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Dr Devi wants to be New York's Public Advocate

Dr Devi wants to be New York's Public Advocate

Rediff.com29 Oct 2021

A traumatic medical emergency drove physician Dr Devi, of General Hospital soap fame, to run for public office in New York.

US Hindu group files complaint against university over 'anti-Hindu' conference

US Hindu group files complaint against university over 'anti-Hindu' conference

Rediff.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.

How Obama, Trump, Biden Greeted Modi...

How Obama, Trump, Biden Greeted Modi...

Rediff.com28 Sep 2021

Did Prime Minister Modi receive a different kind of reception at the Biden White House on Friday than he has has been used to at the American president's home?

New York court pauses Cairn tax suit

New York court pauses Cairn tax suit

Rediff.com26 Sep 2021

A New York court has paused Cairn Energy's pursuit of US assets of Air India for the recovery of $1.2 billion arbitral award, so as to allow the British firm to reach a settlement with the Indian government on the long drawn dispute. The New York district court delayed the tax suit to November 18, according to court documents reviewed by PTI. This follows Cairn Energy and Air India jointly asking the court to stay further proceedings in view of the fresh government enacting a fresh law to scrap retrospective taxation in the country.

Ajay Banga to hang up his boots at Mastercard on December 31

Ajay Banga to hang up his boots at Mastercard on December 31

Rediff.com22 Sep 2021

Ajay Banga, one of the topmost Indian-American corporate leaders, and a strong advocate of India-US relationship, would retire from Mastercard at the end of the year, the global credit card company has said.

Cricket On the Rise in US of A

Cricket On the Rise in US of A

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

'We are recreating the biggest sports rivalry in the world, which is Indians versus Pakistanis right here in the United States.'

Cairn, Air India seek stay on New York court proceedings

Cairn, Air India seek stay on New York court proceedings

Rediff.com15 Sep 2021

Cairn Energy and Air India have jointly asked a New York federal court to stay further proceedings in the British firm's US lawsuit targeting the airline for enforcement of a $1.2-billion arbitral award. The move follows the government enacting a law to scrap retrospective taxation in the country, which in effect will result in withdrawal of the Rs 10,247 crore tax demand on Cairn, according to court documents reviewed by PTI. The British company had won an international arbitration award against levy of such taxes and sought to take over Air India assets when the government refused to honour the award and pay it $1.2 billion-plus interest and penalty.

Taliban govt unlikely to survive: William Dalrymple

Taliban govt unlikely to survive: William Dalrymple

Rediff.com12 Sep 2021

"The most successful governments in Afghanistan tend to be those who have the biggest tents, which would include all communities and therefore leave all communities satisfied after a point and do not create massive resentments. Now, this is not a government which I would imagine would successfully govern Afghanistan," Dalrymple, the historian said.

India makes RT-PCR must for passengers from 7 more nations

India makes RT-PCR must for passengers from 7 more nations

Rediff.com2 Sep 2021

These seven countries are South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

Paralympics: Lekhara fails to qualify for final; swimmer Jadhav disqualified

Paralympics: Lekhara fails to qualify for final; swimmer Jadhav disqualified

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

Shooter Avani Lekhara crashed out in the qualification round of the mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 event at the Tokyo Games on Wednesday.

Air India asks US court to dismiss Cairn petition

Air India asks US court to dismiss Cairn petition

Rediff.com29 Aug 2021

Air India has asked a New York court to dismiss a petition filed by Britain's Cairn Energy for seizure of its assets to enforce $1.2 billion arbitral awards against the Indian government, saying the litigation was premature as an appeal against the arbitration award was still pending. The petition by the airline, which is separate to Indian government's plea in a Washington court seeking dismissal of Cairn's lawsuit to seek confirmation of the arbitral award, said the New York district court lacks jurisdiction to adjudicate a "mere hypothetical question" or one that depends upon contingent future events that may or may not occur. Cairn first moved a court in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking confirmation of the arbitration award and then filed a petition in the New York court to seek declaration of Air India as "alter ego" of the Indian government and so it should be made liable to pay the $1.26 billion arbitral award.

