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gst: record uin on tax invoice for supplies to foreign missions, un organisation


businesses supplying goods and services to foreign diplomatic missions or un organisations should quote their respective unique identification number (uin) on tax invoices for gst benefits, the finance ministry said today.recording of the 15-digit uin while making such sales will enable foreign diplomatic missions / un organisations to claim refund of goods and services tax (gst) paid by them in india."it may be noted that sale or supply to foreign diplomatic missions / un organisations is like any other business to consumer (b2c) sale and will not have any additional effect on the supplier s tax liability."therefore, it is advised that under no circumstance any supplier should decline to record the uin of the diplomat / official on the tax invoice," a finance ministry statement said. t...






african students: african diplomatic missions favour joint strategy with india f


new delhi: the african diplomatic missions in delhi have decided to adopt a cooperative approach and not a combative one and hope to formulate a joint strategy with the indian government to address the issue of students from the continent having trouble with the locals. the african diplomatic missions are currently in discussions among themselves to firm up their approach and may seek a meeting with the external affairs minister sushma swaraj to discuss a joint action plan for a permanent solution, diplomats from the african missions indicated to et. african students have been facing trouble particularly with locals in the delhi-ncr region. besides bangalore witnessed certain incidents of harassment. foreign minister sushma swaraj on tuesday spoke to up cm yogi adityanath and asked him to






afghanistan hands over slain diplomatic staff’s body to pakistan


by: pti | islamabad | published:november 7, 2017 5:47 pm foreign minister khawaja asif urged the afghan government to take urgent steps to apprehend the perpetrators and ensure the safety and security of pakistan’s diplomatic personnel and its missions in afghanistan, pakistan’s foreign office (fo) said. (ap/file)top newsthe body of a pakistani diplomatic staffer who was shot dead by unidentified assailants afghanistan’s jalalabad city, arrived here today, a day after islamabad lodged a strong protest with kabul over the incident. afghanistan handed over the body of nayyar iqbal rana to pakistani authorities at the torkham border near peshawar, from where it was sent to islamabad for funeral and last rites, officials said.the 52-year-old rana was shot dead by two bike-borne unkn...






india builds diplomatic missions, culture centres to project soft power


new delhi: india is on a global building mission — to cement its credentials as the home of timeless culture and ageless architecture. to project new delhi’s soft power across world capitals, the mea has embarked on a program to build diplomatic missions and cultural centres using the country’s diverse styles of architecture. in the past one year, the ministry started building properties in new zealand, indonesia, malaysia, thailand, bangladesh, nepal, saudi arabia, ethiopia, sudan, switzerland, chile, russia and uzbekistan to house either diplomatic missions or cultural centres. furthermore, it bought properties in four countries, and started major renovation projects in four others, a person familiar with the subject told et. “the government decided that newly constructed propert...






bahrain: foreign scholarships must be formally approved


foreign scholarships must not be accepted without formal approval from competent authoritiesmanama: bahrain has told its public employees not to accept any scholarship or training offer from foreign missions unless they have a formal approval from the competent authorities.prime minister prince khalifa bin salman al khalifa, chairing the weekly cabinet session on monday, instructed all ministries and public agencies under the civil service (csb) to comply with the decisions and criteria that regulate their relations with the embassies and foreign missions.the ministry of foreign affairs is the only entity entitled to receive offers of scholarships, training workshops and field visits extended by embassies and foreign missions to public employees, ngo members and individuals, the cabinet s.






trump ‘is not my bride’: putin wades into diplomatic row with u.s.


moscow — in biting remarks, russian president vladimir putin addressed russia’s diplomatic row with the united states on tuesday, saying moscow could further cut u.s. diplomatic staffing in russia and calling u.s. searches of a russian consulate and other diplomatic properties “boorish.”“it is hard to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse austria with australia, but there is nothing we can do about this. it seems to be the level of political culture in a certain part of the u.s. establishment,” putin said in his first public statements on the diplomatic dispute that has been deepening since washington announced the closure of russia’s consulate in san francisco, as well as diplomatic properties housing trade missions in new york and washington. [here’s how the diploma...






