NEW DELHI (IANS) - In the information war launched against the Indian state by the pro-Khalistan groups, Satluj network is the new kid on the block. Founded by Arizona businessman Tony Mangat, the network has Punjab secession as its notable theme.

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - A US Department of State spokesperson has said that Washington is watching Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's case in Indian courts in the wake of the latter's disqualification as an MP following a defamation case. During a press

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC -  Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA)  announced March 26 that he won’t enter the competitive Democratic primary to fill retiring Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat, electing instead to endorse Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee instead. “I have concluded that despite

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has appointed Indian American healthcare professional Srilekha Palle to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board (VAAB). In her new role, Palle will advise and inform the Governor on issues facing the Asian American

PHOENIX, AZ (IANS) - Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has signed an executive order prohibiting race-based hair discrimination in workplaces and schools, a move that could help Sikhs who must wear turban and maintain uncut hair and beard. The order will prohibit

SACRAMENTO, CA (IANS) - An Afghan-American lawmaker in California has introduced a bill to make caste discrimination illegal and if passed, it will become the first ever US state to outlaw discrimination based on caste.The bill was authored and introduced on

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) The White House will disband its Covid-19 response team led by Indian-American physician Ashish Jha, as the public health emergency over the pandemic is set to expire on May 11, officials said.Under President Joe Biden's administration, the team

India-West Staff Reporter  DALLAS, TX - Mayor Eric L. Johnson has appointed Arun Agarwal to serve as Chair of the Community Bond Task Force (CBTF) Committee as part of the 2024 Capital Bond Program development process. Agarwal currently serves as the President

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate Indian American policy expert Nisha Desai Biswal as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The US International Development Finance Corporation is America's

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American attorney and educator Neil Makhija has thrown his hat in the ring for the May 16 primary election for Commissioner of Montgomery County -- the third largest county in Pennsylvania with over 865,000

By YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The bruising confirmation that played out over two years might have left Eric Garcetti, incoming US Ambassador to India, looking like "damaged goods". But it will be helpful to step back a little and

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Indian American Ravi Chaudhary was confirmed by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and the Environment by a bipartisan vote of 65-29. With this appointment, Minneapolis native Chaudhary becomes the

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Eric Garcetti was confirmed as the next US Ambassador to India on March 15, ending a logjam that had left an important American mission abroad without a regular envoy for almost two years and his fate

TORONTO (IANS) - A tweet by a Toronto Sun journalist on the color of a prominent Canadian Sikh leader's turban was deleted after it drew sharp reactions from the community, calling it "insensitive" and "inappropriate".While MPs questioned grocery price inflation in

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Eric Garcetti may finally be on his way to New Delhi to take office as the US Ambassador to India, nearly two years after his nomination was announced by the White House. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee

India-West News Desk RICHMOND, VA - Indian American Democrat Kannan Srinivasan has announced his candidacy for the 26th District of the Virginia House of Delegates with 20 major endorsements and the support of elected officials and residents across the district. The 26th

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Democrat Suhas Subramanyam has announced his bid for Virginia's newly drawn 32nd Senate District. Subramanyam, who is serving the 87th District of Virginia, will try to fill the seat of Senator John Bell, who announced he

NEW DELHI (ANI) - Born in Ahmedabad, Vedant Patel moved to the US when he was very young and created history last September by becoming the first Indian American to hold the daily State Department press briefing. He has been

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - A majority of voters are unenthusiastic about Vice President Kamala Harris’ potential presidential run in 2024, shows a new poll. According to The Telegraph, Biden's Indian-origin second-in-command has struggled to gain traction among Democrats nationwide amid

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Nikki Haley has kicked off her against-all-odds campaign for the Republican Party's presidential nomination with visits to two key states portraying herself as a "badass" woman who can get things done. However, she will first have

SAN DIEGO, CA (IANS) - Indian American Democrat Darshana Patel announced her bid to run for the California State Assembly District 76 in 2024. Patel, 48, said she will not be seeking a third term as California's Poway Unified School District

BY ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - A second Indian American, Vivek Ramaswamy, has joined the fray for the Republican Party's presidential nomination taking on former President Donald Trump as well as Nikki Haley with a campaign focused on culture

SEATTLE, WA (IANS) - Seattle has become the first US city to ban caste discrimination, pushing back against opposition by several organizations. The City Council on February 21 approved the legislative measure sponsored by Councilor Kshama Sawant, a member of the

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Calling Indian American Nikki Haley a 'bimbo' and 'preposterous creature', conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter asked the Republican presidential candidate to return to India. "Why don't you go back to your own country?" Coulter said,

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Republican Nikki Haley, a former ambassador of the US government to the UN, is trying to create history and become another Kamala Harris by choosing to make a 2024 presidential run for the White House. The media

