By Arul Louis
New York, April 21 (IANS) The United States denounced the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka as an affront to universal values and confirmed that many of its citizens were among the victims.
Washington "condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka", US President Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Sunday.
"We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable and senseless acts."
Earlier, President Donald Trump tweeted: "We stand ready to help" Sri Lanka.
"The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "We can confirm that several US citizens were among those killed. The US Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families."
He added: "Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security."
In New York City, police department Chief Terence Monahana said, in a tweet, that although there was no known connection to city, police "officers will be seen at temples & churches as we remain steadfast in our mission to keep every New Yorker safe".
Sympathy for the victims and outrage over terrorism poured in from US politicians on Twitter.
Former US President Barack Obama tweeted that the attacks "are an attack on humanity".
"Today's heartbreaking attacks in Sri Lanka come as the country has worked hard to build a common future after years of war", Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat tweeted.
Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted: "On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence."
Republican Senator Mitt Romney tweeted: "As we celebrate the miracle of Easter, we hold in our hearts the victims of the senseless violence in Sri Lanka and their loved ones. We pray that they may experience God's eternal grace, comfort, and love."
Aspirants for the Democratic Party' presidential nomination joined the wave of sympathy.
"On a day devoted to love & peace, may we remember Jesus Christ's message of love - for God & for each other - as we commit to defeating hate with love," tweeted Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Hindu American.
Senator Kamala Harris tweeted: "I am horrified by the attacks in Sri Lanka, where so many families were celebrating such a joyous day. Praying for the victims and their loved ones."
Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted: "To slaughter worshipers at church during Easter service is an act of great evil."
"No person should have to fear for their life in their place of worship," tweeted Bernie Sanders. "We must work to bring this world together around our common humanity."
(Arul Louis can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @arulouis)
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Twitter India on Monday appointed Manish Maheshwari, former CEO of Network18 Digital, as Managing Director for the country operations -- nearly eight months after its Country Director Taranjeet Singh quit.
Balaji Krish, who has been leading Twitter India's team in the interim, will return to Twitter's global headquarters in San Francisco to resume his role as Global Head of Revenue Strategy and Operations at Twitter.
Reporting to Maya Hari, Twitter's Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Maheshwari will be responsible for driving an integrated business strategy to accelerate Twitter's audience and revenue growth in the country, the company said in a statement.
Based out of Delhi, he will oversee Twitter India's teams in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, starting from April 29.
"India is one of our fastest growing audience markets for Twitter in the world and our purpose is to serve the public conversation in India. We are thrilled to have Manish join us at this important time to take our Indian business to the next level," said Hari.
Prior to Network18, Maheshwari held various positions at Flipkart, txtWeb, Intuit, McKinsey and P&G.
"With premium Indian content on the rise in multiple regions across the country, I believe we are scratching the surface of what's possible with Twitter in India," said Maheshwari.
"I'm bullish about the overall impact that Twitter India can create in the country and the influence of India on our global platform," he added.
Singh, who was elevated as Twitter's Country Director for India in May 2017, quit the company in September last year. He joined as chief revenue officer for Zee Group's video streaming service ZEE5.
Twitter, which has over 30 million users in India (according to statista.com), had appointed Krish as an interim country head.
Under Maheshwari's leadership, said the micro-blogging platform, various teams in India would continue to work closely to drive conversations and audience engagement on the platform.