissatisfaction from those who…

Lama led officials assume responsibility in NRNA Japan