New York, (IANS) Indian-American economist Bharat Ramamurti and four other individuals have been selected by US President Joe Biden as important members of his economic team to carry out his "steady and stable growth strategy." Ramamurti, who is now the National

Washington (IANS) A group of House Democrats proposed a resolution to expel Republican lawmaker George Santos from Congress after he admitted to lying about his educational background and professional biography. "We gave him plenty of time to resign, and he has

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American Congressman Ami Bera has been named to serve on the influential House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for the 118th Congress. The Intelligence Committee is charged with providing oversight of the nation's intelligence activities,

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi on February 2 (local time) was appointed to serve as Ranking Member on the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). "I'm grateful

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has been named Ranking Member of the US House Judiciary Committee's panel on Immigration, making her the first immigrant to serve in a leadership role for the subcommittee. Jayapal, 57, will

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American Republican Nikki Haley plans to announce the launch of her 2024 presidential campaign by February 15, according to a report. Haley, 51, who served as South Carolina governor for six years, will formally declare

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The Washington State Democratic Party has chosen Shasti Conrad as its new chair, making her the youngest and first Indian American woman to serve as a state party chair anywhere in the country. Conrad, 38, a political

FREMONT, CA (ANI) – Indian Americans here, on January 28, held a protest against the BBC documentary series "India: The Modi Question." About 50 members, under the banner of "Indian Diaspora", chanting “biased BBC" and "racist BBC" marched on the streets

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Harmeet Dhillon lost her bid to head the Republican National Committee (RNC). The current RNC chair Ronna McDaniel was re-elected on January 27 at the Committee's meeting in California despite criticism for having led the

KATHMANDU, (IANS) - Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Rabi Lamichhane, accused of holding dual Nepali and American citizenship, on January 27 lost the citizenship battle, as the Supreme Court annulled his status as a lawmaker. A constitutional

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - US President Joe Biden has renominated Indian American attorney Arun Subramanian to be the District Court judge for the Southern District of New York. If confirmed, Subramanian, who would replace Alison J. Nathan, would become the

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Indian American Vivek Malek on January 24 became Missouri's first non-white state officeholder. The 45-year-old attorney was sworn in as State Treasurer surrounded by family and at least 200 supporters. “As your state treasurer, I’ll stand up for

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American New York City Councilor Shekar Krishnan is facing the ire of protesters for supporting drag queens reading out to children in public libraries. Krishnan, who is the Council Member for District 25, came home

By YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Nikki Haley, the Indian American Republican who is eyeing the White House in 2024, has been accused of plotting to become former President Donald Trump's Vice President. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Indian American Republican politician Nikki Haley said former Secretary of State Mike Pompeos claim that she plotted to replace Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s Vice President was "lies and gossip to sell a book". The former UN

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The White House has released its first-ever national strategy to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Senior Biden-Harris administration officials outlined the details of an action plan made by 32

OAKLAND, CA (IANS) - Indian American attorney Janani Ramachandran became the youngest and first queer woman of color to take oath as City Council member for Oakland's District 4. Ramachandran, 30, became the first Oakland City Council candidate to declare her

ATLANTA, GA  (IANS) - Making a pitch for immigration reforms, a Congressman has cited the contributions of Indian immigrants, who, he said, pay six percent of taxes in the US. Saying that the US must "make sure we streamline the immigration

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American City Commissioner Usha Reddi took was sworn in as a Kansas State Senator, replacing incumbent Tom Hawk, who announced his retirement last month. Reddi will complete the remainder of Senator Hawk's term, which expires

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Shri Thanedar (MI-13) on January 11 celebrated the largest representation of Indian American members of Congress in U.S. history.  “When

India-West News Desk WASHIGNTON, DC - In a public letter addressed to the Republican National Committee, a group of 20 party mega-donors has thrown their weight behind the candidacy of Harmeet Dhillon, the Indian American California-based attorney, to replace its current chairwoman,

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Indian American Moh Sharma is part of the senior leadership team announced by Hakeem Jeffries, who was recently elected as the Democratic Party's leader in the new US House of Representatives. Sharma will join the team as

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – The country, it would seem, was a hairbreadth away from having Indian American Kash Patel as CIA chief. Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former aide to Donald Trump when he was President, told the congressional committee investigating the attack

India-West News Desk FORT BEND, TX - Judges Juli A. Mathew, K.P. George, and Surendran K. Pattel, all Democrats, took the oath of office at a ceremony on January 2. Texas had the most Indian Americans running for judicial positions in

By GURMUKH SINGH TORONTO, (IANS) - The Khalistan referendum - held in September and November - became a huge irritant in India-Canada relations in 2022 and a major point of friction in the Indo-Canadian community as pro-Khalistan and pro-India supporters clashed

By YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Assertive Hinduism was the most visible US import from India in 2022, courtesy of the Indian American community. An event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence at the  Capitol was turned into a

