Obama Administration

  • US: Who makes the most in Obama's White House? June 29, 2013

    Washington: Twenty-two of President Barack Obama's top advisers make the top White House salary of $172,200 per year - but there is one official who earns 30 per cent more. It's not Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Not Obama's senior adviser and close friend Valerie Jarrett. Not Cecilia Munoz, who...
  • Obama administration to drop limits on contraception pills June 11, 2013

    New York: The Obama administration will scrap age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women and girls without a prescription. The US Department of Justice said in a letter on Monday that it would comply with a court's ruling to allow unrestricted...
  • BJP calls Chuck Hagel's remarks against India 'bizarre' February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: Terming as "outlandish and bizarre" the statement of Chuck Hagel, the new US Defence Secretary, that India has financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, BJP today asked the government to exert diplomatic pressure on Washington for unconditional withdrawal of his statement. The statement given by Hagel that India has...
  • US likely to consider direct aid to Syrian rebels February 27, 2013

    Paris: The Obama administration, in coordination with some European allies, is for the first time considering supplying direct assistance to elements of the Free Syrian Army as they seek to ramp up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and end nearly two years of brutal and increasingly...
  • 'Nuke EWA between Indian, US companies likely this year' February 27, 2013

    Washington: In what could be termed as an important development in the field of Indo-US nuclear cooperation, a top American official has said an early works agreement between companies of the two countries could be signed this year. Speaking at a Congressional hearing, Assistant Secretary of State for South and...
  • Analysis: Why Google chief Eric Schmidt's North Korea visit irks US January 5, 2013

    Washington: Google chief Eric Schmidt's plan to visit North Korea has put the Obama administration in the awkward position of opposing a champion of Internet freedom engaging with one of the most intensely censored countries. But the Obama administration is wary for a reason: It fears Schmidt's trip could give a...
  • Obama appoints Indian-American to key post December 23, 2012

    Washington: The Obama administration has appointed an Indian-American to a key administrative post, naming Smita Singh as member of the president's Global Development Council. "The Council will inform and provide advice to the President and other senior US officials on American global development policies and practices, support new and existing...
  • Obama admin must continue to bet on India: Asia Society December 11, 2012

    Washington: The Obama Administration should continue to "bet" on India, the prestigious Asia Society said in a report as it underlined that the US should take a fresh approach to South Asia to best position itself for success in the region after the 2014 military drawdown from Afghanistan. The report, running...
  • New sanctions on Iran push oil prices up July 13, 2012

    New York: Fears of violence in the Persian Gulf escalated, pushing the price of oil higher. The Obama administration slapped Iran with more sanctions aimed at stifling its nuclear program. Traders, who worry that the sanctions will eventually lead to a military conflict in the Gulf, responded by buying oil. "This...
  • US, China square off over South China Sea July 12, 2012

    Phnom Penh: The Obama administration pressed Beijing on Thursday to accept a code of conduct for resolving territorial disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea, a difficult US mediation effort that has faced resistance from the communist government. It has endeared US, however, to once-hostile countries in Southeast Asia. US Secretary...
  • Obama names 2 more Indian Americans to key jobs March 10, 2012

    Washington: President Barack Obama, who with over two dozen appointments has more Indian Americans serving in White House jobs than in any previous administration, has named two more to key posts. While Indore educated Paula Gangopadhyay was named member, National Museum and Library Services Board, Bangalore educated Sonny Ramaswamy was named...
  • Fresh Iran deadline passes with no new sanctions March 1, 2012

    Washington: A congressional deadline for the Obama administration to begin enforcing new financial penalties on foreign firms that do business with Iran passed with no fresh action from Washington. While some congressional authors of a bill President Barack Obama signed December 31 expected the administration to announce new punishments on foreign...
  • US, China agree to resolve their differences February 14, 2012

    Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden and his visiting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed on the need to resolve the differences between the two nations, noting that this is not only in the interest of their people, but globally too. "As we both have stated, it's very much in...
  • Pakistan envoy to US offers to resign November 17, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has offered to resign following reports linking him to a controversial secret memorandum purportedly sent by President Asif Ali Zardari to the Obama administration to avert a possible military takeover. Haqqani said he had sent a letter to Zardari offering his resignation in...
  • Time to take strong action against Pak: Expert September 30, 2011

    Washington: The Obama Administration should take strong steps against Pakistan, including suspension of all US aid, if Islamabad maintains its defiant attitude and refuses to take action against the perpetrators of the attacks on the US embassy in Afghanistan, a US expert has said. "If Pakistani leaders maintain their defiance in...
  • Indo-US relations have never been stronger: US May 26, 2011

    Washington: America's relationship with India has never been as stronger as it has been under the Obama Administration, the US State Department has said. "We've got a strategic partnership in place. We are cooperating at an unprecedented level on education and science and technology, as well as economics, trade, health, agriculture,"...
  • Obama names 2 Indian Americans for key posts March 30, 2011

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has nominated two Indian American women to key posts in his administration, according to a White House statement. Chicagoan Deepa Gupta was nominated as member of National Council on the Arts, while Nisha Desai Biswal has been named as member, Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic...
  • 2 more Indian-Americans in Obama administration January 28, 2011

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has named two Indian-Americans - Vivek Murthy and Islam Siddiqui - for key posts in his administration, the White House has said. Murthy has been appointed as member of the advisory group on Prevention, Health, Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, while Siddiqui would be the...
  • Obama recognises India as 'nuclear power' for the first time November 25, 2009

    Washington: In what is seen as the first public recognition of India as a "nuclear power", US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said it can be a full partner of the US in preventing the spread of atomic weapons and pursuing the shared vision of a nuclear arms-free world. "As nuclear...
  • Bring 26/11guilty to justice: Obama, PM November 25, 2009

    Washington: In a message clearly directed at Pakistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama have "underscored the absolute imperative to bring to justice" the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attack on the eve of the terror assault's first anniversary. "On the eve of its first anniversary, President Obama...
  • Obama meets PM, plans to visit India in 2010 November 25, 2009

    Washington: US President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday that US ties with India will be "one of the defining relationships" of the 21st century as he welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the first state visit of the Obama administration. At the conclusion of about two hours of talks, Obama said...
  • US Congress extends welcome to Manmohan Singh November 6, 2009

    Washington: To welcome Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his upcoming state visit to the US, the first of the Obama administration, a resolution has been introduced in the US Congress commending the maturing of relationship between the two nations. The maturing of relationship between the two countries that would be...
  • Obama appoints Vivek Kundra as Federal CIO March 6, 2009

    Washington: President Barack Obama has appointed New Delhi-born Vivek Kundra (34) to the new administrative position of the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the White House. ''As Chief Information Officer, he will play a key role in making sure our government is running in the most secure, open, and efficient...
  • Hillary could be Obama's pick for secretary of state November 14, 2008

    New Delhi: Defeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could be secretary of state in the Obama administration. Her office has confirmed that she is in Chicago on what they described as personal business. But Chicago is where president elect Barack Obama presently is with his transition team. It's not clear if...