Addressing the weekly media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said there is an interest in accessing vaccines from India, which is the global hub of vaccine production.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used for the benefit of all humanity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am not aware of any request for the supply of Indian-made vaccines to Pakistan on a G2G basis or commercial basis," Srivastava said answering a query.
Canadians of Indian origin protested against attacks by alleged Khalistan supporters on Hindu minorities over the ongoing farmers' protest in India. The protesters gathered outside NDP MP Jagmeet Singh’s office and demanded that all Indian nationals be protected without any discrimination. They alleged that farmers stir had become a Khalistani movement and said that Hindu minorities are being targeted by these groups in Canada. This comes after the Ministry of External Affairs also asked Indian citizens to report any threats and attacks to the local police and the embassy. MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also said that the Indian government had urged authorities in Canada to ensure the safety of all Indian nationals. Watch the full video for all the details.
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India has reiterated that its position on key issues with Pakistan remains unchanged. When asked whether DGMO talks which reinforce the 2003 ceasefire agreement will pave the way for the dialogue process between India and Pakistan, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "On relations with Pakistan we expressed earlier that India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan. We have always maintained we want to address issues if any in a peaceful and bilateral manner. On key issues our position remains unchanged. I don't think I need to reiterate." Srivastava also spoke on the threats to Indian citizens in Canada. Watch the full video for more details.
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Indian nationals in Canada received threat calls from pro-Khalistani groups for their 'tiranga rally' in support of farm laws. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that the issue has been taken up with Canadian authorities both in Ottawa and Delhi. MEA spokesperson advised Indian nationals to report any such incidents to local police and Indian High Commission and consultants in Canada. "We have come across reports of threats and intimidation to some members of the Indian community in Canada. We have requested Canadian authorities to take steps to ensure the safety of Indian nationals in Canada," Anurag Srivastava added.
Observing that the Indian military faces greater challenges than any other military in the world, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat on Thursday said there is a need to study transformational concepts and to be prepared for threats for military primary arising from China and Pakistan. In his keynote address during a national webinar on "Transformation: Imperatives for Indian Armed Forces" organised by the College of Defence Management (CDM), Secunderabad, Rawat said that India is facing complex security and a challenging environment. "Some important steps that we need to take, include-- defining the national security strategy, higher defence strategic guidance, structural reforms in higher defence and operational organisations," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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The Free Balochistan Movement Germany Branch held a protest in front of the Pakistani Consulate in Frankfurt. The protesters shouted slogans against Pakistan and also held banners expressing solidarity with the families of the state victims of enforced disappearance in Balochistan. A large number of people in Balochistan have gone missing who locals allege have been kidnapped by security agencies. A majority of them are languishing in detention centres for years whereas some are extra-judicially killed and tortured. Watch the full video for all the details.
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MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on February 25 informed that Government of India in liaison with the authorities of United Kingdom for early extradition of fugitive economic offender Nirav Modi who has been ordered by a local court to be extradited to India. West Minister magistrate court in London had pronounced that Nirav Modi be extradited to stand trial in India. Anurag Srivastava said, "They have dismissed his mental health concerns and the judge has observed that Nirav Modi has conspired to destroy evidence and intimidate witnesses. Now since the magistrate court has recommended Nirav Modi's extradition to the UK Home Secretary." The Indian businessman had fled the country in early 2018 as the news of Punjab National Bank scam worth around Rs 14,000 crore surfaced.
While speaking to media in Jaipur on March 04, the Transport and Soldiers Welfare Minister of Rajasthan, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas spoke on state budget. Khachariyawas said, "On one hand, there is Ashok Gehlot government's Budget which has brought relief to all with no tax and then there is Narendra Modi government's Budget which has increased excise duty on petrol and diesel." "They ended LPG cylinder subsidy and increased rates by Rs 300," he added.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal got his first dose of Covid vaccine at the LNJP hospital. The Chief Minister’s parents were also vaccinated. Kejriwal has been receiving treatment for diabetes for the last 10 years and is thus eligible for inoculation in the ongoing phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive. President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several chief ministers have already received their first doses of the vaccine. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Actor Siddhanth Kapoor has shared a million-dollar video on sister Shraddha Kapoor's birthday. In the video shared on Instagram, Shraddha is seen showing off some killer birthday moves. The duo is currently in Maldives, attending the wedding of their cousin Priyaank Sharma. Shraddha and Siddhanth can be seen making a spectacular entry on the beach. The duo's quirky dance moves stole the show as their family cheered for them. Priyaan and Shaza Morani tied the knot in a Christian-style wedding in Maldives this week. The couple is legally married, following a court marriage in February. Shraddha Kapoor was last seen in the 2020 action-thriller Baaghi 3. The actor also has a Luv Ranjan film opposite Ranbir Kapoor lined up.
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India provided COVID-19 vaccines to Saint Lucia on March 01. 'Made in India' vaccines was received by the Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia. India provided 25,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to the island nation Saint Lucia. The consignment of coronavirus vaccine reached under India's 'Vaccine Maitri' initiative. The 40,000 doses of 'Made in India' coronavirus vaccines also arrived in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It was received by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on March 01. They received Serum Institute of India (SII)'s Covishield doses today. Earlier, India supplied COVID-19 vaccines to neighbouring countries Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh under the 'Neighbourhood First' policy.
Reacting to the political crises of Nepal, former Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said that it is not right for a country's democracy when Parliament is dissolved midway to give way to instability. "Nepal is going through crisis. Nepal Communist Party that had formed govt with a majority is almost divided into two factions," said Baburam Bhattarai while speaking to ANI on March 02. He further said that they will talk to all parties in Nepal to bring stability, economic development and ensure that India-Nepal relations are good.
BJP clarifies that Metroman E Sreedharan is not the party’s Kerala CM candidate. Shiv Sena to back Mamata in the West Bengal Assembly Elections. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar addresses joint press conference with Bangladesh Foreign Minister, says, ‘Our joint objective should be ‘no crime no death border.’ DMK seals poll pact with Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi; allots six seats. Delhi HC slams Centre for donating, selling the vaccinations and not vaccinating our own. All this and more news at 9 pm.
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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar addressed a joint press conference with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in Dhaka on March 04. EAM informed that largest number of vaccines shipped by India to any foreign country so far is 9 million to Bangladesh. On the 'border killings at India-Bangladesh border', Jaishankar said that as neighbours and friends, our joint objective should be 'no crime no death border.' "If we can get it right, we can address the problem effectively," he added.
Phase 2 of India's Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched in high-profile manner on March 1 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi becoming one of the first beneficiaries. The second phase of the programme..
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