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India, US discuss Indo-Pacific, regional issues ahead of 2+2 dialogue

NEW DELHI: India and the US have discussed their flourishing defence partnership and opportunities for enhanced cooperation with like-minded partners to sustain a free and open Indo-Pacific as officials from the two countries held a meeting to lay the groundwork for the key 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year, the Pentagon has said. The meeting […]

In boost for Indian IT, US to conduct rare 2nd lottery for H-1B applicants

NEW DELHI: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that a decision was taken after determining that the computerised draw of lots for H-1B visas conducted early this year did not give them enough number of Congressional mandated H-1B visas. The H-1B visa, most sought-after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows […]

“Americans first”: US defends export ban on Covid-19 vaccine raw materials to India

WASHINGTON: Defending US’s restrictions on the export of key raw materials for the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccine that threatens to slow India’s vaccination drive, a senior State Department official has said the Biden administration’s first obligation is to take care of the requirements of the American people. When asked when the Biden administration would decide […]

SII CEO urges US to lift raw material export ban to up Covid-19 vaccine production

NEW DELHI: Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday said the US needs to lift its embargo on raw material exports to help ramp up vaccine production. SII is currently manufacturing anti-coronavirus vaccine Covishield, developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University. The vaccine is not only being used in India, but exported to […]

Cairn wants India to honour its word and pay $1.4 billion, shareholders to seek enforcement

NEW DELHI: British oil firm Cairn Energy plc on Sunday said its shareholders, including top financial institutions of the world, expect the use of the company’s “strong powers of enforcement” to recover USD 1.4 billion from the Indian government should it not keep its word of honouring international arbitration tribunal awards on retrospective taxes. Cairn […]

Chinese leader Xi Jinping takes jabs at US in Korean War commemoration

BEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping condemned unilateralism, protectionism and extreme egoism in a jab at the United States made during a rally Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the 1950-53 Korean War. China refers to the conflict, in which it sent troops to aid North Korean forces against a United Nations […]

India, US sign Rs 1200 crore deal for missile protection suites for new VVIP planes

NEW DELHI: India has signed a Rs 1,200 crore deal with the United States for buying protection suites to protect the two new Boeing VVIP planes from missile attacks that will be used to ferry the President and the Prime Minister. “The missile protection suites on the two Boeing-777 extended range planes to be codenamed […]

Bharti Airtel raises $750 million from investors based in Asia, Europe and US

NEW DELHI: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Wednesday said it has raised $ 750 million (about Rs 5,330 crore) from investors based in Asia, Europe and the US through a hybrid financial instrument. Bharti Airtel said in a statement that “its wholly-owned subsidiary Network i2i Limited, has priced … offering of $ 750 million 5.650 […]

US to propose hike in H-1B application fee: Labour Secretary

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is proposing a hike in the H-1B visa application fee to increase funding for the expansion of an apprentice programme, which trains American youths in technology related activities, Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta told US lawmakers. Testifying before a Congressional committee on annual budget of the Department of […]

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