Govt on thaw with Pakistan & China; updates on threats to Indians in Canada
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.
2021A Pakistani born human rights defender, Baseer Naveed, has said that radical group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) enjoys the backing of the Pakistan army. TLP continues to hold Pakistan to ransom since after the arrest of its party Chief Saad Hussain Rizvi in Lahore on April 12. Police used firing, tear gas shells and chemical water on TLP protesters. Many policemen and TLP supporters were killed during the violent clashes. TLP is a hardline religious group with a massive following across Pakistan. It has been demanding expulsion of the French ambassador from Pakistan. TLP is opposing publication of blasphemous caricatures in Charlie Hebdo magazine and remarks about Islam and terrorism by French President Emmanuel Macron. Pakistan interior ministry recently issued notification to declare TLP as a proscribed organization. It said that the government "has reasonable grounds to believe that TLP is engaged in terrorism".
Kangra SP Vimukt Ranjan informed that Pakistan mobile signals had been detected on phones of some trekkers near Dharamshala last week that also led to change in their time standard from IST to PST. "Last week, we received information that some trekkers had detected signals from Pakistan on their phones and their time standard was also changed from IST to PST. Dept of Telecommunication was informed for further inquiry," informed Kangra SP Vimukt Ranjan.
The Ministry of External Affairs responded to the status of India getting downgraded to “partly free” in the democracy report. MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that India has robust institutions and well-established democratic practices. “We do not need sermons, especially from those who cannot get their basics right,” Srivastava said. India’s status was downgraded to partly free in the recent annual report published by Freedom House. Watch the full video for more details.
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While addressing a press conference in the national capital on March 05, the official spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava clarified on plans for West Container Terminal (WCT) in Sri Lanka. Srivastava said, "Our High Commission in Colombo has already conveyed to the Sri Lanka government that their media release in so far as reference to approval of High Commission was concerned, is factually incorrect." "We understand that the government of Sri Lanka has engaged directly with investors on this project," he added.
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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After US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ministry of External Affairs' spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in a weekly briefing on April 08 informed that at invitation of President Biden, PM Narendra Modi will participate in summit along with other world leaders. "US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry's visit was in the run-up to summit on climate, convened by the US on April 23-24 virtually," Bagchi added. Highlighting the points from the meeting, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, "The meet was very productive, both sides discussed the global challenges of climate change. In the context of several multi-lateral events later this year leading up to Cop26 summit Glasgow. Special Envoy Kerry appreciated PM Modi's vision and leadership in climate action, especially our ambitious target of 420 GW of renewable energy by the year 2030."
Asserting that India has not imposed any export ban on anti-coronavirus vaccines, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said the country has taken the lead in sending vaccines abroad with over 640 lakh doses supplied to more than 80 countries till now. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also said the ministry's 'Vaccine Maitree' initiative to supply vaccines abroad has been "very successful and very well-liked" by our partners across the world. "As on date, under the 'Vaccine Maitree' initiative, we have supplied a total of about 644 lakh doses to the global community, and of these, 104 lakh doses have been supplied as a grant, 357 lakh doses on a commercial basis, and 182 lakh doses through the COVAX initiative," Bagchi said at an online media briefing. Watch the full video for more details.
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Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on export of COVID-19 vaccines said that there is no ban and India has so far supplied it to more than 80 countries of the world. "We have not imposed any export ban on COVID-19 vaccines regarding the concern over the countries our position has been suitably conveyed through our official channels," said MEA spokesperson. "India has taken the lead on sending vaccines abroad, no country has shared with the world the number of vaccines that India has while vaccinating its own population. India has supplied more than 80 countries of the world keeping in mind domestic requirements," he added.
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