Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today, where they discussed efforts to deepen the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership. Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Modi discussed regional challenges and a growing range of cooperation on COVID-19 response efforts, climate change, shared values and democratic principles, and regional security, including through U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Quad consultations.

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U.S. Provides $25 Million In Vaccination Support To India

The United States continues to take decisive action to protect both the American people and the world’s most vulnerable by providing safe and effective vaccines around the world. Today, during his first trip to India, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will …

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The United States and India: Deepening our Strategic Partnership

“The United States and India are working together on so many of the most important challenges of our time and ones that are having a profound impact on the lives of our citizens. The partnership between the United States and India is vital, it’s strong, and it’s increasingly productive.” – Secretary Antony J. Blinken, May 28, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to India

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to New Delhi, India and Kuwait City, Kuwait July 26-29 to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to strengthening our partnerships and underscore cooperation on our shared priorities. In New Delhi on July 28, Secretary Blinken will meet with External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister …

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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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Mentor Teachers Excel at English Language Instruction

On July 12, fifty professional development coordinators for Delhi government schools participated in a graduation ceremony to mark their successful completion 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 graduates of the …

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The United States Donates 500,000 Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine to Bhutan

On July 12, 500,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine gifted from the United States arrived at Paro International Airport in Bhutan.  The vaccine doses were donated by the U.S. government, and the American people, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic. “The United States is proud of our …

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Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call With Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman

Earlier today, Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen spoke with Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman. Secretary Yellen discussed that the United States and India have a shared interest in implementing a robust global minimum tax. The Secretary stressed the importance of partnership with India in the G20 and OECD to seize a once-in-a-generation …

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Appointment of Ambassador Atul Keshap as Chargé d’Affaires at Embassy New Delhi

Ambassador Atul Keshap, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, will be departing for New Delhi to serve as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, following the retirement of Ambassador Daniel Smith. Ambassador Keshap will bring a wealth of experience to the role, having served previously at U.S. Embassy New Delhi and as Deputy Assistant Secretary …

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U.S., India Elevate Combined Joint Maritime Training with Multi-Axis Integration

U.S. Navy and Indian armed forces again joined together to conduct integrated sea and air engagements off the coast of India, June 23-24. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5) participated in joint multi-domain engagements with the Indian Navy and Air Force. These engagements are designed to build on the high-caliber integration achieved during …

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U.S. Department of Agriculture and Maharashtra Department of Agriculture Unveil Memorandum of Understanding on Agricultural Cooperation

Mumbai, India – The United States Government through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Foreign Agricultural Service and the Maharashtra Department of Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will ensure better food security for Maharashtra and give Maharashtra’s farmers access to cutting-edge data from anywhere in the state.    U.S. Consul General David J. …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be S

As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world. To do that, the Administration will pursue several additional measures beyond our robust funding for COVAX: Donating from the U.S. vaccine …

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Statement by Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Calls with Foreign Leaders on the Global Allocatio

Vice President Kamala D. Harris spoke this morning to President Andres Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In four separate calls, the Vice President notified each of the leaders that the Biden-Harris Administration will …

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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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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken welcomed Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar to the Department of State, where he reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment to deepening the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar discussed a broad range of issues, including COVID-19 relief, …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III Meeting With External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with India’s Minister of External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, in Washington, D.C. today to discuss shared priorities in the U.S.-India strategic partnership and exchange views on a range of regional security challenges. Secretary Austin and Minister Jaishankar reaffirmed …

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Administrator Samantha Power Meets With Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:‎ Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar to discuss urgent shared priorities for development and humanitarian assistance during the current surge of COVID-19 across India. Administrator Power and Minister Jaishankar discussed areas for …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on NSA Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of India to review the strong partnership between the world’s largest democracies.  They welcomed cooperation in recent weeks that resulted in deliveries of over $500 million in COVID-19 relief supplies from the U.S. federal and state governments, U.S. companies, and from …

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Biden-Harris Administration is Providing at least 80 million COVID-19 Vaccines for Global Use

Commits to Leading a Multilateral Effort toward Ending the Pandemic Today, the President reaffirmed his commitment to leading an international and coordinated vaccination effort, announcing that the U.S. will donate 80 million U.S. vaccines – the 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines previously announced and at least an additional 20 million doses of U.S. authorized …

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Readout of HHS Secretary Becerra’s Bilateral Meeting with Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra met with Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan to discuss the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in India and reaffirm strong U.S. support to India in this time of crisis. Their meeting highlighted the strong relationship between the United States and India. The …

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United States Delivers Six Planes to India with Emergency Medical Supplies to Combat COVID-19 Surge

Through a massive mobilization effort, the U.S. Government is delivering on its commitment to stand with the people of India as they fight a devastating second wave of COVID-19. Over the past week, the U.S. government rapidly deployed six planeloads of life-saving supplies to New Delhi in six days and mobilized its partners in India …

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Statement from Ambassador Katherine Tai on the Covid-19 Trips Waiver

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today released a statement announcing the Biden-Harris Administration’s support for waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines. “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures.  The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of …

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Nexus is Now Accepting Applications for the 13th Cohort of the Nexus Pre-Incubation Program

Apply now to Nexus, India’s Premier Incubation Program! After running 12 successful cohorts of more than 135 startups who have raised over USD 16 million in external funding, Nexus is now accepting applications for the 13th Cohort of the Nexus pre-incubation program. Application deadline: 31st May, 2021 Apply now –  https://www.startupnexus.in/useraccess/usersignup.aspx Read more here –  …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar in London to discuss addressing the COVID-19 challenge and deepening the U.S.-India comprehensive global strategic partnership. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar reviewed recent efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including U.S. …

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Appointment of Ambassador Daniel Smith as Chargé d’Affaires at Embassy New Delhi

Ambassador Daniel Smith, the Director of the Foreign Service Institute who recently served as acting Secretary of State and Acting Deputy Secretary of State, will be departing for New Delhi to serve as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim. Ambassador Smith carries the highest Foreign Service rank of Career Ambassador. Ambassador Smith’s appointment underscores the United States’ strong commitment to our partnership with the Government of India …

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United States Airlifts More Emergency Supplies to Help India Address Deadly Surge of COVID-19 Cases

The United States continues to deliver on its promise to stand with the people of India amidst the COVID-19 surge. Two air shipments have arrived in India to date, with more on the way. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the departures of three additional COVID-19 relief supply aircraft carrying life-saving oxygen, oxygen …

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A Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019

The national emergency caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States continues to pose a grave threat to our health and security.  As of April 29, 2021, the United States had experienced more than 32 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 570,000 COVID-19 deaths.  It is the policy of my …

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Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Delivers Emergency COVID-19 Assistance for India

