U.S. Consulate General Chennai and CUSAT Sign MoU to Open New “American Corner” in Kochi

Empowering the next generation of Indian and American changemakers through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.   Kochi, February 16: The U.S. Consulate General Chennai and the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today to establish an American Corner at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in …

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U.S. University Post-Graduate Student Fair in Coimbatore on Feb 19

Coimbatore, February 15:  The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. Commercial Service in India, and U.S. Consulate General Chennai will host a free U.S. higher education fair in Coimbatore on February 19.   U.S. Consul General Chennai Christopher Hodges highlighted that the United States remains the top host of international students globally, a …

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U.S. University Post-Graduate Student Fair in Kochi on Feb 17

Kochi, February 14:  The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. Commercial Service in India, and U.S. Consulate General Chennai will host a free U.S. higher education fair in Kochi on February 17, Saturday.  The fair is being held in association with the Kerala government-run recruitment agency Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Ltd …

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U.S. Pavilion at Global Science Festival Kerala: NASA Scientists, Exhibits on Extra-terrestrial Intelligence Engage Audience

Highlights the U.S.-India scientific collaboration and opportunities available for students, scholars, and the public.   Thiruvananthapuram, January 22:  The U.S. Consulate General Chennai, which has been an integral part of South India’s academic and cultural landscape for the last 76 years, partnered with the Government of Kerala to host a U.S. pavilion at the inaugural …

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DFC CEO Marks U.S. $500 Million Loan for Strategic Supply Chain Diversification With Launch of New Energy Manufacturing Facility in India

January 11, 2024 Chennai, India – The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) on Thursday, January 11 celebrated the launch of a major strategic investment in critical supply chains with a U.S. company’s new solar panel manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India. DFC provided a $500 million loan to support the establishment of First Solar’s …

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American Center Pavilion at the Chennai Book Fair

Highlights books and resources available for students, scholars, and the public.       Empowering the next generation of Indian and American leaders.      Chennai, January 5:  The American Center Chennai, which has been an integral part of Chennai’s cultural and literary landscape for the last 76 years, will offer an American Center Pavilion during the 47th Chennai Book …

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U.S. Mission Supports Mysuru’s Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Folklore Museum Preservation Project

Mysuru, Jan 4, 2024:  The U.S. Mission in India and its implementing partner University of Mysore officially announced the U.S.-funded conservation efforts for the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Folklore Museum in Mysuru, Karnataka on Thursday, January 4, 2024. This project, funded through the U.S. government’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), supports the conservation of the West Wing of the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion …

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American Center Chennai to celebrate Halloween

Public welcome to family-friendly all day event on October 28 Chennai, October 24:  The American Center, located inside the U.S. Consulate General Chennai, will host a family-friendly Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the public.  Halloween is an iconic American holiday celebrated across communities in the United States …

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U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announces its full slate of investments in India

Chennai, October 10: The U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced its full slate of investments in the linked release . Please find the India-specific information below: Bolstering clean energy manufacturing and diversifying critical supply chains in India: A $425 million loan to TP Solar Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited, will finance the …

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Joel Sathiaraj of IIT Madras wins Scrabble Tournament held at American Center Chennai

Chennai, September 12:  Joel Sathiaraj from IIT Madras won the Alfred Butts intercollegiate Scrabble tournament organized by the American Center, U.S. Consulate General Chennai in association with Queen Mary’s College in Chennai on September 8 and 9, 2023.  Jebrish T. and Anindita S. Raju from the Presidency College finished second and third respectively. As many …

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VP-26 Concludes Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Training with India

INS Rajali (Tamil Nadu), August 30:  The “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 completed a week-long combined anti-submarine warfare (ASW) subject matter expert exchange with the “Albatross” of Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 312 at India Naval Air Station Rajali, Tamil Nadu India, Aug. 28, 2023.The subject matter expert exchange focused on improving interoperability between …

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2023 EducationUSA University Fair in Chennai

Chennai, August 25: Students and parents interested in learning about opportunities to pursue higher education in the United States are invited to participate in an in-person fair with U.S. university representatives.     EducationUSA at the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), Chennai, in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General Chennai, will host a university fair from 2:00 …

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Christopher W. Hodges Takes Office as U.S. Consul General in Chennai

Chennai, August 1:  Christopher W. Hodges assumed the post of Consul General of the United States of America in Chennai on Monday, July 31, 2023.      On his arrival, Consul General Hodges said, “I’m honored to represent the United States in southern India at such an exciting time in the U.S.-India relationship.  Our work reflects …

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator joins Chennai School Students in Ocean Health Activity, Reiterates U.S. Commitment to Lead Climate

Chennai, July 27:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan, who is in Chennai for the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Sustainability, engaged with high school students monitoring water conditions in the Bay of Bengal followed by a shore walk at Elliot’s Beach in the city on Thursday, July 27. Administrator …

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U.S. Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti Presides Over 247th Independence Day Event in Chennai, Hails Strong Growing Ties between U.S. and India

Chennai, June 15: United States Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti, who is on his first official visit to Chennai, presided over the 247th anniversary celebration of U.S. Independence, hosted by the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai on Thursday, June 15, 2023.  American Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July in the United …

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United States Navy Ship Salvor Reaches L&T Kattupalli Shipyard for Voyage Repairs

U.S. Navy Signs Master Ship Repair Agreement  with Larsen & Toubro, furthering U.S.-India Naval Sector Repair and Maintenance Cooperation  Chennai, July 10: Military Sealift Command’s rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) has arrived at Larsen & Toubro Ltd, commonly known as L&T Shipyard, in Kattupalli near Chennai, India, for voyage repairs on Sunday, July …

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Chennai’s Powerful Child Rights Advocate Lalitha Natarajan Wins U.S. Department of Labor’s Prestigious Award for the Elimination of Child Labor

Chennai, June 12: The United States Department of Labor has awarded Lalitha Natarajan with the 2023 Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor. U.S. Consul General Judith Ravin presented the award to Lalitha Natarajan at a ceremony at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai on Tuesday, May 30.    Lalitha Natarajan has worked throughout …

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United States Naval Ship Matthew Perry Returns to Indo-Pacific Waters After Voyage Repair in India

Chennai, March 28: USNS Matthew Perry, a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, has successfully completed maintenance and repair work at Larsen & Toubro Ltd’s facility in Kattupalli near Chennai, commonly known as L&T shipyard, from March 11 to 27, 2023. USNS Matthew Perry is the second ship of the …

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Media Note: U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Underscored with Return of B-1B Lancer Heavy Bombers at Aero India 2023

Media Note: On Tuesday, February 14, the United States Air Force (USAF) expanded its lineup for Aero India 2023 with the arrival of two B-1B Lancers after a journey to India from their temporary duty location at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  The B-1B Lancer, a supersonic heavy bomber, is a truly remarkable aircraft, capable of carrying …

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Media Note: Arrival of the United States Air Force’s F-35 at Aero India 2023 Marks Historic Debut

Media Note: The United States Air Force’s (USAF) newest fifth-generation fighters – the stealthy, supersonic, multirole F-35A Lightning II and F-35A Joint Strike Fighter – will make their debut at Aero India 2023. After a journey from Hill Air Force Base in Utah, United States, the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team will impress crowds with a …

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Official Text: U.S. Mission India’s Press Conference ahead of Aero India 2023

U.S. Mission India’s Press Conference ahead of Aero India 2023 Sunday, February 12, 2023, Bengaluru (Remarks as Prepared for delivery)  - Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones - Jedidiah P. Royal, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs - Major General Julian C. Cheater, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs - Rear Admiral Michael …

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Head of Largest-Ever U.S. Delegation to Aero India: Ambassador Jones Lauds Growing U.S.-India Defense, Security, and Economic Partnership

Bengaluru (India), February 12:  Speaking at a press conference in Bengaluru on the eve of Aero India 2023, the head of the U.S. delegation to Aero India, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones, said the size of the U.S. delegation, impressive USA Partnership Pavilion that will open Monday, and growing diplomatic and security cooperation over the last year “show that the U.S.-India strategic partnership is one of our most consequential relationships.”     “India and the …

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United States to Headline Aero India 2023 with Largest-ever U.S. Delegation

Impressive array of U.S. military platforms and personnel, significant representation from U.S. industry signals commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.   Chennai (India), February 10:  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Elizabeth Jones will lead the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Aero India from February 12-17, 2023, in Bengaluru.   “It will be an honor to lead …

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U.S. Consulate General Chennai’s American Center Returns to the Chennai Book Fair

“The American Dream Powered by Inclusion, Diversity, and Your Aspirations”: U.S. Consulate General Chennai’s American Center Returns to the Chennai Book Fair Highlights books and resources available for students, scholars, and public.     Engaging competitions, discussions, and storytelling sessions.    Chennai, January 9: The American Center Chennai, formerly known as the American Cultural Center and the …

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U.S. Marines Deliver Holiday Gifts to the Arunodhaya Centre for Street and Working Children

Chennai, December 20: The Arunodhaya Centre for Street and Working Children, a Chennai-based child welfare organization, will be gifted with toys through the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program, an initiative aimed at brightening the lives of children in need during the holiday season. U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin joined the U.S. Marines …

