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COLOMBO, (IANS) - Sri Lanka has defaulted on its debt for the first time in its history as the country struggles with its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years. It comes after a 30-day grace period to come up

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian diplomat has described Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's off-topic reference to India at the Security Council as a "Pavlovian response". "Pakistan Representative made unwarranted remarks, which symbolize nothing, but a Pavlovian

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY(IANS) - With economic growth forecast at 6.4 percent for this fiscal year, India will be the fastest-growing major economy, according to the UN. "We expect Indian recovery to remain strong in the near term in the

KATHMANDU, (IANS)- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a day-long visit to Nepal, offered prayers at the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini to mark the occasion of Buddha Purnima. He was accompanied to the temple by his Nepalese counterpart

CHENNAI, (IANS) - Pope Francis on May 16 canonized Devasahayam Pillai, or 'Blessed Lazarus', who became the first layman from India to be granted sainthood. Pillai, a Hindu who converted to Christianity in the 18th century - drawing the ire of

New Delhi, (IANS) - Pakistan cricketers aren't allowed to feature in the cash-awash Indian Premier League (IPL) because of the political tensions between the two nations. Not just the IPL, the two nations haven't played any bilateral cricket series since 2012.

PESHAWAR, (IANS) - The Peshawar-Islamabad Road in front of Qila Bala Hissar was blocked by the members of the Sikh community to register their protest against the killing of two Sikhs here. "Amidst the slogans of "Bole-So-Nihal, the members of the

ISLAMABAD, (ANI) -Ever since Beijing started implementing its expansionist policies and crushing the voices of dissidents, the feeling of resistance is fast developing in its neighboring countries and occupied territories like Xinjiang and Tibet. PAKISTAN Although neighboring Pakistan is China's close ally,

KYIV, (ANI) -The Indian Embassy in Ukraine, which was temporarily operating out of Poland, will resume its operation in Kyiv from May 17. The Embassy was temporarily relocated to Warsaw on March 13 due to the deteriorating security situation in the

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - A survey conducted by Ipsos to capture the response to the war in Ukraine found seven in 10 urban Indians support taking in Ukrainian refugees. Eight in 10 want India to avoid getting militarily involved. Six

COLOMBO, (IANS) - To end the current political deadlock, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The oath was taken on May 12before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Vacated after the controversial resignation of

BY SUSITHA FERNANDO COLOMBO, (IANS) - A Sri Lankan court on May 12 banned former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 15 others, including his son, MPs, and senior police officers from leaving the country, for instigating violence that killed nine people

BY HAMZA AMEER LAHORE, (IANS) - A Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court has sentenced at least 22 accused to five years of imprisonment each for allegedly attacking a Hindu temple in Punjab province. In July 2021, miscreants allegedly attacked the Ganesh temple at Bhong

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has contributed over Rs 6 crore to the UN aimed at promoting and enhancing the public outreach of Hindi in the world body. India's Deputy Permanent Representative R. Ravindra handed over a cheque for the

BY HAMZA AMEER ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - The Pakistan government under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has decided to resume trade with India, designating a trade minister for the task. Though the decision is being seen as a major development in terms of the

COLOMBO, (IANS)- Sri Lanka, where a second state of emergency was imposed after the crippling strike over the external debt and the pervading economic crisis, with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa finally forced to step down, has seen China playing a

COLOMBO, (IANS) - In the wake of the widespread violence in Sri Lanka that left five people dead, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family on May 10 took refuge at a naval base in Trincomalee after leaving Colombo

BY SUSITHA FERNANDO COLOMBO, (IANS) -Amidst violent clashes and unrest in Colombo, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 9 resigned. He handed over his resignation to President and his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa's resignation following violent clash between pro-Rajapaska

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Mahatma Gandhi's personal belongings kept in Britain will be auctioned and are likely to fetch Rs 4.74 crore, a media report said. According to the report, there are 70 items belonging to Gandhi including his hand-made khadi

NEW DELHI, (IANS)- Russian friendly countries, including India, could be helping Western manufactured components to make their way into Russian weapons used in Ukraine, British defense and security think tank --Royal United Services Institute --said in a report. The report, titled

NEW DELHI, (IANS)- India's Permanent Representative to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti engaged in a Twitter spat with the Dutch Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland, Karel van Oosterom over New Delhi's abstention from voting at the General Assembly against

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - While welcoming a high-level UN panel's recommendation to exempt the food purchases by the World Food Program (WFP) from export restrictions, India has called for international cooperation to face the looming energy crisis

BY HAMZA AMEER ISLAMABAD- (IANS)- Pakistan has reacted aggressively after the Delimitation Commission for Jammu and Kashmir submitted its much-awaited report to the Indian government on May 6, calling it a "blatant attempt to disenfranchising and disempowering the Muslim majority population

COLOMBO, (IANS) - Predicting a doomsday scenario for crisis-ridden Sri Lanka, the island nation's Finance Minister Ali Sabry said that the total foreign reserves have dropped even below $50 million and warned that the current economic crisis could not be

LONDON, (IANS) - Lady Aruna Paul, the wife of Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone, passed away peacefully at her London house on May 3 night. She was 86. The couple was married for 65 years. Apart from her husband, she is

