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Tag: Washington

57 US Congressmen Urge Biden To Bolster COVID-19 Assistance To India

Fifty-seven US Congressmen have written to President Joe Biden, urging him to bolster America's COVID-19 assistance to India

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Global Covid-19 Cases Cross 108.7 Million

Washington: The total number of global coronavirus cases has topped 108.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.39 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Monday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at […]

Open to dialogue with US if interests respected: Russia

Moscow: Russia is open to dialogue with the US if its interests are taken into account and Washington stops interfering in its internal affairs, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday. “Refusal of cooperation and of partnership in some areas has become the norm in Washington,” Ryabkov was quoted by RIA Novosti news […]

Indian Americans celebrate Republic Day hoist tricolor sing patriotic songs

Washington: Indian Americans on Sunday celebrated the 71st Republic Day of their home land across the country with great fervour by hoisting national flag amid singing of national anthem and patriotic songs after gathering in large numbers in various US cities. Several hundred Indian Americans gathered in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington DC […]

India largest regional contributor to Afghan reconstruction: Congressional report

Washington: India, which has been the largest regional contributor to Afghan reconstruction, has not shown an inclination to pursue a deeper defence relationship with Kabul, a latest Congressional report has said. “India has been the largest regional contributor to Afghan reconstruction, but New Delhi has not shown an inclination to pursue a deeper defense relationship […]

US wants India to embrace fair and reciprocal trade, lower barriers

Washington: The Trump Administration wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lower trade barriers and embrace fair and reciprocal trade, the United States said Tuesday hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in New Delhi on a three-day visit. “There is enormous potential to grow our trade relationship and create the high-quality jobs that Prime […]

India cautions against hasty US peace deal with Taliban

United Nations: As a new round of negotiations between the US and the Taliban is to start in Qatar, India has cautioned against a hasty deal with the terror group that is dictated by a Washington timeline rather than the best interests of Afghanistan. Speaking at the Security Council on Wednesday, India’s Permanent Representative Syed […]

Trump formally launches 2020 re-election campaign

Washington: US President Donald Trump has formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida, and called on his supporters to deliver a metaphorical “earthquake” at the ballots against his Democratic Party rivals. “The only thing these corrupt politicians will understand is an earthquake at the ballot box… and they’re going to […]

Moon's crust hides early history of Sun: NASA scientists

Washington: A team of astrophysicists, including one of Indian origin, has found that the Moon, where NASA will be sending astronauts by 2024, contains clues to the ancient mysteries of the Sun, which are crucial to understanding the development of life. Our natural satellite took shape when a Mars-sized object smashed into Earth about 4.5 […]

NASA's Mars 2020 rover to explore ancient life

Washington: NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, its latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, will include technology to explore ancient life on Mars, according to the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The goal of the Mars 2020 rover is to look for signs of ancient life. It will be the first spacecraft to collect samples of […]

NASA twin satellites to study signal disruption from space

Washington: NASA is preparing to launch twin satellites this month that focus on how radio signals that pass through the Earth’s upper atmosphere can be distorted by structured bubbles in this region called the ionosphere. The twin E-TBEx CubeSats — short for Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment – will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket […]

Trump to slap more tariffs on China if Xi skips G20 summit

Washington: US President Donald Trump said that he will move forward with proposed tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports if China’s President Xi Jinping does not meet with him at the G20 summit later this month in Japan. “China very much wants to make a deal. They want to make a deal much […]

Pramila Jayapal is 1st South Asian American woman to chair US House

Washington: Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington DC, has become the first South Asian American woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. Jayapal, who was first elected to the Congress in 2016, tweeted she was “beyond proud” to preside over the House and serve in the most diverse Congress in the nation’s history. The […]

2 killed due to tornado in US state

Washington: At least two people were killed and several others injured when a tornado tore slammed into the US state of Oklahoma. “It’s been a serious, serious event here,” El Reno Matt White said in a press conference on Sunday. “We have all hands on deck.” Search and rescue teams are still combing through the […]

Trump says US not planning to send troops to fight Iran

Washington: US President Donald Trump dismissed a New York Times report about US top security officials reviewing a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran. “I think it’s fake news, okay? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that,” Xinhua quoted Trump […]

US deployment triggered after inputs of Iranian attack plans

Washington: Following intelligence showing Iran made plans to target US forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, decision to reinforce the American military presence in the region was taken in an effort to deter any possible moves by Tehran, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The escalation in tensions came as European diplomats said Monday […]

RBI Governor suggests recalibration of policy rates at IMF event in US

Washington: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday proposed to his peers on the sidelines of an International Monetory Fund (IMF) event here that the monetary policy can be well served by calibrating the size of the policy rate, instead of the 25 basis points (bps) unit. Das said that “if the unit of 25 basis […]

Trump says India charging US over 100 per cent tariffs on many products

Washington: India charges America over 100 per cent tariffs on a large number of products while the US imposes nothing on the similar or same items, President Donald Trump has said, urging his administration to work on the “stupid trade”. His statement came days after he criticised India, saying it is one of the world’s […]

No date set for Trump-Xi summit; trade negotiations on: White House

Washington: No date has been set yet for a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the White House said on Monday noting that the trade negotiations between the two countries still continues. “In terms of whether or not we have a date set, not yet. We’re continuing the […]

World's largest bee spotted for the first time since 1981

Washington: A team of researchers spotted the world’s giant bee which is as big as a human thumb, in Indonesia for the first time since 1981, the media reported on Friday. The team — natural history photographer Clay Bolt, entomologist Eli Wyman, behavioural ecologist Simon Robson and ornithologist Glenn Chilton — made the stunning “rediscovery” […]