Reflecting the United States’ solidarity with India as it battles a new wave of COVID-19 cases, the United States is delivering supplies worth more than $100 million in the coming days to provide urgent relief to our partners in India.  In addition, U.S. state governments, private companies, non-government organizations, and thousands of Americans from across …

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United States Airlifts Emergency Supplies to Help India Address Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic

As President Joe Biden pledged on April 26, 2021, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is rapidly mobilizing assistance to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and meet the urgent health needs of the Indian people. Today, the United States deployed the first of several emergency COVID-19 relief shipments …

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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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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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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with the U.S.-India Business Council

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met virtually with leaders of American business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S.-India Business Council today to discuss how the United States and India can leverage the expertise and capabilities of the U.S. private sector to support urgent COVID-19 …

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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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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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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S Jaishankar today to reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-India relationship and cooperation on regional security issues.  Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar agreed to close and frequent coordination in support of a lasting peace and …

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American Trainers Lead English Courses for Indian Educators in Support of New National Education Policy  

Minister Counselor for Public Affairs David Kennedy congratulated over 650 pre-service teachers on April 12 on their graduation from two 10-week online courses the U.S. government designed, which leveraged the latest thinking in foreign-language acquisition and critical-thinking development.  The U.S. Mission to India implemented these courses in partnership with nine prestigious women’s teacher-training colleges of …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Visit to India

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry traveled to India this week and met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They discussed U.S.-India cooperation on addressing the climate crisis and raising global ambition heading into President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate April 22-23, the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to India

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, and Dhaka April 1-9, 2021, for consultations on increasing climate ambition ahead of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate April 22-23 and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year. For media inquiries, please contact  ClimateComms@state.gov .

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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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USAID and DFC Announce $41M Loan Guarantee Program to Finance Rooftop Solar

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) are jointly sponsoring a $41 million loan portfolio guarantee to help finance investments by Indian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in renewable energy solutions, including rooftop solar installations. These loans will enable SMEs to access reliable power and cut …

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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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Fact Sheet: Quad Summit

The Quad Vaccine Partnership While ensuring that vaccines have been made available to our people, “Quad” partners will launch a landmark partnership to further accelerate the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, Quad leaders are taking shared action necessary to expand safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing in 2021, and will work together to strengthen …

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DFC Announces Support for Manufacturing of Vaccines During Quad Summit

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) today announced it will work with Indian manufacturer Biological E Ltd. to finance increased capacity to support Biological E’s effort to produce at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022 with Stringent Regulatory Authorization (SRA) and/or World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing, including …

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin to Visit India

The Defense Department announced today the first international trip by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who will visit three nations in the Indo-Pacific region to discuss the strengthening of existing partnerships and alliances there. The secretary will depart on Saturday to visit the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii, followed by visits with …

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

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 the people of India and the United States closer together through opportunities that enrich fellows’ academic, research, teaching, and …

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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 to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, renew their partnership on climate change, rebuild the global economy in a way that benefits the people of both countries, and stand …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar to reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-India partnership and to discuss issues of mutual concern, including the situation in Burma.  Secretary Blinken expressed concern over the military coup and the …

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U.S. and Indian Armies Participate in Exercise Yudh Abhyas

Soldiers from the U.S. and Indian Armies will participate in exercise Yudh Abhyas 20 from February 8-21, 2021, at Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR) in Rajasthan. This U.S. Army Pacific-sponsored exercise involves approximately 250 U.S. and 250 Indian army soldiers. This annual training exercise enhances combined interoperability capabilities through training and cultural exchange, which foster …

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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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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.-Funded English Trainers Lead Courses in Support of New National Education Policy

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, in partnership with nine key teacher training colleges of the University of Delhi, will offer two teacher training courses for 700 select pre-service teachers from Delhi and the National Capital Region from January 25 to April 12, 2021. Nineteen U.S. Department of …

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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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United States Embassy Breaks Ground for New Chancery

In a demonstration of the deep ties of friendship that underpin the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster, India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia broke ground today on a new Chancery building for the U.S. Embassy …

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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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U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations (“The Quad”) Senior Officials Meeting

Senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met virtually today as part of regular Quad consultations to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.  Today’s meeting followed the productive discussions held in Tokyo during the second Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on October 6, 2020. The four democracies discussed practical ways to …

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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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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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The United States Provides Ventilators to Bhutan in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is donating 15 new, state-of-the-art ventilators to the Royal Government of Bhutan to assist the country in its fight against COVID-19. Announcing this assistance, the U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster stated, “The U.S. Government is pleased to donate 15 ventilators to the …

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Joint Press Statement on 10 years of Cooperation regarding the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership

Joint Press Statement on 10 years of Cooperation regarding the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership and the Extension of the Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between India and the United States of America for an Additional 10 Years Recognizing India’s important commitment in 2010 to establish the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) …

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The United States Remains a Top Choice for Indian Students Pursuing Higher Education Abroad: Open Doors Report 2019-2020

Almost 200,000 Indian students chose the United States as their destination to pursue higher education in the 2019-20 academic year, according to the Open Doors Report released today.  Indian students comprised nearly 20 percent of the over one million students from around the world and the United States has seen a steady increase in the …

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Presidential Message on Diwali

The First Lady and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Diwali this week. During this Festival of Lights, friends, neighbors, and loved ones join in fellowship to commemorate the spiritual triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.  As diyas are lit throughout homes, workplaces, communities, and places …

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Highlights of 2020 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper joined Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh and Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar for the third annual U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi, India.  The two nations welcomed the elevation of the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, which is …

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USAID Announces Launch of More Than $28 Million in Activities to Advance Regional Energy Markets in South Asia

Today at the U.S. government’s third Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually in Hanoi, Vietnam, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced three regional energy programs in South Asia, valued at more than $28 million, through the U.S. Government’s Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (Asia EDGE) initiative.  The initiative will improve access to …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, jointly with Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, met today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India.  Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Modi welcomed the warm and close relationship between our countries, which is rooted in …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar ahead of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi, India. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Jaishankar welcomed this third U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in just over two years as …

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Readout of the Bilateral Engagement With India Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met today with Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh ahead of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi, India.  Secretary Esper and Minister Singh applauded the strength of the defense relationship between the United States and India, and reinforced their commitment to deepening military-to-military cooperation, including joint-service cooperation; …

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Secretary Pompeo Travels to India to Advance U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to New Delhi, India, October 26-27, 2020, where he and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will meet with External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh for the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. Secretary Pompeo will also meet with Prime Minister Modi and hold discussions with …

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Defense Secretary Esper Travels to India and the Region

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper will travel to India and other countries in the region, October 25 – 29. In New Delhi, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary Esper and their Indian counterparts will lead the third annual U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue to advance the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and expand …

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Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson