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - President Joe Biden has nominated Indian American Richard Verma, a former ambassador to India, as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, the White House said in an announcement on December 23. It marks a new

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Chandigarh-born lawyer Kudrat Dutta Chaudhary has become the first Indian American to assume the office of Commissioner to the Immigrant Rights Commission for the city and county of San Francisco. The Immigrant Rights Commission guides the

SACRAMENTO, CA (IANS) - Mikey Hothi has been unanimously elected as the 117th mayor of Lodi city in northern CA, becoming the first Sikh to hold the position in the city's history. Hothi, whose parents are from Punjab, previously served as

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Busloads of migrants were dropped off outside the US Vice President Kamala Harris' official residence at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. on Christmas weekend. More than 100 migrants -- including women and children -- reportedly

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) has lost his bid to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with the new House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries appointing Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)to the job. Jeffries, in a statement, said DelBene

India-West News Desk JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Governor Mike Parson announced that he is appointing Indian American Vivek Malek as the next State Treasurer. Media reports indicated that this would make him the first person of color to serve in a

India-West Staff Reporter BUENA PARK, CA – A strong contingent of Indian American community members attended the swearing-in ceremony of CA State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, who was reelected for the fifth time. US District Court Judge David O. Carter performed the

SUNNYVALE, CA (IANS) - In a tight race, an Indian American engineer won an open seat in a city council election here, by just a single vote. Murali Srinivasan became the first Indian-American council member elected in Sunnyvale and the first

India-West Staff Reporter IRVINE, CA - Farrah N. Khan was sworn into office for a second term as the city of Irvine’s Mayor, along with newly elected Councilmembers Larry Agran and Kathleen Treseder on December 13 in front of a capacity

By YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Indian American friends of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and the ruling BJP are facing growing scrutiny from US authorities under a law that requires Americans working for or on behalf of foreign governments

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford University professor, who had said that Covid lockdowns would harm children, was placed on a "Trends Blacklist", internal Twitter documents have revealed This came to light with the second installment of "Twitter

India-West Staff Reporter SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Calm and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are teaming up to help ease end-of-year stress for Americans across the country. As part of the campaign, Murthy has released “Mindfulness Tools,” a mindfulness content

TORONTO, (IANS) - Rachna Singh, a postgraduate in psychology from Panjab University, has been sworn in as Minister of Education and Child Care of British Columbia. She is the second Punjabi after Moe Sihota to handle the portfolio, but the

India-West News Desk ATLANTA, GA - The final piece of the US 2022 midterm election fell into place on December 6 night with Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock narrowly securing his re-election to the Senate giving his party a firm grip on

India-West News Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Harmeet Dhillon, a Sikh American and a former Trump campaign attorney has announced she will challenge Ronna McDaniel to head the Republican National Committee (RNC). She made the announcement official on Fox News’s ‘Tucker

India-West News Desk CLEMSON, SC – At her alma mater here on November 30, the former Governor of South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said she would make a decision on her run for the White House in 2024.   At Clemson University,

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Putting an end to speculation of entering the House Democratic leadership race, Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said she will run for re-election as Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair. Jayapal also said that she would be endorsing President

India-West News Desk LAS VEGAS, NV – Indian American Nikki Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina has once again hinted she could run for president in 2024 while delivering a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting, here. She said,

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - The partnership between India and the United States "has become more important than ever," U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said on November 20, underscoring the close cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic between the two democracies.

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - A month after leaving the Democratic party, calling it an 'elitist cabal of warmongers', former HI congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has joined Fox News as a paid contributor. A Fox News representative confirmed to the Los Angeles

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) is running for his party’s campaign arm. The upcoming presidential election in 2024 is again being seen as a critical one for democracy and the state of US politics. Bera has written

NAPERVILLE, IL (IANS) - Nabeela Syed, who was recently elected to the IL legislature, thanked her Indian-American campaign manager and friend Anusha Thotakura, for her victory in the November 8 midterm polls. The recent college graduate and a first-generation hijab-wearing Indian

Kevin Olickal, Mujtaba Mohammed, Dr. Megan Srinivas India-West News Desk WASHINTON, DC – “I especially want to thank the young people of this nation… who voted in record numbers,” said President Joe Biden in a briefing with reporters November 9 calling the

SACRAMENTO, CA (IANS) - Jasmeet Kaur Bains, a family physician from Bakersfield, made history by becoming the first Indian Sikh woman to be elected to the California Assembly. In a Democrat vs Democrat race for the 35th Assembly District in Kern

By YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - US voters have spoken, but control of the US Congress hung in balance on November 9 as several key races remained undecided. Republicans are favored to wrest control of the House of Representatives, but the