BY ASHISH RAY LONDON, (IANS) - Whether British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to woo British Gujaratis by visiting Gujarat last month will pay off or not will be evident soon, when results of local elections in the four segments of

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The absence of India, Russia and China from the 'Declaration for the Future of the Internet' agreement, signed by 60 countries including the US, the European Union and the UK, has raised eyebrows among the stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - The World Bank has approved a $47 million project to support the Government of India's Mission Karmayogi, a national program to build civil service capacity, the bank said. There are nearly 18 million civil servants employed across

NEW DELHI (IANS) -"A friend in need is a friend indeed" is the saying. The dictum is in full play as India has offered Sri Lanka an additional $500 million to help it to import fuel while it is in

NEW DELHI (ANI) – ‘Earth Anthem’ written by the Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K. is used across the world and has been translated into 150 languages till date. On 52nd Earth Day, Abhay K. said, "The quest for a common anthem for

VARANASI (ANI) - Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth on April 21 offered prayers at Varanasi's Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The Mauritius Prime Minister is on an eight-day visit to India to strengthen bilateral ties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting

COLOMBO (IANS) - India has once again backed Sri Lanka, which is grappling with its worst ever economic crisis, by affirming full support to expedite International Monitory Fund's Extended Fund Facility. India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has affirmed her Sri Lankan

WASHINGTON, DC(ANI) - The International Monetary Fund on April 19 slashed India's growth forecast for the current financial year 2022-23 (FY23) to 8.2 per cent from its earlier estimate of 9 per cent in January. However, as per the projections for

KOLKATA (IANS) - RFNS Moskva may have been a potent naval platform till about 10 years ago but was unfit for modern naval warfare when it sank in the Black Sea a few days ago, senior Indian Navy officers, both

Chennai, April 15 (IANS) A senior leader of the Balochistan freedom movement Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch, who is in exile in Canada, has said that a Government of Balochistan in Exile(GBE) has been established on March 21. The Baloch leader, in

AIZWAL (IANS) - The northeastern states of India, especially Mizoram, still bear the brunt after a military coup was declared in neighboring Myanmar on February 1 last year. Mizoram's lone Rajya Sabha member, K. Vanlalvena, said that following the violent clashes

KATHMANDU (IANS) - One of the perennial irritants and outstanding issues between Nepal and India is the boundary dispute that has, for some time, caused major misunderstandings between Kathmandu and New Delhi. After the India-China war of 1962, India made some

NEW DELHI (ANI): Russia and India on April 14 celebrated the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. A reception was held at the Russian Center for Science and Culture here. The audience was addressed by Russian Ambassador to

NEW DELHI(ANI) - With India and the US celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations, the US embassy in New Delhi on April 14 posted a video that featured several renowned members of the Indian diaspora talking about the journey in

BENGALURU (IANS) - Infosys CEO and MD Salil Parekh said on April 13 that the company won't work with any Russian clients. "We work with no Russian clients and the work we do is with a small number of global clients

LONDON (IANS) - Financial penalties have been imposed on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak by London’s Metropolitan Police for breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules. Johnsons wife Carrie has also been fined. Johnson and Sunak are

LAHORE (IANS) -The life-size sculpture of Maharaja Ranjit Singh - the ruler of the Sikh empire during the 19th century - has been restored to its golden shine and is expected to be reinstalled at a safer place at Lahore

BEIJING (IANS) - Chinese state media has said that the Sharif family of Pakistan has been promoting bilateral ties for a long time, and cooperation between the two nation could be even better than under former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Global

LONDON (IANS) - British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak's wife Akshata Murty has said she will pay UK taxes on her overseas income, following a row over her non-domicile status. She owns 700 million pounds in shares of the Indian

LONDON (IANS) - An embattled British Conservative party Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, on Apr.8 defended his wife Akshata Murthy, daughter of Narayana Murthy, one of the founders of software giant Infosys, against charges of avoiding paying taxes in

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued over 2,200 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the annual Baisakhi celebrations. The issuance of visas is covered under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol

NEW DELHI (IANS) - As Sri Lanka faces the crisis of an economic meltdown, India has emerged as its true friend. Assistance in different forms extended to the people of the island country under New Delhi's 'Neighborhood First' policy has

NEW DELHI (IANS) - With unending public protests against the government targeting Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and with the opposition in no mood to support the government, the crisis in the island nation has only aggravated. Leader of the Opposition,

LONDON (IANS) - UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is scrambling to quell a row over his billionaire heiress wife's 'non-dom' status amid claims she could have avoided millions of pounds in UK tax. Akshata Murthy, whose father is one

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – In what is likely its strongest statement on the Ukraine situation so far, India on Apr.5 "unequivocally condemned" the killings of civilians in Bucha after hearing Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and UN officials giving heart-rending

COLOMBO (IANS) - As Sri Lanka undergoes one of the worst crisis since its Independence, a number of former and current cricketers including those playing for the IPL expressed their worries about the current situation in their homeland. Former skipper and

NEW DELHI (IANS) - A Chinese hacker group known as 'Deep Panda' that went into hibernation after attacking global entities some years ago, including in India, is back in action. Deep Panda has launched new attacks against finance, travel and cosmetic

