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Gaitri Kumar takes over as India’s high commissioner to UK

Gaitri Issar Kumar (IFS:1986) has taken over as India’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom. She is the third woman envoy in the key post since independence after Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and Ruchi Ghanashyam.

Soon after taking over, She held virtual meetings with Tariq Ahmad, minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Richard Moore, FCO political director, and leading members of the Indian community such as industrialist Swraj Paul and Raj Loomba.

Paul tweeted: “India has great foreign service and very bright women diplomats starting from Mrs Pandit & have had the pleasure of knowing a few. Said goodbye to Ruchi Ghanashyam and welcome Gaitri Kumar. Wish you a great stay, you will enjoy this assignment”.

Kumar was the Indian ambassador to Belgium, the EU and Luxembourg before joining in London. Kumar takes over at a time when the Boris Johnson government currently dealing with the pandemic will soon focus more on Brexit-related issues as the end of the transition period on December 31 draws near. More trade with India in the post-Brexit UK has been a key aim.

06 Jul 2020
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Raveesh is Ambassador to Finland; Singhal and George too get new assignment

Former spokesperson of MEA Raveesh Kumar (IFS:1995) has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Finland, Sushil Kumar Singhal has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Papua New Guinea and Sibi George (IFS:1993) has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Kuwait.

Raveesh is presently serving as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry and will replace Vani Rao. Vani assumed charge as Ambassador of India to Finland on 25 July 2017.

Singhal too is serving as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and will replace Vijay Kumar as the next High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. George presently serving as the Ambassador of India to Switzerland. He will replace K Jeeva Sagar as the next Ambassador of India to the State of Kuwait. He assumed charge as Ambassador of India to the State of Kuwait in January 2018.

03 Jun 2020
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Gaitri Kumar takes over as India’s high commissioner to UK

By IndianMandarins 06 Jul 2020

Gaitri Issar Kumar (IFS:1986) has taken over as India’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom. She is the third woman envoy in the key post since independence after Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and Ruchi Ghanashyam.

Soon after taking over, She held virtual meetings with Tariq Ahmad, minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Richard Moore, FCO political director, and leading members of the Indian community such as industrialist Swraj Paul and Raj Loomba.

Paul tweeted: “India has great foreign service and very bright women diplomats starting from Mrs Pandit & have had the pleasure of knowing a few. Said goodbye to Ruchi Ghanashyam and welcome Gaitri Kumar. Wish you a great stay, you will enjoy this assignment”.

Kumar was the Indian ambassador to Belgium, the EU and Luxembourg before joining in London. Kumar takes over at a time when the Boris Johnson government currently dealing with the pandemic will soon focus more on Brexit-related issues as the end of the transition period on December 31 draws near. More trade with India in the post-Brexit UK has been a key aim.

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Raveesh is Ambassador to Finland; Singhal and George too get new assignment

By IndianMandarins 03 Jun 2020

Former spokesperson of MEA Raveesh Kumar (IFS:1995) has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Finland, Sushil Kumar Singhal has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Papua New Guinea and Sibi George (IFS:1993) has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Kuwait.

Raveesh is presently serving as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry and will replace Vani Rao. Vani assumed charge as Ambassador of India to Finland on 25 July 2017.

Singhal too is serving as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and will replace Vijay Kumar as the next High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. George presently serving as the Ambassador of India to Switzerland. He will replace K Jeeva Sagar as the next Ambassador of India to the State of Kuwait. He assumed charge as Ambassador of India to the State of Kuwait in January 2018.

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Baglay likely to be shifted to Sri Lanka as High Commissioner

By IndianMandarins 04 May 2020

Former spokespersons of the Ministry of External Affairs and at present working with the PMO Gopal Baglay (IFS:1992) is likely to move to Sri Lanka as High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka. Wagle was handpicked to PMO after a very small stint as an MEA spokesperson 

At present, Baglay has been entrusted with the responsibility of science and technology, Aadhar, direct benefit transfer, earth science, IT, communications and digital payments in the PMO. He is considered to be the expert on South Asia and Sri Lanka needs to be dealt with utmost care in view of Chinese presence in the country.

