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File photo of Anurag Srivastava.(ANI photo)

Anurag Srivastava becomes new foreign ministry spokesperson

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 02:24 PM IST
Anurag Srivastava has degrees in engineering and business management and did a brief stint in the corporate sector before joining the IFS. He also has a postgraduate diploma in diplomatic studies from Oxford University.
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In February, India had despatched a consignment of medical supplies, including gloves, surgical masks, feeding and infusion pumps, and defibrillators, to China in a flight that also brought back Indian nationals from Wuhan.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
In February, India had despatched a consignment of medical supplies, including gloves, surgical masks, feeding and infusion pumps, and defibrillators, to China in a flight that also brought back Indian nationals from Wuhan.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

India sending 14-member medical team to Maldives to counter coronavirus

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 07:15 PM IST
India has received requests from several countries, including Bhutan, the Maldives, Iran and Italy, for assistance and essential supplies such as surgical masks and protective gear, and these are being processed, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told a news briefing.
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A total of 13 fresh cases were reported on Thursday, health ministry officials said. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)
A total of 13 fresh cases were reported on Thursday, health ministry officials said. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)

External Affairs ministry gets requests for protective gear from 4 coronavirus-hit countries

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 06:59 PM IST
India had earlier provided 15 tonnes of medical equipment to China -- the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak which has reported more than 3,100 fatalities from the infection.
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Anurag Srivastava will be the new Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson(@IndiaInEthiopia/Twitter)
Anurag Srivastava will be the new Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson(@IndiaInEthiopia/Twitter)

Anurag Srivastava to replace Raveesh Kumar as Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson: Report

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2020 09:27 AM IST
Srivastava is currently serving as India’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union. He is a 1999-batch IFS officer.
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Senior security officials have visited the place of violence, peace committees have been formed and other steps have been taken to ensure law and order.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO.)
Senior security officials have visited the place of violence, peace committees have been formed and other steps have been taken to ensure law and order.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO.)

India rejects global criticism of CAA, Delhi violence; calls comments ‘irresponsible’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 07:06 PM IST
Leaders of countries such as Turkey, Iran and Malaysia too have reiterated their criticism of these issues even though India had described their past remarks on these matters as interference in the country’s internal matters.
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The USCIRF has already convened a hearing in Washington on March 4 to discuss how the citizenship law is being “used to target religious minorities” in India.(AP)
The USCIRF has already convened a hearing in Washington on March 4 to discuss how the citizenship law is being “used to target religious minorities” in India.(AP)

Global pressure over CAA-driven violence in India

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2020 07:13 AM IST
The government pushed back against the criticism, with external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar describing the comments by organisations and individuals as “inaccurate and misleading” and aimed at politicising the situation.
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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is “very saddened” by the casualties in the communal clashes in northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law(REUTERS)
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is “very saddened” by the casualties in the communal clashes in northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law(REUTERS)

UN chief ‘very saddened’ by casualties in Delhi violence

By Press Trust of India | United Nations
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 02:58 PM IST
Communal violence over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in northeast Delhi killed at least 34 people and left over 200 injured till Thursday as police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people.
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An aerial view of Sardar Patel Stadium, which is expected to be inaugurated by US President Donald Trump, in Motera, in Ahmedabad.(PTI)
An aerial view of Sardar Patel Stadium, which is expected to be inaugurated by US President Donald Trump, in Motera, in Ahmedabad.(PTI)

Congress raises questions over event organiser

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Leaders of opposition parties have not been invited. The office of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was yet to get an invite to any function to be held during Trump’s visit.
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India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security(Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Trade to security: Five key pacts may be inked during Donald Trump visit

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 07:39 PM IST
Despite their inability to finalise a limited trade package before the stand-alone visit during February 24-25, the two sides are looking at the trip to strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership and ramp up cooperation in counter-terrorism, defence, security, trade and energy.
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India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security(Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Trade to security: Five key pacts may be inked during Donald Trump visit

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 04:53 PM IST
Despite their inability to finalise a limited trade package before the stand-alone visit during February 24-25, the two sides are looking at the trip to strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership and ramp up cooperation in counter-terrorism, defence, security, trade and energy.
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MEA hits back as China opposes Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing/New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 01:03 AM IST
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet and routinely criticises visits to the region by Indian officials.
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Turkey’s latest provocation was Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir at an address to a joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament where he said latest developments in the region highlighted the urgency of finding a solution.(Reuters File Photo)
Turkey’s latest provocation was Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir at an address to a joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament where he said latest developments in the region highlighted the urgency of finding a solution.(Reuters File Photo)

