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Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal

US hopes progress in Indo-Pak trade ties after LS elections

WASHINGTON: The US has said it heard “some positive murmurings” in India and Pakistan that there will be progress in Indo-Pak trade ties after the Lok Sabha elections, saying there… Read more »

US 172,000 H1B visa petitions, lottery decides fate

US 172,000 H1B visa petitions, lottery decides fate

WASHINGTON: The US, which received more than 172,000 applications for the H-1B visas, has conducted a computerized draw of lots to determine who all would be given the most sought… Read more »

Differences with BJP a media speculation Rajan

Differences with BJP a media speculation: Rajan

WASHINGTON: Brushing aside as “speculation” that he has differences with the leaders of BJP, widely expected to form the next government, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said they… Read more »

Time to get past tensions and move on

Time to get past tensions and move on: US on ties with India

WASHINGTON: The US has said that it was time to get past the recent tensions with India and the two sides should move on, days after arrest of an American… Read more »

Arrest warrant issued against Khobragade in US visa fraud case

Arrest warrant issued against Khobragade in US visa fraud case

NEW YORK: An arrest warrant was today issued against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on visa fraud charges after her fresh indictment by US prosecutors who accused her of “illegally” underpaying… Read more »

Search for missing Malaysian plane expands to Indian Ocean

Search for missing Malaysian plane expands to Indian Ocean

WASHINGTON/KUALA LUMPUR: US officials helping in efforts to locate a missing Malaysian plane today said they are shifting their search to the Indian Ocean region amid reports that the aircraft… Read more »

US court dismisses Devyani's indictment in visa fraud

US court dismisses Devyani’s indictment in visa fraud case

NEW YORK: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest and strip-search soured Indo-US relations, today won dismissal of a federal indictment against her in the visa fraud case with a US… Read more »

US First Lady felicitates Indian acid attack victim Laxmi

US First Lady felicitates Indian acid attack victim Laxmi

WASHINGTON: US First Lady Michelle Obama has felicitated Indian acid attack victim Laxmi after she won the International Women of Courage Award for successfully leading the campaign against acid attacks… Read more »

Obama calls leaders of UK, Poland & Germany

Obama calls leaders of UK, Poland & Germany

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and his European allies expressed “grave concern” over Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, terming it a threat to international peace and security…. Read more »

'Indo-US relationship busy coping with challenges of normalcy'

‘Indo-US relationship busy coping with challenges of normalcy’

WASHINGTON: The Indo-US relationship is busy coping with the challenges of normalcy as there is no great problem in bilateral ties to solve, Indian Ambassador S Jaishankar has said. “The… Read more »

US is ''not targeting'' Indian companies, says FDA chief

US is ‘not targeting’ Indian companies, says FDA chief

WASHINGTON: The United States is “not targeting” Indian companies, but has a strict quality control regime for all products being imported into America, the head of the US Food and… Read more »

In a first, US bans bidi products from Indian company

In a first, US bans bidi products from Indian company

WASHINGTON: US regulators for the first time have banned the sale and import of “bidi” products made by an Indian company as they did not meet regulatory standards. The US… Read more »

Obama meets Dalai, defies China's warning about impact on ties

Obama meets Dalai, defies China’s warning about impact on ties

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: US President Barack Obama today offered “strong support” for Tibetans’ human rights as he met the region’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, defying China which lodged a diplomatic protest… Read more »

Indian eco much more resilient to external shocks

Indian economy much more resilient to external shocks

WASHINGTON: The Indian economy is much more resilient to external shocks now than was last year, a top IMF official has said, attributing this to a series of administrative decisions… Read more »

Obama to meet Dalai; China warns it will damage bilateral ties

Obama to meet Dalai; China warns it will damage bilateral ties

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: Hours before US President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at the White House, China today demanded its immediate cancellation, warning that the unjustified interference… Read more »

FB to acquire WhatsApp in landmark $19 bn deal

FB to acquire WhatsApp in landmark $19 bn deal

NEW YORK: Facebook will acquire popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp for a whopping USD 19 billion in a cash and stock deal, bolstering the social networking giant’s presence in mobile… Read more »

Powell's meeting with Modi part of 'broader outreac' US

Powell’s meeting with Modi part of ‘broader outreach’: US

WASHINGTON: The US today said Ambassador Nancy Powell’s meeting with BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is part of its comprehensive outreach to political leaders and businesses across the spectrum… Read more »

I raised my hand for this job Satya Nadella

I raised my hand for this job: Satya Nadella

NEW YORK: India-born Satya Nadella said he “raised his hand” to take up the top job at Microsoft as he believed his role as CEO would enable him to make… Read more »

Khobragade enjoys no immunit

Khobragade enjoys no immunity: US

NEW YORK: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade does not enjoy immunity from criminal prosecution on charges of visa fraud and making false statements, the US State Department has said in papers… Read more »

US to focus on Asia-Pacific for greater security President Barack Obama

US to focus on Asia-Pacific for greater security: Obama

WASHINGTON: The US will continue to focus on the Asia-Pacific region and shape a future of greater security, President Barack Obama said today, even as he vowed to veto any… Read more »