In a bid to simplify adoptions by foreign nationals in India, the External Affairs Ministry has asked all its passport department offices to accept the date of birth of the child mentioned in the court order and not insist for a birth certificate.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday conveyed outrage to Pakistan on LeT terrorist and 26/11 plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's release order, saying that it will pose a threat that cannot be ignored.
A Pakistani court on Friday declared the detention orders of Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, as illegal and ordered his immediate release, triggering strong reaction from India which summoned the Pakistan envoy in New Delhi to convey its outrage.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would raise the fishermen issue with her counterpart in Colombo as well as Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, adding that this is a humanitarian and emotive issue which requires longer term solutions.
Indian citizens living abroad will now be able to file consular grievances online as the government today launched an e-portal to address such complaints promptly with a high degree of "accountability".
With Sujatha Singh being suddenly removed, a Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs could not get a briefing by the Foreign Secretary on matters related to the ministry at a meeting scheduled today.
Asserting that the logjam over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal had been broken, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh said that the United States and India had achieved significant outcomes on the deal and in the areas of energy and economic co-operation.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday said termed the three-day trip of India by US President Barack Obama as a 'historic visit', stating that its importance was reflective of the growing ties between New Delhi and Washington DC.