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9 days ago
Lebanon holds parliamentary polls

Beirut, May 6 (IANS) Polling stations opened across Lebanon on Sunday for the first parliamentary elections in almost a decade. The last elections in the country took place in 2009, for what was supposed to be a four-year term, reports the BBC. But parliament extended its term twice due to instability in neighbouring Syria and to reform the country's electoral laws. Hezbo...

13 days ago
Macron urges Australia to intensify climate change efforts

Sydney, May 2 (IANS) Visiting French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the Australian government to intensify its efforts in the fight against climate change and expressed his concern for the future of the countries in the Pacific. Numerous states in the Pacific are at direct risk of disappearing completely in only a few years if we do not take action, Macron said at a dinner on Tuesda...

1 month ago
Labour camp fire in Riyadh kills 7

Riyadh, April 13 (IANS) A residential building used as a labour camp in the Saudi Arabian capital caught fire on Friday, killing seven and injuring eight others. The fire broke out at the entrance of the building which had no other exits, Maj. Mohammed Al Hamadi, spokesman of the civil defence in the capital, was cited as saying by Xinhua news agency. Smoke inhalation was the mai...

1 month ago
Indian driver wins 12 mn dirham lottery in UAE

Abu Dhabi, April 7 (IANS) A Dubai-based Indian driver has hit a jackpot by winning 12 million dirhams in a raffle in Abu Dhabi. John Varughese, who hails from Kerala, has been working as a driver for a private company since he came to Dubai in 2016. He won the amount at the Big Ticket raffle held at the Abu Dhabi International Airport on Tuesday, the Khaleej Times reported. Varug...

1 month ago
UAE suspends 'good conduct certificate' for foreign job seekers

Dubai, April 1 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday suspended the implementation of the new good conduct certificate for foreign job seekers until further notice. The move was announced by the Ministry Of Human Resources and Emiratisation without giving any further details, reports Xinhua news agency. The good conduct certificate initiative by the UAE cabinet was raise...

1 month ago
Voting underway for Egypt's presidential election

Cairo, March 26 (IANS) Voting was underway in Egypt for the country's presidential election on Monday with incumbent President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi expected be returned by a landslide. Polls opened at 9 a.m., on the first of three days of voting, reports Xinhua news agency. Sisi casted his vote in Cairo, according to local media reports. Egypt has over 59 million eligible...

1 month ago
Dubai's Meraas eyes Indian buyers for premium residences

Hyderabad, March 22 (IANS) Property investors and high net worth Indians can now own premium residences in Dubai with Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, marketing its new venture 'Bluewaters' in India through Australia's Raine & Horne. The company at its roadshows in Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai is offering a flexi payment plan for those looking to buy the residential units in the...

2 months ago
Maldives not to extend state of Emergency

Male, March 14 (IANS) The Maldivian government on Wednesday said it would not extend the state of Emergency after it expires on March 22. At a media briefing held for foreign journalists at the President's Office, Legal Affairs Minister at the President's Office Aishath Azima Shukoor said the government did not intend to extend the state of Emergency as the situation in the archipelago h...

2 months ago
Modi's 'hugplomacy' in troubled West Asian waters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's worldwide travels, which appeared to lag a little with the advent of President Donald Trump and his own domestic troubles, resumed with a bang with visits to four Islamic countries in four days in February. For a person of the Prime Minister's reputation and record, this was revolutionary. No other single journey of his as Prime Minister was so rich in symbolism and...

3 months ago
Modi invites Omani businesses to invest in India

Muscat, Feb 12 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invited Omani businesses to invest in the country as he showcased the government's initiatives to further ease doing of business in the New India. Addressing around 50 Omani chief executives at the Oman-India Business Meet here, Modi said that the reforms were aimed at preparing India for the 21st century and make it a g...

3 months ago
Oman Sultan appreciates Indians' contributions, eight agreements signed

Muscat, Feb 12 (IANS) Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said Al Said voiced his appreciation for the appreciation of the expatriation Indian for their contributions to his country's development during a meeting with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. Sultan Qaboos appreciated the contribution of honest and hard working Indian nationals in the development of Oman, Indian External ...

3 months ago
Modi promotes Modicare among Indian diaspora in Oman

Muscat, Feb 11 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday promoted the new National Health Protection Scheme called Ayushman Bharat announced in this year's Union Budget in an address to the Indian diaspora in Oman. In our Budget this year, we did something that drew the world's attention, Modi said to thousands of cheering expatriate Indians at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium here s...

3 months ago
Modi discusses trade, defence ties with UAE PM

Dubai, Feb 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held an engaging discussion with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on expanding defence and trade ties between the two countries, an Indian official said. The two leaders also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in investment, security and people-to-people contacts to strengthen our comprehensive strate...

3 months ago
Modi witnesses temple foundation stone laying in UAE

Dubai, Feb 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday witnessed via video-conferencing the foundation stone laying ceremony of a temple in the UAE while attending a community event here. According to Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, Modi witnessed laying of the foundation stone for the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) temp...

3 months ago
Modi pays tributes at UAE war memorial

Abu Dhabi, Feb 11 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid a wreath at Wahat Al Karama, a war memorial of the UAE's brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Inspiring way to begin another hectic day! PM @narendramodi paid tributes to brave soldiers of UAE who made ultimate sacrifice in the service of UAE at Wahat Al Karama, 'Oasis of Dignity!' in Abu Dha...

3 months ago
India, UAE sign five MoUs as Modi makes second visit

Abu Dhabi, Feb 10 (IANS) India and the UAE on Saturday signed five MoUs, including in the areas of energy and railways, following delegation-level talks headed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan here. An MoU was signed between Indian Consortium comprising ONGC Videsh, Bharat...

3 months ago
India, UAE sign five agreements

Abu Dhabi, Feb 10 (IANS) India and the UAE on Saturday signed five agreements, including in the areas of energy and transportation, following delegation-level talks headed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan here. Two MoUs were signed on cooperation in the fields of manpower ...

3 months ago
Modi arrives in UAE

Abu Dhabi, Feb 10 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Saturday on the second leg of his three-nation tour to West Asia and the Gulf. Modi, who visited Palestine earlier in the day, is scheduled to hold talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan later ...

3 months ago
Energy, security, trade to top Modi's agenda in three-nation tour

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) Energy and security cooperation, trade and investment and counter-terror efforts will top Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda when he goes on a three-nation tour to West Asia and the Gulf starting on Saturday. When Modi reaches Ramallah from Jordan's capital Amman, he will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine. The Palestinian Presidency, in ...

3 months ago
Gulf, West Asia key priority for India: Modi

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Ahead of his three-nation tour to the Gulf and West Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the region is a key priority for India's foreign policy. I will be undertaking bilateral visits to Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Oman from February 9 to 12, Modi said in a pre-departure statement here. I am happy to visit the Gulf and West Asi...

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