US Supreme Court blocks White House's immigration plan

US Supreme Court blocks White House's immigration plan

Washington, June 24 : US Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a heavy blow to the White House's immigration programme by unable to come to a decision on a lower court's ruling that blocked the programme.

By voting 4-4, the Supreme Court on Thursday left in place a previous ruling by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeal against US President Barack Obama's controversial immigration executive action in 2014, Xinhua reported.

Speaking at the White House, Obama called the Supreme Court's deadlocked decision "frustration to those who seek to grow our economy and bring a rationality to our immigration system".


Trump's image slips while Clinton's remains steady: Gallup

Trump's image slips while Clinton's remains steady: Gallup

Washington, June 22 : Americans' views of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump have drifted slightly more negative over the past month and a half, while his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's image remains steady, according to a Gallup poll.

Trump's net favourable rating slipped to -33 for mid-June, from -28 in the first week of May, according to the poll released on Tuesday.

At the same time, Americans' view of Clinton has remained significantly less negative and more stable, with a current -13 net favourable rating, Xinhua cited the Gallup as saying.

By this point in an election cycle, when each party's nomination has been clinched, candidates typically have had a more positive image than has been the case for Clinton and Trump.


Clinton closing in on running mate search

Clinton closing in on running mate search

Washington, June 22 : Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has narrowed down her choices for a running mate, officials said.

Clinton has not yet conducted formal interviews, but has devoted hours studying the records and backgrounds of several Democrats on a list that includes Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro of Texas, the party officials told CNN on Tuesday.

The list also includes Labour Secretary Tom Perez, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Representative Xavier Beccera of California.


World Bank report says per capita income of Indians more than Pakistanis

World Bank report says per capita income of Indians more than Pakistanis

Washington, June 22 - Reports prepared by the World Bank (WB) have revealed that the per capita income of Indians is often more than the per capita income of the average Pakistani.

Using the globally accepted Purchasing Power Parity or PPP method to analyze and compare the per-capita income of various nations, reports prepared by the World Bank found that every Indian earns around USD 5,630, while a Pakistani earns around USD 5,090.


This Android kit turns smartphone into 'Game Boy'

This Android kit turns smartphone into 'Game Boy'

New York, June 21 : A US-based video game peripherals company has designed a kit that can turn your Android smartphone into hand-held consoles that can play "Game Boy" and "Game Boy Color" games, a media report said.

Designed by Hyperkin, the $60 "Smart Boy Development Kit" is available for pre-orders and will start shipping from December 1, tech website wired.com reported.

The retro Android case plugs into any appropriately-sized Android phone running KitKat 4.4.4 or above via microUSB.

According to the company's website, Hyperkin is including an open source serial app and firmware to let developers turn the Smart Boy into a "retail-ready model".


Trump's adviser resigns after mocking fired campaign manager

Trump's adviser resigns after mocking fired campaign manager

Washington D. C., June 21 : Michael Caputo, an adviser to Donald Trump, resigned after he tweeted mocking the just-fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

According to CNN, Caputo tweeted "Ding Dong the witch is dead" following the news that Lewandowski had been fired.

"I regret sending out a tweet today alluding to the firing of Corey Lewandowski. In hindsight, that was too exuberant a reaction to this personnel move. I know this is a distraction from the kind of campaign you want to run, so I'm resigning my position as director of communications for caucus operations at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Let's make this immediate," Caputo wrote in a letter.


Trump's children behind sacking of campaign manager Lewandowski

Trump's children behind sacking of campaign manager Lewandowski

Washington D. C., June 21 : With Donald Trump coming under major pressure from his advisors and family members to take stock and reset his struggling presidential campaign, he has fired his controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, unleashing a major shake-up.

According to CNN, Ivanka Trump, the candidate's daughter, played a pivotal role in convincing Trump to take action against Lewandowski. She had been critical of Lewandowski for months and this was not the first time that she had leaned on her father to part ways with his top aide.

Lewandowski's departure is the campaign's most significant staff change to date, signalling an acknowledgment from Trump that an overhaul is necessary ahead of the general election.


After China's backhand, U.S. reiterates call for support to India's NSG membership

After China's backhand, U.S. reiterates call for support to India's NSG membersh

Washington D. C., June 21 : With China playing a dampener saying that India's admission to the elite Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) is not on the agenda of the grouping which began its plenary session in Seoul yesterday, the Unites States has called on the participating governments of the NSG to support India's application.

