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Task force ready to handle Sudan situation: Sushma Swaraj

Updated: Jul 12, 2016 15:43 IST

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): Asserting that security of Indians in Sudan is of paramount importance, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that India has formed a task force to take stock of situation there.

Swaraj said the evacuation scheme is fully ready and if the situation worsens then the government will not delay and immediately evacuate Indians from there.

"The situation in South Sudan deteriorated suddenly in the past three days. We have constituted a task force to constantly study the emerging situation in South Sudan and to closely tab on the occurrences there. The task force held a meeting in the morning," Swaraj told ANI.

"There are around 600 Indians in South Sudan, of them 450 are in Juba (capital city of South Sudan) and nearly 150 are outside Juba. At present, the fighting is taking place in Juba," she added.

The External Affairs Minister, however, said as per morning reports, the situation has improved and normalcy is returning.

"We are looking forward. If the situation improves, we will even then ask them if they want to return. But if the situation worsens, we will not delay and immediately evacuate them from there," she added.

Swaraj had earlier in a series of tweets asked the nationals to register themselves with the Indian Embassy and not to panic.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has ordered a ceasefire after days of intense fighting in Juba left more than 150 dead and many more injured since fighting broke out on Thursday.

The ceasefire announcement came as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the Security Council to impose an "immediate arms embargo" and targeted sanctions on leaders and commanders blocking implementation of the peace deal.

There was renewed fighting between the government and former rebel forces since Thursday in Juba. The latest exchanges were apparently sparked by a shootout between President Kiir's and Vice President Riek Machar's bodyguards. (ANI)

Thane: Local goon nabbed for attacking doctors

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 20:34 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): The Thane Police on Wednesday arrested the accused who had attacked two doctors of the Thane Civil Hospital.

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Updated: Mar 29, 2017 18:27 IST

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Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday announced his decision to launch an agitation demanding implementation of the Lokpal.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): The Centre has informed that India has taken up the U.S. visa fee hike matter in the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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