SENATE

  • Bad news for US President Obama as Republicans take control of US Senate November 5, 2014

    In a major blow to the Democrats and US President Barack Obama, the Republicans have achieved the majority in the US Senate breaching the halfway mark by winning 52 seats. The Republicans have bagged Senate seats in the US states of Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, South Dakota, Montana and...
  • Tough times ahead for Obama as Republicans capture US Senate in mid-term polls November 5, 2014

    Washington: Republicans rolled up big victories on Tuesday and seized control of the US Senate in midterms elections that tipped the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and will complicate his remaining two years in office. Voters unhappy with Obama, worried about the economy and weary of partisan gridlock...
  • Republicans scent Senate as US midterms arrive November 4, 2014

    Washington: With Senate control on the line, US Democrats hope they don't get steamrolled by Republicans in Tuesday's midterms, but most signs point toward President Barack Obama's party suffering crippling election setbacks. Recent polls show Republicans pulling ahead in the battle for power in Washington despite races in Alaska, North Carolina...
  • Republicans poised to ride Barack Obama's unpopularity to gains in US elections November 3, 2014

    Washington: Republicans are poised to pick up seats and could win control of the US Senate on Tuesday in midterm elections heavily influenced by deep voter dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama's job performance. Concern about the strength of the US economy, coupled with worries about Ebola and Islamic State militants, are...
  • Pakistan enthusiastically observes Diwali this time October 26, 2014

    Lahore: Diwali, the festival of lights was celebrated enthusiastically this time in Pakistan as the federal government officially patronised the Hindu festival especially in Punjab province. For the first time, the Senate observed a holiday on the occasion of Diwali. Not lagging behind, the other mainstream parties including Pakistan People's...
  • US Senator says UN can play role in calming tempers on LoC violations October 9, 2014

    US Senator Tim Kaine called for UN intervention in the India-Pakistan border standoff. "UN can be a helpful participant sometimes in such issues as a promoter of peace. UN participation should be welcomed in this issue," Kaine said. ...
  • With Senate at stake, Barack Obama touts economic gains October 3, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Thursday told voters that he and Democrats succeeded in pulling the US economy back from the brink of collapse during the Great Recession but acknowledged it was still tough going for the middle class. He spoke at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in a suburb...
  • US Senate wants Modi visit called USIndia Partnership Day September 21, 2014

    Washington: The US Senate has passed with a unanimous vote a resolution designating September 30, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the White House, as USIndia Partnership Day. Introduced by Mark R. Warner and John Cornyn, Democratic and Republican cochairs of the US Senate's bipartisan India Caucus respectively, the resolution...
  • US Senate designates September 30 as 'USIndia Partnership Day' September 19, 2014

    Washington: The US Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution designating September 30 as 'USIndia Partnership Day' recognising the contribution of the two countries to one another and the relationship that will continue to help define the 21st century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be at the White House on September...
  • McCain joins chorus for Modi to address joint Congress session June 27, 2014

    Washington: Senior Republican Senator John McCain has joined the group of lawmakers urging Congressional leadership to invite India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress. "When the Prime Minister comes to Washington, I urge our congressional leaders to invite him to address a joint session...
  • IndiaUS Strategic Dialogue should be held in India: US Senator June 5, 2014

    A top American Senator has called for holding the next round of IndiaUS Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi this year as against the scheduled venue of Washington, to show a goodwill gesture towards the new Narendra Modiled government. "The (India US Strategic) Dialogue (in New Delhi) would provide an early opportunity...
  • IndiaUS Strategic Dialogue should be held in India:US Senator June 5, 2014

    Washington: A top American Senator has called for holding the next round of IndiaUS Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi this year as against the scheduled venue of Washington, to show a good will gesture towards the new Narendra Modiled Government. "The (India US Strategic) Dialogue (in New Delhi) would provide an...
  • US senators against export of natural gas to India, China May 10, 2014

