Sources have stated that hours before he exits the White House, US President Barack Obama made a farewell call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thanking him for his partnership and to review bilateral cooperation in various fields, including defense and civil nuclear energy.
Modi in turn has thanked Obama, who leaves the White House on Friday, “for his strong support and contribution to strengthening the strategic partnership between India and the US”, said an official statement.
New York sources have stated that Ajit Pai, a commissioner in the US communications regulatory agency, has met President-elect Donald Trump amid speculation that he could head the body that deals with cell phone spectrum and broadcasting. Trump’s spokesperson Sean Spicer has said on Tuesday that the meeting with Pai, who is the Republican nominee on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), took place on Monday.
Washington sources have stated that US President elect Donald Trump harshly responded to civil rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis, calling him “all talk no action” after Lewis said Trump was not a “legitimate” President and the “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart rather than falsely complaining about the election results.
Washington sources have stated that Indian-American activist and sexual-abuse survivor Amita Swadhin has urged the US Senate Judiciary Committee to reject President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney-General, saying the prospect of him in the role is “incredibly worrisome”. Meanwhile when representing survivors of sexual abuse and violence, and the LGBTI community, Ms Swadhin was called to testify by Democrats before the committee on the second day of a confirmation
Washington sources have stated that soon after India threatened of not granting Indian Visa to any Amazon official if the company did not withdraw an Indian flag-themed doormat from its Canadian platform, the e-commerce website removed the article from the online marketplace. A spokesman for Amazon based at its headquarters in Seattle contacted The Washington Post to say that the doormat was no longer for sale on its website.
New York sources have stated that US President Barack Obama’s appointee as ambassador to India, Richard Verma, may be ending his New Delhi assignment this month when President-elect Donald Trump takes over on January 20 if an administration directive to non-career diplomats holds. The Washington Post has reported that the Obama administration has asked all “non-career ambassadors to submit their resignations effective with the close of the Obama presidency” on January 20.
Sources have stated that the Diaspora comprising Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) has currently sought extension of the deadline to exchange or deposit the banned notes till December 31 and Thomas Abraham a NRI from Dubai has said that "The deadline should be extended by six months till December 31 as all those having the banned notes will not come to India just to exchange or deposit them by June".
New York sources have added that Women in the corporate world are often being penalized for being perceived as too intimidating, aggressive or bossy, a new study has revealed on Wednesday, adding that women in the US still hold staff roles rather than positions that will lead to CEO titles.
Sources have stated that Palpreet Singh Brar has become the latest Indian to chase his basketball dreams in the United States as he has signed a contract with the NBA Development League. The 21 year old, the winner of National Finals of the ACG-NBA Jump India’s first national basketball talent search program will now become eligible for selection in the NBA D League Draft which will be held in October.
According to ABC 13s Eyewitness News an Indian-origin lawyer in military style clothing emblazoned with a swastika went on an early morning shooting rampage injuring nine persons in Houston city of the US on Monday, before he was killed by police. Nathan Desai was armed with a handgun and submachine gun during the 20-minute shooting spree when he has fired at passing cars and the police.
London sources have stated that Pakistan born actor Marc Anwar, who was sacked from British TV drama “Coronation Street” for his racist rant against Indians on social media, has issued an apology and termed his act as a “moment of madness”. Meanwhile, the police have launched an investigation into his comments.
As per report from sources with $22.7 billion (Rs 151,477 crore) net worth, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the richest Indian for the ninth consecutive year, American business magazine Forbes India has said on Thursday and Ambani, 59, who retains the top spot in the annual list of 100 richest Indian tycoons, had seen his wealth increase to $22.7 billion from $18.9 billion last year as shares of Reliance Industries rose 21% over 12 months.
Los Angeles sources have stated that YouTube sensation and young chef Nihal Raj, also known as Kicha, showcased his cookery skills on the popular American chat show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. Kicha, who hails from Kochi, found fame after starting KichaTube HD channel on the video-sharing site.
The New York report has stated on Thursday that a Muslim mother of Pakistani origin has sued a New York school for $25 million claiming her disabled son was forced to sign a confession saying he was part of the Islamic State terror group, where Nubaisha Uppal, a resident of Long Island, has claimed senior staff at East Islip Middle School bullied her son, Nashawn, 12, into falsely confessing he was a terrorist.
Sources from Los Angeles have stated that Indian-American actor Aziz Ansari slammed Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump for “spewing hate speech” and “prejudice” against immigrants, specifically Muslim Americans and in a column for New York Times, Ansari has voiced his opinion saying that it’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray and it makes me afraid for his family.