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IMF to revisit growth forecast for India due to surge in COVID-19 casesRediff.com8 hours ago
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday that a multilateral response is critical to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in India and globally as it hailed recent announcements by several countries to provide immediate support to India. India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 300,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days, and hospitals are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.
Dr Fauci's advice to India: Clamp nationwide lockdownRediff.com2 days ago
"It is quite obvious to everyone that the situation in India is extremely serious," Dr Fauci, who is considered one of the world's top infectious disease specialists, told PTI in an interview.
US curbs travel from India from May 4; some exemptions allowedRediff.com5 days ago
India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days, and hospitals are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.
America rising anew: Biden tells US CongressRediff.com7 days ago
Biden said that 100 days since he took the oath of office on January 20 and inherited the worst pandemic in a century and the worst economic crisis in a decade, America is on the move again, turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity and setback into strength.
Immediately sending whole series of help to India: BidenRediff.com28 Apr 2021
The president said he had discussed with Prime Minister Modi on when the US would be able to send actual vaccines to India.
Covaxin found to neutralise 617 Covid variant: Dr FauciRediff.com28 Apr 2021
The New York Times on Tuesday said Covaxin works by teaching the immune system to make antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The antibodies attach to viral proteins, such as the so-called spike proteins that stud its surface.
Biden administration goes into mission mode to help India fight COVID-19Rediff.com27 Apr 2021
'We are in close touch with Indian officials at all levels. We are also closely coordinating with our allies, friends, and Quad partners about how we can collectively support India in its hour of need,' a senior Biden administration official told reporters
India was there for us, we will be there for them: BidenRediff.com27 Apr 2021
"The president pledged America's steadfast ongoing support for the people of India, who have been impacted by the recent surge in the COVID-19 cases," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.
CEOs of 40 top US cos form India task force to fight CovidRediff.com27 Apr 2021
In a show of solidarity, the CEOs of some 40 top American companies have come together to create a global task force to mobilise resources to help India fight the battle against Covid-19.
Not aligned with US view: WH on India's Twitter orderRediff.com27 Apr 2021
Twitter and other social media platforms have taken down around 100 posts and URLs after the government asked them to remove content that was critical of the handling of the current medical crisis or spreading fake news around the pandemic.
US to send raw material to India for CovishieldRediff.com26 Apr 2021
The Biden administration has come under criticism from several quarters, including from members and supporters of the Democratic party, for not releasing surplus COVID-19 vaccines to India when the country is experiencing its worst-ever public health crisis.
US Defence Secretary directs Pentagon to provide material support to Indian healthcare workersRediff.com26 Apr 2021
The move comes soon after US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris directed towards mobilisation of American resources to assist India to tackle the unprecedented health crisis in the wake of the deadly second wave of coronavirus.
Biden administration comes under pressure to ship Covid vaccine to IndiaRediff.com24 Apr 2021
The Joe Biden administration has come under intense pressure from various quarters, including the powerful US Chambers of Commerce, lawmakers and eminent Indian-Americans, to ship AstraZeneca and other Covid-19 vaccines along with several life-saving medical supplies to India, which is witnessing a deadly surge in coronavirus cases.
Vanita Gupta becomes 1st Indian-American to be US associate attorney generalRediff.com22 Apr 2021
From 2014 to 2017, Gupta served as the assistant attorney general for civil rights under President Barack Obama, where she advanced criminal justice reform, prosecuted hate crimes, protected voting rights and fought against discrimination.
US body wants India named for violating religious rights, chief dissentsRediff.com21 Apr 2021
A US Congress-constituted quasi-judicial body on Wednesday asked the Joe Biden Administration to designate four nations, including India, as "countries of particular concern", alleging that religious freedom conditions there in 2020 continued their negative trajectory.
US ex-cop found guilty on all 3 charges of killing George FloydRediff.com21 Apr 2021
A jury deliberated less than 11 hours before finding Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges against him -- second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
4 Sikhs among 8 killed in FedEx facility mass shooting in USRediff.com17 Apr 2021
About 90 per cent of the workers at this delivery service facility are said to be Indian-Americans, mostly from the Sikh community.
US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 9/11Rediff.com14 Apr 2021
The US president is deeply grateful for the honour, courage and determination of the US' men and women who served in Afghanistan for almost two decades, as well as the sacrifices made not just by those troops, but also by their families, a senior Biden administration official told reporters during a conference call.
Pentagon defends US ship asserting navigational rights in Indian EEZRediff.com10 Apr 2021
The Pentagon has said that its Navy ship conducting navigational rights within India's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without the permission of New Delhi was consistent with international law.
Global recovery expected to be asynchronous: IMFRediff.com6 Apr 2021
The global recovery is expected to be asynchronous and divergent between advanced and emerging market economies, the IMF said on Tuesday, noting that policymakers should take early action and tighten selected macroprudential policy tools while avoiding a broad tightening of financial conditions. "Extraordinary policy measures have eased financial conditions and supported the economy, helping to contain financial stability risks," the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its Global Financial Stability report released ahead of the Spring meeting of the global lender and the World Bank. However, actions taken during the pandemic may have unintended consequences such as stretched valuations and rising financial vulnerabilities, it said.