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Raveesh Kumar: Official spokesperson for the MEA, India
Raveesh Kumar is the present official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in the Government of India. He is the youngest ever official spokesperson. He previously was the Consul General of India in Frankfurt, Germany before being appointed as the spokesperson of the MEA.

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Anurag Srivastava takes charge as MEA spokesperson

Senior diplomat Anurag Srivastava on Monday took charge as the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, succeeding Raveesh Kumar. Srivastava, a 1999-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, was..
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MEA pledges Rs 1 crore to coronavirus relief fund 'PM Cares'

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar took to Twitter to make the announcement.
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Indian diplomats working round the clock to combat coronavirus pandemic, none of them infected yet: MEA

"We are working under tremendous local challenges because the ecosystem is not under your control. You have restrictions in terms of the medical facilities," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
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Coronavirus: MEA launches helplines for those seeking assistance

The MEA has been pulling out all the stops to ensure the safety of Indians abroad and has set up a special cell to coordinate on issues related with the response to the pandemic that has claimed more..
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Raveesh Kumar to be replaced by IFS officer Anurag Srivastava as MEA spokesperson: Report

According to several reports, Raveesh Kumar is likely to get a posting in Europe in an ambassadorial position.
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Arrangements being made to facilitate return of stranded Indians from Iran: MEA

Arrangements are being made to facilitate the return of stranded Indians from Iran in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak through normal civil aviation channels, the ministry of external affairs said..
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Iranian envoy summoned over Tehran's comments on Delhi violence

The Iranian envoy was conveyed that Zarif's "selective and tendentious" characterisation of incidents in Delhi are not acceptable, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
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India slams UNHRC for filing intervention application in Supreme Court over CAA

"Our Permanent Mission in Geneva was informed yesterday evening by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Michelle Bachelet) that her office had filed an intervention application in the Supreme Court..
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FS Shringla meets Afghan finance minister, attends signing of deals for road projects

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Saturday met Afghanistan's acting finance minister Abdul Habib Zadran and deputy minister of transport Mohammad Zekria and witnessed signing of agreements..
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China & India spar over Coronavirus curbs

India responded almost immediately with MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar saying the precautions taken by India were in accordance with the WHO’s advisory about the outbreak of coronavirus infection,..
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Donald Trump's India trip: US President to visit New Delhi-Ahmedabad; full schedule, itinerary revealed

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday chalked out the US President's India visit itinerary.
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India serves strong demarche on Turkey over Erdogan's Kashmir comments

In a strongly worded statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Erdogan's remarks reflected neither an understanding of history nor of the conduct of diplomacy and that they will have..
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10 Indians who sought evacuation from Hubei province failed health screening: MEA

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also said the already issued e-Visas for travel to India from China and existing normal visas are no longer valid. Citing past advisories, Kumar..
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India could consider request for evacuating Pakistani nationals from China: MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

Pakistan government said last week they would not evacuate their nationals from China both "in solidarity" with the Chinese people, as well as reposing full confidence in China’s handling of the..
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Discussions on Donald Trump's visit to India are on with US side: MEA

The discussions on President Donald Trump's visit to India are on with the US side, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said on Thursday. "We are in discussions with the US side," MEA spokesperson..
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640 Indians evacuated from coronavirus-hit China in complex operation: MEA

The government has evacuated 640 Indians from coronavirus-hit China and the complex operation was done with Beijing's assistance, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said on Thursday. MEA..
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No Indian in China affected by coronavirus as of now, Centre confirms

The confirmation was given by MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar who took to Twitter to inform that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is closely monitoring the situation.
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India to invite Imran Khan, other leaders for SCO's annual heads of government meeting

When asked whether India will invite Pakistan PM Imran Khan to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting scheduled later this year, External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "As..
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MEA rebuffs reports over Islamic Cooperation's meet on Kashmir, dubs it 'speculative'

On being asked over reports of a deal between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan wherein an OIC meeting will be called to discuss the Kashmir issue, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in his weekly briefing said,..
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India reached out to countries across world on CAA, NRC: MEA

"We did reach out to countries across the globe on Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC," MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing on Thursday. "We emphasised that the Act (CAA) just..
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CAA India's internal issue, no discussion during 2+2 meeting with US: MEA

Raveesh Kumar said the matter was discussed during S Jaishankar's meeting with the US Congress members and during the minister's interaction with the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
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Lotus on passports as part of security features, other national symbols to be used on rotation: MEA

A day after opposition members in Lok Sabha raised the issue of lotus being printed on new passports, MEA on Thursday said it was part of the enhanced security features to identify fake passports and..
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No updates at this stage: MEA on reports of Modi-Abe summit to be shifted out of Guwahati

When asked that the venue of the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will be shifted out of Guwahati, the MEA spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said, "I am not..
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India hits back at Pakistan for 'unwarranted and gratuitous' remarks on Ayodhya verdict

Pakistan's 'pathological compulsion' to comment on India's internal affairs was obviously intended to spread hatred, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
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New map accurate, no change in boundary with Nepal: MEA

