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Rezaul H Laskar is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.

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Protocols involved when MPs and government officials travel on special passports

The protocol section of the Rajya Sabha said that MPs using diplomatic passports are required to apply for “political clearance” for their visit from EAM

Prajwal Revanna possibly flew abroad on April 27, a day after the second phase of Lok Sabha polls on a diplomatic passport. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 26, 2024 08:00 AM IST

India’s transformation critical to strengthening multipolarity in Asia: Jaishankar

Jaishankar said India’s approach to the uncertain world was shaped by its broadening horizons, widening interests and reformist agenda

External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaks during the 2024 Nikkei Future of Asia Forum on May 24 (PTI)
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:09 PM IST

MEA sends notice to Prajwal Revanna on Karnataka request to cancel his passport

Prajwal Revanna, 33, the NDA candidate from Hassan for the Lok Sabha election, is facing charges of criminal intimidation and sexual harassment

NSUI members hold a poster of JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna during a protest against his involvement in the alleged sexual abuse case, in Bengaluru on April 30 (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:36 PM IST

Russia ready to help India build more reactors: Russian nuclear agency chief

Alexey Likhachev and Ajit Kumar Mohanty also discussed the progress of the joint Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project comprising six 1000 MW capacity power units

Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, and Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission held a meeting on Thursday at Seversk in Russia (Photo: Rosatom)
Published on May 23, 2024 06:23 PM IST

Concerned at recent Bishkek incidents of violence against foreign students: India

After 29 people were injured when violent mobs targeted foreign nationals in Bishkek last week, India had advised students to remain indoors

Hundreds of local men attacked buildings housing foreigners, especially students, last week, apparently in retaliation for an incident on May 13 in which some Kyrgyz men were allegedly beaten by Egyptian students.
Published on May 22, 2024 09:51 PM IST

The road ahead for Indian operations at Chabahar port in Iran

India and Iran inked a 10-year pact on operations at Shahid Beheshti terminal of Chabahar port in Tehran on May 13

Iranian ambassador Iraj Elahi said the immediate priority for Iran is ensuring that both sides take steps to enhance the volume of cargo handled by the port. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:41 AM IST

Ireland, Norway and Spain recognise Palestinian state

Israel reacted to the development by recalling its ambassadors to Norway and Ireland for “urgent consultations”

The Palestinian flag was raised in the courtyard outside Oslo City Hall on Wednesday morning in Oslo, Norway, (Reuters Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 05:25 PM IST

China using ‘extreme pressure’ to relocate Tibetans: HRW Report

Chinese authorities have relocated 500 villages in Tibet since 2016, affecting 140,000 residents, violating international law, says Human Rights Watch.

Chinese authorities have been accused by rights groups and the Central Tibetan Administration, or the government in exile based in Dharamsala, of a range of repressive measures (AP)
Updated on May 22, 2024 04:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

China using ‘extreme pressure’ to force rural Tibetans to relocate: HRW report

The Chinese government says the relocation of Tibetan villages is voluntary, but official media reports contradict this claim, said HRW acting China director

Soldiers dressed as ushers stand watch against a door during a deliberation on the government work report by Tibet delegations, on the sideline of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 6. (AP)
Published on May 21, 2024 09:40 PM IST

Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian will be remembered as ‘friends of India’: Jaishankar

External affairs minister S Jaishankar paid tribute to the two Iranian leaders when he visited the Iranian embassy to sign a condolence book

External affairs minister S jaishankar said they will always be remembered as friends of India who contributed immensely to the growth of the India-Iran relationship. (X/DrSJaishankar)
Updated on May 21, 2024 08:42 PM IST

Ebrahim Raisi’s death likely to impact Iran’s political dynamics, not foreign policy

Ebrahim Raisi, foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and several other officials were killed in a helicopter crash in Iran’s mountainous northwest

People walk near a banner with a picture of the late Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi on a street in Tehran, Iran on May 20 (via REUTERS/WANA)
Published on May 20, 2024 06:31 PM IST

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric who brought Iran closer to Russia, China

Ebrahim Raisi, who was seen by some as a potential successor to the 85-year-old Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, died in a chopper crash

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi looks on during a meeting in Minab, Iran, February 2, 2024. (via REUTERS)
Updated on May 20, 2024 04:10 PM IST

Iranian Prez killed in chopper crash, PM Modi hails contributions to bilateral ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the world leaders who expressed sorrow at the death of Raisi and hailed his efforts to strengthen relations with India

The helicopter crashed in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province in thick fog on Sunday. (Reuters photo)
Updated on May 20, 2024 06:10 PM IST

India advises students in Kyrgyzstan to ‘remain indoors’ following violence

At least 29 people were injured when mobs targeted foreign nationals in Bishkek on Friday night, according to information from the Kyrgyz health ministry

External affairs minister S Jaishankar (File Photo)
Published on May 19, 2024 09:58 AM IST

Spain turns away ship with explosives from India to Israel, says it’s a first

This was the first time the Spanish government denied authorisation to “a ship with weapons for Israel”, Albares said, according to the newspaper.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said the Indian side had seen reports about the vessel being denied permission to make a stopover at a Spanish port (X/eha_medya)
Updated on May 17, 2024 08:07 PM IST

Long-term pact with Iran on Chabahar a ‘major achievement’, says India

India hails long-term pact with Iran for Chabahar port as key for regional connectivity hub; US acknowledges project's significance despite sanctions risk.

