Sushma, Sitharaman to visit Washington for strategic 2+2 Dialogue

By Arul Louis New York, June 21 : India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold the first strategic 2+2 Dialogue with their US counterparts on July 6 in Washington, the State Department announced on Thursday. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host […]

China, Nepal sign 14 pacts, including on railway construction

By Anil Giri Beijing, June 21 : China and Nepal on Thursday signed 14 agreements, including one on railway construction in the Himalayan nation, following a meeting between visiting Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. Both sides struck the deal on conducting feasibility study of a railway line connecting […]

President Kovind performs yoga in Suriname

Paramaribo (Suriname), June 21 : Visiting President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday participated in the fourth International Yoga Day celebrations in Paramaribo along with his Suriname counterpart Desire Delano Bouterse, Vice President Michael Ashwin Adhin and other dignitaries. Addressing the gathering, Kovind said yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it does not belong to […]

India, Tajikistan agree to enhance cooperation for sustainable water development

Dushanbe, June 21 : India and Tajikistan have reaffirmed their commitment to promote bilateral relations and agreed to enhance economic cooperation, particularly in sustainable water development, an official statement said on Thursday. Indian Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is on a two-day official visit to Tajikistan, held wide-ranging talks with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirodjidin […]

Trump, Putin likely to meet in mid-July

Washington, June 21 : US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are planning to meet in mid-July, the media reported on Thursday. A diplomatic official told CNN that the Trump administration wants the meeting in Washington but Moscow has insisted on neutral ground. They are likely to meet in Vienna, the official […]

As countermeasure, India hikes import duty on 29 US products

New Delhi, June 21 : In a retaliatory move against the recent US import duty hikes, India on Thursday raised customs duty on 29 products, including on iron and steel products imported from the US. A Finance Ministry notification said the duty hike would come into effect immediately for 28 products, while for the marine […]