India-West News Desk CHICAGO, IL - “My name is Nabeela Syed. I’m a 23-year-old Muslim, Indian-American woman. We just flipped a Republican-held suburban district,” tweeted the victor of the race for the seat of the 51st House District of the IL

India-West News Desk HARRISBURG, PA – In a  state House where Republicans hold a strong majority, Democrats now have an Indian American – Dr. Arvind Venkat. He has flipped a reliably GOP seat. “Thank you to the voters of House District 30 --

India-West News Desk DETROIT, MI - “We did it!” said a beaming Shri Thanedar on November 8, when his became one of the races where voters had been overwhelmingly clear giving him a landslide victory and sending him to the US

“I am humbled and honored to be your lieutenant governor-elect,” tweeted Aruna Miller after the election night celebrations. ANNAPOLIS, MD - Aruna Miller has been elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in the midterm elections in which the Democrats wrested the top spots

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - America witnessed unprecedented early voting for the midterms on November 8 as 41 million voters have cast their vote - a million more than the 2018 midterms - as both President Joe Biden and his predecessor

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - There are eight Indian Americans running for the House of Representatives in the midterm elections -- four of them sitting Democratic Party members; three Republicans, and a Democrat aspiring to join them in the "Samosa Caucus". All

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Ahead of the November 8 mid-term elections, Indian American candidate, and businessman Vibhuti Jha has apologized for his anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh tweets, saying he wants to "bring people together and celebrate diversity. Jha, who has deleted

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Vice President Kamala Harris looked "somewhat unshackled" as she handed out sparklers to guests at a Diwali party she hosted at her official residence, the Naval Conservatory here, recently. Guests recalled that Harris looked "freed" and "joyful",

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The Republican Party is using special software to identify Hindu voters with a view to tapping them for particularly close contests in the upcoming midterm elections. Shalabh Kumar, the Hindu outreach for the Republican party and former

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - The United States continues to seek the expeditious confirmation of Eric Garcetti, as the ambassador to India, the White House said while adding that it is a key issue for the Biden administration. White House Press secretary

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Supporters of the Congress held a march here mirroring the "Bharat Jodo Yatra" organized in India by party leader Rahul Gandhi. The participants in the program billed as "Unity Walk in New York" marched on October

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - More than four in 10 Americans believe the United States should become a 'Christian Nation', according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, an American think-tank based in Washington. The survey also found that most

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Shefali Razdan Duggal who will be the ambassador to the Netherlands was sworn into office by Vice President Kamala Harris. "I had the privilege of swearing in Shefali Razdan Duggal to be our next Ambassador to the

SEATTLE, WA (IANS) – Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant has slammed Seattle police for not investigating repeated 'feces attacks' on her house, which she says is politically motivated. Sawant, 49, said an unknown suspect has thrown plastic bags filled with

India-West Staff Reporter Republican Harry Arora, running to be State Treasurer is the first Indian American to make it as a candidate on a statewide ticket in CT. Currently, a two-term elected official in the state legislature (CT -151) which includes Greenwich

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Suraj Patel, the former congressional candidate who made headlines during his campaign has participated in a cliché: the big fat Indian wedding. Along with his family, he was seen dancing on the streets of New York

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - On October 15 a couple of Congressmen placed a proposed resolution in the House, urging President Joe Biden to consider recognizing the atrocities committed by the Armed Forces of Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War of

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - Once a darling of the Indian American community Tulsi Gabbard a former US presidential candidate on October 11 announced her exit from the Democratic Party, blaming the party for racializing every issue in the nation and

WASHINTON, DC (IANS) - Dr. Bhavi Kumar, a prominent family physician in Houston, warned a US house panel of the repercussions of the Texas abortion laws as being the most restrictive in the country and denounced a recent push to

By Governor GAVIN NEWSOM California’s climate has changed. We are experiencing more extreme weather – hotter temperatures, longer and more severe droughts, worsening wildfires and dangerous flash flooding. We’re seeing this not just in California, but across the entire American West. These

SEOUL, (IANS) - During her trip to South Korea this week, US Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separated the two Koreas, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo announced on September 27. Han made the remarks during a

WASHINGTON, DC(IANS) – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, has said the Pakistani spy agency ISI considers him an "enemy spy" for his stand against radicals of that country. Krishnamoorthi also said that he has been banned by Russia and China for his consistent

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Razdan Duggal, 50, has been confirmed by the US Senate by a voice vote. Duggal is an experienced political activist, women's rights advocate, and human rights, campaigner. She served as National Co-Chair of Women for Biden,

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Former US President Donald Trump has another Hindi slogan for you: "Bharat and US Sabse Achhe Dost (India and US are best friends)". Trump recorded this new catchphrase at his Mar-a-Lago residence recently for Shalabh Kumar, the

