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  • Super Bowl Sunday brings America to standstill

    America came to a virtual standstill Sunday to watch the year's biggest sporting event - Super Bowl, a game of American style football - much like the sub-continent does to watch a cricket match between India and Pakistan. From President Barack Obama down, fans prepared for days for "Super Bowl...

    Monday, 3 February 2014 - 12:25pm
  • 80 million Americans hit by season's heaviest snowfall

    Some 80 million people in northeast America were on Wednesday digging their way out of a thick blanket of snow deposited by the heaviest snowfall of the season, with more than a foot falling in some places. Government offices in Washington were opening two hours late, but schools in most parts...

    Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 9:48pm
  • Yahoo's editor-in-chief Jai Singh quits

    Yahoo's editor-in-chief Jai Singh has quit the internet firm, just a day after CEO Marissa Mayer fired her COO Henrique De Castro, according to independent tech news site Re/code. Yahoo's media unit will now be led by Chief Marketing Officer Kathy Savitt, said Re/code, citing an internal memo...

    Friday, 17 January 2014 - 9:53pm
  • Diplomat Devyani Khobragade row: Americans unlikely to get back their privileges soon

    Commercial activities inside the US embassy premises in Delhi are set to cease from Thursday. And although the Indo-US diplomatic row may have abated, these facilities are unlikely to be restored soon. American diplomats in India enjoy exceptional privileges and have been allowed to run a club...

    Monday, 13 January 2014 - 7:39pm
  • Why can't Sikhs with beards join US forces?

    An independent, bipartisan federal agency has asked the US defence leadership to explain why Sikh Americans wearing beards and turbans are not allowed to serve in the US armed forces. In a letter to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, the US Commission on Civil Rights noted that a 1981 policy...

    Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 11:17am
  • Five Indian-Americans score victories in US polls

    At least five Indian-American candidates scored victories in Tuesday's US polls with three of them becoming legislators in two states and two others winning elections to local bodies. The most significant gains for the Indian American community came in New Jersey where Kolkata-born Raj Mukherji...

    Friday, 8 November 2013 - 11:49am
  • P Chidambaram speak: India will vote UPA back to power

    Finance Minister P Chidambaram has an advice for American poll watchers: Don't waste too much time on predicting India's 2014 election as the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is set to emerge winner. The "caution" to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace came Thursday on...

    Friday, 11 October 2013 - 7:51pm
  • Indian economy set to regain growth: Chidambaram

    After growing at an average of 8.5 % per annum between 2004-05 and 2010-11, Indian economy had registered a decline with a downturn in the global economy in 2011, he acknowledged at an event here Thursday.

    Friday, 11 October 2013 - 9:24am
  • Republicans blink over US shutdown?

    Just a week away from a looming debt default deadline amid a federal shut down, Republicans are reported to have warmed to the idea of a short-term increase in the country's borrowing limit. Key Republican leaders, who had earlier linked passage of a spending bill and raising the US debt...

    Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 9:54am
  • US shutdown stalemate enters eighth day

    The stalemate over US federal shutdown continued for the eighth day with President Barack Obama asking Congress to reopen the government and raise the US debt limit and the Republicans insisting on negotiations first. "My very strong suspicion is there are enough votes there" to pass...

    Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 10:45am