Sundar Pichai pledges $37-million Google fund to fight racism

GOOGLE will give $37 million to fight racism, Sundar Pichai has announced, in the wake of global protest in the US against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd. In an email to his employees on Wednesday (3), the Indian-American CEO of Alphabet and Google, also urged them to stand together in silence for 8 […]

US expresses ‘sincere apologies’ over desecration of Gandhi statue in Washington

US ambassador to India Ken Juster on Thursday (4) apologised for desecration of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Indian embassy in Washington DC. Unknown miscreants vandalised the statue with graffiti and by spraying paint, prompting the Indian embassy officials to register a complaint with the local law enforcement agencies. The incident is reported […]

Indian man hailed as ‘cult hero’ for sheltering ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrators

AN Indian-American man who opened the doors of his home here to over 70 people demonstrating against the police killing of George Flyod has emerged as a ‘cult hero’ after he rescued the strangers from the clutches of the police. The death of the 46-year-old African-American last week in Minneapolis has led to one of […]

Anti-racism protesters defy curfews as Trump faces backlash for violent crackdown

PROTESTERS defied curfews across the US on Tuesday (2) as leaders scrambled to stem anger over police racism while President Donald Trump rejected criticism over his use of force to break up a peaceful rally. Standoffs between police and demonstrators stretched into the night in cities from New York to Los Angeles over the death […]

US police hit by gunfire as ‘Black Lives Matter’ riots and looting rage on

FOUR St Louis police officers were hit by gunfire late on Monday during violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody, hours after President Donald Trump vowed to use the U.S. military to halt the spreading clashes. Trump deepened outrage by posing at a church clutching a bible after law enforcement […]

Indian-American aerospace expert named chief of US defence giant General Atomics

A PROMINENT Indian-American aerospace and defence expert has been appointed as the chief of one of the world’s leading privately held nuclear and defence companies, General Atomics Global Corporation, based in California. Vivek Lall, 50, who played key roles in some major Indo-US defence deals between India and the US, had resigned in April as […]

Trump postpones G7 meet, plans to add India among invitees to the ‘outdated group’

Donald Trump has said he would postpone a Group of Seven summit he had hoped to hold next month until September or later, and plans to include India, Australia, Russia and South Korea in the event. “I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that, as a G7, it properly represents what’s going on in the […]

US ‘terminating’ ties with WHO, will divert funds to ‘deserving’ global needs: Trump

THE US will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump said on Friday (29), accusing the UN agency of becoming a puppet of China. The US president had initially suspended funding to the WHO last month, accusing it of not doing enough to curb the early […]

After ‘fact-check’ row, Twitter flags Trump post as ‘glorifying violence’

TWITTER has flagged a post by Donald Trump on the unrest in Minneapolis as “glorifying violence”, saying the tweet violated its rules but would not be removed. The US president had tweeted that the military was being sent in to the embattled midwestern city as authorities there struggle to control unrest over the death of […]

US police precinct torched as ‘I can’t breathe’ protests rage on

A POLICE precinct in Minnesota went up in flames late Thursday (28) in a third day of demonstrations as the so-called Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul seethed over the shocking police killing of a handcuffed black man. The precinct, which police had abandoned, burned after a group of protesters pushed through barriers around […]