Hindu group objects to 'dismantling Hindutva' conference in US

Hindu group objects to 'dismantling Hindutva' conference in US

Rediff.com21 Aug 2021

Conference organisers, who are requesting anonymity, claim the three-day event starting September 10 is cosponsored by more than 45 centres or departments at over 40 universities, most of whom are from the United States.

'In many ways, I am glad my parents were not together'

'In many ways, I am glad my parents were not together'

Rediff.com12 Aug 2021

'My father may not be there for me the way he is for Taimur but that doesn't make me feel any less special.'

Decoding the Kamala Harris Phenomenon

Decoding the Kamala Harris Phenomenon

Rediff.com20 Jul 2021

Kamala succeeded as she identified herself with the larger minority groups rather than narrow ethnicity, prodded by her mother who did not want to return to India, observes Ambassador T P Sreenivasan, who has done multiple stints in India's embassy in Washington, DC.

What makes Eric Garcetti the right pick as US envoy

What makes Eric Garcetti the right pick as US envoy

Rediff.com19 Jul 2021

He has Biden's ear and because of the past relationship, Biden will actually listen to him, unlike some past residents of Roosevelt House.

Indian-origin Banerjee lifts Wimbledon boys' singles title

Indian-origin Banerjee lifts Wimbledon boys' singles title

Rediff.com11 Jul 2021

Playing only his second junior Grand Slam, 17-year-old won 7-5, 6-3

Study Abroad: The Scramble for Education Loans

Study Abroad: The Scramble for Education Loans

Rediff.com29 Jun 2021

Indian students planning to study abroad this year have to pay higher fee, fund their quarantine stay and also compete for on campus work opportunities.

Brazil open Copa America with 3-0 win over Venezuela

Brazil open Copa America with 3-0 win over Venezuela

Rediff.com14 Jun 2021

Brazil opened the 2021 Copa America with a 3-0 win over a depleted Venezuela

US students who took Covaxin, Sputnik asked to get re-vaccinated

US students who took Covaxin, Sputnik asked to get re-vaccinated

Rediff.com4 Jun 2021

These vaccines have not yet been approved by the World Health Organization

How You Can Fight COVID-19

How You Can Fight COVID-19

Rediff.com28 May 2021

Dr Karthiyayini Mahadevan, head, wellness and well-being, Columbia Pacific Communities, shares simple, useful tips to fully recover from COVID-19.

Tips to Improve Your Lung Capacity

Tips to Improve Your Lung Capacity

Rediff.com24 May 2021

Simple ways to improve the functioning of your lungs.

'Centre, states must think on their feet'

'Centre, states must think on their feet'

Rediff.com22 May 2021

'You could have an additional pool of 15,000-odd qualified and competent doctors.'

'Centre's COVID misgovernance is a political liability'

'Centre's COVID misgovernance is a political liability'

Rediff.com6 May 2021

'Modi is still immensely popular and, therefore, he can sustain any number of policy failures.' 'Modi himself has worn multiple faces so it would be naive to think that the Modi of 2021 will be the same Modi that will be campaigning for re-election in 2024.'

Vaccine for all over 18: 16 THINGS to do

Vaccine for all over 18: 16 THINGS to do

Rediff.com3 May 2021

Dr Kanchan Sanyal, health and wellness advisor at Columbia Pacific Communities, a healthcare group, shares some crucial tips to stay safe.

When Satyajit Ray got UPSET

When Satyajit Ray got UPSET

Rediff.com2 May 2021

There is a world that Satyajit Ray created in his films that I wanted to be a part of -- as Durga bathed in the rain to Ravi Shankar's music; when Charulata sat on the swing regretting she never had a child; and Aarti stood up in defence of her colleague. Aseem Chhabra shares interesting memoris of Satyajit Ray on the latter's birth centenary on May 2.

