USA

  • Americans too fast for Usain Bolt to catch in IAAF World Relays 15 hours 33 minutes ago

    Not even Usain Bolt could overcome a big American lead as the US men sprinted to a convincing victory over Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau on Saturday. Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a five-meter advantage through three...
  • Indian-American Vivek Murthy takes oath as US Surgeon General April 23, 2015

    Fort Myer (USA): 37-year-old Indian-American Vivek Murthy was sworn-in as the US Surgeon General by Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremony on Thursday, becoming the youngest-ever in-charge of the country's public health. Murthy, who took the oath on the Gita, is now the highest ranking Indian-American in the US...
  • New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities April 23, 2015

    Redwood City (USA): A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the US military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. The 33-page strategy says the Defense Department "should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary's command and...
  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal over Arizona 'fish pedicures' April 21, 2015

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the owner a Phoenix-area spa that ran afoul of Arizona state regulations that barred her from providing pedicures in which clients have their feet nibbled by small fish to remove dead skin. The high court's action, made without comment by the...
  • No divide with India on climate change issue: US April 20, 2015

    New Delhi: The US on Monday said there was no divide with India on the issue of climate change and it would like to be the nation's "best partner", days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that the country will not come under pressure of international community in...
  • Muslims to surpass Jews as second largest US religious group April 18, 2015

    Houston: Muslims are expected to surpass Jews as the second largest religious group in the US in 2050 owing to their continuous migration and the highest fertility rate, according to a study. Two trends that are already underway the decline of Christians and the growth of religiously unaffiliated people as a...
  • Deadlock deepens over US base relocation in Japan April 17, 2015

    Tokyo: Deadlock over the controversial relocation of a US military base in southern Japan deepened on Friday when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the anti-base governor of Okinawa. The two men remained as far apart as ever after a 30-minute meeting that analysts said was largely Abe going through the motions...
  • Deadlock deepens over US base relocation in Japan April 17, 2015

    Tokyo: Deadlock over the controversial relocation of a US military base in southern Japan deepened on Friday when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the anti-base governor of Okinawa. The two men remained as far apart as ever after a 30-minute meeting that analysts said was largely Abe going through the motions...
  • Obama to honour Satya Nadella with 'Champion of Change' award April 16, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama plans to honour Microsoft's Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella with the 'Champions of Change' award for bringing about change within his company to support working families. "Microsoft recently announced that over the next year it will make changes to ensure that a wide variety of suppliers that...
  • Indian kills wife inside Dunkin Donuts restaurant in US April 15, 2015

    Washington: A 24-year-old Indian national has allegedly clubbed to death his wife inside the kitchen of a Dunkin Donuts restaurant in the US where they both were employed. 21-year-old Palak Bhadreskumar Patel was found beaten to death inside the restaurant kitchen in Maryland. Her husband Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel is the suspect,...
  • Indian priest in US sentenced to 27 years in jail for bank fraud April 15, 2015

    New York: An Indian-origin former leader of a now defunct Hindu temple in Georgia has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for committing bank and tax frauds, money laundering and using the temple's income to fund his personal lifestyle. Annamalai Annamalai (49), also known as Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar, was...
  • US says Russian fighter jet makes 'unsafe' intercept April 12, 2015

    Washington: A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner", the Pentagon has said, the second such incident in over a year. On Tuesday, a US RC-135U was flying over the Baltic Sea when it was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker. The Pentagon said...
  • US says Iran sanctions will go, Obama rejects Israel demand on Tehran recognising it April 7, 2015

    Washington: The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognising Israel. "The notion that we would condition Iran not...
  • Bizarre decision sees USACA T20 Trophy change hands after 40 minutes April 7, 2015

    Cricket is known as the gentleman's game but incidents like these suggest controversies are increasingly becoming an integral part of the game. Any championship would be boring without a few controversies to spice up the action and it looks like even in the United States of America, where the game is...
  • A peek into the future of health care April 7, 2015

    Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, Medical Director & Chairman - Medical Advisory Board, Manipal Health Enterprises I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Lake Nona Impact Forum held at Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida, USA. Lake Nona is being developed into a state of the art, futuristic health city; a residential...
  • American India Foundation raises $100,000 at Atlanta gala to support livelihoods programmes in India April 2, 2015

    Atlanta: The premier US philanthropic organization focused on India, the American India Foundation (AIF) boasts of a national network of chapters - volunteer hubs composed of some of the nation's leading figures of the Indian diaspora in the United States, global and local corporations, volunteers of all ages from youth...
  • 'At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss' - Monica Lewinsky talks about her affair with Bill Clinton and public shaming March 23, 2015

