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India, China discuss border affairs

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) In the wake of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam region in Bhutan earlier this year, officials from both sides discussed border-related issues at the 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on India-China Border Affairs in Beijing on Friday. The talks were held in a constructive and forward-looking manne...

1 day ago
Mamata lists potential collaboration areas to Scottish businessmen

Edinburgh, Nov 16 (IANS) Showcasing the state's industrial landscape among Scottish businessmen, West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday charted out potential areas of collaboration ranging from engineering, services to IT and ITes, between Bengal and Scottish industries. Banerjee was present in a business meet here organised by Scottish Development International with the support o...

3 days ago
Four nabbed, gold biscuits worth Rs 4.24 crore seized in Bengal

Kolkata, Nov 14 (IANS) Four persons hailing from Manipur were arrested and 14 kg of contraband gold biscuits valued at Rs 4.24 crore seized from them on Tuesday by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials in West Bengal. A DRI release said DRI officials maintained strict surveillance at the Bandel Railway station and caught the four accused hailing from Manipur as they alighted ...

3 days ago
Modi meets Chinese Premier

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had a pull-aside on the margins of the East Asia Summit here on Tuesday. Two neighbours in deep conversation. PM @narendramodi with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the margins of #EastAsiaSummit Summit in #Manila, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two le...

4 days ago
A journey of 10k kms; 2 women, 8 states and mighty Himalayas

Title: Zanskar to Ziro - No Stilettos in the Himalayas; Author: Sohini Sen; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 436; Price: Rs 995 Travelogues are always interesting: A new place seen through another's eyes, sharing someone else's experiences and, in this case, following a two-women team's trips spread over 10,000 km. A journey to discover each other, as well as a tour to discover the world ...

7 days ago
Post-Doklam, India, Bhutan talk development cooperation

New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) Months after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged after a standoff situation on the Doklam plateau of Bhutan, India and the Himalayan kingdom on Friday held the annual bilateral development cooperation talks here. Terming the talks an important bilateral mechanism to review the entire gamut of India's development partnership with Bhutan, the External Affairs Mini...

9 days ago
India's international Cherry Blossom Festival begins in Meghalaya

Shillong, Nov 8 (IANS) The second India international Cherry Blossom Festival started here on Wednesday, even as the pink and white cherry blossoms are yet to bloom. A botanist ascribed the late blooming due to climate change besides Meghalaya receiving prolonged rainfall this year, though the flowers in the high-altitude Upper Shillong and Laitkor area have started blooming. Che...

15 days ago
China for normal India-Bhutan ties

Beijing, Nov 2 (IANS) A day after Indian President Ram Nath Kovind praised visiting Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck for his country's support during the Doklam crises, China on Thursday said it stood for normal ties between India and Bhutan. Beijing also said it wants to develop friendly relations with New Delhi as well as Thimpu with which it has no diplomatic ties. B...

16 days ago
Modi gifts a football to Bhutan Prince

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a football to Bhutanese Prince Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk when the Himalayan kingdom's royal family called on him at his official residence here on Wednesday evening. Had a wonderful meeting with the King, Queen and Prince of Bhutan, Modi tweeted, along with a picture of the Prince who will turn two in February next year. Pr...

16 days ago
President appreciates Bhutan King's role in resolving Doklam

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday deeply appreciated Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck's role in resolving the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam region of the Himalayan kingdom. Kovind said this when the King, accompanied by Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk and Prince Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk, called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.<...

17 days ago
Sushma calls on Bhutanese King

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday called on Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who, along with Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk and Prince Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk, is on a four-day goodwill visit to India. #EverlastingFriendship. EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on His Majesty the King of Bhutan. The Royal family is on a 4-day goodwill visit to Indi...

17 days ago
India jumps 30 ranks to 100th in World Bank's ease of doing business list

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) India for the first time has moved into the top 100 in the World Banks Ease of Doing Business global rankings from its 130th position last year, riding on sustained government reforms which include making tax paying easier, according to the banks latest report released here on Tuesday. The World Bank Group's latest report 'Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create...

17 days ago
Post-Doklam, Bhutanese King arrives on four-day India visit

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Close on the heels of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam region of Bhutan, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, accompanied by Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk and Prince Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk, arrived here on Tuesday on a four-day visit to India. The royal couple was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airpo...

18 days ago
India, China hold border meet in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar, Oct 30 (IANS) India and China on Monday held a Border Personnel Meeting at Bumla near Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang and a thaw in relations was evident at the meet, an official statement said. The meet, that comes months after a stand-off along the Sikkim sector which ended on August 28. Located at an altitude of 15,134 feet and situated 42 km north of Tawang town, Bumla i...

18 days ago
Bhutanese royal family to visit India

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, accompanied by Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk and Prince Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk, will arrive here on Tuesday on a four-day visit to India, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Monday. The King will meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will host a dinner in honour of the royal family, a ...

19 days ago
Only few Indians influenced by IS-ideology: Rajnath

Hyderabad, Oct 30 (IANS) Compared to other nations, only a few Indians are influenced by the terror group Islamic State's (IS) ideology, thanks to the country's social and communal harmony, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday. He believes the credit for this should go to the people. Singh was addressing the Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers at their passing ou...

21 days ago
Prosperity of people should be objective of civil servants: PM

Mussoorie, Oct 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that civil servants' objective should be ensuring prosperity of people, and asked the new batch at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration which trains new IAS and other services' officers to imbibe this value. Addressing over 360 Officer Trainees of the 92nd Foundation Course at LBSNAA on the second ...

21 days ago
Doklam is behind us: Chinese envoy

Kolkata, Oct 27 (IANS) The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu on Friday stressed on boosting bilateral ties with India, saying Doklam is behind us. Doklam is behind us. Enough has been said about Doklam. In the new era, I believe, China-India relations will continue to develop with joint efforts, Ma said here. India and China had in August agreed to disengage their troop...

21 days ago
Status quo continues in Doklam: India

New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS) The External Affairs Ministry on Friday dismissed a media report of fresh Chinese troop build-up in Doklam region of Bhutan and said that the status quo remains in place. I think, it is important to have an accurate understanding of the situation and not to paint an alarmist picture, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in his weekly media br...

22 days ago
Practical approach, not condemnation, needed to tackle Rohingya crisis: Jaishankar

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Thursday said a practical approach was needed to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis arising out of Myanmar's Rakhine state, rather than strong condemnation. The fact that here is an exodus of a large number of people from Rakhine state is clearly a matter of concern, Jaishankar said in response to a question at a seminar ...

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