Pledging more aid, Kamala Harris says 'welfare of India is critically important to US'

Asserting that the "welfare of India is critically important to the United States," US vice-president Kamala Harris, whose mother hailed from India and whose aunt is a physician in Chennai, pledged that the Biden administration will do even more for India than the aid currently in the pipeline and said the two countries and the global community will get through Covid together.

Published on 7 May 2021 | 9:19 pm

Covid-19: Sunder Pichai, Punit Renjen and Shantanu Narayen join steering committee of Global Task Force on Pandemic Response

Three Indian-American CEOs Sunder Pichai from Google, Punit Renjen from Deloitte and Shantanu Narayen from Adobe have joined the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, which is overseeing an unprecedented corporate sector initiative to help India successfully fight Covid-19.

Published on 7 May 2021 | 11:38 am

Non-FCRA listed NGOs may have to pay tax on foreign oxygen device gifts

The government has waived integrated GST and customs duty on oxygen concentrators that are gifted from overseas or imported. However, experts said many companies and non-profit organisations without an FCRA licence may still be liable to pay these taxes.

Published on 7 May 2021 | 11:02 am

Indian American hoteliers ship equipment to Gujarat hospitals

​​The first shipment of donations -- which includes 300 units of oxygen concentrators, digital infrared thermometers, oxygen supply tubes, finger pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, ventilators, back-up batteries, chargers, adaptors, oxygen tanks and masks -- are now being transported to 20 hospitals across towns and villages in Gujarat. More shipments are expected to land in Mumbai over the weekend.

Published on 7 May 2021 | 10:07 am

Personal ties: Kamala Harris's family in India grapples with Covid

US Vice-President Kamala Harris's uncle G Balachandran said when he last spoke with the VP and her husband, she assured him she'd take care of his daughter who lives in Washington. On Friday, she's set to deliver remarks at a State Department event focused on the effort to combat Covid-19 in India, and she's expected to express US solidarity with the nation.

Published on 7 May 2021 | 7:49 am

Young desi doctors in US help get aid for India

Published on 7 May 2021 | 6:52 am

Seven businesses drop H-1B lawsuit against US federal agency

A group of seven American businesses Monday announced to have dropped an H-1B lawsuit against the US Citizenship and Immigration Services after the federal agency agreed to accept and adjudicate previous decisions on foreign work visas. In March, the American Immigration Council, on behalf of the seven businesses, had filed a suit, challenging USCIS' arbitrary rejection of H-1B petitions filed after October 1 solely because the H-1B workers' intended employment start date fell after October 1.

Published on 4 May 2021 | 9:17 am

US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi calls on Biden administration to deploy AstraZeneca vaccines rapidly in India

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi on Tuesday (local time) called on US President Joe Biden's administration to deploy AstraZeneca vaccines rapidly in India and other countries combating Covid-19 surge.

Published on 4 May 2021 | 7:29 am

Indian American doctors to send oxygen equipment, launch free Covid-19 consultation platform

The largest ethnic organisation representing medical professionals in the USA -- the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) -- has been stepping up efforts over the last couple of weeks to support India in the midst of the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisation's leadership has reached out to over 80,000 of its members, who are practising doctors of Indian origin, to raise funds.

Published on 3 May 2021 | 1:32 pm

Indian-origin billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla pledges $10 million for oxygen supply in India

Indian-origin billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla has pledged USD 10 million for supplying medical oxygen to hospitals in India amidst an unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Published on 3 May 2021 | 9:01 am

Exemption from travel ban is a relief for Indian students planning to join US universities

Even as the US government has announced a travel ban on India starting May 4, some categories of travellers -- including Indian students seeking to commence studies in American universities in the Fall semester of 2021 -- have been exempted under the national interest exceptions.

Published on 2 May 2021 | 11:52 am

Govt launches portal for NRIs to donate

To strengthen its fight against Covid-19, Delhi government on Saturday launched a portal — — to receive donations from across the world.

Published on 2 May 2021 | 4:13 am

Ontario ban on entry of international students to impact Indians

Ontario, Canada's worst-hit province which is battling the third wave of the coronavirus, has sought a ban on the arrival of international students.

Published on 1 May 2021 | 1:03 pm

Students, academics and journalists exempted from US travel restrictions imposed on India

The Biden administration on Saturday imposed travel restrictions on India, which will come into effect starting May 4, in view of Covid-19 situation in the subcontinent. However, the United States has exempted certain categories of students, academics, and journalists from the new set of travel restrictions.

Published on 1 May 2021 | 9:07 am

Covid: A desperate, determined diaspora scrambles to help India breathe

India's global diaspora has a long record of mobilising during times of crisis. Temples, mosques, gurdwaras and churches; regional and business associations; family groups and informal networks -- they all spring into action when a typhoon or flood strikes.

Published on 30 April 2021 | 8:34 am

Why UK citizen having OCI card deported, HC asks Centre

The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre why a UK citizen, who holds an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, was deported when he arrived in India in March to visit his family here.

Published on 29 April 2021 | 6:28 pm

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