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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expresses solidarity with India

Washington, DCIndian Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Sunday called on US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss the strategic partnership between the two countries, especially in the Quad, COVID-19 vaccines and healthcare.

The US Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer expressed concern over the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in India and both sides discussed how the two countries are working together.

Taking to Twitter, Sandhu said: “Good conversation w/ Majority Leader @SenSchumer on the strategic partnership especially in QUAD; vaccines & healthcare. Discussed working together in innovation as well as emerging technologies & thanked him for his longstanding support for India & Indian American community.”

During the conversation, the Senate majority leader expressed concern over the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in India and both sides discussed how the two countries are working together in innovation and emerging technologies.

Apart from Schumer, some of the other top American Senators who have come out in support of India over the past few months include Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Chris Van Hollen Dick Durbin, John Cornyn, Mark Warner, Bob Menendez, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey, Jim Risch, Dianne Feinstein, Amy Klobuchar and Gary Peters.

The support from US lawmakers and policymakers is a result of a sustained outreach at US Congress by India’s top envoy Sandhu and senior Indian diplomats.

The Indian envoy had also had virtual meetings with eminent Republicans including Michael McCaul, Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Steve Chabot who is the Ranking Member of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; Brian Fitzpatrick, Jeff Fortenberry, Ann Wagner, Andy Barr, Liz Cheney, Scott Perry, Pete Sessions, Michael Waltz and Joe Wilson.

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Governor Henry McMaster declares March 24 IAICC Chapter Day

Columbia: The Governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster declared March 24 as the ‘IAICC-South Carolina Chapter Day’ in a proclamation, at the inauguration of the IAICC South Carolina Chapter on March 24 at the Governor’s Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina.  

Governor McMaster presented the proclamation to KV Kumar, President & CEO of Indian American International Chamber of Commerce (IAICC) and appreciated the work of IAICC. While speaking at the event, Governor McMaster welcomed IAICC to South Carolina and said his administration will work with IAICC and support its initiatives in the State. He also said that South Carolina and India enjoy great relations, and the state has been playing a significant role in promoting India-US trade relations for so many years now. He added that relations between these two countries have continued to flourish even during the pandemic, and announced that South Carolina was the first state in the SE Region to establish an office of the Trade Representative in New Delhi.  

Welcoming the gathering, KV Kumar appreciated Governor McMaster’s efforts in the state and thanked him and the First Lady Peggy McMaster for graciously hosting the IAICC inauguration and the reception at the Governor’s Mansion. He also thanked the Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and the Consul General of India in Atlanta, Dr. Swati Kulkarni for their continued support to IAICC. Mr.Kumar said he missed the Ambassador at the event, and congratulated him for bringing several key initiatives to strengthen India-US relations.  

During her address, Dr. Kulkarni praised Governor McMaster and Mr. Kumar for their work in India-US Relations. She commended IAICC’s role in enhancing the trade partnership between US and India, and said IAICC will play as a catalyst in bringing more business opportunities to South Carolina.

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PM Modi conferred Legion of Merit award by President Trump

Washington: United States President Donald Trump on Monday awarded the Legion of Merit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating the strategic partnership of the two countries, US National Security Advisor Robert C O’Brien said.

The Legion of Merit honor is given by the President of the United States typically to heads of state or heads of government of other countries.

Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu received the award on behalf of PM Modi from O’Brien in the White House.

The award is in recognition of PM Modi’s “steadfast leadership and vision for India’s emergence as a global power, and exemplary contribution made by him for the advancement of the India-United States strategic partnership and promoting global peace and prosperity”, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

PM Modi has thanked President Trump for the highest military decoration. On Twitter he said, “I am deeply honored” and added, “On behalf of the 1.3 billion people of India, I reiterate my government’s firm conviction and commitment to continue working with the US government, and all other stakeholders in both countries, for further strengthening India-US ties. The 21st century presents both unprecedented challenges as well as opportunities. The India-US relationship can leverage the vast potential of our people’s unique strengths to provide global leadership for the benefit of the entire humanity.”

