BARACK OBAMA

  • America's youngest Surgeon General speaks Kannada at home Yesterday

    New Delhi: A year after a Telugu speaker from Andhra Pradesh Sathya Nadella has taken over as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, a Kannada speaker from neighbouring Karnataka has been named as the new Surgeon General of America. The healthy competition between two southern states has seen one...
  • Indian-origin physician becomes US's youngest Surgeon General Yesterday

    Washington: 37-year-old Indian-American physician Vivek Hallegere Murthy has been confirmed as the 19th Surgeon General of America by US Senate. He is youngest person and first person of Indian-origin to hold the post. The upper house of US Congress confirmed Murthy's nomination by 51 votes to 43 more than year after...
  • Finding Christmas gift for wife Michelle is a puzzle for Barack Obama too Yesterday

    Washington: Running America, President Barack Obama can do. But finding a gift for his wife Michelle is a tough one. "She's very fashionable and she looks good. I'm worried about buying her clothes," the President said on the radio show 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest'. "On Christmas Day, she will look at...
  • US unhappy over Putin's India trip, no change in Obama's plans 4 days ago

    Washington: The US is unhappy over India doing "business as usual" with Russia, but it will have no effect on President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to India which remains an "important partner." "No. India remains an important partner," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday when asked whether deals...
  • India very important player in climate talks: US 6 days ago

    Lima: Terming India as a "very important player" in the climate change negotiations, the US has said it is not involved in any agreement on climate with India ahead of President Obama's Republic Day visit to New Delhi. "India's obviously a very important player. We don't have anything in the works...
  • CIA misled public on torture of 9/11 attack detainees: US report 1 week ago

    The CIA misled the White House and public about its torture of detainees after the September 11 attacks and acted more brutally and pervasively than it acknowledged, a US Senate report said on Tuesday, drawing calls to prosecute American officials. ...
  • CIA misled White House about brutal torture of 9/11 attack detainees: US report 1 week ago

    Washington: The CIA misled the White House and public about its torture of detainees after the September 11 attacks and acted more brutally and pervasively than it acknowledged, a US Senate report said on Tuesday, drawing calls to prosecute American officials. The Senate Intelligence Committee's five-year review of 6.3 million pages...
  • Richard Rahul Verma to be US Ambassador to India 1 week ago

    Washington: The United States senate on Wednesday confirmed by a voice vote the nomination of Richard Rahul Verma as the next US Ambassador to India. Verma, 46, is the first Indian-American to be the US Ambassador to India and is expected to be sworn in shortly. He will arrive in...
  • US President Barack Obama's job rating for handling race relations declines December 9, 2014

    Washington: The approval rating of US President Barack Obama on his handling of race relations has declined by 8 percentage points in the wake of controversial killings of two black men in the country, according to a new opinion poll. Currently, 40 per cent approve of Obama's handling of race relations,...
  • LeT likely to strike Delhi ahead of Obama's January visit, high alert sounded December 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The national capital has been put on high alert after intelligence inputs warned of a possible terror strike ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit in January. Intelligence inputs say terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba is likely to carry out attacks in Delhi ahead of Obama's visit for Republic Day celebrations....
  • No shadow of Putin's India visit on Obama trip: US December 6, 2014

    Washington: The US says "now is not the time for business as usual with Russia" but insists Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming India visit would not cast a shadow on President Barack Obama's own trip in January. "Let's wait and see what comes from the visit," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf...
  • Obama Administration asked to have conversation with Pakistan on terrorism December 6, 2014

