Agriculture

What’s New Applications for the 2019 USDA Borlaug Fellowship Program for India Open Until December, 31 2018 The USDA Borlaug Fellowship Program provides opportunities for short-term research projects to improve agricultural productivity, economic development, and food security. It offers training and collaborative opportunities for agricultural research, international agricultural economics, leadership, and policy to researchers. Competitively ...
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Ambassador’s Message to the 2016 Cyber Range Summit

Thank you for this opportunity to address the 2016 Cyber Range Summit. The U.S. Mission greatly values the partnerships we have with the business community, and I commend the Indian Chamber of Commerce, The Chatterjee Group and Ixia for their leadership in organizing this event. It’s a privilege to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to ...
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Keynote Speech by Ambassador Richard Verma: The Opening of India’s Legal Services Sector

India Habitat Center, New Delhi (As prepared for delivery) Good Afternoon.  It’s a pleasure to be here with you this afternoon.  I would like to thank Professor Jayanth Krishna from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law Center and Dr. C. Raj Kumar from O.P. Jindal Global University for the invitation to speak with you today. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the India Energy Access Summit

Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi (As Prepared for Delivery) Good Morning ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests. Thanks to the CLEAN Network and the Climate Group for sponsoring this conference and inviting me back this year.  I don’t believe I am overstating it when I say that we are poised at a transformational moment in history. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at NITI Aayog Conference on Energy Data Management, Energy Modeling, and Geospatial Analysis

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction Good Morning ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to our hosts, NITI Aayog, for putting together this conference and assembling such a notable group of leaders working to transform the future of India’s energy.  I’m truly honored to be here.  Thank you to NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman Panagrahiya, and its CEO, ...
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Ambassador Verma at the Business Council of Intl Understanding (BCIU) Competitiveness Forum Roundtable

Commercial Diplomacy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (As prepared for delivery) Thank you Ron Summers for that kind introduction.  Ron has been a steadfast champion of the U.S.-India relationship for many years and it’s an honor to have him lead today’s discussion.  I would also like to recognize Peter Tichansky for his leadership at the Business Council ...
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Ambassador Verma Visits a Multi-Specialty Hospital in Dharavi Treating HIV and Tuberculosis

U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma Visits a Multi-Specialty Hospital in Dharavi Treating HIV and Tuberculosis Mumbai: U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma visited the Sai Hospital in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum yesterday to learn about the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s support to test and diagnose HIV in patients suffering from tuberculosis (TB), ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma to the Clean Energy Finance Taskforce

(As prepared for delivery) Let me start by thanking all of you for your willingness to participate in these workshop sessions and play a role in unlocking the potential of India’s renewable energy revolution. I don’t want to overstate this, but I believe we are at a transformational moment in history.  It seems like there ...
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Under Secretary Kendall visits India

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics at the U.S. Department of Defense visited India from July 25-28. During his visit he took part in the semi-annual Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) and had fruitful meetings with his counterparts at the Ministry of Defence in Delhi. USD Kendall and his ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma to Mark U.S.-India Peacekeeping Cooperation in Africa

(As prepared for delivery)  Minister Akbar, General Rai, thank you for your leadership and for hosting this wonderful reception.  It is a sincere pleasure to be here to celebrate the great work we’re doing together on UN peacekeeping and our growing cooperation with African partners.  I’d like to especially acknowledge my counterparts from the African ...
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“Celebrating the 240th American Independence Day” Remarks by Ambassador Verma

Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi Distinguished guests and honored friends. On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is a sincere pleasure to welcome you all here to celebrate America’s independence and our country’s wonderful natural heritage. I’d like to extend a special welcome to Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who ...
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U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Remarks on U.S.-India Diplomatic Leadership

Indian Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi (As Delivered) Thank you for that introduction.  I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Dean Khatua for hosting me here at the Indian Foreign Service Institute (FSI).  I am humbled by the opportunity to engage the next generation of diplomatic leaders – you are not just the ...
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“Deepening People to People Ties: Tourism in U.S.-India Relations”

Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (As Delivered) Thank you Mr. Advani for that kind introduction.  I really appreciate IACC for taking the initiative to organize this great event.  IACC has long recognized the importance of travel and tourism between the U.S. and India, not only as an economic engine, ...
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East-West Center 2016 International Media Conference in New Delhi

East-West Center 2016 International Media Conference in New Delhi Expected to Attract Hundreds of Journalists Focus is on linkages between South and East Asia, as well as global media trends Conference website: EastWestCenter.org/imc2016 HONOLULU (June 28, 2016) — Several hundred journalists from Asia, the Pacific and the United States will gather in New Delhi September 8-11 ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Atlantic Council U.S.-India Trade Initiative Workshop: Taking US/India Trade to the Next Level

Taking US/India Trade to the Next Level The Atlantic Council U.S.-India Trade Initiative Workshop Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma (As prepared for delivery) Good morning everyone.  It is a sincere pleasure to be with you all here today for the inaugural U.S.-India Trade Initiative Workshop.  Thank you, Governor Huntsman, for that warm welcome.  Governor ...
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Launch of the Telangana IP Crime Unit, Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma, Hyderabad

Thank you Minister Rama Rao for that gracious introduction and hosting us today.  It’s a real pleasure to be back in Telangana, which has been a partner for the United States in so many areas, from defense to IP to clean energy.  In fact, just last week Boeing and Tata broke ground on a new facility ...
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The United States and India: A Partnership to Protect the Planet, Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma: The Future is Now: From COP21 to Reality

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great pleasure to be back here in Hyderabad, a city rich with history that looks toward the future.   I’m here today to discuss how the United States and India are responding to what Secretary of State John Kerry has called the “defining challenge of our generation” – climate change.  Tackling ...
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The U.S. and India Announce Fifth and Final Round of U.S.-India 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Awards

In a continuation of the educational partnership between the United States and India, the U.S. Department of State and the University Grants Commission are pleased to announce the eight institutional partnership projects for the fifth and final round of Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards (formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative).  The ...
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Foreign Missions in New Delhi Celebrate the Commitment to Full Equality for all Human Beings Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

This June, we the undersigned diplomatic missions in India’s capital, reaffirm our countries’ strong commitment to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) citizens. At home, and increasingly abroad, many countries support, organize, or participate in events to celebrate the diversity of their citizens, to reduce discrimination and misinformation about the LGBTI ...
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U.S. Mission to India Announces Indian and Bhutanese Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegates

The U.S. Embassy New Delhi is happy to announce that eight Indian and two Bhutanese delegates will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) taking place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. They will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders in the entrepreneurship space.  The ...
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Global Entry MOU with India to Expedite Smooth, Faster Travel

Citizens of India eyeing a visit to the U.S. are one step closer to smoother entry under a new CBP Trusted Traveler initiative signed by representatives from both nations June 3. CBP Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan and Arun K. Singh, ambassador of India to the U.S., signed a Memorandum of Understanding toward India’s participation ...
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“United States and India: Total Security Partners” – Remarks by Ambassador Verma at the Heritage Foundation

Thank you Assistant Secretary Biswal, Ambassador Singh, distinguished panelists and guests. It’s good to be back in Washington for Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit and to have this opportunity to reconnect with so many close friends. Selfishly for me, it’s a welcome reprieve from the Delhi heat – the temperature there today is 107 degrees! ...
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Creation of the North India Office at Embassy New Delhi

