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“The Covid-19 pandemic knows no borders and the need for vaccine development and dissemination across the globe is critically important. The TRIPS waiver raised by India and South Africa at the WTO would help the global community move forward in defeating the scourge of Covid-19 by making diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines available in developing countries,” Congressman Rosa DeLauro,(REUTERS)

Countries urge WTO to destroy US intellectual rights on any Covid-19 innovations

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:14 PM IST
In the letter, Senators Mike Lee, Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst and Todd Young urged Biden to reject the upcoming proposal at the WTO.
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US President Joe Biden.(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden.(Bloomberg)

Biden first executive in decades to not hold formal Q&A session so far into term

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:06 AM IST
Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event.
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The Senate parliamentarian ruled that the minimum wage increase violated strict budget rules limiting what can be included in a package that can be passed with 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.(Bloomberg)
The Senate parliamentarian ruled that the minimum wage increase violated strict budget rules limiting what can be included in a package that can be passed with 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.(Bloomberg)

Democrats come out with own version of $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 09:52 AM IST
Under the House bill, the cash payment would phase out for singles with incomes between $75,000 and $100,000. But under the Senate bill, the phaseout stops at $80,000.
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The relief legislation, aimed at battling the killer virus and nursing the staggered economy back to health, will provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans.(Bloomberg)
The relief legislation, aimed at battling the killer virus and nursing the staggered economy back to health, will provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans.(Bloomberg)

Democrats split on jobless benefits slows Covid relief bill in Senate

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 06:15 AM IST
Work on the Senate floor ceased for over eight hours as Democrats sought a way to salvage their unemployment provision.
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The Biden administration has so far appointed more than 55 Indian-Americans to key administrative position.(Bloomberg File Photo )
The Biden administration has so far appointed more than 55 Indian-Americans to key administrative position.(Bloomberg File Photo )

Joe Biden appoints two more Indian-Americans to key administration position

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 10:27 PM IST
Biden appoints two more Indian-Americans to key administration position
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The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)

As China eyes Taiwan and beyond, Quad's Indo-Pacific agenda takes priority

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:56 PM IST
  • The Quad Summit will be US President Joe Biden’s first interaction under the diplomatic and security initiative revived during the Donald Trump era as a buffer against Beijing
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US President Joe Biden.
US President Joe Biden.

US President Joe Biden to join first ever 'Quad' leaders meet: Australian PM

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:42 PM IST
“This will become a feature of Indo-Pacific engagement,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Friday, without giving details on the timing of the talks, expected to be held virtually.
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Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne and then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, since succeeded by Antony Blinken, pose for a picture before the Quad ministerial meeting in Tokyo, Japan on October 6, 2020. (REUTERS File)
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne and then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, since succeeded by Antony Blinken, pose for a picture before the Quad ministerial meeting in Tokyo, Japan on October 6, 2020. (REUTERS File)

Leaders of Quad countries set to hold first summit this month

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:42 PM IST
Confirmation about the meeting came from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who told a news conference he had discussed the matter with US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
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US President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a call to congratulate the Nasa JPL Perseverance team on the successful Mars landing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 4, 2021. (AFP)
US President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a call to congratulate the Nasa JPL Perseverance team on the successful Mars landing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 4, 2021. (AFP)

Indian-Americans ‘taking over’ US, says Biden on call with Nasa’s Swati Mohan

By Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 10:30 AM IST
The aerospace engineer was the guidance and controls operations lead for the 2020 Mars mission. Her voice was heard around the world from mission control at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the final minutes as the Perseverance rover landed on Mars on Feb 18
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US President Joe Biden.(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden.(Bloomberg)

'Indian-Americans taking over US,' says President Joe Biden in NASA meet

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:59 AM IST
In less than 50 days of his presidency, Biden has appointed at least 55 Indian-Americans to key leadership positions in his administration ranging from his speech writer to the NASA, to almost every wing of the government.
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Democrats say they were determined to pass the bill a second time, to combat police brutality and institutional racism after the deaths of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans following interactions with law enforcement.(AP)
Democrats say they were determined to pass the bill a second time, to combat police brutality and institutional racism after the deaths of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans following interactions with law enforcement.(AP)

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act approved by US House; revamps policing

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:44 PM IST
The sweeping legislation, which was first approved last summer but stalled in the Senate, was named in honour of Floyd, whose killing by police in Minnesota last Memorial Day sparked protests nationwide.
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US President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual meeting with the House Democratic Caucus in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC on March 3, 2021. (Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual meeting with the House Democratic Caucus in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC on March 3, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Joe Biden pledges deeper ties in Indo-Pacific, India in national security plan

By Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 02:36 PM IST
A 21-page paper - titled ‘Interim National Security Strategic Guidance’ - states the Biden administration’s aim to ‘deepen’ ties with India as a part of its strategy
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Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra said this happens to that part of Bollywood that stands straight.
Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra said this happens to that part of Bollywood that stands straight.

