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US formally withdraws from WHORediff.com2 hours ago
In April, the US stopped funding to WHO as the Trump administration reviewed the ties.
US military to stand with India, hints White House chief of staffRediff.com1 days ago
"The message is clear. We're not going to stand by and let China or anyone else take the reins in terms of being the most powerful, dominant force, whether it's in that region or over here," White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News.
America loves India: TrumpRediff.com2 days ago
Prime Minister Modi on Saturday congratulated President Trump and the people of the US on the country's 244th Independence Day, saying as the world's largest democracies "we cherish freedom and human enterprise that this day celebrates".
China resisted efforts to clarify LAC: US panel reportRediff.com4 days ago
'Under General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Xi Jinping, Beijing has stepped up its aggressive foreign policy toward New Delhi. Since 2013, China has engaged in five major altercations with India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC),' said a brief issued by US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
US adds 4.8 million jobs as unemployment falls to 11.1%Rediff.com5 days ago
But, the Wall Street Journal said that the US labour market is operating with millions fewer jobs than in February, the month before the coronavirus pandemic struck the country's economy.
Biden promises to revoke H1-B visa suspension if electedRediff.com6 days ago
On June 23, in a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration suspended the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year.
China's aggressive stance shows its true nature: USRediff.com6 days ago
Against the backdrop of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, the White House press secy said the United States was closely monitoring the current situation and supports its peaceful resolution.
India's clean app approach will boost its sovereignty: USRediff.com6 days ago
'We welcome India's ban on certain mobile apps that serves as an appendage of the CCP's surveillance State'
US lawmakers back India's ban on Chinese appsRediff.com6 days ago
Some US prominent lawmakers have urged the American government to follow suit as it is believed that the short video-sharing app is a major security risk to the country.
Trump denies knowledge of 'Russian bounties on US troops'Rediff.com29 Jun 2020
The New York Times in a news story on Saturday said that American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked terrorists for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan -- including targeting American troops -- amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Modi shares India's Covid 'success' story with Indian-American docsRediff.com28 Jun 2020
In an address during the virtual meeting of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) on Saturday, Modi said COVID-19 had been used as an opportunity to work towards making the country self-reliant.
Trump makes vandalising monuments punishable offence with up to 10 yrs jailRediff.com27 Jun 2020
The order comes in the wake of rioters defacing and destroying historical sites, monuments and statues in the country as violence erupted following the brutal custodial death of African-American George Floyd on May 25.
US restricts visas of Chinese officials over Hong KongRediff.com27 Jun 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move, saying he was carrying out President Donald Trump's orders. "Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on current and former CCP officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, as guaranteed in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration or undermining human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong," Pompeo said.
Indian-American doctors distribute free meals amid COVID-19Rediff.com25 Jun 2020
The Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian-Origin and the leading Maryland gurdwara -- Guru Nanak Foundation of America -- held their first food drive over the weekend serving more than 350 families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Post Pulwama, Pak remains safe haven for terrorists: USRediff.com24 Jun 2020
The suspension of US aid to Pakistan, which was announced by President Donald Trump in January 2018, remained in effect throughout 2019, the State Department said.
Indian American heads top US science funding bodyRediff.com23 Jun 2020
Unanimously confirmed by the Senate last week, Panchanathan, 58, from the Arizona State University, replaces White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Dr Kelvin Droegemeier who served as Acting Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Sunder Pichai disappointed by Trump's immigration proclamationRediff.com23 Jun 2020
Immigration has contributed immensely to America's economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today, Pichai said in a tweet.
Reform H-1B visa system: Trump to officialsRediff.com23 Jun 2020
Under these reforms, the H-1B programme will prioritise those workers who are offered the highest wage, ensuring that the highest-skilled applicants are admitted, the White House said.
Ban on H-1B visas to hit innovation, investment: America IncRediff.com23 Jun 2020
Massive restrictions on legal immigration - including restricting immigrants who contribute to medicine, science, and research in the United States, and who are working to develop treatments for coronavirus and other deadly diseases - will not only hinder efforts to save lives, but prevent job creation and hurt American economy as the country struggles to recover.
Trump suspends H-1B, other visas till year endRediff.com23 Jun 2020
The proclamation that comes into effect on June 24, is expected to impact a large number of Indian IT professionals and several American and Indian companies who were issued H-1B visas by the US government for the fiscal year 2021 beginning October 1.