Union minister for ports, Sarbananda Sonowal at the signing of a contract between India Ports Global Ltd. & Ports and Maritime organisation of Iran for the operation of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar, Iran. (PTI)
Updated on May 18, 2024 01:22 AM IST

‘Systemic plundering of resources’: India skewers Pak on violent protests in PoK

Four people were killed and over 100 injured in protests by PoK residents over rising inflation and the high prices of food items and electricity

Awami Action Committee's Kashmiris carry the coffins of slain protestors during the funeral in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on May 14. (AFP)
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:15 PM IST

Firms should assess China deals through ‘national security filter’: Jaishankar

Jaishankar said the government hadn’t prohibited people working with China, but “we would much rather you work with Indian companies”

External affairs minister S Jaishankar at the CII Annual Business Summit in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2024 06:55 PM IST

Shouldn’t take narrow view of Chabahar: Jaishankar after US warning on sanctions

External affairs minister S Jaishankar underscored that the US has been appreciative of the relevance of Chabahar port in the past

External affairs minister S. Jaishankar speaks during the release of the Bangla translation of his book 'Why Bharat Matters', in Kolkata on May 14. (PTI)
Updated on May 16, 2024 05:02 AM IST

Israeli tank fire hit UN vehicle in Rafah killing Col Kale; India awaits report

MEA said India’s permanent mission to the UN in New York and the missions in Tel Aviv and Ramallah are working to repatriate the body of Col Waibhav Anil Kale

A United Nations (UN) vehicle amongst fleeing Palestinians following Israeli army orders to evacuate ahead of military operations in Rafah, Gaza, on May 6 (Bloomberg File/Representative Image)
Updated on May 15, 2024 08:28 PM IST

Saarc secretary general discusses regional cooperation on 5-day India visit

Saarc has been largely moribund since India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan decided to skip the bloc’s summit in Islamabad in 2016

Golam Sarwar’s interactions with Indian authorities focused on various issues of regional cooperation within Saarc, the external affairs ministry said in a statement (X/MEAIndia)
Updated on May 15, 2024 06:46 PM IST

Ex-Indian Army officer killed in Rafah strike

The UN confirmed on Tuesday that a staff member of DSS was killed and another was injured when their UN vehicle was “struck” in Rafah.

Smoke billows during Israeli strikes in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 13, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AFP)
Updated on May 15, 2024 07:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Ex-Indian colonel killed in Gaza was counter-terror specialist, UN peacekeeper

Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale (retd)was killed when his vehicle was attacked at Rafah in the Gaza Strip on Monday

Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale (retd). (File)
Updated on May 14, 2024 07:59 PM IST

Why Iranian envoy thinks US won’t impose sanctions on India over Chabahar port

Iranian ambassador Iraj Elahi also said any possible sanctions by the US would harm the trade of many countries, not just India or Iran

Iranian ambassador Iraj Elahi said the importance of India would prevent any side from imposing sanctions on India over the Chabahar port deal (X/IranAmbIndia)
Published on May 14, 2024 07:32 PM IST

Chabahar deal: US warns of sanctions against entities considering trade with Iran

India on Monday signed a 10-year contract to operate the strategic Iranian port of Chabahar that will help New Delhi expand trade with Central Asia

The agreement signed by India and Iran will facilitate the long-term development of Shahid Beheshti terminal of Chabahar port. (PTI photo)
Published on May 14, 2024 12:04 PM IST

Barely 2 months into new UN job, ex-Indian Army officer killed in Rafah attack

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Col Waibhav Anil Kale (retired) was commissioned in the army in 2000 and had opted for premature retirement a few years ago

Col Waibhav Anil Kale (retired) opted for premature retirement from the Indian Army in July 2022
Updated on May 14, 2024 06:54 PM IST

India, Iran sign 10-year agreement for Indian operations at Chabahar port

Sarbananda Sonowal’s visit amid India’s general elections emphasises the importance attached by New Delhi to the Chabahar port

Sarbananda Sonowal said the two countries have laid the foundations for India’s long-term involvement in Chabahar with the signing of the new agreement (X/sarbanandsonwal)
Updated on May 14, 2024 04:48 AM IST
By, Rajeev Jayaswal

India, Iran to sign 10-year agreement for operations at Chabahar port

The long-term agreement was being negotiated by the two sides over the past three years or so and had been primarily held up by differences on a clause related to arbitration

The long-term agreement on the Shahid Beheshti terminal is expected to be signed on Monday. (File photo)
Published on May 13, 2024 12:41 PM IST
By, Rajeev Jayaswal

India informs FATF of steps taken on money laundering, terror funds

FATF is set to present its report on its “mutual evaluation” or periodic review of India’s efforts to fight money laundering and terror financing next month

India informs FATF of steps taken on money laundering, terror funds
Updated on May 13, 2024 09:09 AM IST

China’s new envoy Xu Feihong arrives in Delhi, says will deepen understanding

The Chinese embassy has been without an envoy since October 2022, the longest such gap in ambassadorial postings since 1976

Xu Feihong noted that it was a “great honour” to be appointed by President Xi Jinping as China’s envoy to India, and said the two countries are “important neighbours” (X/China_Amb_India)
Published on May 10, 2024 05:43 PM IST
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