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Bestowed with the best! UAE honours PM Modi with 'Order of Zayed', the highest civilian award

Sharing a close knitted relation with enhanced bilateral ties, India and UAE has stepped up in levelling its diplomatic relationship to great heights. Conferring as a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations, UAE honoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the 'Order of Zayed', the UAE's highest civilian award, on Saturday. ..

Whipping hard for internal issues! UNSC targets Pak and China for persecution of Religious Minorities

Western powers like the US and UK took stand strongly against China and Pakistan for the oppression faced by Christians, Ahmadis, Uighurs and other ethnic minorities...

‘Naya Pakistan’ big downfall; Failing to take action against terror funding, FATF puts Pakistan on ‘enhanced blacklist’

Pakistan’s rare dream of ‘Naya Pakistan’ has taken a leap of faith as it failed to comply to meet its standard entailed by the Asia-Pacific Group of FATF on terror funding. While Pakistan was trying to bring India into bad picture, little did it know that it is indirectly backfiring itself. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) the global watchdog for terror financing and money laundering, has put Pakistan in the Enhanced Expedited Follow Up List (Blacklist) for its failure to take action against ..

Pakistan’s lie exposed! Sri Lanka refutes Pakistan’s claim on Kashmir issue, says 'it never supported Islamabad'

Digging its own grave by peddling lies, Pakistan has yet again called for a huge embarrassment after it claimed that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had acknowledged that J&K is a disputed territory and expressed his desire that this dispute should be resolved according to wishes of Kashmiris under UN resolutions. Refuting all such misleading claims, Sri Lanka on Thursday issued a statement highlighting that President Maithripala Sirisena never supported Islamabad on the revocation of Article ..

On backdrop of normalcy in valley, UN again wailing about ‘rights’ and communication shutdown in Kashmir

In today’s official statement, the UN's Human Rights High Commissioner Office said, “UN human rights experts today called on the Government of India to end the crackdown on freedom of expression, access to information and peaceful protests imposed in Indian-Administered Kashmir this month”. ..

Lungs of earth themselves on ventilator! Huge and long-lasting fire destroys Amazon forest

Amazon forest, which produces 20% of the earth's oxygen, is continuously burning since last three weeks...

‘Invisible’ crisis of water quality threatens Human & Environmental well-being!

Deteriorating water quality worldwide is slashing the economic potential of heavily polluted areas, according to a new World Bank report, released on Tuesday. It also warns that the “invisible crisis of water quality” is threatening human and environmental well-being...

With flooded enthusiasm, 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak celebrated in Australia

The 550th birth anniversary of the religious guide of Sikhs, Guru Nanak is being celebrated across the world...

For the first time, Zambia President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to visit India

President of the Republic of Zambia Edgar Chagwa Lungu is visiting India from 20- August 22. ..

‘Letter to the Future’! Iceland bids farewell to glacier ‘Okjokull’ lost to climate change

Giving a strong message to the world, Iceland has marked its 1st ever loss of a glacier to climate change as scientists gave cautions that hundreds of other ice sheets on the subarctic island risk the same fate...

Deepening ties with gulf! PM Modi to visit UAE and Bahrain next week

After the successful visit to Bhutan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to visit the UAE on Saturday, the Indian Embassy in UAE informed today. It will be a two-day visit from August 23 to 24...

Supporting for better global order! India contributes $ 1 Million to UN’s Special Purpose Trust Fund

Making another considerable contribution towards powering international institutions, India has contributed $ 1 million towards the United Nations’ Special Purpose Trust Fund (SPTF)...

And it's in ‘Modi’ style! Modi’s Man v/s Wild with record of most trended television event

The show, which was telecast on August 12, has achieved the status of being the most trending televised event not just in India but around the world...

Airstrike in Syria rebel area kills 13, including children

In Syria, at least 13 people have been killed, including four children and activists following a suspected Russian airstrike that hit a displaced people's gathering in the town of Hass south of Idlib province, on Friday, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...

