All stories by Lalit K Jha
White House budget chief nominee Neera Tanden withdraws nominationRediff.com1 days ago
Tanden, president of the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, would have led a key economic post that oversees the production of the President's proposed budget for his agenda if she had been confirmed.
Biden admin 'undecided' on ending Trump-era H-1B visa banRediff.com2 days ago
The Biden administration has indicated that it is still undecided on ending the Trump-era ban on issuing new H-1B visas, with the Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asserting that the US government's top priority is the acute needs of individuals fleeing persecution. The H-1B visa, the most sought after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.
Bill introduced in US Congress to scrap 'one-China' policyRediff.com2 days ago
The US maintained normal diplomatic relations with the government in Taiwan until 1979, when then-President Jimmy Carter abruptly cut off formal ties with Taipei and recognised the Communist regime in Beijing.
Can't allow China to dominate: US lawmaker on India cyberattack reportRediff.com2 days ago
The United States State Department said it is aware of these reports.
Mumbai power outage may have been handiwork of China: ReportRediff.com3 days ago
A report details the campaign conducted by a China-linked threat activity group RedEcho targeting the Indian power sector.
We will prevail: Trump hints at 2024 presidential bidRediff.com3 days ago
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, the 74-year-old leader, who left the White House on January 20, stopped short of announcing to run for the president in 2024, although he gave enough indications that he is moving in that direction.
US approves Johnson & Johnson's Covid vaccineRediff.com4 days ago
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which works with one dose instead of two, got approval on Saturday, the third vaccine cleared in the country after emergency use authorisation (EUA) was given to two-dose shots from Pfizer and Moderna in December last year.
Covid: Biden calls 500,000 toll in US 'heartbreaking milestone'Rediff.com23 Feb 2021
Citing the figure of 500,071 dead in the US, Biden said, "that's more Americans who've died in one year -- this pandemic -- than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.
Closely following India, China troop disengagement: USRediff.com23 Feb 2021
Both countries have reached a mutual agreement for disengagement of troops from the most contentious area of North and South Pangong Lake.
US reaches H-1B visa cap for 2021Rediff.com18 Feb 2021
The US has received enough petitions needed to reach the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2021 and successful candidates for the most sought-after work visa among foreign professionals, including Indians, would be decided by a computerised draw of lots. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.
Desis in US launch rose campaign in support of protesting farmersRediff.com14 Feb 2021
A group of Indian diaspora organisations launched a rose campaign on the occasion of Valentine's Day on Sunday in support of the farmers protesting against the new farm laws in India.
Democracy is fragile: Biden after Trump's acquittalRediff.com14 Feb 2021
United States President Joe Biden has said that the Senate's acquittal of his predecessor Donald Trump for inciting a mob to storm the Capitol on January 6 was a reminder that democracy was 'fragile' and every American had a duty to defend the truth.
Trump 'ready for yet another phase of active public life'Rediff.com14 Feb 2021
Donald Trump has told millions of his supporters that he is ready for yet another phase of active public life after the United States Senate acquitted him in his second impeachment trial.
Trump acquitted by US Senate in 2nd impeachment trialRediff.com14 Feb 2021
Following four days of the impeachment trial, the 100-member Senate voted to impeach Trump by 57-43 votes, 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for conviction.
Democrats urge Republicans not to acquit Trump againRediff.com12 Feb 2021
United States House Democrats leading the prosecution of former president Donald Trump at his Senate impeachment trial have concluded their arguments, urging Republican Senators to not to acquit him for the second time if they don't want to set a "new, terrible standard" for presidential misconduct.
No change in US' policy on J-K: Biden administrationRediff.com12 Feb 2021
According to a 2019 Congressional Research Service report of August 2019, a longstanding goal of US policy in South Asia has been to prevent the India-Pakistan conflict from escalating to interstate war.
New twist to H-1B visas for IndiansRediff.com11 Feb 2021
An influential immigration advocacy group representing Indian-Americans on Thursday urged the Biden administration not to issue the most sought-after H-1B work visa to any individual born in India, till the time the discriminatory country-cap on green cards or permanent legal residency is removed. The current per-country cap on issuing of green cards in the US has resulted in Indian professionals, mostly from the IT sector, having to wait for decades for their legal permanent residency. Issuing new H-1B visas to more Indians would add to this agonising painful wait for green cards, Immigration Voice said in a statement.
In first call with Xi, Biden conveys concerns over China's unfair trade practicesRediff.com11 Feb 2021
This was the first phone call between the two leaders after Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20.
US Senate begins impeachment trial against TrumpRediff.com11 Feb 2021
Led by Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, a battery of his party colleagues from the House of Representatives alleged that Trump incited his supporters for violence on January 6 as they stormed the Capitol Hill wherein Congressmen and Senators were performing their constitutional duty of counting and certification of the November 3rd presidential election results.
The Indian American conundrum: Liberal in US, conservative in IndiaRediff.com10 Feb 2021
Indian-Americans have relatively more conservative views of policies in India while on issues affecting the US, the diaspora has a more liberal take, according to a survey of the political attitudes of the influential community in this country.