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Indian American spells success

S-a-m-e-e-r M-i-s-h-r-a. That’s how you spell success. The 13-year-old Indian American boy from West Lafayette, Indiana, won the coveted 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington on Friday night.

Wind In The Grass

She's their favourite, but suppose Hillary loses.... Indians mull their options.

Consumption or energy?

Agriculture scientist Norman Ernest Borlaug, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, played a significant role to usher in the Green Revolution by developing successive generations of disease-resistant, high-yield wheat varieties in the 1960s and the '70s. In an interview with Washington Times reporter Ashish Kumar Sen, Mr. Borlaug, 94, refutes President Bush's assertion that countries such as India and China are to blame for the shortage of food stocks and higher prices. The fault, he says, lies with the world's obsession with biofuels.

U.S. says biofuels not raising food prices

The Bush administration insists a growing demand from the burgeoning middle classes in developing nations, and not its focus on biofuels, is the key reason behind rising food prices.

Former Bush aide slams White House officials

The White House, led by President George W. Bush, sold the Iraq war to the American people with a slick "political propaganda campaign" aimed at "manipulating sources" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war."

Those are the words not of a hardened Bush critic, of which there are many, but of the President's former spokesman Scott McClellan who has penned an explosive memoir, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" due in bookstores on Monday.

McCain invites VP front-runner Jindal to his retreat

Bobby Jindal, the first Indian American Governor of a US state, has made to Senator John McCain’s shortlist of vice-presidential candidates.

Jindal is one of the three Republican Party leaders the presumptive presidential candidate will meet with this Memorial Day weekend at his retreat outside Sedona, Arizona. The other two are McCain’s former rival for presidential nomination Mitt Romney and Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Edward Kennedy diagnosed with brain tumour

Senator Edward M. Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, according to his physicians. Kennedy had been hospitalised in Boston over the weekend after he suffered a seizure.

Clinton wins battle in Kentucky

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Democratic primary election in Kentucky on Tuesday night, but it was her rival, Senator Barack Obama, who claimed victory, telling supporters he had reached a "major milestone" in his campaign for the White House. Obama won the primary contest in Oregon.

Bush remark on Iran creates furore

Speaking thousands of miles away from home, US President George W. Bush on Thursday ignited a firestorm by telling the Israeli Knesset that those advocating a dialogue with countries like Iran are like people who favoured engaging Adolf Hitler.

Obama wins one-time rival’s support

Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign received a prominent shot in the arm on Wednesday as one-time rival John Edwards endorsed him at an event in Michigan.

Hillary sweeps West Virginia; Obama still holds popular vote

There were no surprises on Tuesday as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton pocketed a big win the West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary contest trouncing Senator Barack Obama by a huge margin.

Ludhiana-born doc donates $2m

A prominent Indian-American has donated $2 million to establish an endowment for India studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. The endowment is the first of its kind in Washington.

'India Not To Blame For Food Crisis'

Agriculture scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Ernest Borlaug played a significant role in ushering in India's Green Revolution, by developing successive generations of disease-resistant, high-yield wheat varieties. In an interview with Outlook, Borlaug refutes President George W. Bush's assertion that India is to blame for the shortage of food stocks and galloping prices.

In Its Own Maize

Blame your biofuel fixation, not India and China, Bush is told.

Hillary under pressure to quit

On the heels of a huge loss to Sen Barack Obama in North Carolina and a narrow victory in Indiana’s primary on Tuesday, Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton has come under intense pressure to quit the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

US tells Pak to get tough with militants

President George W. Bush’s administration has warned ally Pakistan to live up to its commitments in the war on terror and immediately bring violent tribal regions under control.

Obama on target, faint hope for Hillary

Barack Obama coasted to a convincing double-digit victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton in North Carolina last night, but lost Indiana’s primary to the New York Democrat by two points.

Laura Bush calls on India to help Burma

The Burmese government would be more likely to accept offers of help from India than it would from the United States, first lady Laura Bush said on Monday.

US clarifies Bush remark on food crisis

The White House on Monday sought to cool passions in India ignited by President George W. Bush’s remarks that an increased demand for food in India had contributed to the global food crisis.

Bush under fire over war on terror

President George W. Bush’s administration has come under fire in a new study for attempting to extend the White House’s power without congressional or judicial review.

‘Lack of supplies from India has driven up prices’

US President George W. Bush stirred up a hornet’s nest last week by suggesting a greater demand in India is to blame for rising global food prices.

Microsoft gives up bid on Yahoo!

Microsoft Corp abandoned on Saturday its $42.3-billion bid to buy Yahoo Inc.

Rights group wants doc’s trial shifted from Chhattisgarh

A human rights group has expressed concern that a prominent Indian physician and rights activist will not get a fair trial in Chhattisgarh where he faces criminal charges, including conspiracy and treason.

India ill-equipped to counter terror: US report

A new State Department report has taken a swipe at India’s law enforcement and legal systems, calling them “outdated and overburdened” and an obstacle to India’s counter-terrorism efforts.