Washington, April 1 : The US has denied that the sudden resignation of US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell was in any way "related to any tension, any recent situations" between India and the US.
"There's no big behind-the-scenes story here," US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Monday. She also said Powell's resignation does not indicate any realignment in India-US ties.
Harf said Powell "has submitted her resignation to President (Barack) Obama, as has been planned for some time, and she will retire to her home in Delaware before the end of May".
Washington, March 28 : South Carolina's Indian American Republican Governor Nikki Haley is getting ready for a November rematch with Democrat Vincent Sheheen banking on lower joblessness and a record of bringing jobs to the state
Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to Sikh immigrant parents from Amritsar, India, and Democratic state Senator Sheheen both signed up for their second fight in four years Tuesday at the state Election Commission in Columbia.
Sheheen hopes the Haley administration's first-term mishaps translate into the victory that eluded him in 2010, according to local newspaper The State.
Washington, March 26 : With Americans and Indians in America alike keenly watching next month's parliamentary elections in India, several think tanks have organised briefings while a community body offers expert insights through weekly conference calls.
The calls organised by the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), which describes itself as the political voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans, offers expert opinion on the election trends in India.
Washington, March 11 : Welcoming new Indian ambassador Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, US President Barack Obama told him that the two countries could accomplish a lot together
Obama also wished Jaishankar success in his responsibilities as he presented his credentials to the president at the Oval Office of the White House Monday, according to the Indian Embassy.
Jaishankar, in turn, conveyed warm greetings from President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Obama and Michelle Obama.
Washington, Jan 21 : Olympic legend Carl Lewis has said Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cancelled a plan to appoint him the state's first physical fitness ambassador after he launched a political campaign against a Christie friend.
The nine-time Olympic gold medallist said Christie called to dissuade him from running as a Democrat for state Senate in 2011 against Republican Senator Dawn Addiego.
Washington, Nov 8 : At least five Indian-American candidates scored victories in Tuesday's US polls with three of them becoming legislators in two states and two others winning elections to local bodies.
The most significant gains for the Indian American community came in New Jersey where Kolkata-born Raj Mukherji scored a victory in the 33rd district to join fellow Democrat Upendra Chivukula, who retained his 17th district seat, in the State assembly.
Washington, Oct 10 - The dysfunctional US government has become the country's biggest problem, as one-third of Americans expressed their disappointment over the current shutdown, a study has found.
According to a survey conducted by Gallup, about 33 percent of Americans cited dissatisfaction with the government and Congress due to the impact of the government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate. This is the highest percentage reported by Gallup since 1939, Xinhua reported.
The US government partially shut down Oct 1 when Congress could not agree a budget.
Washington, Feb 18 : Louisiana's Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal is laying the groundwork for a likely presidential bid and using his state as a testing ground for policies that play well with national conservatives, according to a media report.
He's passed a sweeping school voucher plan, rejected the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare and proposed scrapping the state income tax, all intended to please the Republican party's conservative base, Politico, an influential media site focusing on politics noted in a report Sunday.
New York, January 19 : Looking at the new official portrait of President Obama released by the White House on Friday, which is markedly different from the one taken four years ago after he won his first historic election, it seems that happy days are back again.
The new colour photo shows the current US President standing tall, flashing a big smile, his arms folded, flanked by flags and standing in front of his desk in the Oval Office, The New York Daily News reported.
In the 2008 photo the President looked somewhat somber, the setting was bland and unrecognizable, with flags over his right shoulder.
Washington, Jan. 19 : A majority of Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to raise the debt ceiling, as lawmakers continue to negotiate over the debt ceiling and spending cuts, a new poll has found.
According to the CBS News/New York Times Poll, three-quarters, or 77 percent, of Americans said that they want the debt ceiling to be raised.
The Treasury Department has informed Congress that the United States is expected to hit its current debt limit of 16.4 trillion dollars by mid-February or March.
If Congress fails to raise the nation's borrowing limit, it could have severe economic consequences, CBS News reports.
Washington, Jan. 19 : Democrat mayors of the United States have come close to settling on Hillary Clinton as the successor for President Barack Obama in 2016, even as Obama is set to start his second term.
Praising the Secretary of State, Frank Ortis, the Democrat mayor of Pembroke Pines, Florida, said that if Clinton were to run as President then she would have his full support, Politico reports.
According to the report, Clinton was the top choice for the post of the future President from majority of the Democrats and a large percent of the US population.
Washington, Jan. 17 : The White House has blasted an advertisement released by the National Rifle Association using President Barack Obama's daughters to criticize him on gun control as `repugnant and cowardly'.
White House press secretary Jay Carney blasted the NRA for its video calling Obama `an elitist hypocrite'
White house said that NRA was being skeptical of putting armed guards in schools while his daughters receive armed protection every day, Politico reports.
Carney said that most Americans agree that president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight.
Washington, Jan. 17 : President Barack Obama's plan to address gun violence in the US has been met with swift and stiff resistance by gun rights advocates and conservative lawmakers.
Obama has called for a new, tougher assault weapons ban and a 10-round limit on magazines.
He has also called for a new legislation to bar the possession of armor-piercing bullets and require criminal background checks for nearly all gun sales, Fox news reports.
Separately, he has also approved 23 executive actions while calling for additional funding to address mental health and school security.
Washington, Jan 12 : Senior US Senator from Nevada Harry Reid and other members of Senate Democratic leadership have reportedly issued a letter to President Barack Obama, urging his administration to bypass Congress on raising the debt ceiling.
The letter is the strongest show of support from Senate Democrats that they would back Obama if he were to use his executive authority to unilaterally raise the nation's borrowing limit in the face of opposition from House Republicans.
According to the Huffington Post, Reid had earlier privately offered Obama his support for a unilateral option.
Washington, Jan 11 : US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that American officials are discussing with Middle East governments the steps needed to ensure that Syria''s chemical and biological weapons sites are secured when President Bashar al-Assad leaves office.
When asked whether he had ruled out putting U. S. troops in Syria to secure such weapons, Panetta said they `always have to keep the possibility that, if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved, they might ask for assistance in that situation.'
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