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  • Indian-origin physician becomes US's youngest Surgeon General 3 days ago

    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...
  • CIA chief admits agency used 'abhorrent' methods on detainees 1 week ago

    Langley: CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used "abhorrent" methods on detainees captured following the September 11 attacks and said it was "unknowable" whether harsh interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence. With his agency under fire in the aftermath of a US Senate report detailing the CIA's use...
  • CIA director defends the US Senate torture report on al-Qaeda suspects 1 week ago

    After several countries condemned the US Senate torture report by the CIA on al-Qaeda suspects, CIA director John Brennan has defended their actions. He however did admit that in some cases the methods used were abhorrent. ...
  • US Senate committee confirms Indian-American as federal judge November 22, 2014

    Washington: A key Congressional committee has confirmed the nomination of an Indian-American counsel to the key post of US District Court judge for Washington, DC. India-born Amit Privardhan Mehta had been nominated to the post by US President Barack Obama in August. His nomination was confirmed on Friday by the Senate...
  • PM Narendra Modi had an extraordinarily successful visit: US official November 21, 2014

    Washington: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit as "extraordinarily successful", a top official in the Obama administration has said US-India relationship has come "a remarkable distance". "We've just had the extraordinarily successful visit of Prime Minister Modi here to the United States, and an agenda that is working across...
  • 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...