trump ‘is not my bride’: putin wades into diplomatic row with u.s.


moscow — in biting remarks, russian president vladimir putin addressed russia’s diplomatic row with the united states on tuesday, saying moscow could further cut u.s. diplomatic staffing in russia and calling u.s. searches of a russian consulate and other diplomatic properties “boorish.”“it is hard to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse austria with australia, but there is nothing we can do about this. it seems to be the level of political culture in a certain part of the u.s. establishment,” putin said in his first public statements on the diplomatic dispute that has been deepening since washington announced the closure of russia’s consulate in san francisco, as well as diplomatic properties housing trade missions in new york and washington. [here’s how the diplo...






mohammad meets uae diplomats and officials


mohammad asks diplomats to discharge their duties in a way that helps uphold the nation’s honourdubai: his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of uae and ruler of dubai, on sunday met with uae ambassadors abroad and heads of diplomatic missions at arab and international organisations at the etihad museum in jumeriah.the envoys are participating in the 11th forum of uae ambassadors and heads of missions abroad, which is organised by the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, from sunday-thursday.shaikh mohammad welcomed the emirati envoys and assured them that they enjoyed the support of their leadership to enable them to discharge their national and humanitarian missions, in a manner that honours the uae and helps further ..






amid diplomatic row, putin denies disappointment with trump: he ‘is not my bride


moscow — in biting remarks, russian president vladimir putin addressed russia’s diplomatic row with the united states on tuesday, saying moscow could further cut u.s. diplomatic staffing in russia and calling u.s. searches of a russian consulate and other diplomatic properties “boorish.”“it is hard to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse austria with australia, but there is nothing we can do about this. it seems to be the level of political culture in a certain part of the u.s. establishment,” putin said in his first public statements on the diplomatic dispute that has been deepening since washington announced the closure of russia’s consulate in san francisco, as well as diplomatic properties housing trade missions in new york and washington. the comments came during ...






iran foreign minister visits qatar amid diplomatic standoff


dubai, united arab emirates –  iran's foreign minister is in qatar for talks with top officials there as a quartet of arab nations continues to boycott the energy-rich country.mohammad javad zarif's visit on tuesday comes after qatar in august restored full diplomatic relations with iran. zarif was in oman on monday.qatar pulled its ambassador from tehran in early 2016 after saudi arabia's execution of a prominent shiite cleric sparked attacks on saudi diplomatic missions in iran. the pullout was in solidarity with the kingdom.the boycott now by saudi arabia and others is partly over what they perceive as doha's overly warm ties with tehran.iran and qatar have strong shared commercial interests, namely a massive offshore natural gas field, called the south pars field by tehran and t...






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donald trump: donald trump administration orders 'increased scrutiny' for visas


washington: the trump administration has instructed all its diplomatic missions worldwide to identify certain groups that need extra scrutiny and adopt a rigorous vetting process for issuing visas. those applying for an american visa - including tourist and business visas - would be asked to furnish details of their employment and residence for the last 15 years and all the phone numbers they used in the previous five years, a diplomatic cable issued by secretary of state rex tillerson, said. the cable was sent after president donald trump signed a revised executive order restricting travel from six muslim-majority muslim countries on march 6. the cable dated march 15 says these additional protocols have been put in place to prevent the entry into the us of foreign nationals who may aid, s






tillerson and lavrov to meet ahead of key un summit


us and russian officials to meet amid tit-for-tat cuts to each other’s diplomatic missionsu.s. secretary of state rex tillerson.new york: us secretary of state rex tillerson is to meet his russian counterpart foreign minister sergei lavrov in new york on sunday ahead of the un general assembly, officials said.according to tillerson’s schedule, the top us envoy was to meet lavrov at the russian un delegation at 9pm, as senior international officials gathered in the city.ties between washington and moscow are at what tillerson has called a “historic” post-cold war low, amid tit-for-tat cuts to each other’s diplomatic missions.but washington wants to work with russia to help resolve the crisis in syria, where both have military forces deployed, and the rivals are trying to work thro...