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Kashyap "Kash" Patel, the controversial top aide to former President Donald Trump and a close associate, said he feels "forsaken and vilified" by the Indian American community at a time when he has been "unfairly targeted

NEW YORK, NY (ANI) - US Vice President Kamala Harris on September 11 remembered the victims of terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans. "We will never forget the 2,977 lives lost on 9/11. Today standing at Ground Zero, I am

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Two months ago Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was stalked by a man who drove by her home in Seattle, WA hurling insults and invectives in her direction. He told the police after his arrest

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Vedant Patel, the Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department, became the first Indian American to hold the daily news briefing on September 6. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price is on vacation and Patel was filling

ISLAMABAD - Amid Pakistan’s flood fury, a five-member delegation from the United States, headed by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee on September 4, visited flood-hit areas to review the rescue and rehabilitation efforts. The delegation, which also included Congressman Tom Suozzi, (D-NY),

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - "Kash Patel better get an attorney soon," former FBI Assistant Director Frank said on The Dean Obeidallah Show, "Because Kash Patel was the guy saying, 'I knew all about this standing declassification order. I know

India-West Staff Reporter OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Amid a steep rise in auto-thefts statewide, State Senator Vin Gopal, D-Long Branch, and Assemblywoman Shanique Speight, (D-Newark), have partnered on two bills that would strengthen penalties for car thieves and promote prevention efforts

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - In a bid to bolster relations between India and US, Senator Jon Ossoff will lead an eight-day economic delegation to India starting from August 30. US Senator Ossoff made this announcement in a recent video message while

India-West News Desk AUSTIN, TX - Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. The Governor signed the proclamation at a ceremony at the Texas Capitol ahead of India Independence Day, where he was joined by

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, was part of the congressional delegation that recently visited Taiwan. WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The Taiwan visit last week by US lawmakers led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was intended to make sure what happened in

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Amit Jani, former national Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, has been named as the acting White House liaison at the Department of Homeland Security. Born in Rajkot, Gujarat and arriving

WASHINGTON, DC  (IANS) - Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi visited Taiwan as a member of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delegation that drew Beijing’s ire. Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat who is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, met

India-West News Desk DETROIT, MI – “I am dedicated to racial, social and economic equity and justice for all. That means ensuring all Michiganders have access to early-childhood education, equitably funded K-12 schools and affordable healthcare.” With that stated platform, MI

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - Previn Warren, Attorney at Motley Rice will joing the AAPI Victory Alliance as board member along with Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. and Jennifer Chau, Executive Director of

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON DC - Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), AAPI Data, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC released their bi-annual report measuring Asian American sentiment and attitudes on the issues top of mind in the lead-up

India-West News Desk SEATTLE, WA – The man arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime against Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was released from jail on July 27. Seattle police released him because they could not say with certainty that he told the

India-West Staff Reporter SAN RAMON, CA  – San Ramon Councilmember Sabina Zafar launched her campaign for Mayor of San Ramon with supporters at a local restaurant here on July 26. “Open and inclusive governance is the cornerstone of my public service,” said

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - The United States seeks to enhance its defense partnership with India in the backdrop of China's assertiveness and New Delhi's reliance on Russian military exports for its national defense, said Congressman Ro Khanna in an interview. Khanna

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – Hulu, according to reports, demanded that Indian American Democratic congressional candidate Suraj Patel, change his campaign ads removing references to abortion, climate change, or gun laws and replace it with “non-sensitive” issues before it could

India-West News Desk ANNAPOLIS, MD - Aruna Miller, 57, as the running mate of Wes Moore, is the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. Moore secured the  Democratic nomination for governor beating back former Labor Secretary and DNC Chairman Tom Perez

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Speculation is rife in the US media about the presidential hopefuls for the 2024 run as polls suggest that young voters, who constitute a bulk of both the ethnic and White electorate, prefer to have

WASHINGTON, DC -  White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha told reporters while giving an update on President Joe Biden's condition, "I think infections are obviously growing given how incredibly contagious the subvariant has been."  On July 22, the White House

NEW YORK, NY (ANI) - Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has extended strong support to the Sindhi people in Pakistan against the human rights atrocities that have been inflicted upon them for years.Delivering her remarks in Congress, she raised concerns about the

India-West News Desk ANNAPOLIS, MD - Ten candidates ran in the Democratic primary election for Governor of Maryland on July 19, and at deadline time was still too close to call. Counting mail-in ballots begins July 21. But one Indian American candidate, Ashwani Jain, has conceded, tweeting, “This

India-West News Desk BOSTON, MA - Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious diseases physician and professor at Boston University School of Medicine, has been appointed to the White House COVID-19 Response Team as senior policy adviser for global COVID response. The White House

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) traveled to central and eastern Europe to meet with “the brave men and women in uniform and discuss our efforts to support the people of Ukraine against Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion,”

