MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "The whole world knows the truth about Pakistan and its role in supporting terrorism.
No amount of denial can hide this truth.
The country which provides shelter to the maximum number of UN proscribed terrorists should not even attempt to play victim." On being asked about Pakistan's reaction on changed land laws in Jammu and Kashmir, MEA spokesperson said, "No country has locus standi to comment on the internal affairs of India." He further said, "The decision to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor will be in line with COVID-19 protocol.
We are in touch with all the concerned authorities."
On November 21, Pakistan High Commission officials in Delhi were summoned by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Nagrota encounter where four terrorists were neutralised. Nagrota incident happened on November 19.
MoUs signed between the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) with SBI and India International Exchange, informed Sandeep Chakravorty, Joint Secretary, Europe West, Ministry of External Affairs while addressing press conference on November 19. He said, "Three agreements were signed coinciding with the summit -- one was between Luxembourg Stock Exchange and State Bank of India, second between Luxembourg Stock Exchange and India International Stock Exchange and third between Luxinnovation and Invest India." "MoUs signed between the Luxembourg Stock Exchange with SBI and India International Exchange. Agreement between Luxinnovation and Invest India also signed. Very good prospects of India and Luxembourg on financial collaboration," he added. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in India- Luxembourg virtual summit, with PM of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel.
India on Saturday summoned the Charge d'Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces on multiple sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India also condemned, in the strongest terms, the "deliberate targeting" of innocent civilians by Pakistani forces, saying it was highly deplorable that Pakistan chose a festive occasion in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in Jammu and Kashmir through coordinated firing along the LoC. "The Charge d'Affaires of the High Commission of Pakistan was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs today and a strong protest was lodged over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, on multiple sectors along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on November 13, resulting in the death of four innocent civilians and serious injuries to 19 others," the MEA said. Watch the full video for more details.
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24 Pakistani prisoners including 20 fishermen are being repatriated to Pakistan via Attari-Wagah border on November 24. They were sent to their nation after completion of their imprisonment term. Heavy security was deployed at the border. Protocol Officer of Wagah Border, Arun Pal Singh said, "Approximately, 20 fishermen had entered India mistakenly and have completed their imprisonment. They are being handed over to Pakistan."
Around 211 people returned to India on November 23 via Attari-Wagah Border as they were stranded in Pakistan due to the COVID-19 situation. The returnees united with their families after a long gap of around 8 months. Hina, a returnee said, "I went to Pakistan in March after my mother died there". The officials were seen deployed at the border for smooth process.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that Pakistan's Karachi will be a part of India one day. The former Maharashtra CM's remark came while he was responding to Bandra sweet shop row. "We are believers of the concept of 'Akhand Bharat'. We believe that Karachi will be a part of India one day," Fad navis said. Recently, video of a Sena leader asking a sweet shop owner to change its name went viral. The incident had taken place at Karachi Sweets located in Mumbai's Bandra West. In the video, Nitin Nandgaokar could be heard asking the shop owner to drop the word 'Karachi'. The Sena leader also told the sweet shop owner that Karachi reminds one of Pakistan. Nandgaokar further insisted on changing the sweet shop's name to something 'Marathi'. Later, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had taken to Twitter and called the demand futile. Raut had clarified that changing the shop’s name was not the party's official stance. Karachi Sweets is an almost 60-year-old shop located in Mumbai's Bandra.
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Indian martial artist monk Prabhakar Reddy achieved Guinness World Record for 28th time in Nellore. He was able to open 68 caps of sealed bottles with head in one minute. Reddy beat Pakistan martial artist Muhammad Rashid Nassem's record.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and PM of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering will virtually launch RuPay Card phase-2 in the neighbouring country on November 20, said Anurag Srivastava, Spokesperson, MEA on Nov 19. He said, "Prime Ministers of India and Bhutan will virtually launch RuPay Card phase-2 in Bhutan on November 20. The two PMs had launched phase-1 of the project during PM Modi's visit to Bhutan in August 2019." "The implementation of phase-1 of RuPay card enables Indian visitors in Bhutan to access ATMs and point of sale terminals in Bhutan. The phase-2 will allow Bhutanese cardholders to access RuPay network in India," he added.