COLOMBO (IANS) - Reliving thousands of those waiting in queues at fuel stations around the country and those hit by 13-hour-long power cuts, 40,000 MT of diesel under the Indian Line of Credit of $500 million arrived at the Colombo

HYDERABAD (IANS) - After the World Health Organisation (WHO) suspended the supply of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine under the United Nations procurement after an inspection last month, the company has said it is working on upgrades to ensure that the

NEW DELHI (IANS) India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held bilateral talks here on Apr.1, which comes amid Moscow's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Lavrov arrived in New Delhi on Mar.31, marking the first visit

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Mar.31 urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to permit his government to send essential commodities and life-saving medicines to Sri Lanka. Stalin, in a memorandum submitted to Modi during their meeting

HYDERABAD (IANS) - Eminent breast cancer surgeon P. Raghu Ram was on Mar.30 conferred the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire (OBE). The award was bestowed by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, who represented Queen Elizabeth II

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - While announcing that a UN official will spearhead a diplomatic effort for a ceasefire in Ukraine, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that he has been in "very close contact" with India on mediation efforts. The UN chief

NEW DELHI (IANS) - On a day when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India, the UGC and AICTE warned Indian students and their parents not to seek admission in professional courses in China. The University Grant Commission (UGC) warning, a

LONDON - Rishi Sunak has denied any connection with the multinational firm part-owned by his wife that has continued to operate in Russia during the war in Ukraine. The UK Chancellor said he had "nothing to do" with Infosys, in which

COLOMBO (IANS) - At Sri Lanka's All Party Conference held in a bid to come out of one of worst economic crises in its history, a former President and an ex-Prime Minster insisted that Sri Lanka should take the help

ISLAMABAD (IANS) - China has decided to increase its arms exports to Pakistan and take a major leap in its defense cooperation with Pakistan, initiating sale of arms ranging from stealth fighters to submarines, a move viewed as Beijings attempt

PESHAWAR (IANS) - The first public school for Sikhs in Pakistan is nearing completion in Peshawar as "90 per cent construction work" has been concluded, media reports said. The work on the project practically started two years ago after a piece

India-West News Desk NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mar.22 spoke on the phone with his UK counterpart Boris Johnson and discussed the situation in Ukraine. The pair agreed that Ukraine’s integrity and territorial sovereignty must be respected. Russia needed to

NEW DELHI (IANS) The family members of Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan while on a reporting assignment in Jul. last year, will approach the International Criminal Court against the Taliban demanding a proble into his killing

ISLAMABAD (IANS) - An 18-year-old Hindu girl, Pooja Oad, was reportedly shot dead in Rohi, Sukkur, in Pakistan following a failed abduction attempt. According to Sindhi media, the girl was said to have been shot in the middle of the street

LONDON (IANS) - Russian oil exports to India have quadrupled this month in a sign of the vast reshaping of global energy flows since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Financial Times reported. India, the world's third-largest energy consuming country, has snapped up

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The Indian Embassy in Ukraine, which has been temporarily relocated from Kiev to Warsaw due to the fighting, has said that it has been functioning round the clock for Indian nationals in Ukraine who are trying

CHENNAI (IANS) - Officials of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) are wondering about the impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict on the delivery of atomic power plant components from Russia's Rosatom for four plants being set up at Kudankulam in

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - As India pledged to continue its efforts with Russia and Ukraine to end the war, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Mar.14 that he has been in "close contact" with New Delhi on the mediation

By NISHANT ARORA NEW DELHI - As the Ukrainian government continues to fight a 'hybrid war' where Russia-backed threat actors are hitting their Internet networks while the ground forces attack physical infrastructure and key cities, India, which faces imminent threat at

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The Indian Embassy in Ukraine has been temporarily shifted to Poland in the wake of the ongoing Kiev-Moscow conflict, India said on Mar.13. A statement said, "In view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Ukraine, including

NEW DELHI (IANS) An unarmed supersonic missile "accidentally" took off from Sirsa and landed at a place 124 km within Pakistani territory on Mar.9 evening, the Indian Defense Ministry said on Mar.11, "regretfully" explaining it was "a technical malfunction." The ministry

NEW DELHI (IANS) - The Indian Embassy in Moscow on Mar.11 said that it does not see any security reasons for Indian students to leave Russia amid the ongoing war with Ukraine. An advisory, issued by the Embassy, said that it

Walter J. Lindner, German Ambassador to India was firm that invading neighboring countries was no way to settle issues. (IANS photo) JAIPUR (IANS) - Stressing that Germany has not criticized India's position on Ukraine, the German Ambassador to India, Walter J.

