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Tharoor terms Kerala’s ‘foreign secretary’ appointment ‘unusual’. Then explains

The Kerala government has given additional charge of the matters connected with the external cooperation to its Labour and Skills Department Secretary K Vasuki.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 20, 2024 06:28 PM IST

Who is Vinay Mohan Kwatra, India's next ambassador to US? 10 things about him

Earlier on July 15, Vikram Misri succeeded Kwatra as India's foreign secretary.

Ambassador Kwatra is an IFS officer from the 1988 batch and has taken over the position which has been left vacant after Taranjit Sandu, retired in January 2024.
Published on Jul 19, 2024 01:23 PM IST

Vikram Misri takes over as foreign secretary

Vikram Misri, an officer of the 1989 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), has the rare distinction of serving as private secretary to three prime ministers

Vikram Misri, India’s former envoy to Beijing, is an expert on China. (X)
Published on Jul 15, 2024 12:10 PM IST

UK's new PM Starmer speaks to world leaders, names top team

UK's new PM Starmer speaks to world leaders, names top team

UK's new PM Starmer speaks to world leaders, names top team
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 02:29 PM IST

Vikram Misri: Meet India's new foreign secretary who is known as 'China expert'

Vikram Misri appointed as next foreign secretary, to take charge from July 15. Vinay Kwatra likely to be next US envoy.

Vikram Misri was deputy NSA, reporting to national security adviser Ajit Doval.(Twitter / @VikramMisri)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 05:29 PM IST

1989 batch IFS officer Vikram Misri to be new foreign secretary

Misri has served as private secretary to prime ministers Inder Kumar Gujral, Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi

1989 batch IFS officer Vikram Misri will be India's new foreign secretary(@VikramMisri/Twitter)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 04:55 PM IST

Former foreign secretary Muchkund Dubey, 90, dies at Delhi hospital

Muchkund Dubey started his career as a lecturer in economics before joining the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1957

Former foreign secretary Muchkund Dubey addressing a conference in Ranchi in June 2017 (Diwakar Prasad/ HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 09:48 PM IST

Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra to travel to Dhaka this week

Kwatra will be the second senior Indian official to visit Bangladesh since Hasina returned to power for a record fifth term after the general election in early January

Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra. (PTI File Photo)
Published on May 07, 2024 01:29 PM IST

Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra to visit Bangladesh on April 20

Kwatra is set to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Masud Bin Momen and foreign minister Hasan Mahmud during his day-long visit

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra addressing a press briefing in New Delhi. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 03:46 PM IST

Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra gets 6-month extension, will continue till October

Vinay Kwatra, who took over as foreign secretary on May 1, 2022, was earlier given an extension in November 2022 so that he could have a fixed term of two years

IMAGE via @raisinadialogue: Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra (PTI)
Published on Mar 12, 2024 08:57 PM IST

Foreign Secretary Kwatra meets Bhutanese PM Tobgay; discusses bilateral ties

The Prime Minister also hosted a dinner for the Foreign Secretary and his delegation at his residence.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra meets Bhutan's new Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.(ANI)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 12:20 AM IST

Foreign secretary begins 3-day Bhutan visit amid Thimphu-Beijing border talks

The visit will be the first high-level contact with the new government in Thimphu amid reports that Bhutan is close to finalising an agreement with China

General view of the Tashichho Dzong Buddhist monastery and fortress in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. (AFP FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 06:01 PM IST

View from the Himalaya | What's changed between 2015 and 2023

As Nepal-India sign a historic power deal, the neighbours have come a long way from the terseness that marked the relationship eight years ago

India External Affairs minister S Jaishankar (left) with Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'(PTI)
Published on Jan 07, 2024 04:25 PM IST

Just Like That | Colourful vignettes from a diplomat’s life

Remembering Jyotindra Nath ‘Mani’ Dixit, former national security adviser, who was known for his humour and competence

Jyotindra Nath ‘Mani’ Dixit wrote several significant books on international relations.(HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 10:22 PM IST

Implement schemes by Jan 26: PM to ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed ministers and bureaucrats to implement all projects and government schemes by January 26, 2024. He emphasized the need to explain the benefits of the schemes to the people and reach out to voters, stating that voters are becoming more educated. Modi also urged leaders to focus not only on the next general elections in 2024 but also on the broader timeline until India's 100th year of independence in 2047. The meeting discussed capital expenditure, flagship schemes, and budget proposals. The PM also highlighted infrastructure development and making India ready for 2047.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the council of ministers on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 12:26 AM IST

India, US hold 1st meeting of Strategic Trade Dialogue ahead of PM’s visit

India and the US launched the Strategic Trade Dialogue in March during a visit to New Delhi by US commerce secretary Gina Raimondo

