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Tue, 25 Jul 2017
  Islamabad failed to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network   Washington, DC: The US Department of Defense withheld military payments to Pakistan, after Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told Congressional defense committees that he was unable to certify that Pakistan took sufficient action against the Haqqani network to permit full reimbursement of the fiscal year 2016 Coalition support funds (CSF). The Pakistan-based Haqqani network has been accused for carrying out many high-profi ...
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Wed, 19 Jul 2017
  Enhances military ties, defense trade with ‘major defense partner’ India   Washington, DC: With bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a $696 billion annual defense bill on Friday, in line with President Donald Trump's pledge to facilitate “the greatest military build-up in American history.” Indian Americans welcomed the provisions in the bill that directs the administration to declare India a “major defense partner”, to enhance military ...
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Wed, 28 Jun 2017
  Strategic agenda will set tone for the next four years   Washington, DC: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet President Trump, June 26th, on their first one on one meeting, in the nation's capital. Bilateral relations have been on the upswing over the past decades and all eyes will be focused on how Trump's 'America First' and Modi's 'Make in India' policies determine the future ahead for the world's largest democracies. There are many issues on which both leaders ag ...
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Mon, 19 Jun 2017
  PM Modi is arriving in Washington, D.C. on June 25 for his first face-to-face meeting with President Trump. There is some concern over how this meeting will go given the fact that Trump singled out India and China’s environmental practices as one of the reasons for exiting the Paris Climate Change Accord. He also has had his ups and downs with foreign leaders. My sense is that Modi and Trump will get along fine. Modi built a strong relationship with President Obama despite the administra ...
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Thu, 15 Jun 2017
  Effort prior to upcoming visit by PM Modi   As part of its ongoing strategic dialogue at Capitol Hill, USINPAC held a meeting with members of the Trump-Pence administration. Key participants at the dialogue were Raju Chinthala, USINPAC Indiana Chair, who met with Micheal Cutrone, the Special Advisor to the Vice President for South and Central Asia and Mr. Paul Teller, the Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In light of the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Na ...
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Mon, 05 Jun 2017
Part of USINPAC Community Dialogue Series   Washington, DC: The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) hosted an interactive Community Dialogue series, on Thursday, May 26th, 2017, with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi representing Illinois’ 8th district and Immigration lawyer Rajiv S. Khanna. The interaction focused on issues surrounding Trump Administration’s immigration reform and its impact on US-India relations.   Asked about the Trump Administration positions around H1B ...
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Fri, 02 Jun 2017
  Community reception focused on US-India cooperation   Washington, DC: A team of senior Indian policy experts were hosted by USINPAC last week, in Washington DC. The visiting delegation is here to explore investment opportunities in trade, ecommerce and environment conservation in India. The visitors also had an opportunity to interact with other business leaders in the nation’s capital. USINPAC welcomed their visit by hosting a dinner reception for the visitors.   The invitees to ...
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Fri, 02 Jun 2017
  Delegation explored opportunities in Alternate forms of Energy   Washington, DC: An Indian delegation of industry experts were hosted by USINPAC last week. The delegation is in the country to explore strategic cooperation and implementation of policies and standards related to alternative energy sources, at all levels of governments and in industry and business. Despite the Trump Administration, rolling back Clean Energy related policies and mulling on withdrawing altogether from the P ...
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Fri, 26 May 2017
  Food an opportunity for growth in US-India business   Washington, DC: USINPAC hosted a dinner reception for visiting Food Safety experts from India, here on a leadership mission to review the US national food safety standards and examine how stakeholders at local and state level cooperate to maintain industry compliance to international standards. The dinner reception was also attended by prominent Indian Americans.   The delegation was represented by officials from the Government of ...
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Thu, 11 May 2017
Neil Chatterjee to FERC and Rohit Chopra to FTC Washington, DC: President Donald Trump nominated Neil Chatterjee, a long-time adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to a key administration position in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, for the term expiring in 2021. The White House in a statement, credited Chatterjee with playing an integral role in the passage of major energy, highway, and farm legislation. Chatterjee needs to be vetted by the Senate Energy and Natural Res ...
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