CHENNAI (IANS) A 21-year-old hailing from Tamil Nadu, who was rejected twice by the Indian Army as well as sought to join the US army, is now fighting in the Ukrainian Army against the invading Russian troops. Intelligence reports have revealed

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Calling for immediate attention to the "worsening situation" in Ukraine, India's Permanent Representative at the UN T.S. Tirumurti reported to the Security Council about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intercession with the leaders of Russia and

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India and its allies in pushing for the reform of the Security Council have called for a serious look at the veto powers of the permanent members which are "undermining the legitimacy" of the UN's

NEW DELHI (IANS) - In a phone call that lasted for about 50 minutes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mar.7 urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold direct talks with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky amid the ongoing Moscow-Kiev war, according

NAIROBI (IANS) - Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Stockholm address linking environmental conservation and poverty reduction was echoed in the high-level opening ceremony of the special UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) beginning here on Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of

NEW DELHI (IANS) - With Russian state media reporting that authorities have arranged 130 buses for evacuation of Indian students from war-battered Sumy and Kharkiv in Ukraine, India on Mar.4 said that pulling them out was not possible without a

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Most members of the Russian elite are now busy evacuating their relatives and loved ones from Moscow to Georgia, Israel and the UAE, according to Ukrainian intelligence. "The top political leadership of the Russian Federation continues to

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke over the phone on Mar.2 with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the situation in Ukraine and sought the safe passage of Indians there. The two leaders reviewed the situation, especially in the

Bihar born Dr.Abhay Singh is a legislator in Russia representing President Vladimir Putin’s party. (photo Facebook Miristan Consulting & Services) NEW DELHI - As the Russia-Ukraine conflict rages, Dr. Abhay Singh, a Russian legislator from Vladimir Putin’s party claimed that the

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Every year thousands of students from India go to Ukraine for medical education. A big reason for this is the facilities and cheap medical courses offered to the students in Ukraine and the recognition given to

NEW DELHI (IANS) - As the situation in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine gets increasingly bitter with Ukraine receiving overwhelming sympathy from the international community for bravely facing a powerful Russian assault, the stand of India on the UN

By ASHOK SAJJANHAR NEW DELHI - Russian President Vladimir Putin crossed the Rubicon when he ordered his troops in the early morning of Feb. 24 to launch what he called a "special military operation" but what in reality was a full-blown

The two Hindu officers in the Pak army: Kailash Kumar and Aneel Kumar. (photo Twitter) India-West News Desk NEW DELHI – In a rare move, the Pakistan army has promoted two Hindus to position of leadership. Ayaz Gul of VOA News tweeted,

KIEV (IANS) - Amidst the prevailing tension, the Indian students stranded in Ukraine were left with no choice but to queue up outside the Indian Embassy in Kiev seeking the authorities' help as they ran out of food and money. The

ISLAMABAD (IANS) - In an apparent display of its "hostility" towards India, Pakistan removed the banners inscribed with "India's message of love" for Afghans from the trucks carrying humanitarian aid sent by India to Afghanistan. The trucks carrying the aid had

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Pakistan has transported the first load of Indian wheat and medicines to the war-torn Afghanistan via the Torkham border. Pakistan said that the aid was supplied through the first batch of 41 Afghan trucks that entered the

Many Indian students in Ukraine are studying medicine. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - Indian students pursuing higher education in Ukraine have been caught in an uncertain and difficult situation amid the eastern European country's growing tensions with neighboring Russia. While parents

KATHMANDU (IANS) – India’s small Himalayan neighbor, Nepal, has been caught in diplomatic wrangling between the US and China, over a $500 million US grant to Nepal. After Nepal delayed in ratifying the US aid in Parliament, a senior US State

Chris Alexander is the former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - Former Canadian minister and diplomat Chris Alexander has hit out at Pakistan saying it should compensate 9/11 victims as the attacks were planned in Karachi. The former

NEW DELHI (IANS) – India’s Income Tax department on Feb.16 carried out raids at multiple premises linked to Chinese tech conglomerate Huawei across the country in connection with alleged tax evasion. A source said the raids were being conducted in the

There is increasing fear that Russia will invade Ukraine leading to political chaos across Europe. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - India is among several countries including the US, the UK, Germany and Singapore, who issued an advisory for their nationals

The disputed Hindu Gymkhana in Karachi. (IANS photo) By SANJEEV SHARMA NEW DELHI - Despite court orders, Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) remains unwilling to vacate the Hindu Gymkhana in Karachi, a protected heritage site that was rented to the

Neil Basu’splain-speaking in the past may have rubbed decision-makers Prime Minister Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel the wrong way says reports. (IANS photo) LONDON (IANS) - Neil Basu, an Indian-origin British police officer, is widely believed in political and

It is widely believed Pak's ISI aided the Taliban's lightning seizure of power and India is now offsetting that influence. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - In a surprise shift with major regional implications, India is reaching out to the Taliban-led

Imran Khan believes China is a friend of India, not the US. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the US has always used his country for its purposes. "Whenever the US needed us, they

LONDON (IANS) - The Indian government’s failure to crack down on the persecution of religious and other minorities by Hindu nationalists continues to weigh on the country’s democracy score, which has declined significantly in recent years, as per the EIUs

NEW DELHI (IANS) - A sessions court in Pakistan's Ghotki has sentenced a Hindu man to life in prison on charges of blasphemy. Nautan Lal has been fined Rs 50,000 as well, Samaa TV reported. Additional Sessions Judge Mumtaz Ali Solangi

LONDON (IANS) - Rishi Sunak, the Indian-origin chancellor of the exchequer in the British government, was allegedly photographed standing beside Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a gathering in the cabinet room of 10 Downing Street to celebrate Johnson's birthday in

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Pakistan and China are all set to sign different agreements worth $10-15 billion during the ongoing visit of Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan to China, including rollover of $4 billion deposits, fresh loan of $4 billion,

NEW DELHI (IANS) - With the eyes of the world and a billion of its own citizens fixed on northern China, the 'magical' scenery and snow at the Beijing Winter Olympics has been secretly choreographed by weather-altering state scientists,

From IW News Desk NEW DELHI — India on Feb.3 announced it would join the U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of Beijing’s Winter Olympics. An angry India made the announcement after China included in the torch relay a soldier who clashed with Indian

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - India has called for de-escalating of tensions around Ukraine through a diplomatic solution that addresses "legitimate security interests of all" as the US and Russia clashed in the Security Council on Jan.31. India's Permanent Representative T.S.

