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Foreign Secy met 'very senior levels' of Trump transition team: MEA

Updated: Nov 24, 2016 20:51 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 24 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday confirmed that Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar had recently interacted with very senior levels of the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump transition team, besides meeting the members of the current administration and the US Congress.

"As I informed you earlier, the Foreign Secretary did visit the United States as part of regular bilateral consultations. He met with the members of the current administration and had meetings in the US Congress. It is also my understanding that Foreign Secretary interacted with very senior levels of the Trump transition team.

Welcoming the appointment of South Carolina Governor Nikki Hailey, an Indian American, as United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Swarup said Governor Hailey is well known and recognised as a very strong and committed advocate of close India-US ties.

"We know Governor Hailey well and recognise her as a very strong and committed advocate of close India-US ties. She had called on Prime Minister Modi during his visit to the United States and had also recently visited India. We warmly welcome her appointment as PR to UN," said Swarup during his weekly media briefing.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Haley as the US ambassador to the United Nations. Though the official announcement is yet to come, two sources familiar with Trump's decision have confirmed the same, reports the Washington Post.

Haley, an Indian-American, was an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of the presidential race. If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first female and first non-white - Cabinet-level official in the Trump administration.

She is the second Asian-American to serve as a U.S. Governor.

Despite her misgivings about Trump, she met with the President-elect last week at Trump Tower. Haley later said that they had a "very nice" conversation. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 31 (ANI): After Delhi Lieutenant Governor directed the chief secretary to recover an amount of Rs 97 crore from Aam Admi Party (AAP) for allegedly 'splurging' government's money on advertisements and violating Supreme Court guidelines, the Bharatiya Janaat Party (BJP) on Friday accused Arvind Kejriwal-led Government of misusing public funds for their personal benefits.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 31 (ANI): Reacting to the Meerut Municipal Corporation's move to prohibit its members from attending a meeting as they refused to sing 'Vande Mataram', the Congress Party on Friday said that one cannot be held guilty and forced to sing the national song until and unless there is a law which makes it compulsory.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 31 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a batch of petitions seeking modification of its December 2016 order banning liquor outlets within 500 metres of state and national highways across the country.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): India's longest highway tunnel at Chenani-Nashri, between Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): After a molestation case was filed against Arunabh Kumar, another case of the same was filed against the 'The Viral Fever' (TVF) CEO in the Versova Police Station on Thursday.

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New Delhi [India], Mar 30 (ANI): Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Thursday reviewed the progress of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) - Centre's flagship irrigation programme.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Following footsteps of Tamil Nadu which won the Jallikattu war, the Maharashtra Government is all set to introduce a bill to legalise bullock-cart race in the state.

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Sagar (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 30 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh minister Vijay Shah on Thursday urged that Sanskrit should be made the state language, adding that the 'dev-bhasha' should be taught in schools from class one onwards.

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Malaysian PM Najib Razak meets TN Governor

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 21:44 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who arrived yesterday in India, met Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Rajiv Kumar Chander on Thursday has been appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.

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New Delhi [India], Mar 30 (ANI): The Centre on Thursday granted Z-plus security to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): After meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the meat traders on Thursday extended their support to the state government's view in the matter and seconded the move of banning illegal slaughterhouses.

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Meerut (Utter Pradesh) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Following the Vande Mataram row that took place earlier this week, Samajwadi Party (SP) corporator Afzal on Thursday asserted that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators and mayor forced them to sing the song.

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Attacks on Nigerians 'unacceptable': MEA

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 18:58 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday condemned the violence against three Nigerian nationals in Uttar Pradesh, stating it was "unacceptable" and assured that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of foreigners in India.

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Jammu and Kashmir [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Two candidates from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were elected unopposed to the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Thursday said he would have been arrested had he made such a comparison between Namaz and Surya Namaskar.

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Triple talaq unconstitutional: Mukul Rohatgi

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 18:39 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 30 (ANI): Dubbing the practice of triple talaq as unconstitutional, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Thursday said the respective divorce is not in accord with right to life and dignity.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Senior lawyer and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member H.S. Phoolka on Thursday wrote to the Bar Council seeking special permission to continue as counsel for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims on a pro bono basis.

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Jammu and Kashmir [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Taking a small step towards eradicating corruption in the state machinery, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti led coalition government of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday initiated an enquiry against Ishtiaq Hussain Drabu, Managing Director of Jammu and Kashmir Handicrafts Corporation, under the civil services rules, 1956.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Participating in a seminar on Central Asia post the Cold War, Kazakhstan's Ambassador Bulat Sarsenbayev drew particular attention to Kazakhstan's domestic and foreign policies as well as its political, economic and cultural achievements.

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