Wed, Jul 26, 2017 | updated 04:20 PM IST

India committed to SAARC, but needs terror-free atmosphere: MEA

Updated: Oct 20, 2016 19:46 IST      
India committed to SAARC, but needs terror-free atmosphere: MEA

New Delhi [India], Oct. 20 (ANI): Commenting on the possibility of conducting future SAARC Summits without Pakistan after member countries refused to participate in the Islamabad summit citing cross border terrorism, Ministry of External Affairs official Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said India and other members remain committed to SAARC and its principles and their intention is "not to throw out the baby (Pakistan) with the bath water, our intention is only to clean up the bath water".

Swarup explained that the Indian government's priority is to promote closer cooperation and economic integration in the south Asian region.

"Our interests in SAARC remains intact, but our concerns that the connectivity, trade, including MFN and cooperation that SAARC requires and the terror free atmosphere needed for these initiatives is not there at the moment, due to the actions of the one country in our neighbourhood," Swarup told media here.

The 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November was called off after India pulled out of the event following the September 18 terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri region in which 19 soldiers were killed.

Following this, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangaladesh and Sri Lanka refused to participate in Summit.

Subsequently, Pakistan in Septembers formally cancelled the event.

India has been on the diplomatic offensive in its effort to isolate its Asian neighbour ever since it boycotted the event.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the recently concluded BRICS and BIMSTEC outreach branded Pakistan as the 'mothership' of terrorism. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): A two-day leadership conclave will be organized in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, next month for representatives of minority communities, including Dalit, Muslims and other backward classes.

Full Story >>

Tejashwi Yadav brands Sushil Modi as 'anti-Bihari'

Updated: Jul 26, 2017 15:49 IST     

Patna (Bihar) Delhi (India), 26 July, (ANI): Branding Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Modi 'anti-Bihari', Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday slammed the former stating that he is an outsider who would never care about the state's development.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] July 26 (ANI): Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the top most Separatist of Jammu and Kashmir and his family have amassed wealth worth crores of rupees and also own benami properties.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 26 (ANI): A day after a four-storey building collapsed in suburban Ghatkopar in Mumbai killing 17, the Congress on Wednesday blamed the Mumbai's civic body for the mishap and said that both the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, who run the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai, must be held accountable for the accident.

Full Story >>

Ahmedabad [Gujarat], July. 26 (ANI): The Golden Katar Division of the Indian Army on Wednesday released two additional columns; fully equipped with specialized equipment to bolster the ongoing operations in the flood hit districts in the state of Gujarat, in response to an increased requirement for aerial rescue and relief effort projected by the state government.

Full Story >>

President Kovind condoles deaths due to floods

Updated: Jul 26, 2017 15:19 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): With heavy rains and floods causing widespread devastation in several states, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday expressed grief and condoled the death of the families affected.

Full Story >>

Aware of Nitish's growing bonhomie with BJP: Lalu Yadav

Updated: Jul 26, 2017 15:07 IST     

Patna (Bihar), July 26 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday took a jibe at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying he was aware of his longtime friend's growing bonhomie with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): After a lizard was found in a meal served on the Poorva Express, the Indian Railways on Wednesday assured it has instantly responded to the matter and action has also been taken.

Full Story >>

New Delhi (India), 26 July, (ANI): Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel filed his nomination papers as the party's candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Bofors scam: BJP accuses Congress of dodging from discussions

Updated: Jul 26, 2017 15:00 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday questioned the Congress as to why it was skirting around the discussion on Bofors scandal, to which the grand old party responded saying there is no proof against the Congress whatsoever.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): After the arrest of separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah by National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Congress party on Wednesday said that the unrest in Kashmir Valley cannot be solved without a political solution.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has said that there is no evidence to substantiate the claim that 39 Indians missing in Mosul, Iraq, have died. "And declaring anyone dead without proof is a sin that I won't commit," she said.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): The Delhi High Court while hearing a plea on Wednesday seeking expeditious discharge in contempt petition filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, warned the latter that no scandalous or abusive question would be asked to plaintiff by the defendants lawyer.

Full Story >>

Mufti hand-in-glove with Separatists: Farooq Abdullah

Updated: Jul 26, 2017 14:44 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): Launching another attack on Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday accused the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister of being hand-in-glove with the Hurriyat.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): In the wake of National Investigative Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing Separatists in connection with the terror funding case, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said that it is the duty of the government to keep the nation safe.

Full Story >>

Not only tank; aircraft, ship will also do: JNU VC

Updated: Jul 26, 2017 13:52 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): Clarifying his stand to procure an Army tank on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, varsity Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar on Wednesday said the idea is to have kind of "symbol" on the campus which signifies a link between JNU and the cadets who passed out from these institutes.

Full Story >>

I have quit the case of 'liar' Arvind Kejriwal: Jethmalani

Updated: Jul 26, 2017 13:38 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): Announcing that he has quit as the counsel of Arvind Kejriwal in the civil defamation suits filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Senior Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Wednesday accused the Delhi Chief Minister of blatantly lying to him.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): Cutting across party lines, several political leaders on Wednesday endorsed the arrest of Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap for not taking measures to save a building that he owned in the Ghatkopar area of Mumbai from collapsing.

Full Story >>

Patna (Bihar) [India], July 26 (ANI): Accusing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of double standards, former MP and suspended Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Wednesday asserted that the former was not listening to other parties in the Mahagathbandhan.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed major turbulence, with Opposition leader Anand Sharma tearing into President Ram Nath Kovind inaugural address, where he compared Mahatma Gandhi with Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

Full Story >>