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Blinken to raise human rights issue during India visit

Blinken to raise human rights issue during India visit

Rediff.com1 days ago

Blinken is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi late on July 27. He is scheduled to attend a full slate of engagements on July 28. During his stay in the country, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

Over 1 lakh Indian kids lost caregivers to Covid in first 14 months

Over 1 lakh Indian kids lost caregivers to Covid in first 14 months

Rediff.com4 days ago

The study estimates that 1,134,000 children lost a parent or custodial grandparent due to COVID-19. Of these, 10,42,000 children lost their mother, father or both. Most lost one, not both parents.

US eases travel recommendations on India as Covid cases fall

US eases travel recommendations on India as Covid cases fall

Rediff.com5 days ago

When last month's advisory was issued, India was struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported.

Indian Navy gets 2 multi-role helicopters from US

Indian Navy gets 2 multi-role helicopters from US

Rediff.com17 Jul 2021

The MH-60R helicopter is an all-weather maritime helicopter designed to support multiple missions with state-of-the-art avionics.

Afghanistan mission not yet over: US defence secretary

Afghanistan mission not yet over: US defence secretary

Rediff.com15 Jul 2021

The commander of United States forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller returned from the country almost winding up the longest American war, even as Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin assured that America's Afghan mission is not yet over and that it would continue to support Kabul.

Biden nominates LA Mayor Eric Garcetti as envoy to India

Biden nominates LA Mayor Eric Garcetti as envoy to India

Rediff.com10 Jul 2021

If confirmed by the Senate, Garcetti, 50, would replace Kenneth Juster, who served as India's Ambassador to the US during the Trump administration.

US war in Afghanistan will end on August 31: Biden

US war in Afghanistan will end on August 31: Biden

Rediff.com9 Jul 2021

he United States did what we went to do in Afghanistan, to get to terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and deliver justice to Osama bin Laden, and to degrade the terrorist threat to keep Afghanistan from becoming a base, from which attacks could be continued against the United States.

US says Covaxin successfully neutralises Delta variant

US says Covaxin successfully neutralises Delta variant

Rediff.com30 Jun 2021

The NIH said results of two studies of blood serum from people who had received Covaxin suggest that the vaccine generates antibodies that effectively neutralise the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) and B.1.617 (Delta) variants of SARS-CoV-2, first identified in the United Kingdom and India, respectively.

Indians feel many religions can live, practice freely: Pew

Indians feel many religions can live, practice freely: Pew

Rediff.com29 Jun 2021

"Indians see religious tolerance as a central part of who they are as a nation. Across the major religious groups, most people say it is very important to respect all religions to be 'truly Indian'.

US allows some H-1B visa seekers to re-submit their applications

US allows some H-1B visa seekers to re-submit their applications

Rediff.com24 Jun 2021

Some foreign guest workers in the US will be able to re-submit their applications for the H1-B visa, the most sought-after non-immigrant visa among Indian IT professionals, if their petition was solely rejected because it was based on the initial registration period, according to a federal agency. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), such re-submission of applications is for those whose applications have been rejected or administratively closed solely because the requested start date was after October 1, 2020. The H-1B visa allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

Delta variant 'greatest threat' to US Covid response: Dr Fauci

Delta variant 'greatest threat' to US Covid response: Dr Fauci

Rediff.com23 Jun 2021

However, the "good news" is that the US vaccines are effective against the Delta variant, said Fauci, the head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Pfizer in final stages of vaccine deal with India: CEO

Pfizer in final stages of vaccine deal with India: CEO

Rediff.com22 Jun 2021

United States Pharma giant Pfizer is in the final stages of an agreement with India to supply anti-COVID-19 vaccines, Chief Executive Officer Dr Albert Bourla said on Tuesday, observing that the domestically manufactured vaccines would be the backbone of vaccinating the Indian people.

US to donate 1.6 cr vaccines to India and 17 other Asian nations

US to donate 1.6 cr vaccines to India and 17 other Asian nations

Rediff.com22 Jun 2021

Of the 4.10 crore to be shared through COVAX, 1.40 crore will go to Latin America and the Caribbean nations and 1.60 crore to Asia.

Indian govt's some actions inconsistent with democratic values: Top US official

Indian govt's some actions inconsistent with democratic values: Top US official

Rediff.com12 Jun 2021

'This includes increasing restrictions on freedom of expression and the detention of human rights activists and journalists'

China's aggressive behaviour can spark crisis: US

China's aggressive behaviour can spark crisis: US

Rediff.com11 Jun 2021

US Defence Secretary Llyod Austin described China as a pacing challenge for the United States.

US to donate 50cr Pfizer vaccines to low-income nations

US to donate 50cr Pfizer vaccines to low-income nations

Rediff.com10 Jun 2021

This is the largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a single country and a commitment by the American people to help protect people around the world from COVID-19, the White House said ahead of the announcement by Biden at the G-7 Summit in the UK.

India to get a share of 8 crore US vaccines

India to get a share of 8 crore US vaccines

Rediff.com10 Jun 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organisation.

One in two Indian Americans face discrimination: Survey

One in two Indian Americans face discrimination: Survey

Rediff.com9 Jun 2021

"Somewhat surprisingly, Indian-Americans born in the United States are much more likely to report being victims of discrimination than their foreign-born counterparts," said the report.

World Bank sees India growing at 8.3% in 2021

World Bank sees India growing at 8.3% in 2021

Rediff.com8 Jun 2021

The World Bank on Tuesday projected India's economy to grow at 8.3 per cent in 2021 and 7.5 per cent in 2022, even as its recovery is being hampered by an unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19, the largest outbreak in the world since the beginning of the deadly pandemic. The Washington-based global lender, in its latest issue of Global Economic Prospects released here, noted that in India, an enormous second COVID-19 wave is undermining the sharper-than-expected rebound in activity seen during the second half of Fiscal Year 2020/21, especially in services.

Donald Trump's Facebook account suspended for 2 years

Donald Trump's Facebook account suspended for 2 years

Rediff.com5 Jun 2021

Social media behemoth Facebook on Friday said the account of former United States President Donald Trump will remain suspended for two years, and post that period it will re-assess the ban.

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