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the creation of a North India Office that will manage U.S. Government outreach to the more than 355 million Indian citizens that live in the Embassy’s New Delhi Consular District. As the U.S. relationship with India strengthens, the extent of our partnership becomes more diverse and deeper.   ...
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Statement by Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Michael Pelletier on Lighting of U.S. Embassy to Commemorate LGBTI Pride Month

On behalf of the U.S. Mission to India, we express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were brutally massacred in the Orlando, FL nightclub on Sunday, June 12. The U.S. stands firmly by the principles of equality for all, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ...
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Obama and Modi: Partners in climate

By Michael Buchanan – Jun 7, 2016 President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have forged a special relationship since their first meeting in 2014 — one that includes a particular interest in clean energy and climate change .That bond was on display when Obama hosted the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy at the White House on June 7. ...
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Mission India’s Second Annual Student Visa Day Celebrates Higher Education Ties Between India and the United States

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and its Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai, opened their doors today to more than 4,000 Indian students who applied for visas to pursue higher education in the United States.  Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Michael Pelletier and Consuls General throughout India congratulated the day’s visa recipients who are ...
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U.S., Indian and Japanese Maritime Forces to Participate in Malabar 2016

Sasebo, Japan | June 9, 2016 By Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 Public Affairs SASEBO, JAPAN (June 9, 2016) – Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in the annual exercise Malabar 2016, June 9-17, 2016. Malabar 2016 is the latest in a continuing series of complex, high-end ...
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Remarks by Jonathan Kessler, Director – North India Office, U.S. Embassy

The American Center, New Delhi, India (As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you for coming this evening to share this special event with us.  We are very pleased to introduce all of you to the North India Office – a new team within the Embassy.  Our focus will be to strengthen and expand the relationship between ...
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North India Office at Embassy New Delhi

During 2016, the North India Office’s first full year of operation, the office will focus on programs on skills development, smart cities, improving air quality, promoting multicultural societies, boosting economic growth, and combating gender-based violence with partners throughout the region. The North India Office has already helped the Embassy expand this outreach to every state in ...
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Grants Awarded for Clean Off-the-Grid Energy Projects

Today the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced grants to nine of India’s top clean energy innovators. The awards were funded through the PACEsetter Fund , a ₹50 crore (US$7.9 million) account maintained jointly between the two governments. PACEsetter Fund awards were given to projects focused on ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Pacesetter Fund Awards Ceremony, India Habitat Center, New Delhi

India Habitat Center, New Delhi | Friday May 27, 2016 (As prepared for delivery) Good evening everyone.  I’m very pleased to be here with you all today to celebrate innovation in clean energy.  I want to thank the India Habitat Center for offering this beautiful venue.  Joseph Stein, the American architect who designed this building, was ...
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USAID and Ministry of Power Launch Portal to Promote Net Zero Energy Buildings

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Power today launched India’s first integrated web portal designed to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in India. The portal ( www.nzeb.in ) was launched by Mr. Pradeep Kumar Pujari, Secretary, Ministry of Power, and Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, USAID Mission Director to ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma Visits Bhopal

United States Ambassador to India, Richard R. Verma, visited Bhopal on May 25, 2016 for his first official visit to the state of Madhya Pradesh. During his visit, Ambassador Verma met with the Honorable Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to discuss U.S.-India cooperation, including investment opportunities for U.S. companies and clean energy initiatives. The Ambassador ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes Chandigarh Workshop on Combating Air Pollution in North India

The Embassy of the United States of America today opened a two-day workshop here on combating air pollution in North India. Shri Manpreet Singh, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board and Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University inaugurated the workshop, which is part of a series of workshops being held in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, ...
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“Helping Transform Indian Cities” – Remarks by Richard Verma at The Smart Cities Investors Meet, Confederation of Indian Industries

(As prepared for delivery) Important Partnerships Delivering Results Thank you Mr. Ravi Parthasarathy.  It’s always a pleasure to be part of CII’s deliberations and I appreciate that we have such an esteemed gathering of experts and officials to address an important and timely topic.  It’s also wonderful to see Secretary Gauba, who I had the ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Four-City Workshop on Combating Air Pollution in North India, May 17-26, 2016

The Embassy of the United States of America today launched a series of workshops on combatting air pollution in North India.  Health Minister of Delhi, Mr. Satyender Jain, inaugurated the workshops which will be held in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Lucknow from May 17-26.  The workshops are organized by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) ...
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U.S. and India Partner to Address Air Pollution and Promote Development

Remarks by Michael P. Pelletier, Chargé d’Affaires Air Quality Workshop: Combatting Air Pollution in North India The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi | May 17, 2016 (As prepared for delivery) Thank you Dr. Sagnik Dey for your introduction.  I am pleased to be here with the Delhi Health Minister, Mr. Satyender Jain.  I would like ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts American Actor Kal Penn

The U.S. Embassy on May 9 welcomed Indian-American actor and former White House official, Kal Penn. U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma and Mr. Penn together visited the Shastri Market Camp near Moti Bagh and Tata’s Smart Grid Lab in Rohini, to see how projects like these symbolize the strength of the U.S-India partnership.  At Shastri ...
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“Technology, Innovation and American Diplomacy in the 21st Century” – Remarks by Ambassador Verma at Lehigh University

(As prepared for delivery) Ladies and gentlemen, members of the faculty, distinguished students.  It’s a sincere pleasure to be back here at my alma mater, a place of many fond memories.  I’ve been back many times over the years – for alumni events, reunions, and as an Alumni Association Board Member and a Young Alumni ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce

(As prepared) Thank you Ajay, Banmali, Mr. Kant, all of the impressive speakers from this morning’s panel, and all of you from the American Chamber of Commerce.  It is truly an honor to be part of your Annual General Meeting once again. We work with AmChams all over the world; they are among our closest ...
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Urbanization, Investment, and Entrepreneurship: Leveraging U.S.-India Economic Ties

Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal’s Remarks to the University of Chicago Alumni Club of India (As prepared for delivery) Thank you for that kind introduction Aditi and thank you all for a very warm welcome, and of course a big thanks to the University of Chicago Alumni Club of India for hosting this event.  It is ...
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Assistant Secretary Biswal Travel to India

Washington | April 17, 2016 Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will travel to India April 18-21, where she will meet with government officials and business leaders to discuss opportunities for greater engagement. While in India, the Assistant Secretary will meet government leaders to discuss a trade and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the India-U.S. Millennium Alliance Awards Ceremony

April 14, 2016 | FICCI Federation House, New Delhi Good Morning! Let me begin by thanking the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) – Dr. Singh and his team – for hosting this event and for FICCI’s excellent partnership with the U.S. Government on the Millennium Alliance. I’d also like to specially ...
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Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Repatriation Ceremony

New Delhi | April 13, 2016 ‎Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was honored to participate this morning in a ceremony in New Delhi, India, repatriating the possible remains of U.S service members recovered by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). One set of remains was recovered in the Arunachal Pradesh state between September 12 and ...
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Remarks by Sec. of Defense Ash Carter on “America’s Growing Security Network in the Asia-Pacific” at Council on Foreign Relations

