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 […]

US police probing Sikh man’s murder as possible hate crime

Police in California are investigating the murder of a 32-year old Sikh man as a possible “hate crime” after he refused to sell cigarettes to a man who did not have proper ID. Jagjeet Singh, who was a clerk at the Hatch Food and Gas convenience store in California’s Modesto city, had come to the […]

Trump asks Obama appointed top healthcare official Vivek Murthy to step down

Vivek Murthy, the first Indian-American appointed by the Obama regime as the Surgeon General, has been dismissed by the Trump administration to bring new leadership to the vital public health sector. Dr Murthy, 39, has been replaced by his deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses to serve as surgeon general. “Murthy, […]

Trump signs executive order calling for review of visas popular with Indian tech professionals

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that calls for a review of the H-1B visa programme, saying they should never be used to replace American workers and must be given to the most skilled and highest paid applicants. Trump signed the order targeting the programme popular with Indian technology professionals at the […]

Malala Yousafzai urges men to ‘not clip the wings of women’

By Drew McLachlan Education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai gave a moving speech in Canada’s parliament yesterday (12), urging the country to take a leadership role in promoting girls’ education worldwide. Yousafzai, 19, was in Ottawa to accept an honorary Canadian citizenship, making her the youngest recipient of Canada’s highest honour for non-citizens. She […]

Kansas hate crime survivor ‘grateful to be alive’

“I am just grateful to be alive”. This is how Alok Madsani, an Indian engineer who was critically injured in a hate crime incident in Kansas city in which his colleague Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed by a white American, described the chilling episode. Madasani, 32, continues to wrestle with why he and his friend ended up […]