    Washington: Alleging that Pakistan continues to host terrorist outfits, a top US lawmaker has asked the Obama Administration to have honest conversation with the country's leadership over the matter as its role is important in combating these groups and stabilising Afghanistan. The next few months are pivotal for the future of...
  • Barack Obama praises PM Modi for shaking India's 'bureaucratic inertia' December 4, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Thursday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to shake up the "bureaucratic inertia" in India, less than a month after he described the Indian leader as a "man of action". However, Obama said that this was a long-term project and one would have to see...
  • 'Obama's trip a defining and exciting time in Indo-US relations' December 3, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama will make a "historic visit" to India on the occasion of Republic day, nominee for US Ambassador to India, Richard Rahul Verma has told Senators saying this is a "defining and exciting" time in the Indo-US relationship. "There is no question that this is a defining and...
  • Young people of colour feel not being treated fairly: Obama December 2, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama has said young people of colour in the nation feel that they are not being treated fairly, conceding it a problem as he initiated steps to streamline the police system on the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting. "I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not...
  • Obama's daughters told to 'dress for respect, not a spot at a bar' November 30, 2014

    Washington: A US lawmaker's communications director was facing social media calls she be sacked after her Facebook rant about President Barack Obama's daughters prompted widespread anger. Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, wrote a scathing post to her Facebook account scolding Malia and Sasha Obama, 16 and...
  • Modi government should take up Bhopal gas tragedy issue with Obama: Amnesty International Secretary General November 30, 2014

    Bhopal: Two days before world's worst industrial disaster's 30th anniversary, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty on Sunday said that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government should raise issues pertaining to the Bhopal Gas tragedy with US President Barack Obama during his visit to India in January next year. "It is time...
  • PM Modi slips to second spot in TIME's 'Person of the Year' poll November 30, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slipped to the second place in the Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' poll with the Ferguson protesters surging ahead of him in a vote by the readers. As per latest reports, Modi is leading second with 9.8 per cent of the total votes polled...
  • Barack Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance November 26, 2014

    Chicago: President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation. At least four hecklers, all of them women, yelled at the President at the...
  • More US troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots November 26, 2014

    Ferguson: Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops on Tuesday to a St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to...
  • Barack Obama urges people of Ferguson to react peacefully November 25, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama urged the people of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday to react peacefully to a grand jury's decision not to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, and for police to show restraint. Obama spoke in the White House briefing room shortly after...
  • Chuck Hagel, under pressure, resigns as US defence secretary November 25, 2014

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm...
  • Barack Obama's visit to India indicative of strong bilateral ties: American officials November 25, 2014

    Washington: The proposed visit of US President Barack Obama to India in January 2015 is indicative of the "robust nature" and "health" of the bilateral ties, senior American administration officials have said. "It is entirely indicative of the robust nature and health of the relationship, and very good personal ties and...
  • Chuck Hagel resigns as US defense secretary November 24, 2014

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side. Hagel will remain in the job until a...
  • Barack Obama says he 'bent over backwards' on immigration reform November 24, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Sunday said he "bent over backwards" over the immigration reform, so as to give the Congress and in particular the Republican leadership, an opportunity to help fix the broken system. "If you look at the history, I have issued fewer executive actions than most of...
  • Hillary Clinton would be a great president: Obama November 23, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama today said Hillary Clinton would be a formidable Democratic candidate and a great president if she decided to run for the 2016 election. Clinton, the former Secretary of State and the former First Lady, is widely expected to run for the 2016 presidential election, but hasn't...
  • Arun Jaitley slams Congress for hurting economy, 'in power and as opposition' November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for enhancing India's stature globally with his successful three-nation visit even as he accused the Congress of damaging the economy both while in government and as an opposition party. He also said he was "deeply disappointed" with...
  • Barack Obama immigration plan riles Republicans, clashes loom November 22, 2014

    Washington: Barack Obama's Republican rivals heaped scorn on his plans to offer up to five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation, as the US president went on the road to defend the bold measures. The controversial overhaul provides three-year relief for millions of undocumented people who have lived in the country...
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif asks US President Barack Obama to take up Kashmir issue during India visit November 22, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked US President Barack Obama to take up the Kashmir issue with the Indian leadership when he travels to India in January 2015. Sharif made the request when Obama telephoned him, informing about his forthcoming India visit and discussing bilateral ties and the regional situation. "The...