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NASA’s Mars “Opportunity” Rover Replica Lands at American Center Chennai

Full-scale model of NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity on exhibit and open to the public at the U.S. Consulate General Chennai   Chennai, December 9:  On Thursday, December 8, U.S. Consul General Chennai Judith Ravin launched an exhibit of a full-scale model of NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Mars Rover “Opportunity” at the American Center, together …

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The United States Remains a Top Choice for Indian Students Pursuing Higher Education Abroad: Open Doors Report

New Delhi, November 14, 2022:  For the second year in a row, a record number of Indian students chose the United States to pursue higher education.  According to the Open Doors Report released today, almost 200,000 Indian students chose the United States as their higher education destination in the 2021-22 academic year, a 19 percent …

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Space Conclave Links United States, India, and the Indo-Pacific Region Commercial Space Opportunities

Chennai, October 15, 2022: The U.S. Consulate General Chennai launched the three-day international conclave titled “Space Technology: The Next Business Frontier” hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and the Indian Space Association (ISpA) on Saturday, October 15. From October 15-17, major stakeholders in the global space technology sector will gather at …

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United States Coast Guard Cutter Midgett Conducts Chennai Port Visit During Indo-Pacific Mission

United States Coast Guard Cutter Midgett Conducts Chennai Port Visit During Indo-Pacific Mission * Strengthening a free and open Indo-Pacific with special focus on Quad countries * Extending support in capacity building to monitor and secure maritime boundaries in the Indian Ocean Region Chennai, Sept 16, 2022: The United States Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (USCGC Midgett), …

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U.S. Mission in India Issues Highest-Ever Number of Student Visas in 2022

Chennai, September 8, 2022: The U.S. Mission in India has issued a record-breaking 82,000 student visas in 2022 to date.  Indian students received more U.S. student visas than any other country.  The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and four Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai prioritized the processing of student visa applications from May …

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U.S. Navy’s Charles Drew ship successfully completes maintenance in India

Chennai, August 17, 2022:  Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) conducted maintenance at Larsen & Toubro Ltd, commonly known as L&T shipyard, in Kattupalli near Chennai, India, from August 7 to 17, 2022.  “India’s initiative to offer logistics, repairs, and refits to the U.S. ships assumes …

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U.S. Consul General Judith Ravin Welcomes U.S. Chess Team to Chennai

Chennai, July 28: The U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin welcomed the United States Chess team to Mamallapuram today. An ardent supporter of education and sports diplomacy, the Consul General greeted the chess players and wished them success in their matches at the 44th Chess Olympiad organized by the Indian Chess Federation and the Government …

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U.S. Consulate General Chennai Celebrates 75 Years of U.S.-India Partnership at 246th Independence Day

Chennai, June 17:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai celebrated the 246th anniversary of U.S. independence as well as 75 years of U.S.-India partnership in Chennai on Thursday, June 16, 2022.  Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July in the United States, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July …

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United States Joins With Indian Diaspora Luminaries to Celebrate 75 Years of U.S.-India Relations

Chennai, April 26:  The U.S. Mission in India (comprising the Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad) has released a star-studded video message to celebrate 75 years of U.S.-India relations, with participation by some of the most iconic and accomplished Indian Americans and Indians in America, whose remarkable contributions …

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U.S. Consul General Chennai Judith Ravin Seeks Expanded U.S.-India Collaboration in Kerala

Kochi, April 4:  U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin visited Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, March 29-April 4, 2022, to explore the strength and diversity of the U.S. government’s partnerships in the state of Kerala, and further awareness about educational, research, and exchange opportunities in the United States. CG Ravin used the opportunity to reaffirm our shared efforts to promote …

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American Center Chennai Welcomes Visitors on Appointment Basis from March 7

American Center Chennai has the largest collection of material on American Studies in South Asia  Chennai, March 4:  The American Center on the premises of the U.S. Consulate General, 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, Chennai, which holds the largest collection of material on American Studies in South Asia, will reopen to the public from Monday, …

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U.S. Consul General Judith Ravin Visits Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 

Chennai, Feb 17:  U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin conducted her first official visit to the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, February 15-17, 2022.  Ms. Ravin met with Lieutenant Governor Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi, other local officials, academics, scientists, and civil society leaders. CG Ravin also visited the Port Blair Port, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) Research Campus, Zoological Survey of India, and witnessed the light and sound show about India’s freedom fight at the Cellular Jail in Port Blair.    Consul General Judith Ravin said, “This trip is to …

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U.S. Mission Partners with State Governments in Karnataka, Telangana, and West Bengal to Train Teachers

New Delhi, February 9, 2022 – Approximately 100 English language teachers and teacher trainers participated in the February 9 launch of the TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP) offered by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in partnership with TESOL International, the leading organization in the field of English-language teaching.  The teachers are employed by the Karnataka, …

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#DiasporaDiplomacy: Join Indian American Teen Inventor and STEM Promoter Gitanjali Rao to Celebrate the Int’l Day of Women and Girls in Science

Chennai, February 7: To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, in coordination with U.S. Consulates General Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai will feature Gitanjali Rao, an Indian American teen inventor and scientist, on Friday, February 11, at 6:45 p.m. The virtual program, the sixth event of U.S. Mission in India’s #DiasporaDiplomacy series, includes a screening of the five-minute American Film Showcase documentary “Search on: Positive Current.” The film highlights one of Rao’s inventions—a mobile device that detects …

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DFC Announces Approval to Provide up to $500 Million of Debt Financing for First Solar’s Vertically-Integrated Thin Film Solar Manufacturing Facility

December 7, 2021 Loan represents the largest single debt financing transaction for DFC WASHINGTON – U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) today announced it approved up to $500 million of debt financing for First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FLSR), the largest American solar manufacturing company, subject to negotiations of definitive agreements. The DFC financing will support …

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International Education Week: U.S. Consulate General Chennai Promotes South India for U.S. Study Abroad Students

Chennai, November 19:  U.S. Consulate General Chennai in association with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), and the U.S.-based Forum on Education Abroad (FEA) organized a workshop for educational institutions and non-governmental organizations in South India to promote the region as a foreign study destination for U.S. students. The week-long virtual workshop “Destination South India” at IIT Madras held during the International Education Week (IEW) helped create awareness about …

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United States and India: Major Defense Partners at Aero India 2021

Bengaluru, January 29:  United States participation in Aero India 2021 is another example of the deepening defense and strategic partnership between the United States and India.  Don Heflin, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, will lead a high-level delegation of U.S. Government officials and defense industry representatives to the event.  “I am pleased to head this year’s U.S. …

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U.S. Aero India Delegation Commits to Strengthened U.S.-India Partnership

Bengaluru, February 2:  The United States is committed to strengthening its partnership with India and deepening military-to-military relationships and cooperation.  The full spectrum of the high-level U.S. delegation to Aero India 2021 with over 100 delegates reaffirms our commitment to the U.S.-India defense and security partnership in the Indo-Pacific region. Speaking at a press conference in Bengaluru …

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White House Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Releases Additional Detail for Implementing a Safer, More Stringent International Air Travel System 

White House Fact Sheet Biden Administration Releases Additional Detail for Implementing a Safer, More Stringent International Air Travel System  OCTOBER 25, 2021  As we continue to work to protect people from COVID-19, today, the Biden Administration is  releasing additional detail around implementation of the new international air travel policy  requiring foreign national travelers to the …

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U.S. Consul General Judith Ravin Visits USAID Project Sites in Madurai

Madurai, October 12: U.S. Consul General Chennai Judith Ravin visited Madurai today to interact with women micro-entrepreneurs supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Producer-Owned Women Enterprises (POWER) project, which creates employment opportunities and empowers women from marginalized communities.  CG Ravin visited the project site along with Tamil Nadu Minister for Finance and …

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#DiasporaDiplomacy: Climate Change Conversation with Environmental Attorney Dr. Anjali Jaiswal

Chennai, Sept 30:  U.S. Consulate General Chennai in coordination with U.S. Embassy New Delhi, U.S. Consulate General offices in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and the North India office will organize the fourth #DiasporaDiplomacy series on Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. IST featuring Indian American Senior Attorney and Senior Director, India, International Program, Natural Resources Defense Council …

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Acting U.S. Consul General Kathryn Flachsbart Flags Off “Turtle Float” on World Cleanup Day

Chennai, Sept 18:  U.S. Consulate General Chennai commemorated World Cleanup Day on September 18 by organizing a mobile “turtle float” in partnership with the Tree Foundation and United Way Chennai. In a live-streamed event, Acting U.S. Consul General in Chennai Kathryn Flachsbart and Indian Coast Guard officials flagged off the float at the Tree Foundation, a conservation organization …

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U.S. Consulate General Chennai Hosts Virtual Conference on Disaster Management and Cooperation Across the Indo-Pacific

Chennai, Sept 9:  The U.S. Consulate General Chennai, in association with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), hosted a two-day virtual conference titled “Nontraditional Security Challenges in South Asia: Improving Disaster Management Cooperation” on September 8-9, 2021. The conference was aimed to create a framework for cooperation on disaster management and improve capacity, coordination, …