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United States Provides $5 Million to Support Vulnerable Groups Impacted by COVID-19

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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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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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U.S. University Virtual Fair 2020 by EducationUSA

EducationUSA will host the “U.S. University Virtual Fair 2020” for students and parents to engage directly with U.S. university representatives and EducationUSA advisers, all from the safety and comfort of their home, from October 2-10, 2020. Speaking on the significance of U.S. higher education, David Kennedy, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy …

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U.S. Announces $1.9 Million to India to Support Informal Sector Workers and Micro Enterprises Affected by COVID-19

As India looks to address the economic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed $1.9 million to support vulnerable populations whose livelihoods have been disrupted. Highlighting the need to provide financial assistance to people affected by the disruption caused by COVID-19, U.S. …

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For the second time in two years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in India has been selected for funding from the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the United States Government’s first whole-of-government effort to advance women’s economic empowerment globally. Through the W-GDP Fund, USAID will be partnering with …

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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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Statement on the Visit to India by Ambassador Khalilzad

New Delhi, September 15, 2020 – U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited New Delhi on September 15.  In a meeting with Minister of External Affairs Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and other senior Indian officials, Ambassador Khalilzad discussed the recently inaugurated Afghanistan Peace Negotiations. The United States and India share …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-India Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and India on the occasion of the third U.S.-India Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue. The Seventeenth meeting of the U.S.-India Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group and the third session of the U.S.-India Designations Dialogue was …

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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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The United States Provides Second Shipment of 100 Ventilators to India

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in coordination with the Government of India and the Indian Red Cross Society, donated the second shipment of 100 new, state-of-the-art ventilators to assist India in its fight against COVID-19. Announcing the delivery of the ventilators to India, U.S. Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster said, …

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Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19

Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., issued the following statement regarding food export restrictions pertaining to COVID-19: “The United States understands the concerns of consumers here domestically and around the world who want to know that producers, processors and regulators are taking every necessary precaution to prioritize …

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U.S. Consulate General Mumbai joins hands with Chef Vikas Khanna for UTSAV, a #FeedIndia initiative supporting Mumbai’s Dabbawalas & TV indu

The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai is joining hands with Michelin Starred Chef Vikas Khanna and the #FeedIndia initiative in support of Mumbai’s Dabbawalas.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many who cannot meet their basic needs, including the dabbawalas, those whose livelihood is ensuring Mumbaikars get their midday meals. U.S. Consul General David J. Ranz will assist in handing over …

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The United States Provides Ventilators to India to Battle COVID-19

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development ( USAID ), has donated a first shipment of 100 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to India to assist its fight against COVID-19.  This donation is part of President Trump’s generous offer of critical supplies in response to India’s urgent needs. The ventilators, produced in the United States, …

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CDC Provides $3.6 Million to Support COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness, and Response in India

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) has committed $3.6 million to assist the Government of India’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic.  These resources will support prevention, preparedness, and response activities in India. This initial tranche of funding will seek to further strengthen and support the Government of India’s efforts to increase laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing, including molecular diagnostics …

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The United States Provides an Additional $3 Million to Support India’s COVID-19 Response

New Delhi: On April 16, the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional $3 million to India to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In coordination with the Government of India, USAID is providing these funds to the Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity (PAHAL) project, an innovative financing …

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Public Access to American Spaces India Closed Until Further Notice

In accordance with public health recommendations,beginning Monday, March 16, Mission India’s American Centers in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai will pause in-person programming and close public access until further notice.Look for us online at American Center New Delhi .  Please stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our American Centers as soon …

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U.S.-Embassy Sponsored Women in Labour Podcast Series Launches on International Women’s Day

This week marked the launch of a new, U.S. Embassy-sponsored podcast – Women in Labour, a freewheeling, no-holds-barred comedy series that serves as a jumping-off point for critical conversations about why women are disappearing from India’s workforce, why it is a serious issue, and what we can do about it. Launched on International Women’s Day, Women in Labour will …

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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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U.S.-Funded English Trainers to Lead Workshops for 300 Teachers

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, in partnership with Miranda House College, will host a conference for over 300 trainee teachers in Delhi on February 18-19.  Twenty-three U.S. Department of State-funded English Language Fellows from South and Central Asia as well as a few selected local trainers will …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Announcing President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to India

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit India on February 24 – 25, 2020. The President and The First Lady will travel to New Delhi and Ahmedabad, which is in Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat and played such an important role in Mahatma Gandhi’s life and leadership of the …

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The Prestigious Fulbright Exchange Program in India Turns 70

New Delhi, February 2, 2020 – The U.S.-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) today marked the 70th Anniversary of the prestigious Fulbright program in India. U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce addressed attendees at a gala event in New …

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Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Travels to India

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Marie Royce will travel to India from January 28-February 3 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in India. In New Delhi, Assistant Secretary Royce will visit an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation project and the American Center in New Delhi. She will …

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Announcing the Opening of the 2021-2022 Fulbright Fellowship Application Season

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), announces the opening of its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships . Such exchanges have helped bring the people of India and the United States closer together through opportunities that enrich fellows’ academic, research, teaching and professional capacity. Alumni of exchange and scholarship programs administered by USIEF have demonstrated strong leadership in several fields, including agriculture, …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells Travels to Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells will travel to Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan, from January 13-22. From January 13-14, she will be in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to meet with senior government officials and members of civil society to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, …

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USAID Partners with the Institute for Financial Management and Research to Test Innovative Approach to Conserve Power and Water

New Delhi, December 23 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded the Institute for Financial Management and Research approximately $800,000 through the Development Innovation (DIV) program to test a policy to replace electricity subsidies for farmers with lump sum cash transfers as an incentive to conserve power and water. The pilot is currently being …

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Highlights of 2019 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper today co-hosted Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh and Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar for the second U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.  The two sides reaffirmed the growing strategic partnership between the United …

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Secretary Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Esper, Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar, & Indian Minister of Defense Singh

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, DC DECEMBER 18, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the two ministers from India. Welcome to Washington. Thank you for your leadership in the growing U.S.-India Strategic Partnership. Secretary Esper and I are honored to host the Second 2+2, the first one here in Washington, DC. The Trump …

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Senior State Department Official On the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

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2019 U.S. – India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will host Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar and Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh on December 18 for the 2019 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.  Building on the success of the inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in 2018, this year’s …

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U.S. Embassy Event Fosters Collaboration for Cleaner Air and Better Health in India

New Delhi, December 10, 2019: The United States Embassy in New Delhi brought together a wide range of representatives from the U.S. Government and the Government of India, as well as development professionals, scientists, the private sector, and civil society to explore concrete steps to address air pollution and its health impacts.  With many of the …