News updates from HT: I-T raids on Anurag, Taapsee do not surprise NCP, Sena

UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 09:02 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Biden enjoys around 91 per cent approval rating from the Democrats and 80 per cent disapproval from the Republicans.(REUTERS)
Biden enjoys around 91 per cent approval rating from the Democrats and 80 per cent disapproval from the Republicans.(REUTERS)

Biden's approval rating declines in 2 months, maintains majority approval

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:01 AM IST
The poll results also found that 6 in 10 or 62 per cent of Americans approve the $1.9 trillion Covid stimulus package.
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In September 2020, the New York Times cited previously undisclosed returns in reporting that Trump had claimed chronic losses for years as a way to avoid taxes.(AP)
In September 2020, the New York Times cited previously undisclosed returns in reporting that Trump had claimed chronic losses for years as a way to avoid taxes.(AP)

Biden administration asks for more time on decision to release Trump taxes

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:32 AM IST
Other lawsuits over the president’s tax records involving his accountants and bankers reached the Supreme Court, which ruled that Congress could not compel disclosure.
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US President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., US.(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., US.(Bloomberg)

Biden signs off on tighter eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:22 PM IST
Democratic Senators including Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire had advocated tighter targeting of help.
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Biden's twin announcements quickly raised expectations for when the nation could safely emerge from the pandemic with the promise of additional vaccines, but it highlighted the looming challenge facing the nation: successfully putting those doses into arms.(REUTERS)
Biden's twin announcements quickly raised expectations for when the nation could safely emerge from the pandemic with the promise of additional vaccines, but it highlighted the looming challenge facing the nation: successfully putting those doses into arms.(REUTERS)

US president Biden vows enough Covid-19 vaccines for all US adults by May-end

PTI, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 03:28 PM IST
With the bolstered supply, Biden also announced he would be using the powers of the federal government to direct all states to prioritize vaccinating teachers, and said the federal government would provide the doses directly through its pharmacy program.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press briefing.(AFP)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press briefing.(AFP)

Biden’s Covid-19 mask mandate faces a new challenge. Now from ‘red’ state Texas

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 02:37 PM IST
  • Abbott, a Republican, has faced sustained criticism from his party in America’s biggest red state over the statewide mask mandate.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin(AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin(AP)

Moscow accuses US of 'anti-Russian lunge' after imposition of new sanctions

Reuters, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:33 PM IST
The United States on Tuesday, in President Joe Biden's most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin, imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow's attempt to poison opposition politician Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent last year.
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Burns said other "familiar" persistent threats facing the United States include those presented by Russia, North Korea and Iran. He also said climate change, global health issues and cyber threats pose serious risks.(REUTERS)
Burns said other "familiar" persistent threats facing the United States include those presented by Russia, North Korea and Iran. He also said climate change, global health issues and cyber threats pose serious risks.(REUTERS)

New CIA director, William Burns recommends shutting down Confucius Institutes

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:00 PM IST
At a confirmation hearing last month, Burns said he saw competition with China - and countering its "adversarial, predatory" leadership - as a key to US national security.
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Biden's tough stance has its roots in the competition for global power, but it's also a result of the 2020 presidential election campaign in which Trump and his allies repeatedly sought to portray him as soft on China.(REUTERS)
Biden's tough stance has its roots in the competition for global power, but it's also a result of the 2020 presidential election campaign in which Trump and his allies repeatedly sought to portray him as soft on China.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden brings no relief to tensions between US, China

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 11:23 AM IST
Although the Biden administration has halted the ferocious rhetorical attacks, it has yet to back down on any of Trump's actions against Beijing.
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Biden administration's report sent to US Congress detailed the negotiations that took place between the two countries on an interim trade agreement over 2019-2020, calling it a “package of meaningful market access outcomes”, but offered no clues to how the new administration sees them and how it would like to proceed.(Bloomberg)
Biden administration's report sent to US Congress detailed the negotiations that took place between the two countries on an interim trade agreement over 2019-2020, calling it a “package of meaningful market access outcomes”, but offered no clues to how the new administration sees them and how it would like to proceed.(Bloomberg)