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U.S. Consul General’s Coimbatore visit highlights business ties, education and institutional partnerships

Coimbatore, Sept 2: U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin celebrated America’s strong ties with Coimbatore, a tier-two industrial, education, and healthcare hub of Tamil Nadu, on September 1 and 2. During her visit, she met with several prominent individuals, industry organizations and educational institutions to explore cooperation between the United States and Coimbatore on issues ranging from …

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Join EducationUSA U.S. University Virtual Fairs 2021 on August 27 & September 3, Interact with 100+ Accredited U.S. Universities

Chennai, August 24: Indian students and their parents will have the opportunity to interact with more than 100 accredited U.S. universities and college representatives about university programs and admission criteria at the upcoming EducationUSA U.S. University Virtual Fairs 2021. From the comfort of their homes, students and their parents will gain valuable information about campus life, financial …

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Madras Week: U.S. Consulate General Chennai Celebrates  Sister Cities Chennai and San Antonio

Chennai,  Aug 21:  U.S. Consulate General Chennai commemorated Madras Week by enhancing cultural understanding and appreciation between sister cities Chennai and San Antonio through a virtual tour of the two cities on Friday, August 20.   Storytrails storyteller Akila Raman led the historic Chennai landmarks tour for officials from San Antonio, the Rotary Clubs of San Antonio and Madras East, students, and history enthusiasts in Chennai. From the San Antonio side, Director of San Antonio World Heritage Office Colleen Swain shared San Antonio’s …

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U.S. Consulate General Chennai Celebrates Madras Week and U.S.-Chennai Ties

Chennai, Aug 19:  U.S. Consulate General Chennai launched its Madras Week celebrations with a virtual tour titled America in Chennai—Sites, Streets, Structures, organized by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) in collaboration with the University of Madras. U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin joined Indian Fulbright-Nehru alumnus Professor Suresh Sethuraman on the virtual tour. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State’s flagship international …

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#DiasporaDiplomacy with Grammy-nominated Priya Darshini, Indian American Singer/Songwriter

Chennai, Aug 18:  U.S. Consulate General Chennai featured 2021 Grammy-nominated Indian American singer Priya Darshini and the House of Waters band virtual concert as part of U.S. Mission India’s #DiasporaDiplomacy series on Wednesday, August 18. The virtual concert, supported by U.S. Department of State’s Arts Envoys Program, was live-streamed on the U.S. Consulate General Chennai’s  Facebook page .  Priya …

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#DiasporaDiplomacy: Conversation with NASA Aerospace Engineer Dr. Swati Mohan

Chennai, July 21:  U.S. Consulate General Chennai will begin a #DiasporaDiplomacy series by organizing a virtual conversation with Indian American Aerospace Engineer Dr. Swati Mohan on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.  Dr. Swati Mohan is the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Systems Engineering Group Supervisor at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  She led the Guidance, Navigation, and …

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U.S. Consul General Chennai’s virtual #AmericaWithKerala visit highlights people-to-people and institutional partnerships 

Chennai, July 13:  U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin celebrated America’s strong ties with the state of Kerala during a virtual visit to Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, July 13.  During Consul General Ravin’s visit, she met virtually with several prominent individuals and local organizations to explore cooperation between the United States and Kerala on issues ranging from climate change …

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U.S. Consulate General Chennai Unfurls Rainbow Pride Flag to Commemorate Pride Month

Chennai, June 3: The U.S. Consulate General Chennai hoisted the rainbow Pride flag over the Consulate building to commemorate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month on Wednesday, June 2. The Pride flag will remain displayed on the building through June 30. Noting the United States commitment to the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons and …

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Health Alert (U.S. Consulate General Chennai): Cancellation of Routine U.S. Citizen Services at the U.S. Consulate General Chennai until May 15, 2021

Location:  U.S. Consulate General Chennai Event : Due to the sharp rise of new COVID-19 cases and deaths throughout India in the past month, all routine U.S. citizen services and visa services at the U.S. Consulate General Chennai are cancelled from April 26 through May 15.  The U.S. Consulate General Chennai remains open for emergency U.S. citizen  services .  Emergency U.S. …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, committing that the United States and India will work closely together in the fight against COVID-19. The President pledged America’s steadfast support for the people of India who have been impacted by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. In response, the United …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on NSA Jake Sullivan’s Call with NSA Ajit Doval of India

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, expressing deep sympathy for the people of India following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Mr. Sullivan affirmed America’s solidarity with India, the two countries with the greatest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. Building on the seven-decade health …

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U.S. Consulate General Chennai and Pravah Support Disability-Friendly Sports Ecosystem

Chennai, March 29:  On March 26-27, 2021 the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, in collaboration with non-profit organization Pravah, sponsored a virtual workshop titled “Creating Disability-Friendly Sports Ecosystems.”  The workshop was led by New Delhi-based Pravah and Indian alumni of the U.S. Department of State’s professional exchange programs – International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) – …

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U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific Collaborates with World-Renowned Indian Percussionist Giridhar Udupa

Chennai, March 17:  On March 12, the Hawaii-based United States Air Force Band of the Pacific released a music video featuring its virtual musical collaboration with Giridhar Udupa, an acclaimed Indian percussion artist who plays the ghatam, one of India’s most ancient percussion instruments.  The collaboration was inspired by the band’s commitment to support Aero …

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U.S. Consulate General Chennai Honors Courageous Women Who Inspire a Better World

Chennai, March 12:  On March 11, the U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin hosted an event titled “Courageous Women Inspire a Better World.” At the event, the Consulate honored Tamil Nadu-based anti-caste activist and human rights defender Gowsalya Shankar. Ms. Shankar was U.S. Mission India’s nominee for the 2021 U.S. Secretary of State’s International …

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Announcing the Opening of the 2022-2023 Fulbright Fellowship Application Season

United States-India Educational Foundation www.usief.org.in Announcing the Opening of the 2022-2023 Fulbright Fellowship Application Season Chennai, February 26, 2021: The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces the opening of its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships.  Funded by the U.S. Department of State and India’s Ministry of External Affairs, such exchanges have helped bring …

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U.S. Speaker Calls for Multi-Generational Effort to Confront Institutional Racism

Chennai, February 25:  On Thursday, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai in coordination with the U.S. Consulates in Mumbai and Hyderabad, organized a virtual discussion on “U.S. Democracy and the Fault Lines of Racism: An Analysis of 2020 Events” with Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow and Interim Vice President for Race and Ethnicity at the …

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Virtual Expat Tax Seminar for U.S. Citizens in South India

United States Consulate General, Chennai February 23, 2021 Virtual Expat Tax Seminar for U.S. Citizens in South India Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WebEx Virtual Meeting      All attendees must register to attend no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021.  https://amchamindia.webex.com/amchamindia/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea88ac94e34dad9e6fdc996b4b82dd9e5    The American Chamber of Commerce in India …

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“Priya’s Mask” Launched in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam: India’s First Female Comic Book Superhero Tackles Covid-19

Chennai, January 23:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai launched Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam online versions of the popular youth comic book “Priya’s Mask” with support from South Indian social media influencers.  “Priya’s Mask” is the newest edition of a series featuring India’s first female comic book superhero.  A symbol of strength and a force …

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U.S. Consul General Judith Ravin Inaugurates an Exclusive Network for Indian Women Social Entrepreneurs

Chennai, Dec 22:  U.S. Consul General Judith Ravin inaugurated the Indian Women Social Entrepreneurs Network (IWSEN) at a virtual event held on December 17, 2020.   With funding from the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, Amani Institute organized a six-month capacity-building program led by U.S. and Indian experts for 40 women social entrepreneurs from across India. As part …

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Banyan’s Vandana Gopikumar Receives State Department Global 80 “Faces Of Exchange” Award

Chennai, Dec 18:  The U.S. Embassy in India and the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai celebrated the 80th anniversary of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) flagship exchange by presenting the global 80 “Faces of Exchange (IVLP) Award” to Dr. Vandana Gopikumar, co-founder of Chennai-based non-governmental organization The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership …

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Tamil Nadu Native Dinesh Elangovan Wins Distinguished U.S. Security Award

Chennai, Dec 14:  Tamil Nadu native Dinesh Elangovan has won the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award of the United States-based International Security Foundation’s (ISF) annual Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).  Dinesh, the Chennai Site Manager for U.S.-based firm Fidelity Investments, won the private sector appreciation award for his efficient work in his role of Secretary of …

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Media and Entertainment are Important Tools to Sensitize Public on Gender-based Violence

Chennai, Dec 9:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, in association with the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), and digital news platform The News Minute hosted a virtual panel discussion titled “Reel and Real: The Influence of Media and Entertainment on Gender-Based Violence” on Wednesday.  The panel discussed the important role of media and entertainment …

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Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Chennai Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Zoom Virtual Meeting Register Here Judith Ravin, the U.S. Consul General in Chennai invites you to join her for a virtual Town Hall Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am via Zoom. Consul General Ravin will speak about the U.S.-India …

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Weather Alert – Cyclonic System Development December 1, 2020

