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Indian-American groups rally behind Clinton: ‘Hillary is a friend of India in the White House’

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna hold a joint press conference during the US-India Strategic Dialogue at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on July 19, 2011. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for deeper regional security cooperation and trade ties in talks with Indian leaders, held in the shadow of triple bomb blasts in Mumbai. India's concerns over the US troop drawdown in Afghanistan and New Delhi's renewed peace talks with arch-rival Pakistan are expected to figure in the "strategic dialogue" underway in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna hold a joint press conference during the US-India Strategic Dialogue at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on July 19, 2011. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for deeper regional security cooperation and trade ties in talks with Indian leaders, held in the shadow of triple bomb blasts in Mumbai. India’s concerns over the US troop drawdown in Afghanistan and New Delhi’s renewed peace talks with arch-rival Pakistan are expected to figure in the “strategic dialogue” underway in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s contingency of Indian-American supporters have launched a nation-wide group aimed at winning the party’s nomination. The group was launched to network leaders and advocates who share Clinton’s values and her vision for the country.

“It is important to mobilize support of millions of Indian Americans living here in the US for Secretary Hillary Clinton – enable them to go out and vote for electing Hillary Clinton as our next President. This organization has been created primarily to achieve this goal,” the group’s website reads.

A self-described grassroots volunteer organization, Indian-Americans for Hillary (IAFH) said this week the group will hold its inaugural event this Sunday in Maryland. The event will be addressed by John Podesta, national campaign chair for the Clinton campaign, and Neera Tandon, president and COO of Center for American Progress.

Tandon has remained a personal and close friend of Clinton’s for years.

The group notes that Clinton has maintained a strong relationship with India, and the Indian-American community. She has thousands of Indian-American friends across the nation, according to the IAFH, and has traveled to India four times during her tenures as First Lady, a Senator and while serving as Secretary of State.

“Hillary Clinton’s connection with India goes back a long way. She visited India as First Lady in March 1995 with her daughter Chelsea and President Bill Clinton. Since then, popular lore has it that she was a friend of India in the White House,” the website said, adding, “having traveled extensively in India, she has a much deeper level of familiarity with India than any other candidate in the race.”

While serving as Secretary of State, her focus on re-balancing U.S. foreign policy towards Asia contained a strong emphasis on the expansion of ties to India, the group claims. Additionally, she worked vigorously to incorporate better relationships in the technology, defense and space sectors between the two nations. The group also states that Clinton has pledged to fix the nation’s broken immigration system, improve access to higher education and increase wages — all issues which the Indian-American electorate are religious about.

“Indian Americans need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to full and equal citizenship. Only Hillary, as president, can act on these issues in a jiffy,” the group said.

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Jolly Joseph held for serial killings of her family in South India

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Koodathai, India (Diya TV)  — A 47 year old mother of two in Kerala is being held on suspicion of using cyanide to murder at least six of her own family members, including her husband and in-laws. Jolly Joseph is behind bars as police continue their investigation into the serial killings. Police and neighbors allege after the deaths of her immediate family, years later, Jolly killed the wife and child of a man she went on to marry.

India’s Commerce minister Piyush Goyal will meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer once again this week as the U.S. and India continue bilateral trade negotiations. These talks come days after India exited a China-backed trade agreement that covered much of Asia, citing domestic concerns.

Just a couple of months after the ‘Howdy Modi’ event that brought India and the U.S. together in a manner we’ve never seen before, President Trump told reporters he does plan to visit India soon, after Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to him in Houston.

Kshama Sawant was reelected to Seattle’s City Council, despite Amazon spending $500,000 to back her opponent. Sawant, a self-proclaimed socialist, ran on an agenda to deal with Seattle’s growing gentrification, homelessness and a lack of affordable housing

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Calm prevails after Indian Supreme Court rules on Ayodhya

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a politically and culturally sensitive dispute going back decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded nearly three acres of sacred land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while mandating an alternative five-acre plot for a mosque. The court also deemed the demolition of the Babri Masjid on that site in 1991 a crime. The unanimous decision by five justices paves the way for the construction of a new Hindu temple on the parcel of land believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace, ending the oldest land title dispute in India.Calls for peace were listened to over the weekend. Now, next steps involve determining how and where precisely the temple and mosque will be built.

In a major step forward between India and Pakistan, the Kartarpur corridor on the border of the two nations opened up for Sikhs to make pilgrimage on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan for understanding India’s sentiment on this issue. 500 pilgrims made the initial voyage, including former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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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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