Diplomacy

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key calls India a priority

John KeyNew Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday that India is a priority relationship. He was welcoming Rahul Gandhi, great-grandson of his country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal

Nehru.

Gandhi is visiting New Zealand as the inaugural Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow, a fund set up to recognize the special contribution the conqueror of Mount Everest made to relations between the

two countries and Nepal.

Key further added that the aim of the fellowship is to build a constituency for New Zealand among the emerging leaders of India and Nepal.

Hindus approach Embassy of India in Washington DC on holy Ganges denigration issue

Nevada (US), Dec 23 : Hindus have approached Embassy of India in Washington DC asking for approaching the United States Government for apology from Fox News regarding its comments about holy river Ganges, which they found denigrating.

Glenn Beck, talking about India in December nine segment titled "This is the best America has to offer?" of his opinion show "The One Thing" on Fox News channel, said: "One big river they have there, that sounds like a disease. Come on it does. I mean if somebody said, I am sorry, you have a really bad case of Ganges."

China, Indonesia welcome Copenhagen summit deal

China, Indonesia welcome Copenhagen summit dealLondon, Dec. 21 : China and Indonesia have hailed the outcome of the Copenhagen UN climate summit, with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi describing it as a new beginning, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono saying he was pleased with the result.

The non-binding pact, called the Copenhagen Accord, was not adopted by consensus at the summit in the Danish capital. Instead, after two weeks of frantic negotiations, the 193-nation conference ended on Saturday with delegates merely taking note of the deal.

Beijing accused precipitating climate change stalemate

London, Dec. 20 : Some delegates who attended the recently concluded Conference of Parties-15 (COP-15) climate change meeting on Copenhagen, Denmark, have been openly critical of China for its intransigence.

They categorically blame Beijing for the drawing up of a less than satisfactory Copenhagen accord for tackling climate change.

The deal hammered out on Saturday, was expected to commit countries to deep cuts in carbon emissions, but in the end, it fell short of this goal after China fought hard against strong US pressure to submit to a regime of international monitoring.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, walked out of the conference at one point, and sent a lowly protocol officer to negotiate with US President Barack Obama.

PM favours keeping the flame alive irrespective of climate summit’s outcome

PM favours keeping the flame alive irrespective of climate summit’s outcomeCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : Despite expressing skepticism over the possibility of actual success of the Copenhagen climate summit, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said it could still be evolved into an important milestone.

Success of climate negotiations vital for India, says Manmohan Singh

Success of climate negotiations vital for India, says Manmohan SinghCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said for a developing country like India the success of negotiations related to climate change was of high significance, as it was one of those countries of the world that might be intensely affected by the climate change.

BRIC favours Kyoto Protocol to remain effective post Copenhagen: India

BRIC favours Kyoto Protocol to remain effective post Copenhagen: IndiaCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : India on Friday said that BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) favours remaining in the parameters of the UN framework convention on the climate change and it also wants the Kyoto Protocol, a legally valid instrument, must remain effective and operative as it takes the process forward post Copenhagen.

China-U.S. joint statement on South Asia didn''t target India, says Nirupama Rao

China-U.S. joint statement on South Asia didn''t target India, says Nirupama RaoChina-U.S. joint statement on South Asia didn''t target India, says Nirupama RaoCopenhagen, Dec. 18 : China respects India on the basis of equality and the China-US joint statement on South Asia did not target India, said Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao after a meeting of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Copenhagen summit here on Friday.

India, China may take centre-stage at Copenhagen climate talks

India, China may take centre-stage at Copenhagen climate talksNew Delhi, Dec. 17 : With global warming talks entering the final stretch on Thursday and Friday, all attention will shift to the two-day Heads of States meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The key personalities in focus would be US President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, the latter two in particular.

News coming out of Copenhagen suggests that chances of an agreement or a landmark deal between developed countries and developing countries on countering climate change are remote.

Regional BIMSTEC grouping adopts a convention to combat terrorism

Regional BIMSTEC grouping adopts a convention to combat terrorismNay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)/On board, Dec 12 : The seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping adopted a convention to combat terrorism and insurgency at its ministerial meeting in Myanmar on Friday.

Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC countries signed the Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Trans-National Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking at the 12th ministerial meeting at Nay Pyi Taw.

12th Ministerial meet of BIMSTEC begins in Myanmar

12th Ministerial meet of BIMSTEC begins in MyanmarNay Pyi Taw (Myanmar), Dec 11 : The inaugural session of the 12th ministerial meet of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) nations has begun in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city of Myanmar.