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MEA: Kumar elevated as India's Envoy to Uganda

By IndianMandarins 17 Mar 2020

The NaMo administration on Tuesday appointed A. Ajay Kumar (IFS:2001) as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Uganda. Presently,  Kumar is Joint Secretary in the MEA headquarters.

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MEA for tough action: Foreign media under watch

By IndianMandarins 14 Mar 2020

Ministry of External Affairs of India is treading very carefully on the issue of deporting foreign journalists producing unsubstantiated or one-sided reports on Delhi riots. Ministry of information and broadcasting is monitoring reporting by foreign media on the day to day basis. A complaint against Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau head Eric Bellman has been registered whose reporting has been found the most biased.

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has acknowledged that complain against Eric Bellman has been registered on government’s online grievance redressal platform which has been referred to the related office. Actually the ministry is trying to play it down by calling it a routine matter and no such decision of his deportation is taken so far. 

However, sources said that the government will is keeping a watch on the writings of foreign journalist and in case it is found objectionable, the government will not hesitate to initiate appropriate action including deportation. A section of people in the government have advised to refrain from taking such a drastic measure at the moment but the government is also of the view that it cannot remain mute a spectator on misinformation campaign.                                                                                             

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MEA: Dr Luther promoted as JS

By IndianMandarins 12 Nov 2019

Dr Luther Mark Rangreji was on Monday promoted as Joint Secretary (Legal & Treaties) for the panel year 2019-20 under the Ministry of External Affairs.

 

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Do appointments of LGs give any clue to NaMo’s future strategy?

By IndianMandarins 29 Oct 2019

The NaMo Govt is known for its penchant for civil servants but it has its own way to deploy, employ and engage them to accomplish its task and corner the opposition on issues like demonetisation, GST and abrogation of Article 370.

In June 2018 none could understand the objective as why B V R Subrahmanyam (IAS:1987:CG) was borrowed from Chhattisgarh as J&K Chief Secretary. In fact, Subrahmanyam was brought to J&K to take commands from NaMo administration and hold sway over their execution. A year later (May 31, 2019), the entire system remained clueless and failed to explain NaMo administration’s certain bureaucratic and political decisions which include S Jaishanker’s induction as Foreign Minister, Cabinet rank to NSA Ajit Doval and 03 months extension to the then Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha putting the then Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on wait to replace Sinha. It was only after the abrupt abrogation of Article 370 and 35A that had unfolded the mystery. The top officials, mentioned above, proved as key to the flawless execution of NaMo-Shah’s plan for J&K. 

Even though much is being said and written about appointment of former Defence Secretary R K Mathur and NaMo-Shah loyalist and expenditure Secretary G C Murmu as LGs of Ladakh and J&K and respectively. It requires out of box thinking to gauge NaMo administration’s move. Again it is not a mere coincidence that PM Modi on Monday expressed his aspirations for integrating PoK with India. None knows if it is the very context NaMo often refers as New India?

Further, it was also not a sheer coincidence that NaMo administration picked former IB Chief Dineshwar Sharma as the Administrator of Lakshadweep which is increasingly exposed to Chinese strategic moves to encircle India and its intensifying strategic partnership with Shri Lanka.

If one goes by the credentials and experience of these newly appointed LGs and Administrator, one might be able to gauge the future perspective of NaMo Administration for New India. NaMo administration needed the one who could religiously implement its rehabilitation plans and development roadmap in Jammu & Kashmir and the one who could shoulder the strategic needs of Ladakh which shares borders with Pak, PoK and China.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Lugun and Pardeshi as India’s envoy to Greece & Niue respectively

By IndianMandarins 04 Oct 2019

The NaMo Government has appointed Amrit Lugun (IFS:1989) as the next Ambassador of India to Greece. Prior to his current appointment Lugun served as India’s envoy to Sudan and Yamen.

Further, Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi (IFS:1991) was appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Niue. Prior to this Pardeshi served as the Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand.

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