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  • US shutdown ends, Senate backs debt crisis deal, House to vote next October 17, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. The House of Representatives quickly convened and was expected...
  • 'The Blood Telegram,' a powerful statement on American hypocrisy October 16, 2013

    Apart from the local leaders, who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Bangladesh? The obvious answer is the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi. Who else? According Gary J Bass' compelling book 'The Blood Telegram' - Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide' , Indira Gandhi's...
  • US: House GOP leaders unveil bill to counter senate debt plan October 15, 2013

    Washington: The House Grand Old Party (GOP) leaders unveiled their own plan on Tuesday to counter an emerging Senate deal to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on US obligations. Top Republicans unveiled a plan that would suspend a new tax on medical devices for two years and take...
  • Obama and Republicans search for a deal on US fiscal impasse October 13, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders inched toward resolving their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to agree on the length and terms of a short-term deal to increase the US debt limit and reopen the government. Obama met Senate Republicans at the White House and spoke by phone...
  • Obama, top Republicans agree to continue talks on shutdown October 12, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama and the Republican party leadership have decided to continue talks to find any possible deal to re-open government and raise the debt ceiling, but there was no immediate resolution in site to end the current impasse. The White House described a telephonic conversation between Obama and John...
  • Obama, Republicans find 'no specific determination' on path forward October 11, 2013

    Reuters: President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans found no specific way forward to break their impasse over a government shutdown and extending the US debt ceiling at a meeting on Thursday, the White House said. The session of about an hour and a half between Obama and Republican leaders of the...
  • 75 pc less staff; clean loos, simple menu at White House October 9, 2013

    Washington: Now in its second week, the partial government shutdown has taken its toll on the White House, where about 3 of 4 staffers have been furloughed, barred even from checking the BlackBerrys they usually clutch like worry beads. Of the 1,701 advisers, assistants, number-crunchers, butlers, chefs and landscapers who work...
  • US still in fiscal deadlock, but glimmers of hope emerge October 8, 2013

    A few faint glimmers of hope surfaced on Monday in the US fiscal standoff, both in Congress and at the White House, with President Barack Obama saying he would accept a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing authority to avoid a default. Separately, a Senate aide said Republican Senator Rob Portman,...
  • Shutdown could harm America's global stature: White House October 7, 2013

    Washington: As the US government shutdown enters its second week, the White House on Monday warned that the looming prospect of an unprecedented debt default by the world's largest economy was a "terrible" scenario that would harm America's democracy and global stature. Top US officials said the political deadlock on the...
  • Obama urges public not to give up on health sign-ups October 6, 2013

    Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans "definitely shouldn't give up" on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government. Obama said public interest far exceeded the government's expectations, causing technology glitches that thwarted...
  • As US shutdown drags on, House votes to pay idled workers October 5, 2013

    Democrats and Republicans in the US House of Representatives agreed on Saturday to retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed federal employees once the government reopens, but there was no end in sight to the shutdown that was in its fifth day. The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously and it is expected...
  • Aruni Kashyap's latest book captures the historical silence of Assam October 5, 2013

    When I came to Assam a few years ago on a reporting assignment, a regional journalist told me that I shouldn't be reporting from this region, on account of not being Assamese. At the time he told me this, we were attending a 'surrender ceremony' of militants, organised by the...
  • US Shutdown: No end in sight to the crisis on day 5 October 5, 2013

    Washington: The political impasse that shut down the US government entered its fifth day on Saturday without showing any signs of abating, with Republicans launching a furious counter-attack on the White House. The crisis, that erupted after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, left hundreds...
  • Sisters of woman killed question police action in US Capitol car chase October 5, 2013

    New York: A sister of the Connecticut woman shot to death by police in Washington after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier says there were no indications that her sister was unstable. Miriam Carey's sister Amy Carey-Jones said Friday that her sister "seemed OK" the last time...
  • Indian-American nominated to key administration post by US President October 5, 2013

    Washington: Indian-American Arun M Kumar has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a key administration post, making him in charge of international trade at a critical juncture, when the US is looking to increase it's export. Arun M Kumar, till recently a partner and member of the Board of Directors...
  • Woman driver shot dead in dramatic car chase at US Capitol October 4, 2013

