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In a speech on Thursday, Joe Biden strongly defended his decision to pull US military forces out of Afghanistan.(Bloomberg)

Nearly 20 US senators back legislation to help Afghan interpreters

Reuters | , Washington
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2021 03:04 AM IST
Democratic US Senator Jeanne Shaheen said at least 17 Democratic and Republican senators are now sponsoring her bill to increase the number of authorized visas.
The 364-62 vote comes just weeks after the Senate passed the same legislation and sends it to President Joe Biden, who called for speedy action after March’s shootings by a white gunman at three Atlanta-area spas that left eight people dead.(File Photo)
The 364-62 vote comes just weeks after the Senate passed the same legislation and sends it to President Joe Biden, who called for speedy action after March’s shootings by a white gunman at three Atlanta-area spas that left eight people dead.(File Photo)

US Congress passes Bill to fight hate crime after Asian-American attacks

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 10:19 AM IST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has “seen the pain” in her own district that includes San Francisco and its expansive Asian American community. She called it an “epidemic” that is “a challenge to the conscience of our country which demands bold, aggressive action.”
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen(AP)
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen(AP)

Yellen, Powell to face deficit, inflation fears at US Congress

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 03:32 PM IST
  • Less than two weeks after President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that failed to win a single Republican vote in Congress, the hearings will feature lawmakers positioning over the impact of the package and plans for the next one.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.(REUTERS)
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.(REUTERS)

House 'will proceed' to impeachment of Trump: Pelosi

AP |
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 06:10 AM IST
Pelosi made the announcement in a letter to colleagues. She said the House will act with solemnity but also urgency with just days remaining before Trump is to leave office on Jan. 20.
US Vice-President Mike Pence presides over a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol earlier in the day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 6, 2020.(AFP)
US Vice-President Mike Pence presides over a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol earlier in the day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 6, 2020.(AFP)

US Vice-President Mike Pence finally shuns his boss Donald Trump

Hindustan Times, Washington, DC | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:35 AM IST
Pence withstood mounting pressure from his president to reject US Congress’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks before announcing his choices for attorney general and other leaders of the Justice Department at The Queen theatre on January 7, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware.(AFP)
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks before announcing his choices for attorney general and other leaders of the Justice Department at The Queen theatre on January 7, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware.(AFP)

It’s official now: US Congress certifies Joe Biden’s election victory

Hindustan Times, Washington, DC | By Yashwant Raj
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:56 AM IST
All Democrats and most Republicans voted to reject two objections raised by Republican allies of Donald Trump - electoral college results reported by Arizona and Pennsylvania, two of the seven key states that caused the US president’s defeat
The white supremacist disregard for the sanctity of law has been on the increase during the Trump presidency and the contrast with how Washington dealt with peaceful protests by African-Americans in recent months is illustrative of the deep racial fissures that still fester in US society.(AP)
The white supremacist disregard for the sanctity of law has been on the increase during the Trump presidency and the contrast with how Washington dealt with peaceful protests by African-Americans in recent months is illustrative of the deep racial fissures that still fester in US society.(AP)

January 6: A black day for US democracy

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:41 PM IST
The erosion of democracy in the US, led by a defeated president, emboldened by his white supremacist base, will have both domestic and geopolitical consequences
Analysts said there had been some concern that a clean sweep for the Democrats -- taking the White House and both houses of Congress -- would lead to higher taxes and regulation.(AP)
Analysts said there had been some concern that a clean sweep for the Democrats -- taking the White House and both houses of Congress -- would lead to higher taxes and regulation.(AP)

Democrats’ sweep lifts markets on hopes for even more US stimulus

Hong Kong | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 01:08 PM IST
The news allowed investors to look past extraordinary events in Washington, where pro-Donald Trump protesters stormed the Capitol Building and delayed the ratification of Biden’s November victory.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the Capitol Building in Washington.(REUTERS)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the Capitol Building in Washington.(REUTERS)

World leaders are appalled by storming of US Capitol

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 06:54 AM IST
“Disgraceful scenes in US Congress,” tweeted Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, a staunch ally of the United States over generations. “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as h arrives at New York Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, before traveling on to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. to attend the 121st Army-Navy Football Game at Michie Stadium. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(AP)
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as h arrives at New York Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, before traveling on to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. to attend the 121st Army-Navy Football Game at Michie Stadium. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(AP)

US Congress passes defence policy bill that calls out Chinese aggression against India

