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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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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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