Cooperation on export controls for sensitive technologies was reviewed at the meeting. (Twitter)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 11:30 AM IST

Daily brief: In touch with US on Tahawwur Rana's extradition, says Centre

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

The US court has approved the extradition of a Canadian businessman of Pakistani descent Tahawwur Rana to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. (ANI Photo)(LawBeatInd twitter)
Published on May 18, 2023 09:00 PM IST

India in touch with US on Tahawwur Rana's early extradition: Foreign secy Kwatra

The ruling on Rana's extradition came just over a month before Modi travels to the US on his first state visit at the invitation of Biden.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra (L) and 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused Tahawwur Rana.
Published on May 18, 2023 07:25 PM IST

Former Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla's biography launched in US

Harsh Shringla's biography is written by Dr Dipmala Roka who is the Assistant Professor at Sikkim University.

Former Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla(HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 29, 2023 12:10 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Sreelakshmi B

UK PM Sunak reviews charges against top deputy for 'bullying' civil servants

Raab, who is also deputy prime minister, has denied claims he was overly demanding and belittled and demeaned his staff.

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. (AP)
Published on Apr 20, 2023 06:12 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

India non-committal on Ukraine’s participation in G20 meetings

Ukraine’s first deputy foreign minister Emine Dzhaparova had raised both the participation of her country in G20 meetings and a virtual address by Volodymyr Zelenskyy during her visit to New Delhi this week.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar with spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, at Hyderabad House (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 09:25 PM IST

Vinay Mohan Kwatra, India's ambassador to Nepal, named new foreign secretary

The 1988-batch IFS officer also served as the ambassador of India to France from August 2017 to February 2020.

Vinay Mohan Kwatra
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 06:13 PM IST
By | Written by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi

Foreign secretary Shringla to begin 2-day UK visit, roadmap 2030 on agenda

Roadmap 2030 for India-UK future relations envisions "revitalized and dynamic connections" over the next decade between the two countries in the spheres of trade, investment, technology, climate action, and health.

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla (File Photo / ANI)
Published on Jul 23, 2021 05:32 AM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘No compromise on territorial integrity’: Shringla on India-China border row

“As far as we are concerned, there will be no compromise in our sovereignty and territorial integrity. At the same time, as a responsible nation, we are always willing to talk. Our communication lines are open,” Shringla said.

Foreign Secretary of India Harsh V Shringla(PTI image)
Updated on Sep 04, 2020 08:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Prashasti Singh

Harsh Vardhan Shringla takes charge as new Foreign Secretary

Speaking to reporters ahead of taking the charge, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said all efforts should be dedicated to contributing towards the nation in the form of its security, prosperity through external engagements.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla took charge as new foreign secretary on Wednesday(ANI/Twitter)
Updated on Jan 29, 2020 11:27 AM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Genius or joker? British PM favourite Boris Johnson set to face the world

When Johnson was given the foreign job in 2016, after Britain voted to leave the EU, he was viewed as an unlikely choice by politicians and public alike given his tendency to court controversy.

Boris Johnson made headlines by going off-script and accusing Saudi Arabia, an important regional ally, of acting as a puppeteer in proxy wars under the guise of religion.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 12:30 PM IST
London, UK | ByReuters

Proud to follow in Sushma Swaraj’s footsteps, says Jaishankar in 1st tweet

Jaishankar also thanked everyone for their good wishes.

Jaishankar has previously served as Foreign Secretary from 2015-2018 and was appointed as Minister of External Affairs in the newly formed BJP-led NDA government.(PTI)
Updated on May 19, 2020 09:46 PM IST
New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

‘Stop Boris’ campaign launched by UK Ministers

The campaign launched on Saturday as part of a concerted “anti-Johnson” push by opponents of a hard Brexit followed comments by the former Foreign Secretary on Friday, soon after May’s resignation speech.

A campaign to stop former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson from becoming the UK’s new Prime Minister and taking the country into a no-deal Brexit has been launched by moderate cabinet ministers(AFP)
Updated on May 26, 2019 03:36 PM IST

‘Hope for talks with India after Lok Sabha elections’: Pakistan envoy

Asked about the Kartarpur corridor project, the Pakistani High Commissioner said Islamabad was committed to completing the physical infrastructure on its side

Over two weeks after the Balakot strike, India and Pakistan held talks to finalise the modalities for setting up a corridor linking the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Gurdaspur district in Punjab.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Apr 14, 2019 06:44 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

IAF airstrikes across LoC in Balakot: Govt’s full statement

In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale addressing media in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2020 03:00 PM IST
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