    Monica Lewinsky was just another employee at the White House. But her fate was not that of any other employee over there. Monica Lewinsky fell in love with her boss. This may not sound like a very big deal, until you realize that her boss was none other than the...
  • North Korean envoy says his country has nuclear missiles March 20, 2015

    London: A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time. North Korean Ambassador to Britain Hyun Hak Bong said in a recent interview with British broadcaster that his government would use the missiles in response to a nuclear attack by...
  • India, US have mutual desire for naval, maritime ties, says Admiral Kevin M Donegan March 19, 2015

    Washington: With the convergence of strategic interest in the Indian Ocean there is a mutual desire for a deeper naval and maritime co-operation between India and the US, top Pentagon commanders have said. "The convergence of strategic maritime interests in the Indian Ocean region to include the security of critical energy...
  • Mr Obama, India has shown the world its diversity is the essence of its unity March 19, 2015

    Recently the President of the USA Barack Obama in a 25 minute speech at a National Prayer breakfast while praising India as an incredibly beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity, lamented it was also a place where in past years religious faiths of all types have on occasion, been targeted...
  • White House intruder pleads guilty says US Attorney March 14, 2015

    Washington: The man who intruded the White House in September last year has pleaded guilty to charges of entering the highly protected building with a folding knife after climbing the fence, US Attorney Ronald C Machen said. Omar Gonzalez, 42, formerly of Copperas Cove, Texas, pled guilty in the US District...
  • 14-year-old US boy 'hires' classmate to murder his own family, arrested March 11, 2015

    Washington: A 14-year-old boy in the US has been arrested and charged with soliciting murder after he wrote a contract "hiring" his classmate as a hitman for USD 1,200 to kill his family, staging it as a burglary gone wrong. The teen has been sent to a juvenile detention after...
  • USA Swimming may let Michael Phelps race at world championships March 4, 2015

    Michael Phelps may be handed a chance to compete at this year's world championships in Russia once he completes his suspension for a drink driving conviction, a United States Swimming official said on Tuesday. Phelps's six-month ban from competition ends in April. As part of his punishment, USA Swimming also banned...
  • Another Hindu temple vandalised in US February 28, 2015

    Los Angeles: A Hindu temple in the US has been vandalised with several windows broken and the word "fear" painted on its wall, the second such incident in America's Washington state in February. Vandals used bricks to break several windows and then painted the word "fear" on the wall of the...
  • Few takers for Indian languages in the US February 21, 2015

    Washington: Despite the Indian economy's rapid growth and the increase in Indo-US ties, Indian languages follow a path less travelled as few students take them up for study in the US, according to a new survey. The Modern Language Association (MLA) has released its quadrennial language enrollments survey of foreign languages...
  • US to expand air quality monitoring to Embassy in India February 19, 2015

    Washington: After a successful pilot project in China, the US plans to expand air quality monitoring to some of its missions in countries like India, Vietnam and Mongolia in the coming months to help raise awareness about the dangers of pollution. The initiative announced on Wednesday by the State Department and...
  • Barack Obama to conclude his three-day India trip with townhall address at Siri Fort auditorium January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: US President Barack Obama will conclude his three-day India trip on Tuesday with a townhall address at the Siri Fort Auditorium. US First Lady Michelle Obama will also attend the event, said the White House. Obama is likely to meet his fellow Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who along with...
  • Modi-Obama chemistry grabs headlines globally January 26, 2015

    The bonhomie between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi grabbed headlines not just in India, but also globally. Across the border in Pakistan, Dawn carried the headline 'A bear hug to begin business', Dubai's Khaleej Times featured the headline 'After hugs, Obama irons out deals with Modi...
  • Chemistry between Modi, Obama steals show on Day 1 of US President's visit to India January 26, 2015

    The chemistry between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama stole the show on Day 1 of the three-day historic trip to India. Sidestepping protocol, Modi received President Barack and US First Lady Michelle Obama at the airport. The day also witnessed plenty of hugs, some chai pe...
  • Barack Obama to witness India's military might, cultural diversity at the 66th Republic Day parade January 26, 2015

    New Delhi: India is celebrating its 66th Republic Day on Monday with US President Barack Obama as its chief guest. He is the first US President to be the chief guest at the parade. On January 26, 1950, the Indian Constitution came into force. The ceremonial Republic Day parade to...