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Modi to attend Nuclear Security Summit, seeking NSG membership

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Nuclear_securitySANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — India Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the fourth bi-annual Nuclear Security Summit later this month hosted by President Barack Obama, a top priority will be seeking membership into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a multinational body concerned with reducing nuclear proliferation.

Since its inception in 2010, Mr. Obama and other attendees of the summit have aimed their focus at the continued prevention of terrorists obtaining a nuclear arsenal. The inaugural summit took place in April 2010, and was held in Washington D.C.; 2012’s in South Korea; and 2014’s in The Hague.

The U.S. has expressed constant concern over the years surrounding the expansion of small nuclear weapon programs in South Asia, though with this being Obama’s final year in office, he and his officials are anticipated to push for stricter, more concrete results during the summit. For India, the odds of NSG membership are in the nation’s favor, according to independent international security expert Theresa Hitchens: “There has been a lot of debate about letting India into the NSG. Incidentally, China has signalled that it may seek to get Pakistan in, as a quid pro quo for not blocking India’s membership.”

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Rafael Grossi, chairperson for the NSG and Argentinian ambassador to Vienna, paid a recent visit to New Delhi to meet foreign minister Sushma Swaraj as part of a diplomatic outreach which seeks to build a consensus for India’s admission into the group during their annual meeting next June. It wasn’t New Delhi’s first attempt, the nation first sought membership into the 48-nation club back in 2010. Additionally, New Delhi sought membership into the MTCR (Missile Technology Control Regime) in 2015, but India saw its application blocked by the Italians.

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U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hits 600,000

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The U.S. has reached a grim milestone. More than 600,000 people have died from Covid-19 as officials race to vaccinate more people. But deaths have also been slowing for months because of an aggressive campaign to vaccinate the nation’s elderly and medically vulnerable people.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson just replaced an Indian American administrative law judge who ruled against the state health department in a significant abortion case. Last year, Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi turned aside Missouri’s effort to close the state’s last abortion provider, a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. Dandamudi also ruled against the state in a medical marijuana case.

And Pakistani Brit actor Riz Ahmed is forming a new coalition, pushing for more Muslim representation in media and Hollywood.  He’s partnering with several influential institutions like USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to give out financial grants and offer mentoring.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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20 dead, many injured in Pakistan bus crash

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — A bus crammed with pilgrims coming back from a Muslim religious festival crashed in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 20 people and leaving dozens of others injured. Officials say the bus was overloaded and passengers were even traveling on the roof of the bus. The death toll is expected to increase. 

Police say man accused of killing four members of a Pakistani Canadian Muslim family targeted them for their Islamic faith. 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman is facing several murder charges for allegedly running them over in his pickup truck. Investigators say there is evidence this was premeditated and motived by hate.

Vice President Kamala Harris walked in the Capital Pride Walk and Rally in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, making history as the first sitting vice president to march in a Pride event.
The Biden-Harris administration has brought LGBTQ issues to the forefront of its agenda. One of the president’s first executive orders called for an end to discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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One in two Indian Americans have encountered racism

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — According to a new study, Fifty percent of Indian Americans say they have encountered racism in the U.S. in the past year. Discrimination against darker-skinned people is the most common form of bias encountered and the main perpetrators are non-Indians. The study also shows Indian Americans are the second largest immigrant group in the US with more than 4 million living in the country.

Judge Zahid Quraishi has been confirmed by the US Senate, becoming the first Muslim American federal judge. Quraishi, who is of Pakistani descent, was serving as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Former Federal prosecutor Preet Bharara’s dinner with an author who once despised Indian food is getting a lot of likes on the internet. On twitter, Tom Nichols is finally admitting his palate is expanding and he wants more Lamb Biryani. Bharara responded on social media by saying Nichols is still getting used to the butter chicken. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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