UN headquarters in New York lit up for International Yoga Day

The United Nations headquarters in New York were lit up with the word Yoga in commemoration of the third International Day of Yoga, with renowned actor Anupam Kher switching on the illumination lights. “Yoga lights up @UN…Here’s a sneak peek of the iconic UN Headquarters building being lit up like never before for International Day of […]

India’s Modi and Trump to hold first talks on June 26 in Washington

India‘s prime minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with US president Donald Trump in Washington on June 26, the Indian foreign ministry and the White House said on Monday (12), the first meeting between the leaders. Ties between the two big democracies grew rapidly under the administration of former president Barack Obama which saw India […]

Kansas man charged with US hate crime for shooting Indian men

A Kansas man, accused of shouting “get out of my country” as he shot dead one Indian man and injured another at a bar, faces federal hate crime and firearms charges, the US Justice Department said on Friday (9). A US grand jury indicted Adam Purinton, 52, on charges of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding […]

Indian-American Raja Chari among 12 new astronauts chosen by Nasa

American space agency Nasa has chosen 12 new astronauts, including an Indian-American, from a record number of over 18,000 applicants, who will be trained for missions into Earth orbit and to deep space. The seven men and five women comprise the 22nd class of American spaceflight trainees since 1959. This is the largest group Nasa […]

Nikki Haley: US committed to curbing climate change

America’s Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has defended president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris accord but underlined that the US was committed to curbing climate change. “Just because the US got out of a club does not mean we are not going to care about the environment,” Haley said yesterday. […]

James Mattis: US recognises India as major defence partner

The US recognises India as a major defence partner partly out of respect for New Delhi’s indispensable role in maintaining stability in the Indian Ocean region, Defence Secretary James Mattis has said. The US is exploring new ways to address new challenges as well from maritime security to the growing threat posed by the spread […]

US secretary of state Tillerson declines to host Ramadan reception

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has declined to host a Ramadan reception, apparently breaking a nearly two-decade long bipartisan tradition. According to two administration officials familiar with the decision, Tillerson rejected a request by the State Departments Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host the reception marking the Eid ul-Fitr, the end of […]

Indian detained at Atlanta airport dies in custody

A 58-year-old Indian who was detained by American customs officials last week for not possessing necessary immigration documents while entering the country died in custody at an Atlanta hospital. Atul Kumar Babubhai Patel was taken in custody by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Atlanta City Detention Center for two days. He died […]

Haley: Trump is CEO of the country, can fire anyone he wants

US president Donald Trump is “CEO of the country, he can fire anyone he wants”, Americas envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said, while defending him for firing former FBI director James Comey. Haley said she believed that the criticism of Trump stems from discomfort with his propensity to act on his decisions. “The […]

Nations unite against kala-azar, neglected diseases

University students from India, the UK and the US will collaborate on a first of-its-kind research and development project aimed at discovering potential drugs for patients living with neglected diseases like kala-azar. The Open Synthesis Network (OSN) project was launched by non-profit research and development organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) this week. It involves collaboration between 25 under-graduate and master’s students in […]