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World’s first all-civilian mission to space, Inspiration4, names second crew member


Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space, has announced its second crew member, Hayley Arceneaux of Memphis, TN, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® who was treated as a child for bone cancer at St. Jude. Arceneaux joins Inspiration4 mission commander Jared Isaacman. She will occupy the mission seat...

WHO Chief praises India’s COVID-19 vaccine help


WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment for supporting vaccine equity and sharing COVID-19 vaccines with over 60 countries across the world, hoping that other nations will follow his example.In a tweet, Mr Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said that India's support in supplying its vaccines is helping over...

Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh pay tributes, salute Indian Air Force on two years of Balakot airstrikes


On the second anniversary of Balakot air strikes, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday saluted the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and said "the success of strikes has shown India's strong will to act against terrorism.""On the anniversary of Balakot Air Strikes, I salute the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air...

US welcomes Ind-Pak agreement reaffirming ceasefire along LoC


The US has welcomed the agreement between India and Pakistan reaffirming their commitment to a ceasefire along the Line of Control, President Joe Biden’s spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Thursday.“This is a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia, which is in our shared interest and we encourage both the countries...

NYC Councilman endorses Nabaraj KC for District 19


New York City Council Member Fernando Cabrera representing Bronx district 14 has endorsed Nabaraj KC. KC is running in the Democratic primary on June 22 for City Council District 19, which includes the northeast Queens neighborhoods of College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Malba, North Flushing, and Auburndale. Politicians, community leaders, journalists, and local community members ...

Biden gives smallest businesses exclusive aid window


Washington: The Biden administration will give the country's smallest employers two weeks of exclusive access to emergency loans, in a bid to funnel aid to businesses that have struggled the most to obtain the funds during the pandemic. From this week till March 9, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees will be able to apply...

New immigration bill cuts Green Card wait for Indians, lets H-1B spouses work


Washington: Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has hailed the legislative move to eliminate country quota for employment-based Green Card asserting that these reforms will help the US to retain top talent from across the world while growing the economy. “As an original cosponsor of the Fairness For High-Skilled Immigrants Act, I am proud to announce that...

Dr Murthy’s nomination runs into trouble over Covid consultancy


Washington: Not only Neera Tanden, Dr Vivek Murthy’s nomination for US surgeon general position in the Biden administration is also facing headwinds in the tightly-divided Senate. His liberal credentials that met conservative opposition in the past is now compounded by coronavirus-related financial entanglements that are drawing scrutiny ahead of his confirmation this week.Murthy, according to...

Senate vote on Tanden nomination paused


Washington: Two Senate committees abruptly postponed on Wednesday preliminary votes on confirming Neera Tanden, the beleaguered Indian American nominee for a cabinet position, as the powerful director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).With the votes uncertain for her confirmation by the full Senate after a key Democratic Party Senator Joe Manchin opposed her,...