National Current Affairs

Nisha Biswal appointed as President of USIBC

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal was appointed as President of US-India Business Council (USIBC).

USIBC is a forum of US businesses part of US Chamber of Commerce (USCC), the largest lobbying organisation in the country that wields real political power in Washington.

Nisha Biswal

Nisha Biswal is Indian-American who was Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs from 2014 to 2017. She was nominated for post by US President Barack Obama in July 2013. Prior to that, she was Assistant Administrator for Asia at US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Currently she is senior advisor for Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business strategy firm. At ASG, she works with the India & South Asia practice. She had immigrated to US from India with her parents.

US-India Business Council

US-India Business Council is premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between US and India. Its primary mission is to serve as the direct link between business and government leaders.

It aims to create inclusive bilateral trade environment between India and US by serving as voice of industry, linking governments to businesses. It also aims at supporting long-term commercial partnerships that will nurture spirit of entrepreneurship, create jobs, and successfully contribute to global economy.


India hosts International Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations – IV

The International conference on “Dialogue of Civilizations – IV” was inaugurated by Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi.

It has been organised by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under Union Ministry of Culture in collaboration with National Geographic Society (NGS). It will be held from October 8 –15, 2017 at Delhi, Gandhinagar and Dholavira.

Key Facts

The purpose of conference is to encourage scholarly and public discourse about five ancient, literate civilizations of the world, i.e. South Asia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, China and Mesoamerica. It also aims to encourage study of the past to share our present and future towards the right direction.

The present conference is the fourth in this series, with the final dialogue planned in Egypt. The first conference of this series was inaugurated in Guatemala in 2013 followed by Turkey in 2014 and China in 2015.