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Blinken to raise human rights issue during India visitRediff.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 monthsRediff.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 fallRediff.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 USRediff.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 secretaryRediff.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 IndiaRediff.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: BidenRediff.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 variantRediff.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: PewRediff.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 applicationsRediff.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 FauciRediff.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: CEORediff.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 nationsRediff.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 officialRediff.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: USRediff.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 nationsRediff.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 vaccinesRediff.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: SurveyRediff.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 2021Rediff.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 yearsRediff.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.