New York | April 8, 2016 (As Delivered) Good afternoon everyone, and, Richard, thanks. Thanks so much for those words, for decades of friendship, your leadership here at the Council, and above all for your public service, which continues, as Richard is a member of the Department’s Defense Policy Board, we count on him for ...
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Ek Aur Ekh Gyaraah: As Development Partners, India and the United States Can Together Help Move the World Toward a Better Place

USAID/India Mission Director Jonathan Addleton | Published in Urdu in Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, April 2, 2016 The development partnership between India and the United States goes back several decades, contributing to a legacy that lives on in areas ranging from the network of Indian Institutes of Technology to India’s capital markets. Prior partnerships also supported ...
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FBI and NIA exchange terror investigation techniques

In light of the ongoing threat of major terrorist attacks throughout the world, and as part of our strong  counter-terrorism partnership , the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a two-week major case management seminar for senior level investigators from NIA, as well as multiple state police entities, ...
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USAID and ADB Sign MOU to Develop Solar Parks

New Delhi | March 28, 2016 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate $848 million (Rs. 5,681 crore) in funding to develop solar parks across India. The agreement was signed by Jonathan Addleton, Mission Director, USAID/India and M. Teresa Kho, Country ...
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Ambassador Verma’s Remarks at Assocham’s 8th International Security Summit: Securing the Nation

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good afternoon and thank you for having me here.  I’m very happy to share the dais with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Assocham officials, and guests from the private sector.  I see many familiar faces in the audience – I spoke at Assocham’s 7th annual security summit in August 2015 – and ...
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FBI, NIA and NSG partner to fight IEDs

During the week of March 7, 2016, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) conducted a joint training exercise in Advanced Post-Blast Investigations with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Security Guard (NSG). The exercises and exchange were held at the NSG training facility in Manesar, India. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “The Impact of U.S. and Indian Innovations in Global Business”

The University of Chicago Delhi Center, Lalit Hotel (As prepared for Delivery) Introduction Good evening. It is a pleasure to address this group and to participate in such an important and timely discussion. Secretary Kant, I am especially honored to be with you on this occasion, as your life of service has been an example ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Visit to Uttarakhand March 5-6 2016

Ambassador Verma concentrated on economic, spiritual, and maternal health during his first official visit to Uttarakhand on March 5-6, 2016 In a meeting with the state’s Cabinet Minister Dinesh Agarwal and Chief Secretary Shatrughna Singh, Ambassador Verma discussed the fast-growing state’s successful experience attracting investment in diverse areas, as well as opportunities to cooperate on ...
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U.S. and India Renew Commitment to End TB in Honor of Upcoming World TB Day

U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma was joined today by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the Government of India’s Brand Ambassador for theCall to Action for a TB-free India, civil society, health workers, patient advocates, and corporate representatives for a reception in anticipation of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24. Aimed at keeping up the recent ...
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The United States and India Partner on Cancer and Traditional Medicine Research Efforts

Collaborative research on cancer and traditional medicine may pave the way for potential breakthroughs The first U.S.-India Workshop on Traditional Medicine (March 3-4, 2016) began in New Delhi today. The Workshop was jointly inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik and U.S. Ambassador ...
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“Let’s Be Ambitious Together”

Raisina Dialogue Remarks By ADM Harry B. Harris, Jr. U.S. Pacific Command (Updated to As Delivered) Good afternoon folks, and thank you, Your Excellencies Minister Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Jaishankar who have organized this flagship event in India. And a special thank you to the Observer Research Foundation for hosting the inaugural Raisina Dialogue and ...
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Announcing Opening of 2017 Fulbright-Nehru and Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship Application Season

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces the opening of its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships.  Such exchanges have, over the years, helped bring the people of India and the United States closer together.  In 2008, the U.S. and Indian governments agreed to significantly increase the number of scholarships awarded each year. ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma Visits Jaipur

Education, innovation, and competitiveness were the three hallmarks of United States Ambassador to India, Richard R. Verma’s official visit to Jaipur, his first official visit to Rajasthan. Ambassador Verma discussed our ongoing U.S.-India cooperation in infrastructure development and smart cities, particularly U.S. partner city Ajmer, with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.  The Ambassador also paid a ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “Fulbright Partnerships – Benefiting the World at Large” at the Fulbright Conference, Jaipur

Thank you so much for the invitation to speak to you today. For those of you who have just arrived from neighboring countries, welcome to India.   I also welcome Sue Borja, Branch Chief for the South and Central Asia Fulbright Program from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, who joins us from Washington. ...
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Media Center Speeches, Remarks & Interviews Press Releases News From Washington Special Visits SPEECHES, REMARKS & INTERVIEWS Remarks by Amba

Thank you so much for the invitation to speak to you today. For those of you who have just arrived from neighboring countries, welcome to India.   I also welcome Sue Borja, Branch Chief for the South and Central Asia Fulbright Program from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, who joins us from Washington. ...
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2nd Meeting of Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation, 15-18 Feb 2016

1. Members of the US side’s Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation (JWGACTC), headed by Rear Admiral Thomas Moore, Program Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers (United States Navy) visited India for the 2nd meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) from 15 to 18 Feb 16. 2. The delegation, accompanied by the representatives of ...
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“Bringing U.S.-India Space Cooperation to the Edge of the Universe” Special Address by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma at the ORF Kalpana Chawl

(As prepared for delivery) I want to extend a thank you to the U.S.-India Business Council and the Observer Research Foundation for the invitation to speak this evening. I am thoroughly impressed by the people in this room – people whose visions for space technology and actions in space policy push forward what space can ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “Supporting Indian Leadership Across Domains”

The Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents India International Center (As Prepared for Delivery) Most schoolchildren in America, and many in India, are familiar with the famous line from President Kennedy’s inaugural address in January, 1961; “my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.”  ...
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Events

What’s On The American Center and Library present exciting educational and cultural programs and exchanges for the youth of India.  Programs » Celebrating the 240th Anniversary of Independence Day at American Center (Photos: June 30, 2016) America’s 239th Independence Day celebrated with a baseball-themed event: U.S. Embassy  celebrated America’s 239th Independence Day with a baseball-themed event  at the Taj Palace Hotel New Delhi. India’s Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh was the Chief Guest, with ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s remarks “Further Integrating Our Legal Systems” at the American Bar Association/Society of Indian Law

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning.  Thank you very much for the invitation to speak with you today.  I am honored to share the dais with distinguished members of the legal profession.  Let me thank our hosts the American Bar Association and the Society of Indian Law Firms for organizing this important event.  Let me ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma Promotes U.S.-India Space Engagement, Looking Forward to Visits from NASA Deputy Newman, Astronaut Williams

“The United States and India have a long and successful history of space cooperation. … Auspicious would be a good way to describe the cooperation between India and the United States on space science.”  Ambassador Richard R. Verma said these words almost a year ago, and they still hold true as he looks to welcome ...
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U.S.-India Internship Program a hit at IIT-Gandhinagar

