National

Vikas Swarup to be Next MEA Spokesperson replacing Akbaruddin

New Delhi, March 27: Diplomat Vikas Swarup has been appointed as the new spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) replacing Akbaruddin, who will be promoted as the additional secretary very soon. Swarup is the celebrated novelist, an author of "Q&A" on which the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire was based.

His appointment came after Akbaruddin was posted as the "Chief Coordinator" of the India-Africa Forum Summit, scheduled on Oct 29 this year in New Delhi.

The 1986 batch IFS officer Vikas Swarup is currently holding the post as the Joint Secretary (UN-Political) in New Delhi since September 2013. Earlier, he was in Ankara, Washington DC, Addis Ababa, London and Pretoria and as Consul General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan.

Very few people know him as the diplomat. But, he is best known author of Q&A, the bestselling debut novel. Hollywood film "Slumdog Millionnaire" that won 8 Oscars was made from the novel.

J-K: 4 terrorists killed in Bandipora encounter

Bandipora : At least four terrorists were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora town in an encounter with security forces on Monday.Operations betwe...

Gujarat proactively implementing social welfare schemes-Rupani

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said his government is proactively implementing various social welfare schemes with the aim of ensu...

BJP MLA moves court against AAP protest

New Delhi : Amid a tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vijender Gupta...

Rain likely to lash North India in next 2 days

New Delhi : North India may witness rainfall in the next two days, forecasted the Indian Meteorological Department (MeT).Sunita Devi, Scientist in Met...