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Exercise Tiger TRIUMPH

VISAKHAPATHNAM, India — U.S. Marines and Sailors arrived aboard the USS Germantown (LSD 42) in Visakhapatnam, India, Nov. 13, 2019 to make history by participating in the first-ever tri-service exercise Tiger TRIUMPH between the U.S. and Indian. The exercise gave the U.S. and Indian forces the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn from each other …

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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Small Grants Competition

(DEADLINE: November 30, 2019) Embassy New Delhi and its Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata are accepting project applications accepting project applications for the 2020 Small Grants Competition of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  The deadline for submitting AFCP 2020 applications is November 30, 2019. Full implementation of the AFCP 2020 program …

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Number of Indian Students in the United States Surpasses 200,000 for First Time

New Delhi, November 18, 2019 – The number of Indians studying in the United States increased by almost three percent over the last year to 202,014, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today.  This marks the sixth consecutive year that the total number of Indians pursuing their higher education 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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U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations (“The Quad”)

Senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, for consultations on collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.  The four nations reaffirmed their support for a rules-based order in the region that promotes stability, growth, and economic prosperity.  The officials continued productive discussions held …

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USTDA Hosts 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum

Bangkok, Thailand – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency today welcomed more than 1,000 business and government leaders for the 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF), taking place alongside the East Asia Summit. The USTDA-sponsored Forum is co-hosted by the U.S. and Thai governments, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, and …

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TB Champions in the Corporate and Media Sectors Recognized at Award Ceremony in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, October 31: At an event on the sidelines of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Resource Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health (REACH) and the Stop TB Partnership honored corporations and journalists who have made significant contributions to …

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Indian and U.S. Defense Delegations Meet to Discuss Defense Cooperation

The 9th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting was held in New Delhi, India on October 24, 2019.  The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Subhash Chandra, Secretary, Defence Production, from the Indian Ministry of Defence and Ms. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, from the U.S. Department of Defense.  …

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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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Department of Energy Advances U.S.-India Energy Cooperation and Strategic Partnership

The U.S. Department of Energy ’s Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Oil and Natural Gas Shawn Bennett visited New Delhi this week, where he gave opening remarks at the U.S-India Energy Roundtable hosted by the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) on the margins of CERAWeek India. The roundtable discussion included Government of India Officials, industry representatives, and officials from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. …

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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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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday in Washington, DC. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Jaishankar discussed a range of issues, including the growing U.S.-India strategic relationship, developments in Kashmir, and global issues of concern. They also discussed …

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Assistant Secretary Fannon Travels to India

Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources (ENR) Francis R. Fannon is visiting India from September 30 to October 6, 2019. Assistant Secretary Fannon will meet with senior Indian government energy officials and private sector representatives to launch the Flexible Resources Initiative (FRI, “free”), under the U.S.-India Clean Energy Finance Task Force. FRI will execute …

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Readout of U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Ministerial (“The Quad”)

NEW YORK FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, 799 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA, 10TH FLOOR MODERATOR:  Okay, thanks everyone for coming.  We have today [Senior State Department Official One] and [Senior State Department Official Two].  This briefing will be on background, so it’s slightly different from the normal briefings that we’ve held here.  You should use for attribution that a …

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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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USAID and MoEFCC Launch “Forest-PLUS 2.0” to Improve Status of India’s Forests and Rivers

The Bilateral Program is set to Launch in Bihar, Kerala and Telangana. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) of India officially launched today the “Forest-PLUS 2.0: forests for water and prosperity” program at an event in New Delhi. Under the joint program, USAID …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India

Today, President Donald J. Trump met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India at the United Nations General Assembly. The leaders discussed progress on different aspects of their strategic partnership and upcoming opportunities to ensure it remains strong. The President reaffirmed the importance of greatly increasing trade between the United States and …

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TiE Global Hosts Third Annual Women Entrepreneurs Conclave with support from U.S. Embassy; Launches Women Entrepreneurs Global Fellowship Program

TiE Global , one of the world’s largest not-for-profit organizations, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, inaugurated the third annual Women Entrepreneurs Conclave (WEC 3.0) – Scaling New Heights. The three-day conclave includes knowledge sessions for scaling up businesses facilitated by leading U.S. and India-based domain experts. The Conclave also marks the culmination of …

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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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Statement from the Press Secretary Announcing President Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Texas & Ohio

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Houston, Texas, and Wapakoneta, Ohio, to underscore the important partnerships between the United States and India, and Australia. In Houston, President Trump will participate in an event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. The event, “Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures,” is …

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USISTEF: Funding Opportunity for U.S. and Indian Innovators for Technology Commercialization

The U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) invites the U.S. and Indian innovators to apply for USISTEF’s 10th “Call for Proposals” which is open till October 15, 2019. For more information please visit:  https://www.iusstf.org/usistef/us-india-science-technology   E-brochure:  https://iusstf.org/assets/pdf/Endowment_Flyer_August%202019.pdf Online Submission:   https://www.usistef.online/login

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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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The U.S.-India State & Urban Initiative Announces a Historic Partnership between Utah & Rajasthan

The  U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative , led by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is pleased to announce a partnership between the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development and the Energy Department of the state of Rajasthan. On August 26, the two states held a dialogue focused on emergent energy challenges and opportunities. State officials created a framework to bolster energy …

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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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U.S.-India 2+2 Intersessional and Maritime Security Dialogue

Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs Randall Schriver are on travel to Monterey, California, August 21–23, for engagements with Indian government officials on strengthening our strategic partnership. On August 22, Acting Assistant Secretary Wells and Assistant Secretary of Defense Schriver will co-host …

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U.S. Ambassador Juster Commemorates People-to-People Connections in Chennai

CHENNAI (August 20):  U.S. Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster commemorated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Consulate General building in Chennai on Tuesday, August 20.  He was joined by the Honorable Mr. K. Pandiarajan, Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture; Chennai historian, V. Sriram; U.S. Consul General Robert Burgess; and distinguished guests and patrons …

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Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan’s Visit to Bhutan

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to Thimphu, Bhutan, from August 12-13. In meetings with His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Prime Minister Tshering, Foreign Minister Dorji, and Minister of Economic Affairs Sharma, Deputy Secretary Sullivan discussed a range of issues, including the importance …

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Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Travels to Bhutan and India

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Thimphu, Bhutan and New Delhi, India August 11-17 to advance the United States’ partnership with two nations that are critical to preserving the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region. In Thimphu, Deputy Secretary Sullivan will explore expanding and deepening our ties with the government 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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Monica Shie takes over as the American Center Director and Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 29, 2019 – Monica Shie is the new American Center Director and Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata. She has recently arrived from New York, where she served both in the Office of International Visitors and at the New York Foreign Press Center, co-located at the U.S. Mission to the …