Extending warm hands to baltic nations! Vice Prez Naidu embarks on a three-nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

India and Baltic countries have historical connect and common linguistic roots. The cutting edge technology and innovation ecosystems of the Baltic countries complement India’s huge market and appetite for these technologies. Hon’ble VP’s visit will be the first-ever high-level visit to the three Baltic countries. The visit takes place in the context of increasing political engagement, as well as intensified trade and commercial engagement...

Foreseeing his failure on Kashmir issue, panicked Imran Khan dials Donald Trump making an attempt to seek global support

Foreseeing its failure before the United Nations Security Council makes its decision over the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday spoke to US President Donald Trump over phone for 12 minutes. Dialling up Trump was an attempt by Khan to seek support as he was discussing situation in Kashmir after the Centre decided to end the special status given to the state under Article 370...

Pakistan yet again exhibits its ‘cry-baby attitude’; now bans Indian movie CDs and advertisements

Digging its own grave, calling out for unwanted controversy and seeking attention, Pakistan once again stooped down to a lower level. With first banning Indian movies, now Pakistan’s electronic media has banned the airing of advertisements featuring Indian artists as part of the country's protest against revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. ..

UN appoints Winnie Byanyima of Uganda as next Executive Director of UNAIDS

Secretary-General, António Guterres, appointed Ms. Byanyima as the UNAIDS Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General “following a comprehensive selection process” that involved a search committee constituted by members of the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board, said the statement...

Behind Closed doors? First time in 54 years, UNSC to hold ‘closed Consultation’ on Kashmir

On Friday morning, this meeting will take place behind closed doors, as per the official statement. Most importantly, any official statement from UNSC is yet to be made in this regard...

‘So profound and practical’; Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering share views on PM Modi as he greets India on Independence Day

Sharing bilateral ties, bonded by friendship, trust and understanding, Bhutan in an enduring gesture wished India on its 73rd Independence Day. Greeting India, Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering praised his Indian counterpart, PM Narendra Modi, as someone who is "humble and natural" in their interactions...

Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet

The British territory of Gibraltar will not yet release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean despite an Iranian report that it could do so on Tuesday, an official Gibraltar source said. The commandeering of the Grace 1 on July 4 exacerbated frictions between Tehran and the West and led to retaliatory moves in Gulf waterways used to ship oil...

US Prez Donald Trump back off; asserts mediation of Kashmir offer is not on the table anymore

Shutting all doors, India proved it loud and clear that Kashmir is an integral part and an internal matter with esteem priority as it scrapped special status given to Jammu and Kashmir. With United States attempting to interfere as a mediator between India and Pakistan, it has been noted that, US President Donald Trump has made it clear that his offer of mediation on Kashmir is not on the table anymore. ..

Guatemala: Alejandro Giammattei wins presidential race

Guatemalans have voted in Alejandro Giammattei of the Vamos party as the country's next president, hoping he would address the issues of crime and security, as well as the concerns around his human rights record...

Climate Change on doorsteps! New UN report shines light on trends in Climate Change

Less than two months ahead of a key September 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, a report published by UN Climate Change provides insights into action taken by governments to address climate change, presenting a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be deployed by governments to ramp up crucial climate ambition...

Following situation ‘very closely; invoking Simla Agreement, UN urges India, Pak for ‘Maximum restraints’ on Kashmir

The official statement by Antonio Guterres stated, “The Secretary-General is concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region”. Along with that, the statement also said, The Secretary-General is also concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region...

‘No Comments’! Adding more colors to drama, UNSC chief denies reacting on Pak letter on #370

During the press briefing, Ms. Wronecka said “No Comments”, said when asked for a reaction on this matter...

Owing tribute to the ‘Iron Lady’ standing strong over Dokhlam issue, Bhutan evokes Sushma Swaraj’s contribution

Bhutan, neighbour and a close friend, mourned for India’s great loss as former External Affairs Minister passed away suffering a cardiac arrest. Recalling her contribution in strengthening relations, Bhutan expressed in a post saying, “Smt Sushma Swaraj, former External Affairs Minister of India, embodied grace, dignity and strength. She will be remembered as a close friend of Bhutan, and for her contributions to strengthening relations between our two countries.”..

