Managing work and family life not easy: Indra Nooyi

Managing work and family life not easy: Indra Nooyi

New York: PepsiCo's India-born CEO Indra Nooyi has acknowledged that managing her family life and work was "not easy" and while she does not regret pursuing her career, she is filled with "heartaches" for not? spending as much time with her daughters when they were growing up.

In a candid discussion, Nooyi, among the only 4 percent women who are currently CEOs of S&P 500 companies, said she would tell her younger self to be "careful" of the choices she would make since missing out on her children growing up will eventually "hurt".

"Not easy," Nooyi said at the Women In the World Summit here when asked how it was for her balancing her personal life while moving up in her career.


US cautions citizens to avoid non-essential trips to Pakistan

US cautions citizens to avoid non-essential trips to Pakistan

Washington, April. 9 : Warning that violence remains a significant threat in Pakistan, the United States has asked its citizens hold off on all non-essential travel to Islamabad.

"Pakistan continues to experience significant terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks. Several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups continue to pose a danger to the US citizens throughout the country," Dawn quoted the State Department as saying on Thursday.

The State Department's statement further tightens a previous warning issued on August 28 last year.

It also said that the Pakistani government continued to enforce blasphemy laws and religious minorities had been victims of targeted killings and accusations of blasphemy.


US has 'whole global agenda' with India: Carter

US has 'whole global agenda' with India: Carter

New York: The United States has a "whole global agenda" with India covering all issues while the relationship with Pakistan has to do with issues of terrorism and Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said on the eve of his three-day India visit.

Carter also reiterated that from the perspective of the US there is no India-Pak hyphenation.


US missile defence 'going to happen' in South Korea: Defence Secretary Ash Carter

US missile defence 'going to happen' in South Korea: Defence Secretary Ash Carte

Washington: The proposed placement of a US missile defence system in South Korea is "going to happen" despite Chinese opposition, Defence Secretary Ash Carter has said.

Washington and Seoul began talks last month on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD, system to combat the threat of North Korean missiles, following a recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch by Pyongyang.

Carter was yesterday speaking on US defence policy toward the Asia-Pacific ahead of a trip to India and the Philippines.

He was asked if the THAAD deployment was going to happen. "It's going to happen," Carter told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. "No, it's a necessary thing. It's between us and the South


India-US defence relationship 'strategic handshake': Ashton Carter

India-US defence relationship 'strategic handshake': Ashton Carter

New York: The defence relationship between India and the US has emerged as that of a "strategic handshake", Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said today on the eve of his second visit to India.

"Over the course of my years at the Defence Department, I have seen a remarkable convergence of US and Indian interests ? what I call a strategic handshake," Carter said in his major policy speech on Asia Pacific on the eve of his nearly two-week overseas trip that will take him to India, the Philippines and the Middle East.

Travelling to India at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar, Carter would be visiting the Defence Minister's home state of Goa, and New Delhi where he would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Kerry tells Iran to join efforts for peace in Yemen, Syria

Kerry tells Iran to join efforts for peace in Yemen, Syria

Washington, April 8 : US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Iran to stop its destabilising behaviour and work with its neighbours in the Middle East to end the wars in Yemen and Syria.

Kerry, who is on a visit to Bahrain to meet foreign ministers in the Gulf Cooperation Council, on Thursday said the US was concerned about Iran.

Last week, the US Navy seized hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled-grenade launchers and machine guns from a small ship. Kerry said the weapons were on the move from Iran to arm Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Washington Post reported.

"Rather than send weapons to the Houthis, join in efforts to convince them to make peace," Kerry said.


What tweets can tell us about future

What tweets can tell us about future

Washington D. C, Apr 8 : Can a flow of information across Twitter signal about a momentous future event? According to a new study, "yes" it can.

Northeastern's Alessandro Vespignani, Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor of physics, computer science, and health sciences, has teamed up with an interdisciplinary group of scientists to develop an innovative method to map how tweets about large scale social events spread.

Using massive twitter datasets and sophisticated quantitative measures, it tracks how information about political protests, large business acquisitions, and other "collective phenomena" gather momentum, peak, and fall over time, from city to city, and where the impetus comes from for that trajectory.


Proposed GST in India is of paramount importance: US

Proposed GST in India is of paramount importance: US

Washington: Underscoring the need for tax reforms in India, the US has said the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) is of paramount importance.

"Given India's tremendous needs, its very low tax ratio, at 10 percent of GDP, is notable. Accordingly, there is meaningful scope to address tax policy and compliance," Treasury Under Secretary Nathan Sheets told a Washington audience yesterday.

