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MEA is coordinating with Bharat Biotech to secure WHO’s approval for Covaxin(Sanchit Khanna / HT PHOTO)

Govt closely following Covaxin’s effort for obtaining WHO approval: MEA

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2021 08:01 PM IST
  • Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of Covaxin, had expressed confidence in getting the UN body’s approval based on "its experience of getting its other vaccines prequalified by WHO”
Fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi is currently in the custody of Dominican authorities.
Fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi is currently in the custody of Dominican authorities.

'Will continue to make all efforts to bring back fugitives': MEA

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 09:24 PM IST
New Delhi has been seeking extradition of Indian fugitives Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi from the UK to face trial in India.
Govt extends help to Indian students studying abroad now stuck in country(PTI / Representative image)
Govt extends help to Indian students studying abroad now stuck in country(PTI / Representative image)

Govt extends help to Indian students studying abroad now stuck in country

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2021 07:46 PM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday asked the Indian students studying abroad to contact their OIA-II Division if they are currently stuck in India due to COVID-19 restrictions or have other similar issues.
Scores of students studying abroad in foreign countries are presently stuck in India due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. (File Photo / Reuters)
Scores of students studying abroad in foreign countries are presently stuck in India due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. (File Photo / Reuters)

Studying abroad but stuck in India over Covid-19? Here's what you should do

PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2021 05:02 PM IST
Get in touch with India's ministry of external affairs if you are facing mobility issues due to the pandemic. Here are complete details.
Vishnu Sharma, Director, CPV Division MEA joined the court proceedings and apprised the court that the mortal remains of the deceased has arrived in India today morning.(PTI representative image)
Vishnu Sharma, Director, CPV Division MEA joined the court proceedings and apprised the court that the mortal remains of the deceased has arrived in India today morning.(PTI representative image)

Hindu man's mortal remains from Saudi arrived in India, MEA informs Delhi HC

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 01:03 PM IST
A bench headed by Justice Prathiba M Singh on Wednesday took note of the submission of MEA officials appreciated the efforts made by the department and said it is a great relief for the court also.
Fourth consignment of medical supplies containing 60 ventilators arrives from the United Kingdom, at Indira Gandhi international airport in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
Fourth consignment of medical supplies containing 60 ventilators arrives from the United Kingdom, at Indira Gandhi international airport in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)

India received 17 consignments of medical aid from nations to battle Covid surge

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2021 11:32 AM IST
Between April 24 and May 2, India has received 17 consignments – comprising essential medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, cylinders of medical oxygen, ventilators and BiPAP machines, bedside monitors, anti-viral drugs, rapid kits to detect Covid-19 virus, pulse oximeters, N95 masks and personal protective equipment among others — from at least 14 countries.
This will be External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s first visit abroad since India was hit by a second wave of Coronavirus infections. (PTI PHOTO.)
This will be External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s first visit abroad since India was hit by a second wave of Coronavirus infections. (PTI PHOTO.)

S Jaishankar set for G7 ministers’ meeting in UK

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 12:53 AM IST
The UK is hosting the first in-person G7 foreign ministers meeting in two years, in London, from May 3 to 5.
S Jaishankar said the external affairs ministry ascertained that there are no Covid-19 cases in the Philippines embassy and the matter was tantamount to “unsolicited supply”. (File photo)
S Jaishankar said the external affairs ministry ascertained that there are no Covid-19 cases in the Philippines embassy and the matter was tantamount to “unsolicited supply”. (File photo)

MEA, Congress spat over oxygen delivery to 2 foreign missions

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 12:07 AM IST
The war of words erupted after posts on social media on the supply of oxygen cylinders to the Philippines embassy on Saturday and the New Zealand high commission on Sunday
Flight from the UK with medical supplies.(Twitter/@MEAIndia)
Flight from the UK with medical supplies.(Twitter/@MEAIndia)

News updates from HT: Covid-19 medical supplies from UK reach India

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 08:59 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The report of the committee on external affairs was tabled in both houses of Parliament.(AFP)
The report of the committee on external affairs was tabled in both houses of Parliament.(AFP)

Funds allocation to MEA inadequate considering foreign policy objectives

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 09:15 PM IST
The panel said the budgetary resources will play a "determining role" in India's pursuit of a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as it requires adequate global presence and expansion of diplomatic outreach.
MEA also suggested that missions across the world could actively engage with NGO/institutes such as the RSF and V-Dem and provide them with material which will help them put “India at the rightful place on the democracy and press-freedom index, in future reports”.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)
MEA also suggested that missions across the world could actively engage with NGO/institutes such as the RSF and V-Dem and provide them with material which will help them put “India at the rightful place on the democracy and press-freedom index, in future reports”.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)