Weather Alert – U.S. Consulate General Chennai  Cyclonic System Development December 1, 2020  Location:  South Tamil Nadu coast Event:  A well-marked low-pressure area in the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of the South Andaman Sea and Equatorial Indian Ocean is expected to develop into a cyclonic storm approaching south Tamil Nadu and south …

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Water Matters “Museum in a Box” Launched in Chennai

Chennai, Nov 30:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai in cooperation with Care Earth Trust launched the bi-lingual digital Water Matters “Museum in a Box” in a virtual event on November 30.   The “Museum in a Box” serves as a starting point for teachers and educators looking to introduce children to the basic principles of hydrology with interactive tools that explain …

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Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release October 21, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to New Delhi, India; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Malé, Maldives; and Jakarta, Indonesia October 25 – 30. In New Delhi, Secretary Pompeo and Secretary …

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U.S. Consulate General, CPPR to launch handbook on disaster management on October 15

Kochi, October 13:  The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, in association with the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi, will host an online launch of the “Community Resilience Handbook for Disaster Preparedness and Management” at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Anne Lee Seshadri, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, will …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to India and Bangladesh

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 9, 2020 Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will travel to India and Bangladesh October 12-16. From October 12-14, the Deputy Secretary will visit New Delhi, India where he will meet with senior government officials and deliver keynote remarks at the India-U.S. Forum. Building on Secretary Pompeo’s …

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EducationUSA Presents U.S. University Virtual Fair 2020

Chennai, Sept 24: EducationUSA’s Virtual U.S. University Fair in October 2020 is a unique opportunity for students to interact directly with U.S. university representatives and chat with EducationUSA advisers to understand the wide spectrum of educational opportunities available in the United States, all from the safety and comfort of their home.  The virtual fair will bring …

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Judith Ravin Takes Leadership as U.S. Consul General in Chennai

Chennai, September 6:  Ms. Judith Ravin has assumed the post of Consul General of the United States of America in Chennai as of September 6, 2020. “It is my great privilege to represent the United States in South India, especially at this historically difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Consul General Ravin.  “I look …

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COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Consulate General Chennai

Location:  India April 2, 2020  Event:  This is an update to our message from April 1, 2020.  We continue to coordinate closely across a variety of U.S. Government agencies, the Government of India, and commercial air carriers to facilitate flights to the United States.  We anticipate we will have several flights departing Mumbai and arriving in …

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“Water Matters” Exhibition in Chennai Extended to March 31

Chennai, March 6:  The Water Matters exhibition at the Periyar Science and Technology Centre in Chennai will remain open through March 31.  The exhibition was launched February 10 by U.S. Consul General Chennai Robert Burgess, Tamil Nadu Government’s Minister for Higher Education Mr. K. P. Anbalagan, and Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman.  Since its opening …

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All India Youth Volunteers Convene in Chennai

Chennai, Feb 14:  The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai in partnership with U.S.-based Transformational Sports, and local partner Katradi conducted a four-day capacity-building workshop for 33 youth leaders from across the country at Paripurna Training Centre in Manapakkam, Chennai from February 10 to 14. The youth from 22 cities across India deliberated, shared ideas, and initiated …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Bengaluru Passport Outreach

American Citizen Services U.S. Consulate General 220 Anna Salai, Chennai 600 006, India Telephone: 91-44-2857-4000 E-mail: ChennaiCSoutreach@state.gov Website: https://in.usembassy.gov/   Date: January 23, 2020 The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for U.S. citizens in Bengaluru on February 11, 12 and 13, 2020. On these dates, a consular officer will be in …

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“International Education week” at the American Center

Chennai, Nov 15: The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) will conduct two events next week to observe the “International Education Week” (IEW) in recognition of the benefits of international education and exchanges worldwide. IEW, which this year takes place November 18 – 23, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. …

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Tamil Nadu and Massachusetts Connection Bolsters U.S.-India Energy Ties

Chennai, Oct 25:  Energy experts from the U.S. State of Massachusetts and the Government of Tamil Nadu conducted a formal Massachusetts-Tamil Nadu Energy Partnership Dialogue in Chennai on October 23.  The Washington D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) organized the Dialogue as part of the U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative.   Led by …

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U.S. Consulate General and Partners Conduct Beach Cleanup at Besant Nagar, Chennai

Chennai, Sept 21:  Around 300 volunteers participated in a beach cleanup drive organized by the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai in partnership with the Indian Maritime Foundation at Besant Nagar on Saturday, September 21.  The cleanup drive, conducted to commemorate International Coastal Cleanup Day, highlighted the need to safeguard oceans from plastic waste.  The beach …

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U.S. Consulate General, Chennai Supported Program: One Hundred Vaniyambadi Students Graduated in English Language Skills

Chennai, Sept 19:  One hundred students graduated the U.S. Consulate General’s English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) at the Islamiah School run by the Vaniyambadi Muslim Educational Society (VMES), Vaniyambadi, on Thursday, September 19, 2019.  U.S. Cultural Affairs Officer Moulik Berkana was the Chief Guest at the Graduation Ceremony and presented the certificates to the successful …

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U.S.-India Comparative Constitutional Law Debate Finale Concludes with 16 Participants Across South India

Chennai, Sept 14:   Ms. Unnati Ashish Ghia from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru won the U.S.-India Comparative Constitutional Law Debate finale organized by the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai in cooperation with Loyola College on Saturday, September 14.  Sixteen finalists representing Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala advanced to the final competition.  The U.S. Consul General Robert Burgess and Supreme Court Justice Indira …

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Study in the U.S. EducationUSA University Fair 2019

Study in the U.S. EducationUSA University Fair 2019 Chennai Saturday, September 7, 2019   Chennai, August 27: The Study in the U.S. – EducationUSA University Fair 2019 is being held in Chennai as part of the annual all-India tour August 31 to September 12, including stops in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai, Bengaluru, …

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U.S. Astronaut Inspires Students to follow their Dreams

Chennai, August 27:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, in association with EducationUSA and Go4Guru India, hosted a lecture by U.S. Astronaut Don Thomas on his personal journey to fly aboard four U.S. Space Shuttle missions, on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the American Center Chennai.  Seventy students from schools and colleges in Chennai and …

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Menstrual Health Empowers Women and Girls

Chennai, July 31:  The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai in partnership with Netflix, UNICEF, and SPI Cinemas hosted a screening of the Oscar-winning documentary Period. End of Sentence on July 31 at Sathyam Cinemas.  The screening was followed by a panel discussion on how menstrual health and hygiene impact women’s social and economic empowerment. Coimbatore-based social …

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Seeking Students for Debate Competition on U.S. & India Constitutions

Chennai, July 9:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai is seeking students, ages 18-25 years old, to participate in a debate competition on U.S. and Indian constitutional law to be held across university campuses in Kochi, Bengaluru, Tiruchirappalli, and Chennai between July 26 – September 14, 2019.  Conducted in collaboration with Loyola College, the debate …

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Poster Contest on U.S.-India Space Exploration

Chennai, July 5:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai is launching a poster contest during the month of July to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing mission and celebrate India’s second lunar launch.  The Consulate seeks poster submissions from space enthusiasts of all ages on the theme “U.S.-India Space Exploration.” We invite …

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Student Visa Day: Celebrating Educational Exchange between the United States and India

Chennai, June 12:  On June 12, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai joined the rest of U.S. Mission India to mark the fifth annual Student Visa Day.  This yearly event celebrates higher education ties between the United States and India and helps qualified Indian students prepare for study in the United States by connecting them …

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American Businesses to visit Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad

Chennai, May 8:  The U.S. Commercial Service will bring 19 U.S. companies to South India May 9-13 as part of Trade Winds, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s largest annual trade mission program.  The Trade Winds program includes an Indo-Pacific focused business forum in New Delhi with regional and industry specific conference sessions and consultations with …

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U.S. Consulate General Chennai Launches Student Visa Season

Fact Sheet Chennai, April 11:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai launched its 2019 Student Visa Season with an information session on U.S. student visas hosted by Consular Chief Kent May, April 11 at the American Center, Chennai. “The United States has some of the finest educational institutions in the world, and millions of international …

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American Center Celebrates National Library Week with Book Sale and Discounted Membership Drive

Chennai, April 9:  The American Center at the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai is celebrating National Library Week with book readings, talks, film screenings, and a book sale April 8-12, 2019.  Throughout the week the American Center will provide a 50 percent discount on its annual membership fee.  On April 12, the library will place on …

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Promoting U.S.-India Space Cooperation: Visit by U.S. Astronaut and Former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

Bengaluru, March 5:  United States Science Envoy for Space, Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., is visiting Bengaluru, March 6-7, 2019, to promote U.S.-India space cooperation.  The former U.S. Space Shuttle Commander and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator is conducting meetings with government officials, academics, students, and civil society. Maj. Gen. Bolden said in …

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U.S. Sports Visitor Exchange Program for Wheelchair Basketball

Chennai, March 5:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai is sponsoring a two-week exchange program for 15 coaches and administrators of wheelchair basketball in the United States, March 16-31, 2019.  The program will empower coaches and administrators drawn from across India with the skills and knowledge to more effectively coach, mentor, and develop leadership skills …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations across Kerala, January 3, 2019