DUBAI (IANS) - A 33-year-old Kerala businesswoman in Dubai has an unending passion for collecting Disney plush toys and holds a Limca book of records for her hobby. Rizwana Ghori, who hails from Thrissur and has been living in Dubai for

Judge Sarala Nagala was confirmed to the U.S. District Court of Connecticut by a 52-46 vote in the U.S. Senate. (LinkedIn photo via shethepeople.tv) India-West Staff Reporter Two new federal judges for Connecticut have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate including Indian

File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing the media during a protest march by Opposition leaders from Parliament to Vijay Chowk against issues like Pegasus, on Aug. 12, 2021, in New Delhi, India. (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) By

Air stewardesses pose for a picture during the unveiling of a SpiceJet Boeing 737 design celebrating India's administering its billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose, during an unveiling event at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Oct. 21, 2021.

Indian Prime Minister Modi said that the scheme, estimated to cost Rs 64,000 crore, would make the health infrastructure self-reliant. (photo via IANS) VARANASI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi Oct. 25 launched the Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana from his

As India achieved the milestone of administering over 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, BJP leader Parvesh Verma celebrated by distributing sweets to party workers and people at Janpath on Oct. 21, 2021 in New Delhi, India. (Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via

An Indian health worker (left) registers a man for a dose of the Covaxin vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a health center in New Delhi on Oct. 21, 2021, the day India administered its billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose. (Prakash

Swab tests being administered to passengers arriving at the New Delhi Railway Station on Aug. 5, 2021. (Qamar Sibtain/IANS photo) NEW DELHI – India on Oct. 20 issued a revised travel advisory for international visitors, making a negative RT-PCR test report

S.K. Sundaram was also named a 2021 ASM International Fellow. (alfred.edu photo) India-West Staff Reporter ASM International recently announced its class of 2021, with two Indian Americans named among the honorees. Among the Fellows for 2021 were Dr. Govindarajan Muralidharan and Prof. S.K.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Development Committee meeting of the World Bank-IMF through video conferencing in New Delhi on Oct. 15. She shared measures taken to combat COVID-19, including the first stimulus of $23B to provide direct cash transfers

Sep Saraj Singh, Sep Vaisakh H, NB Sub Jaswinder Singh, Nk Mandeep Singh and Sepoy Gajjan Singh lost their lives during an ongoing operation in Shahadra, Thanamandi and Rajouri on Oct. 11. (ANI Photo) Associated Press SRINAGAR, India — Five Indian soldiers

>“It is a matter of concern that the large-scale buildup has occurred and continues to be in place, and to sustain that kind of a buildup, there has been an equal amount of infrastructure development on the Chinese side,” Gen.

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) WASHINGTON/DELHI – U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is on a two-day visit to India, also met External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. (photo via IANS) From News Dispatches NEW YORK (IANS) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman thanked India on

People during a mega vaccination drive at Sushant Lok 1, on Sept. 30, 2021 in Gurugram, India. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) By ASHOK SHARMA NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Oct. 1 that British nationals arriving in the

Nalini Joseph’s passion for protecting children made her a natural fit for the recently-launched statewide task force on adverse childhood experiences-informed courts. (LinkedIn photo) India-West Staff Reporter Salisbury, North Carolina, resident Nalini Joseph was named as one of the members of a

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal will join the Securities and Exchange Commission July 26 to serve as director of the Division of Enforcement. Shortly after taking office as attorney general, the Sikh American began an exhaustive campaign of rooting

Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee On Foreign Affairs March 10, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was signed by all

An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Parimpora area of Jammu and Kashmir June 28. (IANS photo) SRINAGAR – One more terrorist was killed in an ongoing encounter between militants and security forces in the Chimmer area in

Morgan Hill, Calif.-based Indian American physician Kusum Atraya, who specializes in sleep apnea disorders, collected CPAP machines, which, with a little bit of tweaking, can be used as non-invasive ventilators for people with COVID-19. Two shipments of these devices have

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks by videolink at the Leaders Climate Summit convened by US President Joe Biden on April 22. (White House/IANS photo). NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi June 29 held a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah,

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Indian American climate scientist at U.C. San Diego, is set to receive the Blue Planet Prize, an international environmental award. He is seen above speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, on Oct. 13, 2007 in New Delhi,

Suspected anti-Indian rebel Nadeem Abrar. (photo via Twitter) By AIJAZ HUSSAIN/Associated Press SRINAGAR — A suspected rebel commander being held in police custody was killed in a gunfight between government forces and another militant in disputed Kashmir’s main city, Indian police said