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All-India Museum Summit 2019 India’s Museums in the New Millennium

The All-India Museum Summit 2019 will take place from July 22-24 at the India International Center in New Delhi.  Sponsored through a U.S. Embassy grant, the Summit will bring together over 150 leading museum professionals from across thirteen states of India and several top American museums. The grant is being implemented by leading American non-profit, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) . The Summit …

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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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U.S. Consulate General Mumbai launches Maharashtra’s first-ever scientific study of low-cost air monitors

(Mumbai; July 2, 2019) In a first for Maharashtra, the United States Consulate General in Mumbai, in partnership with Indian manufacturer Urban Sciences, officially launched a scientific project to study the reliability of low-cost air monitors. The Consulate recently invited startup companies manufacturing low-cost air quality sensors to co-locate their devices with the Consulate’s monitor …

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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Modi of India Before Bilateral Meeting | Osaka, Japan

PRIME MINISTER MODI:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, at the beginning of my second term, I’m really very happy to have this opportunity to meet you.  I would also like to express my gratitude after the huge democracy in India.  The people of India gave us this huge victory — this landslide victory. The people of …

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US – Indian Symposium on Intellectual Property Rights in East India Gathers This Week

Kolkata, West Bengal, Jun. 28 2019 With the support of the US Consulate Kolkata, the AUTM Foundation is excited to partner with APIOiX to host the US – India Symposium on Intellectual Property Rights. The Symposium will consist of two workshops taking place on June 28th-29th and July 1st-2nd at the Westin Kolkata Rajarhat. The …

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Secretary Pompeo & Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar At a Press Availability

FOREIGN MINISTER JAISHANKAR:  Good afternoon.  It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome Secretary Pompeo to India.  As many of you know, he is the first foreign minister I am hosting after assuming charge as external affairs minister, so it’s a particular privilege.  He’s also the first senior figure from the Trump administration to come …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

READOUT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 26, 2019 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in New Delhi, India with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The Secretary congratulated the Prime Minister on his recent electoral victory and underscored the commitment of the United States to further developing the strong strategic partnership between our two countries.  Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister …

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Secretary Pompeo Travels to India to Deepen Our Strategic Partnership

“I truly believe that our two nations have an incredibly unique opportunity to move forward together, for the good of both of our peoples, the Indo-Pacific region, and indeed the entire world.” – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, June 12, 2019 Secretary of State Pompeo will travel to New Delhi, India, June 25-27, where he …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to congratulate him on his appointment. Secretary Pompeo underscored the strong U.S. commitment to working closely with the new Indian Government to advance our strategic partnership. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Jaishankar also discussed …

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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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Student Visa Day – Celebrating Educational Exchange Between India and the United States

Today marks the U.S. Mission in India’s fifth annual Student Visa Day, an event that celebrates higher education ties between India and the United States.  The Mission dedicates this day to helping qualified Indian students prepare for their studies in the United States and connects them with EducationUSA – a network of U.S.-sponsored advising centers dedicated …

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Presidential Message on Eid al-Fitr, 2019

Melania joins me in sending our warmest greetings on Eid al-Fitr. At the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the day of Eid through prayer and reflection.  This sacred day provides Muslims, both in the United States and around the world, an opportunity to renew their commitment to help those less fortunate, …

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U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations (“The Quad”)

Senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met in Bangkok on May 31, 2019 for consultations on their collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. The four nations reaffirmed their shared commitment to preserving and promoting the rules-based order in the region. They underscored their intent to continue close …

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Breadth of American Center Programs and Resources on Display at Weekend Mela

The American Center, located just off Connaught Place in the heart of New Delhi, is welcoming visitors this Saturday, May 25, for an open house that will showcase the range of programs and services it offers. The goal of the event is to present for both new and longtime visitors how the Center enlightens, enriches, …

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“Trade Winds” Blows Into Mumbai; U.S. Trade Mission Bring Business Opportunities to Western Indian Companies

Mumbai (May 10) – Representatives from 18 U.S. businesses across a variety of sectors began a trade mission in Mumbai today. The stop is part of a larger U.S. Government initiative, Trade Winds Indo-Pacific, that includes more than 100 U.S. companies looking to do business in India. Trade Winds Indo-Pacific featured a three-day business forum …

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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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Over 100 American Businesses Join U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Mission to India and Throughout the Indo-Pacific

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commercial Service will bring more than 100 U.S. companies to India as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce ’s largest annual trade mission program, Trade Winds. Trade Winds Indo-Pacific features a three-day business forum in New Delhi, India, with additional trade mission stops in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Bangladesh.  At each mission stop, attending …

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Ambassador Juster Launches New Initiative to Bring Indian Corporations into the Fight to End TB

U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster today launched a bold new initiative designed to galvanize India’s corporate sector in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). This initiative supports the Government of India’s ambitious goal of eliminating TB by 2025, which would be five years ahead of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal. The initiative creates a shared platform for corporations …

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GIST Tech-I Competition Winners Receive Project Funding

The U.S. State Department’s Global Innovations through Science and Technology Initiative (GIST) hosted its Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Bahrain, April 14-16.  The GIST Tech-I pitch competition brings together science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide, enabling young innovators through networking, skill development, mentoring, and access to financing, to …

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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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IACC to Support USAID Development Programs with CSR Funds

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) in India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to jointly address India’s development challenges. As agreed under the newly formed partnership, member companies of IACC will integrate their CSR funds with USAID/India’s programs in sectors ranging from maternal and child health; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; energy/environment and forestry; water and sanitation, …

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U.S. Consulate General Kolkata’s Eighth Anti-Trafficking Conclave to Focus on Empowering Youth Champions to Combat Human Trafficking

KOLKATA – The Anti-Trafficking-in-Persons Youth Champions Conclave, hosted by the U.S. ConsulateGeneral in Kolkata and the New Delhi based NGO Shakti Vahini on March 13-16 at the American Centerin Kolkata, is the eighth international gathering of stakeholders that will bring over 130 youth leaders and stakeholders from the U.S.,  India, Nepal, and Bangladesh dedicated to one goal, ending human trafficking.  The U.S. Consulate General hopes synergies between stakeholders at the conclave will lead to real …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary Gokhale

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. Secretary Pompeo affirmed that the United States stands with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Secretary Gokhale discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for …

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U.S. Embassy in New Delhi Unveils Partnership 2020 U.S.-India Higher Education Research Collaboration Initiative

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi today announced Partnership 2020 , an initiative to build research partnerships between Indian and U.S. institutions in key 21st century fields. Under this initiative, the U.S. Department of State has granted $1.15 million to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, which will award sub-grants, on a competitive basis, to U.S. universities …

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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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U.S. Science Envoy for Space Charles Frank Bolden Jr. to Visit New Delhi, Bengaluru March 6-8

Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr., U.S. Science Envoy for Space, will visit New Delhi and Bengaluru March 6-8, where he will engage with the ISRO and others in the space technology community, as well as government officials, academics, and civil society. General Bolden recently retired from service as the twelfth Administrator of the National …

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Ambassador Juster officially opens the “USA Partnership Pavilion” at Aero India 2019

Bengaluru:  The U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster officially opened the “USA Partnership Pavilion” at the Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru on Wednesday, February 20. Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ambassador Juster said, “At Aero India, the United States is proud to showcase some of the world’s most advanced aerospace, defense, and communications …

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The United States and India: Aerospace Partners at Aero India 2019

Bengaluru:  The United States is proud to be a leading contributor to Aero India 2019, and seeks to deepen its defense cooperation and strategic partnership with India.  The high-level U.S. delegation, impressive array of U.S. military platforms and personnel, and significant representation from U.S. industry are concrete examples of the growing defense ties between the …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates MoU: U.S. Company Supplies Technology to Turn Crop Stubble into Biofuel

Chandigarh, February 11, 2019 – Virgo Corporation today signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Punjab for a biomass-based project that is poised to transform how local farmers dispose of crop stubble. The project came about with assistance from the U.S. Embassy’s Foreign Commercial Service, which identified the potential for a …

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Announces Participants for U.S.-India CEO Forum

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the American private sector members of the U.S.-India CEO Forum. Beginning in New Delhi, India on February 14, 2019, Secretary Ross will co-chair the Forum with Indian Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu. “The U.S.-India CEO Forum is critical to the fruitful commercial …

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Announcing the Opening of the 2020-2021 Fulbright Fellowship Application Season

We are pleased to announce the opening of the annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru, Fulbright-Kalam, and other Fulbright fellowships.  Such exchanges have helped bring the people of India and the United States closer together through opportunities that enrich fellows’ academic, research, teaching, and professional capacity.  Alumni of exchange and scholarship programs have demonstrated strong leadership in …

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U.S. Congress Passes Legislation to Fund Government Operations

The U.S. Congress has passed and President Trump has signed legislation to fund U.S. government operations. The  American Center New Delhi  and the library are now open to the public per our regular schedules. The Consular Section and American Citizen Services continue to operate under regular business hours. The U.S. Embassy in Delhi has resumed all normal operations.

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U.S. Seventh Fleet Expands Cooperation with Indian Navy in New Delhi

U.S. 7th Fleet and Indian Navy officials convened the 21st Executive Steering Group on bilateral naval cooperation in New Delhi, India, Dec. 12. Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer co-chaired the two-day conference with Indian Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. G. Ashok Kumar. The leaders reviewed progress of current initiatives and …

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India’s Minister of Defense Visits USINDOPACOM Forces in Hawaii

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), Adm. Phil Davidson, hosted India’s Minister of Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman, for her first visit to USINDOPACOM headquarters, Dec. 6. “I was extremely pleased to host the Honorable Minister of Defense, Nirmala Sitharaman here in Hawaii,” said Davidson. “Our two democratic nations are committed to upholding a …

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Congratulations to Team Zoocchini from New Delhi for winning 2nd Place in Global Zoohackathon 2018

Today, on World Cheetah Day, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is pleased to announce the 2018 Zoohackathon global winner, Team Yamakapi. The runners-up were Team CheeTrack and Team Zoocchini. At this year’s Zoohackathon, over 275 university students, software professionals, and wildlife enthusiasts created unique technology solutions …

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Embassy & Consulates CLOSED on Wednesday, December 5th

The U.S. Federal government will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, as the United States of America mourns the loss of former President George H.W. Bush. Anyone with a valid consular appointment for December 5th will be notified regarding the procedures for rescheduling your appointment. You can visit our website www.ustraveldocs.com/in or call our …

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U.S. Embassy Brings Together Reputed Indian Institutions to Discuss Importance of Liberal Arts

The U.S. Embassy’s public affairs office supported Goucher College, Maryland, a leading American college, and Shiv Nadar University, India to host a workshop on the importance of liberal arts education in the 21st century. The workshop was held in Delhi on November 29 and 30 and brought together 25-30 senior Indian higher education administrators from …

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US, India Join Forces in Bilateral Flying Training

The U.S. and Indian air forces are scheduled to participate in exercise Cope India 2019 (CI19) at Air Station Kalaikunda and Air Station Arjan Singh, India, Dec. 3-14, 2018. Exercise CI19 is a long-standing bilateral U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored field training exercise focused on enhancing U.S.-Indian mutual cooperation by building on existing capabilities, aircrew tactics …

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Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018. President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country …

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Scientists & Policymakers from U.S., India, & South Asia Gather to Discuss Mental Healthcare

Mental healthcare is recognized as one of the world’s major public health challenges. Spurring bilateral efforts on this issue, prominent Indian and U.S. policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and civil society representatives convened today for “Transforming Mental Healthcare in India” at the American Center in New Delhi, where they discussed how to most effectively implement and scale-up …

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Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster Juster Opens “Reflections of India” Exhibition at American Center

On Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster inaugurated “Reflections of India:  More than 50 Years Apart” at the American Center in New Delhi.  The exhibition showcases photos taken by Ambassador Juster and his father, Howard H. Juster, who visited India in 1966. “The exhibition is a combination of photographs that my father took …

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U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations

On November 15, senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met in Singapore for consultations on the Indo-Pacific region. The officials reaffirmed a shared commitment to maintain and strengthen a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous. They further highlighted the complementary visions for the …

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Number of Indian Students in the United States Rises for Fifth Consecutive Year

The number of Indians studying in the United States increased by 5.4 percent over the last year to 196,271, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the total number of Indians pursuing their higher education in the United States has grown. Speaking …

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United States Supports Swim Camp For Differently-Abled Athletes

Mumbai – 40 paraplegic athletes from across India kicked off a swimming camp yesterday, sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, in association with the Indian Paraplegic Foundation and the American School of Bombay. The camp, which will run for four days through October 27, aims to empower differently abled athletes and improve the quality …

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OPIC Commits $125 Million Through Greater Pacific Capital To Expand Access To Capital For Medium-Sized Companies In India

LONDON – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today signed a $125 million commitment with Greater Pacific Capital (GPC) to support growth capital to medium-sized companies in India. OPIC Counselor to the President Frank Dunlevy and Greater Pacific Capital Chief Executive Officer Ketan Patel signed the agreement in London. …

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New Programs Launched at the Women Entrepreneurs Conclave 2.0

New Delhi, October 22, 2018: In partnership with the U.S. Embassy New Delhi and its four Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Kolkata, TiE Global launched two programs, AIRSWEEE Scale-Up Fellows and AIRSWEEE Global Fellows at the “Women Entrepreneurs Conclave 2.0 – Engaged and Empowered,” being held on October 22-23 at the India Habitat Centre …