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations across Kerala January 3, 2019 Location:  Kerala, India Event:  Protests and demonstrations concerning the Sabarimala Temple Media report widespread protests and a call for a general strike throughout the state of Kerala related to the opening of Sabarimala Temple to women of childbearing …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, November 14, 2018

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (November 14, 2018) Location:  Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, India Event:  Cyclone Gaja is predicted to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore November 15.  High winds are expected along and off the coasts of Tamil Nadu …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, October 17, 2018)

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (October 17, 2018) Location:  Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Event:  Protest by former employees of a private company Please be advised of a protest near Chennai’s Directorate of Medical Services (DMS) office in the Teynampet area of Chennai today by …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Kerala State August 16, 2018

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens Kerala State August 16, 2018 Location:  Kerala State Event:  Extreme southwest monsoon rains continue throughout the state of Kerala, and adjacent districts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, triggering landslides, flash floods and other emergency situations.  As of the morning of Thursday, August 16, media …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Kerala State August 9, 2018

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Kerala State August 9, 2018 Location:  Kerala State Event:  Heavy southwest monsoon rains continue throughout the state of Kerala, triggering landslides and flash floods.  Given above-average and ongoing precipitation in the past several weeks, some low-level areas are flooded and reservoirs have reached full …

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Limited Operations

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Operational Message for U.S. Citizens: The Death of Former Chief Minister Karunanidhi August 7, 2018 Out of respect for the death of former Chief Minister Karunanidhi, many businesses are closed and transportation is disrupted. Large crowds have gathered near the Kauvery Hospital on TTK (TT Krishnamachari) Road in Chennai …

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Statement by Acting U.S. Consul General Lauren Lovelace on the Death of the Honorable Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Muthuvel Karunanidhi

U.S. Consulate General Chennai August 7, 2018 On behalf of the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, I offer condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu and Tamils across the world on the passing of former Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Tamil Nadu

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Tamil Nadu (May 23, 2018) Location:  Thoothukudi, and throughout Tamil Nadu, India Event:  Local media report that protests against the expansion of the Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi became violent on May 22, with fatalities reported and vehicles set on fire.  Demonstrations …

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U.S. Participation in DEFEXPO 2018 Demonstrates Commitment to U.S.-India Major Defense Partnership Relationship

CHENNAI: A large and diverse U.S. delegation will attend DEFEXPO 2018, a key defense trade event in India and the region. The delegation will include active duty military officers, government officials, and industry executives – demonstrating the depth and breadth of the commitment of the United States to the U.S.-India Major Defense Partner relationship. The …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu (April 3, 2018) Location:  Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India Event:  Some political groups have called for protests and boycotts April 3-5 following a recent Supreme Court decision regarding the sharing of Cauvery River water.  Previous decisions regarding the Cauvery …

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Demonstrations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala (February 16, 2018)

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala (February 16, 2018) Location:  Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India; state-wide Event:  On February 16, 2018, the Supreme Court will deliver a final verdict on appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala regarding the dispute over the …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Strike in Karnataka (January 25, 2018)

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Strike in Karnataka (January 25, 2018) Location:  Karnataka, India; state-wide, but particularly affecting Bengaluru (Bangalore) Event:  A general strike has been organized throughout Karnataka for January 25, 2018, regarding a dispute over water resources with the neighboring state of Goa.  Protests have …

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United States Consulate General Chennai, India – Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Chennai, December 21, 2017

United States Consulate General Chennai, India Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Chennai December 21, 2017  The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   …

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United States Consulate General Chennai Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Flooding in Chennai November 3, 2017

Local media report significant flooding of the main roads throughout Chennai, with some media predicting moderate to heavy rains to continue through November 5. Local schools, including the American International School in Chennai, are closed Friday, November 3.  In addition to possible flooding, U.S. citizens may experience traffic delays and limited access to public transportation. …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Flooding in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Local media report significant flooding in the Hosur-Sarjapur and Anugraha Layout in the Koramangala area in Bengaluru (Bangalore), with some media predicting heavy rains will continue overnight and into Thursday, September 28.  In addition to flooding, U.S. citizens may experience traffic delays and limited access to public transportation in these areas. The U.S. Consulate General …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Tamil Nadu January 23, 2017

This is an update to the previous emergency message sent on January 19, 2017.  Protests continue across Tamil Nadu, including at Marina Beach in Chennai, regarding the practice of bull taming (jallikattu).  Various sources have reported confrontations between police and protestors in Chennai and in other cities across the state that in some cases have …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Tamil Nadu January 19, 2017

Local media outlets continue to report protests in Tamil Nadu, including at Marina Beach in Chennai, regarding the practice of bull taming (jallikattu). Protests have thus far been peaceful, although there have been reports of traffic interruptions. Some bus services, taxis, and rickshaws may suspend or reduce services. U.S. citizens are reminded that even gatherings …

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Remarks by Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards Ceremony, Bengaluru (As Prepared for Delivery) Honorable President Pranab Mukherjee, Ministers, Excellencies, Distinguished guests:  Thank you, it is such a great honor to be here today, accepting this award among such distinguished company. Let me first thank His Excellency the Honorable President Mukherjee, Prime Minister Modi, and the Government of India– …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Cyclone Vardah

The U.S Consulate General in Chennai cautions U.S. citizens that Cyclone Vardah is expected to make landfall near Chennai, between Mahabalipuram and Nellore, tomorrow afternoon on Monday, December 12 and then weaken. Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to occur. All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: United States Consulate General Chennai

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will operate with reduced staffing on December 5, 2016, and has temporarily suspended appointments for routine services to U.S. citizens and visa applicants. Applicants will be informed by email. The Consulate will provide updates when routine services are restored. U.S. citizens requiring emergency services may contact the Consulate at +91-44-2857-4000.  In the event there …

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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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Demonstration Message: Security Awareness

As a reminder, spontaneous and planned demonstrations take place in India from time to time in response to world events or local developments.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  As a general rule, please avoid the areas where demonstrations are occurring and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gatherings.  …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Travel Alert

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those …

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Remarks by Consul General Phillip A. Min at the International Conference on Curriculum Development for the Indian Community Colleges Loyola College

CHENNAI:  Vannakam. Good morning and warm greetings to you all. It is my honor and privilege to be here today for the inauguration of the “International Conference on Curriculum Development for the Indian Community Colleges.”  I congratulate Montgomery College and the ICRDCE for their collaboration in sharing curriculum and syllabus models for community colleges in …

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Indian American Captivates Singing Celebrating Women

On March 3, 18 year-old Indian American singer Pragathi Guruparasad celebrated Women’s History Month at the American Library with an intimate concert of Tamil, Hindi, and English songs celebrating women. Her choice of songs honored the multiple roles of women in creating a world of equality and compassion, from mother to teacher to activist.  Pragathi …

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Remarks by Consul General Phillip A. Min at Sathyabama University

CHENNAI:  Vannakkam.  I am pleased to join Sathyabama University for this international conference “Emerging Novelties and Vistas in Space Technologies and Applications” or ENVISTA 2016.  I want to thank Dr. T. Sasipraba, Dean of the University, for the invitation to speak with you today.  And I am honored to share the dais with Chancellor Dr. …

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The United States and India Partner to Broaden Efforts to Fight Cancer

Incidence and mortality rates are on the rise in India; prevention, early detection, and research may improve outcomes Representatives from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institutes of Health visited Chennai and Tamil Nadu from February 22-24, 2016, to discuss partnership opportunities with their Indian cancer control and research colleagues on ways to …

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Students Reminded of the Three R’s of Environmental Stewardship

On February 9, 2016, fifty plus undergraduate students from the Department of English, Women’s Christian College, as part of their course on environmental literature visited the American Space Library for a screening of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”  As part of the fulfilment of the term project, each of the student is expected to do …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Heavy Rains and Flooding in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry

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 rains have lessened in recent days, but parts of Chennai …

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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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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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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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The U.S. & India: A Fellowship of Minds in Service to Humanity, Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Verma at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

BENGALURU:  Introduction – I’d like to talk to you today about what I believe is the greatest promise in the coming together of the people of the United States and India – our young thinkers.    As I have traveled around this great country and met with scientists, entrepreneurs, scholars and students I have marveled at …

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U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma visits State-of-the-Art WaterHealth Center in Bengaluru

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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U.S. Ambassador attends Malabar Exercise

AT SEA ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT – Today U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma observed the combined naval exercise Malabar 2015 being conducted in the Bay of Bengal.  Ambassador Verma was joined by Japanese Ambassador Takeshi Yagi and Vice Admiral RK Pattanaik from the Indian Navy along with other officers, diplomats, and civilian leaders.  Together they …

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Chennai Students Experience Crossover

On October 14, 2015, with shine and hope in their eyes, Chennai school athletes had a life time opportunity of interacting with Shaun Jayachandran, Basketball Coach and Educator, Crossover, Boston, Massachusetts at the American Library.   In conjunction with the Global Diaspora Week, CAO Andie De Arment led the skype enabled lively chat by contouring the …

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U.S., Indian, Japan Navies to Participate in Malabar 2015