North India could see 100,000 cases per state per day

North India could see 100,000 cases per state per day

Rediff.com19 Apr 2021

'The trajectory of the disease will keep increasing because of the population density being very high.'

'Rating agencies are like Bollywood'

'Rating agencies are like Bollywood'

Rediff.com11 Feb 2021

'Rather than cutting and pasting from advanced economies, we should use basic economic principles to think about what is right for India at the stage of development at which we are,' says Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian.

Study warned Himalayan glaciers melting at alarming speed

Study warned Himalayan glaciers melting at alarming speed

Rediff.com7 Feb 2021

Melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled since the start of the 21st century due to rising temperatures, losing over a vertical foot and half of ice each year and potentially threatening water supply for hundreds of millions of people in countries, including India, according to a study published in 2019.

The White Tiger review

The White Tiger review

Rediff.com22 Jan 2021

The White Tiger makes a stinging commentary on New India's half-baked vision, but Ramin Bahrani isn't telling a Slumdog fairy tale here, observes Sukanya Verma.

Biden-Harris inauguration ceremony kicks off with 'Kolam'

Biden-Harris inauguration ceremony kicks off with 'Kolam'

Rediff.com17 Jan 2021

Pictures of thousands of Kolam tiles were on Saturday woven into a video to welcome Biden and Harris in the spirit of 'Presidency for All' and to showcase the multi-cultural heritage of America.

More troops guard US Capitol than Iraq, Afghanistan

More troops guard US Capitol than Iraq, Afghanistan

Rediff.com14 Jan 2021

The Pentagon is deploying 20,000 National Guards with lethal weapons in Washington DC, a week ahead of the inauguration, to prevent any violence as experienced on January 6, with intelligence agencies receiving information about move to create violence and chaos across the country.

FBI warns 'armed protests' in US ahead of Biden's inauguration

FBI warns 'armed protests' in US ahead of Biden's inauguration

Rediff.com12 Jan 2021

Posts on pro-Trump and far-right online networks have called for protest action on a number of dates, including armed demonstrations in cities across the country on January 17 and a march in Washington DC on inauguration day itself.

Trump issues emergency declaration for for Biden inauguration

Trump issues emergency declaration for for Biden inauguration

Rediff.com12 Jan 2021

The emergency in Washington DC will be effective from Monday till January 24.

Biden picks Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general

Biden picks Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general

Rediff.com7 Jan 2021

US President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday nominated Indian-American Vanita Gupta to be the associate attorney general and roped in Judge Merrick Garland for the position of attorney general.

In praise of the bureaucrat

In praise of the bureaucrat

Rediff.com16 Dec 2020

Does IAS officers' work go unappreciated, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.

'US-India should focus on trade to counter China'

'US-India should focus on trade to counter China'

Rediff.com14 Dec 2020

'I hope that the incoming Biden-Harris Administration works with India to address some of the most profound geopolitical transboundary challenges.'

Farewell, Astad

Farewell, Astad

Rediff.com11 Dec 2020

'Gone too soon, Astad, but I know whenever we meet in that world beyond, I will watch you dance.' Swarupa Dutt remembers a remarkable human being and a magnificent performer who left the world poorer when he passed into the ages on Thursday.

Boxer Negi tests positive for COVID-19

Boxer Negi tests positive for COVID-19

Rediff.com29 Nov 2020

Former national boxing champion Duryodhan Singh Negi tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalised as a precautionary measure despite being asymptomatic, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said.

Biden announces national security team

Biden announces national security team

Rediff.com24 Nov 2020

The President-elect also announced the nomination of former Secretary of State John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the first such official to sit on the national security council.

'We are in search of a Shiva to consume the poison from banking system'

'We are in search of a Shiva to consume the poison from banking system'

Rediff.com23 Nov 2020

'Should the government be in the business of running banks?' 'Particularly when it does not have the fiscal strength to continuously infuse capital into such banks?'

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