Trump blames China for COVID-19, terms it 'Kung flu'Rediff.com21 Jun 2020
Trump has repeatedly blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year and accused Beijing of suppressing the details of the contagion.
'Releasing 26/11 plotter on bail will strain Indo-US ties 'Rediff.com21 Jun 2020
US attorney urged the Los Angeles court that Rana be not released.
India, China have come to blows, will help them: TrumpRediff.com21 Jun 2020
'It's a very tough situation. We're talking to India. We're talking to China. They've got a big problem there'
26/11 plotter Rana rearrested in US on India's requestRediff.com20 Jun 2020
Rana, 59, a childhood friend of David Coleman Headley, was recently released from jail on compassionate ground after he told a US court that he has tested positive for the COVID-19.
US tears into 'rogue actor' China for border face-offRediff.com20 Jun 2020
'General Secretary Xi Jinping has greenlighted a brutal campaign of repression against Chinese Muslims, a human rights violation on a scale we haven't seen since World War II. Now, the PLA has escalated border tensions with India'
China taking advantage of Covid situation: US officialRediff.com19 Jun 2020
Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell made the remark on Thursday, adding that the Trump administration is closely watching the Indo-China situation.
China's PLA appears to have 'instigated' clash to grab Indian territory: US leaderRediff.com19 Jun 2020
He said that the Communist Party of China has used the COVID-19 pandemic as a smokescreen for ratcheting up their oppression of Hong Kong and advancing their control and influence throughout the region.
US condoles deaths of Indian soldiers in LAC clashRediff.com19 Jun 2020
"We will remember the soldiers' families, loved ones, and communities as they grieve," said Pompeo.
'China's goal is to limit any defiance from India'Rediff.com18 Jun 2020
'In South Asia, unlike Southeast, East, or Central Asia, there is a natural hegemon: India. China cannot cast it aside easily'
Trump pleaded with China for re-election help: BookRediff.com18 Jun 2020
The White House has said the forthcoming book by John Bolton is "full of classified information"
'Closely monitoring' India-China border row, says USRediff.com17 Jun 2020
The US hopes that the differences will be resolved peacefully, officials said in Washington.
US withdraws emergency use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19Rediff.com15 Jun 2020
The Food and Drug Administration said its decision is based on new information, including clinical trial data results, that have led it to conclude that the drugs may not be effective to treat COVID-19 and that its potential benefits for such use do not outweigh its known and potential risks.
'Yoga from home' to mark this year's International Yoga Day in USRediff.com14 Jun 2020
For health enthusiasts in the US, popular yoga guru Baba Ramdev is scheduled to conduct a virtual session on common yoga protocol with postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation during an online event organised by the Indian Consulate in Houston in collaboration with various community organisations.
Woman becomes 1st Sikh to graduate from US military academyRediff.com13 Jun 2020
A second-generation immigrant born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, Narang had an early appreciation for military service due to her maternal grandfather's career in the Indian Army.
Trump may suspend H1B, other visas to stem unemploymentRediff.com12 Jun 2020
US President Donald Trump is considering suspending a number of employment visas including the H-1B, most sought-after among Indian IT professionals, in view of the massive unemployment in America due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a media report. The proposed suspension could extend into the government's new fiscal year beginning October 1, when many new visas are issued, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, quoting unnamed administration officials.
Trump to resume election rallies from OklahomaRediff.com11 Jun 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he had suspended his election rallies for the past three months.
US expresses concern about violence against minorities in IndiaRediff.com11 Jun 2020
India previously rejected the US religious freedom report, saying it sees no locus standi for a foreign government to pronounce on the state of its citizens' constitutionally protected rights.
Defacement of Mahatma Gandhi's statue was a 'disgrace': TrumpRediff.com9 Jun 2020
The statue, which is across the road from the Indian Embassy, was vandalised on the intervening night of June 2 and 3, prompting the Indian embassy to register a complaint with the local law enforcement agencies. The incident happened during the week of nationwide protests against the custodial killing of Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
No de-funding, dismantling of police in US, says TrumpRediff.com9 Jun 2020
Trump's remark came on Monday amidst the growing demand from a section of the Americans to de-fund the police in the aftermath of the custodial death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. "We won't be de-funding our police, we won't be dismantling our police. We won't be disbanding our police, we won't be ending our police force in a city."
India's economy to shrink by 3.2% in FY21: World BankRediff.com8 Jun 2020
However, the Indian economy is expected to bounce back in 2021, the World Bank said.