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2015, Oct. 14-19, 2015. Malabar is a complex, high-end warfighting exercise that has grown in scope and complexity over the years. Malabar 2015 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Phillip Min on The United States – India Partnership on Climate Change

MADURAI:  Vannakam.   It is an honor for me to speak with students from a number of colleges here in Madurai.  Thank you to Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College for hosting students from Fatima College, Lady Doak College, Madura College, Sourashtra College, Vellaichami Nadar College and Thiagaraja School of Management as well.  I’d like to especially thank …

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U.S.-India Working Closely Together for a Successful Climate Agreement in Paris in December

CHENNAI: When President Obama and Prime Minister Modi met in September, much of their conversation was focused on climate change. The profound threat to humanity climate change poses makes sustainable development, growth, and the eradication of poverty all the more imperative.  The United States and India partnership to address climate change is a critical piece …

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Indian-American author Nina McConigley “hangs out” with Chennai students

On September 9, 2015, the American Library hosted American Writer Nina McCongiley via Skype to share her thoughts and experiences growing up in the rural, under-populated western state of Wyoming with an Indian mother, an Irish father, and a totally American life.  Forty literature students from Chennai colleges questioned Nina on how this experience shaped …

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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore

Thank you for the warm introduction.  I would also like to thank TNAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Ramaswamy, the faculty of TNAU, and the student body for the invitation to speak with you today—it is an honor.  I would like to start this morning by congratulating you, the students and faculty of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, …

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New Tools and Methodologies in Teaching English Language Teaching

The American Library in Chennai organized four half-day workshops entitled “Learning to Teach: Developing Strategies in the English Classroom” on August 13-14 & 17-18, 2015.  24 Chennai based high school English teachers attended the workshops, conducted by  Dr. Padma Ravindran, ELT Consultant and Master Trainer for U.S. Department of State sponsored English Access Microscholarship Program …

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Announcement of 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State  United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) is happy to announce the 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program and invites applications from full time Indian teachers teaching any subject at any level (primary, middle or secondary) at a school in India. This program …

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Chat with a Diplomat: Michael Pelletier, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy New Delhi

On August 10, 2015, Michael P. Pelletier, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi engaged more than 45 students, civil service aspirants, journalists and others, discussing his own career, various facets of diplomacy, and the U.S.-India partnership.  During the hour-long “Chat with a Diplomat” session, he answered questions on a …

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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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EducationUSA’s Pre-departure Orientation for students admitted to U.S. universities for academic year 2015-16

EducationUSA Center at the United States – India Educational Foundation invites students joining U.S. universities in the academic year 2015-16 to a pre-departure orientation on Friday July 10, 2015, 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Chennai. The event will have interactive sessions on a range of topics covering travel planning, F1 visa rules as an …

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Chennaites Learn Ikebana at the American Library

On May 26, the American Library in Chennai celebrated Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a live demonstration of Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement, led by the Consulate Chennai’s own Yukari Mire and visiting professors Mieko Tokiwa and Tae Sakakibara of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana in Japan. Consul General Phillip Min opened …

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Arise ‘n’ Shine Kids experience the American Library

On May 13, 2015, the American Library welcomed 90 children, ages 5-12, and nine teachers from seven centers of  Arise ‘n’ Shine summer school program.  Children were treated to a screening of “Finding Nemo” before letting loose in the Library’s new children’s corner.  PAO Ariel Pollock enthralled the kids with a story-reading session of “Duck for …

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Remarks of U.S. Consulate General Chennai Public Affairs Officer Ariel Pollock at English Access Graduation Ceremony

Tiruchirapalli: Good afternoon, and warm greetings to you all. I am delighted to be here this afternoon to present the “Certificate of Achievement” to the students who successfully completed the “English Access Microscholarship Program” at the Periyar Maniammai Girls’ Higher Secondary School in Tiruchirapalli. I am very impressed with the WIND Trust and Periyar Trust …

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IVLP Alumna enthralls her audience

Renowned storyteller Dr. V.R. Devika captivated imaginations with her vivid and lively stories of Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi at the American Library.  60 children ages 3 to 12 participated in the storytelling session.  She highlighted Gandhi’s influence on Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he successfully led the civil rights movement in …

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Consul General Phillip A. Min’s Remarks at CMAI’s Safe Medicines Seminar

Chennai:  Vannakam and good morning.  First, let me congratulate the Christian Medical Association of India for hosting today’s seminar with the support of the U.S. Embassy New Delhi.  I am honored to join the distinguished guests on the dais this morning. The U.S. Embassy has provided support for this seminar because we share your commitment …

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India’s Act Easy Policy and Our Rebalance to Asia are Complementary, Says U.S. Consul General Min

KOCHI: A two-day conference on ‘U.S. Rebalance and the Asia Pacific Region’ hosted by the U.S. Consulate General Chennai in association with the Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) opened in Kochi today with U.S. Consul General Phillip Min delivering remarks at the inauguration.  Former National Security Advisor and former West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayan …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Phillip Min at the “U.S. Rebalance to the Asia Pacific” Conference in Kochi

KOCHI: Good Afternoon!  It’s a pleasure to be back in “God’s Own Country.”  This is my second visit to Kerala, and my first visit to Kochi.  The people of this great city have welcomed me with incredible warmth, generosity and hospitality, and I am very excited to be here. Let me begin by thanking the …

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India’s Act Easy Policy and Our Rebalance to Asia are Complementary, Says U.S. Consul General Min

KOCHI: A two-day conference on ‘U.S. Rebalance and the Asia Pacific Region’ hosted by the U.S. Consulate General Chennai in association with the Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) opened in Kochi today with U.S. Consul General Phillip Min delivering remarks at the inauguration.  Former National Security Advisor and former West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayan …

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U.S.-India Strategic Partnership on Display at Aero India 2015

BENGALURU: 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 …

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New U.S. Commercial Service Office Opens for Business in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: On February 16, U.S. Consul General Phillip Min and Principal Commercial Officer John Fleming inaugurated new office space in central Bengaluru for the United States Commercial Service (USCS).  USCS will continue to foster strong business ties between the United States and South India from its new location in the JW Marriott at Vittal Mallya …

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New U.S. Commercial Service Office Opens for Business in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: On February 16, U.S. Consul General Phillip Min and Principal Commercial Officer John Fleming inaugurated new office space in central Bengaluru for the United States Commercial Service (USCS).  USCS will continue to foster strong business ties between the United States and South India from its new location in the JW Marriott at Vittal Mallya …

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CG Motivates NGOs at TechCamp Chennai

“REMARKS BY CONSUL GENERAL PHILLIP A. MIN AT TECHCAMP CHENNAI” (As Prepared for Delivery) CHENNAI: Good morning, everyone!  Vannakkam!  It’s a pleasure to be here at TechCamp Chennai with such a diverse group of individuals – non-profit leaders, technology experts, and students – all working together to use technology for the greater good. Before you …

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Remarks by Consul General Phillip A. Min at TechCamp Chennai

CHENNAI: Good morning, everyone!  Vannakkam!  It’s a pleasure to be here at TechCamp Chennai with such a diverse group of individuals – non-profit leaders, technology experts, and students – all working together to use technology for the greater good. Before you dive into your technical sessions, I want to speak briefly about why we organize …

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American Library, Chennai to Close Temporarily for Renovation (January 13, 2015)

CHENNAI: The American Library located at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will close temporarily for renovation at the end of business on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. During renovation, members can return books at the Consulate’s Cathedral Road security entrance by calling library staff at +91-44-2857-4223/4321/4041 or by sending an email to  chennairefdesk@state.gov  or chennaicirdesk@state.gov .  Any …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Phillip Min at Consumer Product Safety Seminar

“U.S. GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS ON PRODUCT SAFETY” CHENNAI: Vanakkam! Good Morning!  I am delighted to be here with all of you today to inaugurate this two-day seminar on consumer product safety. Thank you to the Consumer Association of India and specifically to Ms. Desikan, Mr. Desiraju, Ms. Thuraisingham and all the participants who are working towards …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Phillip Min at Seven Performance in Chennai

CHENNAI: Good Evening!  On behalf of the U.S. Mission in India, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to this performance of “Seven.”  Tonight’s program begins our efforts as part of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign. In 1991 the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) of Rutgers University in New …

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Consul General Phillip A. Min Remarks at The Confederation of Indian Industry Lunch for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

GREETING Good afternoon and thank you for the very warm welcome. We are delighted to have the Governor from the great state of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, with us today in Chennai.  But before formally introducing the Governor, with her permission, I would like to say a few words about the U.S. business profile in …

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Information Officer Emily S. Fertik’s Remarks for Behind The Lines/Between The Lines International Film Festival

CHENNAI: Good afternoon.  I am thrilled to be here with our valued partners from Aseema Trust to announce the start of a very special film festival honoring the memory and celebrating the ideals of slain journalist Daniel Pearl and his love of the arts. Thank you to Devika and to Uma for their incredible work …

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Security Message for U.S. citizens: Demonstrations Surrounding Verdict in Chief Minister Case

U.S. citizens in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are advised of the possibility of spontaneous and planned demonstrations after the verdict in the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s court case.  The U.S. Consulate advises individuals to exercise extreme caution and pay attention to media reports. Indian media currently reports some gatherings in parts of Chennai city, and …