"This is also where the pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) is of paramount importance," he said in his remarks before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

"The deadweight loss that flows from India's states treating their internal boundaries as though they were international borders is apparent to all," he said.


US issues advisory warning citizens against non-essential travel to Pak

US issues advisory warning citizens against non-essential travel to Pak

Washington D. C, April. 8: The United States government has warned its citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan in the wake of the ongoing 'security concerns' in Pakistan.

According to a statement by the US State Department, the American Embassy in Islamabad and the Consulate General in Karachi continue to provide consular services for all U. S. citizens in Pakistan.


Hope to have a process on releasing drone strike info: Barack Obama

Hope to have a process on releasing drone strike info: Barack Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama hoped to have a formalised process of conducting drone strikes and releasing annual information on it to the public by the time he leaves office next January.

"My hope is that by the time I leave office, there is a not only an internal structure in place that governs these standards (for drones) that we've set, but there's also a institutionalised process whereby the actions that the US government takes through drone technology are consistently reported on an annualised basis, so that people can look," Obama said in his remarks at the University of Chicago.


US strike in Syria kills several al Qaeda militants: Pentagon

US strike in Syria kills several al Qaeda militants: Pentagon

Washington: The US has carried out another raid against al Qaeda militants in Syria, on the heels of a strike that killed the spokesman of the group's Syrian branch, the Pentagon has said.

"I can confirm that the US struck a vehicle killing several Qaeda militants," said spokesman Matthew Allen. "The results of this strike are still being assessed."

The latest strike was carried out in northwestern Syria, according to a Defense department official who asked not to be named.

The Washington Post reported the latest raid was late Tuesday.

On Monday, the Pentagon said the US military conducted an air raid on an Al-Nusra meeting in northwest Syria the previous day.

Qaeda's Syrian affiliate confirmed yesterday the death of its spokesman Abu Firas al-Suri in a US air strike.


US is nation of immigrants: Michelle Obama

US is nation of immigrants: Michelle Obama

Washington: Criticising the "disturbing and hateful" poll rhetoric, First Lady Michelle Obama has asserted that America is a "nation of immigrants" and diversity will always be its greatest strength.

"We think America is strongest when we recognize our many traditions, when we celebrate our diversity, and when we lift each other up," Michelle said during Nowruz celebrations at the White House yesterday.

"In times like these, when we think all-- that's more important than ever before, right now and today with what's going on."

"Right now, when we're hearing so much disturbing and hateful rhetoric, it is so important to remember that our diversity has been - and will always be - our greatest source of strength and pride here in the United States," she said.


Hillary Clinton is not 'qualified to be president'

Hillary Clinton is not 'qualified to be president'

Washington, April 7 : US presidential candidate and self-styled Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders said his opponent and front-runner Hillary Clinton was not "qualified" to be president.

"Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous," he told a crowd in Philadelphiaon Wednesday.

"And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am 'not qualified' to be president. Well, let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don't believe that she is qualified."

Sanders beat Clinton with 54 percent to 46 percent on Tuesday during the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday.

The win in Wisconsin will also allows Sanders to make the case to "super-delegates", who can make up their minds about whom to support.


Obama criticises Trump's plan to halt remittances to Mexico

Obama criticises Trump's plan to halt remittances to Mexico

Washington, April 6 : US President Barack Obama on Tuesday criticised the plan put forward by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to block remittances Mexican citizens living in the US send back home if that country does not agree to pay for a wall along the border.

Obama criticised Trump's statement by saying such a plan is "impractical" and would have "enormous" consequences, Efe news agency reported.

"The implications with respect to ending remittances, many of which -- by the way -- are from legal immigrants and from individuals who are sending money back to their families, are enormous," Obama said.


Narendra Modi's Saudi Arabia visit may unnerve Pakistan: US expert

Narendra Modi's Saudi Arabia visit may unnerve Pakistan: US expert

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Saudi Arabia could unnerve Pakistan as economic and strategic opportunities are bringing India closer to the oil-rich gulf nation, a top US expert has said.

"After years of considering Saudi Arabia as a major ally and economic benefactor, Pakistan may be on the verge of losing its erstwhile patron to archrival India. Modi arrived in Riyadh last week for an official visit full of diplomatic significance," said Aparna Pande, director India Initiative of the Hudson Institute, a top American think-tank.

She said Modi's visit and the warm reception he received were the latest reminders to the Pakistani leaders that international relations are based on national interest and not on vague religion-based ideology.


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