DHAKA, (IANS) - A US State Department report defending the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh has angered freedom fighters for backing "a Pakistan-paid war criminal, militant-breeding party, which committed rape and genocide". Jamaat-e-Islami, which was an auxiliary force of Pakistan Army in the then

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC -The AAPI Victory Fund has appointed a new National Political Director, Shehn Datta, and National Outreach Director, Vaibhav Jain. In efforts to educate, empower, and mobilize the AAPI community’s 11 million-strong, the AAPI Victory Fund has invested

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - With less than four months to go for the midterm polls for the 435-member house of representatives, the Republican and Democratic parties seem effectively tied in the battle of the ballot for the control of

India-West News Desk SEATTLE, WA - A man has been arrested for threatening to kill Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal at her home here, The Hill reported. According to a police report, Brett Forsell was on the night of July 9, when they

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - On July 12, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, talked with author and professor Kate Bowler and how her sudden cancer diagnosis upended her world. The chat was the second of the new podcast the Department Human and

India-West News Desk DES MOINES, IO —Nikki Haley has said she will run for president in 2024 “if there’s a place for me,” the Des Moines Register reported. Haley, the paper pointed out, was an early critic of Donald Trump’s leadership on

India-West News Desk FREMONT, CA – With stories of canceled and delayed flights pouring in and seemingly to be the state of affairs over the summer, Rep. Ro Khanna, has now joined Senator Bernie Sanders and others in calls to Transportation Secretary Pete

India West News Desk LOS GATOS, CA – Vice President Kamala Harris was in the Bay Area on the last day of June for two Democratic Party fundraisers. At a private fundraiser at the house of a senior executive of Microsoft, Vice

By HINA AHMAD The recent anti-abortion ruling is not taking our country backward. It is moving our nation forward, but to a future, that is going to be far more sinister than the pre-abortion era. Here are a few reasons for

India-West News Desk SEATTLE, WA - Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, furious at the U.S. Supreme Court on abortion, is talking about having a national women’s strike. She mooted the idea at a press conference along with Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell

India-West News Desk CHICAGO, IL - Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi easily won the Democratic primary for Illinois’s eighth Congressional District. He trounced  Junaid Ahmed getting more than 70 percent of the vote. Ahmed, media reports repeatedly said, ran a campaign on religious lines,

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - The United States-India Relationship Council in a strongly worded statement, said it opposed H. Res. 1196, the anti-India resolution authored by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The resolution was introduced earlier this week in the House

Gold Star parent Khizr Khan spoke to the group on diversity and protection of democratic values in the wake of the recent SCOTUS rulings. India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC – Asian American and Pacific Islander fallen service members and veterans were honored

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – In the wake of the Supreme Court rulings on gun control and abortion, Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) is calling on President Joe Biden to support term limits for Supreme Court justices. Last year, he had

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Indian American legal expert Anjali Chaturvedi has been nominated by President Joe Biden as General Counsel in the veteran’s affairs department. She is currently Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the US Department

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - South Asians for America, has endorsed two Indian American candidates: Steven Olikara of WI, an entrepreneur, and a nonprofit leader who is running for the U.S. Senate and Reema Rasool, a social entrepreneur, and community

BY YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - A pro-Pakistan US lawmaker has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for the State Department to declare India an egregious violator of religious freedom. Ilhan Omar, the Democratic member of Congress known to

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC -  President Joe Biden has nominated Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and once confirmed to this position, also as Assistant to the President for Science and

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - Former New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang has endorsed Suraj Patel in the city’s Democratic Congressional primary race which also features well-known candidates Reps Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. The race is for the newly

India-West News Desk LOS ANGELES, CA -Mayor Eric Garcetti had nominated Indian American Jessica Lall to serve on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission on May 2 to fill the vacancy left by former Commissioner Kelli Bernard. Lall has now been

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - President Joe Biden has nominated Radha Iyengar Plumb to the post of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment on June 15. She is currently the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of

WASHINGTON, DC - President Joe Biden has signed into law a bill to explore the possibility of establishing a museum of Asian Pacific American history and culture, which will include documentation of Indian Americans. During the ceremony at the White House, Biden said,

India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY - Based on Senate Majority Leader Schumer’s recommendation,  President Biden on June 10 nominated Arun Subramanian for a federal judgeship in the Southern District of New York. Subramanian is a partner at the law firm Susman

India-West Staff Reporter TUSTIN, CA - The newly drawn California 40th Congressional District might see a face off between Democrat Asif Mahmood and GOP incumbent Young Kim in the November General Elections. As primary votes are still being counted after election night on

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – Indian American Vedant Patel, who served as an Assistant Press Secretary since January 2021, is moving to the State Department, where he will serve as Principal Deputy Spokesperson under Press Secretary Ned Price. The State Department