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The Kickst’art Challenge: Empowering Students with Leadership Lessons

CHENNAI: On September 25, 2014, the U.S. Consulate General Chennai will launch “The Kickst’art Challenge: Empowering students with leadership lessons,” a six-month mentoring project aimed at empowering young Indian college students. According to Ms. Ariel H. Pollock, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, “this exciting program will forge a long-term relationship with U.S. exchange …

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Remarks of SELECTUSA Executive Director Ambassador Thummalapally at Bangalore Chamber Of Industry & Commerce Networking Event

BANGALORE: Thank you. This is the last full day of official business on my trip. We’ve been to Delhi, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, and Mumbai.  We’ve had an incredible reception in every city, and that is due to the tremendous number of Indian companies that want to learn more about doing business in United States. Today is …

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U.S Consul General Phillip Min to Inaugurate the Kickst’art Challenge: Empowering Students With Leadership Lessons

CHENNAI: On September 25, 2014, U.S. Consul General Phillip A. Min  will inaugurate “The Kickst’art Challenge: Empowering students with leadership lessons,” a goal-directed mentoring project aimed at transforming 100 undergraduate students into future leaders using the mentorship of 50 experts, who are alumni of U.S. exchange programs, over a six month period, at Hotel Raj …

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Remarks of Consul General Phillip Min at USIEF-IIE EducationUSA Fair 2014

CHENNAI: Vanakkam and good afternoon!  I am delighted to be here today to inaugurate the USIEF-IIE EducationUSA Fair.  This is an annual flagship event for our EducationUSA office. Today you are taking part along with students all over India – across 5 cities – Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. I arrived in Chennai only …

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Remarks of SELECTUSA Executive Director Ambassador Thummalapally at Indo-American Chamber Of Commerce Networking Event

COIMBATORE: Thank you.  Tamil Nadu is home to storied textile companies, and we are starting to see new chapters being added to those stories.  Each time we interact with companies from here, it just reinforces our point that the U.S. is an important strategic market in ways that many would never consider.  I have been …

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Bangalore Passport Services – October 14, 15, and 16, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of October 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for U.S. passport renewals for minors and first-time adult passports.  Services will be available by appointment …

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New Consul General Phillip Min Arrives In Chennai: “An Exciting Time to be in South India and for U.S. – India Relations”

Chennai: Phillip A. Min began his tenure as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General Chennai on September 18. Over his 27-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Consul General Min has served in South America, Europe, East Asia, and South Asia including posts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Warsaw, Poland; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; …

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Security Imperatives in a Changing Global Order: Recent Developments in the Middle East and West Asia

Saturday, September 27, 2014 09:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Gulmohar Hall, GRT Convention Center, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017 CHENNAI: The Center for Asia Studies, Chennai in association with the U.S. Consulate General Chennai and supported by the Exchange Visitors Alumni Association of South India (EVAA) will host a one-day conference on “Security Imperatives in a Changing …

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Bangalore Passport Services – September 17, 18, and 19, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of September 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for U.S.passport renewals for minors and first-time adult passports. Services will be available by appointment only.  …

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Remarks of Acting Consul General Lawrence Mire on ‘Business Opportunities Between U.S.A & India’

CHENNAI: Good Evening. Dr. Rajan Natarajan, Deputy Secretary of State of Maryland, Chamber President, senior officials, and distinguished members of the Tamil Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  It is my great pleasure to be here tonight, and have the opportunity to meet with you. We are so very lucky to be alive right here, right …

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Bangalore Passport Services – August 20, 21, and 22, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd of August 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for U.S.passport renewals for minors and first-time adult passports. Services will be available by appointment only.  …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Chikmagalur House Project Inauguration

CHENNAI: Good Afternoon! Vanakkam! Asalamu alaikkum! As U.S. Consul General, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity over the last three years to travel widely throughout South India and see first-hand the tremendous cultural diversity that enriches this region – from language to food; from clothing to political views; from religious practices to traditional …

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Restored ‘Chikmagalur House’ Inaugurated by U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre

CHENNAI: U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre inaugurated the restored ‘Chikmagalur House’ and an exhibition on ‘A Shared Heritage’ at the DakshinaChitra Museum, Muttukadu on Saturday, July 5, 2014.  The author of The Hussaini Alam House, Huma R. Kidwai, was the chief guest.  The exhibition was funded by the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai.  The original house …

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Bangalore Passport Services – July 15, 16, and 17, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for passport renewals for minors and first time adult passports . Services will be available by appointment …

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EducationUSA’s Pre-Departure Orientation for students admitted to U.S. universities for academic year 2014-15

EducationUSA Center at the United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) invites students admitted to U.S. universities for the 2014-15  academic year to participate in a pre-departure orientation Thursday June 26, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hotel Savera, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004. The event will include interactive sessions on topics …

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U.S.-India Joint Research on Monsoons and Ocean Mixing

CHENNAI: U.S. research ship Roger Revelle, operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System, made a port call in Chennai, June 14th to 16th.  Research vessels and scientists from both the United States and India will be working together to understand ocean science in the Bay of Bengal’s international …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the Inauguration of American Corner

(As Prepared for Delivery)  KOTTAYAM: Namaskaram!  I always enjoy traveling to the beautiful, historic state of Kerala to represent the people and government of the United States.  It is a pleasure for me to be here again to inaugurate this American Corner in Kottayam. This Corner – the eighth and the newest in India – …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the Maritime Trade and Security Conference

KOCHI:  Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!  On behalf of the U.S. Consulate General Chennai, I welcome you all to South India for the second component of the Maritime Security Conference. In Chennai, we discussed how a range of maritime issues affect Tamil Nadu and the surrounding region.  Today, we’ll have a Kerala perspective.  Like Chennai, …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the Maritime Trade and Security Conference

CHENNAI: Ladies and gentlemen, good morning! On behalf of the U.S. Consulate General, I welcome you to this important conference in the thoroughly apropos location of Chennai. Three years ago, in July 2011,then U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a historic trip to Chennai. Addressing a huge public gathering here, she stated: “In this …

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Remarks by David Gainer, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, at the Maritime Trade and Security Conference Press Conference

CHENNAI: Vannakam !  Good Afternoon, I am delighted to welcome members of the media for this press conference on the “Maritime Trade and Security Conference,” which starts tomorrow.  It also gives me great pleasure to welcome David Michel, from The Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington D.C.; and Dr. P.K. Ghosh from the Observer Research …

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U.S. Consulate General to Host Three-Day Maritime Trade & Security Conference in Chennai & Kochi

CHENNAI: In association with the U.S. Consulate General Chennai, The Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington D.C., and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, are organizing a three-day maritime trade and security conference on “Sea Change: Evolving Maritime Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific Region” in Chennai (June 10-11, 2014) and Kochi (June 12, 2014). U.S. Consulate …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre for VA Tech Opening

CHENNAI: Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Evening.  It’s an honor to be here tonight to celebrate the launch of the Virginia Tech India-Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science, or “ICTAS.” This ground-breaking partnership initiative is one that I hope can serve as a model for other institutions seeking to expand educational collaborations between the U.S. …

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Bangalore Passport Services – June 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th of June 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for passport renewals for minors and first time adult passports . Services will be available …

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Remarks of U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell at the SHARE-FICCI MOU Exchange Program

CHENNAI: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I am delighted to be here today to participate in the launch of the Partnerships Beyond Borders initiative. Let me first start by expressing my appreciation to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and the South-To-South HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (SHARE), for conceiving this joint initiative. …

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U.S. And India Combat HIV/AIDS through African Partnerships

CHENNAI: The United States and India launched the program “Partnerships Beyond Borders” to promote HIV/AIDS best practices and innovations between Indian and African companies. Addressing the gathering, U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell said, “This is the first time a dedicated effort is being undertaken to engage both Indian and African companies to work together to …

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Bangalore Passport Services – May 19, 20 and 21, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 19th, 20th and 21st  of May 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for passport renewals for minors and first time adult passports . Services will be available by …

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Bangalore Passport Services – May 5,7, and 8, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 05th,07th and 08th of May 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for passport renewals for minors and first time adult passports . Services will be available by appointment …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at TIE Panel Discussion ‘Women in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities’

CHENNAI: Thank you for the opportunity to open this panel today on the issue of gender equality within the workplace. In the next few minutes, I’d like to provide some of my observations related to women’s economic participation, and mention a few ways in which my organization – the United States Department of State – …

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Remarks of U.S. Consulate General, Chennai Deputy Consular Chief Michael Cathey

BENGALURU: Good morning and warm greetings to you all. I am delighted to be here this morning for presenting the “Certificate of Achievement” to the students who successfully completed the “English Access Microscholarship Program” at Government High School in Uttarahalli. I am very impressed with the School and CSA team for their vision and commitment …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Meeting with the Expat Entrepreneurs Circle

BANGALORE: Good evening, distinguished members of the Expat Entrepreneurs Circle (EEC), and ladies and gentlemen.  It is my great pleasure to be here tonight to participate in the second anniversary meeting of the EEC, and to have the opportunity to interact with you. Joining me this evening from the U.S. Consulate in Chennai are: our …

