United States

  • US sees dramatic surge in graduate applications from India 20-04-2014 12:50 PM

    Applications from prospective Indian students to US graduate schools surged dramatically while those from China slowed down a bit in 2013, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). A 32 per cent increase in applications from India, which accounts for 18 per cent of all...
  • US teen suspended for asking Nina Davuluri to prom 19-04-2014 07:54 PM

    Washington: A Pennsylvania teenager has been suspended for asking the first ever Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri to the prom, the annual end of the year dance for high school students. Patrick Farves, 18, also handed Davuluri a plastic flower after he asked her to the prom on Thursday. She...
  • US sky-watchers ready for total lunar eclipse today 15-04-2014 07:10 AM

    Florida: Night owls and early risers in North America can watch a rare celestial event on Tuesday as the Earth's sunset-hued shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color to bright orange, depending on local weather conditions. The lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours beginning at 1:58 am EDT...
  • Ukraine prepares armed response as city seized by pro-Russia forces 13-04-2014 08:39 AM

    Armed separatists took control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to tackle what it called an "act of aggression by Russia", pushing the conflict between the neighbors into a dangerous new phase. Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk, a town...
  • Time to move on from the Khobragade issue: Sujatha Singh 09-04-2014 10:32 AM

    Months after India snapped talks with the US over the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade, it is ready to move on from the issue. While denying any role in the resignation of US ambassador Nancy Powell. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh says it is time to repair the...
  • Sonia Gandhi declines to show US court her passport 08-04-2014 10:18 AM

    New York: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has declined to provide a copy of her passport to a US court, saying that government of India had denied her permission to do so. However, in a letter filed by her lawyer in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Gandhi "voluntarily" relinquished...
  • Full diplomatic immunity for Modi if he becomes PM, says US report 01-04-2014 07:28 AM

    Washington: The nine-year US visa ban on Narendra Modi will automatically be lifted and he would enjoy diplomatic immunity if he becomes the prime minister, a Congressional report said on Monday. "Modi is widely considered to be one of the front-runners as prime ministerial candidate of his Bharatiya Janata Party....
  • US calls for pullback of Russian troops from Ukraine border 31-03-2014 08:21 AM

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Russia must pull back its troops from the Ukrainian border to deescalate the tension following Crimea's takeover by Moscow. "Any real progress in Ukraine must include a pullback of the very large Russian force that...
  • Indian companies generated 81,000 jobs in US in 2013: survey 28-03-2014 09:26 AM

    Washington: Indian companies through its massive $ 17-billion investment in the US have collectively generated employment opportunities for more than 81,000 people in the country, according to a survey. The annual CII survey of 68 Indian companies in 40 American states for 2013, made public on Thursday at an event...
  • US fourth-quarter growth raised to 2.6 per cent 27-03-2014 06:22 PM

    US economic growth was a bit faster than previously estimated in the fourth quarter, displaying underlying strength that could bolster views that the slowdown in activity early in the year would be temporary. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 per cent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday,...
  • World's 'longest-serving' death row inmate to have a retrial in Japan 27-03-2014 01:50 PM

    Tokyo: A Japanese court on Thursday ordered the release and a retrial of an ageing prisoner accused of murder who served on death row for over 30 years, amid doubts about the evidence used to convict him. Japan and the United States are the only two Group of Seven rich...
  • Insider trading: US court upholds Rajat Gupta's conviction 26-03-2014 11:58 AM

    New York: A former Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble board member was fairly convicted on charges that he fed lucrative inside tips to a billionaire hedge fund owner, a federal appeals court said on Tuesday. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals made the ruling in the case of...
  • MEA disappointed with Devyani Khobragade's re-indictment 15-03-2014 03:21 PM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has expressed disappointment at the re-indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US visa fraud case. The MEA also said that this was an unnecessary action. Khobragade's father too has slammed the action saying it is a result of aggression. "The act...
  • Diplomat Devyani Khobragade re-indicted, arrest warrant issued 15-03-2014 07:25 AM

    New York: In a major setback to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, an arrest warrant has been issued against her in the US after she was re-indicted in the US visa fraud case. The new indictment that was filed in a federal court in Manhattan has charged Khobragade for the submission...
  • US-based Indian lawyer hopes Devyani Khobragade isn't re-indicted 13-03-2014 01:18 PM

    New York: With the indictment on visa fraud charges against Devyani Khobragade being dismissed in the US, an eminent Indian-American attorney said one should hope that the Indian diplomat is not re-indicted on new charges. US District Judge Shira Scheindlin said in her 14-page order on Wednesday that "it is...
  • US court dismisses indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani 13-03-2014 07:15 AM