us, russia diplomats to meet despite tensions: source


washington –  senior u.s. and russian envoys are to meet next week in scandinavia in a bid to calm escalating diplomatic tensions that have sparked a return to cold war-era animosity, u.s. officials said friday.the state department's third-ranking official, undersecretary of state for political affairs thomas shannon, will meet on monday and tuesday in finland with russian deputy foreign minister sergei ryabkov.shannon and ryabkov have held several rounds of talks since earlier this year focused on resolving irritants in u.s.-russian relations, including the tit-for-tat closures of diplomatic missions and expulsions of diplomats. next week's talks are planned to cover those irritants as well as broader strategic relations and arms control issues, the officials said.the officials were ...






spanish diplomatic staff ask for dfat help in ongoing pay strike


employees of the spanish government in australia have appealed to the foreign affairs department for help in their ongoing strike over a nine year pay freeze.a group of eight locally engaged staff at the spanish consulate-general in sydney walked off the job last month after bureaucrats in madrid refused to pass on a 3.3 per cent pay increase, ordered by the fair work commission as an increase to australia's minimum wage. spain's ambassador to australia manuel cacho quesada, with governor-general sir peter cosgrove. photo: suppliedthe striking workers say pay rates vary between the spanish government's diplomatic missions in australia and have called on the spanish ambassador to australia, manuel cacho quesada, to intervene. the spanish government's political and budgetary difficu...






qatar says kuwait trying to mediate, solve diplomatic rift


by: ap | dubai | published:june 6, 2017 8:58 amrelated newsqatar’s foreign minister says kuwait is trying to mediate and solve a diplomatic crisis that has seen arab nations cut off diplomatic ties. the minister said early today that kuwait’s ruler had asked qatar’s ruling emir, sheikh tamim bin hamad al thani, to hold off on giving a speech about the crisis.foreign minister sheikh mohammed bin abdulrahman al thani also told doha-based satellite news network al-jazeera that his nation rejected those “trying to impose their will on qatar or intervene in its internal affairs.” bahrain, egypt, saudi arabia and the united arab emirates all cut diplomatic ties with qatar on monday and ordered their land, sea and airports closed to qatari aircraft and vessels.it’s the worst dipl...






tillerson argues state department’s main focus should be on u.s. security


secretary of state rex tillerson defended proposed state department budget cuts of about 30 percent, arguing tuesday that the primary goal of government spending should be to protect americans and advance the country’s prosperity.“the first responsibility of government is the security of its own citizens, and we will orient our diplomatic efforts toward fulfilling that commitment,” tillerson said in remarks prepared for delivery to the senate foreign relations committee.the trump administration is proposing a state department budget that would make deep cuts in long-term development aid, humanitarian food assistance and peacekeeping missions around the world.numerous lawmakers, including some republicans, have already said they cannot accept such cuts in some areas of foreign aid and...






qatar minister calls for calm as diplomatic crisis spirals


by: afp | doha | published:june 6, 2017 7:51 am qatar foreign minister sheikh mohammed bin abdulrahman al-thani (source: youtube)related newsqatar’s foreign minister tuesday called for dialogue and insisted ties to the us would remain strong despite a diplomatic storm that has seen saudi arabia and others cut ties with doha. in a speech broadcast on the doha-based satellite channel al-jazeera in the early hours, foreign minister sheikh mohammed bin abdulrahman al-thani also called for “a dialogue of openness and honesty” to resolve the crisis.saudi arabia, the uae, bahrain, egypt, yemen and the maldives severed ties with qatar monday over accusations it supported extremism. qatar has denied the allegations, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to have hit the region in years.abdul r...