Make in India key to challenges in trade ties, says US

By Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 06:00 AM IST
India has blamed American trade negotiators for the failure to reach an agreement, by constantly changing, and upping, their demands.
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Neera Tanden was the director of the Office and Management and Budget (OMB) nominee for US President Joe Biden.(Bloomberg)
Neera Tanden was the director of the Office and Management and Budget (OMB) nominee for US President Joe Biden.(Bloomberg)

White House budget chief nominee Neera Tanden withdraws nomination

Posted by Prashasti Singh | AP, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:50 AM IST
Her withdrawal marks the first high-profile defeat of one of Biden's nominees. Eleven of the 23 Cabinet nominees requiring Senate approval have been confirmed, most with strong bipartisan support.
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Tech leaders like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai want Congress to expand and update the H-1B visa system since demand for skilled workers in computer and information technology far outstrips the annual cap of 65,000.(AFP)
Tech leaders like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai want Congress to expand and update the H-1B visa system since demand for skilled workers in computer and information technology far outstrips the annual cap of 65,000.(AFP)

H-1B visa restructuring will be affected if US immigration bill is broken up

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 04:07 PM IST
Increases in visas for highly skilled foreign workers could fall by the wayside this year if Democrats decide to overhaul immigration through a series of small bills instead of the sweeping one put forward by President Joe Biden.
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The new tone follows the administration’s decision to declassify and release an intelligence report done during the Trump administration that concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill” Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.(REUTERS)
The new tone follows the administration’s decision to declassify and release an intelligence report done during the Trump administration that concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill” Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.(REUTERS)

Khashoggi murder: US calls tougher Saudi stance a recalibration, not a rupture

Posted by Prashasti Singh | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:53 AM IST
“We will never check our values at the door even when it comes to our closest security relationships,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a briefing Monday.
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Biden and López Obrador met for a virtual bilateral meeting, with immigration, the coronavirus pandemic and climate issues on the agenda.
Biden and López Obrador met for a virtual bilateral meeting, with immigration, the coronavirus pandemic and climate issues on the agenda.

Biden tries to reset relationship with Mexican president amid migration issue

Posted by Prashasti Singh | AP, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:40 AM IST
López Obrador, for his part, told Biden that he was thankful that the new president was “willing to maintain good relations for the good of our people in North America.”
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Wall Street could soon find itself subject to lots more investigations launched by the CFPB, which was created to crack down on industry abuses that Democrats argue spurred the 2008 financial crisis.(via AP)
Wall Street could soon find itself subject to lots more investigations launched by the CFPB, which was created to crack down on industry abuses that Democrats argue spurred the 2008 financial crisis.(via AP)

Wall Street set to learn how tough Biden’s watchdogs will be

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:15 PM IST
Gary Gensler, whom the White House has tapped to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Rohit Chopra, the administration’s choice to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, are likely to win confirmation, lawmakers and financial executives say.
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Then-US Vice President Joe Biden, left, poses for photos with then-Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City,(AP/ File photo)
Then-US Vice President Joe Biden, left, poses for photos with then-Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City,(AP/ File photo)

Mexican president Obrador to discuss vaccines, migration with Biden

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:23 PM IST
"The issues: Covid, this is important to us. Above all, vaccines. What other issues? Migration," Lopez Obrador told reporters at a regular news conference when asked what he would address with Biden during their virtual meeting.
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US President Joe Biden. (Bloomberg Photo )
US President Joe Biden. (Bloomberg Photo )

Joe Biden putting tech over troops at core of US-China policy

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 07:46 PM IST
The new framing for the US rivalry with China has been given added urgency by the sudden global shortage of microchips needed in products such as cars, mobile phones and refrigerators.
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Garland would take the reins at the Justice Department at a time when it has been busy handling a sprawling investigation into the Jan. 6 riots, when supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump attacked the US Capitol in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Biden's election victory. (Representative Image)(AP)
Garland would take the reins at the Justice Department at a time when it has been busy handling a sprawling investigation into the Jan. 6 riots, when supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump attacked the US Capitol in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Biden's election victory. (Representative Image)(AP)

US Senate panel to vote to advance Garland's nomination as attorney general

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 05:00 PM IST
Garland has garnered support among both Democrats and Republicans, who cite his prior experience as a prosecutor and a judge.
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