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Modi can apply for visa like anyone else: US

Sep 14 2013, 7:46am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Sep 14 (IANS) Narendra Modi would still have to apply for a visa "like any other applicant", said the US after the Gujarat chief minister was anointed BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

Washington, Sep 14 — Narendra Modi would still have to apply for a visa "like any other applicant", said the US after the Gujarat chief minister was anointed BJP's prime ministerial candidate. "...

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Modi can apply for visa like anyone else: US

Sep 14 2013, 7:46am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Sep 14 (IANS) Narendra Modi would still have to apply for a visa "like any other applicant", said the US after the Gujarat chief minister was anointed BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

Washington, Sep 14 — Narendra Modi would still have to apply for a visa "like any other applicant", said the US after the Gujarat chief minister was anointed BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

"There's no change in our longstanding visa policy," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Friday, while declining to comment on Bharatiya Janata Party's announcement regarding Modi.

"Well, I'm not going to comment, as I don't think we ever do, on domestic Indian politics," she said. "These are decisions for the Indian people to make, certainly not for me to make judgments on one way or the other."

But Modi "is welcome to apply for a visa and await a review like any other applicant", Harf said, adding, "That review will be, of course, grounded in US law. And I just am not going to speculate about what the outcome of that review might be."

Asked if there was a problem relating to Modi's visa when several other politicians from various political parties could come to the US freely, she repeated: "Again, we're not involved in domestic Indian politics."

"If Mr. Modi would like to apply for a visa and await a review like any other applicant, he's certainly free to do so."

Modi has not applied for a US visa since 2005 when he was denied a diplomatic visa for his alleged inaction in controlling the 2002 Godhra riots. In addition, the B-1/B-2 visa that had previously been granted to him was also revoked.

The action was taken under a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act which makes any foreign government official who was responsible or "directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom" ineligible for the visa.

While there has been no change in the US position officially, the US business has been warming up to the Gujarat leader and the issue is being debated both in the administration and among the lawmakers.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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Canadian Prime Minister Harper Won’t Be Attending U.N. Climate Summit

Sep 12 2014 9:37am CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be among the 125 heads of state attending the U.N. Climate Summit in New York this month. Instead, Canada will be represented by Leona Aglukkaq, the country’s Minister of the Environment, the prime minister’s office confirmed in a statement Wednesday. Harper will be in New York two days after the Climate Summit takes place on September 23 to a ...
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PHOTOS: Historic Kashmir Flooding Leaves Thousands Trapped, Hundreds Dead

Sep 8 2014 10:29am CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

Pakistani children play in flooded road caused by heavy rain in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. CREDIT: AP Photo/K.M. Chaudry The torrential rains that have inundated the Himalayan region of Kashmir and eastern Pakistan for the last six days have now stopped, but the destruction is not over yet: More than 320 people are dead, and thousands more are trapped in their homes, the Associated Press reports. Senior Indian army official ...
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Your House Is On Fire!

Sep 5 2014 2:15pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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September Climate Summit In New York City Will Be Missing Key Leaders

Sep 4 2014 3:22pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

CREDIT: Shutterstock On September 21st, what is being promoted as the “largest climate march in history” will take place on the streets of New York City. But no matter how many concerned citizens show up to express their support for climate action, the absence of two world leaders at the daylong U.N. Climate Summit two days later will be felt throughout the week of climate-related activities. The leaders of China and India are not planning to attend this month’s summi ...
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India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

Sep 2 2014 8:25am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Indian visitors to Tokyo are often told about the very special gift that India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, presented to Japan in 1949--a baby elephant. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the elephant symbolised the love and friendship of the Indians for the people of Japan, and lent a healing touch to their pain. Over six decades later, the gift is still cherished in Japan, and has left an enduri ...
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World View: AQAP Announces Support for Islamic State

Aug 25 2014 3:11pm CDT | Source: Big Government

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Violence flares on India/Pakistan border in Kashmir Narendra Modi increases tensions in Jammu and Kashmir AQAP announces support for Islamic State Violence flares on India/Pakistan border in Kashmir Two Indian soldiers and four militants were killed on Saturday when terrorists from the Pakistan side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) c ...
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Obsessed With India, Pakistan Risks Anarchy

Aug 22 2014 5:59pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

This article also appears in YaleGlobal. NEW DELHI: The elaborate diplomatic dance between India and Pakistan has been interrupted once again. The two sides remain far from a major breakthrough in their troubled relationship. As long as the Pakistani Army continues to view India as an existential threat and maintains its grip over security policy, the twain may never achieve permanent peace. India has called off the meeting between its Foreign Se ...
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U.S., India Seek to Move Defense Ties Beyond Arms Sales

Aug 12 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: World Politics Review

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited India to sound out Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative, the “centerpiece” of the U.S.-India security relationship. To sustain ties with a new Indian government focused on leveraging weapons manufacturing for jobs, Washington realizes it must move beyond ...
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4 weeks ago

Trump: "Money Will Pour into India" Thanks to Narendra Modi

Aug 12 2014 3:02pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Visiting India to open the gleaming Trump Tower Mumbai, Real Estate magnate Donald Trump heaped praise upon India’s newly elected conservative Prime Minister Narendra Modi, predicting that his free market policies will unleash an unprecedented wave of foreign investment into India.   "I see India as a great place to invest,” Trump told reporters in the country’s commercial hub. “Money will pour into Indi ...
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Strategizing Kukis' Political Demands

Aug 4 2014 6:00pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

The leaders of the two Kuki armed groups -- the United Peoples' Front (UPF) and the Kuki National Organization (KNO) -- are again heading to New Delhi with the hope of materializing a political dialogue with representatives of the central government. A meeting with officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is likely to take place within the next few days. The meeting will be the first high-level engagement between the ...
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