Capitol Hill
US Senate passes $1.9tn relief bill
After a session that lasted more than 24 hours, the upper chamber on Saturday approved the bill, called the 'American Rescue Plan', by a vote of 50 to 49, with Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, missing the vote, reports Xinhua news agency.
Pak seeks economic re-engagement with US
The Pakistan government is looking to explore economic avenues to re-engage with the new US administration under President Joe Biden, with a possibility of exploring investment under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
Pakistan PM wins vote of confidence, opposition leaders manhandled outside Parliament
Tensions ran high as leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who were present outside the parliament, were harassed and manhandled by supporters of the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). During the brawl, shoes were hurled at PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal, while Dr. Musaddiq Malik and Mariyum Aurangzeb were attacked and manhandled.
Joe Biden appoints 2 Indian-Americans as policy advisors
The White House on Friday released the announcement by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris appointing Chiraag Bains and Pronita Gupta on the Domestic Policy Council. Both of them had served in the administration of former President Barack Obama, when Biden was the Vice President.
Naureen Hassan
Indian-American Naureen Hassan named 1st VP, COO of NY Fed
Indian-American Naureen Hassan, a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry, has been named as the First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Democrats reintroduce American Dream & Promise Act
The announcement of reintroducing the bill, co-authored by Democrat Representatives Nydia Velazquez (New York-07) and Yvette D. Clarke (New York-09), was made on Wednesday by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (California-40), the statement issued by Roybal-Allard's office said.
Myanmar military junta's UN envoy steps down
Myanmar's military-backed State Administration Council (SAC) had appointed Tin Maung Naing as the country's UN envoy after firing his predecessor Kyaw Moe Tun on February 27. The development came a day after Kyaw Moe Tun took the UN by storm when he pleaded with the General Assembly for help restore democracy in Myanmar.