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(109th with 1, 94,067). But surprisingly, Patel trumps Yang, Chang, Wang, Zhang, and Li, Lin, Liu, and Chen, Chung, Choi,
and Wu and Yu, all of who making the Top 1000.
However, the Asian brigades are no match for the Hispanics, clearly the dominant immigrant community in the US. And
the Census Bureau's last names count says it all. Garcia and Rodriguez are in 8th and 9th position in the list of Top Ten
last names which is led by typically Caucasian monikers: Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, Jones, Miller, Davis, and
rounded off by Wilson at tenth place. But take the Top 25 and there's Martinez at 11th, Hernandez at 15th, Lopez at
21st, and Gonzalez at 23rd —- each with more than 5, 00,000 people bearing that last name.
John Kerry coming to India for strategic dialogue
Civil nuclear cooperation, immigration on top of the agenda
US Secretary of State John Kerry is coming to India in the last week of June with an objective of ironing out the hurdles
that have stalled the 2008 civil nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries.
Kerry, who is visiting India for the first time after succeeding Hillary Clinton to head the US Department of State, will co-
chair the third annual Indo-US strategic dialogue with external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, to be held here.
Ever since the nuclear deal was signed, several roadblocks have come into the way of converting the agreement into a
commercial arrangement. The agreement, when signed between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former US
president George Bush, was heralded as the centerpiece of Indo-US relations.
But a series of problems on both sides has delayed its implementation. The first United Progressive Alliance government
had even risked its fall as the Left parties, which had supported the coalition government from outside, had withdrawn
their support over the nuclear deal.
US energy giant Westinghouse Electric Co and Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd had signed a commercial pact for
installing a 1,000-Megawatt nuclear reactor in Gujarat last year. Kerry is expected to push India to loosen its stance on
nuclear liability law and smoothen out the process of implementation.
India, on the other hand, is expected to take up the issue of US’ immigration reform plan. In a strongly worded letter to
the newly-appointed US trade representative, Michael Froman, commerce secretary S R Rao has voiced India’s deep
concern over the issue. India feels the new plan is targeted at Indian information technology firms operating in the US.
Besides, the long-standing issue of exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to India from the US is also going to figure in the
talks. According to its laws, the US does not export LNG to a country with which it does have a bilateral trading
arrangement. However, it is expected to make an exception for Indian energy giant GAIL India Ltd.
Kerry’s visit to India comes as part of the ongoing process of high-level engagement between the US and India. Energy
secretary Steven Chu was here last month, while finance minister P Chidambaram had visited Washington in April.
Commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma is also expected to visit Washington by the end of this month or early
next month.
Indo-US trade to cross $100 billion mark soon: US diplomat
The bilateral trade between US and India is soon expected to cross $ 100 billion and economic ties would be at an all-
time best, a senior US diplomat said recently.
US exports to India have quadrupled, while Indian exports to the US have grown by 180 per cent for the last three years,
but despite this India was still only 13th largest trading partner for the US, Consul General of US Consulate, Chennai,
Jennifer Macintyre, said at a seminar on 'Evolving business opportunities in Indo- US Trade', organized by Indo-American