russia reserves right to cut further us diplomatic mission, says president vladi


by: reuters | xiamen | published:september 5, 2017 5:54 pm russian president vladimir putin. (ap photo)related newsrussia reserves the right to further cut the number of us diplomatic staff in moscow, russian president vladimir putin said on tuesday, in response to what he called washington’s “boorish” treatment of russia’s diplomatic mission on us soil.speaking after us officials ordered russia to vacate diplomatic premises in several us cities, putin said he would order the russian foreign ministry to take the us authorities to court over alleged violations of russia’s property rights.“that the americans reduced the number of our diplomatic facilities – this is their right,” putin told a news conference in the chinese city of xiamen, where he was attending a summit o...






massive blast in kabul diplomatic quarter


kabul:   a car bomb killed at least 49 people and wounded 300 in kabul on wednesday, a public health official said, adding that the casualty toll would increase.the explosion occurred during the morning rush hour in a busy part of the afghan capital that houses many foreign embassies and government departments."this is an initial figure," health ministry spokesman ismael kawoosi told afp. "they are still bringing bodies and wounded people to hospitals."bodies littered the scene and a towering plume of smoke rose from the area, which houses foreign embassies, after the blast blew out the windows in a number of missions and residences hundreds of metres  from the epicentre.witnesses described dozens of cars choking the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls sought safety, ...






corker’s departure will hit foreign relations the hardest


sen. bob corker’s impending departure removes from many critical debates on capitol hill an influential, dealmaking, establishment republican who can bend the president’s ear — but his exit will arguably be felt most acutely in the realm of foreign policy.the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, corker (r-tenn.) has earned accolades as one of the body’s most committed champions of bipartisanship. in his tenure, he has also spearheaded many efforts to reestablish congress’s authority in diplomatic matters that, over decades, it had ceded to the executive branch.grappling with a divided congress and an ideologically separate white house poses complicated diplomatic challenges, and corker has tangled with both former president barack obama and president trump over mat...






philippine foreign secretary dumped over us citizenship


the decision by the commission on appointments threw the philippines’ diplomatic leadership into turmoilmanila: philippine lawmakers on wednesday said foreign secretary perfecto yasay lied to them about being an american citizen and said he must stand down more than eight months after his appointment.the decision by the commission on appointments threw the philippines’ diplomatic leadership into turmoil, with the lawmakers ruling that yasay had been sacked but the foreign affairs spokesman saying that was not yet clear.in an extremely rare move, the congressional body unanimously voted to reject yasay’s nomination following tense confirmation hearings in which he admitted to misleading the lawmakers.“he was not telling the truth. he was not being forthright in the question and answ...






pak diplomatic divide over india policy out in the open


islamabad/new delhi: the internal squabbles within the pakistani diplomatic establishment over india got exposed on tuesday when an official letter sent by islamabad's former high commissioner in new delhi, abdul basit, surfaced online, describing pakistan's ambassador to the us, aizaz ahmad chaudhry, as "the worst foreign secretary ever". basit wrote that he believes chaudhry, who as foreign secretary was once basit's boss, should be sacked from his washington dc posting. in his bristling and bilious missive, basit, known for his proximity to pakistan's intelligence agency isi, wrote: "the more i think, the more i am convinced that you have been the worst foreign secretary ever." he added, "i can cite many examples, the ufa joint statement and pakistan's hum...






putin: russia reserves right to cut further us diplomatic mission


russian president vladimir putin, speaks during his news conference in xiamen, fujian province, china.moscow/washington: russia reserves the right to cut further the number of us diplomatic staff in moscow, russian president vladimir putin said on tuesday, in response to what he called washington’s “boorish” treatment of russia’s diplomatic mission on us soil.speaking after us officials ordered russia to vacate diplomatic premises in several american cities, putin said he would order the russian foreign ministry to take legal action over alleged violations of russia’s property rights.“that the americans reduced the number of our diplomatic facilities — this is their right,” putin told a news conference in the chinese city of xiamen, where he was attending a summit of major ...