The Prime Minister of Myanmar, General Thein Sein, addressed the inaugural session.

On the sidelines of the Inaugural Session of BIMSTEC, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had informal talks with General Thein Sein.

India, Russia concerned over the safety of nuke weapons in Asia

India, Russia concerned over the safety of nuke weapons in AsiaMoscow, Dec. 8 : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday expressed grave concern over the safety of nuclear weapons in Iran and other neighbouring countries.

Apparently referring to Pakistan, President Medvedev also called for ensuring tighter control over nuclear weapons by some states.

Pricing issue of Gorshkov brought to a successful conclusion: MEA

Pricing issue of Gorshkov brought to a successful conclusion: MEAMoscow, Dec. 8 : After years and months of frantic negotiations, the pricing of the naval aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov has been finally resolved.

Although Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev did not disclose or mention exact details of the complex defence deal during their joint press conference at the Kremlin on Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that the pricing and technical issues have been resolved, and added that both sides have reached a final settlement.

Foreign missions too busy to pay Re 1 rent?

IndiaIf you are a foreign mission that has leased land from the Indian government, you needn’t bother to pay for it.

The Japanese haven’t paid their token rent of Re 1 per month for their embassy for 42 years. Pakistan hasn’t done the same for nearly four decades. Germany hasn’t paid its Re 1 rent for more than 15 years. Malaysia paid till 1981, Sri Lanka till 1995, Saudi Arabia till 2002.

But the Indian government never complains. “It is not worth it,” said an Urban Development ministry official, not sure if reminders to the missions would violate “diplomatic niceties”.

India, Russia to sign landmark nuclear pact

India, Russia to sign landmark nuclear pactMoscow, Dec 7 : India and Russia are set to sign a landmark civil nuclear pact on Monday after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh''s summit talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

India is hopeful of inking an expanded civil nuclear deal with Russia apart from several agreements on defence, space, science and technology.

A big day for India-Russia nuclear cooperation

A big day for India-Russia nuclear cooperationMoscow, Dec. 7 : Officials here are calling it as a big day for the India-Russia strategic relationship.

After several rounds of discussions and hectic negotiations, both sides have finalized a forward-looking broad-based civil nuclear agreement.

The agreement will be formally inked later in the day following summit-level talks between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Fiji banned from participating in Delhi Commonwealth Games

Fiji banned from participating in Delhi Commonwealth GamesPort of Spain (Trinidad), Nov. 30 : Fiji has been banned from participating in next year''s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, as it has failed to comply with fundamental Commonwealth values.

The decision was announced in a communiqué at the conclusion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago.

India not to interrogate Headley, Rana, says NSA

India not to interrogate Headley, Rana, says NSAPort of Spain, Nov. 29 : India''s National Security Adviser M K Narayanan has said that New Delhi has no plans to interrogate either David Coleman Headley, an alleged Lashkar operative based in the United States of Pakistani origin, or his associate, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, in connection with 26/11.

Speaking exclusively to ANI, M K Narayanan, said here that the United States "is going to send a high powered team from FBI with details of the Headley-Rana interrogation."

Canada follows UK in not backing Sri Lankan bid to host 2011 Commonwealth summit

Port-of-Spain, Nov 28 : The Canadian Government has followed the United Kingdom in announcing that it will oppose Sri Lanka’s bid to host the next summit of 53 Commonwealth countries in 2011.

“Canada will not be supporting Sri Lanka as the next host of the Commonwealth summit,” Prime Minister''''s Office spokesman Dimitri Soudas said.

It’s a sharp rebuke to the Asian country’s handling of a brutal and bloody war with Tamil Tiger insurgents that left 7,000 civilians dead and 150,000 displaced, the Globe and Mail reports.

The measure will likely find favour with Tamil Canadian voters in the Greater Toronto Area; a vote-rich region the Conservatives must court to win a majority in the next election.

PM meets Brown, Sarkozy focus on counter-terrorism, sympathy for Mumbai terror victims

PM meets Brown, Sarkozy focus on counter-terrorism, sympathy for Mumbai terror victimsPort of Spain, Nov. 28 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh''''s bilateral interactions with French President Nicholas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown held here on Friday on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) primarily focussed on counter-terrorism, sympathy for the victims of last year''''s 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, the first anniversary of which was observed two days ago, and the next steps to be taken for arresting the threat of climate change.




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