Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times

Yashwant Raj

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Past articles by Yashwant:

US-hosted, India-led summit identifies ransomware as major cybersecurity threat

A joint statement on cybersecurity said the participating countries, including India, “recognise the need for urgent action, common priorities and complementary efforts to reduce the risk of ransomware” → Read More

No plan to include India and Japan in AUKUS security alliance yet: US

Washington: Though India has opted to publicly downplay the impact of the recently launched security alliance between Australia, the UK and the US (AUKUS) on the Quad – even as both groupings focus on the Indo-Pacific region – it is secretly pleased that the latter has been “de-securitised” as a result, a person familiar with the discussions said on the condition of anonymity | Latest News India → Read More

For leaders of corporate America, it is personal

US corporates have altogether pledged or already sent $400 million aid in cash or kind, in addition to the $100 million worth of assistance by the Joe Biden administration | Latest News India → Read More

Beware of fake news on Covid: US surgeon general Vivek Murthy

“Misinformation is a virus itself, and it harms people, and it sometimes compels them to take actions that puts put them and other people at risk,” Murthy said in a virtual outreach to Indian-Americans on the dangers of misinformation as India battles its worst public health crisis. → Read More

US ends masks, social distancing for those fully vaccinated

The US president and the Senators are among the 35.8% of Americans who have been fully vaccinated, a stage reached two weeks after the second dose of the two-shot Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine → Read More

Democrats, Republicans and the cracks on India in the US

Even as the relationship will go through its ebbs and flows, what is clear is that, this time around, it is the Democrats who have shown more sensitivity to India’s suffering → Read More

US backs India, South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver plan

The decision reversed former President Donald Trump’s opposition to the proposal in its entirety, was welcomed as “monumental” by WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and was a called a “bold decision” by Doctors Without Borders → Read More

US lawmakers urge Joe Biden to ship AstraZeneca vaccines to India

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, which is made and retailed in India as Covishield, is not approved for use in the US. → Read More

Covid-19 crisis: US to rapidly provide support to India; EU, Germany mobilising aid

The first expressions of support by senior members of the Biden administration came in the form of tweets by secretary of state Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan late on Saturday night. → Read More

Joe Biden’s wartime law use blocks India’s vaccine ramp-up

Supplies of nearly 30 such items have been affected by this war-time law, known as the Defense Priorities and Allocations System Programme (DPAS) under the Defense Production Act (DPA) → Read More

Outrage over US Navy operation in India’s EEZ decades too late

US warships have been conducting “operational assertion” to express America’s refusal to recognise certain maritime claims by India, at least since 1985, under a freedom of navigation programme it launched in 1979 → Read More

US sanctions Pakistan-based transnational human smuggling network

Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan is the key figure sanctioned by the US treasury department along with his network, the Abid Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organisation (TCO) → Read More

World Bank raises India’s GDP growth forecast to 10% in FY22

WB expects the GDP to contract by 8.5% in FY21, higher than govt’s estimate of 8% → Read More

Can Quad working groups lead to an Asian NATO?

The group on critical and emerging technology has set an expansive agenda, which includes “coordination on technology standards development, including between our national technology standards bodies and working with a broad range of partners”. → Read More

North Korea test-fired short-range missiles, says US

US officials played down the weekend tests, saying they were in the “low end” of the spectrum of provocative actions Pyongyang is known to undertake to send a message to the United States → Read More

India, US to resume homeland security dialogue

The announcement was made after a discussion between US secretary for homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the Indian ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu → Read More

Quad offers spark of hope amid pandemic: Leaders

Washington After creating history by holding the first-ever summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue — also called the Quad — leaders of the four member countries have written a joint op-ed offering their partnership as a “spark of hope to light the path ahead” in the darkness brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic → Read More

Quad to launch historic Covid-19 vaccine initiative helmed by India

US President Joe Biden is on Friday hosting the summit of the Quad countries - involving the leaders of America, India, Japan and Australia - which is the first for the grouping that was founded in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami → Read More

US says early Quad summit timing reflects Joe Biden’s priorities

On Friday, Biden will meet Indian PM Narendra Modi, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga virtually for the first summit-level meeting of the security grouping that has moved rapidly towards acquiring an institutional structure → Read More

Biden forced to pull Tanden nomination for key budget post

She will eventually have a role in the Biden administration, but it was not immediately clear how. → Read More