    Washington: A dramatic car chase through the streets of Washington from near the White House to the US Capitol ended in gunfire on Thursday when law enforcement officers shot and killed the driver as lawmakers and aides huddled in a lockdown. The identity of the driver - a woman -...
  • British parliamentary group calls on Nitish Kumar October 3, 2013

    A British parliamentary delegation on visit to Bihar to see the the development works in the state, on Thursday, called on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his official residence. The visiting delegates, led by House of Lords member Lord Cameron, discussed with Kumar the state government's works in agriculture, women empowerment...
  • Shutdown forces Barack Obama to cancel southeast Asia visits October 2, 2013

    US President Barack Obama has cancelled planned stops in the Philippines and Malaysia in his upcoming trip to Asia, due to the government shutdown at home, the White House said on Wednesday. Obama spoke by phone on Tuesday night with the Philippines' President Benigno S Aquino III and Malaysia's Prime Minister...
  • Obama to cut short Asia trip as US shutdown continues for 2nd day October 2, 2013

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday scaled down a long-planned trip to Asia, as a US government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight to the funding row in Congress that triggered it. Obama is expected to leave on Saturday for summit meetings in Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysian media...
  • US shutdown enters 2nd day; Obama slams Republicans October 2, 2013

    With both Democrats and Republicans sticking to their stands on a new budget pushing the shutdown into the second day on Wednesday, President Barack Obama has blamed a "reckless" opposition for the latest financial crisis that has forced up to one million workers off the job. The two parties failed to...
  • US spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown October 2, 2013

    More than 70 percent of the civilians working for US spy agencies have been deemed "non-essential" employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said. The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of National...
  • Gujarat House passes new Lokayukta bill for the 2nd time October 1, 2013

    Gandhinagar: In the continuing tug of war between Narendra Modi government and the Governor, the state assembly on Tuesday passed the Gujarat Lokayukta Ayog Bill 2013 for a second time without incorporating any major changes sought by Raj Bhavan, setting the stage for a fresh confrontation. Governor Kamla Beniwal had on...
  • Political deadlock over 'Obamacare' forces shutdown in US October 1, 2013

    The US government on Tuesday shutdown for the first time in nearly 18 years - as the Republican and the Democrats failed to strike a deal on spending and budget mainly due to their differences over 'Obamacare', the flagship healthcare programme of President Barack Obama. With neither side blinking, despite last...
  • US government shuts down for the first time in 17 years, millions hit October 1, 2013

    Washington: For the first time in 17 years, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown on Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused. As Congress gridlocked, Obama...
  • White House tells agencies government will shut down October 1, 2013

    Washington: The White House's budget office says it's notifying federal agencies that the government will shut down on Tuesday. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said late Monday in a memorandum to agency heads that there was no indication Congress would approve a...
  • US: Shutdown will 'throw wrench' into economy, says Barack Obama October 1, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans on Monday to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a short-term spending measure to keep agencies operating would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy. Late Monday, Obama called Republican and Democratic congressional leaders...
  • US: Differences between House, Senate Bills October 1, 2013

    Washington: A comparison of rival House and Senate bills aimed at preventing a partial government shutdown Tuesday: House Bill: *Funds federal agencies through December 15 at current spending levels. The rate equates to annual agency spending of $986 billion, and includes the impact of this year's sequester, or automatic spending cuts. *Delays for...
  • US: What's changing, what's not, in a shutdown October 1, 2013

    Campers in national parks are to pull up stakes and leave, some veterans waiting to have disability benefits approved will have to cool their heels even longer, many routine food inspections will be suspended and panda-cams will go dark at the shuttered National Zoo. Those are among the immediate effects if...
  • Deadlocked Congress takes US govt to brink of shutdown October 1, 2013

    Washington: The US Congress, still in partisan deadlock over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the US government starting on Tuesday morning. With the law funding thousands of routine government activities set to expire at midnight, Republicans in the...
  • House Republicans push US government closer to a shutdown September 29, 2013

    Washington: House Republicans on Saturday pushed the government to the edge of a partial shutdown next week, insisting that President Barack Obama's signature health care law be delayed a year in defiance of the White House and Democratic-controlled Senate. The House Republicans rejected a Senate bill passed on Friday that would keep...