Four in 10 indigenous languages at risk of disappearing!

Currently, out Of 7,000 indigenous languages spoken today, four in 10 are in danger of disappearing, rights experts said on Wednesday, in a call for a decade of action to reverse the “historic destruction” of age-old dialects...

Signs of slow isolation? Saudi Arabia sacks Pakistani MS, MD doctors; UAE, Bahrain and Qatar follow

While Pakistan had a laid-back attitude about its relations with Saudi Arabia, it’s time for the neighbouring country to wake up from its illusionary world. Pakistan has been already suffering from a huge shock of India’s unprecedented move on J&K and in a move that is likely to give a huge blow to remittances received by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia has de-recognised postgraduate medical degrees from Pakistan. ..

#Zimbabwe: ‘Bread basket of Africa’ under worst-ever drought, UN rushes for help

Zimbabwe, once known as leading food producer in the region, one of the bread baskets of Africa, is now experiencing its worst-ever hunger crisis...

We are proud of you! Indian Academic acquires Rs. 2 crore research grant in The Netherlands

Now, adding new jewels in the crown of the Indian diaspora, Dr. Mahmood Kooria, an Indian academic, associated with the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, has been awarded a 2,50,000 euros (2 crore rupees) Veni grant for his project 'Matriarchal Islam: Gendering Sharia in the Indian Ocean World'...

Enhancing cooperation, India-UAE hold bilateral talks on prevention of human trafficking

India held bilateral talks with the UAE on enhancing cooperation to prevent human trafficking, especially the trafficking of women and children between the two countries...

Flood cannot satisfy thirst! India is among water-stressed countries in world

Not just India but 17 countries of the world facing the highest level of water stress- where 80% of water available is used up annually, India receives the maximum annual rainfall, according to a new study by the international think tank World Resource Institute (WRI)...

"First lift sanctions, then we will talk!" Iran President retaliates US

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani today said that Tehran favours talks with Washington only if the US lifts sanctions it has imposed on the Islamic republic...

Reacting on historic decision on #370, UN urges India and Pakistan to exercise restraints

UN stated that it was concerned about the rising tensions between the two neighbors after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir that granted special status to the state...

Extending hand of co-operation, India launches project with Gambia on flood disaster management

India-UN Fund has launched a project with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Gambia & UNESCO on flood disaster management. ..

VHPA decries attack on Hindu priest in New York

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) has deplored the attack on a Hindu priest Swami Harish Chander Puri in Queens, New York. The Swami is priest of Shiv Shakti Peeth in Glen Oaks and was attacked when he was walking down the street wearing his religious dress, the VHPA said in a press release...

Remarkable step forward! India-Jordan Centre for Excellence to operationalize soon

Indian ambassador to Jordan Anwar Haleem on Saturday announced the Agreement to operationalize India-Jordan Centre for Excellence in IT (IJCoEIT) at Al Hussein Technical University (HTU)’s annual conference. ..

Security Council must ‘come together’ to address the plight of children trapped in armed conflict!

It is “vitally important” that the Security Council “come together” on the current plight of children affected by armed conflict across the globe”, Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said on Friday...

This is not the summer of our youth!

The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shows that 2019 had the hottest June ever, with records broken from New Delhi to the Arctic Circle...

Synergy between India’s growth and Guinea’s strength will nurture India-Guinea friendship: President

President Ram Nath Kovind yesterday held delegation level talks with the President of Guinea Alpha Conde. The two leaders agreed to further the synergy between India's growth trajectory and Guinea's economic strengths...

US-Russia arms control treaty dies

The United States and Russia both walked away from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty today putting an end to a landmark arms control treaty that President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed three decades ago...

