India ready to continue working with Sri Lanka for post-COVID economic recovery: MEA

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): In line with its "neighbourhood first" policy, India stands ready to continue working with Sri Lanka for rapid post-COVID economic recovery, said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Thursday.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 19:27 IST

General elections not possible before October this year, says Pakistan Election Commission

Islamabad [Pakistan], April 7 (ANI): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that general elections are not possible before October this year as it needs seven months to ensure "free, fair, and transparent polls" in the country, local media reported.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 18:43 IST

India, Italy discuss bilateral cooperation in fighting terrorism, transnational organized crime

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): Condemning terrorism of all forms, India and Italy discussed bilateral and multilateral cooperation in fighting terrorism and transnational organized crime.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 18:26 IST

Japan recognizes India's COVAXIN to facilitate travel between both countries

Tokyo [Japan], April 7 (ANI): Japan recognizes India's COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN manufactured by Bharat Biotech with effect from April 10 to further facilitate travel from India to Japan, said the Indian Embassy in Japan on Thursday.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 18:08 IST

Nepal PM reshuffles cabinet, brings new Minister on-board

Kathmandu [Nepal], April 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba effected a fresh cabinet reshuffle and appointed advocate Govinda Bandi (Govinda Prasad Sharma) as the Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 17:51 IST

Rejection of no-confidence motion against Imran Khan government an attack on Parliament, says Pak opposition

Islamabad [Pakistan], April 7 (ANI): Pakistan opposition parties on Wednesday said that the rejection of the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan government by the National Assembly Deputy Speaker is an "attack on Parliament".

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 17:49 IST

French envoy Lenain to visit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry to boost cultural, economic ties

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain will travel to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on a three-day visit focused on deepening Indo-French business, cultural and people-to-people ties.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 17:28 IST

Security tightened outside Pakistan SC, Chief Justice to deliver verdict over deputy speaker's ruling today

Islamabad [Pakistan], April 7 (ANI): Amid tightened security outside Pakistan Supreme Court, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial after noting that the deputy speaker's ruling to dismiss the no-trust motion against Imran Khan was a violation of Article 95, said that the verdict will be delivered at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 17:20 IST

Delivering arms to Ukraine to negatively impact Moscow-Kyiv talks: Kremlin

Moscow [Russia], April 7 (ANI/Sputnik) - Delivering weapons from the West to Ukraine will have a negative impact on the negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 17:04 IST

Over 8000 Indians lodged in foreign jails: MEA

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): Over 8000 Indians are lodged in different foreign jails, with a majority of them imprisoned in the gulf countries, informed Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 17:02 IST

Sri Lanka's heathcare sector witnesses major downfall amid shortage of essential medicines

Colombo [Sri Lanka], April 7 (ANI): Reeling from the economic crisis, the healthcare sector of Sri Lanka is also under stress as it is witnessing a major downfall due to a sudden rise in the prices of essential medicines that have been hiked upto 29 per cent after being prescribed by the government.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 16:58 IST

Afghan MoFA stages protest over incidents of firing across Durand Line

Kabul [Afghanistan], April 7 (ANI): Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to stage strong protests against the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul over the incidents of cross-border firing and artillery shelling across the Durand Line.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 16:56 IST

Pak-funded hospital in Kabul faces problems due to lack of funds

Kabul [Afghanistan], April 7 (ANI): Pakistan-funded Jinnah Hospital in Kabul is experiencing serious administrative and operational issues due to the non-availability of funds.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 16:53 IST

Moscow will respond to new US sanctions against Russia, Putin's relatives: Kremlin

Moscow [Russia], April 7 (ANI/Sputnik): Moscow will definitely respond to new US sanctions against Russia and President Vladimir Putin's relatives, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 16:48 IST

India set to hold G20 presidency starting December 1, 2022

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): Responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha on the manner in which India is preparing to assume the responsibility of the Presidency of G20 this year in December, the Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh on Thursday elaborated upon the role of India as the G-20 Presidency and the responsibilities and power the position would bring.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 16:35 IST

Russian Embassy calls 'massacre' in Bucha false flag operation perpetrated by Kyiv

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): Russia denied carrying out a "massacre" in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv in Ukraine, adding that there is evidence that it was in fact a "cynical false flag operation perpetrated by Kyiv itself".

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 16:21 IST

India plans to issue e-passports to its citizens starting this year: Muraleedharan

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): The Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Thursday said that the government is planning to issue e-passports to its citizens, starting in 2022-23.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 16:19 IST

MoS Muraleedharan says India desires normal ties with Pakistan, onus on Islamabad to create a conducive atmosphere

New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): Emphasizing the need for a good and healthy relationship with neighbouring countries, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Thursday said India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and is committed to addressing issues adding that the onus is on Islamabad to create a conducive atmosphere.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 16:05 IST

Pakistan may head towards civil war, says Shabir Choudhry

London [UK], April 7 (ANI): Pakistani activist from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Shabir Choudhry, said that Pakistan may head toward civil war amidst the worsening political situation in the country.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 15:52 IST

IndAus ECTA to create 10 lakh jobs in next 4-5 years: Piyush Goyal

Sydney [Australia], April 7 (ANI): Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) will create around 10 lakh jobs in the next 4-5 years.

Updated: Apr 07, 2022 15:42 IST

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