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U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office

U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama met Tuesday at the White House for their third major bilateral summit to discuss strengthening the partnership between the two nations. Their conversation covered a variety of topics, though the underlying theme was furthering economic growth, sustainable development and promoting peace and prosperity.

Steps taken by the governments of both nations in the last two years through the U.S.-India Contact Group have addressed the issues of nuclear liability, and through India’s ratification of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, a strong foundation has been laid for a long-term partnership between the two nations.

President Obama thanked Modi for his administrations substantial contributions and active participation in the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, and welcomed the prime minister’s offer to host a summit on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism in 2018. The U.S. and India have further plans to continue their relationship, working together to combat the threats of terrorist access to weapons that use chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological materials.

Obama and Modi were quick to recognize the ever present threat of terrorism around the globe, and condemned the recent attacks from Paris to Pathankot and from Brussels to Kabul.

Both leaders applauded the completion of the roadmap for cooperation under the 2015 U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, a framework which will serve as the guide for years to come. President Obama and Modi both said that the U.S. and India should see each other as priority partners in the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

The economic ties between the U.S. and India are expanding and growing rapidly, Obama said. In an effort to increase trade between the countries, both leaders pledged to begin exploring new ways to further break down economic barriers to move goods and services more efficiently. Both nations will seek to more deeply integrate more sophisticated supply chains, which they help will in turn result in the creation of more jobs.

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Indo-pacific framework documents declassified

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In its final days, the Trump administration is declassifying some highly sensitive documents, including the “U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” (SFIP), written by the National Security Council. India is shown as a rising power in the document, vital to the security of the Indo-Pacific region and important to U.S. interests.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is starting a new political action committee called Stand for America PAC.  But so far, there’s no mention of President Trump on her donation site or web page. Haley’s spokesperson says don’t read too much into that. But Haley is widely considered a contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and could face Trump if he chooses to run again.

President-Elect Joe Biden has yet to take office, but he’s already getting down to business, unveiling a massive $1.9 trillion dollar economic relief package. If passed by Congress, it would include $1 trillion for households, with direct payments of $1400 to all Americans, and the rest going to small businesses and the fight against COVID-19.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India reveals 8-point plan to fight terrorism

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar says terrorism remains the greatest threat to global peace and India’s best interests. So he’s unveiling an eight point action plan that includes using more U.N. sanctions and mobilizing what he calls the political will to fight this menace. The minister’s defensive posture is in response to the increase in security concerns related to China and Pakistan.

Two more Indian Americans are now part of a growing list of South Asians being added to President elect Joe Biden’s administration. Neha Gupta and Reema Shah are now part of the White House Counsel’s Office. Gupta will serve as associate counsel, while Shah will be deputy associate counsel. Both attorney’s already have experience and impressive resumes serving in other Democratic administrations.  

Federal authorities say an Indian American man targeted the elderly in a massive telemarketing scam. Hirenkumar Chaudhuri admitted that he used a phony Indian passport, false name, and fake address to open several bank accounts to receive money from victims of the telemarketing scheme. This is the latest in a crackdown on scams using call centers in India, defrauding senior citizens and others. People of Indian descent as well as others are involved in the scams that continue to operate and are ruining India’s reputation and have the potential of affecting the nation’s multi-billion-dollar back office industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump becomes first U.S. President to be impeached twice

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” He is the first President to be impeached twice, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to vote for the removal of the President, whose term ends January 20th. But the Senate will not convene until January 19th to hold a trial for the president.

A full week after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters, President Trump released a video saying he condemned the mob violence that left 5 people dead and threatened the lives of members of Congress. Trump took on a solemn tone and did not address being impeached, nor acknowledge his successor President-Elect Joe Biden.

After months of massive nationwide protests by India’s farmers, the Indian Supreme Court has put three contentious farm laws on hold until further notice. The court said the decision to suspend the laws “may assuage the hurt feelings of the farmers and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with confidence and good faith.” The farmers argue the new laws passed in September would privatize land and undermine their livelihoods by giving more power to corporations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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