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Mayor de Blasio praises ethnic press on coronavirus coverage


Special to The South Asian Times New York: City Mayor Bill de Blasio has praised the news media, particularly the ethnic press, for making residents of the city aware of the novel coronavirus so that they could take more useful precautionary measures. “People all over New York City are depending on all of you. In many...

America bans travel from Europe for 30 days

Post Date: March 12, 2020

In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump has announced he is shutting down travel from Europe to the US as the coronavirus grew into a pandemic that he said called for an "unprecedented response". Announcing on Wednesday the  30-day ban on travel he said he would take action to offer financial assistance to those affected...

Coronavirus stimulus talks ramp up as Trump mulls options

Post Date: March 12, 2020

IRS would likely extend the April 15 tax filing deadline. The Trump administration is acting independently to ease the economic pain wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, as House Democrats prepare their own bill with initial steps like providing paid sick leave and free medical testing while bipartisan talks take place behind the scenes on a...

What will a Biden presidency look like?


Op-Ed by Shivaji Sengupta It all started eleven days ago with Joe Biden's thumping win over Bernie Sanders in South Carolina. The African Americans supported him overwhelmingly, this man who was Barack Obama's Vice President for eight years. The following week, except for California, it was a landslide for Biden. He won ten states to...

CPJ castigates Indian govt for suspension of 2 TV channels

Post Date: March 11, 2020

By SATimes Team New York: The Committee to Protect Journalists, a city-based nonprofit for safeguarding the rights of scribes across the world, has castigated the Indian government’s decision to suspend the broadcast of two Malayalam TV channels and noted that such moves would damage freedom of the press in a country known for its vibrant...

Bill introduced to allow Yoga in Alabama public schools after decades-old ban

Post Date: March 11, 2020

New York: A new bill has been introduced into the Alabama state legislature which would overturn a ban on teaching yoga in public schools, in place since 1993, on the grounds that yoga is a Hindu religious practice but would prohibit greeting “namaste.” A bill brought by Representative Jeremy Gray, a Democratic legislator from Opelika,...

Kamala Harris endorses Biden, recalls long association


New York: The only Indian-American member of the US Senate, Kamala Devi Harris, has endorsed Joe Biden for the Democratic Party presidential nomination after she herself was in the primary contest process earlier. It is now a two-horse race for the process, which had seen more than 20 candidates at the beginning. After making the endorsement...

South Asians for Biden launched to garner community support for former VP


Washington, DC: South Asians for Biden (SAB), a volunteer organization dedicated to increasing support for former Vice President Joe Biden in his bid to win the Democratic nomination within the South Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, was launched late last month. To announce the launch, SAB recently hosted events in the Washington,...

Anti-India US diplomat Raphel, convicted felon Fai back in business


New Delhi/Washington: The former American diplomat Robin Raphel and Ghulam Nabi Fai, a convicted felon who worked as Pakistan's spy to influence the US policy over Kashmir, are back in business. Top sources told IANS that Raphel, a Pakistani lobbyist after her retirement and probed in 2014 by the FBI on the suspicion that she...