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  • Roll call: Indian names bloom in White House power circle
    New York, January 18 (IANS): Kamala Devi Harris, Vivek Murthy, Gautam Raghavan, Mala Adiga, Vinay Reddy, Bharat Ramamurti, Neera Tanden, Celine Gounder, Atul Gawande are some of the Indian names that are blooming more now than at any other time in the innermost circles of the White House and that too within weeks after the #MyNameIs blowback to Republicans' mangling of US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' first name during the 2020 campaign. Till date, nearly two dozen Ind
  • Biden-Harris inauguration ceremony kicks off with 'Kolam'
    New Delhi, January 17 (PTI): Kolam, a traditional Indian art form of drawing geometric patterns on the floors as a sign of welcome, was part of the virtual kick-off ceremony of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris, who traces her origin to Tamil Nadu where these auspicious designs adorn almost every household. In Tamil Nadu, where Harris has roots, women draw Kolams on the ground to invite health and prosperity into houses where they are display
  • 20 Indian-Americans in Biden administration
    New Delhi, January 17 (PTI): United States President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at least 20 Indian-Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his incoming administration, a record for the small ethnic community that constitutes one per cent of America's population. As many as 17 of them, including Neera Tanden who has been nominated as the Director of Management and Budget, would be part of the Biden administration in the powerful White House complex. The January 2
  • Biden names Indian-American Uzra Zeya as Under Secy at State Dept
    Washington, January 17 (IANS): US President-elect Joe Biden has named Uzra Zeya, an Indian-American diplomat who quit her State Department job in protest against the outgoing administration's alleged racial and sexist bias, as his Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Confirming the development on Saturday night, Zeya tweeted: "In my 25+years as a diplomat, I learned that America's greatest strength is the power of our example, diversity &a
  • Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans
    Washington, January 17 (AP) President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday filled out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under President Donald Trump. Biden will nominate Wendy Sherman as deputy secretary of state and Victoria Nuland as undersecretary of state for political affairs the second- and thi
  • With some millstones, US-India strategic partnership likely to thrive under Biden
    New Delhi, January 14 (IANS): The US-India strategic partnership is likely to continue on the same upward trajectory, albeit with some millstones under Joe Biden's presidency which will assume office next week on January 20. Even as outgoing President Donald Trump lost in the November 3, 2020, elections, his broader foreign policy agenda, sans his brashness, has more or less shaped the future agenda for his successors. Going by Biden's statements and that of crucial membe
  • Biden receives 2nd dose of Covid-19 vaccine
    Washington, January 12 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden has received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, four weeks after he was administered the first shot. Biden was injected the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Monday at a hospital in Newark, Delaware, his home state where his transition headquarters are based, Xinhua news agency reported. He received the first dose on December 21, 2020. Wearing a short-sleeved polo shirt so that the jab can be easily i
  • Senior-level Biden nominee Vanita Gupta recalls experience of racial bigotry
    New York, January 8 (IANS): US President-Elect Joe Biden's pick to be associate attorney general, Vanita Gupta, has recalled her experience of racial bigotry as a four-year-old while she pledged her commitment to civil rights and justice reform. Speaking on Thursday after Biden introduced her as "one of the most respected civil rights lawyers in America", Gupta spoke of her parents as "proud immigrants from India", and the family's experience of bias, &qu
  • Trump supporters storm US Capitol; 4 dead in violence
    Washington, January 7 (PTI): In an unprecedented assault on democracy in America, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police, resulting in at least four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden''s victory in the election. The police, outnumbered by the maskless protesters, had a tough time in managing the mob, as hundreds of protesters breached security and entered the Capitol b
  • Georgia Senate Runoff: Warnock makes history as Democrats near majority
    Atlanta, January 6 (AP): Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office
  • Georgia Senate Runoff: Warnock makes history with win as Democrats near majority
    Atlanta, January 6 (AP): Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office
  • All eyes on Jan 5 Georgia elections as Biden, Harris meet 2021's defining political test
    New York, January 4 (IANS): US President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris meet an early 2021 political test as two of their Democratic party colleagues seek to win knife edge special elections in Georgia on January 5 which will decide Senate control in the incoming administration. Two Senate races in Georgia are heading into 'runoffs' on January 5 because no candidate reached the 50 per cent mark needed to win multi-candidate races on election night last year.
  • Arizona certifies Biden's victory over Trump in prez polls
    Phoenix, December 1 (IANS): Arizona has certified its results for the November 3 presidential election, confirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory over incumbent President Donald Trump with the US state's 11 electoral votes. The certification on Monday was signed by the state's Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who was accompanied by Republican Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel. "This was a
  • Recount of presidential votes in Wisconsin ends, reaffirms Biden's win
    Washington, November 30 (IANS): US President-elect Joe Biden's win in Wisconsin has been reaffirmed after two of the state's largest counties completed the recount of the ballots cast in the November 3 presidential election, with just a little change in the tally. The Democratic former Vice President's lead over incumbent President Donald Trump in the key swing state grew by 87 votes, after the latter gained 45 votes in the Dane County recount and Biden got a 132-vote ne
  • 'Hang on!': Biden urges Americans to avoid big Thanksgiving, wait for vaccine
    New York, November 26 (IANS): US president-elect Joe Biden renewed his call to Americans to "hang on!", mask up and limit social gatherings until the coronavirus vaccine is available at population scale. "We have to try to slow the growth of the virus. We owe that to the doctors, the nurses, and the other front-line health care workers who have risked so much and heroically battled this virus for so long," Biden said in his Thanksgiving message to the nation ahea
  • Biden declares his administration 'ready to lead the world'
    New York, November 25 (IANS): Joe Biden, who is to assume the presidency in January, has announced a policy of reasserting US world leadership as he introduced his foreign policy and national security teams. The officials he is designating for the key roles in his administration are "ready to lead the world, not retreat from it, ready to confront our adversaries, not reject our allies, and ready to stand up for our values," he declared on Tuesday in Wilmington while outlin
  • India's expectations from Biden Presidency
    BY D.C. PATHAK IANS | November 23 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his success and used the occasion to emphasise on the importance of strategic partnership between the two countries. There is little doubt that the change of regime in the US will not affect the tested foundations of this friendship that were in fact laid with Obama administration declaring India as a major defence partner of the US. The deep convergence that
  • As Biden marches forward with Cabinet, Trump hopes likely to fade in key states
    WASHINGTON, November 23 (Reuters): US President Donald Trump's increasingly tenuous efforts to reverse his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden could be dealt a lethal blow on Monday, as Biden turns to the task of building his cabinet. Michigan is set to certify its results Monday, and Pennsylvania is likely to move a step closer to doing so. Trump, a Republican, lost both battleground states in the Nov. 3 election, but he has refused to concede defeat and has
  • Trump campaign appeals Pennsylvania election defeat
    Reuters US President Donald Trump's campaign on Sunday appealed part of a ruling that clears the way for the battleground state of Pennsylvania to certify Democratic President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election. In a court filing, the campaign asked the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to review a decision by U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann. The campaign filed a suit earlier this month, asking Brann to halt the state from certifying the results.
  • Biden push to restore US global role starts with Blinken as secretary of state
    WILMINGTON, Del./NEW YORK, November 23  (Reuters): President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward on his campaign pledge to restore America as a leader on the global stage and lean on experts, tapping veteran diplomats for key posts even as President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede. Biden will name Antony Blinken as secretary of state and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the U.N., bringing deep foreign-policy backgrounds to the nascent administration