“India is a huge market which is going to grow and somebody has to make use of it. Our production levels are never going to meet the aspirations of the market,” Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said.
Of the 39 who died, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and six from Bihar. One body is not being brought back for now as DNA testing had only provided a 70 per cent match; the others have had more than 95 per cent match.
In a statement, the Iraqi embassy in New Delhi said Iraq and India continue their close cooperation in order to find the location of the missing Indians who were kidnapped by ISIS terrorist group in June 2014.
On the Dokalam stand-off, V K Singh said he was thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for finding a diplomatic solution to the issue.
V K Singh said that restrictions for medical visa only existed on those from Pakistan where a recommendation letter from Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs is required for obtaining a visa. Singh had added that in 2017, 1,05,163 medical visas had been issued.
The decision to send V K Singh to China comes in the backdrop of the “very positive and cordial” meeting between Modi and Xi, which took place in Astana at the Beijing Palace Hotel.
The Indian Army had conducted overnight surgical strikes across the Line of Control on September 29 on several terror launch pads.
Eight Indian officials have come back in the last two months after Pakistan levelled “baseless allegations” against them and endangered their safety and security by making their identity public.
The Minister’s initiative comes amid reports that Haryana government too sought had sought renaming of Akbar road after the Mewar ruler.
The Indian nationals were taken hostage by the ISIS on June 11 in 2014 in northern Iraq’s Mosul town.
“We have conveyed to China in very clear terms that you cannot have two standards on terrorism,” said Singh.
During Question Hour, Singh said the move to ban Azhar is on “technical hold” at the UN.
VK Singh said a curtain should not be put on the scandal by targeting only former IAF chief SP Tyagi.
MoS for External Affairs General V K Singh Thursday said diamonds sold in the name of Surat would not fetch as much value in Antwerp.
Singh, a Minister of State in the Modi government, said Tuesday that the said video is of Vijay Pal Tomar and not him as being linked, requesting people to counter the “mischief”.