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 12:25 PM IST
The US House of Representatives and the Senate on Tuesday passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), urging the Chinese government to end its military aggression against India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Record number of women to serve in the next US Congress(Twitter/monaeltahawy)
Record number of women to serve in the next US Congress(Twitter/monaeltahawy)

Who won the world? America witnesses spike in women’s political participation with at least 131 to serve the US Congress

Washington [US] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 05:27 PM IST
‘Who won the world? Girls!’ This has been especially true in the latest US elections where recent figures show a jump in women’s political participation as at least 100 Democrats and 31 Republicans gear up to serve in the 117th Congress.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives for a closed door briefing at the US Capitol on July 2, 2020 in Washington, DC.(AFP)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives for a closed door briefing at the US Capitol on July 2, 2020 in Washington, DC.(AFP)

US Cong passes bill for sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong security law

By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 11:55 PM IST
The legislation has been a top priority for some of the highest profile members of Congress, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi giving it her full endorsement Wednesday and praising its swift passage.
This new legislation is intended to increase the pressure by imposing sanctions on specific Chinese officials, such as the Communist Party official who oversees government policy in Xinjiang.(Reuters)
This new legislation is intended to increase the pressure by imposing sanctions on specific Chinese officials, such as the Communist Party official who oversees government policy in Xinjiang.(Reuters)

US Congress approves China sanctions over ethnic crackdown

Washington, United States | By Associated Press | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 10:36 AM IST
In Xinijiang, Chinese authorities have detained more than a million people — from mostly Muslim ethnic groups that include Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — in a vast network of detention centers.
The development comes just days ahead of an expected India visit by US President Donald Trump.(PTI file photo for representation)
The development comes just days ahead of an expected India visit by US President Donald Trump.(PTI file photo for representation)

US govt clears sale of $1.9 billion air defence weapon system to India

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2020 11:55 PM IST
The government-to-government sale cleared by the US State Department was announced by a US defence department agency after a notification was issued to the US Congress.
An Indian-American woman, who raised her voice against alleged discrimination in admission of Asians in IV League schools, has announced that she will run for US House of Representative(Manga Anantatmula/Twitter)
An Indian-American woman, who raised her voice against alleged discrimination in admission of Asians in IV League schools, has announced that she will run for US House of Representative(Manga Anantatmula/Twitter)

Indian-American woman to run for US Congress from Virginia

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 03:47 PM IST
Asian Americans, including Indian-Americans normally support Democratic party candidates, but she hopes to turn the tide in the November Congressional elections by defeating six-term incumbent Congressman Gerry Connolly.
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US lawmakers hail contributions of Sikhs in American milieu

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2020 10:25 PM IST
Jayapal has been a strong ally of India, Indians and Indian Americans, and demonstrably(AP)
Jayapal has been a strong ally of India, Indians and Indian Americans, and demonstrably(AP)

Opinion| Jayapal is an opportunity for India, not a challenge

Hindustan Times | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 07:18 PM IST
Jayapal has been a strong ally of India, Indians and Indian Americans, and demonstrably. She never fails to invoke her heritage, and proudly calls herself the first Indian-American woman ever elected to US congress
US President Donald Trump(Reuters file photo)
US President Donald Trump(Reuters file photo)

For both Trump and Democrats, the real goal is the 2020 polls | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2019 08:03 PM IST
Mr Trump’s future now depends on the spring’s economic growth figures, a handful of midwestern states and the choice of the Democratic candidate
India has hired a second lobbying firm to negotiate the complex US decision-making system and to influence outcomes(REUTERS)
India has hired a second lobbying firm to negotiate the complex US decision-making system and to influence outcomes(REUTERS)

India hires lobbyist to strengthen US ties

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 06:21 AM IST
Cornerstone Government Affairs, a Washington DC firm with offices in multiple states, registered itself as a representative of the Republic of India on Wednesday with the US justice department under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, a requirement for Americans representing foreigners.
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Resolution introduced in US Congress to honour Dhaliwal

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India, Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 11:53 PM IST
The 42-year-old Harris County sheriff’s deputy was shot dead on September 27 while conducting a routine mid-day traffic stop in northwest Houston
Trump’s support is weakening as the election approaches as the US economy starts to show signs of a slowdown and the number of US voters identifying themselves as independents is surging(REUTERS)
Trump’s support is weakening as the election approaches as the US economy starts to show signs of a slowdown and the number of US voters identifying themselves as independents is surging(REUTERS)

The impeachment push against Trump

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2019 08:09 PM IST
He will survive, but Democrats want to challenge his image of invincibility
Tulsi Gabbard, one of the 20 Democrats running for the party’s 2020 presidential ticket.(AP photo)
Tulsi Gabbard, one of the 20 Democrats running for the party’s 2020 presidential ticket.(AP photo)

US presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for $50 million

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 12:17 AM IST
The Gabbard campaign has said it was told by Google they wanted to verify billing information and policy compliance, neither of which was a problem.
Despite Khan’s efforts to put a positive spin on ties with the US, secretary of state Mike Pompeo made it clear during a meeting with the premier that defeating terror alone would help reset ties.(AFP)
Despite Khan’s efforts to put a positive spin on ties with the US, secretary of state Mike Pompeo made it clear during a meeting with the premier that defeating terror alone would help reset ties.(AFP)

Pak terror groups active in Kashmir, admits Imran Khan

Hindustan Times, Washington/New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 11:12 PM IST
Khan acknowledged the presence of the large number of militants in his country during an interaction at the US Institute of Peace, a Washington-based think tank funded by the US Congress.
Trump had announced his intention to remove India from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program in early March.(AFP FILE)
Trump had announced his intention to remove India from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program in early March.(AFP FILE)

US to end trade privileges for India on June 5, says Donald Trump

Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 11:07 AM IST
India is the biggest beneficiary of the GSP, which allows preferential duty-free imports of up to $5.6 billion from the South Asian nation.
Emerging from those closed-door sessions, lawmakers seemed unconvinced both about the intelligence and the administration’s plans.(HT Photo)
Emerging from those closed-door sessions, lawmakers seemed unconvinced both about the intelligence and the administration’s plans.(HT Photo)

‘Iran build-up only for deterrence’: Officials tell US Congress

Hindustan Times, WASHINGTON | By Yashwant Raj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2019 10:43 PM IST
“We have deterred attacks based on our reposturing of assets, deterred attacks against American forces,” Shanahan said after the briefings.
A bipartisan group of 25 members of US congress have urged the Trump administration to not terminate India’s eligibility for a zero-duty import programme and asked negotiation be continued to find a solution.(REUTERS)
A bipartisan group of 25 members of US congress have urged the Trump administration to not terminate India’s eligibility for a zero-duty import programme and asked negotiation be continued to find a solution.(REUTERS)

US lawmakers urge Trump admin to not terminate GSP for India

PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2019 10:22 PM IST
“No party — in the United States or India — would benefit from terminating GSP (Generalized System of Preferences, as the programme is called),” they wrote in a letter to US trade representative Robert Lighthizer.
The new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.(Photo: Facebook/ IndiaInUSA)
The new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.(Photo: Facebook/ IndiaInUSA)

67 US lawmakers show up at Hill reception for new Indian ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 09:48 PM IST
In a ringing bipartisan and continued endorsement of ties with India, 67 US lawmakers, both senators and member of the House of Representatives, joined a reception on Capitol Hill Thursday to welcome the new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
Gabbard said India was one of America’s closest allies in Asia and is a country of growing importance in a critical region of the world(Timothy A. CLARY / AFP)
Gabbard said India was one of America’s closest allies in Asia and is a country of growing importance in a critical region of the world(Timothy A. CLARY / AFP)

‘Victim of religious bigotry’: Tulsi Gabbard, 1st Hindu-American to run for US president

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 07:58 AM IST
Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the US Congress, wrote an op-ed for the Religious News Services on Sunday, describing the campaign against her, supporters and donors as “profiling and targeting of Hindu Americans and ascribing to them motives without any basis”.
Tulsi Gabbard is not Indian-American, but the community has embraced her as one of its own as she is a Hindu and also because of her efforts to reach out to them. She is also the co-chair of the House India caucus.(AP)
Tulsi Gabbard is not Indian-American, but the community has embraced her as one of its own as she is a Hindu and also because of her efforts to reach out to them. She is also the co-chair of the House India caucus.(AP)

First Hindu lawmaker in US Congress Tulsi Gabbard to officially launch 2020 White House campaign on February 2

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 01:21 PM IST
Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, said she will officially launch her 2020 White House campaign on February 2. Gabbard had announced her intention to run in a TV interview earlier in January.
The race for US presidency in next year’s election is likely to see a Hindu representative and a senator of part-Indian-American descent vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination.(Reuters)
The race for US presidency in next year’s election is likely to see a Hindu representative and a senator of part-Indian-American descent vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination.(Reuters)

Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu member in US Congress, to run for President in 2020

New York | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2019 10:08 AM IST
Tulsi Gabbard, 37, the first Hindu elected to the US Congress, announced on Friday that she will be running for president.
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