Besides Modi, the Legion of Merit was also awarded to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and to former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo AbeO’Brien said.

The United States is the latest country to confer its highest award on the Indian prime minister. Other awards include Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud by Saudi Arabia in 2016, State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan (2016), Order of Zayed Award by UAE (2019), Order of St Andrew by Russia (2019) and the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddin by Maldives (2019), according to PTI.

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India-US healthcare partnership crucial in battle against COVID-19: Ambassador Sandhu

Washington, DCThe India-U.S. cooperation is proving crucial to confront the health challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, including future vaccine development and distribution, New Delhi’s top envoy in the US has said.

India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Monday and said: “As societies that respect innovation, India and the United States can do much to provide solutions to the novel coronavirus pandemic and to build a healthier, safer world beyond.”

As both India and the United States combat a pandemic of unprecedented scale, the two countries have drawn upon the strength of their long-standing health-care ties to help them better understand the novel coronavirus and find workable solutions, he wrote.

In India, the government and the private sector have worked together to ensure the integrity of medical supply chains, and essential medicines from India have continued to reach the United States and some 150 partner countries, Mr. Sandhu wrote.

But more urgently, the India-U.S. cooperation is proving crucial to confront health challenges posed by the pandemic, including future vaccine development and distribution, the Indian Ambassador wrote.

The India-U.S. partnership in medical research has been complemented by the strength of our cooperation in pharmaceuticals, he wrote adding that India’s capabilities in R&D and in manufacturing have made its pharmaceutical sector the world’s third-largest by volume.

These strengths have been bolstered by government incentives to encourage investments in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Indian generic drugs have found a ready market across the globe, with Indian firms supplying about 40% of generic formulations marketed in the United States, he said.

This has allowed American health-care consumers to save billions and enjoy enhanced access to quality medicines. The pharmaceutical sector has also been a significant job creator in the United States, with Indian firms investing billions to establish manufacturing facilities in different states in this country, Mr. Sandhu wrote.

According to the envoy, when the coronavirus outbreak began, the network of existing collaborations between the countries sprang into action.

Using the platform of the India-US Science and Technology Forum, an initiative led by both governments, calls were put out to support joint research and incubate start-up engagements.

The initiative was directed at developing technologies for the containment and management of the novel coronavirus, including diagnostics and therapeutics, he said.  (PTI)

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Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu interacts with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

Washington, DC: Ambassador of India to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker had a comprehensive discussion on the multi-faceted India-Massachusetts relationship.

The discussion covered areas of economic significance for both countries – including finance, higher education, healthcare, technology and innovation. Ambassador Sandhu shared the recent policy developments in the education and technology landscape in India with Governor Baker. He highlighted the potential of mutually rewarding India-U.S. collaborations in the post COVID phase.
India and Massachusetts share a strong trade and investment partnership with historical roots dating back to the 18th century. Today, total merchandise trade between India and Massachusetts has grown to US$ 729 M (2019). Also in recent years, about US$ 873 M worth of Indian investments have created over 1350 jobs in Massachusetts. Prominent Indian companies present in Massachusetts are Datamatics, HCL, Infosys, TCS, Sun Pharma among others. Similarly, a number of Massachusetts origin companies in Energy, Financial Services, Defense and Technology sectors are present in India. Some notable names are General Electric, Raytheon Technologies, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific among others.

In their discussion, Ambassador Sandhu and Governor Baker underscored the importance of the vibrant Indian diaspora in the India-Massachusetts relationship. Ambassador Sandhu said that they form a key part of Massachusetts’s STEM workforce and contribute to the state’s innovation economy. 

The duo agreed to further build upon the synergies in the India-Massachusetts relationship for mutual growth and prosperity.

