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Senior US diplomat to visit Delhi to firm up agenda for President Obama's January visit Nov 23, 12:32 pm
Washington, Nov.23 (ANI): The State Department has announced that it will send a top diplomat to India next week to firm up the agenda for President Barack Obama's second visit in the last four years.
US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
PM Modi's invitation to Obama is diplomatic breakthrough: BJP Nov 22, 12:46 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party said here on Saturday that the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited U.S. President Obama for the 26th January celebration is a diplomatic breakthrough as far the Indo- U.S. ties are concerned.
New Delhi, Nov.21 (ANI): A senior diplomat of the High Commission of South Africa encouraged students of a school here to use the medium of sports and other forms of physical activity to lead healthy lives and ensure a good future for themselves.
Recollections of a Communicator:Robin Raphel played patron's role during Pakistan's proxy war against India Nov 21, 2:28 pm
New Delhi, Nov.21 (ANI) Twenty years ago this month, I spent a fortnight in the United States as a delegate to the United Nations trying to convince as many diplomats and media persons as possible that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was near normal, and the state would participate in the national and assembly elections.
Suva, Nov. 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered India's cooperation to the leaders and representatives of Pacific Island nations on several issues including space, telemedicine and training of diplomats.
Dhaka, Nov.16 (ANI): Former Bangladesh and Indian diplomats have called on their respective governments to train their focus on economic engagement and intensify security cooperation.
Obama seeks review of US' Syria policy to tackle IS, Assad Nov 13, 9:55 am
Washington, Nov 13 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama has reportedly demanded another review of the nation's Syria policy after realizing that the Islamic State (IS) may not be crushed without a political transition in Syria and the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, senior U.S. officials and diplomats said.
Jewelry worth $71,468 from Queen of Brunei tops Obama family's diplomatic gifts list Nov 12, 4:19 pm
Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): The Queen of Brunei gave Michelle Obama jewelry, worth 71,468 dollars, as a gift in 2013, which topped the Obama family's diplomatic most valuable gifts list.
Singapore is role model for India in terms of infrastructure development, says PM Modi Nov 12, 4:19 pm
Nay Pyi Taw, Nov. 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday identified knowledge and innovation forming as the core to celebrate the golden jubilee of diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Singapore, adding that the city-state is a role model for India in terms of infrastructure development in urban areas.
Hollywood Director Jeffrey D. Brown calls Indian poet-diplomat's Earth Anthem a Joyous Celebration Nov 12, 11:34 am
Kathmandu, Nov.12 (ANI): Academy Award winner Hollywood Director Jeffrey D. Brown has called Indian poet's Earth Anthem a Joyous Celebration of our common humanity.
Robin Raphel: Fatal attraction for Pakistan? Nov 11, 1:33 pm
Washington, Nov. 11 (ANI): Robin Raphel, a former US diplomat now under a counter intelligence investigation, has spent much of her professional life dealing with Pakistan and defending it against criticism as she doled out billions in aid to the "frenemy".
Washington, Nov 11 (ANI): Pakistani expert and Assistant Professor at Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University, Christine Fair, said on Monday that veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistani expert Robin Raphel merely executed U.S. policy as a diplomat.
CIA sets 'Argo' errors straight on Twitter Nov 10, 1:39 pm
Melbourne, Nov 10 (ANI): Central Intelligence Agency recently took to Twitter to point out how 'Argo' made various changes about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis.
Washington, Nov.7 (ANI): veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert Robin Raphel is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn.
US diplomat-cum-Pak expert under investigation over counter-intelligence allegations Nov 7, 10:41 am
Washington, Nov 07 (ANI): Veteran US diplomat and long-time Pakistan expert Robin L. Raphel is reportedly facing federal investigation on counter-intelligence allegations.
Kathmandu, Nov. 6 (ANI): Legendary film director, former parliamentarian and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Shyam Benegal has called 'Earth Anthem' an excellent idea, supporting the efforts of Indian poet-diplomat Abhay Kumar's to get an official earth anthem.
Pakistan lodges protest with India over ceasefire violations Oct 29, 9:30 pm
Islamabad, Oct. 29 (ANI): Pakistan on Wednesday lodged protest with India through diplomatic channels over what it terms as 'indiscriminate firing' by the latter along the Line of Control (LoC) after the death of a civilian in the Rawlakot sector.
Visa requirement relaxed for diplomats and officials for travel between India, Albania Oct 29, 8:35 pm
New Delhi, Oct. 29 (ANI): The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave its approval for signing of the agreement on the abolition of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official/service passports between India Albania.
New Delhi, Oct.25 (ANI): Ruling out any third party intervention on Kashmir, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Saturday asked India to demonstrate its maturity and its commitment by stepping up diplomatic and political measures to impress Islamabad to consider having a meaningful dialogue.
Closer security ties with Lanka will be seen as major diplomatic blunder: NTP leader Ayyanathan Oct 22, 1:12 pm
Chennai, Oct.22 (ANI): The National Committee Head of the Naam Tamilar Party (NTP), Ayyanathan, on Wednesday said that the NDA Government must not commit a major diplomatic blunder by cementing 'so-called' security ties in the south with Sri Lanka and China.
India, Norway sign agreement on exemption of visa for diplomatic and official passports Oct 14, 9:19 pm
Oslo, Oct. 14 (ANI): India and Norway on Tuesday signed an agreement to facilitate the exemption of visas for diplomatic and official passport holders during President Pranab Mukherjee's state visit to the Scandinavian nation.
Asia-Pacific Excellence Award to Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K Oct 14, 12:36 pm
Kathmandu, Oct. 14 (ANI): All India National Unity Council honoured poet-diplomat Abhay K with Asia-Pacific Excellence Award at a function organized in Kathmandu on Saturday, October 11, for his outstanding individual achievements in the field of literature by penning Earth Anthem and SAARC song and for celebrating local, regional and global themes in his poems and writings.
U.S. most likely to discontinue 7.5 billion dollar Kerry-Lugar civilian aid package to Pakistan Oct 14, 12:09 pm
Karachi, Oct 14 (ANI): According to sources in the finance ministry and diplomatic circles, the United States Congress is unlikely to extend the 7.5 billion dollar civilian assistance package to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Act of 2009 that would expire by September next year.
Washington, Oct 08 (ANI): A Western diplomat has revealed that Syria has four chemical weapons facilities that it has not disclosed to the United Nations, a report said.
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