pakistani diplomatic divide over india policy out in the open


islamabad/new delhi: the internal squabbles within the pakistani diplomatic establishment over india got exposed on tuesday when an official letter sent by islamabad's former high commissioner in new delhi, abdul basit, surfaced online, describing pakistan's ambassador to the us, aizaz ahmad chaudhry, as "the worst foreign secretary ever". basit wrote that he believes chaudhry, who as foreign secretary was once basit's boss, should be sacked from his washington dc posting. in his bristling and bilious missive, basit, known for his proximity to pakistan's intelligence agency isi, wrote: "the more i think, the more i am convinced that you have been the worst foreign secretary ever." he added, "i can cite many examples, the ufa joint statement and pakistan's humiliating defeat at th...






aizaz chaudhry to be pakistan’s new envoy to us


islamabad: pakistani foreign secretary aizaz chaudhry, who is set to be replaced with envoy to india abdul basit, is headed for washington — as islamabad seeks to boost its ties with the donald trump administration.pakistan prime minister nawaz sharif is understood to have cleared the two top diplomatic posts during a meeting on urday, geo news reported.both the two top diplomatic picks have worked with india closely — basit as the high commissioner to india since 2014, while chaudhry as foreign secretary held talks with his indian counterpart s. jaishankar a few times and also visited india last year.chaudhry would replace syed jalil abbas jilani, who had earlier served as foreign secretary.chaudhry’s posting as amb ador to washington has been okayed by the government, a foreign office sp






bahrain orders citizens to leave lebanon


dubai, united arab emirates –  bahrain is ordering all its citizens in lebanon to "leave immediately" after the country's prime minister resigned in a sudden televised address, citing iranian meddling in lebanese and regional affairs.bahrain's foreign ministry issued the order sunday afternoon. it says bahraini citizens are banned from traveling to lebanon, as well.bahrain is a bellwether nation for the saudi arabia-dominated gulf cooperation council to announce sanctions and travel bans, usually targeting countries seen as close to iran.gcc member states banned travel to lebanon in 2016 after lebanon's foreign minister refused to condemn mob attacks on saudi diplomatic missions in iran.prime minister saad hariri upended lebanese politics with his surprise resignation saturday, whi...






u.s. considering closing its embassy in cuba


secretary of state rex tillerson said sunday that the united states is considering closing the u.s. embassy in havana in response to mysterious hearing problems that have left at least 21 employees with serious health issues.“we have it under evaluation,” tillerson said on cbs’s “face the nation” when asked about calls by some senators to shutter the diplomatic mission. “it’s a very serious issue, with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered, and we’ve brought some of those people home. it’s under review.”closing the embassy would be a serious setback to relations between the united states and cuba, two cold war adversaries whose enmity stretched more than half a century before they restored diplomatic relations and upgraded their missions into embass...






dutch warn citizens in turkey amid diplomatic tensions


the dutch foreign ministry said there was a safety risk in travelling to turkey, and said citizens could register with the ministry ahead of travelthe hague: the netherlands on monday issued a new travel warning to dutch citizens in turkey urging them to take care amid a bitter row between the two countries.“since march 11, 2017 there have been diplomatic tensions between turkey and the netherlands. stay alert across the whole of turkey and avoid gatherings and crowded places,” the foreign ministry said in its warning.amid an escalating crisis which erupted over the weekend, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan has warned the netherlands would pay for blocking his ministers from holding rallies to build support for a vote on expanding his powers.the dutch foreign ministry said there ...






eu to set up joint command centre for foreign missions: official


by: reuters | brussels | published:march 3, 2017 6:52 pm the flags of member states are placed on display before an eu summit at bratislava castle in bratislava on friday, sept. 16, 2016. (ap photo/virginia mayo)european union states are expected to decide on monday to create a joint command centre for the bloc’s foreign training missions in mali, somalia and central african republic, a senior eu official in brussels said. such an agreement would mark a baby step forward on the eu’s quest for more security and defence cooperation. while politically sensitive and stalled for years, the bloc has now restarted such efforts, spurred by russia’s 2014 annexation of crimea and a growing threat from islamic militants.watch what else is in the newssuggestions by the new u.s. president do...