The nine Indian American finalists will compete in the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals on July 8. Seen above are five of the finalists (left to right): Bhavana Madini, Sreethan Gajula, Ashrita Gandhari, Avani Joshi, Vivinsha Veduru. (spellingbee.com photos) India-West

A health worker administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at Malleshwaram during the COVID-19 vaccination drive in Bengaluru on June 25. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI (IANS) — Warning that the second wave of Covid-19 "still not over,”

One terrorist was killed while another surrendered with an AK rifle during an encounter between militants and security forces on the Hanjipora area at south Kashmir’s Shopian district in Srinagar on June 25, 2021. (IANS photo) By AIJAZ HUSSAIN/Associated Press SRINAGAR, India

File photo of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking at the Microsoft CEO Summit in Mumbai on Feb. 24, 2020. (IANS photo) India-West Staff Reporter Microsoft Corp. June 16 announced that the board's independent directors unanimously elected Indian American CEO Satya Nadella to

Carnegie Mellon University faculty member Sivaraman Balakrishnan has received an Amazon Research Award. The Indian American statistics professor is with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. (cmu.edu photo) India-West Staff Reporter Carnegie Mellon University June 8 announced that Sivaraman Balakrishnan

File photo of people paying tribute to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its ninth anniversary in Agra in November 2017. (IANS photo) By STEFANIE DAZIO/Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A former Chicago businessman will remain in the United

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey poses with students after an interaction session at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on Nov. 12, 2018. Dorsey hosted a town hall meeting with university students on his visit to the Indian

An Indian American engineer at Lehigh University, Srinivas Rangarajan, recently was honored with a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. (Lehigh University photo) India-West Staff Reporter Lehigh University June 8 announced that computational chemical engineer Srinivas Rangarajan was named a recipient of a

Ramkumar Ramanathan wins in the 2nd round of Wimbledon qualifiers. (photo via IANS) WIMBLEDON — India's Ramkumar Ramanathan defeated Argentina's Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Wimbledon singles qualifiers here June 23. The Indian hammered six aces

The Chief of Army Staff, General M.M. Naravane, met Himachal Pradesh Governor, Bandaru Dattatreya in Shimla June 25. (IANS photo) SHIMLA — The Chief of Army Staff, General M.M. Naravane, met Himachal Pradesh Governor, Bandaru Dattatreya, here June 25 and held

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (center), head of the banned Pakistani charity organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) attends a protest to mark Kashmir Solidarity day in Lahore on February 5, 2015. (Arif Ali/AFP via Getty Images) By BABAR DOGAR and ASIM TANVEER/Associated Press LAHORE — Pakistani

Anjali Nambrath was among two Indian Americans at MIT who were named Fulbright Fellows. (mit.edu photo) India-West Staff Reporter MIT recently announced that 12 students were named Fulbright Fellows, including Indian Americans Anjali Nambrath and Meghana Kamineni. The fellowships are for the 2021-2022

This photograph provided by the Prime Minister's Office shows members of various political parties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, and Home Minister Amit Shah, center left, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, June 24, 2021. India’s prime minister is

Hafiz Saeed. (IANS file photo) By BABAR DOGAR/Associated Press LAHORE — A powerful car bomb went off near the residence of a jailed anti-India militant leader in Pakistan June 23, killing at least three people and wounding 25 others, police and rescue

Nirav Modi has lost the first stage of his extradition appeal. (IANS photo) LONDON — Fugitive diamond marchent Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, has lost the first stage of

The US Navy and the Indian Air Force will carry out joint drills in the Indian Ocean Region for two days starting June 23. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI — The U.S. Navy and the Indian Air Force will carry out joint

Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami. (twitter photo via IANS) MUMBAI — The Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami, who is one of the accused in the Television Rating Points scam unearthed last year, has been named in a massive 1,800-page

Arup Chakraborty was honored by MIT as an Institute Professor, considered MIT’s highest honor. (mit.edu photo) India-West Staff Reporter The Massachusetts Institute of Technology last month announced that it has bestowed its highest honor to two chemical engineers, including Indian American Arup

Pakistan and China are reportedly collaborating to conduct an information war campaign globally. (IANS photo) By Sumit Kumar Singh/IANS NEW DELHI — Pakistan and China are reportedly collaborating to conduct an information war campaign globally — with China providing finances and guidance

Indian American civil rights lawyer Shekar Krishnan is among nine candidates running in the primary. He is seen above with his family. (voteshekar.com photo) India-West Staff Reporter A couple of Indian Americans are vying to win the June 22 Democratic primary for

The Amarnath Yatra cave shrine. (IANS photo) SRINAGAR — The annual Amarnath Yatra would be symbolic only this year, in wake of the Covid pandemic, but all the traditional religious rituals will be performed at the cave shrine as per practice,

Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani was one of the Indian Americans highlighted by the Marquis Who’s Who of Influencers in Science, Technology, Education and Medicine for the publisher’s May edition. (reshmasaujani.com photo) India-West Staff Reporter Marquis Who's Who, the world's leading

