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Democrat Ami Bera without party backing

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Diya TV) — Democratic Rep. Ami Bera went to Sacramento on an 11th hour appeal, pleading his case to seek the party’s endorsement for re-election—he has garnered animosity from within the liberal wing of the Democrats, and failed to receive enough support to secure the endorsement as a result.

A persistent target of Republicans, Bera’s votes to advance a controversial trade agreement which would limit Syrian and Iraqi refugees from resettling in the U.S. was cited as a primary reason he failed to receive the endorsement. His bid for endorse fell just short—requiring a 70 percent majority, only 61 percent backed Bera, with 39 percent opposing, though he will not face an intraparty challenger in his race for re-election.

Rep. Ami Bera

Rep. Ami Bera

While in Sacramento, he briefly addressed a room-full, and to rub shoulders with some of the state’s party elites. He sought to clarify his official stance on the aforementioned trade agreement, and said he merely supported giving President Barack Obama the authority to negotiate terms of the agreement. He said he is still waiting to receive analysis this spring before making a final decision on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The loss, which was not entirely unexpected, means Bera, a two-term congressman from Elk Grove, will have to wait until Feb. 28 when the state party convention takes place to make another bid for endorsement from the party. The vote in San Jose will exclude clubs and other local groups, and is limited to delegates and their proxies.

As they’ve done so many times against him, Bera briefly turned his attention, and fight, against Republican challenger Scott Jones, the Sacramento County Sheriff. Most notable of his opposition’s were Jones’ stance as a Pro-Life member, and his publicly voice skepticism of addressing climate change.

“I see the urgency of climate change as one of our biggest challenges going forward,” Bera said.

Of the most vocal activists who spoke out against Bera’s endorsement were some of the most important foot soldiers in his first two elections: organized labor.

“This is an obvious showing that delegates in the district are not happy with Congressman Bera’s voting record,” said Robert Longer, political and legislative director for the Communications Workers of America Local 9421. “Normally, this is a matter of course; normally, he would have received the endorsement no problem. However … about 40 percent of the delegates decided that no endorsement is better than endorsing.”

“I think Congressman Bera needs to do some soul searching as to whether he’s a real Democrat, or not. If he believes in the district, he will connect with the voters, he will connect with the folks that got him into office. Otherwise, he will have to find another job.”

Bera is more hopeful for the outcome of the upcoming state convention, describing this decision as a part of “democracy in action.” Bera maintains that he is astute of the populous, and wishes to continue fighting to create more jobs, and protect a woman’s right to choose.

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Indian Supreme Court ends Ayodhya dispute: Hindus receive land, Muslims get alternative site

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a decision over a subject that has been politically and culturally sensitive for several decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while deeming the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1991 a crime.

The unanimous decision by five justices, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, paves the way for the construction a new Hindu temple at the site, believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. The decision ends the oldest land title dispute in India.

A board of trustees will be established in the next three months to determine construction plans for the temple. While the court ruled in favor of the Hindu petition, they ordered five acres of land to be set aside at an alternative site in Ayodhya for a mosque to be built.

Ahead of the verdict political leaders appealed for peace and calm. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

The court was also clear the desecration of the Babri Masjid was still a criminal matter and a court case on that issue is still pending.

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Indian Supreme Court to rule on ‘Ayodhya’ dispute

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — The Indian Supreme Court is expected to issue its verdict on the dispute over the Ram Janmabhoomi / Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, India on Saturday, November 9th. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this politically sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

India’s credit rating was cut to negative by Moody’s Investors Service, the first step toward a downgrade, as concerns mount an economic slowdown will be prolonged and debt will rise. Meanwhile, China said it has agreed with the United States to cancel tariffs on each others’ goods in phases, a key demand of Beijing to end a trade war that has affected economic growth globally.

India and China will surpass the U.S. as the World’s Centers of Tech Innovation by 2035, according to Bloomberg New Economy Global Survey, which gathered views from 2,000  business professionals in 20 markets.

And Harsimran Kaur becomes first female player from the NBA Academy’s Women’s Program in India to be invited to The NBA Global Academy.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Skilled immigrant category H-1B visa denials continue to rise

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Trump administration’s new immigration policies are leading to a significant rise in the rejection of petitions for H-1B visas, with the highest denial rate among major Indian IT companies, according to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy.

The Maine Ethics Commission imposed a $500 fine on House Speaker Sara Gideon‘s former political action committee over reimbursements worth $500 made to her in 2016. The commission said there was no attempt to deceive the public. Gideon is now running for Maine’s Senate seat against longtime incumbent Susan Collins.

Next week, the U.S. and India will hold their first-ever tri-service military exercise. It’s codenamed “Tiger Triumph” and will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. All three Indian military services will work alongside the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine corps

On the heels of announcements by Facebook and Google putting forth $1 billion each towards affordable housing initiatives in the Bay Area, Apple upped the ante and will set aside $2.5 billion for housing programs, including $1 billion for first-time home buyer mortgage assistance.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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