    Washington: A bipartisan group of 22 American senators have expressed reservation on the export of natural gas to Asian countries such as India and China, arguing that such a move by Obama Administration would result in an increase in cost for consumers and businesses at home. "Natural gas prices in Asia...
  • US Senate confirms Manish Shah as federal judge in Illinois May 2, 2014

    Washington: Manish Shah, a top Indian American prosecutor, has been confirmed by the US Senate as a federal judge in Illinois, becoming the first South Asian federal judge in President Barack Obama's home state. Shah, 40, was confirmed by the Senate by 950 votes. "His experience as a prosecutor and in various...
  • Thais vote for Senate ahead of crucial deadline for PM March 30, 2014

    Thais voted on Sunday for half of the country's 150-seat Senate in a key test for Yingluck Shinawatra's troubled government, a day before the prime minister is due to defend herself against negligence charges over a disastrous rice subsidy scheme. Anti-government protesters are in their fifth month of a campaign to...
  • Senate confirms Indian-American for key admin post March 15, 2014

    The US Senate has confirmed an Indian-American Arun M Kumar to a key administration post that would make him responsible for foreign trade. "I am pleased that the US Senate has confirmed Arun Kumar as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service...
  • US: Virginia senator Creigh Deeds stabbed by son November 20, 2013

    Charlottesville (Virginia, USA): The son of a state senator in the US stabbed his father in the head and chest Tuesday before apparently killing himself with a gun, according to initial reports from police. Authorities were still piecing together a motive and the circumstances that led up to the stabbing of...
  • Obama to nominate Indianorigin doctor for top medical post November 15, 2013

    A prominent Indianorigin doctor who heads a group that promotes Barack Obama's signature healthcare law could become the next US Surgeon General with the President planning to nominate him to the top medical post. Obama announced his intention to nominate Dr Vivek Hallegere Murthy to the top administration position along with...
  • Hillary Clinton gets early presidential backing November 4, 2013

    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she isn't in a hurry to make a decision about running again to become the first female US president. But her former Senate colleague, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, is not waiting for her to make up her mind. Schumer endorsed Clinton for president during a...
  • Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office, rules court October 19, 2013

    A Milan court on Saturday ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud. But, since Berlusconi is a senator, the court's decision will have no immediate effect and his expulsion from the Senate will depend on...
  • World View: US shutdown ends, is the relief only temporary? October 18, 2013

    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. ...
  • US shutdown ends: Obama signs bill to reopen govt, raise debt ceiling October 17, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the legislation that ends the US government shutdown and raises the US debt ceiling, the White House said. The US House of Representatives had earlier on Thursday passed the legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies. This after...
  • US House passes bill to reopen government, increase debt limit October 17, 2013

    Washington: The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed the legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies. This after the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the...
  • 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...
  • 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 economyrattling default on US obligations. Top Republicans unveiled a plan that would suspend a new tax on medical devices for two years and take...
  • US fiscal negotiations sputter as deadline nears October 13, 2013

    Congressional negotiations to end a US fiscal crisis gripping Washington and spooking financial markets hung by a thread on Saturday after bipartisan talks broke down in the House of Representatives and shifted to Senate leaders. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, held an initial session with Senate Republican leader Mitch...
  • Obama to nominate Janet Yellen for top Fed job, markets relieved October 9, 2013

    US President Barack Obama will nominate Fed number two Janet Yellen on Wednesday to run the world's most influential central bank, providing some relief to markets that would expect her to tread carefully in winding down economic stimulus. The nomination will put Yellen on course to be the first woman to...
  • US government shutdown imminent despite House effort to break logjam October 1, 2013

    Washington: The US government was headed toward a shutdown over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms using a temporary spending bill even as efforts emerged to try to negotiate a deal. US House of Representatives Republicans, in a bid to break the logjam over the spending bill, are...
  • 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...
  • IndoUS ties critical to improve bilateral relations, says US Senate September 27, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the US and underlined that enhanced economic, defence and security ties with India is critical to improve bilateral relations. The resolution, passed on Thursday, calls for deepened US engagement with India and implementation of policies such...