"We believed that the judgment on Kulbhushan Jadhav by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should be implemented in good spirit," said MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, Spokesperson, MEA on November 19 while addressing press conference. He said, "The International Court of Justice's 2019 judgment on Kulbhushan Jadhav has not been acted upon by Pakistan till now. We believe that the judgment of the ICJ should be implemented in good spirit."
The ministry of external affairs said that India and China have agreed to maintain dialogue to resolve the Ladakh standoff. "The talks between India and China were candid, in-depth and constructive. Both sides exchanged views on disengagement at all friction points along LAC. They have agreed to maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels," MEA Spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said. The ministry, however, declined to comment on reports that two sides are discussing proposals for disengagement. "When we have something to share, we will share," Srivastava said. MEA further said that the two sides will soon hold another round of talks on border standoff. "They have also agreed to have another round of meeting soon," Srivastava added. India and China border standoff has entered its seventh month. Thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter along LAC in Ladakh sector. They are reportedly discussing proposals to withdraw tanks and artillery from the area.
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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on November 21 called upon the world to come together to isolate nations that sponsor terrorism and impose sanctions against them. "No religion preaches terrorism. It's only wrong interpretation by some people. No country is safe from terrorism and it's high time for the United Nations to complete the deliberation of India's long pending proposal of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and is adopted. The world community should come together to not only isolate those sponsoring terrorism but also impose sanctions against them, this is the need of the hour. The days of gratitude are over, now it's time for concrete action," he said.
India on November 20 at the United Nations (UN) said that as peace process and violence cannot go together, therefore for durable peace in Afghanistan there must be "an end to terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries operating across the Durand Line". While speaking during Arria Formula Meeting at the UN on the theme "What can the Security Council do to support the peace process in Afghanistan", TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations urged the Security Council to speak "unequivocally against violence and terrorist forces" and act against the terrorist sanctuaries and safe-havens. He said, "Even as we meet today, fighting continues in Afghanistan in several areas across the country. Reports are coming in of civilians, including children and women, killed or injured in the violence. Terrorist attacks continue to target innocents and institutions of learning." "It is our view that peace process and violence cannot go hand in hand, and we call for immediate comprehensive ceasefire. For durable peace in Afghanistan, we have to put an end to terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries operating across the Durand Line. The report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team under the Al-Qaeda/Da'esh Sanctions Committee has also highlighted the presence of foreign fighters in Afghanistan. For violence to end in Afghanistan, these terrorist supply chains must be broken," he added.
Om Mahajan, a resident of Nashik, has covered the distance between Kashmir and Kanyakumari by cycling for 3600 kilometres in record 8 days 7 hours and 38 minutes. The Nashik boy was met with roaring welcome upon his return, with many calling him 'Nashik ka Bhai'. Interestingly, Om Mahajan has brought the title home again as his uncle had also completed the vertical journey in record time, but then was later beaten by Colonel Bharat Pannu. "My uncle's record was broken by Colonel Bharat Pannu sahab. Now I have brought the title home again by doing it in 8 days 7 hours and 38 minutes," he told ANI.
The tour operators in Kashmir are gearing up to begin campaigning for winter tourism. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, tourism industry in JandK took a temporary hit. Hence the Tourism Department of JandK has taken the initiative to bring back the sector on track. Tour operators under JandK's Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum (PILTOF) in collaboration with department of tourism restarted the activities to attract visitors.
Tour and travel operators from Maharashtra have initiated an "Unlock Kashmir Tourism Campaign" with support from the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Around 70 members of travel operators, writers and journalists from Mumbai visited Kashmir. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, tourism industry in JandK took a temporary hit. Hence the Tourism Department of JandK supported the initiative to invite renowned tour operators and writers from Mumbai as an innovative method to promote the derailed tourism sector in the valley.
India's COVID-19 tally reached 91,39,866 on November 23. As compared to yesterday, a significant rise in new COVID-19 cases was observed. The spike of 44,059 new cases and 511 deaths reported in last..