Delhi's Aarti nominated by US President as top science advisor, awaiting approval from Senate

Delhi's Aarti nominated by US President as top science advisor, awaiting approval from Senate

US President Joe Biden has named Indian-origin Dr. Aarti Prabhakar as his top science advisor. His decision has been appreciated by the White House and Indian-Americans. If Dr. Aarti (63) gets the nod from the Senate, she will be the first woman, migrant or black, to become the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She is the most recent highly educated Indian to be nominated in the Biden administration.

Biden said on Tuesday, 'Dr. Prabhakar is an Applied Physicist with a fine and respected Engineer. She will lead OSTP to expand our expectations, solve tough challenges, make the impossible possible, and leverage science, technology and innovation. After getting the green signal from the Senate, Dr. Aarti will replace Eric Lander in the OSTP. She will be the Chief Adviser to the President on Science and Technology and a member of his cabinet.

Former NIST chief in Clinton administration

Dr. Arti served as the head of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1993 under the then-President Bill Clinton's administration. She was the first woman to head NIST. From July 30, 2012, to January 20, 2017, she was the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the administration of then-President Barack Obama.

Born in Delhi

Dr. Aarti was born in Delhi. She moved to America at the age of three. Aarti's early education took place in Texas. She is the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology. She is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Acuate.

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Sri Lanka is facing an economic crisis and wants to buy oil from Russia, two ministers will visit Russia

Sri Lanka is facing an economic crisis and wants to buy oil from Russia, two ministers will visit Russia

Troubled Sri Lanka is exploring options to buy oil from Russia. A senior minister said on Sunday. Sri Lanka is desperate to replenish its dwindling fuel stocks amid an unprecedented economic crisis due to a severe shortage of foreign exchange reserves. On Sunday, the price of petrol was hiked by LKR 50 and diesel by LKR 60 respectively, which is the third price revision in two months.

State-owned refinery Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on Saturday informed the Sri Lankan government that the move was necessitated after the arrival of fuel shipments was delayed due to banking and logistical reasons. Given the dire scenario, Sri Lanka's Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera stressed that the government is exploring options to buy oil from Russia. He said, “We are looking for diplomatic channels. The last ship to arrive was a Russian ship."

Two ministers to visit Russia on Monday
Wijesekera said on Sunday that our first letter of credit was rejected by international banks because the ship was owned by a Russian company. He said the two ministers are scheduled to visit Russia on Monday to discuss fuel and other diplomatic matters. Let us tell you that last week, the Sri Lankan government approached several companies suggested by the Russian Embassy in Colombo for the purchase of crude oil.

"Meanwhile, the government has also decided to implement a token system for the supply of fuel to the people waiting in the queue at the filling station," Wijesekera said. The minister said, “This program will be implemented from Monday, for which the government has sought the help of the soldiers from the police and the army.”

shortage of essentials in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, due to which food, medicine, cooking gas, and fuel are being sold across the country. There has been a severe shortage of essential commodities like

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