Within two days of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding among the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-GN), and Karmany  to launch an internship program, over 100 undergraduate students at IIT-GN have hit “apply.” As part of this program, Karmany created a user-friendly online portal where ...
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Indian Entrepreneurs, Investors: Registration is Open for the June 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley

Registration opens today for the 7th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held June 22-24 in Silicon Valley, California. The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is an annual gathering that brings together investors and entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. This year’s Summit will take place in Silicon Valley, the heart of some of the world’s ...
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U.S. Announces $21 Million in Awards to Address and Treat TB in India

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced three new awards to support the Government of India’s efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) in India. As part of the Tuberculosis Health Action Learning Initiative (THALI) project, $7.5 million were awarded to the World Health Partners (WHP) to implement activities in Kolkata and $7.5 million were ...
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U.S. Ambassador Verma and Kelly Craighead, Executive Director, National Travel and Tourism Office, Dept. of Commerce to inaugurate the USA Pavilion

U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma and Kelly Craighead, Executive Director, National Travel and Tourism Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, will inaugurate the Brand USA pavilion at the South Asia Travel and Tourism Expo (SATTE) 2016 to be held January 29-31, 2016, in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. “I welcome Kelly to India to ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker opens Registration for 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Innovation-Focused Summit to Provide Global Investors and Economic Developers with Latest Information on Investment in the United States U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Ambassador Richard R.Verma today announced that registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Summit’s theme is “The Innovation Advantage” and will ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma on NDTV’s Left, Right and Centre with Nidhi Razdan

NEW DELHI: It is no longer acceptable for Pakistan to distinguish between terror groups that attack them and those that attack India, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma has said. In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Ambassador Verma said, “More needs to be done, some action has been taken. This distinction between different terror groups ...
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‘Beyond Cash’ Identifies Barriers and Solutions to a Digital, Inclusive Economy in India

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today released a report identifying key ways to ensure the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national mission for financial inclusion. The report, Beyond Cash, highlights the current behaviors and perceptions of digital payments in low-income communities in India, and suggests ideas on how policy makers can accelerate the adoption ...
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Iran Related Questions

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran has completed the necessary steps under the Iran deal that will ensure Iran’s nuclear program is and remains exclusively peaceful.  Before this agreement, Iran’s breakout time — or the time it would have taken for Iran to gather enough fissile material to build ...
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“Democratic Values and Violent Extremism,” Remarks By Sarah B. Sewall U.S. Under Secretary For Civilian Security, Democracy, And Human Rights

(As delivered) Hello everyone. Thank you General Vij for the kind introduction, and thanks to the Vivekananda International Foundation for inviting me to speak with you all today. The Foundation has been an extraordinary partner for our Embassy, and we are very grateful. Bahoot Danyavad! My name is Sarah Sewall, and I serve at the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Launches Passport to India MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

Course to encourage young Americans to study and intern in India U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma opened enrollment for a new MOOC (massive open online course) funded by the U.S. Department of State’s  Passport to India Initiative . The six-week course, entitled “The Importance of India,” will be delivered via the world’s largest online course platform Coursera , to garner ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma at the launch of Passport to India’s online course, “The Importance of India”

(As Prepared for Delivery) It is exciting to be here in India today at a time when more and more universities are active in areas such as student recruitment, student and faculty exchange, research, and alumni engagement.  Universities are establishing centers in India, exploring dual degree programs, and considering other areas of formal and informal ...
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Mission India Fact Sheet 2015

U.S. Visitors Our Mission in India processed over 1 million visa applications.  We process more H-1B and L employment visas than other country, with Indians receiving 69% of all H visas and 30% all L visas issued worldwide. Last year saw record growth in the number of Indians studying in the United States.  More than ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Trip to Varanasi

U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma (@usambindia) paid his first official visit to Varanasi December 16-17, 2015.  During his visit, Ambassador Verma spoke to the students and faculty of Banaras Hindu University about the importance of the recently concluded Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change and the future of U.S.-India relations.  He articulated the vital roles U.S. and Indian businesses and organizations can play in adapting to climate ...
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(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction I am delighted to be here at Brookings, along with so many friends and colleagues.  Tanvi, thank you for facilitating this event, and thank you also for the enormous amount of scholarship you produce on India, and on the U.S.-India bilateral relationship.  Your tweets on India are always insightful and ...
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken at the Brookings Global Order Roundtable

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning. Thank you, Vikram, for your kind introduction and your hospitality. Under your leadership, Brookings India has become one of the premier centers in the world for exploring and understanding the dynamic U.S.-India strategic partnership. We are very proud of our work together to strengthen the political, security, economic, and ...
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Ambassador Verma and Secretary Choubey announce Women in Aviation International (WAI)—India Chapter

On the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day (December 7), U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma and Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Ministry of Civil Aviation jointly announced the inauguration of the Women in Aviation International (WAI)–India Chapter. WAI was founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization to encourage the advancement of women in all aviation ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Travel to India and Pakistan December 7-10

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next week to India and Pakistan to discuss key political, economic, and security issues with government officials and non-governmental experts. December 7-8 in New Delhi, Deputy Secretary Blinken will meet with senior Indian officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global economic and security issues, including ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma at the Observer Research Foundation Event on Strengthening the U.S. – India Partnership

(As prepared for delivery) Thank you Sunjoy, for your gracious introduction and for hosting us today.  It is an honor to be here with Ashley Tellis for this event.   I want to thank the Observer Research Foundation for its continued commitment to the value of ideas and critical thought in world affairs, and you should ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consulate General in Chennai is Closed

The city of Chennai and surrounding areas in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu as well as the adjacent Union Territory of Pondicherry (Puducherry) have experienced very heavy rains in recent weeks resulting in localized flooding, which has been severe in some areas. The Adyar River has overflowed its banks and rains are expected ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma on World AIDS Day Commemoration Event in American Center Library

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good afternoon and welcome.  It’s great to see you all here today. Each year on December first, we mark World AIDS Day to honor those who are living with HIV, those who have lost their lives to AIDS, and the caregivers, families, friends and communities who support them.  We also celebrate ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Launch of the TB Detection Mobile Van Pilot Project at Medanta, The Medicity

(As prepared for delivery) Chief Minister Khattar, Minister Vij, Mr. Bachchan, Dr. Trehan, corporate leaders, our friends from the media, ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for inviting me here today to participate in this launch, an effort that I hope will take us one step closer to a TB-free Haryana and a TB-free India. Tuberculosis ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma on “Opportunities for Public-Private Partnership in Countering Online Radicalization and Recruitment”

(As prepared for delivery) “Public-Private Partnership in Countering Online Radicalization to Violence”   Thank you for hosting me this morning.  I would like to commend the Vivekananda International Foundation and the University of Maryland National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism for organizing this workshop.  It is an honor for the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the USIBC Annual Legal Meet and Gala Dinner

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction Good evening and thank you very much for the invitation to speak with you today.  I am honored to share the dais with Secretary Malhotra, Dr. Bhasin, and other distinguished members of the legal profession. It is truly a pleasure to join you this evening to discuss the importance of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the Event Commemorating Life and Work of Daniel Pearl at the University of Chicago Center, New Delhi