India lodges protest with Turkey over president Erdogan’s Kashmir remark

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 04:06 AM IST
Turkey’s top leaders apparently ignored India’s repeated protests about non-interference in the Kashmir issue because they were intent on going ahead with efforts to project their country as a leader of Muslims around the world, said people familiar with developments.
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CRPF personnel stand guard in front of a closed market, in Srinagar on February 09, 2020.(ANI Photo)
CRPF personnel stand guard in front of a closed market, in Srinagar on February 09, 2020.(ANI Photo)

India rejects UNSG’s offer to mediate on Kashmir

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 05:46 AM IST
The Indian side also called on Guterres to “emphasise on the imperative for Pakistan to take credible, sustained and irreversible action to put an end to cross-border terrorism against India, which threatens the most fundamental human right – the right to life, of the people of India, including in Jammu and Kashmir”.
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New Delhi on Thursday set aside US President Donald Trump’s remarks questioning the status of India and China as developing countries(Bloomberg)
New Delhi on Thursday set aside US President Donald Trump’s remarks questioning the status of India and China as developing countries(Bloomberg)

Back WTO trading system: MEA on Donald Trump’s remark

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 05:40 AM IST
Trump had on Wednesday complained that his country hadn’t been treated fairly by the WTO and said that if China and India are considered developing nations by the trade body, the same status should be accorded to the US.
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India on Thursday said Pakistan will have to take the initiative to create conditions conducive to meaningful engagement between the two sides(ANI/Twitter)
India on Thursday said Pakistan will have to take the initiative to create conditions conducive to meaningful engagement between the two sides(ANI/Twitter)

Onus on Pakistan to take steps for better ties: MEA

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 11:40 PM IST
Raveesh Kumar was responding to remarks by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump on the margins of the World Economic Forum at Davos.
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The MEA spokesperson put the onus on Pakistan to create a conducive environment to hold talks on bilateral issues between the two countries.(REUTERS)
The MEA spokesperson put the onus on Pakistan to create a conducive environment to hold talks on bilateral issues between the two countries.(REUTERS)

‘World understands Pak’s double standards’, says India in latest attack on Imran Khan

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 10:25 PM IST
India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to UN Nagaraj Naidu had earlier attacked Pakistan at the United Nations for raking up the Kashmir issue at the international forum.
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File photo of the riot police in Najaf, Iraq.(Reuters Photo)
File photo of the riot police in Najaf, Iraq.(Reuters Photo)

‘Avoid non-essential travel to Iraq’, India tells its nationals after Iran attack on US bases

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 10:31 AM IST
In a pre-dawn attack on Wednesday, the US department of defence aid that Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against its military and coalition forces at two bases in Iraq.
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China has proposed some “early harvest” proposals, including an agreement to settle the border in the Sikkim sector, though India linked this to progress on the middle sector of the boundary in Uttarakhand.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
China has proposed some “early harvest” proposals, including an agreement to settle the border in the Sikkim sector, though India linked this to progress on the middle sector of the boundary in Uttarakhand.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

On China, India says border dispute should not cloud bilateral ties

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 10:37 PM IST
The Special Representatives of the two countries on the border issue – National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and State Councillor Wang Yi – met in New Delhi last month and agreed to intensify efforts to find a mutually acceptable solution and to work on more confidence-building measures (CBM).
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Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar(Photo: Twitter/ANI)
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar(Photo: Twitter/ANI)

No persecution under current regime, MEA clarifies on Bangladesh in CAB

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 01:57 AM IST
Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, who was scheduled to attend two events in India, put off his visit.
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan(Reuters file photo)
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan(Reuters file photo)

On barb over citizenship law, India gives Imran Khan some advice

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 01:54 AM IST
Imran Khan, foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told a weekly news briefing on Thursday, had made a habit out of commenting on issues relating to India’s internal affairs.
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No formal charges have been filed against Hafiz Saeed, accused by India of masterminding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.(PTI File)
No formal charges have been filed against Hafiz Saeed, accused by India of masterminding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.(PTI File)

World knows Pak not serious in trying LeT chief, other 26/11 culprits: India

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 11:51 AM IST
Pakistan had arrested seven men, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, for planning, financing and executing the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. However, their trial has been stalled for several years and Lakhvi is out on bail.
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Eyewitnesses in the Sudanese capital had said the LPG tanker exploded while a shipment was being unloaded at Seela Ceramics Factory in Bahri area of Khartoum.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Eyewitnesses in the Sudanese capital had said the LPG tanker exploded while a shipment was being unloaded at Seela Ceramics Factory in Bahri area of Khartoum.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

