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India’s Kashmir region seeks $4 billion in investments, to provide security

By Aftab Ahmed NEW DELHI: India’s federal territory of Jammu and Kashmir plans to attract investments worth up to $4 billion in the next two to three years and would provide security to businesses setting up shop in the insurgency-hit region, its chief said on Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was India’s only Muslim-majority state […]

India asks importers to buy palm oil from Indonesia, not Malaysia: Report

NEW DELHI: India is likely to import more palm oil from Indonesia amid the government’s informal advisory to refiners not to buy the commodity from Malaysia following its remarks on the new citizenship law and Kashmir issue, according to government and industry sources. On Monday, the commerce ministry held a detailed meeting with edible oil […]

Kashmir situation ‘not sustainable’, needs to change, says Angela Merkel

NEW DELHI: The current situation in Kashmir is “not sustainable” and needs to change for sure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday told German media ahead of her ‘restricted meeting’ with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and after co-chairing the fifth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) with him. However, the Kashmir situation was not discussed during the IGC […]

Opposition parties, some BJP allies attack government over Kashmir visit of EU MPs

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties on Wednesday stepped up their attack against the government over EU MPs’ Kashmir trip with the Congress describing it as the “biggest diplomatic blunder” and others asking the Centre how these foreign lawmakers were allowed to visit the Valley while Indian leaders were denied permission. It was not just opposition parties […]

EU MPs in Kashmir say Article 370 internal issue, stand by India in fight against terror

NEW DELHI: Terming Article 370 an internal issue of India, EU parliamentarians visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday said they stand by the country in its fight against global terrorism. Addressing a press conference on the last day of their two-day visit to the Valley, the group of 23 members of European Parliament also condemned […]

Some countries using UN as ‘tool’ to resolve conflicts, rues Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday pressed for the reform of the United Nations while expressing regret over some countries using the global body as a “tool” rather than an “institution” to resolve conflicts. During an on-stage discussion with Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates Ray Dalio, the Prime Minister […]

Delegation of EU MPs in Kashmir to assess ground situation

NEW DELHI: A delegation of 23 European Union MPs arrived here on Tuesday for a first-hand assessment of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of the state’s special status under Article 370. During the two-day visit, the EU MPs will be briefed by government officials on the situation in the Valley as […]

Shooting down chopper on Feb 27 was ‘big mistake’, action against officers: IAF chief

NEW DELHI: Air Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Friday described as a “big mistake” the Indian Air Force (IAF) shooting down its helicopter in Kashmir on February 27, when Indian and Pakistani forces were engaged in a dogfight, and said disciplinary action is being taken against officers held responsible for the incident. A surface-to-air […]

MMTC not to import onions from Pakistan over Kashmir, modifies tender

NEW DELHI: Amid protest, state-owned MMTC has barred suppliers from sourcing onions from Pakistan while modifying its tender for import of 2,000 tonnes of the key kitchen staple. Last week, MMTC had issued a tender for import of onions from Pakistan, Egypt, China, Afghanistan or any other origin which created uproar from farmers and political […]

US Congressman apologises for not consulting Indian Americans on Kashmir letter to Mike Pompeo

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON:  In an unprecedented move, a US Congressman has apologised to Indian Americans for not consulting them before writing a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to express his concerns on human rights situation in Kashmir after India scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Congressman Tom Suozzi in […]

Donald Trump has made it clear mediation offer on Kashmir not on table anymore: Harsh Vardhan Shringla

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has made it clear that his offer of mediation on Kashmir is not on the table anymore, a top Indian diplomat said on Monday. India’s Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, said that America’s decades-old policy on Kashmir has been no mediation but to encourage […]

Pakistan says can resume full diplomatic ties if India scales back on Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready to review its decision against India if New Delhi agreed to reconsider its actions on Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday. Qureshi’s remarks came a day after Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner as part of its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it […]

Jammu and Kashmir’s head chopped off; identity lost: Ghulam Nabi Azad on Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Some opposition parties termed the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two union territories as a “black spot”, with Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday charging that the state’s head, considered as India’s crown, has been “chopped off” and its identity removed. Various parties like the […]

Imran Khan welcomes Donald Trump’s offer of mediation on Kashmir, says it won’t be resolved bilaterally

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON: Buoyed by US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation on Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the contentious issue between the two South Asian neighbours can never be resolved bilaterally. Khan’s statement came hours after Trump offered to be the “mediator” between India and Pakistan on […]

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