US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland (File Photo: State Dept.)

US official to hold talks in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal; Afghanistan also to figure in regional consultations

Although the US and India have been drawing closer together, India's apparent neutrality in the Ukraine war and its continued purchase of oil from Russia remains a sticking point, although Washington's diplomats gloss over it.

Now an Indian American aspires to lead the Grand Old Party

Harmeet Kaur Dhillon, who immigrated to the US as a child, drew national attention when she said a Sikh prayer at the opening of a session of the Republican National Convention in 2016 – the first time a non-Abrahamic religion figured in a national party convention. Her Sikh religion has come up in the campaign for the chair with accusations that there has been a whispering campaign about her faith.

India ‘great example’ of countries US discussing arms purchases to wean it away from Russia

India has been diversifying its defence sourcing and purchases from the US have increased ten-fold between 2016 and 2021, according to the Stockholm Peace Research Institute.

Indians 'represent some of the best citizens we have in America', says Congressman

A Republican lawmaker has praised the contributions of Indian Americans, who he said pay 6 per cent of taxes despite being 1 per cent of the population, as a model community who “represent some of the best citizens we have in America”


In Pakistan-Afghanistan spat, Islamabad ‘has right to defend itself from terrorism' says US

A Doha-based Taliban official Ahmad Yasir taunted Pakistan in a tweet reminding it of the surrender of nearly 100,000 of its military personnel to India during the 1971 Bangladesh War.

Biden to renominate Garcetti as envoy to India

Despite the growing importance of New Delhi-Washington relations, the post has been vacant for two years after Kenneth Juster, who was appointed by defeated former President Donald Trump resigned

Illegal immigration from India to the US surges, doubled in 2021-22

TRAC provides a breakdown by languages spoken by those whose asylum cases are pending and Punjabi speakers, who could be from India or Pakistan or elsewhere, numbered 21,961. There were 6,770 Hindi speakers, 6,315 Bengali speakers, who could be from India or Bangladesh or elsewhere, and 376 Tamil speakers, who could be from India, Sri Lanka or other countries.

Sikhs in Marine Corps training can sport beard, long hair, US court rules

The Sikhs suing the Marine Corps were supported in court by several organisations, including the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty and the American Islamic Congress

Pakistani foreign minister fails to get a meeting with Blinken in Washington

Before going to Washington, Zardari-Bhutto had made personal attacks on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in crass terms at a news conference at the United Nations. Earlier, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had described Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism”.

US doesn’t want ‘war of words’ between India and Pakistan

Asked about the nature of US relations with India and Pakistan, Price reiterated his earlier contention that they stand on their own, were not a “zero-sum game” and Washington does not “view them in relation to the other”.

Leo Varadkar, reelected Ireland prime minister, joins several world leaders of Indian descent abroad

The 43-year-old Varadkar had done an earlier stint as prime minister – or Taoiseach, as it is formally known in the Gaelic language – from 2017 to 2020.

Targeting South Asian students, more US universities ban caste discrimination on campuses

In January, California State University (CSU) System with 23 institutions added caste to its non-discrimination policy under the “race or ethnicity” category and that has been challenged in a federal court by two professors of Indian origin who asserted that anti-discrimination policy itself amounts to discrimination against Indian origin and Hindu staff and students.

Biden backs bill to accelerate immigration by scrapping country limits on Green Cards

About 215,000 people who are waiting for their Green Cards will die before their turn to get them and more than 99 per cent of them will be Indians, it said. 

Indiaspora launches DiasporaNEXT Social Entrepreneurs List: Highlights young Indian-origin social entrepreneurs creating social impact and change

With more than 32 million people of Indian origin globally, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Indians are the largest diaspora population in the world.

Five honoured with Diwali Foundation awards, dubbed ‘Oscars of Diplomacy’

The Diwali Foundation, which grew out of efforts to get the US Postal System to issue a stamp honouring the festival of Diwali, makes the award, Power of One, recognising how one person can become the agent of change.

US designates Pakistan, along with China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, as religious freedom violators

“We will continue to carefully monitor the status of freedom of religion or belief in every country around the world and advocate for those facing religious persecution or discrimination”, Blinken said. 

Bangladesh’s signal backend contribution to FIFA World Cup 2022

Bangladeshis living abroad play have played a vital role in building Qatar's infrastructure and executing the World Cup's many activities. 

Can two Indian American women run for US president in 2024? Nikki Haley hints she may contest; Kamala Harris's fortunes tied to Biden

In her Sunday speech, Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley, the daughter of a turban-wearing Sikh immigrant from India, repeatedly emphasised her status as a racial minority in a party associated with whiteness and said it should reach out to minorities – Hispanics, Asians, African Americans and Jews.

The first major international event focused on India’s globalisation following India’s ascendency to the G20 Presidency

The first major international event focused on India’s globalisation following India’s ascendency to the G20 Presidency, IGF’s week-long high profile gathering in the UAE will bring together leading political, business, and cultural figures from India, UAE and across the world


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