Attack on CRPF will strengthen India-US counter-terrorism cooperation: Trump

New York: President Donald Trump has called out Pakistan directly on the car-bomb attack on CRPF personnel by terrorists based there and declared that it will only strengthen efforts by India and the US to strengthen their cooperation in fighting terrorism. “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attack by a […]

Trump to declare 'emergency' over Mexico border wall

Washington: US President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said. He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown, but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said. Senior Democrats have responded […]

NASA's new space telescope to explore origins of universe

Washington: US space agency NASA has unveiled a new space telescope that would begin a two-year mission in 2023 to look for life’s ingredients and probe how the universe evolved. The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionisation and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission is a planned two-year mission, funded at $242 million, […]

Trump may not even be a free person in 2020: Warren

Washington: Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign, said that President Donald Trump might be unable to finish his term by the time Election Day comes next year. “By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not be President… In fact, he may not even be a free […]

'Trump executive order could ban Chinese equipment-makers in US'

Washington: US President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order next week, banning American carriers from using equipment from Chinese technology players, the media reported on Sunday. The decision is expected to be announced ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 25, the Android Police reported. “Both the White House […]

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President Trump to call for unity in State of the Union address

Washington: US President Donald Trump will focus on key issues like immigration, national security and trade and call for unity in a hugely divided Congress in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday as he begins the second half of his first term in the White House. Contrary to his aggressive tweets and […]

Trump plans to keep troops in Iraq to monitor Iran

Washington: US President Donald Trump is planning to keep American troops in Iraq to monitor and maintain pressure on neighbouring Iran. “I want to be able to watch Iran,” Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday on CBS. “We’re going to keep watching and we’re going to keep seeing and if there’s trouble, if […]

Hubble finds dwarf galaxy in our cosmic neighbourhood

Washington: Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a dwarf galaxy in a globular cluster which is only 30 million light-years away. The team used the NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) telescope to study white dwarf stars within the globular cluster NGC 6752. The aim of their observations was to use these stars to measure the age […]

Trump agrees to deliver State of the Union on Feb 5

Washington: US President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver the State of the Union address on February 5. “When I wrote to you on January 23rd, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has reopened to schedule this year’s State […]

Trump, Pelosi clash over State of the Union Address

Washington: US President Donald Trump and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi exchanged barbs and letters after she barred him from speaking in the House of Representatives until the partial government shutdown ends. The traditional State of the Union Address by the president in a joint session of the US Congress is done at the invitation of […]

Trump should resign: US former Secretary of State

Davos: US former Secretary of State John Kerry has said if he can speak to President Donald Trump directly, he would tell him to “resign”. Trump was supposed to attend the World Economic Forum here to deliver an address, but he pulled out because of the partial government shutdown that has become the longest in […]

Democrats stand firm against Trump's exchange offer

Washington: Despite President Donald Trump’s offer to end the ongoing partial government shutdown and fund a border wall in exchange for temporary protections for groups of immigrants, Democrats stood by their demand to reopen the government before negotiating about the border. “Let’s not hold the American people, especially the federal workers, hostage to these negotiations,” […]

Trump to make 'major' announcement on government shutdown, border

Washington: US President Donald Trump has promised a “major announcement” about the ongoing government shutdown as it entered its 29th day on Saturday, while Democrats hope to increase pressure on his presidency by pursuing allegations by his former lawyer that Trump had made him lie to Congress. Trump tweeted on Friday night that he will […]

US stocks rally amid trade optimism, economic data

New York: US stocks rose as Wall Street became more optimistic about potential progress in trade negotiations between Washington and its key trading partners while digesting some key economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday jumped 336.25 points, or 1.38 per cent, to 24,706.35. The S&P 500 was up 34.75 points, or 1.32 […]

NASA's Cassini reveals new details on Saturn's rings

Washington: The rings of Saturn may may have formed much later than the planet itself, according to a new analysis of gravity science data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The findings, led by scientists from Rome’s Sapienza University, indicate that Saturn’s rings formed between 10 million and 100 million years ago. From our planet’s perspective, that […]

Trump to unveil missile defence review

Washington: US President Donald Trump will visit the Pentagon on Thursday to unveil his administration’s long-awaited missile defence review, officials told CNN. The officials said on Wednesday that the review is expected to embrace putting advanced sensors in space in a bid to better detect enemy missiles, allowing the US military to intercept them even […]

Indian American White House official leaves Trump administration

Washington: Raj Shah, an Indian American spokesman in the White House Press Office, has left President Donald Trump’s administration and joined an arm of a Florida-based lobbying firm, officials said. Shah, a former researcher at the Republican National Committee, will lead the Media Group, the press wing of Ballard Partners, a lobbying firm with offices […]

US begins withdrawing some military equipment from Syria

Washington/Damascus: The first US military ground equipment has been withdrawn from Syria, signaling the beginning of the drawdown ordered by President Donald Trump, according to an administration official. “Some cargo has already moved,” the official told CNN on Friday. Due to security concerns, the official would not describe exactly what the cargo was or whether […]

NASA's asteroid sampling probe snaps picture of Earth

Washington: NASA’s first asteroid-sampling mission OSIRIS-REx has captured an incredible image of the Earth, the media reported. The image was captured on December 19, 2018, days before Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) went into orbit around Bennu on New Year’s Eve, the Daily Mail reported. Bennu is the smallest ever celestial body […]

US-China trade talks extended till Wednesday

Beijing/Washington: The trade talks between US and Chinese officials that began in Beijing on Monday, has been extended till Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the American Trade Representative. The extension was a fresh sign that discussions were moving in a positive direction as staff for the two sides meet face to face for the […]