Responding to a question on the same, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the boundary delineation with Nepal is ongoing under the existing mechanism and New Delhi is committed to finding a..
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MEPs' visit in larger interest of India: MEA

Questioned, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said such visits don't have to come through official channels, but the key point was that such engagement served the larger interests of India.
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Reorganisation of J&K internal affair: India slams China over Kashmir statement

China's foreign ministry spokesman told the media in Beijing that "India unilaterally changed its domestic laws and administrative division challenging China's sovereignty." "We do not expect other..
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Regrettable few US lawmakers used hearing to question steps to protect lives in J&K: MEA

India on Thursday said it was regrettable that a few US lawmakers used a Congressional hearing to question measures to protect lives of people in Jammu and Kashmir. Ministry of external affairs..
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Ahead of Xi-Modi meet, India, China talk tough on Kashmir

Responding to questions on China's statement that the J&K dispute should be resolved as per UN resolutions, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "India's position has been consistent and clear that..
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On the eve of informal summit, New Delhi reminds China, Pak that Kashmir is India's internal matter

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a statement said, "China is well aware of our position. It is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India."
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Jaishankar meets Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in a weekly press conference, said that the talks will revolve around trade and connectivity, development cooperation, people to people contact,..
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Imran Khan's statements reflect he is not aware how international relations are conducted: MEA

India on Friday condemned the "provocative and irresponsible" statements against it by Pakistan PM Imran Khan over abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and said he is unaware of how international..
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India objects to China's reference to J&K and Ladakh at UNGA

India on Saturday took strong note of reference made by Chinese foreign minister Wang to J&K, and Ladakh in his address at the UNGA. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are an..
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Over 2,050 ceasefire violations by Pak this year, 21 Indians killed: MEA

"This year they have resorted to more than 2050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died," said external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan..
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Pak attempt to bring up Kashmir at UNHRC fails

We are quite confident that the members of UNHRC, they are aware of our position on Article 370 and the steps we have taken in J&K to ensure normalcy, says Raveesh Kumar
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India asks Pak to reconsider $20 service charge on Kartarpur pilgrims

India on Thursday asked Pakistan to "reconsider" its decision to charge $20 as service charge from pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan. Pakistan also did not agree to the..
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Maths issues? Imran Khan claims 58 countries supported Pak, UNHRC only has 47 members

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India responded to "Pakistan's lies and distorted statements" using the right to reply.
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Pakistan's attempt to polarise, politicise Kashmir at UNHRC rejected: India

Two days after India and Pakistan engaged in a war of words at the UNHRC, Raveesh Kumar, addressing a media briefing in New Delhi said Pakistan's attempt to polarise and politicise the Kashmir issue at..
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India slams Pak, China joint statement mentioning J&K, says internal matter

Rejecting J&K's reference, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "J&K is an integral part of India."
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India criticises Pak for denying use of airspace to President Kovind's flight

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India regretted Pakistan's decision to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight. "We regret the decision of the government of..
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Vladivostok: Modi, Abe discuss strengthening bilateral ties in economy, defence

Both leaders discussed strengthening bilateral relations in economic, defence and security fields among others, according to MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
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NRC-excluded not 'stateless', to enjoy rights for now: MEA

The government clarified on Sunday that those excluded from the register will continue to enjoy all rights till all legal remedies have been exhausted. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "Those who..
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Those excluded from NRC list are not 'Stateless': MEA

"Exclusion from the NRC has no implication on the rights of an individual resident in Assam. For those who are not in the final list will not be detained and will continue to enjoy all the rights as..
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India says it was 'aware' of Pakistan's Ghaznavi missile tests

India on Thursday said it was aware of Pakistan's recent ballistic missile tests that were possibly carried out from Sonmiani flight test range located in Balochistan. "We were aware of the missile..
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No confirmation of airspace closure by Pakistan, says MEA

"What we understand is perhaps there were certain sectors which were temporarily closed, there have been NOTAM (A notice to airmen) which were issued that too for a certain period. There has been no..
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PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Senegal President Macky Sall

Modi met Sall on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit in this southwestern French city and stressed upon "strengthening ties with an important African Partner." "PM @narendramodi met with President Macky..
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Pakistan should stop interfering in internal affairs of any country: Raveesh Kumar

While New Delhi has asked Islamabad to "reconsider the decision" to cut diplomatic ties and regretted it, MEA said Pakistan took action "without consulting"
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Time for Pakistan to accept reality and stop interfering in internal affairs of other countries: India

It is time for Pakistan to accept the reality and stop interfering in internal affairs of other countries, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
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India takes up arms sale to Pakistan with Washington

We've taken up the matter with the US Ambassador here in Delhi as well as the government of US through our Ambassador, says Raveesh Kumar
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India calls US envoy to South Block, conveys 'grave concern' over $125mn military assistance to Pakistan

India has conveyed its "grave concern" to the US over its decision to provide military assistance to Pakistan. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the issue was taken up..
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