360° Coverage : Obama nominates Indian-American as pointperson for South Asia

11 Updates
Obama nominates Indian-American as pointperson for South Asia
Photo Credit: REMY GABALDA, Getty Images

Obama nominates Indian-American as pointperson for South Asia

Jul 19 2013, 10:24am CDT | by

Washington, July 19 (IANS) On the eve of Vice President Joe Biden's visit to India, President Barack Obama has nominated Nisha Desai Biswal, an accomplished Indian-American administrator, as America's new point person for South Asia.

Washington, July 19 — On the eve of Vice President Joe Biden's visit to India, President Barack Obama has nominated Nisha Desai Biswal, an accomplished Indian-American administrator, as America's...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Obama nominates Indian-American as pointperson for South Asia

Jul 19 2013, 10:24am CDT | by

Washington, July 19 (IANS) On the eve of Vice President Joe Biden's visit to India, President Barack Obama has nominated Nisha Desai Biswal, an accomplished Indian-American administrator, as America's new point person for South Asia.

Washington, July 19 — On the eve of Vice President Joe Biden's visit to India, President Barack Obama has nominated Nisha Desai Biswal, an accomplished Indian-American administrator, as America's new point person for South Asia.

When confirmed by the Senate, Desai will become the first person of Indian or even South Asian origin to head the South Asia bureau of the State Department, which oversees US foreign policy and relations with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan.

Designated as the assistant secretary of state for south and central Asian affairs, she will succeed Robert Blake, a former deputy chief of mission in New Delhi, who is expected to be nominated shortly as the new US ambassador to Indonesia.

In nominating Biswal and seven other individuals to the departments of state, energy, and defence, Obama said: "It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this administration to serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come."

Biswal is currently assistant administrator for Asia at the US Agency for International Development, which is headed by Rajiv Shah, the highest ranking Indian American in the Obama administration, a position she has held since September 2010.

Desai Biswal, who is a graduate of the University of Virginia, began her professional career in Washington DC with the American Red Cross in the mid-90s before she joined USAID in her first stint.

As a Hill staffer with the US House of Representatives International Relations Committee from 1999 to 2002, she worked extensively with diplomats from the region before doing another stint with the NGO InterAction.

From 2005 to 2010, she was the Majority Clerk for the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on the Committee on Appropriations in the US, a crucial position for allocation of American foreign aid.

Although there have been several other Indian-Americans at the assistant secretary level, namely Bobby Jindal, Richard Varma, Karan Bhatia, Suresh Kumar among them, this is the first time an Indian-American would be heading the South Asia bureau.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

19 hours ago

Dick Cheney: More beheadings in store if Obama can’t “deal with this crisis” in Iraq

Aug 21 2014 10:58am CDT | Source: Salon.com

The former vice president warns that more casualties are in store because of our "weak and ineffective" presid ...
Source: Salon.com   Full article at: Salon.com
 

 
Update
10

21 hours ago

Merrimack Youth Baseball to hold board elections

Aug 21 2014 9:10am CDT | Source: The Cabinet Press

MERRIMACK – Merrimack Youth Baseball will hold elections for the board of directors at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the MYA Building, 487 Daniel Webster Highway. These positions are up for election: three vice president positions, treasurer, financial secretary and two le ...
Source: The Cabinet Press   Full article at: The Cabinet Press
 

 
Update
9

1 day ago

Women in Power: Managing California's Electric Grid Takes Nerves of Steel – and a Knack for Collaboration

Aug 20 2014 10:49am CDT | Source: Environmental Defense Fund

By Lauren FaberThis is the fourth in a series of posts about leading women in the power, environmental science, advocacy, policy, and business sectors.  Electricity touches nearly everything we do, but most of us never contemplate what happens behind the scenes to make sure those electrons make it to our homes and businesses. In California – just beyond the outlets, thermostats, and light switches – are more than 40,000 miles of interconnected power lines, some 1,000 generati ...
Source: Environmental Defense Fund   Full article at: Environmental Defense Fund
 

 
Update
8

1 day ago

Uber Hires Obama Adviser David Plouffe as 'Campaign Manager'

Aug 20 2014 8:35am CDT | Source: Big Government

California-based ridesharing company Uber has enlisted former Obama campaign manager and senior adviser David Plouffe to guide the company's "political campaign" as their new senior vice president of policy and strategy. Plouffe will reportedly be taking direct aim at the taxi industry "cartel" and downing their created "monopoly" over other transportation network ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
7

2 days ago

Solution for persecuted Christians: The Biden Plan

Aug 19 2014 6:29pm CDT | Source: WND

By Amir George Amidst the daily reports of refugees fleeing the “killing fields,” beheadings, mass murder of Christians and more, one critical factor is missed. A solution. One million Assyrian Christians are not going to immigrate to America, Europe, Australia or elsewhere. At the same time, it is clear they can no longer live where they have as the persecution has become so intense. So what is the solution? First proposed in 1998 by then-Sen. Joseph Biden and dubbed “The Biden Plan,” th ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND
 

 
Update
5

2 days ago

Border Patrol Agent: Cross-Border Shootings, Incursions by Mexican Officials Common

