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Thu, 14 Sep 2017
  Indian American Raj Shah to be Principal Deputy Press Secretary   Washington, DC: The Office of the Press Secretary at the White House announced Tuesday, that Raj Shah, will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary. Other new hires include, Hope Hicks as Communications Director, Mercedes Schlapp as Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications and Steven Cheung as Director of Strategic Response. Raj Shah has formerly served as Deputy Assistant to the ...
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Fri, 08 Sep 2017
  Policy expert Manisha Singh had also worked under President Bush   Washington, DC: The White House announced Sep 7th, President Trump’s intent to nominate Indian American Manisha Singh of Florida as Assistant Secretary of State, Economic and Business Affairs. When confirmed by the US Senate, Singh will succeed Charles Rivkin, who had resigned following Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th President of the United States. Ms. Singh is Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senato ...
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Wed, 06 Sep 2017
  India expert Kenneth Juster nominated to be next envoy to India   Washington, DC: The White House on Friday announced Kenneth I. Juster, one of the foremost expert on India-US trade relations as the next ambassador to India. Preferred by New Delhi and vetted by the Trump Administration, Ken Juster is credited with playing a crucial role in the US-India nuclear pact. Till recently Juster served as the deputy assistant to the president for International Economic Affairs, coordinating inter ...
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Sat, 26 Aug 2017
India to increase sphere of influence in the region   Washington, DC: Earlier this week, President Trump announced a comprehensive review of the US South Asia policy in Afghanistan and the region. Calling out Pakistan’s duplicitous role in harboring agents of terror and violence on its soil, Trump called for further developing strategic partnership with India, ‘the world's largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States.’ Noting that billions of dollars ...
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Tue, 22 Aug 2017
Explore ventures on developing livable and resilient smart cities   Washington, DC: This week, USINPAC hosted a business meeting at Center for Innovative Technology for visiting smart-city planners from India. The meeting was co-hosted by Smart City works, first of its kind business actuator and a premier business accelerator with a focus on the built environment aiming to dramatically change the way we design, build, and operate civil infrastructure. The meeting reviewed how communities, ...
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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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