India confirms death of six in blast in Sudan factory

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2019 08:28 PM IST
Indian authorities had earlier said 18 Indians were feared to be among 23 people killed when a gas tanker exploded at the factory on Tuesday evening.
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The embassy of Ecuador in New Delhi also denied reports that Nithyananda had been granted asylum by the country and that the Ecuadorian government had helped him in purchasing an island in South America.(FILE PHOTO.)
The embassy of Ecuador in New Delhi also denied reports that Nithyananda had been granted asylum by the country and that the Ecuadorian government had helped him in purchasing an island in South America.(FILE PHOTO.)

‘Nithyananda wanted for crimes’: India alerts other countries

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2019 07:46 PM IST
External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar outlined the government’s position after reports emerged, citing a website purportedly linked to the self-styled godman accused of rape, that he had established the “Hindu nation” of Kailaasa in South America.
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Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that they’ve “cancelled Nithyananda’s passport and rejected his application for new one.”(File Photo)
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that they’ve “cancelled Nithyananda’s passport and rejected his application for new one.”(File Photo)

‘Cancelled Nithyananda’s passport and rejected his application for new one’: Govt

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2019 06:12 PM IST
Nithyananda allegedly fled India without a passport to save himself from a rape case registered against him in Karnataka.
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New Delhi on Thursday asked Islamabad to grant immediate consular access to two Indian nationals, whose arrest by Pakistani authorities.(Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)
New Delhi on Thursday asked Islamabad to grant immediate consular access to two Indian nationals, whose arrest by Pakistani authorities.(Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)

India seeks consular access to 2 citizens arrested in Pakistan

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 02:41 AM IST
Reports in the Pakistani media this week said the two Indians – Prashant Vaindam of Hyderabad and Wari Lal of Madhya Pradesh – had been arrested for illegally entering the neighbouring country.
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The Kalapani region, which is disputed by India and Nepal, was depicted as part of Uttarakhand in new maps issued by India showing the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh that were carved out of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. (PTI photo)
The Kalapani region, which is disputed by India and Nepal, was depicted as part of Uttarakhand in new maps issued by India showing the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh that were carved out of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. (PTI photo)

‘Maps accurate’: India to Nepal amid row over new map

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 08:15 PM IST
On Wednesday, Nepal’s foreign ministry had protested against the depiction of Kalapani as part of Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand state.
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The Foreign Ministry also pointed to comments made by members of European Parliament (MEPs) on conclusion of their Kashmir visit that were largely supportive of Indian line.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Foreign Ministry also pointed to comments made by members of European Parliament (MEPs) on conclusion of their Kashmir visit that were largely supportive of Indian line.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘There is a difference’: Foreign Ministry rebuts criticism on J&K visit by MEPs

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 05:04 PM IST
Ministry of external affairs spokesperson defended the government’s move of facilitating the visit of 23 European lawmakers to Jammu and Kashmir and said that the move is in the larger interest.
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India on Thursday accused Pakistan of setting up “Kashmir cells” in its missions around the world that posed the threat of radicalising people in other countries through “false propaganda”.(ANI Photo)
India on Thursday accused Pakistan of setting up “Kashmir cells” in its missions around the world that posed the threat of radicalising people in other countries through “false propaganda”.(ANI Photo)

India accuses Pakistan of setting up ‘Kashmir cells’ in missions around the world

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 10:30 PM IST
The allegation, made by external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar during a weekly news briefing, came against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the two sides over the Kashmir issue and reports of Pakistan’s involvement in organising anti-India protests in Western capitals.
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India on Thursday said it was regrettable that a few US lawmakers used a Congressional hearing to question measures to protect lives of people in Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI)
India on Thursday said it was regrettable that a few US lawmakers used a Congressional hearing to question measures to protect lives of people in Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI)

Regrettable few US lawmakers used Congressional hearing to question steps to protect lives in J-K: MEA

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 07:07 PM IST
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the US Congressional hearing on Kashmir was a reflection of lack of understanding about robust functioning of democratic institutions in India.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan talks to China's President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China.(Photo: Reuters)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan talks to China's President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China.(Photo: Reuters)

India delivers blunt message on Kashmir ahead of Modi-Xi summit this week

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 09:31 PM IST
President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had met a few hours earlier. At this meeting, President Xi had not only spoken of China’s “unbreakable and rock-solid” friendship with Pakistan but also declared that he was watching the situation in Kashmir.
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