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Hague Code of Conduct: India joins ballistic missile proliferation regime

The HCoC is a voluntary, legally non-binding international confidence building and transparency measure that seeks to prevent the proliferation of ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction.

Italy claims UN court ruled in its favour in marines case, India disagrees

India arrested in 2012 two Italian marines on suspicion they killed two fishermen that they had mistaken for pirates while they had been escorting an oil tanker.

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IDBI case: MEA seeks legal opinion, exploring Mallya’s deportation

Vikas Swarup said a request has been made to initiate steps for the deportation of Mallya to ensure his presence before the lawful authorities to proceed with investigation against him.

'Airlift' starring Akshay Kumar took artistic liberties, says Foreign Ministry

Airlift revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Gulf war

India to raise balloon issue with Pak

“The Defence Ministry has written to the MEA and we will raise it with Pakistan,” ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

'Slumdog Millionaire' author Vikas Swarup appointed Foreign Ministry spokesperson

A 1986 IFS-batch officer, Swarup will succeed Syed Akbaruddin.

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Delhi Confidential: Writer's block

Vikas Swarup, author of Q&A which was later adapted for Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, will be the new official spokesperson for the MEA.

Filmy Lessons for Meera

After Anita Nair’s novel,Lessons in Forgetting,about Meera,a cookbook writer,shot up the bestseller charts,a film seemed on the cards.

Fifth Jaipur Literature festival to begin on January 21

In its fifth year now,DSC Jaipur Literature Festival will again play host to authors,publishers and book lovers from 21st January to 25th January 2010,at the Diggi Palace in Jaipur.

Curiosity about India fuelled 'Slumdog's' success

Curiosity about India may have helped 'Slumdog Millionaire' become a phenomenon,says Vikas Swarup.

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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 to move UN for Azhar Masood ban: MEA

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup onThursday said that India will yet again move the United Nations to include the name of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar on the sanctions list to ban him. Swarup said "We will be moving to 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list. It is a great anomaly that the organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed is listed but not its leader. He also noted that India has already submitted to the UN's Sanction Committee a fresh list of 11 terrorists from Pakistan -based terror groups affiliated to Al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible for terrorism in the country. He further said "We are awaiting details from Pakistan about the composition of the Special Investigation Team and the itinerary of the visit. The two foreign secretaries are in touch.

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US decision was unfortunate: MEA on F-16 sale

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said it does not agree with the United State’s rationale that the sale of F-16 to Pakistan is for counter-terrorism activities. Swarup added that US decision was very unfortunate and will certainly convey negative sentiment, but the relationship between two countries is on broader level.

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.

India, Pak to reschedule Foreign Secretary-level talks: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Clearing the air over reports of suspension of the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary and both have agreed to reschedule the talks in the near future. Swarup further added that India welcomed Pakistan’s move to order an investigation into the Pathankot terror attack.

Pak's action against Pathankot perpetrators welcoming: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Welcoming the action taken by the Pakistan to punish the perpetrators of the Pathankot terror attack, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said India viewed the crackdown on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group as an important and positive first step. Swarup added that India will extend all necessary cooperation to the special investigating team of Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice.

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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.

DMRK's action affects peace of India: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 06 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Wednesday said he has seen the reports of the nuclear test that has been conducted in North Korea, and it is a matter of concern. He also said that Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DMRK) is doing wrong deeds, which adversely impact on peace and stability of India.

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