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India commended by IMF for 'swift, substantial' response to pandemic; introducing 'structural reforms'

The Washington-based International Monetary Fund has commended Indian authorities' “swift and substantial” response to the COVID-19 pandemic and noted that there is the possibility of “a faster than expected recovery."

Voting rights for Indians abroad fraught with practical challenges, says minister at US event

India wants every Indian citizen abroad to have a right to vote in Indian elections, but the implementation of this decision is fraught with many practical challenges,  India's Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said at an  Interactive session with non-resident Indians and the Indian American diaspora at the Hampton Hotel and Suites in Stamford, Connecticut

India, US to reinvigorate action against financial crimes, seek stricter FATF implementation against terror finance

The meeting of the financial chiefs was the latest in a series of consultations by leaders of the two countries before and after last month's summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden as New Delhi and Washington draw closer

Indian-origin cardiologist killed in California plane crash

A small plane owned by a prominent Indian-origin cardiologist has crashed in the US state of California, killing two persons, including the physician, and causing a major fire that engulfed nearby homes and left a swath of destruction, according to local media reports

Bangladeshi American convicted on charges of trying to aid Taliban in 2019

Bangladeshi American Delowar Mohammed Hossain, who was stopped by US law enforcement as he was about to fly out to join the Taliban, has been convicted on charges of trying to help the terrorist organisation that now controls Afghanistan

Bronze bust of Mahatma Gandhi now in Mississippi town

The front lawn of the Coahoma County courthouse in Clarksdale, Mississippi state will serve as the location and home of a large bronze bust of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who led India to its independence 75 years ago, and whose teachings have influenced many world leaders and intellectual thinkers, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, Congressman John Lewis, Steve Jobs, and several others

Sri Lankan American woman recalls how she lived her American Dream in New York City

A 43-year old Sri Lankan American, whose family fled the civil war in Sri Lanka when she was just four and who lived undocumented for over a decade in Los Angeles, is set to step down at the end of her tenure yearend as the first woman of color and immigrant to become New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs

No quarantine for fully vaccinated Indians travelling to UK from Monday: India-UK diplomatic row ends

Indians who are fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other UK-approved vaccine will not be quarantined when they arrive in Britain from October 11, the High Commissioner to India, ending a row over what was perceived as unfair imposition of COVId-19 quarantine rules

17,000 Indian students likely to return to Australia soon

India's Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday held a virtual meeting with Australian counterpart Alan Tudge and discussed the issue of 17,000 Indian students who want to return to Australia for education

Indian American Pramila Jayapal emerges as a powerful Congressional leader, forcing Biden leftward

Indian American Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the progressive faction of the Democratic Party, has emerged as a powerful force in US politics pushing President Joe Biden leftward after holding his signature multi-trillion-dollar programmes hostage

Desperate Islamabad now turns to 'influential' Pakistani American to arrange Biden-Imran telecon

Desperate to break the ice with US President Joe Biden who has not interacted even once with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan despite being in office since January, Islamabad is now using the “good offices” of an influential Pakistani American to arrange a telephone call between the two leaders

India’s top general discusses multilateral defence cooperation with US Defense Secretary

India’s Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, in what is being termed as a “historic meeting” with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, discussed expanding multilateral cooperation with regional partners, according to Defence Department Spokesperson John Kirby

America is better off because of crucial friendship with India; Indian Americans embody the American dream: US Senate Majority Leader

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has expressed solidarity with India and called for strengthening economic ties between the two countries

Commemorating ‘the second 9/11’ and the way ahead: Naom Chomsky urges engagement with Taliban for sake of Afghan people

Internationally renowned academic Noam Chomsky has urged the United States and India to engage with the Taliban, work towards overcoming differences with other regional powers, and help the Afghan people rather than blocking ”the best of the options that are available”

No White House call for Pakistan PM Imran Khan anytime soon

US President Joe Biden has no immediate plans to call Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has blamed the US for the Afghanistan mess and its fallout in his country, according to Biden's Spokesperson Jen Psaki