(As prepared for delivery) Many thanks to Bharath and the University of Chicago Center for hosting us today for this important event.  It’s a pleasure to be here with Ambassador Carmon and to collaborate with the Embassy of Israel as we honor the life and work of Daniel Pearl.  Thanks also to Ramesh Sharma, for ...
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International Students in the U.S. Up Ten Percent to Nearly One Million; Highest Rate of Growth in 35 Years; Increases Reported in 44 States

Students from India in U.S. higher education increased by 29% to 132,888 Study abroad by U.S. students to India up by five percent The 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, finds the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities had the highest rate of growth in 35 years, increasing ...
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U.S.-India Aviation Summit Closes in Bangalore

A Roadmap Laid for Future Cooperation   The U.S.-India Aviation Summit closed on November 5 following two days of high level meetings and discussions between public and private sector leaders from both nations to discuss ways to strengthen the bilateral aviation partnership.  The Summit was co-hosted by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and ...
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Joint Statement on U.S.-India Investment Initiative

Mr. Ajay Tyagi, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and Mr. Ramin Toloui, Assistant Secretary for International Finance, U.S. Department of Treasury, today released a joint statement on the second U.S-India Investment Initiative, held in New Delhi on November 4, 2015: “The U.S.-India Investment Initiative will help our governments discuss and explore capital market reforms ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma on Technology, Innovation, and Societal Change and the U.S. – India partnership

U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma spoke on ‘Technology, Innovation, and Societal Change’ in remarks at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) on November 4.  As India’s high tech hub, Bengaluru is home to some of the most innovative solutions addressing community, public health, and commercial needs.  In addition to his remarks at IIMB, Ambassador ...
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U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma visits State-of-the-Art WaterHealth Center

U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma today visited a state-of-the-art WaterHealth Center at Lingarajpuram, Bengaluru. He later spoke with people in the surrounding neighborhoods who benefit from this U.S.-supported project. Visiting the Center, U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma said, “It’s heartening to see how these new WaterHealth Centers are transforming communities by improving family health, ...
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Earthquake Aftershock Possible in North India after 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake in the Hindu Kush Region of Afghanistan

On October 26, 2015 at around 2:45 PM IST, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake – centered in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan – was felt in parts of Northern India. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake covered 120 miles and was centered approximately 51 miles southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of ...
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On the Road with Ambassador Verma: Innovation and Engagement in Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Apra, October 14-15, 2015

The United States Ambassador to India, Richard R. Verma, today wrapped up a productive two day visit to Chandigarh, Ludhiana, and Apra where he experienced first-hand the “full range of innovative U.S.-India partnerships and policy programs at work.” Ambassador Verma started the trip by meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, which focused on entrepreneurship ...
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Emergency Message for US Citizens – Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution ...
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USIEF-EducationUSA University Fair 2015

New Delhi | October 9, 2015 New Delhi, Sunday, October 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), in partnership with the American Councils is organizing the U.S. University Fair on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Lalit Hotel, New Delhi.  Representatives from 25 U.S. Universities ...
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$100 Million Gift to NYU School of Engineering from Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon

New York, NY | October 5, 2015 School to Be Renamed NYU Tandon School of Engineering Gift to Advance Academic Excellence and Transform School NYU President John Sexton and Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, dean of the School of Engineering, today announced a $100 million gift from Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon for engineering at NYU.  The gift ...
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CDC Awards $15 Million to Multiple Partners in India to Support Critical Global Health Security Work

New Delhi | September 30, 2015 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the award of more than $15 million dollars to twelve different Indian organizations to help implement Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) projects across the country. The cooperative agreements will allow for the expansion of various disease detection networks, ...
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Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Returns to Arunachal to Search for Remains of Unaccounted for U.S. Service Members

New Delhi | September 28, 2015 Specialized identification and recovery teams from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) arrived in India Sunday, September 27, to search for Americans who remain unaccounted for from World War II. The Embassy of the United States of America and DPAA worked with the government of India to coordinate this ...
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“Why India Matters” Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at Carnegie Mellon University

Introduction Good afternoon. Thank you so much for the invitation to speak to you today. I am thrilled to visit one of our country’s most distinguished universities, a place that is so emblematic of the relationship between the United States and India Your graduates find themselves in the highest ranks of business, of education, and ...
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SelectUSA Holds its First Road Show in India

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program will hold its first-ever India Road Show October 13-16 in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. President Obama launched SelectUSA in 2011 to promote business investment into the United States.  SelectUSA was created at the federal level to showcase the United States as the world’s premier business location and ...
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U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, September 21-22, 2015

U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, September 21-22, 2015   Overview: On September 21-22, 2015 the State Department hosted the inaugural U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD). Secretary Kerry and Commerce Secretary Pritzker were joined by their respective Indian co-chairs, along with members of the U.S. delegation and their Indian counterparts. The U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue has ...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews Announces Business Development Mission to India

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews today announced that he will lead a Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission to India from February 8-12, 2016, with stops in Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi. The trade mission will help U.S. companies launch or increase their business in India, focusing on technologies, systems and services in the ...
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“A Resurgent US/India Partnership” – Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Gala in Houston

Shared Sacrifices and Shared Successes Dear Friends, what an honor to be with you in Houston for this auspicious occasion. I want to thank the Indo American Chamber of Commerce, and their great leadership, for not only visiting India this past spring but also for inviting me here to this terrific gathering. When they invited ...
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“An Alliance for Global Prosperity” Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma

(As prepared for delivery) In 1947 as Jackie Robinson was getting ready to play his first major league game, and our government was rolling out the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine, the Indian people were preparing for the realization of their “tryst with destiny.”  Those words from Jawaharlal Nehru seem prophetic now, and I ...
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“Taking Bilateral Trade to $500 Billion” Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma at the 11th Indo-U.S. Economic Summit

Hosted by: Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (As prepared for delivery) Good morning and thank you for the warm introduction, Dr. Bhasin.  I am honored to share the dais with the Honorable Minister for Finance; Information and Broadcasting; and Corporate Affairs, Sri Arun Jaitley, and other distinguished leaders of business and industry.  I would like to ...
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U.S. Ambassador Convenes Corporate Leaders for TB-Free India, Amitabh Bachchan and Ratan Tata Join the Effort

The U.S. Ambassador to India Mr. Richard Verma today launched the ‘Mumbai Dialogue: Towards a TB-Free India’ along with legendary Bollywood actor Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman, Sir Ratan Tata Trusts. The goal is to engage the corporate sector to further strengthen the Government of India’s Call to Action for a TB-Free ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati, Assam

Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the “International Training Program on Leadership and Career Development for Women Scientists & Technologists” organized jointly by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and COACh International (As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you.  Hello and Namaste.  I’m delighted to be here with you this morning to welcome you to the second annual ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma Visits Guwahati, Assam September 1-2, 2015

The United States Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, visited Assam as part of his familiarization tour of India.  During his first visit to the state, the Ambassador drew attention to several key aspects of the now re-energized U.S. – India partnership. Ambassador Verma paid a courtesy call on Governor P.B Acharya and had positive discussions ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma’s Speech at the Valedictory Session of the Call to Action Summit 2015

