White House

  • White House, spy agencies deny NSA exploited Heartbleed bug 13-04-2014 01:32 PM

    Washington: The White House and US intelligence agencies said neither the National Security Agency nor any other part of the government were aware before this month of the "Heartbleed" bug, denying a report that the spy agency exploited the glitch in widely used Web encryption technology to gather intelligence. The...
  • US plans to allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America 08-04-2014 05:26 PM

    Washington: Spouses of H-1B visa holders with technical skills may be allowed to work in the US under a new initiative by the Obama administration to attract the best and brightest from across the world. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make...
  • Samsung uses Obama-David Ortiz selfie for promotion; White House unhappy 04-04-2014 10:22 AM

    Washington: The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone. Spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the president's image is used for commercial purposes. Carney says in this...
  • White House stands by Vivek Murthy as 'America's doctor' 20-03-2014 12:56 PM

    In the face of strong opposition from the powerful gun lobby, the White House is standing by President Barack Obama's pick for surgeon general, Indian American Vivek Murthy, an ardent supporter of Obama's healthcare law. However, it is "recalibrating our approach" as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney put it,...
  • Obama to meet Ukrainian PM on Wednesday 10-03-2014 12:18 PM

    President Barack Obama will meet this week with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the White House said Sunday, in a prominent show of US support for Ukraine's fledgling new government. Vice President Joe Biden cut short his trip to Latin America, nixing a planned stop in the Dominican Republic so...
  • Obama to meet Dalai Lama at the White House today 21-02-2014 11:46 AM

    US President Barack Obama will meet Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel peace laureate, at the White House on Friday. "The President will meet the Dalai Lama in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader," National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said. Obama met...
  • Most tweeted-about beard of the White House meets razor's edge 27-01-2014 10:47 AM

    The most tweeted-about beard in the Obama White House left the way it came in - with wisecracks. "Here I am, the old me," a clean-shaven White House spokesman Jay Carney said at the start of his daily briefing with reporters on Friday. His announcement was greeted with laughter. Carney...
  • White House unveils plan to save domestic helps of diplomats 15-01-2014 01:30 PM

    In the wake of the worst diplomatic spat with India over the arrest of an Indian diplomat for allegedly underpaying her nanny, the White House has come out with a strategic action plan for human trafficking "victims". The plan does not name Devyani Khobragade, India's then consul general in New...
  • Obama looks forward to meeting Pope in near future: White House 15-01-2014 07:05 AM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama is looking forward to meet Pope Francis in the near future, the White House said today, without giving details of the meeting. "The President looks forward to meeting with the pope in the near future," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "I do...
  • Michelle Obama to celebrate 50th birthday on Friday 13-01-2014 10:33 PM

    Nearing a milestone birthday, Michelle Obama exuberantly describes herself as "50 and fabulous." The US first lady hits the half-century mark on Friday and, by her own account, she feels more relaxed now that President Barack Obama's days as a candidate are over. "It gives me a little more room...
  • Obama believes in further cementing ties with India: US 10-01-2014 09:20 AM

    Washington: Describing America's relationship with India as an "extremely important" one, the White House on Friday said that President Barack Obama believes strongly that ties need to continue and must be further cemented. "This is an extremely important relationship and that has many aspects to it and cultural ties, political...
  • Eat before you come to my birthday party: Michelle Obama to her guests 08-01-2014 11:34 PM

    Washington: Michelle Obama has asked guests attending her 50th birthday bash at the White House next week to wear comfortable shoes, practice their dance moves and eat before coming to the party as there will be no meal provided. In a save-the-date email guests have been advised to dine before...
  • Michelle Obama's Bollywood dance among top White House Photos 07-01-2014 06:26 PM

    Michelle Obama's rhythmic dance moves to peppy Bollywood numbers during a Diwali bash has made it to one of the top White House photos for the year 2013. Taken by Chuck Kennedy, the 49-year-old First Lady is seen doing Bollywood dance in the State Dining Room along with choreographer Nakul...
  • Barack Obama appoints record number of Indian-Americans in 2013 30-12-2013 01:39 PM