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Bangalore Passport services – April 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 7th  , 8th , 9th and 10th of April 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for passport renewals for minors and first time adult passports . Services will …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre for the Poynter Institute Journalism Workshop

CHENNAI: Good Morning! On behalf of the U.S. Consulate, Chennai, I’d like to thank Howard and the entire Poynter team for traveling here for this series of workshops. I would also like to thank Poynter’s local partner organizations – M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women in Chennai; The Kerala Press Academy in Kochi; and The Indian …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre for the Poynter Institute Journalism Workshop

CHENNAI: Good Morning! On behalf of the U.S. Consulate, Chennai, I’d like to thank Howard and the entire Poynter team for traveling here for this series of workshops. I would also like to thank Poynter’s local partner organizations – M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women in Chennai; The Kerala Press Academy in Kochi; and The Indian …

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English Language Fellow Trains Government Teachers

Ms. Connie Greenleaf taught 70 Karnataka government teachers innovative storytelling techniques and activity methods  to engage their students during two workshops at the American Corner in Bangalore on March 17-18, 2014.  Ms. Greenleaf currently serves as the Senior English Language Fellow in Trivandrum.  PAS Chennai organized these workshops in collaboration with the American Corner in …

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Poynter Collaborative Journalism Workshops in Chennai, Kochi & Bengaluru

CHENNAI: Through a grant from the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, The Poynter Institute ( www.poynter.org ) will conduct a series of journalism workshops in India during March 2014.  The workshops will share American journalism training ideas and best practices with Indian journalists and educators, while exploring how to strengthen the ties between journalism and education in …

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Cultural Vistas Hosts ‘Educating For Exchange’ Workshops in Chennai

CHENNAI: With India becoming an increasingly attractive destination for American students studying Abroad, Cultural Vistas – a not for profit organization based in the United States – conducted one-day ‘Educating for Exchange’ workshop in Chennai on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014. As India continues to accommodate more young leaders from the United States, Indian and American …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the Women Entrepreneurs Event

MADURAI Chairperson Jeevagan, Mr. Subramaniam, esteemed colleagues on the dais, Members of the Women Entrepreneurs wing of Tami Nadu Chamber, honorees, and ladies and gentlemen, good morning!   I am delighted to be back in the beautiful and historic city of Madurai and honored to participate with you in recognizing the outstanding women of Madurai during …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the U.S. Education Promotion Seminar

CHENNAI: Good afternoon everyone. I am delighted to see this eager crowd of students and their parents interested in higher education in the United States. Education is one of the most important links between the United States and India and much of the vibrancy in our countries’ relationship today comes from the people-to-people links that …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Access America Inauguration

MADRUAI: Vanakkam.  I would like to thank Mr. S. Rethinavelu, Senior President, Mr. N. Jegatheesan, President and the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce Madurai for their wonderful hospitality and support for growing U.S.-India business ties with Madurai. The United States has been heavily engaged with Madurai area companies to explore opportunities for business partnerships, and …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Access America Inauguration

MADRUAI: Vanakkam.  I would like to thank Mr. S. Rethinavelu, Senior President, Mr. N. Jegatheesan, President and the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce Madurai for their wonderful hospitality and support for growing U.S.-India business ties with Madurai. The United States has been heavily engaged with Madurai area companies to explore opportunities for business partnerships, and …

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Security Message for U.S. citizens: Demonstrations Surrounding UNHRC Vote

U.S. citizens in Tamil Nadu are advised of the possibility of spontaneous and planned demonstrations targeting commercial establishments with U.S. connections ahead of a vote on a U.S.-co-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  U.S. citizens are encouraged …

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Bangalore Passport Services – March 25, 26, and 27, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 25th, 26th,  and 27th of March 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for passport renewals for minors and first time adult passports . Services will be available by …

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Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal’s Announcement of USAID Grants to Bangalore-Based Projects

BENGALURU: I am pleased to be here to highlight this latest addition to the constellation of amazing cooperative activities between the United States and India to expand access to clean energy.  Thank you to our hardworking partners on these projects, SELCO and Orb Energy.  Nowhere is U.S.-India collaboration more important than in working together to …

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Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal’s Announcement of USAID Grants to Bangalore-Based Projects

BENGALURU: I am pleased to be here to highlight this latest addition to the constellation of amazing cooperative activities between the United States and India to expand access to clean energy.  Thank you to our hardworking partners on these projects, SELCO and Orb Energy.  Nowhere is U.S.-India collaboration more important than in working together to …

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Assistant Secretary Biswal Announces Two New USAID Partnerships in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal announced two new United States Agency for International Development (USAID) partnerships to increase clean energy access to India. In her first trip to India as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal met with government and …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Bengaluru Techcamp for NGOs & Journalists

BENGALURU: Good afternoon members of Karnataka NGOs and media outlets, resource experts and students. I am excited to be here at TechCamp Bengaluru with such a diverse group of individuals from many different Indian states working together using technology for the greater good. It sounds like you’ve had a busy, and hopefully stimulating, morning. Before …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Bengaluru Techcamp for NGOs & Journalists

BENGALURU: Good afternoon members of Karnataka NGOs and media outlets, resource experts and students. I am excited to be here at TechCamp Bengaluru with such a diverse group of individuals from many different Indian states working together using technology for the greater good. It sounds like you’ve had a busy, and hopefully stimulating, morning. Before …

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U.S. Consulate General to Celebrate International Women’s Day with Online Photo Collage

CHENNAI:  The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, is conducting an International Women’s Day Photo Collage Project “Breaking Traditions: Inspiring Change” in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014.  Photos will be accepted from February 24-March 5, 2014, and will be posted on the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai’s, Facebook page . Entries will be evaluated by a panel of Consulate staff and …

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Bangalore Passport Services – March 3, 4 and 5, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 3rd , 4th, 5th of March 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for passport renewals for minors and first time adult passports . Services will be available by …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre for the Inauguration of Mdrf-Uab-Fiu 12th International Seminar on ‘Prevention and Control of NCDS &a

CHENNAI: Good afternoon Dr. Kurpad, Dr. Mohan, and all those involved in the prevention of non-communicable diseases here in India and worldwide. It is my great pleasure to participate in this important seminar hosted by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation – and to honor Dr. Kurpad of the St. John’s Research Institute in Bangalore. This …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry

BELGAUM: Good Evening. President Rajendrakumar, senior officials, and distinguished members of the Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I am delighted to finally have the chance to visit Belgaum. During this visit, we look forward to exploring opportunities for partnership with BCCI, and to learn how the U.S. Consulate may be able to assist you …

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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce

BANGALORE: Good morning, President H.V. Harish; Senior Vice President A.N. Chandramouli; and distinguished members of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce. The U.S. Consulate and Commercial Service office in Bangalore have enjoyed a long and productive partnership with BCIC with collaborative initiatives and events such as the one today. I was delighted to have …

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TechCamp, Bengaluru – January 25th is the Last Date for Registration

CHENNAI: The U.S. Consulate General, Chennai in partnership with Global India Fund and Samhita Social Ventures, will organize a one-day technology conference – TechCamp, Bengaluru – on February 28, 2014.  Over 80 technology experts and participants from Indian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), journalists and university students from Bengaluru, Mysore and other areas in Karnataka will meet …

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Bangalore Passport Services – February 04, 05, 06 and 07, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, will conduct off-site passport services for American citizens in Bangalore on the 04th, 05th, 06th and 07th  of February 2014.  On these dates, a Consular Officer will be in Bangalore to accept applications for passport renewals for minors and first time adult passports . Services will be available …

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Earth Day Celebrations

On April 10, 2012 American Corner at Bangalore celebrated Earth Day on at Bhavan’s Bangalore Press School Campus.  More than 100 Children from Grades 5 and 6 participated. Corner coordinated a drawing and quiz competitions relating to environment and the students also cleaned the waste around the school. Competition winners received an appreciation certificate. On …

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Graduate Studies in the U.S.

On March 21, 2012 American Corner, Bangalore hosted a Presentation on ‘Graduate Studies in United States’ by Mr. Shyam Karrah, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Dallas.  46 enthusiastic students pursuing Engineering degrees in various colleges in Bangalore listened to Karrah and got their doubts clarified about the application process.

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Business Planning Workshop at Mysore

On February 14, 2012 American Corner in association with U S Consulate Chennai and Bhavan’s Priyamvada Birla Institute of Management, Mysore organized one day Business Plan workshop at Mysore. Sixteen Colleges from Management, Engineering / Science and Commerce background participated in the workshop. 97 students attended the workshop. Dr. N. R.Parshuraman, Director SDM-IMD inaugurated the …

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Business Students Learn about Planning at the Corner

On January 30, 2012 American Corner organized Business Plan workshop in association with U.S. Consulate, Chennai and M P Birla Institute of Management. 40 students from nine colleges participated in the workshop, (R V Institute, M S Ramaiah Institute of Management, Surana College, Al-Ameen College, Brindavan College, Reva Institute, BPBIM-Mysore, Bhavan’s PGEMP, and MP Birla …

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