(As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon.  I want to extend my congratulations to the Government of India, particularly to Minister Nadda and his team, as well as the other co-hosts – the Government of Ethiopia, USAID, UNICEF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tata Trusts, and the World Health Organization – for hosting a ...
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Ambassador Verma’s Meeting with Kailash Satyarthi

On August 28, Ambassador Richard Verma visited Mukti Ashram, the transit rehabilitation center run by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).   Ambassador Verma and Kailash Satyarthi met with 52 rescued child laborers who currently reside at the center and witnessed the critical impact that BBA has had on their lives.  The ...
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Ambassador Verma’s Meeting with Kailash Satyarthi

On August 28, Ambassador Richard Verma visited Mukti Ashram, the transit rehabilitation center run by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).   Ambassador Verma and Kailash Satyarthi met with 52 rescued child laborers who currently reside at the center and witnessed the critical impact that BBA has had on their lives.  The ...
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Jonathan Addleton Sworn in as Mission Director to USAID/India

Ambassador Jonathan Addleton was sworn in today as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director to India.  Addleton assumes leadership as USAID partners with India to foster in-country sustainability and ownership, with a focus on health, urban water and sanitation, food security, clean energy, early grade reading, and women’s empowerment.  USAID is ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Remarks at ASSOCHAM’s 7th Annual Summit on Cyber and Network Security

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning and thanks for the generous introduction.  I’m delighted to be here and thank ASSOCHAM for the chance to speak to you on this important topic.  Of course, the Internet today is part of just about everything we do.  This digital age has opened countless windows of opportunity, to the ...
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USAID, Tata Trusts to Enhance Reading Skills of 93,000 Children in India

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso E. Lenhardt today announced that USAID will soon launch a $5.2 million partnership with Tata Trusts to improve the reading skills of 93,000 primary school children across three states in India. The project, “Nurturing Early Literacy”, will impact two administrative blocks in Rajasthan, and one ...
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President Obama and Prime Minister Modi establish secure phone line to elevate U.S.-India strategic-plus Partnership

Reflecting the close ties between the U.S. and Indian democracies as outlined in the January 25, 2015, Delhi Declaration of Friendship, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to establish secure phone lines to further discuss their commitment to a long-term partnership for prosperity and peace for the global community.  The ...
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Growing U.S./India Defense Cooperation, Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma, Defence Services Staff College Wellington

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction Thank you for the warm introduction.  I would also like to thank Commandant Lieutenant General SK Gadeock, the Directing Staff, and the students here today.  The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) is a testament to the deep people-to-people ties between the United States and India.  Over the last 65 years, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma Visits City of Nawabs August 19- 20, 2015

The United States Ambassador to India, Mr. Richard Verma, visited Lucknow August 19-20. On his first visit to the city, Ambassador Verma met with Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and several opposition leaders. He also had meetings on issues of culture, education, trade, and business. On Thursday, the Ambassador toured the famous Lucknow ...
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India, United States Seek Proposals for Innovative Off-Grid Clean Energy Projects

In another step forward for the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma announced today that up to $2 million in grants will be made available for innovative, early-stage off-grid clean energy projects in the first round of the PACEsetter Fund, a joint 50 crore rupee ($7.9 million) fund established in June by ...
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Afghanistan-India Renewable Energy Summit

The Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union and the Ministry of Energy and Water hosted a two day Afghanistan-India Renewable Energy Summit in New Delhi on August 6 and 7. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Embassy of India in Afghanistan and the Federation of India Chamber of Commerce and Industries supported the event. ...
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U.S.-India Joint Working Group for Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation holds first meeting

In a sign of the deepening U.S.-India defense relationship, the United States Navy hosted a delegation of senior Indian naval officers for the inaugural Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Cooperation on the U.S. eastern coast from 12-14 August. During a three-day visit, the Indian delegation, led by Vice Admiral S.P.S. Cheema, Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval ...
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U.S. Ambassador Verma Applauds Sulabh’s Innovative Efforts to Improve Sanitation

The U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma today visited the headquarters of Sulabh International to witness the award-winning organization’s innovative sanitation and behavior change work. At Sulabh’s West Delhi complex, Verma also met with Dalit women who were formerly manual scavengers. Set up by eminent sociologist and social activist Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh is a ...
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U.S. Ambassador Verma Applauds Sulabh’s Innovative Efforts to Improve Sanitation

The U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma today visited the headquarters of Sulabh International to witness the award-winning organization’s innovative sanitation and behavior change work. At Sulabh’s West Delhi complex, Verma also met with Dalit women who were formerly manual scavengers. Set up by eminent sociologist and social activist Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh is a ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Introductory Remarks for Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

(As prepared for delivery) Welcome to the American Center, the hub of the Embassy’s public engagement efforts in New Delhi.  The American Center is the home of the American Center Library – one of the busiest American libraries in the world, with around 300 visitors every day.  The American Center also plays host to numerous events ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Introductory Remarks for Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

(As prepared for delivery) Welcome to the American Center, the hub of the Embassy’s public engagement efforts in New Delhi.  The American Center is the home of the American Center Library – one of the busiest American libraries in the world, with around 300 visitors every day.  The American Center also plays host to numerous events ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Empowering Women and Girls “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” Event

(As Prepared for Delivery) Chief Minister Lal, distinguished guests, thank you for the invitation to join you today.   I would like to congratulate the Chief Minister for initiating today’s call to action to save and educate the daughters of Haryana.  It is not a coincidence that Prime Minister Modi launched Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao earlier ...
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“The United States and India: A Relationship on the Move” Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at IIT-Madras

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction: India on the Rise Vannakam and good afternoon.  Thank you Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi for your invitation to join the students and faculty of IIT-Madras for a conversation on the U.S.-India relationship.  I am thrilled to visit one of India’s most distinguished universities and alma mater to two generations of students ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates American Independence Day with Baseball and Military Band

The United States Embassy celebrated America’s 239th Independence Day with a baseball-themed event at the Taj Palace Hotel today.  India’s Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh was the Chief Guest, with over 1200 dignitaries from government, business, the diplomatic corps, and civil society in attendance.  Each year, the United States celebrates its independence ...
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India, United States Establish “PACEsetter Fund” to Accelerate Off-Grid Clean Energy Innovation

As part of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to strengthening and expanding the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy today signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the “PACEsetter Fund,” a new joint 50 crore rupee ($7.9 million) fund ...
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USAID to Assist IIFCL Raise $665m of Green Finance

In an effort to scale up India’s renewable energy capacity, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IIFCL Asset Management Company Ltd. (IAMCL) to provide technical assistance for increasing investment in renewable energy in the country by $665 million. The MOU was signed by Manpreet Anand, Deputy ...
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“Stronger Together”: Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Convocation Speech for the Fourth Class of Young India Fellows Ashoka University

(As Prepared for Delivery) Welcome Thank you Vice Chancellor Mukherjee for that kind introduction.  I also want to acknowledge my friend, Dr. Pramath Sinha.  Both of you are leading such a remarkable effort here at Ashoka University.  I know you have attracted top faculty members, and I am particularly honored to have been invited to ...
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U.S. and India Commit to a Future of Expanded Health Collaboration