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USAID Makes Credit Available to SMEs and Groups Engaged in India’s Sustainable Landscape

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today, announced a new partnership designed to support enterprises and projects engaged in the sustainable landscapes sector in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land use. This ten-year partnership with the Rabobank Foundation, the Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth, and the Samunnati Financial Intermediation and Private Services …

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OPIC Launches Venture Capital Program with Financing to India-Focused Iron Pillar

New venture capital program to invest in later stage venture funds supporting developing economies Focus on supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in tech-enabled sectors including healthcare, education, financial services, agriculture, and energy services Emphasis on funds empowering female entrepreneurs and funds with strong potential to achieve growth and impact MUMBAI – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation …

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Number of Indian Visitors to United States Continues on Positive Trajectory

The number of Indians visiting the United States increased by 6.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO) released last week. Per the NTTO statistics, a total of 1,285,466 Indians traveled to the United States in 2017, up from 1,206,771 the year …

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Coders, Technologists, and Conservationists Tackle Wildlife Trafficking Challenges at Zoohackathon 2018

The U.S. Department of State will host the third annual Zoohackathon in Madrid, Spain; Mumbai, India; San Diego, California; and Entebbe, Uganda, September 15-16, 2018; and in New Delhi, India, September 22-23, 2018. The Zoohackathon events bring together coders, designers, university students, and conservation enthusiasts to combat wildlife trafficking through digital and technological innovations. Wildlife …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Prime Minister Modi

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Today Secretary Pompeo, jointly with Secretary Mattis, met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Secretary Pompeo conveyed the importance attached by President Trump to the deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India, and U.S. support for India’s role as a leading global power and regional …

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Closing Remarks at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue

Remarks by: Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman MINISTER SWARAJ: (Via interpreter) Secretary of State Mr. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mr. Mattis, my cabinet colleague Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, ladies and gentlemen, and my friends from the media: We have just …

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Joint Statement on the Inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to India on September 6, 2018, for the inaugural U.S.-India Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue. They welcomed the launch of the 2+2 Dialogue as a reflection of the shared commitment by …

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Opening Remarks at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue

Remarks by: Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman MINISTER SWARAJ: Secretary of State Mr. Michael Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mr. James Mattis, my esteemed colleague Nirmala Sitharaman, Excellencies: I extend a very warm welcome to you to India. We are …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo met today in New Delhi, India with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj ahead of the opening of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Swaraj discussed joint efforts to promote a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. The Secretary and Minister Swaraj also …

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Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Co-operation and Integration

New Delhi: At a public event organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), Shri RK Singh, Honorable Minister of Power of the Government of India, and Kenneth I. Juster, U.S. Ambassador to India, inaugurated the Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Co-operation and Integration in South Asia. Access to reliable, affordable, and clean energy is a high …

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India-Afghanistan International Trade Show to Facilitate New Connections and Investment Opportunities with Afghan Businesses

Second Annual Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade Show to Facilitate New Connections and Investment Opportunities with Afghan Businesses August 30, 2018, MUMBAI: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of India, and the Government of Afghanistan announced the second annual “Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show” today. The event …

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U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Honors 26 Indian Shipping Companies

Mumbai: The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai today hosted an award ceremony recognizing 26 Indian shipping companies that participated in the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) voluntary AMVER program, with the Indian Director General (DG) of Shipping Dr. Malini V. Shankar as the Chief Guest.  The Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) ensures quick and efficient rescue of …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Passing of Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Washington, DC On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of India on the recent passing of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We know that many Indians will reflect on Prime Minister Vajpayee’s many contributions that led to India’s rise as a global …

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U.S. Embassy New Delhi Statement on Passing of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The United States grieves with India on the loss of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  He will be remembered for his immense contribution in bolstering U.S.-India relations.  During his tenure, Prime Minister Vajpayee advocated for a robust partnership with the United States, referring to us as “natural allies.”  The U.S. Mission in India extends …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Indian Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people and government of India on their Independence Day. Since gaining its independence 71 years ago today, India has set an example for South Asia and the world by supporting democracy, diversity, and the rule of law—values …

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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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Patti Hoffman Takes Over as the U.S. Consul General in Kolkata

Kolkata, August 6, 2018:  Ms. Patti Hoffman has assumed the post of Consul General of the United States of America for the Kolkata Consular District as of August 3, 2018, succeeding former Consul General Craig Hall.  The Kolkata Consular District includes West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, and the seven northeastern states. “I am honored to …

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U.S. Consulate Mumbai Celebrates U.S. Independence Day

Mumbai: Tonight the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai celebrated the 242nd anniversary of U.S. independence at a prominent city hotel in South Mumbai. Chief Guest Subash Desai, Industries Minister, Government of Maharashtra, joined Consul General Edgard Kagan in marking the special occasion. The theme of the evening was America’s “spirit of innovation.” In addition to commemorating …

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Nexus Graduates Fourth Cohort, Welcomes South Asia Connect

The Nexus Startup Hub at the American Center held a graduation ceremony today for its latest cohort of entrepreneurs.  The 11 startups, coming from a plethora of fields, including healthcare, telecommunications, and home automation, marked the end of their 10-week program by showcasing some of what they had learned in the form of two-minute business …

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USAID & AMCHAM India Sign MOU to Partner for India’s Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM India) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the growing partnership between the U.S. Government and U.S. private sector to address India’s development needs. The announcement comes the same day as the launch of …

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United States and India to Hold 2+2 Dialogue on September 6

The United States is pleased to announce that the inaugural U.S.-India “2+2” Dialogue will be held in New Delhi, India, on September 6. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis look forward to meeting with their Indian counterparts, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman, …

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American Center Marks 70 Years of U.S.-India Relations

This evening, the American Center launched its newest exhibition: “Celebrating 70 Years of U.S.-India Relations.” The event also featured a dance performance, “Dancing Stories from the East and West,” by Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance at Indiana University, and Tanya Saxena, a Bharatanatyam dancer. The art exhibition, which runs through August 14, features …

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U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley visits India

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited New Delhi from June 26-28 to meet with members of the Indian government and civil society and discuss strengthening U.S.-India cooperation on international issues. Ambassador Haley met with Prime Minister Modi at his residence and attended a meeting and working dinner hosted by External Affairs …

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Postponement of 2+2 Talks

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke last night with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to convey his regret for having to postpone the 2+2 dialogue, which had been scheduled for July 6. This scheduling change was prompted by reasons entirely unrelated to the bilateral relationship. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Swaraj agreed to reschedule the …

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The “ME WE” Visual Arts Exhibition Opens at The American Center Today

