Have introduced Bill to designate India as 'Special Global Partner of U.S.': Congressman Engel

Have introduced Bill to designate India as 'Special Global Partner of U.S.': Con

Washington D. C., June 9 : Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a reception jointly organised by the House and Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and the India Caucus here on Wednesday, Congressman Eliot Engel said Congressman Joseph Crowley and he had on Thursday introduced a Bill to designate India as a 'Special Global Partner of the United States'.


Modi`s address to U.S. Congress `high point` in Indo-US ties: Jay Panda

Modi`s address to U.S. Congress `high point` in Indo-US ties: Jay Panda

Washington, D. C., June 9 : BJD MP Baijyant Panda, who is also the chairman of India-US Forum of Parliamentarians ( IUPF), has said the feedback he got after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to a joint session of the U. S. Congress suggested that it was a 'high point' in the relationship between both the nations.

"It was a historical day for the people of both the countries. In last 15 to 18 years, the India-US relations have improved, but everyone here is of the view that today was a high point in the ties," Panda told ANI.


Indian diaspora gives thumbs-up to PM Modi`s address

Indian diaspora gives thumbs-up to PM Modi`s address

Washington D. C, June 9 : The Indian diaspora on Wednesday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the joint meeting of the United States Congress, where he called for a closer security relationship between both the countries.

"It was a very impressive speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He got 65 applauds in an hour and over four standing ovations by the members. There is nothing that was untouched, ranging from economy to terrorism to nuclear deal, everything was there," said an Indian woman.

Ajay Banga, the CEO of MasterCard, said the speech of Prime Minister Modi clearly underlined the relationship between India and United States.


Completing two-day visit to US, PM Modi takes off for Mexico

Completing two-day visit to US, PM Modi takes off for Mexico

Washington D. C., June 9 : After successfully concluding his two-day visit to United States, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for the final leg of his five-nation tour to Mexico.

"After two days of a fruitful USA visit, PM @narendramodi emplanes for Mexico," tweeted the Prime Minister's Office.

Ministry of External Affairs official Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also tweeted, "Thank you again America! A successful visit ends as PM @narendramodi takes the long way home, via Mexico City."

Prior to his departure, the Indian Prime Minister attended a Congressional reception hosted jointly by Foreign Relation Committees (House and Senate) and India Caucus (House and Senate).

Just before the Congressional reception, he met the Indian Community Members.


India, U.S. can do a lot together for world, says PM Modi

India, U.S. can do a lot together for world, says PM Modi

Washington D. C., June 9 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India and the United States should come closer and become stronger, and through their shared values do something for the benefit of the world.


Congressmen applaud PM Modi`s US Congress address

Congressmen applaud PM Modi`s US Congress address

Washington D. C., June 9 : United States Congressmen on Wednesday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the joint session of the U. S. Congress at Capitol Hill, saying the bilateral relations between the two countries can only get better.

Rodney Davis, U. S. Congressman, praised Prime Minister Modi's speech, saying he was impressed with his message of working together to eradicate terrorism.

"It was a very good speech by Prime Minister Modi, his points on terrorism was the highlight. I was very impressed by his message of cooperation, his message of working together to eradicate terrorism and helping us to make sure that we free the world from those who want to kill civilians," Davis told ANI.


US condemns 'cowardly' Tel Aviv attack

US condemns 'cowardly' Tel Aviv attack

Washington: The United States has denounced a mass shooting in a nightspot in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv that left at least four people dead.

The State Department yesterday dubbed this latest in a series of assaults by alleged Palestinian extremists a "horrific terrorist attack."

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for those wounded," spokesman Mark Toner said.

"These cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified. We are in touch with Israeli authorities to express our support."

Two men from the occupied West Bank had opened fire at patrons at sidewalk cafes across the street from Israel's military headquarters.


Obama vetoes legislation to thwart financial adviser rule

Obama vetoes legislation to thwart financial adviser rule

Washington: President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation designed to nullify Obama administration rules that will require financial professionals to put their client's best interest first when giving advice on retirement investments.

Obama says that some firms have steered clients into products that had higher fees and lower returns, which he says costs families about USD 17 billion a year.

