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Biden appoints Indian-American Vidur Sharma as Covid Testing Adviser


Joe Biden has named Indian-American health policy expert Vidur Sharma as testing advisor in his COVID-19 Response Team, as the US President-elect laid out his ambitious goal to intensify vaccinations across the country to tackle the spread of the deadly pandemic. The announcement of Sharma's appointment as Policy Advisor for Testing was made by Biden...

Close Trump aide, CMS chief Indian-American Seema Verma resigns


Seema Verma, one of the highest-ranking Indian Americans in the outgoing Trump administration, has resigned from her top healthcare position, days ahead of Joe Biden's swearing in as the next president of the United States. Verma, 50, tendered her resignation to President Donald Trump on Thursday as Administrator of Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services,...

Indian Americans to welcome Biden-Harris with Kolam on inauguration day


To welcome President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on inauguration day (January 20), Indian Americans are making thousands of kolam tiles at the US Capitol to help heal the divide. "Some beauty after the chaos: in front of the U.S. Capitol Thursday, thousands of kolam tiles are being made to welcome @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris later this month," tweeted IndiasporaForum. Earlier, Trump supporters...

Biden ropes in 20 Indian-Americans in his administration


Less than 100 hours ahead of his historic inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden has either nominated or named at least 20 Indian Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his administration, a new record in itself for this small ethnic community that constitutes one percent of the country's population. As many as 17 of...

Trump raises minimum wage rates for foreign workers

Post Date: January 17, 2021

The Trump administration has announced a final rule that will significantly raise the minimum wages the employers in the US must pay to foreign workers on visa programs like the H-1B as part of the efforts to protect American workers from being undercut by cheaper labor from abroad. Days before the exit of the...

Indian-American named to Houston Board of Dallas Federal Reserve Bank


Bhavesh V Patel, an Indian-American top executive of a multinational chemical company, has been appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to its Houston branch’s board of directors. Patel, 53, is the chief executive officer and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell Industries, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in...

Indian American Sonia Aggarwal to be Biden’s climate policy adviser


An expert on energy and climate change, Sonia Aggarwal, was named on Thursday by President-elect Joe Biden as the senior advisor for climate policy and innovation, the latest of several key Indian American nominees for his administration. She led America's Power Plan, bringing together 200 electricity policy experts, at Energy Innovation, of which she was...

Indian-American Garima Verma named digital director in Office of First Lady


Incoming First Lady Jill Biden has named Indian-American Garima Verma as her digital director and Michael LaRosa press secretary, the Biden transition team said here. Biden also announced additional members to the Office of the First Lady, picking Rory Brosius to be the new executive director of the Joining Forces initiative. Verma, who was born in...

January 16-22, 2021 | Vol. 13 Issue 37


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