Long campaign yields sweet fruits! Saudi Women no longer need male guardian's consent for passport

In a crucial decision, Saudi Arabia has announced to allow women to obtain passports and travel abroad without approval from a male ‘guardian’, the government said yesterday, ending a longstanding restriction...

Noble man on prestigious post! Anwar Haleem takes charge as the new Indian ambassador to Jordan

Veteran Indian diplomat Anwar Haleem today assumed charge as the Ambassador of India to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. ..

Beware job-seekers! Indian Embassy ascertains fakeness of job advertisements by Algerian company

Indian Embassy in Algeria has cautioned Indian nationals not to fall prey to fraudulent job offers from Algerian company Khaaliz Oil and Gas Contracting...

India signs MoU with ‘trusted partner’ Gambia on traditional medicine system and Homeopathy

India offered The Gambia a grant of $ 5 lakh for skill development and cottage industry project, and also the two sides signed an MOU on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy...

Other Space for peace! Cabinet nods for MoU between ISRO and Bolivian Space Agency

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Bolivia on Cooperation in the "Exploration and Uses of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes"...

Pledging to solve international dispute! Cabinet approves signing of UNISA's agreement

The most important aim of the signing of the Convention will boost the confidence of the investors and shall provide a positive signal to foreign investors about India's commitment to adhere to international practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)...

Have a cheap and cheerful tour! Shri Lanka exempts Indian tourists from visa fees

As per the decision announced today by the Ministry of Tourism of Shri Lanka, Indian tourists now will not need to pay visa fees in order to travel to Shri Lanka! ..

Energizing India's energy sector! R K Singh holds bilateral talks with Energy Ministers of Niger, Togo and Tonga

R. K. Singh held bilateral meetings with his counterparts in Niger, Togo and Tonga yesterday...

Prioritising religious connection, 500 Indian Sikh Pilgrims arrive in Pakistan to attend Guru Nanak Dev birth anniversary

Although being at loggerheads and raising eyebrows with each and every comment the two countries make, India and Pakistan have clearly listed religious sentiments of the pilgrims on top priority. Continuing the same, almost 500 Indian Sikh pilgrims on Tuesday arrived in Pakistan to take part in celebrations pertaining to the 550th birth anniversary of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev...

Summing up visit with fruitful results, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh gifts 44 SUVs to Mozambican police force

Dealing with high proficiency, Defence Minister rajnath Singh held high-level engagements in Mozambique ending up with fruitful results. Holding discussions with Minister of Interior, Jaime Basilio Monteiro, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh gifted 44 SUVs to the Minister of Interior. The SUVs are expected to boost safety and security of the Mozambican police forces. ..

Act like you speak; Imran Khan asserts forced marriage as ‘un-Islamic’ as he vows to protect worship places of minorities

As the country reels under atrocities on the minorities and the government taking no concrete action against it, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday asserted that the practice of forced conversions is "un-Islamic" and said there was no precedent in Islamic history for forcefully converting others. Although there has been huge consensus over working against atrocities the country has not taken any concrete action against it...

Greeting youth abroad, Kiren Rijiju leads Indian Youth delegation to Russia, visits INS Tarkash

State Sport and Youth Affairs Minister (I/C) Kiren Rijiju yesterday led the Indian Youth delegation to Russia at Saint Petersburg, an important youth exchange programme between India and Russia. ..

Dawn of a new era of friendship! India announces $100 million Line of Credit to Benin

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind had a valuable dialogue with the President of Benin, Patrice Talon yesterday, where India announced to offer Benin a $100 million Line of Credit for development projects...

Saudi King Salman's elder brother Prince Bandar passes away at 96

Saudi King Salman's elder half-brother, the tenth son of the country's founding monarch, Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud died yesterday at the age of 96. ..

No End to Annual Fury of Floods in Assam! Why?

Flloods in the northeast, especially in Assam are a regular feature during the Monsoon season. No concrete and effective measure could be devised to arrest the damage caused by the swirling waters of the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries so far. ..