State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing that the US has not changed its stand regarding India's membership in the elite group.


U.S., India gear up for 21st century knowledge initiative awards

U.S., India gear up for 21st century knowledge initiative awards

Washington, June 20 : In a continuation of the educational partnership between Washington and New Delhi, the U.S.

Department of State and the University Grants Commission (UGC) have announced eight institutional partnership projects for the fifth and final round of Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards.

Formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, the initiative aims to strengthen collaboration between the institutions of higher education of both sides.

Each project will receive an award of up to 190,000 USD that can be utilized over a three-year period.

Out of the eight partnership projects, four will be led by the U.S. institutions and the other four by Indian institutions.


More than 135 countries participating in Int'l Yoga Day is a record: Syed Akbaruddin

More than 135 countries participating in Int'l Yoga Day is a record: Syed Akbaru

New York, June 20 : India's Ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said here on Monday that with more than 135 countries gearing up to participate in the grand celebrations of International Yoga Day, the event is set to become a 'record of sorts', adding that for the first time, Indian peacekeepers who are deployed in global missions will also take part.

In a video message released today, Akbarrudin said that in New York, the International Day of Yoga always has a special resonance, because it was here in September 2014 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the initiative to declare June 21st as an occasion where the world could celebrate and highlight the importance of Yoga.


'America is the only superpower', says Putin

'America is the only superpower', says Putin

Washington, June 19 : Accepting the United States is probably the world's sole superpower, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow was ready to work with Washington.

Speaking at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Putin said: "America is a great power. Today, probably, the only superpower. We accept that."

"We want to and are ready to work with the United States," Putin added.

Hinting to the US-EU sanctions on Russia in response to its military actions in Ukraine, Putin said: "The world needs such strong nations, like the US. And we need them. But we don't need them constantly getting mixed up in our affairs, instructing us how to live, preventing Europe from building a relationship with us."


Trump defends stance on gun rights, immigration

Trump defends stance on gun rights, immigration

Washington, June 18 : The Republican party's presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, defended his stance on gun rights and immigration at a rally in Houston on Friday night.

Trump told thousands of his supporters that he supported the second amendment of the Constitution on gun rights, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Nobody will protect your Second Amendment like Donald Trump," he said, adding that the worst shooting massacre in US history could have been prevented earlier this week if patrons of the nightclub involved in Orlando had been armed.


I'll meet N Korea's Kim Jong-un in US, says Trump

I'll meet N Korea's Kim Jong-un in US, says Trump

Washington, June 16 : Republican Party's presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the US, but not for an official state dinner.

The business mogul made the remark on Wednesday when he mocked his Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton for her criticism of Trump's willingness to speak with Kim, calling the former secretary of state a "rank amateur", Politico reported.

"She's been doing it forever and she still doesn't get it," Trump told supporters at a rally in Atlanta.

"What the hell is wrong with speaking? And you know what? It's called opening a dialogue. It's opening a dialogue."

Trump, however, speculated that the meeting probably would never happen.


Clinton leads Trump by 6 points: Poll

Clinton leads Trump by 6 points: Poll

Washington, June 16 : Hillary Clinton has maintained a 6-points lead over opponent Donald Trump after becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee last week, according to a latest national poll.

The new poll conducted by CBS News, finds Clinton with a 6-point lead over Trump among registered voters, coming in at 43 per cent and 37 per cent respectively.

Her margin in last month's poll was the same, but Clinton led Trump 47 to 41 per cent in that survey, Politico reported.

According to the poll, 51 per cent of those surveyed said they expected Clinton to secure the presidency in November, compared with 35 per cent who predict Trump will win the election.

More Democrats and independents expect Clinton to win, while Republicans predict more American voters will side with Trump.


Obama meets Dalai Lama

Obama meets Dalai Lama

Washington, June 16 : US President Barack Obama on Wednesday met the Dalai Lama privately at the White House, a session that sparked anger among Chinese officials who accuse the Tibetan spiritual leader of sponsoring a separatist movement.

It was Obama's fourth meeting with the Dalai Lama, CNN reported.

Obama and the Dalai Lama met in the Map Room, on the ground floor of the White House residence.

Obama and previous presidents have avoided receiving the Dalai Lama in the Oval Office, a setting typically reserved for visiting heads of state or government leaders.

Josh Earnest, the White House Press Secretary, said the meeting's venue indicated that it was a personal greeting rather than formal bilateral talks.


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