Fake drug rackets reaching rural areas. (free photo via IANS) CHANDIGARH – Punjab Police June 18 cracked a multi-crore rupee interstate fake Remdesivir manufacturing racket with the arrest of six people, including the kingpin, who used to black market fake replicas

Radhika Fox is the CEO of the U.S. Water Alliance, a national nonprofit organization advancing policies and programs that build a sustainable water future. She is seen here speaking at the 2016 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on

Penpa Tsering, the new president of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, attends a breakfast briefing at the International Press Center of Barcelona on June 15, 2010. (Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images) By ASHWINI BHATIA/Associated Press DHARAMSALA — The new president of the Tibetan exile

India Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. (IANS photo) By SHEIKH SAALIQ/Associated Press NEW DELHI — The standoff between the Indian government and Twitter escalated June 16 when the country’s technology minister accused the social media giant of deliberately not complying with local

Sarala Nagala, deputy chief of the Major Crimes Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut. (LinkedIn photo via shethepeople.tv) India-West Staff Reporter President Joe Biden June 15 announced a wave of judicial nominations, with Indian American Sarala Vidya

Indian American businessman Narsan Lingala, shown here with his co-conspirator Sandya Reddy, was convicted June 11 of several counts related to hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife. Lingala faces up to 50 years in prison. (Narsan Lingala

India’s Supreme Court June 15 closed criminal proceedings against two Italian marines in the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen. Pictured is Italian mariner Salvatore Girone, one of the accused. (photo via twitter) Associated Press NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court June

The University of Wisconsin’s Aditya Akella was named among the 2021 Blavatnik National Award finalists. (cs.utexas.edu photo) By GIOVANNI ALBANESE Jr./India-West Staff Reporter The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences June 15 announced the finalists for the 2021

Sohi Sanjay Patel, a high school student in The Woodlands, Texas, was named the winner of the Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award at the 2021 virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. (usaid.gov photo) India-West Staff Reporter The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A member of the transgender community gets a dose of the Covishield Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a health centre in Chennai on May 20. (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images) By DAR YASIN/Associated Press SRINAGAR — Singing and dancing at weddings used to

In a rare agreement between two arch-rivals India and Pakistan, exporters from both sides of the border have mutually agreed to share the ownership of the regions prized Basmati rice. (photo via IANS) By HAMZA AMEER/IANS ISLAMABAD — In a rare agreement

Relatives and neighbors grieve during the funeral of a slain policeman, who died during an attack on Indian security personnel by suspected militants in Sopore, in Srinagar on June 12. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP via Getty Images) Associated Press SRINAGAR — A heated gun

Shrey Gandhi, an Indian American student at Troy High in Fullerton, Calif., helped raise $5,000 to help alleviate suffering in rural India caused by the pandemic. (photo provided) India-West Staff Reporter FULLERTON, Calif. ­– Shrey Gandhi, an Indian American high school student

Vikas Singla, an Indian American executive at a network security company, has been charged with a cyberattack. (representational image/pixabay.com) Associated Press ATLANTA — A network security company executive has made an initial court appearance on charges stemming from a 2018 cyberattack on

The Indian American-founded HOH nonprofit has sent medical aid to India for Covid in collaboration with IIT-Kanpur alumni. Above: Health workers giving the vaccine to people in their own cars during a drive-in-vaccination at a shopping mall due in Kolkata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI photo) NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi June 12 while attending the G7 Summit virtually, made a strong plea for a temporary waiver on Covid-19 vaccine patents. Official sources said the prime minister sought the support

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Indian American Department of Energy Chief of Staff Tarak Shah (r) raise the Progress Pride Flag outside the Department of Energy June 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) India-West Staff Reporter President Biden has issued

The Economic Offences Wing of the Chennai Police said June 11 that it has arrested Ravi Parthasarathy, the former Chairman of IL&FS Group, in the Rs. 1 lakh crore scam, which triggered a liquidity crisis in the financial services market

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. (IANS photo) SHIMLA — Congress veteran and six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh June 11 tested positive for Covid-19, the second time in less than 60 days, doctors said on . "Virbhadra Singh was running

People visit the Great Wall during the labour day holiday in Beijing on May 1. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images) Associated Press NEW DELHI — India is asking China to facilitate essential two-way travel between the countries and grant visas to Indian

Dr. Abhay Malhotra and Dr. Rajiv Dutta, two Indian American physicians who are part of the effort to send essential medical supplies to India to help combat the latest surge in COVID-19. (photo provided) India-West Staff Reporter Mount Sinai South Nassau in

Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Arindam Bagchi. (ANI photo) NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in G7 outreach sessions on June 12 and 13 in a virtual format. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at

Former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah. (photo via IANS) SRINAGAR (IANS) — Amid speculation about any possible changes to the status of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference President

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of Rhode Island state Department of Health. (health.ri.gov photo) PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — With the coronavirus apparently on the run in Rhode Island, the state is sending help to other areas of the world still battling the

Enterprise software company VMware announced the appointment of Raghu Raghuram as its new CEO effective from June 1. (vmware.com photo) NEW DELHI – It’s time to move over for Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Google's Sundar Pichai or Adobe's Shantanu Narayan as new

