Key Senate committees postpone votes on Neera Tanden for Biden budget director

President Joe Biden has described Neera Tanden as having a “brilliant policy mind with critical practical experience across government”. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first Indian-American and first woman of color to lead the White House budget office. Continue reading Key Senate committees postpone votes on Neera Tanden for Biden budget director

Eight Indian-origin teens among 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists aim to tackle world’s vexing problems

Eight Indian-origin teens among 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists aim to tackle world’s vexing problems

In a nation wracked by the coronavirus pandemic, it is heartening to know that eight brilliant Indian-American teens are among 40 finalists, some 20 percent, in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) competition. Continue reading Eight Indian-origin teens among 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists aim to tackle world’s vexing problems

Kamala Devi Harris becomes first Indian-origin, woman Vice President of the United States of America

Kamala Devi Harris becomes first Indian-origin, woman Vice President of the United States of America

Kamala Devi Harris – a woman, of Indian descent – has been sworn in as vice president of the United States of America at an inauguration ceremony like no other given the dual threats of an ongoing coronavirus pandemic and domestic terrorism in wake of the US Capitol attack. Continue reading Kamala Devi Harris becomes first Indian-origin, woman Vice President of the United States of America

Seven US lawmakers write to Secretary Mike Pompeo on brutal treatment of protesting farmers in India

Seven US lawmakers write to Secretary Mike Pompeo on brutal treatment of protesting farmers in India

Seven US lawmakers, including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (Democrat-Washington), have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing “serious concerns” about the brutal treatment meted out to farmers from Punjab peacefully protesting India’s new agricultural laws. Continue reading Seven US lawmakers write to Secretary Mike Pompeo on brutal treatment of protesting farmers in India

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris extend Diwali greetings, look forward to celebrating festival of lights at White House next year

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris extend Diwali greetings, look forward to celebrating festival of lights at White House next year

In a joint statement, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said, “As Diwali is celebrated via video calls and while socially distanced this year, we look forward to celebrating Diwali at the White House next year – in person, together with you, and in a nation healed and united”. Continue reading Joe Biden, Kamala Harris extend Diwali greetings, look forward to celebrating festival of lights at White House next year

President-elect Joe Biden picks Indian-American trailblazer Vivek Murthy to lead new coronavirus task force

President-elect Joe Biden picks Indian-American trailblazer Vivek Murthy to lead new coronavirus task force

Dr. Vivek Murthy who has been advising President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris about the pandemic throughout the year will co-chair the Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board constituting a diverse and experienced group of doctors and scientists. Continue reading President-elect Joe Biden picks Indian-American trailblazer Vivek Murthy to lead new coronavirus task force