Today representatives from U.S. and Indian public health agencies signed a series of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) aimed at advancing a broad range of joint research ventures, public health collaborations, and clinical exchanges. Addressing cooperative opportunities in areas as diverse as cancer prevention, antimicrobial resistance, and traffic safety, the proposed MOUs reflect a deep commitment ...
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Education Ties between India and the United States Grow Stronger: Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Announces Fourth Round of Awards

In a continuation of the educational partnership between India and the United States, the State Department is pleased to announce the eight institutional partnership projects below for the fourth round of Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards (formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative).  The initiative aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships ...
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Worldwide Delay in Processing of U.S. Visas and Passports

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems.  This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.  This issue is affecting ...
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USAID and Tata Trust Partner to Support Development Innovations in India

The U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Tata Trusts, comprising of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust & Allied Trusts and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust & Allied Trusts, on June 11 executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Mumbai to explore partnership opportunities to support development innovation in maternal and child health, nutrition, tuberculosis ...
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United States and India Sign Agreement to Share Tax Information

U.S. Ambassador to India Mr. Richard Verma and Indian Revenue Secretary Mr. Shaktikanta Das signed an Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to promote transparency between the two nations on tax matters.  The agreement underscores growing international cooperation to end tax evasion everywhere. The text of the signed ...
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Tours Indian Eastern Naval Command in Vishakapatnam, Heads to New Delhi for Talks

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter completed his visit to the Eastern Naval Command in the port city of Vishakapatnam this afternoon, where he met with senior Navy officials and toured the INS Sahyadri, India’s indigenous stealth frigate, before departing for New Delhi for talks with Indian government officials. Carter’s trip to India is part ...
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U.S. Mission to India Processes Over 4000 Student Visa Applications on its Annual “Student Visa Day”

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai, organized “Student Visa Day” on May 28 dedicated to only processing student visa applications.  U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma in Delhi and Consuls General throughout India congratulated the day’s applicants as they joined the growing ranks of Indian students who ...
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“We Are From the Same Place” – Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Remarks at the DAV College Commencement Ceremony in Jalandhar, Punjab

(As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you, Dr. Manuja.  Thanks also to Dr. Sharma and DAV for allowing me to participate in today’s ceremony.  Let me also ask the audience to join me in congratulating the graduates. Good afternoon Graduates!  Sixty-four years ago my father sat for his convocation from this very same college, DAV, here in ...
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India and U.S. to Strengthen Livelihoods of Over 3,000 Afghan Women

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt announced a new $1.5 million, three-year award to the Indian Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), the world’s largest women’s cooperative, with a membership exceeding 1.9 million.  SEWA will partner with government and civil society stakeholders in Afghanistan and India to train more than 3,000 ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

(As Prepared For Delivery) Smart Partners: U.S. Business, Smart Cities, and the U.S. – India Relationship Thank you to AmCham for inviting me to speak at your annual meeting.  I truly wish we were meeting under more auspicious circumstances.  As we come together today, the search for survivors continues in Nepal and the process of ...
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Emergency Message: Earthquake Aftershock Possible in India in Areas Near Nepal

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to some parts in the Indian states of Bihar, Sikkim, Assam, and the northern portion of West Bengal and recommends that U.S. citizens in these areas exercise caution following the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on April 25.  The possibility for aftershocks of ...
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Chandigarh Hosts First TESOL Event in India

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with TESOL International Association and the Regional Institute of English (RIE), hosted a special training program for English language teachers in Chandigarh on April 24 and 25, 2015. The program – called a TESOL Academy , which is for Teachers of English to ...
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USAID and CKS Announce Early Grade Reading Awards

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS), today, announced the three winners of the READ Alliance’s Early Grade Reading Innovation Challenge 2014.  The Read – Engage – Achieve – Dream (READ) Alliance is a $3.2 million initiative to help improve the reading skills of millions of primary ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Climate Speech

Green – the Color of Growth:  The Business Case for Climate Action   (As prepared for delivery) Thank you.  Distinguished guests, friends, welcome.  Thank you for joining us here today.  Please also join me in thanking CII for hosting us and for its continuing strong support and interest in climate change issues. Climate change has ...
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USAID & Swayam Shikshan Prayog Support Global Dialogue on Women in India’s Clean Energy Sector

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) today held an international dialogue on the emerging role of women entrepreneurs in promoting clean energy at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The two-day dialogue called the ‘wPOWER Global Partnership Forum’ was opened jointly by Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of ...
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India and the U.S. Pilot Study to Make the Yamuna Expressway Safer

During an event featuring the US Secretary of Transportation’s visit to India, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States, announced today a study on road safety on the Yamuna Expressway. ...
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U.S. Transportation Secretary and Minister of Road Transport, Highways, and Shipping Sign Memorandum of Cooperation

Agreement helps save lives by expanding the coordination of vital safety information between countries U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Transportation with India’s Minister of Road Transport, Highways, and Shipping Nitin Gadkari. The MOC will establish a Transportation Partnership among the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Government of ...
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U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Visits New Delhi

Ambassador Dan Feldman, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, visited New Delhi on April 7 to continue high-level U.S.-India consultations on Afghanistan following on President Obama’s visit in January 2015. Special Representative Feldman met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, and other Indian government counterparts. They discussed the outcomes of ...
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces Improved Aviation Safety Rating for India

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that India complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.  The announcement was made during a meeting between Secretary Foxx and India’s Minister of Civil Aviation, ...
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“Strategic Plus: Taking U.S.-Indian Relations to a New Level”: Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Secretary Burns, thank you for the generous introduction.  It is an honor to have one of the principal architects of today’s U.S. – India relationship here with us, not to mention one of the great Foreign Service Officers in the history of the State Department.  I’d also like to recognize Dr. Ashley Tellis, a good ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

This Message alerts U.S. citizens to the latest information regarding human cases of H1N1 Influenza A, formerly known as swine flu.  The Indian Ministry of Health has reported over 23,000 confirmed cases of swine flu in India, with over 1,200 deaths.  Local authorities have recommended vaccinations for health care workers, established working groups to monitor ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – H1N1

This Message alerts U.S. citizens to the latest information regarding human cases of H1N1 Influenza A, formerly known as swine flu.  The Indian Ministry of Health has reported over 23,000 confirmed cases of swine flu in India, with over 1,200 deaths.  Local authorities have recommended vaccinations for health care workers, established working groups to monitor ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma at a Reception-Dinner on the occasion of the Conference “India-U.S. 2015: Partnering for Peace and Pros

Organized by the Atlantic Council, the Vivekananda International Foundation, Confederation of Indian Industry and U.S. Embassy, New Delhi U.S.-India Relations: “Strategic Plus”    (As prepared for delivery) Namaskar.  Good Evening. Thank you for the introduction General Vij.  Let me start by thanking the Atlantic Council, the Vivekananda International Foundation, and the Confederation of Indian Industry ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma remarks at the 2015 India Today Conclave

The theme of this year’s conclave – “The World Remade” – is especially appropriate, I think, in characterizing current events surrounding the U.S.-India relationship. I’m fortunate to have taken helm of the U.S. embassy here during a time of transformation in our bilateral partnership. In the last six months, we’ve seen two summits in Washington ...
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Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose at Observer Research Foundation