tensions escalate between turkey, netherlands over aircraft landing dispute


istanbul –  the dutch government on saturday withdrew landing permission for the turkish foreign minister's aircraft, drawing the ire of the turkish president and escalating a diplomatic dispute between the two nato allies over campaigning for a turkish referendum on constitutional reform.the dutch government said in a statement it had withdrawn the permission because of "risks to public order and security" caused by the proposed visit of foreign minister mevlut cavusoglu to rotterdam.turkish president recep tayyip erdogan promised retaliation against dutch diplomatic flights."you can stop our foreign minister's plane all you want, let's see how your planes will come to turkey from now on," erdogan said at a rally in istanbul."they do not know politics or international diplomacy...






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us, turkey restart issuing visas


ankara — the united states partially resumed issuing visas in turkey on monday after getting what it said were assurances about the safety of staff at its missions following a number of detentions.the turkish embassy in washington said almost immediately it would match the move, although it denied there had been any assurances.it called the us move a positive development, noting it was announced on the eve of a visit to the united states by turkey’s prime minister binali yildirim.the us embassy said that despite its move it remained deeply concerned over the detention of two of its locally employed staff at diplomatic missions in turkey, and the fate of us citizens arrested under a state of emergency in force since a failed coup last year.the arrest of a veteran employee at the us cons...






us risks sparking north korea ‘escalation’: sergei lavrov


by: afp | moscow | published:october 10, 2017 9:47 am russian foreign minister sergei lavrov.related newsrussian foreign minister sergei lavrov today warned his us counterpart rex tillerson that washington risks sparking an unacceptable escalation in tensions with north korea. in a phone call with us secretary of state tillerson, lavrov “stressed the unacceptability of an escalation of tensions on the korean peninsula, which the american military preparations in the region are leading to,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.russia’s top diplomat “called for resolution of differences exclusively through diplomatic methods.” us president donald trump said on saturday that diplomatic efforts with north korea have consistently failed. he also tweeted last week that tillers...






saudi arabia agrees to iran consulates during hajj: iran’s foreign ministry


by: afp | tehran | updated: july 4, 2017 8:02 pm the two countries severed diplomatic ties in january 2016 after iranians stormed saudi arabia’s embassy in tehran in response to the execution of a prominent shiite cleric. the region’s two leading powers back opposing sides in several conflicts, including in syria and yemen. (photo: ap)related newsiran will be allowed to set up temporary consulates in saudi arabia during the hajj pilgrimage despite the absence of diplomatic ties between the two rivals, the foreign ministry in tehran said today. “some officials from the foreign ministry’s consular section will be deployed to jeddah, mecca and medina to provide consular services to iranian pilgrims during the hajj,” spokesman bahram ghasemi was quoted as saying by the isna news...






india is messenger of world peace, contributes through un: pm


prime minister says india is the third highest contributor to un peacekeeping missions, with around 7,000 of its security personnel deployed on various missions across the worldnew delhi: describing india as a “messenger of peace”, prime minister narendra modi on sunday said the country has always contributed to global peace, unity and harmony through united nations (un) missions across the world.he said india is the third highest contributor to un peacekeeping missions, with around 7,000 of its security personnel deployed on various missions across the world.besides, the indian forces have imparted peacekeeping training to their counterparts from 85 countries and have been providing medical services to people of a number of countries, modi said in his monthly radio programme, mann ki ...






college programs key to arizona golf legacy


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the 16th hole at the waste mana ent phoenix open has become one of the most famous holes in golf. take a look at a time-lapse covering the two months of construction of the grandstands and skyboxes on the hole. video: tpc scottsdale wochitclockwise from top left: jon rahm, annika sorenstam, phil mickelson and ricky barnes.(p o: azcentral sports)the phoenix open dates back to the 1930s and so does college golf in arizona.the arizona state men's golf history, in fact, goes back to 1931, a year before the first phoenix open. the growth of pro and college golf in the state are intertwined with the connection strengthened by the world golf hall of fame credentials of phil mickelson (asu), joanne carner (asu), annika sorenstam (arizona) and lorena ochoa (ua), who wi