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Kash Patel, who was chief of staff to the acting U.S. Secretary of Defense in the Donald Trump administration, released a book on May 16, which defends the former President’s untruthful claims that the FBI began

CA Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D) India-West Staff Reporter SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Assembly on May 26, passed AB.2282, taking a historic step and leading the nation as the first state legislative body to legally recognize the difference between the swastika and the

WASHINGTON, DC - In an emotional address following the school shooting incident in Texas, US Vice President Kamala Harris condemned the attack on May 25 while calling for "action and taking a stand". "Enough is enough. As a nation, we must

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - Encino Businessman and co-founder of the test preparation company Revolution Prep, Ramit Varma, has dropped out of the LA Mayoral race.   Varma, whose candidacy as an independent did not gain too much traction, had

India-West News Desk ANAHEIM, CA –Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu facing allegations of corruption related to the sale of the Angel stadium, resigned effective May 24, according to a statement released by his attorney.  Sidhu’s Twitter account has also been shut down. On

WASHINGTON, DC - All four Indian American members of the current US Congress have expressed deep concern over the recent incident of an Indian American boy being assaulted at a school in TX, the video of which has gone viral online. In

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi who attended the event, tweeted out this image and said, “Thank you to the Indian American Impact Project for inviting me to take part in their panel discussion on the importance of representation and public service, as

India West News Desk ANAHEIM, CA – The fallout of the corruption probe into Harry Sidhu, Mayor of the city of Anaheim, has been increasingly strident calls for his removal. He has not been charged with any crime but is the subject

India-West Staff Reporter ANAHEIM, CA - Indian American and Republican Mayor of the city of Anaheim, is under federal investigation for corruption in relation to the city’s sale of Angel Stadium. Shockwaves ran through the community when word went out that Orange

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - After threatening to ‘hold’ the confirmation of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti as Ambassador to India, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has now lifted it but said that he will vote against the nominee of President Joe Biden. The Iowa Senator

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - President Joe Biden has named Indian American Richard Verma, a former ambassador to India, to a White House body that advises the president on the effectiveness of the country's sprawling intelligence community. Biden also named retired Admiral

India West News Desk COLUMBUS, OH - JD Vance, the Donald Trump-backed candidate who won the Republican OH primary elections for US Senate on May 3, has an Indian connect. His wife is Usha Chilukuri. Currently a litigator in the San Francisco

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William J. Burns has announced the appointment of Nand Mulchandani to serve as the US spy agency's first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With more than 25 years' experience working in Silicon Valley

By ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY - The Indian Consulate General in New York has condemned a statement by the Connecticut State General Assembly purporting to show support for what it called the "Declaration of Sikh Independence". Calling it an attempt to

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Vice-President Kamala Harris has become the highest-ranking official in the current Biden administration to be infected with Covid-19 despite vaccinations as the US tries to bring a semblance of normalcy after two years of restrictions

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) -Russia has imposed personal sanctions on 29 US citizens, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and 61 Canadian citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. A total of 29 US citizens are included in Russia's

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Shanti Sethi, a trail-blazing woman Navy veteran has been appointed defense advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris's Senior Advisor Herbie Ziskend confirmed the appointment of Sethi, who will also have the title of Executive Secretary. Sethi, who

India-West News Desk PHILADELPHIA, PA - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is among the Indian Americans taking umbrage University of Pennsylvania professor Amy Wax for her comments about the Asian American community, while specifically disparaging Indian Americans. In an interview to the ultra-conservative talk

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - President Joe Biden nominated Indian-American diplomat Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen as his envoy to Mali, the White House said on April 15. A career member of the US Foreign Service, Korhonen currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI)- US President Joe Biden on April 15 extended wishes to the Jain community across the world on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti and encouraged people to follow Lord Mahavir's path of non-violence, truthfulness, and compassion. Taking to Twitter,

WASHINGTON, DC - White House Press Secretary Jan Psaki praised her Indian American deputy Vedant Patel, calling him "super-talented". "I often joke with him that we give him easy assignments. We did not. It's just because he's super talented," Psaki told

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – As has been reported earlier by India-West, the nomination of Eric Garcetti to be the ambassador to India has hit a roadblock in the Senate, which must approve the appointment of envoys. The White House on

India-West Staff Reporter CHARLESTON, SC – Republican politician and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has extended her support to the newly announced congressional candidature of Sarah Palin. Palin has served as Governor of Alaska and was John McCain’s nominee for

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – “I expect to get attacked if I go on Fox News, I don’t expect to get attacked by a fox,” Democratic Congressman Ami Bera said after being bitten by a fox. The California representative was nipped

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - President Joe Biden has nominated Indian American civil rights attorney Kalpana Kotagal and certified public accountant Vinay Singh to key administration positions. Kotagal is the nominee for Commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while Singh