India mulls new democracy report, freedom index by local think tank

By Anisha Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2021 07:03 AM IST
  • The discussions to do this were going on before recent reports by Freedom House and V-Dem Institute downgraded India’s democratic rankings.
Indian assistance to the Madagascar government was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a phone conversation with Madagascar's Foreign Minister.(PTI)
Indian assistance to the Madagascar government was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a phone conversation with Madagascar's Foreign Minister.(PTI)

India sending rice, HCQ tablets as humanitarian assistance to Madagascar

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:49 PM IST
The humanitarian assistance is being delivered on-board Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa, which will leave with the food and medical assistance on March 3 and is expected to reach the Port of Ehoala in Madagascar between March 21 and 24, 2021, the MEA said.
An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols through a closed market in Srinagar.(AP)
An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols through a closed market in Srinagar.(AP)

Foreign envoys to visit Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 07:31 PM IST
This will be the third visit of envoys from various countries, including the European Union, since the revocation of Article 370 in August 2019.
During his visit, Sharma met senior ministers, as well as leaders from business and civil society to discuss strengthening the UK-India climate partnership.(HT file photo )
During his visit, Sharma met senior ministers, as well as leaders from business and civil society to discuss strengthening the UK-India climate partnership.(HT file photo )

PM Modi meets COP26 President, discuss India-UK cooperation on climate change

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 04:01 PM IST
Earlier today, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar also met Alok Sharma and discussed important issues, for negotiations to be held in Glasgow later this year.
Narendra Modi and Justin Trudeau did exchange smiles and pleasantries at the G20 Summit in Argentina, that warmth masked what officials are resigned to — a chill that is unlikely to thaw for another year.(AFP/File Photo)
Narendra Modi and Justin Trudeau did exchange smiles and pleasantries at the G20 Summit in Argentina, that warmth masked what officials are resigned to — a chill that is unlikely to thaw for another year.(AFP/File Photo)

On farmers’ protest, Trudeau commended India's efforts, says MEA

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 10:10 PM IST
In early December, a few weeks into the agitation, Trudeau had backed the protests and said that Ottawa has conveyed its concerns about the protest by Indian farmers to New Delhi.
MEA spokesperson said Red Fort breach evoked similar sentiments n India as did the incidents on the Capitol Hill on 6 January.(ANI)
MEA spokesperson said Red Fort breach evoked similar sentiments n India as did the incidents on the Capitol Hill on 6 January.(ANI)

'Taken note': MEA refers to Capitol violence, reacting to US statement

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2021 08:16 PM IST
The incidents of violence and vandalism at the historic Red Fort on January 26 have evoked similar sentiments and reactions in India as did the incidents on the Capitol Hill on 6 January, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs constitutes consultative committees of members of both the Houses of Parliament and arranges meetings. These panels are attached to various ministries.(Sanjeev Verma / Hindustan Times)
The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs constitutes consultative committees of members of both the Houses of Parliament and arranges meetings. These panels are attached to various ministries.(Sanjeev Verma / Hindustan Times)

Jaishankar attends meeting with parliamentary panel on external affairs

PTI | , New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:58 PM IST
At the meeting of the Consultative Committee on External Affairs, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla gave a detailed presentation on the external affairs ministry.
The ministry of external affairs said India stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Niger in the fight against terrorism.(Representative Image)
The ministry of external affairs said India stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Niger in the fight against terrorism.(Representative Image)

India strongly condemns terrorist attacks in southwestern Niger

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 08:43 PM IST
Over 70 people were killed and many injured in terror attacks on two villages in southwestern Niger on Saturday. In a statement, the MEA said India stands in solidarity with the government and people of Niger in the fight against terrorism.
Fiji was hit by a Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa on December 17-18, 2020, which caused extensive damage and destruction of critical infrastructure.(AFP)
Fiji was hit by a Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa on December 17-18, 2020, which caused extensive damage and destruction of critical infrastructure.(AFP)

India delivers humanitarian assistance, disaster relief support to cyclone-hit Fiji

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 09:22 PM IST
“Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, over 6 tons of relief supplies were put together in a short span of time by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and were airlifted to Fiji,” the ministry of external affairs said.
This will be S Jaishankar’s first visit to Qatar as External Affairs Minister.(PTI)
This will be S Jaishankar’s first visit to Qatar as External Affairs Minister.(PTI)

External affairs minister S Jaishankar to visit Qatar on December 27

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 10:40 PM IST
According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Jaishankar will be meeting Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani and also call on other important dignitaries of the State of Qatar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before their bilateral talk, at Hyderabad House.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before their bilateral talk, at Hyderabad House.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to discuss connectivity, trade

