Irish bill on life-saving abortions to face flak

The Irish cabinet has reached an agreement on a controversial bill on abortion, which for the first time will allow limited legal termination, as part of legislative changes promised after Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar died following a miscarriage last year.

India, Russia agree on Afghan peace, but differ on drawdown

The Istanbul Process conference on Afghanistan held in Kazakhstan’s Almaty on Friday confirmed a close affinity of views between India and Russia, even as they differ in their assessments of the planned withdrawal of the U.S.-led NATO mission.

India, Saudi to address Nitaqat fallout

A high-level delegation led by Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, has met Saudi authorities to discuss ways of maximising the availability of alternative jobs to Indians hit by the Nitaqat scheme and to smoothen the exit of those who may have to leave the country.

Bangladesh inks $1.6 billion power deal with India

Bangladesh on Saturday signed its biggest ever joint venture agreement with India involving investment $1.6 billion for 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant which is expected to be operational in the next five years.

India tops global remittances list

India is the largest recipient of remittances in the world, receiving $69 billion in 2012,followed by China ($60 billion), the Philippines ($24 billion), Mexico ($23 billion) and Nigeria and Egypt ($21 billion each).

India, China hold dialogue on Afghanistan

India and China here on Thursday held their first dialogue on Afghanistan, agreeing to more closely their coordinate their positions in the lead up to the 2014 withdrawal of NATO forces.

India, China could find common ground in Afghanistan

An analysis of positions of both India and China with respect to Afghanistan.

India to set up IT centre of excellence in Tajikistan

Government of India has decided to collaborate with the Tajik Technical University to create a centre of IT excellence with a super computer. India also proposed to set up an enterprise development centre in Tajikistan for skill development and create more job opportunities for the youths in the resource-rich country.

India and Finland to Explore Solar Energy Applications for Oil & Gas Projects

India and Finland have identified several key areas of collaboration in sustainable development for mutual benefits in the oil & gas sector, which includes specific projects in solar energy applications for oil & gas Projects, biofuels & algae based biofuels research and water and waste water management.

India, Malta sign new double taxation avoidance pact

On 08th April, 2013, India and Malta had signed the new DTAA at Valetta, Malta. Once the DTAA enters into force, it will stimulate the flow of capital, technology and personnel between both the countries and will further strengthen the economic relationship. It also provides tax stability and reduces any obstacles in providing mutual cooperation between India and Malta.

List of documents signed during the official visit of PM to Germany

India and Mauritius Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Electoral Cooperation

MoU is a great landmark and an important mechanism for strengthening and deepening mutual collaboration between ECI and the Electoral Commissioner’s Office of Mauritius. Election Commission of India has so far signed seventeen MOUs with Election Management Bodies and international organizations across the world. Some of the MoU signed recently are with Egypt, Venezuela, Republic of Korea and UNDP.

Indo-Russian Co-Operation Agreement Signed

The Government of India and Government of Russian Federation have signed on April 10, 2013 in Moscow a Regulation defining the structure, functions and procedure of the Joint Commission which has been established by an Agreement signed on December 21, 2010 in New Delhi in the field of Emergency Management.

Steel Minister Strengthens Ties in Steel & Mining with Tanzania

A Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed between Government of India and the Government of Tanzania on 6th April at Der es Salaam to strengthen cooperation between the two nations in steel & mining.

Visa-on-arrival for senior Pakistanis

Softening its stand towards Pakistan, India has commenced the visa-on-arrival facility for senior citizens of the neighbouring nation from April 1. This facility has been started at the Attari integrated check post where Pakistani nationals above 65 years of age will be given a 45-day, single-entry visa.

India and Azerbaijan Sign Treaty on Legal and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters

Ashwani Kumar, Union Minister of Law & Justice and Shri Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice of Republic of Azerbaijan, here today signed a Treaty between the two nations on Legal and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters. The two sides also had delegation- level talks.

Tagore Centre for Global thought inaugarated at London

Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister of Culture, Government of India inaugurated the Tagore Centre for Global Thought at India Institute, King’s College, London on 2nd April, 2013. Set up as part of the Tagore Commemoration celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, this Tagore Centre will enhance Tagore-related, academic intellectual and philosophic work globally.

India signs enhanced air services pact with Singapore

India and Singapore on Tuesday signed an enhanced air services agreement to build on the existing 216 weekly flights and meet the growing demand for air connectivity between the two countries. As part of the enhancement of the agreement, both countries also agreed to meet regularly to review air services matters. the Ministry said.

Iran, North Korea, Syria block UN arms trade treaty

Iran, North Korea and Syria have blocked the adoption of a UN arms trade treaty that would regulate the $70-billion conventional arms trade around the world, saying that it fails to ban the sales of weapons to groups that commit “acts of aggression’’. The text of the first international treaty on arms trade needs support from all 193 UN member states for its approval.

Fourth meeting of INDIA-MONGOLIA Joint Committee on Cooperation

The 4th Meeting of the India-Mongolia Joint Committee on Cooperation was held in New Delhi on 21 March 2013. It was jointly chaired by Mr. E. Ahamed, Minister of State for External Affairs of India, and Mr. Luvsannyam Gantumur, Minister for Education and Science of Mongolia. The Joint Committee reviewed the entire range of issues in India-Mongolia relations.