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Donald J Trump – Presumptive nominee for the Republican Party!

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, politician, television personality, author, and the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Trump is the Chairman and President of The Trump Organization, as well as the founder of the gaming and hotel enterprise Trump … Continue reading

Will anyone be firm about Gun Controls Laws during the US Election Primaries?

‘Gun laws in the United States regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition. State laws (and the laws of Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories) vary considerably, and are independent of existing federal firearms laws, although they are sometimes broader or more limited in scope than the federal laws. A minority of … Continue reading

Will Ranil Wickremesinghe allow China setting up a Naval base in Sri Lanka?

(Supporters of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe celebrated in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday. picture courtesy: Getty Images, published in New York Times) Incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister tomorrow, returning to the office for a fourth term after his party won the closely contested general election. Wickremesinghe’s United National … Continue reading

Why Hillary Clinton may be the next President of United States of America?

‘ Eight years ago, Hillary Clinton entered the White House race as the favorite to win the Democratic nomination and seemed the most likely person from either party to be elected president. Her circumstances at first glance look similar today: she is the leading Democrat and the most famous candidate in the field. But this … Continue reading

ObamaModi in Mann-ki-Baat Radio Address!

After a gap of over one month when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio (AIR) on 27 January, he will be accompanied by a special guest, US President Barack Obama. Modi had invited Obama in November 2014 to be the chief guest for the Republic Day function on … Continue reading

Obama as Republic Day guest: Jan 26, 2015!

Narendra Modi has invited United States President Barack Obama to attend the Republic Day 2015 as the Chief Guest. And lo and behold! Obama has accepted Modi’s invite delivered to him personally when Modi met him in Washington in September. Modi tweeted thus on Friday: “This Republic Day, we hope to have a friend over…invited … Continue reading

The ‘Modi-fied Business Express’ Chugs In : Today, Narendra Modi will be at Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia!

Nineteen thousand cheering fans. Holograms. Brilliant lights and blaring music. Rock concert? Nope. EDM show? Not quite. On September 28, newly elected Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi took to the hallowed ground of Madison Square Garden to hold a victory rally in the United States. Thousands of Indian-Americans turned out for the event, many … Continue reading

Full text: Vision statement for the US-India strategic partnership

“Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go” Chalein Saath Saath, forward together we go. As leaders of two great democratic nations with diverse traditions and faiths, we share a vision for a partnership in which the United States and India work together, not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit … Continue reading

State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for ‘year of action’

(Photo courtesy: ‘President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Larry Downing/Corbis – Guardian Newspaper) I attended the SOTU meeting – on the YouTube channel of the White House on Jan 29th, 2014 ( one day after the actual address was made on the State of the … Continue reading

Anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela passes away today … at an age of 95 !

( Former South African president Nelson Mandela receives the Gandhi Peace Prize from former president KR Narayanan at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi in 2001. Photo: Hindustan Times Newspaper ) Africa’s Gandhi, Nelson Mandela — known affectionately by his clan name “Madiba” — died at the age of 95 on Friday, 6th Dec 2013, pushing … Continue reading

Janet Yellen nominated to head US Federal Reserve !

President Barack Obama, in the midst of an enervating political and financial crisis, has nominated a female banker to head the US Federal Reserve, one of the most powerful positions in the world whose every word and action affects financial markets and economic mood in far corners of the globe. Obama introduced Janet Yellen, 67, … Continue reading

‘Republicans’ : Obamacare meets it’s first casualty !

‘Republicans stood little chance of emerging victorious from the fight. Obamacare will begin enrolling uninsured Americans as scheduled on Tuesday, and if the government shuts down, voters are likely to blame Republicans. A CNN poll released on Monday found that 46 percent of those surveyed would hold Republicans responsible, while 36 would blame Obama. The … Continue reading

Will Iran stay internationally isolated any more ?

I quote Fareed Zakaria from his article, ‘I came away willing to believe that Rouhani is a pragmatist. (“Moderate” is a misleading term for the head of a quasi-theocratic regime.) He wants to end his country’s isolation. But it remains unclear whether he has the authority to act on behalf of his government. Consider what … Continue reading

Both Iran and the United States’ Presidents speak at the UN !

(Iran President, Hassan Rouhani delivering his speech at the UN General Assembly, Sept 24, 2013 – picture courtesy: Telegraph) I quote, ‘In what may have been the most widely awaited speech at the United Nations, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, preached tolerance and understanding on Tuesday, decried as a form of violence the Western sanctions … Continue reading

Westgate Shopping Mall (Nairobi) still under the siege of terrorists !

“A series of loud explosions and heavy gunfire was heard at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall today as black smoke billowed from the complex, an AFP correspondent at the scene said. The mall has been under siege by Al Qaeda-linked Somali gunmen since Saturday, Sept 21, 2013. As the stand-off entered its third day, sustained bursts … Continue reading

Terrorists kill innocent people (39) at Westgate Mall, Nairobi, Kenya !

‘Kenyan security forces are locked in a standoff on Sunday (today) with gunmen who killed at least 39 people in an assault, at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi, where the Al Qaeda-linked militants were holding an unknown number of hostages. The Somali Islamist group ‘Al Shabaab’ claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack on the Kenyan … Continue reading

U.S Federal Reserve takes a U-turn from earlier declaration !

The Federal Reserve will continue its extraordinary efforts to prop up the nation’s recovery with billions of dollars in stimulus, officials said Wednesday, essentially declaring the economy too weak to stand on its own. Stock markets soared to record highs as investors welcomed the unexpected announcement of more stimulus. But the Fed’s message about the … Continue reading

An Indian American Girl from Vijaywada (AP) gets crowned as Miss America 2014 !

(Nina Davuluri is excited and emotional, after winning the Miss America Pageant 2014 crown, on Sunday night, at Atlantic City, New Jersey) On Sunday, September 15, 2013, the Miss America pageant has crowned its first winner from an Indian background – an aspiring doctor who plans to use the $50,000 (£31,000) prize money to fund … Continue reading

Does Syria have Chemical weapons ? If yes, How to get rid of them ?

(Picture courtesy: NY Times : US Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrives in Geneva today for talks on Syria ) ‘The Obama administration is pressing for a “self-enforcing” resolution in the United Nations that would authorize military action if President Bashar al-Assad of Syria balked at turning over his nation’s huge chemical stockpiles. But the … Continue reading

Should the ‘United States of America’ attack Syria ?

‘On 21 August 2013, hundreds, perhaps over a thousand, people were killed in a chemical weapon attack in Ghouta, Damascus, prompting the US, UK, Israel and France to raise the spectre of military strikes against Bashir al Assad’s forces. The latest episode is merely one more horrific event in a conflict that has increasingly taken … Continue reading

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