    Washington: In a major relief for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a US court has dismissed her indictment in a visa fraud case. The court has ruled in favour of Khobragade saying she had full diplomatic immunity when the indictment was returned against her on January 9. Reacting to the order,...
  • Malaysia air probe finds scant evidence of terror attack: Sources 11-03-2014 07:42 AM

    Kuala Lumpur/Washington: Investigators in Malaysia are voicing skepticism that the airliner that disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board was the target of an attack, US and European government sources close to the probe said. The fate of the Malaysian airliner that vanished about an hour into a flight...
  • Joe Biden says Venezuela 'concocting' bogus stories 10-03-2014 08:43 AM

    Caracas: US Vice President Joe Biden calls Venezuela's situation alarming in remarks published Sunday, suggesting its government is using "armed vigilantes" against peaceful protesters and accusing it of "concocting false and outlandish conspiracy theories" about the United States. Biden's remarks, issued in writing to a Chilean newspaper in response to...
  • Khurshid condoles families of 5 Indians on-board missing Malaysian flight 09-03-2014 10:47 PM

    Salman Khurshid on Sunday said that he had condolences to the families of 5 missing Indian on-board missing Malaysian flight. ...
  • Malaysian flight missing, terror angle being probed 09-03-2014 07:22 PM

    Kuala Lumpur/Beijing: Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the mysterious disappearance of a plane with 239 people aboard after it emerged that two passengers boarded the flight with stolen passports, even as a massive multinational search mission continued for the second day without any success. Preliminary investigation indicated...
  • Examining additional suspect passports on missing Malaysia flight: Interpol 09-03-2014 06:54 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: International police agency Interpol on Sunday said that at least two passports recorded as lost or stolen in its database were used by passengers on board a missing Malaysia Airlines flight, and said it was "examining additional suspect passports" on Sunday. Interpol said no checks of its database...
  • US suspends trade, investment talks with Russia over Ukraine 04-03-2014 08:39 AM

    Washington: The United States has put trade and investment talks with Russia on hold as a rebuke for Russia's incursion into Ukraine, a US official said on Monday. "We have suspended upcoming bilateral trade and investment engagement with the government of Russia that were part of a move toward deeper...
  • Scientists discover exotic new particle called 'dropleton' that behaves a bit like a liquid droplet 27-02-2014 12:44 PM

    In the field of quantum physics, you could call this a droplet in the bucket. Physicists in Germany and the United States said on Wednesday they have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton. Writing in the journal Nature, they said it...
  • 'We are building Iron Man,' President Barack Obama jokes at innovation meet announcing new high-tech hubs 27-02-2014 12:27 PM

    Using comic timing that can rival the best stand-ups, American President Barack Obama joked "I'm here to announce that we're building Iron Man," ABC news reported. He was talking about a new effort to boost high-tech manufacturing. The president was seen chuckling soon after. But there's more. "I'm going to...
  • US company to beam free wi-fi to entire world from space 26-02-2014 12:24 AM

    Washington: A US company is planning to build an 'Outernet - a global network of cube satellites broadcasting Internet data to all the people on the planet - for free. The idea is to offer free Internet access to all people, regardless of location, bypassing filtering or other means of...
  • US: Polio-like illness seen in up to 25 California children 25-02-2014 12:13 PM

    San Francisco: A rare and mysterious polio-like illness may have afflicted up to 25 children in California, several of whom have suffered limb paralysis, and health experts were struggling to identify the cause of the ailment, medical researchers said on Monday. Since 2012, between 20 and 25 previously healthy children...
  • US ambassador Nancy Powell meets Narendra Modi signalling a thaw 13-02-2014 10:08 AM

    Gandhinagar: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell met Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial nominee and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in Gandhinagar, signalling a thaw. This comes nine years after the US had refused to give Modi a diplomatic visa. Nancy Powell arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening....
  • No change in visa policy for Narendra Modi, says US 13-02-2014 08:57 AM

    Washington: The US has scotched speculation that the meeting between its Ambassador Nancy Powell and Narendra Modi would lead to lifting of the visa ban on BJP's prime ministerial candidate, insisting there was no change in its nine-year-old policy that came in the aftermath of 2002 Gujarat riots. "When individuals...
  • US ambassador Nancy Powell to meet Narendra Modi today 13-02-2014 07:20 AM

    Ahmedabad: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell will meet Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial nominee and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. This comes nine years after the US had refused to give Modi a diplomatic visa. Nancy Powell arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening. The US has been...
  • US may soon end Narendra Modi's boycott, Nancy Powell to meet him 11-02-2014 08:29 AM

    New Delhi: Is the United States doing a rethink on ending its nine-year boycott of Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi? A Hindustan Times report has claimed that US ambassador to India Nancy Powell will meet the Gujarat Chief Minister later this week. The...