All stories by Lalit K Jha
US Hindu group files complaint against university over 'anti-Hindu' conferenceRediff.com7 Oct 2021
In a complaint to the Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Suzanne Goldberg and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Randolph Wills, the Hindu American Foundation has asked the Office of Civil Rights to investigate and determine whether the University of Pennsylvania and its Department of South Asia Studies, South Asia Center created a hostile environment for students and faculty of Indian and Hindu descent, and whether the same entities and individuals misused any federal funds.
Facebook, WhatsApp back online; Zuckerberg apologises over outageRediff.com5 Oct 2021
While the users of the three social media platforms remained clueless as they repeatedly received error messages for most part of the day, the stocks of Silicon Valley firm Facebook dropped by nearly five per cent as a result.
Biden administration to revisit Trump-era trade deal with ChinaRediff.com4 Oct 2021
In January last year, the US signed the first phase of the trade deal with China, which former President Donald Trump described as historic, concluding more than a year of tough negotiations including several months of suspension of talks between the two largest economies of the world.
Very honest about concerns on safe havens in Pak: USRediff.com1 Oct 2021
Afghanistan and the US have criticised Pakistan in the past for allowing Taliban fighters to cross into Pakistan where they are provided safe havens and also receive medical treatment.
Biden advised to keep 2500 troops in AfghanistanRediff.com29 Sep 2021
Taliban failed to honour Doha accord, never renounced Al-Qaeda: US general Mark Milley
Pak home to 12 foreign terrorist organisations: ReportRediff.com28 Sep 2021
United States officials have identified Pakistan as a base of operations or target for numerous armed and non state militant groups, some of which have existed since the 1980s, the independent Congressional Research Service said in the report.
Who does Indra Nooyi belong to? India or USRediff.com26 Sep 2021
'I am still the girl who grew up in a close family in Madras, in the South of India, and I am deeply connected to the lessons and culture of my youth. I am also the woman who arrived in the US at age twenty-three to study and work and, somehow, rose to lead an iconic company, a journey that I believe is possible only in America. I belong in both worlds,' says the ex-Pepsico chief in her memoir
Modi raises H-1B visas issue with Biden: Foreign Secretary ShringlaRediff.com25 Sep 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first-ever in-person meeting with President Joe Biden raised a number of issues involving the Indian community in America, including access for Indian professionals in the US and speaking about the H-1B visas, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said.
Biden hosts Modi in White House, extols Indo-US tiesRediff.com24 Sep 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Joe Biden at the White House on Friday in his first bilateral meeting with the US president during which the two leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of priority issues, including combating Covid-19, climate change, economic cooperation as well as Afghanistan.
Covid, Afghanistan on agenda of Modi-Biden talks: WH officialRediff.com24 Sep 2021
While the two leaders have met earlier when Biden was the Vice President of the country, this is for the first time that Biden will be meeting Modi after he became the 46th president of the US in January.
Working group on space to be among Quad leaders' announcementsRediff.com24 Sep 2021
Quad leaders are also planning to roll out vaccine deliverables and announce a series of measures in the field of healthcare and infrastructure sector, officials in Washington, DC said.
After Biden, Harris to meet Quad leadersRediff.com24 Sep 2021
US Vice President Kamala Harris would host a separate meeting with the prime ministers of three Quad countries -- India, Australia and Japan -- at the White House to discuss with them the important factors for democracies to go forward, officials said.
Modi thanks Kamala Harris for Covid help, invites her to IndiaRediff.com24 Sep 2021
'Your being elected as the Vice President of America has been such an important and historic event. You are the source of inspiration for so many people around the world,' Modi said.
We are natural partners with similar values, Modi tells HarrisRediff.com24 Sep 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday described India and America as "natural partners" as he held the first in-person meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House during which they decided to further cement the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed global issues of common interest, including threats to democracy and the Indo-Pacific.
Harris refers to Pak's role in terrorism during talks with ModiRediff.com24 Sep 2021
'When the issue of terrorism came up, the Vice President suo moto referred Pakistan's role in that regard (of terrorism),' Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters when asked if the issue of Pakistan's role in terrorism came up during her meeting with Modi.
Modi meets top American CEOs in first engagement in USRediff.com23 Sep 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his engagements in the US on Thursday by meeting with leading American CEOs from five different key sectors and highlighted the economic opportunities in India.
US rules out adding India to AUKUS security allianceRediff.com23 Sep 2021
"AUKUS? What would it become? JAUKUS? JAIAUKUS?" Psaki said in lighter moments before giving answer to the question.
Modi to meet Kamala Harris; Japanese, Australian PMs todayRediff.com23 Sep 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday is scheduled to have as many as eight meetings, including with Vice President Kamala Harris, on the first working day of his current US trip.
Modi to meet top 5 US CEOs, 2 of them Indian AmericansRediff.com23 Sep 2021
On Thursday, the prime minister is scheduled to hold one-on-one meetings with top five American CEOs. Two of them are Indian Americans -- Shantanu Narayen from Adobe and Vivek Lall from General Atomics. The three others are Cristiano E Amon from Qualcomm, Mark Widmar from First Solar, and Stephen A Schwarzman from Blackstone.
Indian diaspora turns up in numbers to greet Modi in USRediff.com23 Sep 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commended the Indian diaspora for distinguishing itself across the world, as he received an enthusiastic welcome from the community on his arrival in Washington, DC, on a major visit to further enhance Indo-US relations.