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Marry and abandon: The NRI game plays on in absence of strong laws

According to the National Council of Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma, they have recorded at least 2,490 complaints from women against their NRI husbands in the past several years. In Punjab alone, which is termed as the NRI belt of the country, a total of 80 cases have been registered in 2019.

No need to take Zawahiri threats seriously: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said India’s security forces are capable and equipped to protect the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.


Four Indian women duped by employer in Dubai rescued: MEA

Muraleedharan said in a tweet the rescue operation was carried out by the Consulate General of India (CGI) in Dubai with the help of local authorities.

In first tweet,S Jaishankar says 'proud to follow in footsteps of Sushma Swaraj'

Sixteen months after he retired and left the office of Foreign Secretary in South Block to lead a private life, Jaishankar returned on Friday to take over the Ministry of External Affairs.

Alerted nations in Pacific Ocean region on missing Kerala vessel with 243 onboard, no response yet: MEA

The MEA official was responding to queries on 'Deva Matha 2', which had set sail from a port in Kerala's Ernakulam district for New Zealand on January 12 with 243 people on board.

Government formally requests Malaysia to extradite Zakir Naik

Naik is facing a probe in India by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after his sermons on his Peace TV were cited as a reason by Bangladesh for an attack in Dhaka in 2016, which claimed 22 lives.


NRIs in US support PM Modi's re-election, give thumbs up to MEA's performance, says survey

The NDA government has taken several steps to address the issues of the NRI community including visa and passport issues. The time taken in issuing visas and passports by Indian consulates has come down drastically over the last five years.

India issues fresh advisory on visiting Sri Lanka after Easter bombings

In its advisory, the Ministry of External Affairs assured citizens that security situation in Sri Lanka is gradually returning to normal with the lifting of curfew and restrictions on social media and the opening of schools.

Sushma Swaraj intervenes after visa denied to German Padma Shri awardee

German national Friederike Irina Bruning, 61, who was awarded the Padma Shri for cow protection this year, has threatened to return her reward after her application for visa extension for further stay in India has has been rejected by the MEA, according to a media report.

MEA refuses to share details on extradition of fugitive businessmen Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi

Embattled liquor tycoon Mallya is out on bail in the UK. The former Kingfisher Airlines' boss is wanted in India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs 9,000 crore. Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi is also contesting extradition proceedings in London.

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Mother Should Be Natural Guardian Says WCD Ministry

IN A move that, if accepted, would require an amendment in all personal laws, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has suggested that the mother should be made the natural guardian of the child instead of the father. The ministry made the recommendation as part of its submission before the expert committee set […]

No permit was given to Pak High Commission to visit Chennai event: MEA

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said that the Ministry of External Affairs had informed the Pakistan High Commission on February 12 that High Commissioner, his wife and one official could go to Chennai in the program of February 22. He added that the organisers were wrongly informed that Ministry of External Affairs did not permit the Pakistan High Commissioner to go to Chennai event.


India, France to discuss counter terrorism mechanism

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): In the wake of horrendous attack in Paris and the recent terrorist attack at the Pathankot air base, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday the cooperation between France and India on matters related to counter terrorism has acquired a very significant dimension, and added that a lot of discussion in this regard is expected during the visit of French President François Hollande. President Hollande will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations this year. This is the fifth time that a serving President of the French Republic will be the chief guest at the Republic Day function. Vikas Swarup also highlighted the business ties between both nations.

Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif was target of terrorist attack, says MEA

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Confirming that the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif was indeed the target of a terrorist strike, the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said the reports received from the Afghan authorities on January 6 indicate that the armed terrorists attacked with heavy ammunition. Swarup also said it lasted till the night of January 4 when the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) were able to eliminate the four terrorists, who had been holed up in a building near the Consulate.

India puts ball in Pak's court, seeks action against Pathankot perpetrators

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Amid speculations that the Foreign Secretary-level talks could be called off by New Delhi in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday put the ball in Pakistan's court and said the future course of action would be decided after Islamabad's response to actionable intelligence provided with regard to the fidayeen strike. Addressing the media, Swarup said the government's policy towards Pakistan is clear and consistent.