    Indian-Americans never had it so good in the US, as a record number of members from the over three million-strong community were appointed to key positions in the White House in 2013. Reflecting his special affection, President Barack Obama appointed a record number of Indian-Americans in the first year of...
  • My New Year's resolution is to be nicer to White House Press, says Barack Obama 21-12-2013 11:51 AM

    American President Barack Obama said that his New Year resolution is to be nicer with the White House Press Corps. "My New Year's resolution is to be nicer to the White House Press Corps," Obama said amidst laughter on Friday at his year ender news conference. "You know? Absolutely," said...
  • Snowdem should return to US, face charges: White House 17-12-2013 11:45 AM

    The White House says a National Security Agency official who suggested the US consider granting Edward Snowden amnesty was expressing his personal opinion. White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama's position hasn't changed. He says Snowden faces felony charges and should be returned to the US Carney says...
  • Obama nominates Indian-American actor Kal Penn for key post 19-11-2013 04:55 PM

    Indian-American actor Kal Penn has been nominated by US President Barack Obama for a key post in his administration to promote arts and humanities. Penn, 36, served in the White House during the Obama's first term and played a key role in his re-election campaign last year, in particular attracting...
  • After Bollywood dancing, Michelle Obama hosts workshop on film careers 10-11-2013 10:18 AM

    Washington: Days after doing a bit of Bollywood dancing to celebrate Diwali, US First Lady Michelle Obama hosted White House's first ever 'Careers in Film Symposium' for high school students from Washington, New York, and Boston. "Just a few days ago, we were doing some Bollywood dancing in the State...
  • White House mole fired for 'snarky tweets' is an Indian-American 02-11-2013 03:41 PM

    It turns out that a White House mole fired recently for snarky anonymous tweets about top Obama administration officials and its policies was an Indian-American policy wonk. Jofi Joseph, 40, who served as a non-proliferation expert on the National Security Council, was a key aide of President Barack Obama, whose...
  • Barack Obama greets people on Diwali 02-11-2013 01:24 PM

    US President Barack Obama greeted Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists across the globe on the occasion of Diwali, saying the flame of the diya reminds that light will ultimately triumph over darkness. "The flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds us that light will ultimately triumph over darkness," Obama said...
  • Michelle Obama to lead Diwali celebrations in White House 02-11-2013 07:59 AM

    Washington: US First Lady Michelle Obama would lead this year's Diwali celebrations the White House, which is expected to be attended by lawmakers, senior administration officials and eminent Indian Americans. "The First Lady will provide remarks at the White House Diwali celebration," the White House announced on Friday. A media...
  • Merkel frosty on the US over 'unacceptable' spying allegations 25-10-2013 12:26 PM

    Brussels: German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the United States of an unacceptable breach of trust on Thursday after allegations that the US bugged her personal mobile phone, and she indicated data agreements with Washington may have to be revised. Arriving for a two-day summit in Brussels overshadowed by the allegations...
  • Pakistan not epicentre of terrorism, says Sharif 22-10-2013 11:52 PM

    Claiming that Pakistan is "neither a source nor an epicentre" of terrorism, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday, said the US was in a position to help his country resolve its differences with India, including the "core" issue of Kashmir. A day ahead of his meeting with President Barack Obama...
  • World View: US shutdown ends, is the relief only temporary? 18-10-2013 09:34 PM

    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 17-10-2013 10:37 AM

    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....
  • US House passes bill to reopen government, increase debt limit 17-10-2013 07:59 AM

    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 17-10-2013 07:39 AM

    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 15-10-2013 08:57 PM

    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 economy-rattling default on US obligations. Top Republicans unveiled a plan that would suspend a new tax on medical devices for two years and...
  • Obama and Republicans search for a deal on US fiscal impasse 13-10-2013 04:18 AM

    Washington: President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders inched toward resolving their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to agree on the length and terms of a short-term deal to increase the US debt limit and reopen the government. Obama met Senate Republicans at the White House and spoke by...