“U.S.-India Space Security Cooperation: A Partnership for the 21st Century”   (As prepared for delivery) Thank you very much. Again, my name is Frank Rose.  It’s an honor to return to India in my new role as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. I’d like to thank the Observer Research ...
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India’s Vibrant Muslim Communities Vital to U.S.-India Strategic Partnership

In a March 4 town hall at the India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC), U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma told India’s leading Muslim entrepreneurs, scholars, and clerics that they were each “vital players in advancing our countries’ shared values and vision.” Noting that “the future of the U.S.-India relationship depends on human capital,” Ambassador ...
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Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships — Opportunities to Expand Academic Horizons in the United States

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces the opening of its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships.  Such exchanges have, over the years, helped bring the people of India and the United States closer together.  The Fulbright program offers opportunities in the United States that enrich fellows’ academic, research, teaching and professional capacity.  ...
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India’s Vibrant Muslim Communities Vital to U.S.-India Strategic Partnership

In a March 4 town hall at the India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC), U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma told India’s leading Muslim entrepreneurs, scholars, and clerics that they were each “vital players in advancing our countries’ shared values and vision.” Noting that “the future of the U.S.-India relationship depends on human capital,” Ambassador ...
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“India and the United States: Building Strong and Sustainable Economies for Our People”: Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma

At Indian Business School, Hyderabad (As prepared for delivery) Dean Rangnekar, thank you for that kind introduction. I’d like to begin by welcoming members of the many business chambers with us here tonight:  the American Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Indo-American Chamber ...
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Statement on the Visit of U.S. Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller

As President Obama and Prime Minister Modi outlined in their 2015 Joint Statement, the United States and India share the commitment for a secure, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan.  The leaders have repeatedly asserted the importance of a sustainable, inclusive, sovereign, and democratic political order in Afghanistan for the benefit of the entire region. As part ...
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U.S.-India Strategic Partnership on Display at Aero India 2015

On February 18, U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma opened the U.S. Pavilion at Aero India 2015, calling the exhibit “the best of U.S. aviation and defense technology.” “Airshows like Aero India allow us to demonstrate our commitment to the strategic relationship with key international partners,” Ambassador Verma said.  “And in 2015, the strategic ...
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Statement of U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew at the Joint Press Conference with Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

(As Prepared for Delivery) It is a great honor to be back in India for my first visit as Treasury Secretary, and I want to thank Finance Minister Jaitley for hosting me today. The Obama administration has made deepening the bonds between the United States and India a key priority.  The President reaffirmed that commitment ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Remarks at the Vivekananda International Foundation: U.S. – India Relations: The Way Forward

From Possibilities to Progress     (As Prepared for Delivery) Namaskar.  Good Morning. Let me start by thanking the Vivekananda International Foundation‎ and the Heritage Foundation for organizing today’s event. And in particular, a special thanks to the Director of Vivekananda General NC Vij and Lisa Curtis of Heritage. Distinguished members of the audience, Friends, members ...
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USAID, Indian and U.S. Companies to Support India’s Initiative to Extend Financial Services to All Citizens

During his historic second visit to India, President Obama commended Prime Minister Modi’s Jan Dhan initiative to prioritize financial inclusion for all of India’s citizens.  As part of the President’s pledge of U.S. support for this vital Government of India goal, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce that over twenty ...
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USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Partner with Ministry of Urban Development to Help India Achieve Sanitation for All

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the Swachh Bharat Clean India Mission, launched by the Government of India on October 2, 2014. The MoUD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with USAID and a ...
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India and U.S. Expand Development Cooperation in Asia and Africa

India and the United States today signed the Statement of Guiding Principles on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development.  The Statement was signed by Kumar Tuhin, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs of India and John A. Beed, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in India. Pursuant to the fifth U.S.-India ...
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U.S. to Contribute $100,000 to Cyclone Hudhud Humanitarian Relief Efforts

Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Kathleen Stephens extended her deepest sympathies on behalf of the American people to the people of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha who have been affected by recent Cyclone Hudhud, especially the dozens of families who have lost their loved ones. Ambassador Stephens, in coordination with central and state authorities, announced that the United ...
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Emergency Message for US Citizens – Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution ...
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Absentee Voting Week is September 29-October 6

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local ...
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U.S. Extends Humanitarian Relief to Flood Victims

On behalf of the American people, Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Kathleen Stephens today extended her deepest sympathies to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have been affected by the recent flooding, especially the hundreds of families who have lost loved ones. In coordination with central and state authorities, Ambassador Stephens announced that the United States ...
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Emergency Message for US Citizens – Hurricane and Tyohoon Seasons

U.S. Embassy New Delhi informs U.S. citizens that heavy rains have caused severe flooding in Jammu and Kashmir.  Extensive flooding has washed out many roads, making transportation in the region difficult and dangerous.  Thousands of people are stranded and communication channels have been badly damaged. The Government of India is working to repair damaged roads and assist ...
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Visit of Secretary of State John Kerry

The Fifth Round of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, New Delhi, July 2014 President Obama has called our partnership with India a “defining partnership for the 21st century.” And as we go about the much-talked about “Asia rebalance,” there’s no more important partner for the United States in the region than India. The growing convergence of ...
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Passport and Notarial Services in Varanasi

Dear U.S. Citizens: The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, will offer off-site passport services for U.S. citizens in Varanasi from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on July 23, 2014 at the lobby of The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi.  On this date, a Consular Officer and staff will accept passport applications and notarials.  If ...
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Emergency Message for US Citizens – Upcoming Hurricane and Tyohoon Seasons

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and ends November 30.  The Typhoon Season will last through the end of 2014, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane- and typhoon-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming seasons now.  This ...
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Worldwide Caution

The current Worldwide Caution advises U.S. citizens to exercise vigilance whenever they travel overseas.  Please take this opportunity to read the document and assess your personal security while traveling to or residing in India. The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. ...
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نئی دہلی

ہندوستان میں عالمی واقعات یا مقامی سرگرمیوں کے ردعمل میں وقفہ وقفہ سے اچانک اور منظم مظاہرے ہوتے رہتے ہیں۔ پُرامن مظاہرے بھی متشدد ہو سکتے ہیں۔ برائے مہربانی ان علاقوں سے گریز کریں جہاں مظاہرے ہو رہے ہیں اور کسی بھی بڑے مجمع کے گرد و نواح میں احتیاط برتیں۔ ازراہِ کرم علاقائی واردات ...
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Independence Day Celebration at the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi Open to all U.S. Citizens

Date:  Saturday, June 29, 2013 Time:  6:30 p.m. – onwards. Gates will open at 6:15 p.m.  No admittance after 9:00 p.m. Place:  ACSA Ballfield (entrance at Gate E, the “ACSA Gate,” on Panchsheel Marg across from New Sikkim House, in the Chanakyapuri neighborhood,New Delhi) Price:  Rs.300 per person (children under 5 admitted for free) ID Requirements:  Valid U.S. Passport The ...
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Town Hall Meeting with ACS

The ACS Unit at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi will be hosting a Town Hall for American Citizens on Friday, May 11th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Embassy Consular Section in Chanakyapuri. This is an opportunity for U.S. Citizens to learn more about their Embassy, its mission, and how it can assist ...
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