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Newsline: China’s embassy in India removes ambassador’s statement

The Chinese embassy website quietly removed the statement made by ambassador Luo Zhaohui from his speech in which he extended an offer to India suggesting name change of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Just, a day after the statement of ambassador made headlines across Pakistan and China, the Chinese authorities seemed to have dropped the idea of renaming multi-billion dollars economic corridor as the ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui speech posted on embassy’s website contains everything except the particular statement ‘Even we can think about renaming the CPEC’. The offer was reportedly made by ambassador Zhaohui in a speech to the United Service Institution (USI) in New Delhi on Friday, according to Zee News. Stating that the CPEC is for promoting economic cooperation on connectivity, Luo claimed that it has “no connections to or impact on sovereignty issues”. The embassy website originally carried the statement of its ambassador but as soon as it faced backlash, apparently for inking the prodigious project with Pakistan and suggesting a name change, the statement was removed.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/china-quietly-removes-ambassadors-rename-cpec-statement-from-embassy-website/

Newsline: Theft at Norway embassy in New Delhi suspected to be inside job

Several teams of the Chanakyapuri police station have been working round-the-clock to nab a thief who allegedly made off with several items of jewellery from the room of an employee of the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Prima facie, police suspect it to be an inside job as there was no sign of forced entry. Confirming the incident, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) B K Singh told The Indian Express that a case has been registered under Section 380 (theft) of the IPC at Chanakyapuri police station. The DCP also said that police are coordinating with senior officials of the embassy to probe the role of an insider. Police said the incident took place on April 24. The complainant left home after putting her jewellery in a small bag inside the top drawer of her cupboard. “She locked her room and left for work. She returned home by 4.45 pm. In the evening, she was getting dressed to go out again when she suddenly noticed that some of her jewellery was missing,” police sources said. “Police are questioning ground employees, drivers, security guards and others living in the area,” a police officer said.

New Delhi: At Norway embassy, thief makes off with staffer’s jewellery

Newsline: Nigeria summons Indian ambassador over attack on students

Nigeria on Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner over the recent attack on Nigerian students in Greater Noida. Permanent Secretary of Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Olushola Enikanolaiye met Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria Nagabushana Reddy and asked the Indian government to ensure action against those who assaulted four Nigerian nationals on Monday in Greater Noida. According to a report in Nigerian media, Nigeria has asked the Indian Government to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the attack. Five people have been arrested so far in connection with attack on Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida following the death of 17-year-old student Manish Khari who died of a suspected drug overdose. Residents claim that Khari procured drugs from the Africans residing in Greater Noida. They have also demanded that the Nigerian students be charged with Khari’s murder.

http://www.india.com/news/india/nigeria-summons-indian-ambassador-over-attack-on-students-asks-india-to-ensure-action-against-culprits-1975955/

Newsline: India’s top diplomat to visit Washington for talks

India’s top diplomat will visit Washington this week for talks with the new US administration, an Indian foreign ministry official said Sunday. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is expected to discuss with American officials India’s concerns over proposed US legislation that could make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from India and other countries. Also on the agenda during Jaishankar’s four-day visit, which begins Tuesday, is safety for foreigners following a Kansas City bar shooting that killed an Indian engineer and wounded another. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup did not give details Sunday, but news reports said Jaishankar would meet with US Acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon and other officials.

http://pakobserver.net/indias-top-diplomat-to-visit-washington-for-talks/

Newsline: India-China Bhai-bhai diplomacy

When 77-year-old Wang Qi, a former People’s Liberation Army surveyor who accidentally strayed into India in 1963, landed in Beijing this morning after 54 years, he had two unusual guests waiting for him at the airport. Thelma John David and Siddharth Malik, second secretaries at the Indian embassy in Beijing, are part of a diplomatic mission that had only Thursday formally protested China’s efforts at shielding Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar from UN sanctions. But early on Saturday morning, they greeted Wang and his son Vishnu at the airport before accompanying them, along with officials from China’s foreign ministry, on a joint visit to Wang’s hometown Xianyang in Shaanxi province, 30km upstream from Xi’an. Wang – whose journey starting from his entry and capture in India, through the decades he has raised his family with an Indian wife in a Madhya Pradesh hamlet, gained public prominence following a BBC report – is not an Indian citizen. He still holds a Chinese passport and India had already facilitated access to him and his family, Indian citizens, for the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. Wang and his son are expected to return to India after meeting their extended family. But the visit to the Beijing airport and then Xianyang by two Indian embassy officials was a part of a publicly emphasised humanitarian gesture. That gesture itself belongs to an emerging pattern India is relying on to keep diplomacy alive amid a confluence of heightened tensions with its two largest neighbours, China and Pakistan, and global uncertainty following Donald Trump’s victory as US President.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170212/jsp/nation/story_135350.jsp

Newsline: Dublin residents fail to stop plans for Indian embassy

Residents from Merrion Road in Dublin 4 have failed in their attempts to block the Indian government from establishing a new embassy on the road. An Bord Pleanála has dismissed the appeal by the Merrion Road Residents’ Association against Dublin City Council granting planning permission to the Office of the Ambassador of India to change the use of 69 Merrion Road an embassy and extend the property. In approving the move, the board rejected the recommendation of its own inspector to refuse planning permission. Inspector Derek Daly said that if the application was permitted, the area will become overwhelmingly non-residential in relation to use. However, the board ruled in deciding not to accept the inspector’s recommendation, it found that the intensity of use would be acceptable at this location. The current Indian embassy is located at Leeson Park in D4. Ambassador, Smt. Radhika Lol Lokesh is to remain at the Indian ambassador’s residence in Foxrock. However, the application for the new embassy provoked a wave of opposition from residents’ associations representing some of the most prestigious addresses in the country.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/dublin-4-residents-fail-to-stop-plans-for-indian-embassy-1.1967369

Newsline: Indian diplomat claims to be victim of maid’s blackmail in New York

The Indian diplomat who was kicked out of the U.S. on charges she exploited her maid now claims she was the victim of an extortion plot hatched by the housekeeper. Devyani Khobragade, former Deputy Consul General of India in New York, says her domestic worker tried to blackmail her and claims the household help was part of the “racket” of New York immigration advocates who prey on employers. The 39-year-old disgraced diplomat says she is distressed at being portrayed as an elitist exploiter of the poor, speaking out for the first time since she was forced from the U.S. in January following her legal debacle. She was charged with visa fraud, based on paperwork she completed for her maid and nanny, Sangeeta Richard, who also accused Khobragade of withholding fair payment and forcing her to work 19-hour days. But Khobragade denies the allegations, saying Richard threatened her when the maid decided she wanted to take on additional jobs even though that would violate immigration law. She also blasted U.S. law enforcement for treating her like “a common criminal” when she was taken into custody and strip searched by U.S. Marshals in New York. Her arrest sparked outrage in her home country and the Indian government unleashed their displeasure at the U.S. over her treatment. She now lives in New Delhi and has not taken up a new diplomatic post since there is still an outstanding warrant for her arrest in the U.S.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/indian-diplomat-booted-new-york-claims-victim-maid-blackmail-scheme-article-1.1972552