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Indian Embassy celebrates I Day in DC

Washington DC: The 74th Independence Day of India was celebrated in Washington D.C. with a flag-hoisting ceremony on 15 August 2020 at the India House. Members of the Indian community joined the celebrations in large numbers virtually through digital platforms in view of local public health guidelines.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India, unfurled the tricolor, which was followed by singing of the National Anthem. Ambassador Sandhu addressed the guests, and the address to the nation by  President of India on the eve of Independence Day was played. This was followed by a cultural program involving rendition of patriotic songs by the students of Gandharva School of Music, Richmond, VA.

Amb. Taranjit Singh Sandhu addressed the limited gathering after unfurling the tricolor at the embassy. This time instead of the Indian ambassador reading excerpts from President of India’s India Day address, a video recording was screened. (Photos: Indian Embassy)
Amb. Taranjit Singh Sandhu addressed the limited gathering after unfurling the tricolor at the embassy. This time instead of the Indian ambassador reading excerpts from President of India’s India Day address, a video recording was screened. (Photos: Indian Embassy)
Amb. Taranjit Singh Sandhu addressed the limited gathering after unfurling the tricolor at the embassy. This time instead of the Indian ambassador reading excerpts from President of India’s India Day address, a video recording was screened. (Photos: Indian Embassy)
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155 Indian companies create nearly 125K jobs in US: CII report

Washington, DC: As many as 155 Indian companies have invested $22 billion in the US, thus creating nearly 125,000 jobs in the country, according to a report issued by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on Monday.

The report, “Indian Roots, American Soil 2020,” is a state-by-state breakdown of tangible investments made and jobs created by 155 surveyed Indian companies doing business in all 50 states, as well as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Texas, California, New Jersey, New York and Florida are home to the greatest number of workers in the US directly employed by the reporting Indian companies, the report said.

“Indian-Americans have made so many important cultural, economic and scientific contributions to our country and Texas values your hard work and innovation. So keep up the good work!” said Senator John Cornyn, who is also co-chair of the Senate India Caucus.

CII said that the surveyed companies disclosed the highest amounts of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Texas, New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts.

The states with the top concentrations of Indian companies reporting were New Jersey, Texas, California, New York, Illinois and Georgia.

“Together, 155 Indian companies employ nearly 125,000 people across 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The total value of tangible investments made by these 155 companies exceeds $22 billion,” the CII said.

Indian investments in 20 US states stand at over $100 million each, CII report said, adding that 77 per cent of the companies plan to make more investments in the US.

As many as 83 per cent of the companies plan to hire more employees locally in the next five years.

Now, as the world, and both India and America grapples with the coronavirus, “we need to take this moment to rededicate to building good jobs for Americans, for Indians,” said Senator Mark Warner, C-Chair of the Senate India Caucus.

“We need to recommit ourselves to building stronger relationships between India and the United States,” he said.

The surveyed companies also provided data regarding their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and research and development expenditures, which totaled $ 175 million and $900 million, respectively.

“The report draws attention to the contribution made by Indian companies to local communities through their CSR initiatives like supporting students, organizing special skill and training programs,” India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.

This report tells the continuing story of successful and innovative Indian companies attracted to the US as one of the best places to do business, and the US locations eager to welcome those companies, said Diane Farrell, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for International Administration, US Department of Commerce.

The growing ties and investment between US and Indian business communities support jobs and opportunities for both our nations and help us respond to global challenges, like COVID-19, said Peter Haas, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General of CII, said the survey results show that the US is a preferred investment destination for Indian companies which are contributing significantly to supporting local jobs.

The results in the survey capture a snapshot in time, documenting tangible investments and direct jobs only, so I believe that the actual economic impact of Indian FDI in the US is much larger, he said.

It is critical that the US Government continues to provide a supportive policy environment for Indian companies to flourish and enhance their operations in the US, especially to aid economic recovery at this time, Banerjee said. (PTI) 

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