Indian culture shining in Russia: Ambassador Inaugurates, 'Days of Indian Culture in Kalmykia'

Indian Ambassador in Russia D. B. Venkatesh Varma inaugurated a cultural festival in Kalmykia named “Days of Indian Culture in Kalmykia”...

Kenya: Mangrove Forest Conservation through Carbon Trading

Through Carbon Trading, local communities in Kenya have conserved the precious mangrove forest. This is the first-ever initiative in the world of mangroves conservation through Carbon Trading. UN launched Vanga Blue Forests Project in Kenya for conservation of mangroves through carbon trading. The project will conserve over 4000 hectares of mangroves and support the livelihoods of over 8000 people. ..

Is US playing a double game? Approves $125 million sales to support Pakistan’s F-16 jets

The United States Department on Friday approved the foreign military sales worth $125 million to support the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan. The approval comes days after the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday where both sides had declared that the meeting was highly successful...

World Mangrove Day: Let’s Come Forward to Conserve the ‘Kidneys of Oceans’

Today is ‘World Mangrove Day’ – a day to pull the world’s attention to this immensely valuable ecosystem!..

Priti Patel, Alok Sharma and, Rishi Sunak: Bright Indian-Origin stars of Boris Jonhson’s new squad!

The three Indian-origin faces have been appointed for key posts is being hailed the most diverse cabinet in British history. Boris Johnson unveiled his 31-member cabinet Thursday shortly after taking office, naming the team he hopes will help him deliver Brexit by October 31...

In a Crucial Meeting, Petroleum Minister Appeals Saudi Arabia to Maintain Oil Market Balance

Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan today participated a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid A. Al-Falih In new Delhi...

Indian Muslim Assn of Houston first time invites HSS leader for Eid Milan

The Indian Muslims Association of Greater Houston (IMAGH) invited Ramesh Bhutada, a staunch supporter of many Hindu causes, Advisor to the Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) and national Vice President of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), USA as the Chief Guest for their annual Gala...

Indian origin Priti Patel appointed as Britain's Home Secretary

The newly elected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Indian origin Priti Patel as the country Home Secretary. The Prime Minister named former Home Secretary Sajid Javid to take over from Philip Hammond as the Finance Secretary or Chancellor...

PM Modi congratulates Boris Johnson as Britain's new Prime Minister

Boris Johnson took office as Britain’s new Prime Minister today. “The Queen received in audience The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP this afternoon and requested him to form a new administration,” Buckingham Palace said...

Look who’s talking! Bizarre and uncanny, Imran Khan claim Pakistan media has more freedom to report

In what may be called as a bizarre and uncanny comment, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that the media in his country has more freedom than that in Britain since he has assumed office, going by what they are allowed to report. Just a gentle reminder, Imran Khan, Pakistan media reported false news during the Balakot attack, besides Pakistan also kept media away when the Rawalpindi military hospital had blast where apparently UN designated Masood Azhar was admitted. ..

Adding to the list of applauses, Maldives extends warmest congratulatory wishes to India on Chandrayaan 2 launch

Attaching congratulatory wishes, Maldives extended a supportive hand towards India for its successful launch of Chandrayaan 2. India’s mission to the moon has received widespread applause and adding to this list is Maldives. The Maldivian government has extended warmest congratulations to the Government and the people of India on the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2...

Why so aggressive? China vows to take military measures to defeat separatists around Taiwan issue

Highlighting the defensive approach and standing firm on the ‘One-China policy’, China in its white paper released on Wednesday said that it would not renounce the use of force in efforts to reunify Taiwan with the mainland and vowed to take all necessary military measures to defeat separatists...

United Kingdom: Boris Johnson to be the new Prime Minister

Boris Johnson was elected as the Conservative Party leader and Britain's new Prime Minister today as announced by his party in London. Johnson, the former foreign secretary, secured 92,153 votes against 46,656 of his rival Jeremy Hunt in the battle for 10 Downing Street after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation amid a mounting rebellion from within the party...