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:43 AM IST
Modi and Hasina will jointly inaugurate the Haldibari-Chilahati rail link which is aimed at fostering people-to-people connectivity on both sides.
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss and review the entire gamut of labour and manpower cooperation related issues between the two countries, the MEA said.(Reuters File Photo)
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss and review the entire gamut of labour and manpower cooperation related issues between the two countries, the MEA said.(Reuters File Photo)

India, Qatar agree on institutionalising measures to promote, protect workers’ rights

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 10:31 PM IST
The agreement was reached in the Sixth Meeting of India-Qatar Joint Committee on Labour and Manpower Development held virtually on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs.
Speaking on ‘The Future of Work -- Creating Globally Competitive Skilled Workforce’ the senior MEA official said India was well-positioned in traditional labour markets in the Gulf and Europe.(Bloomberg)
Speaking on ‘The Future of Work -- Creating Globally Competitive Skilled Workforce’ the senior MEA official said India was well-positioned in traditional labour markets in the Gulf and Europe.(Bloomberg)

India well-positioned to provide globally-skilled workforce: MEA official

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 07:25 PM IST
Addressing the 9th Global Summit on Skill Development, MEA Secretary (CPV & OIA) Sanjay Bhattacharyya said India stands ready to improve the presence of highly-skilled workers and professionals through mutually-beneficial arrangements with Europe, the US and Japan.
FILE PHOTO: An employee in personal protective equipment (PPE) removes vials of AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a visual inspection machine inside a lab at Serum Institute of India, Pune, India, November 30, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: An employee in personal protective equipment (PPE) removes vials of AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a visual inspection machine inside a lab at Serum Institute of India, Pune, India, November 30, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo(REUTERS)

Foreign ministry to fly over 60 foreign envoys to Hyderabad for Covid vaccine briefing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 07:28 PM IST
The diplomats will be taken to the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and Biological E for an interaction with scientists on the Covid-19 vaccine
Four JeM terrorists were gunned down in a three-hour-long gunbattle, which started early on Thursday at the Ban toll plaza on the highway near Nagrota town in Jammu district(PTI)
Four JeM terrorists were gunned down in a three-hour-long gunbattle, which started early on Thursday at the Ban toll plaza on the highway near Nagrota town in Jammu district(PTI)

Nagrota attack: MEA expresses ‘serious concern’, says attempt to derail DDC election

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 07:20 PM IST
The MEA also vocalised their concerns about any disruptions to the safe and peaceful elections that the government is aiming to conduct in Jammu and Kashmir, and summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission.

MEA was issuing 10 lakh passports per month before Covid-19: MoS

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 11:42 PM IST
Speaking at the inauguration of the renovated premises of Regional Passport Office, Hyderabad, Muraleedharan said 517 passport seva kendras, including 424 Post Office Passport, across the country provide passport services.
The Indian side at the two-plus-two ministerial talks will be represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(ANI file photo)
The Indian side at the two-plus-two ministerial talks will be represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(ANI file photo)

Third Indo-US two-plus-two talks on Oct 27 in Delhi: MEA

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 09:22 PM IST
The new framework of the ministerial dialogue was initiated in order to provide a forward-looking vision for the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province, China in September 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province, China in September 2017.(Reuters File Photo)

Eye on China, govt to bar universities from pacts with India’s neighbours

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 12:30 PM IST
While the ministry of external affairs was initially hesitant in mandating approvals for such partnerships with institutions from friendly countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal that share land borders with India, HT learns that South Block now has no objections to the education ministry’s plan.
In the CAG report tabled in Parliament, it has come down heavily on Ministry of External Affairs for not being able to complete the project in time(PTI)
In the CAG report tabled in Parliament, it has come down heavily on Ministry of External Affairs for not being able to complete the project in time(PTI)

Saarc museum conceptualised in 2005 yet to be operational: CAG

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 09:35 AM IST
Till September 2019, MEA had already released Rs 18.87 crore for the museum
Second batch of Indian deportees from Saudi Arabia to arrive on Sept 24(Twitter/JPJets_Group)
Second batch of Indian deportees from Saudi Arabia to arrive on Sept 24(Twitter/JPJets_Group)

Riyadh-Chennai flight scheduled to bring back Indian deportees from Saudi Arabia on September 24

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 10:30 AM IST
Second batch of Indian deportees from Saudi Arabia to arrive on Sept 24 via Riyadh-Chennai flight, other flights from Riyadh and Jeddah being currently worked out
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