Four hundred oxygen concentrators have been donated so far by the American Telugu Association to the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, according to the group’s Indian American president Bhuvanesh Boojala. (photo provided) India-West Staff Reporter The American Telugu Association announced June

People stand in a queue to register for a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center, in Guwahati on June 5. (ANI photo) NEW DELHI – After the U.S. lifted its embargo on the raw materials required to produce a COVID-19 vaccine,

Indian scientist couple Dr. Monali Rahalkar and Dr. Rahul Bahulikar. (ANI photo) PUNE, Maharashtra – An Indian scientist couple is working with netizens globally and has discovered some compelling evidence to support the hypothesis that the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) originated from

Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi sitting in a wheelchair arrives at a courthouse in Antigua and Barbuda on June 3. (ANI photo) Associated Press ROSEAU, Dominica — A wealthy jeweler sought by Indian authorities for questioning in an alleged $1.8 billion fraud case

Twitter logo. (commons.wikimedia.org photo) By ASHOK SHARMA NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government June 5 warned Twitter to immediately comply with the country’s new social media regulations, which critics say give the government more power to police online content. Twitter is involved in

A health worker collects Covid-19 test swabs. (photo via IANS) THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — For the first time in weeks, Kerala's test positivity rate fell below 15 per cent June 4, and death rates are also down, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in

TV Journalist Varun Hiremath has been accused of rape. (Facebook photo) NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court June 4 observed what can be said if a man and woman are in a room, and the man makes a request and the

Led by Indian American entrepreneur Beerud Sheth, GupShup, a conversational messaging platform based in India, has partnered with nonprofits and non-government organizations to help India through its recent COVID-19 surge. (photo provided) By GIOVANNI ALBANESE Jr./India-West Staff Reporter An India-based conversational messaging

Raja V. Ramani, mineral engineering professor at Penn State University. (psu.edu photo) India-West Staff Reporter The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum recently announced its 2021 Hall of Fame inductees, with Indian American Raja V. Ramani among the quartet of individuals

Kolkata health workers administer the Covid-19 vaccine. Indian students planning on attending U.S. universities who have been inoculated with India's indigenous Covaxin or the Russian-made Sputnik V are being asked to revaccinate as these vaccines have not yet been approved

A number of Indian American students were named May 13 as 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars by the Department of Education. (presidentialscholars.org photo) India-West Staff Reporter The Department of Education May 13 announced the latest group of U.S. Presidential Scholars, with a number

Sahil Lauji of Harvard. (Harvard.edu photo) Two Indian Americans are among the incoming class of Gaither Junior Fellows for the 2021-2022 year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced recently. The latest class – which comprises 13 students – includes Sahil Lauji

Mumbai-born Jilly Gokalgandhi is the first Indian American to be elected to public office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gokalgandhi secured a seat on the Milwaukee Public School Board in an election held April 6. (jillyformps.org photo) India-West Staff Reporter Mumbai-born Jilly Gokalgandhi won

Sachin Pilot. (IANS photo) By SAIYED MOZIZ IMAM ZAIDI/IANS NEW DELHI — The Congress high command is mulling to appoint a new in-charge for Gujarat after the untimely demise of Rajeev Satav last month. Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Satav (46), who was

The human brain. (Wikimedia Commons photo) By N. B. HOMBAL/IAN BENGALURU — Scientists from Bengaluru-based Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research have developed a device that can mimic the human brain's cognitive actions and is more efficient than conventional techniques in

A health worker inoculates people with a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus, at a drive-through vaccination center in New Delhi on May 30. (IANS photo) NEW DELHI — Noting that the Covid-19 vaccination drive is ramping up,

Ashma Pandya, an Indian American University of Illinois at Chicago Goldwater Scholar, is hoping to build the first living cell prototype. (uic.edu photo) India-West Staff Reporter An Indian American recent Goldwater Scholar from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ashma Pandya, is

An image of an oxygen generation plant from one of Sewa’s suppliers. “This will also make India future-ready to face a possible third wave of the pandemic,” said Arun Kankani, Indian American president of Sewa International in Houston, Texas. (photo

Shree Saini. (photo provided) India-West Staff Reporter Miss Washington World America “Beauty with a Purpose Brand Ambassador” Shree Saini walked away with three Global Beauty Awards wins – Best Titleholder, Brand Ambassador and People’s Choice – at the 4th Annual Global Beauty

Health services being provided to Covid-affected patients in rural Telangana. (IANS photo) HYDERABAD – The Telangana Information Technology Association and the American Telangana Society have come together to launch health services to help patients battling Covid-19 in rural areas in the

Indian ward attendant Kishan Singh prepares to attach oxygen cylinders needed to help treat patients suffering from the coronavirus to the main supply line at the Community Health Centre, a designated coronavirus treatment center, on May 21, 2021 in Jajod,

Edison, New Jersey, resident Kiran Shukla is seen here with her 19-year-old son, Samyak Shukla, and her husband Jitendra Shukla, who passed away May 11 from liver failure. Kiran, who is currently stuck in India because of the indefinite travel

Indian American social justice attorney Janani Ramachandran is one of eight candidates for California’s 18th District state Assembly seat, in a special election to be held June 29. “I’m running not just to be any other Democrat. I’m running to