NEW DELHI - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is arriving in India June 8 as special envoy to President Xi Jinping, official sources said May 29. Wang's visit comes days after SAARC leaders attended the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi May 26. Modi spoke on telephone with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang May 29 during which he extended an invitation to President Xi to visit India this year.
NEW DELHI - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang May 29 called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed Beijing's desire to establish a "robust partnership" with the new Indian government. Modi told Li "China was always a priority in India's foreign policy". According to an official statement from the Prime Minister's Office here, Li congratulated Modi on his victory in the recent election and conveyed...
NEW DELHI - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said May 27 that he had an “excellent” meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. “I had an excellent meeting” with Modi, Sharif told CNN-IBN television. “We are positive. (I look) forward to a positive outcome.” Sharif, who attended Modi’s swearing in ceremony here May 26, said he wished the Modi government “all the best”. (IANS)
LONDON - An Indian-origin man in Britain has been jailed for 17 years for a violent axe attack on a Sikh religious leader last year, media reported May 23. After a unanimous decision from the jury, the Birmingham Crown Court May 23 convicted Harjit Singh Toor, 27, for attempted murder in a vicious axe attack on Uday Singh. Toor, an orthodox Sikh, swung an axe at Namdhari sect leader Uday Singh,
DUBAI - Dubai has added another feather to its cap, breaking a Guinness world record by conducting 8,675 diabetes screenings for mall shoppers in just eight hours. The previous Guinness record was 7,024 tests. A team of more than 80 nurses was on hand for an eight-hour diabetes screening of shopper at Dubai Mall Sunday as the One Heart Health Community launched a major awareness drive...
LONDON - A ring belonging to 18th century ruler of Mysore Tipu Sultan has been auctioned in London amidst a controversy over the piece of jewelry, a media report said May 23. The jeweled ring is inscribed with the name of Hindu deity Ram in raised Devanagri script and was sold for 145,000 euros (nearly $197,870) by Christie's auction house, BBC reported.
KABUL/NEW DELHI - Four terrorists armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns attacked the Indian consulate in Herat in western Afghanistan in the early hours of May 23. All the attackers were killed, officials said, adding that the Indian staff was safe. The attack began at 3.15 a.m. when the four gunmen tried to break into the consulate, located 600 km from Kabul.
HONG KONG - As Buddhists around the world celebrated the 2,576th birth anniversary of the Buddha, an exhibition of Indian Buddhist art and photo scrolls got under way here. Organized by the Consulate General of India in Hong Kong, ‘In the footsteps of the Buddha’ focusses on the life, teachings, important events and the wanderings of the Buddha which he undertook for 45 years after getting enlightenment at Bodhgaya.
KATHMANDU - The arrest of Indians involved in smuggled gold in Nepal has increased in recent times with the police arresting at least eight of them from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) within a week. The modus operandi is the same as all those arrested were smuggling gold from Gulf countries to India via Nepal, the police said. Earlier, traders and smugglers used to use the Nepal-China border to smuggle gold to India.
NAY PYI TAW - Bridging inequality, tackling regional disputes and pushing the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) forward on its integration deadline remained the focus at the two-day 24th Summit that concluded in Myanmar May 11. Myanmar President U Thein Sein, who hosted the summit said the leaders exchanged views on regional and international issues including the South China Sea,