Republicans say the regulations will make it more expensive for smaller businesses to provide retirement savings plans to their employees, resulting in less advice and fewer choices for many consumers.


Now, pay extra to make Uber wait

Now, pay extra to make Uber wait

New York, June 8 : American multinational online transportation network company Uber has rolled out a new rule by which they would be charging passengers if they are unable to arrive within two minutes of booking the Cab.

"Your time is valuable, so it's frustrating when riders run late or cancel when you're already at the pickup location. We have been trying something new paying drivers for wait times that exceed two minutes. In the cities where we've been testing this, we've seen that riders are more likely to be prompt," Uber wrote in a blog post.

"We will be expanding the policy to a dozen US cities this month, with more coming soon," the company added.

Uber said it has taken this move to make 'driving more empowering and worth your while', the independent reports. (ANI)


India, US call for augmenting capacity of the United Nations

India, US call for augmenting capacity of the United Nations

Washington D.C., June 8 : Holding discussions on a wide range issues during a bilateral meeting here, India and the United States on Tuesday called for augmenting the capacity of the United Nations, so that it can effectively address global development and security challenges.

In a joint statement issued after the third major bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, the two leaders reaffirmed their support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member.


If Pak refuses to try Pathankot attackers, they must be prosecuted at the Hague: Edward Royce

If Pak refuses to try Pathankot attackers, they must be prosecuted at the Hague:

Washington (U.S.), June 8 : Calling for closer anti-terrorist cooperation to combat terrorism, the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee, Edward Royce, on Wednesday said that the attackers of Pathankot terror attacks must be brought to justice, and added that if they were not being prosecuted by Islamabad, then the International Court of Justice at The Hague must step in and do the needful.

Royce told ANI that it is important to send a strong message to all radical groups across the globe that all nations stand united in their opposition to terrorism.


Amazon will invest another USD 3 bn in India: Jeff Bezos

Amazon will invest another USD 3 bn in India: Jeff Bezos

Washington, June 8 : The US-based global e-commerce major Amazon.com had pledged another USD 3 billion investment in India as it bets big on the USD 14 billion e-retail space in the country that's projected to grow to USD 55 billion by 2018.

"We have already created some 45,000 jobs in India and continue to see huge potential in the Indian economy," said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com at an gala hosted by the US-India Business council for visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

"Our Amazon.in team is surpassing even our most ambitious planned milestones, and I'm pleased to announce today that we'll invest an additional $3 billion on top of the $2 billion that we announced in 2014, bringing our total investment in India to over $5 billion."


Clinton wins New Jersey primary, according to projections

Clinton wins New Jersey primary, according to projections

New York, June 8 : Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday won the primaries held in New Jersey, according to projections by several US media networks.

The data was released one hour after the close of polling stations in New Jersey, one of the six primaries scheduled for Tuesday, a key date to determine the final race for the White House, Efe news reported.

The partial results released so far, with 22 percent of the votes cast, show Clinton garnered 59 percent and her rival Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders 41 percent.

On the Republican side, the victory in New Jersey of real-estate magnate Donald Trump, the only remaining candidate in the race for US presidential November elections, is confirmed.


World Bank cuts 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4pc

World Bank cuts 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4pc

Washington, June 8 : The World Bank has lowered its forecast for the global growth in 2016 to 2.4 per cent, saying that the world economy is facing stronger headwinds.

In its Global Economic Prospects Report released on Tuesday, the Washington-based institution expected the world economy to grow 2.4 per cent in 2016, 0.5 percentage point lower than the bank's forecast in January, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Although the global financial crisis is now seven years behind us, the world economy is still struggling to regain momentum," said Kaushik Basu, chief economist at the World Bank.


India, US to enhance cooperation in cybersecurity

India, US to enhance cooperation in cybersecurity

Washington, June 8 : India and the US stressed on cooperation on cyber issues, including to promote closer cooperation between their law enforcement agencies to combat cybercrime and also to share information on a real time on malicious cybersecurity threats and establish appropriate mechanisms to improve such information sharing.

A fact sheet on the framework for the US-India Cyber Relationship, issued during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday, says that cooperation on cyber issues is a key component of the bilateral relationship between India and the US.


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