Obama cites India in call to correct distorted impression of Muslims

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Acknowledging that many in the US have a distorted impression of Muslims, US President Barack Obama has cited the good work by Muslims around the world, including India, with one of the world's largest Muslim populations.

A part of the challenge in fighting the scourge of terrorism, he said was to correct the distortion as "A lot of the bad, like terrorists who claim to speak for Islam, that's absorbed by the general population. Not enough of the good."

Obama calls for unity against violent extremism

Washington: US President Barack Obama Thursday echoed his Wednesday's call for Muslim communities around the world to resist the notion that the West was at war with Islam in his final speech at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.


Indian-American named US strategic counter terrorism communications envoy

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Rashad Hussain, of Indian heritage, has been appointed as US envoy and coordinator for Strategic Counter-Terrorism Communications to expand international engagement and partnerships to counter violent extremism.

Announcing his appointment Wednesday, the State Department said Hussain will lead a staff drawn from a number of US departments and agencies for this purpose and develop strategic counter terrorism communications around the world.

PM satisfied with India-Israel ties

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday expressed satisfaction with the ongoing cooperation between India and Israel in various sectors, an official release reported.

During a meeting with Israeli Defence Minister Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya`alon (reserve), Modi recalled his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last September, the release added.

Humanitarian visa sought for attacked Indian's wife

Washington: A noted Indian-American lawyer has sent a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry to issue a humanitarian visa to the wife of an Indian grandfather assaulted by an Alabama policeman.

Fight against extremism isn't against Islam: Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama has said the fight against violent extremism is not against Islam and the world should resist granting religious legitimacy to terrorist groups.

"We are not at war with Islam," Xinhua quoted Obama as saying Wednesday during a keynote speech on the second day of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

"We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

'Fight against violent extremism does not equate fight against Islam'

Washington : US President Barack Obama said that the fight against violent extremism did not mean it was a fight against Islam and the world should resist granting religious legitimacy to terrorist groups.

Delivering a keynote speech Wednesday at the second day of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Obama stressed that it was vital not to stigmatise any community just because of their faith, while calling on Muslim leaders to speak up in the fight against violent extremism.

Welcome Modi's remarks on religious freedom: EU

New Delhi: The European Union Wednesday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on religious freedom and said that his remarks were "entirely in line with the Indian constitution".

A European Union ambassador Joao Cravinho, to a question from the media here, said that Modi's remarks were "upholding the basic principles of freedom of religion, were very welcome and unremarkable".

He said Modi's remarks are "entirely in line with the Indian constitution, and it is not surprising he made the remarks".

Swiss police search HSBC's Geneva office

London: Swiss police searched HSBC bank's office in Geneva as part of an inquiry into alleged money-laundering, a media report said Wednesday.

Prosecutors said they were investigating "HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA and persons unknown for suspected aggravated money laundering", BBC reported.

In a statement, they said the investigation could be extended to "people suspected of committing or participating in money laundering".

Franco Morra, the bank's chief executive, said last week it had shut down accounts of clients who "did not meet our high standards".


Alabama governor apologises for police attack on Indian

New York: In an unusual gesture, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley issued a public apology for the attack by police on an Indian man that left him partially paralysed.

"Please accept our sincere apology for this tragic incident to your government, (Sureshbhai) Patel and the citizens of India who live and work in this state," the Republican governor wrote in a letter to Ajit Kumar, the Indian consul general in Atlanta. The letter was publicised by Bentley's office Tuesday.