Lalit K Jha

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US Intel fears India-Pak clash amid strained ties with China

US Intel fears India-Pak clash amid strained ties with China

Rediff.com11 May 2022

In its annual threat assessment presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, the US intelligence community said the expanded military posture by both India and China along the disputed border elevates the risk of armed confrontation between the two nuclear powers that might involve direct threats to US persons and interests and calls for America's intervention.

US state issues citation on 'Sikh independence', raises red flag

US state issues citation on 'Sikh independence', raises red flag

Rediff.com3 May 2022

In the 'official citation' dated April 29, the Connecticut general assembly congratulated the pro-Khalistan organisation World Sikh Parliament 'in recognition of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of Sikh independence.'

US, allies launch declaration for future of Internet, invite India to join

US, allies launch declaration for future of Internet, invite India to join

Rediff.com29 Apr 2022

The Declaration for the Future of the Internet is in part a response to a rising trend of digital authoritarianism, including Russia's actions to block credible news sites

Eye on China: Modi, Biden to meet in Japan at Quad next month

Eye on China: Modi, Biden to meet in Japan at Quad next month

Rediff.com28 Apr 2022

"This trip will advance the Biden-Harris administration's rock-solid commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

Sitharaman urged to allow NRIs to invest in Indian stock markets

Sitharaman urged to allow NRIs to invest in Indian stock markets

Rediff.com26 Apr 2022

A prominent Indian Diaspora body, FIIDS, on Monday urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to allow non-resident Indians and overseas citizens of India (OCI) card holders to invest in the Indian stock market. Such a move would boost the Indian economy further by attracting investment from the global Indian community, said the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) USA. FIIDS is a US-based institute for US-India policy studies and awareness.

US panel wants India designated as country of concern over lack of religious freedom

US panel wants India designated as country of concern over lack of religious freedom

Rediff.com25 Apr 2022

A US Congress-constituted quasi-judicial body on Monday recommended to the Biden Administration to designate India, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and 11 other nations as "country of particular concern" in the context of status of religious freedom.

Biden says Xi told him Quad was against China

Biden says Xi told him Quad was against China

Rediff.com23 Apr 2022

Biden said when he got elected, Putin thought that he would easily be able to break up NATO.

US Congressman expresses concern over human rights situation in Kashmir

US Congressman expresses concern over human rights situation in Kashmir

Rediff.com22 Apr 2022

India has repeatedly rejected criticism by foreign governments, lawmakers and human rights groups on allegations that civil liberties have eroded in the country.

After India's criticism, US distances from Ilhan Omar's Pak visit

After India's criticism, US distances from Ilhan Omar's Pak visit

Rediff.com22 Apr 2022

India on Thursday condemned Omar's visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

India won't spare anyone: Rajnath's strong message to China

India won't spare anyone: Rajnath's strong message to China

Rediff.com15 Apr 2022

Singh, in his address to the Indian-American community in San Francisco, also sent a subtle message to the United States that New Delhi does not believe in a diplomacy of 'zero-sum game' and its relationship with one country cannot be at the expense of the other.

India too has views on human rights situation in US: Jaishankar

India too has views on human rights situation in US: Jaishankar

Rediff.com14 Apr 2022

Responding to a question, Jaishankar said while the issue of human rights was not discussed during the current meeting, it has come up in the past.

Russian forces are committing 'genocide' in Ukraine: Biden

Russian forces are committing 'genocide' in Ukraine: Biden

Rediff.com13 Apr 2022

It is for the first time he's publicly invoked the word genocide since Putin began his deadly assault on Ukraine on February 24.

Officials 'intimidated' Indian journalists critical of govt: US report

Officials 'intimidated' Indian journalists critical of govt: US report

Rediff.com13 Apr 2022

India in the past rejected similar reports.

India, US ask Pakistan to act decisively against terror

India, US ask Pakistan to act decisively against terror

Rediff.com12 Apr 2022

The demand for action by Pakistan was made through a joint statement issued after the 2+2 ministerial attended by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

US reaffirms support for India's membership to UNSC, NSG

US reaffirms support for India's membership to UNSC, NSG

Rediff.com12 Apr 2022

The Biden administration has reaffirmed its commitment to support India's permanent membership in a reformed UN Security Council and New Delhi's entry to the Nuclear Suppliers' Group.

US monitoring incidents of human rights violation in India: Blinken

US monitoring incidents of human rights violation in India: Blinken

Rediff.com12 Apr 2022

Blinken made these remarks at a joint news conference with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and their Indian counterparts -- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh -- after the conclusion of the 2+2 Ministerial on Monday.

In US, Jaishankar replies to questions on Russian oil import

In US, Jaishankar replies to questions on Russian oil import

Rediff.com12 Apr 2022

India's total purchase of oil from Russia in a month is probably less than what Europe does in an afternoon, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.

India helped Ukraine, understand its ties with Russia: US

India helped Ukraine, understand its ties with Russia: US

Rediff.com12 Apr 2022

The 2+2 was attended by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and their Indian counterparts S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh respectively.

Biden didn't ask Modi to do anything in particular on Russia: WH

Biden didn't ask Modi to do anything in particular on Russia: WH

Rediff.com12 Apr 2022

The virtual meeting between the two leaders came in the midst of some disquiet in Washington over India's position on the Ukraine crisis as well as its decision to procure discounted Russian oil.

White House rules out Russia's ouster from UN Security Council

White House rules out Russia's ouster from UN Security Council

Rediff.com9 Apr 2022

Suspension is the only method provided for in the UN resolution that established the Human Rights Council back in 2005.

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