Aug 19 2014 3:51pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Border Patrol Agent and National Border Patrol Council #3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera reported that Mexican officials commonly cross the U.S. border and that there are “a lot” of cross-border shootings on Tuesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.   “We have a lot of cross-border shooting as it is already. We’ve had multiple incursions from their military and their national police crossing into our areas, they’ve done so in the past, the ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
4

2 days ago

David Plouffe joining Uber as senior vice president

Aug 19 2014 1:21pm CDT | Source: Post Politics: - The Washington Post

David Plouffe, the well-known Democratic strategist who managed President Obama's 2008 campaign, has accepted a position with Uber, the popular app-based ride-sharing service. The San Francisco-based company announced his hire on Tuesday. Plouffe's title will be senior vice president of policy and strategy. He starts in September. Read fu ...
Source: Post Politics: - The Washington Post   Full article at: Post Politics: - The Washington Post
 

 
Update
3

2 days ago

David Plouffe joins Uber

Aug 19 2014 12:53pm CDT | Source: POLITICO

The former Obama adviser will become senior vice president of policy and stra ...
Source: POLITICO   Full article at: POLITICO
 

 
Update
2

2 days ago

Plouffe Joins Uber

Aug 19 2014 9:58am CDT | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe announced he is joining Uber as Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. "I could not be more excited to join such a vibrant company and its people who will be at the absolute leading edge of tomorrow's innovations and changing people's lives and their cities for the better. It will be a privilege to jump in the foxhole with the team at this great startup and get to work." You can get $30 ...
Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire   Full article at: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
 

 
Update
1

2 days ago

Women in Power: Managing California's Electric Grid Takes Nerves of Steel – and a Knack for Collaboration

Aug 19 2014 9:23am CDT | Source: Environmental Defense Fund

By Lauren FaberThis is the fourth in a series of posts about leading women in the power, environmental science, advocacy, policy, and business sectors. To see previous installments, please use the ‘Search’ field in the left sidebar to search for ‘Women in Power.’  Electricity touches nearly everything we do, but most of us never contemplate what happens behind the scenes to make sure those electrons make i ...
Source: Environmental Defense Fund   Full article at: Environmental Defense Fund
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Decoded: How hummingbirds detect sweetness
New York, Aug 22 (IANS) Hummingbirds are highly specialised nectar feeders and you cannot even fool them by sugar substitute that sweetens most diet cola.
 
 
Climate change puts Europe at dengue risk
London, Aug 22 (IANS) Dengue fever could make headway in popular European holiday destinations if climate change continues on its predicted trajectory, according to an alarming research.
 
 
ULFA leader Chetia wants to return to India: daily
Dhaka, Aug 22 (IANS) ULFA leader Anup Chetia, now in a Bangladesh jail, has reportedly expressed a desire to return to India where he is wanted for murder, abduction and extortion, bdnews24.com reported Friday.
 
 
IS sent message to scribe's family before killing him
Washington, Aug 22 (IANS/EFE) Militants of The Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group sent an email to the family of US journalist James Foley warning of his imminent execution a week before releasing the video of his decapitation in Syria, where he was kidnapped in November 2012.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Two Indians to feature at Tatarstan ethnic festival
Moscow, Aug 22 (IANS) Two Indian artists will feature at the sixth edition of Tatarstan's Krutushka ethnic festival that began in the village of the same name and will showcase the culture of different parts of Russia...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Insulin may treat acute pancreatitis
London, Aug 22 (IANS) Insulin, which is normally released from the beta cells of the pancreas, can protect the cells of the pancreas from acute pancreatitis - a disease for which there is currently no treatment, says a...
Read more on Business Balla
 
OPEC daily basket price closes 49 cents lower
Vienna, Aug 22 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $99.03 a barrel Thursday, compared to $99.52 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat. The...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Say cheese if you want a mouth-watering pizza
London, Aug 22 (IANS) How sumptuous you find a pizza has a lot to do with how yummy the cheese looks. Now, a study reveals that the elasticity, moisture, water activity and transition temperature all influence the...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
NASA plans to send rats to space for longer duration
New York, Aug 22 (IANS) NASA is planning to send rats to space for longer duration. Rats have flown to space before but the new "rat-stronauts" will stay between 30 and 90 days, depending on the how soon they can get...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Tajikistan to play football friendly against Belarus
Dushanbe, Aug 22 (IANS) Tajikistan will play friendly against Belarus at Borisov Arena Sep 4, the Football Federation of Tajikistan (FFT) said Friday. According to FFT, Georgi Kondratiev, the coach of Belarusian team...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Decoded: How hummingbirds detect sweetness
New York, Aug 22 (IANS) Hummingbirds are highly specialised nectar feeders and you cannot even fool them by sugar substitute that sweetens most diet cola. Now, scientists have discovered how hummingbirds' ability to...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Soon, laser device to measure blood sugar levels
Washington, Aug 22 (IANS) Diabetics may soon monitor their blood glucose levels without pricking themselves to draw blood as researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar. "With this...
Read more on Business Balla
 
David Yates in talks for Harry Potter spin-off
David Yates is in talks to direct 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. The 50-year-old filmmaker - who helmed four of the 'Harry Potter' movies, including the final two - is said to be Warner Bros. top choice to...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Jennifer Lawrence offered role in The Hateful Eight
Jennifer Lawrence could soon join the cast of Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'. The actress is currently locked in discussions over an undisclosed role in the film, though it is possible that she will be handed...
Read more on Movie Balla