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Eight flights from seven countries to bring Indians home soon

09 May 2020

Eight flights from seven countries to bring Indians home soon

As part of Vande Bharat Mission, India's biggest repatriation operation, eight flights will bring Indians from seven different countries soon.

China tries raising Kashmir issue at UNSC, fails again!

16 Jan 2020

China tries raising Kashmir issue at UNSC, fails again!

Pakistan's all-weather ally China attempted to turn the attention of United Nations Security Council members towards Kashmir, but to no avail, as most participants see the tension in the Valley as a bilateral issue between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Would've thrown demonetization-proposal in dustbin if I were PM: RaGa

10 Mar 2018

Would've thrown demonetization-proposal in dustbin if I were PM: RaGa

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said demonetization was "not a good" initiative while interacting with a gathering of the Indian diaspora in Kuala Lumpur.

Rahul Gandhi in Singapore: Congress has a clean slate now

08 Mar 2018

Rahul Gandhi in Singapore: Congress has a clean slate now

Congress President Rahul Gandhi yesterday began a five-day trip to Singapore and Malaysia. He plans to reach out to the Indian diaspora and will also meet the PMs of the two countries.

Jordan's King: Fight against terror isn't war on any religion

01 Mar 2018

Jordan's King: Fight against terror isn't war on any religion

Jordan's King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, who is on a three-day visit to India, spoke on the topic "Islamic heritage; Promoting Understanding and Moderation" at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi.

Iranian President's India visit: All you need to know

17 Feb 2018

Iranian President's India visit: All you need to know

PM Narendra Modi's "love affair" with West Asia continues. After hosting Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and making the Palestinians happy, now he is holding "substantive and productive" talks with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

PM Modi's Oman visit: Attends India-Oman business meet

12 Feb 2018

PM Modi's Oman visit: Attends India-Oman business meet

PM Narendra Modi was on a two-day state visit to Oman. The two sides signed eight agreements. He also addressed the Indian diaspora at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in capital Muscat.

Air India Privatization: Carrier to be split into 2

12 Dec 2017

Air India Privatization: Carrier to be split into 2

The government's Air India privatization plan seems to have taken shape. The Centre would split the state-run airline into two before sale.

Sushma Swaraj at UNGA: Is India growing increasingly assertive?

24 Sep 2017

Sushma Swaraj at UNGA: Is India growing increasingly assertive?

India's external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj recently addressed the UN General Assembly.

Mumbai's Videsh Bhavan reaffirms MEA's people-centrism

28 Aug 2017

Mumbai's Videsh Bhavan reaffirms MEA's people-centrism

Yesterday, a new Videsh Bhavan (VB) was inaugurated in Mumbai. It integrates all MEA's branches related to issuance of passports, protection of emigrants and managing cultural relations under one roof.

WhatsApp touted as a major news force

23 Jun 2017

WhatsApp touted as a major news force

Industry experts are now pitching WhatsApp as one of the biggest forms of news media, enabling people to discover and share news.

Trump seeks 'ultimate peace deal' during Israel visit

22 May 2017

Trump seeks 'ultimate peace deal' during Israel visit

US President Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestine territories where he's expected to push for "the ultimate deal" to end the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict.

Trump's Saudi Arabia visit- Signs $110 billion arms deal

21 May 2017

Trump's Saudi Arabia visit- Signs $110 billion arms deal

US President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on his maiden foreign visit. He will visit West Asia and Europe.

FIFA World-Cup 2022: Amnesty accuses Qatar of human rights violations

20 May 2017

FIFA World-Cup 2022: Amnesty accuses Qatar of human rights violations

Amnesty International has stated that despite highlighting gross human rights abuses among workers building infrastructure for Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup, the country did little to improve the situation.

Trump meets Palestinian President, vows to broker peace with Israel

05 May 2017

Trump meets Palestinian President, vows to broker peace with Israel

US President Donald Trump said during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House that he would work harder to broker peace between Israel and Palestine.

Al-Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Russia metro bombing

26 Apr 2017

Al-Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Russia metro bombing

The Imam Shamil Battalion, a terror group with links to al-Qaeda said it carried out the St Petersburg metro bombing on the orders of al-Qaeda chief Ayama al-Zawahiri.

Modi to visit Israel, Arab states mum

30 Mar 2017

Modi to visit Israel, Arab states mum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Israel soon, marking the first such visit to Israel by an Indian head of state.

Is terrorism becoming a fact of life in Europe?

24 Mar 2017

Is terrorism becoming a fact of life in Europe?

Terrorist attacks inside Europe have begun taking place with an alarming frequency.

DRI, customs on alert over arms, money shipments

19 Mar 2017

DRI, customs on alert over arms, money shipments

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the Customs Department have launched a nation-wide operation over reports that arms and fake money were being smuggled in through ports.

Trump remains dodgy on Israel-Palestine peace

16 Feb 2017

Trump remains dodgy on Israel-Palestine peace

Donald Trump signalled that the creation of a Palestinian state was not essential for constructive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, backing away from decades of US foreign policy.

Trump hosts Netanyahu at White House

15 Feb 2017

Trump hosts Netanyahu at White House

US President Donald Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, this is the first interaction between the two leaders.

Air India Express eyes tie-ups to manage revenue losses

11 Feb 2017

Air India Express eyes tie-ups to manage revenue losses

Low-cost carrier Air India Express (AIE) is looking for code-sharing agreements with other airlines for routes in South East Asia, following the loss of revenue from West Asia.

Trump, King Salman agree to Syria, Yemen safe zones

30 Jan 2017

Trump, King Salman agree to Syria, Yemen safe zones

The White House stated that US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman agreed to support safe zones in Yemen and Syria, to accommodate refugees from these countries.

US-Gulf allies look to Trump with uncertainty

07 Jan 2017

US-Gulf allies look to Trump with uncertainty

Leaders in the Middle East are looking to US President-elect Donald Trump with uncertainty as his rhetoric on the current US Middle East policy indicates that a change is likely to be on the cards.

Extremism on the rise in Maldives

07 Jan 2017

Extremism on the rise in Maldives

Experts have warned that Maldives may well have become the latest hub of Islamist extremism in South Asia.

Syria situation poses uncomfortable question for Sunni countries

24 Dec 2016

Syria situation poses uncomfortable question for Sunni countries

The current situation in war-torn Syria, particularly in Aleppo, poses an uncomfortable question, especially for the Sunni Muslim Arab countries supporting rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad and his allies- Iran and Russia.

Sony to acquire Ten Sports for $385m

31 Aug 2016

Sony to acquire Ten Sports for $385m

Sony Pictures Networks India have agreed to acquire Ten Sports network from Zee for almost $385 million.

Sony all set to buy Ten sports

09 Aug 2016

Sony all set to buy Ten sports

The owner of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Subhash Chandra is all set to sell Ten Sports to Sony Pictures Network in a deal which will be announced in the next three to four weeks.