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Cabinet approves MOUs with Mali and Somalia

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Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Somalia on transfer of sentenced persons 
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing and subsequent ratification of the Agreement on Transfer of sentenced persons between India and Somalia. Signing the Agreement with Somalia shall facilitate the Indian prisoners imprisoned in Somalia or vice-versa to be near to their families, for serving remaining part of their sentence and shall facilitate their social rehabilitation. The Government of India has signed bilateral Agreements on Transfer of Sentenced Persons with United Kingdom, Mauritius, Bulgaria, France, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bangladesh, Brazil, Israel, Bosnia & Herzegovina, UAE, Italy, Turkey, Maldives, Thailand, Russian Federation, Kuwait, Vietnam, Australia, Hong Kong, Qatar, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bahrain and Estonia. Background: 
Prior to 2004, there was no domesti…

INSV TARINI with all-women Naval officers crew reaches Mauritius

Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini entered Port Louis harbour, Mauritius at 1300 hrs  today on her maiden visit to the island nation since induction in the Indian Navy in Feb 17. Tarini is the sister Vessel of Indian Navy's first sailing Vessel INSV Mhadei, that has numerous accomplishments to her name. INSV Tarini is 55 feet in length and built in India in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Navy, fructified by M/s Aquarius Shipyard, Goa. 
The Vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi (a Naval Architect) and the all-women Naval officers crew comprising Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenants P Swathi, Vijaya Devi, Payal Gupta and B Aishwarya. Tarini has begun a new chapter in the history of ocean sailing by Indian women, wherein the first Indian all-women crew of IN would endeavour to circumnavigate the globe in Aug 2017. Tarini aims to promote a spirit of adventure and camaraderie amongst the young Naval personnel in the years ahead…

5th India Morocco Joint Commission Meeting (JCM)

The 5th India Morocco Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was held in Rabat on 25 and 26 May 2017. The JCM was anchored by Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industry Minister.

On 25 May 2017, the Minister was the keynote speaker at the Industry Day of Morocco in Casablanca, organised by the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. She visited the Centre for Excellence in Information Technology in Casablanca, a collaboration of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), India and Institut National des Postes et TĂ©lĂ©communications (INPT), Morocco. She called on Dr Saad Eddine El Othmani, Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and had bilateral discussions with Mr. Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, and Mr. Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance. On 26 May 2017, she met with Mr. Moulay Hafid El Alamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy. In…

"A diplomat must remain aware and alert about the areas in which India could engage with other countries for the benefit of its people", said President Mukherjee to trainee diplomats

A group of Officer Trainees of the 2016 batch of the Indian Foreign Service called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today (June 1, 2017) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 
Addressing the Officer Trainees, the President congratulated them for choosing the Civil Services as a career. He said that as they had chosen to serve their country as its diplomatic representatives it was important for them to remember that it was India that brought the gift of the greatest concept of universal acceptance to the world; it gave the slogan of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam to humanity. He stated that the Foreign Service offers them the unique opportunity and privilege to represent the country and project its civilizational and cultural heritage and interact with counterparts the world over – for achieving her developmental goals.

The President said that a diplomat is required to always be well informed on the widest range of relevant subjects. He or she needs to have a thorough knowledge of the economic …

'Women of Substance - 2017' awards presented by Indian Embassy in Cairo

The Embassy of India in Egypt, felicitated 11 distinguished ladies from Egypt for their exceptional achievements and exemplary contributions in a wide array of fields, at the ‘Women of Substance’ reception held at India House on 2 April 2017. It was part of “India by the Nile 2017” - a celebration of Indian music, dance, theatre, visual arts, food and Wellbeing. (Photo: FB Page of Indian Embassy, Cairo) Women are creating a strong impact on a wide spectrum of platforms and thereby opening new vistas and horizons for achievements and accomplishments. The ‘Women of Substance’ reception, was an occasion to acknowledge, celebrate, and share the inspirational stories of these women from Egypt and saw felicitation of 10 women and 1 institution – The Charities of Mission.From a young scientist who turned trash into biofuel, to, educationists, filmmakers, humanitarian workers and political leaders- this year’s ‘Women of Substance’ have made a powerful difference through their relentless effort…