A visual arts exhibition, ME WE, curated by Engendered and presented by the American Center, breaks through dominant ideas that limit and marginalize queer art by creating a new concept of queer as a wider platform for excellence in arts, capable of tracking, discovering, and interpreting new trends while daring to speak openly about the …

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Ambassador Nikki Haley Travels to India

Media Advisory: Ambassador Nikki Haley Travels to India June 25, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ambassador Nikki Haley will travel to New Delhi, India, June 26-28. She will meet with senior Indian government officials, NGO leaders, and the interfaith community to underscore the United States’ shared values and strong alliance with the people of India. Ambassador …

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United States and India To Hold 2+2 Dialogue on July 6

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue on July 6. The meeting will focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defense cooperation as the United States and India …

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U.S., JMSDF and Indian Naval Forces Conclude Malabar 2018

Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs Lt. Cmdr. William Knight pao@ctf70.navy.mil June 19, 2018 Release #032-18 By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann, USS Antietam (CG 54) Public Affairs PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) – Trilateral maritime exercise Malabar 2018 was conducted off the coast of Guam from June 7 through June 16. Initiated in 1992 …

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The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative announces three new partnerships

The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative announces three new partnerships with the Government of Maharashtra The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative , led by the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, is pleased to announce three new projects with the state government of Maharashtra, India, as part of the initiative’s ongoing …

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U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Juster Visits Lucknow June 6-7

LUCKNOW – The U.S. Ambassador to India, Mr. Kenneth I. Juster, visited Lucknow June 6-7. On his first official visit to the city, Ambassador Juster met with Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In addition, Dr. Ammar Rizvi welcomed the Ambassador to a traditional dinner featuring awadhi cuisine. Guests included representatives from Lucknow’s …

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Student Visa Day – Celebrating Educational Exchange Between India and the United States

New Delhi – Today marks U.S. Mission India’s fourth annual Student Visa Day, an event that celebrates higher education ties between India and the United States.  The Mission dedicates this day to helping qualified Indian students prepare for their studies in the United States and connects them with EducationUSA for pre-departure information. The U.S. Embassy …

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Indian, Japanese and U.S. maritime forces to participate in exercise Malabar 2018

By Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs | | May 31, 2018 YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast …

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Fulbright Scholars Prepare to Depart for the U.S.

In a sign of the continued vitality of U.S.-India people-to-people ties, 98 Fulbright scholars are gathering at the Lalit Hotel in New Delhi for a three-day pre-departure orientation designed to introduce them to the academic, social, and cultural environment of the United States, and stimulate thought about their role as cultural ambassadors. A total of …

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Foreign Missions in Delhi Celebrate Commitment of their Country to Full Equality for All Human Beings

Foreign Missions in New Delhi Celebrate the Commitment of their Country to Full Equality for all Human Beings Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT day), we the undersigned diplomatic missions in India’s capital, reaffirm our countries’ strong commitment to promoting the …

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Today, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai, opened their doors to more than 4,000 Indian students applying for visas to pursue higher education in the United States. Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson ( remarks here ) in New Delhi and Consuls General throughout India congratulated applicants as they joined …

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2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month Statement by Secretary Tillerson

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence …

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Ministers and representatives from 12 Indian states met in New Delhi today to discuss strategies to leverage partnerships with the private sector, international organizations, and civil society to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the United States and India. The one-day conclave was hosted by the Delhi Commission for Women and NGO Shakti Vahini …

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Photo Exhibition on Indian Religious Traditions in U.S. Opens at American Center, New Delhi

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Restriction on Personal Electronics in American Centers

Effective May 18, 2017, visitors may not bring laptop computers or tablets into the American Centers in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.  This prohibition applies to all models of laptops and tablets, including Netbooks, Chromebooks, iPads, Kindles, and MacBooks.  None of the American Centers will be able to store visitors’ devices. Note this restriction in …

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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.  Upon assuming office, President Trump ordered a thorough …

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Op-ed by Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Loss Carlson A neo-natal resuscitator that saves newborn children’s lives. An organic bio-stimulant that increases crop yields while simultaneously reducing fertiliser requirements. A device that provides a dignified solution for bowel function to bed-ridden patients. What do they all have in common? All are Indo-American innovations that are making a …

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Op-ed by Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Loss Carlson I want to congratulate all the Indian students who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,500 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of US universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and …

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Statement by President Trump on Syria

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United States Announces Potential Opportunities in Nepal

New Delhi: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. Government agency, held a market outreach event here yesterday to apprise Indian and India-based American firms of business opportunities under the proposed MCC program in Nepal. Under the proposed program, MCC would provide grant funding to the Government of Nepal for poverty reduction through economic growth, …

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Nexus at the American Center to Host Startups and Renewable Energy Seminar March 28

On Tuesday March 28 from 4:30 – 8pm, Nexus @ The American Center will host a seminar on key challenges startups face in the renewable energy sector and how can these be overcome. Nexus is the newly established start-up hub at the American Center in New Delhi. Leading subject matter experts, funders and entrepreneurs will …

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Defense Secretary Meets With Indian National Security Advisor

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hosted Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the Pentagon today to discuss the importance of the U.S.-India relationship and the role of both nations in cooperating to uphold international laws and principles, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a  statement  following the meeting. Read More

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Sec. Tillerson to host Ministers of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS, March 22

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Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States

Release Date: March 21, 2017 Office of Public Affairs, Department of Homeland Security Overview: Change to international travel carry-on items Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of …

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U.S. Embassy New Delhi and Royal Government of Bhutan Launch New Bhutanese Fulbright Student Scholarship Program

Thimphu, Bhutan – Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Today, the United States Government and the Royal Government of Bhutan announced the award of the final undergraduate Fulbright Bhutanese Student award and the launch of the graduate Fulbright Bhutanese Student award. This change doubles the number of Fulbright awards for Bhutanese students and makes them annual as …

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Mark A. White Sworn in as Mission Director to USAID/India

Mark A. White, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, has joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in India as the new Mission Director. Mr. White assumes leadership as USAID leverages India’s growing human and financial resources through partnerships that catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship to solve critical …

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USAID, Kiawah Trust and Dasra Launch ‘10to19’ A New Collaborative to Empower Five Million Adolescents across India

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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

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As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where Allies meet their responsibilities, an immigration …

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

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U.S. and Indian Governments Identify Cause of Unexplained Illness in Bihar

The Lancet Global Health on January 31, 2017, published the results of a collaborative investigation by Indian and U.S. authorities revealing the causes of a mysterious outbreak in Muzaffarpur, Bihar which has claimed the lives of hundreds of children.  From 2013 to 2014 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in close collaboration with National …

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(As Prepared for Delivery) Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine …

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The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground. Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will …

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