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC — President Joe Biden met with two groups of Democrats at the White House on Mar.30. Representing the two groups were two Indian American congressional reps, Pramila Jayapal (WA) chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - President Joe Biden is standing by Eric Garcetti whose nomination to be the Ambassador to India has hit a roadblock at the Senate, according to a White House official. "The President has confidence in Mayor Garcetti (and)

(photo: MIT News) India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - “Some professional news: I am taking a public service leave from MIT. Today, I was honored to be sworn in as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, which now

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) A new book claims there is a 'widening rift' between US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Daily Mail reported. The claims are made in forthcoming book, "This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle

WASHINGTON, DC – US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas ha announced the appointment of 33 new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which includes Indian American Sonal Shah. The new members of the Secretary’s Advisory Council include former

WASHINGTON, DC - President Joe Biden has nominated Indian American Puneet Talwar as Ambassador of Morocco as part of some key nominations for his administration. Talwar will have to be confirmed by the Senate. Talwar has held senior national security and foreign

CA Senator Alex Padilla with Athulya Rajakumar and her mother. (photo Twitter @ImproveTheDream) India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC – There are nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 500,000 from India, according to a policy document issued by the Biden campaign in

India-West Staff Reporter PROVIDENCE, RI - President Joe Biden named Dr. Ashish Jha as new White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator on Mar.17, replacing Jeff Zients who has held that position for the last 14 months. Indian American Jha is dean of Brown

HONOLULU, HI (IANS) – After a storm of criticism, former congresswoman and 2020 US presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has explained on Twitter that she doesn't believe there are biological weapons labs or biological weapons in Ukraine—as Russia would have it—but

Shefali Razdan Duggal says she is “genuinely committed to political advocacy.” WASHINGTON, DC - President Joe Biden has nominated Indian American political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal as his envoy to the Netherlands, according to the White House. An immigrant to the US

By BHARTI KUMAR SAN JOSE, CA - Social media is a valuable platform to connect with friends and family and learn a lot from positive information. However, it can be addictive and cause despair, depending upon the information out there. Indian American

Ritu Khanna’s investments are not against the law, one which her husband, congressman Ro Khanna, seeks to change. (photo Facebook) India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - Four members of Congress or their spouses have either currently or recently invested money in Russian

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi is on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and has blasted Russia for its aggression. India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC – “President Biden has brought together all our allies to punish Russia for its acts of aggression through

Kanye West, who ran for office himself hoping to translate fan following into votes and is a Donald Trump supporter, spotlighted this iconic moment which has several million views. (photo Twitter) India-West Staff Reporter MIAMI, FL - The ‘Donda Experience Performance’ Kanye

Pardeep Singh Kaleka is the executive director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, WI and has spoken widely about forgiveness and tolerance. (photo Sikh Coalition) India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC — The hearing by members of a US House panel

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke with students at Jefferson Middle School in Washington, DC last week about mental health during the pandemic. (photo Twitter) India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - US surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy has tested positive for Covid-19. The Indian

Siva Raj a tech entrepreneur had no real political or grass roots experience but was simply fueled by the desire to see his sons do better at school. (photo Twitter) India-West Staff Reporter SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The recall by voters in

Indian American politician Nikki Haley says Olympic athletes “have got to pick a side.” ( photo Instagram) India-West Staff Reporter COLUMBIA, SC - Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said, “you're standing for freedom or you're standing for human rights

Indian American Rep. Ro Khanna offers a wide ranging view of the challenges facing modern societies dominated by the power of Silicon Valley.(Photo Facebook) WASHINGTON, DC - A book on the digital age by Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna, that seeks

Neal Katyal, a political analyst mocked Donald Trump’s document destruction on MSNBC. India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - Political analyst and Indian American, Neal Katyal, who served as acting solicitor general in the Obama White House mocked the Republican National Committee with

On Feb.9, Nithya Raman announced that motions were being introduced for all new residential and commercial construction to be zero carbon in Los Angles which would mean electric heating and cooking, and energy efficient appliances. (photo Twitter) India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES,

Indian American Himanshu Patel is the founder and the managing director of Triton Electric Vehicles. (photo twitter) India-West Staff Reporter DALLAS,TX - Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) has appointed Indian American Himanshu B Patel as his chief economic development and energy infrastructure advisor

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) is stepping up calls to her colleagues about seeking a caucus-wide position next year, Politico reported on Feb.4. Her approach is a stark contrast with the other dozen or so Democrats

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ajay Bhutoria, Kamal Kalsi, Smita N. Shah and Sonal Shah were among the Indian American members sworn into office by vice-president Kamala Harris on Feb.3 to White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans. President Biden’s Executive

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has named Maju Varghese as its new chief operating officer (COO). Varghese very recently stepped down as deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Military