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Modi, Obama meet to discuss strengthening energy and defense between India and U.S.

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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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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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Senate holds up OPM nominee Ahuja’s appointment

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Senate Republicans are holding up Kiran Ahuja’s nomination to lead the Office of Personnel Management over concerns about her stance on critical race theory. GOP Senator. Josh Hawley and others in his party are concerned the Indian American would bring race-based training sessions to the entire federal government. Critical race theory recognizes that systemic racism is part of American society and challenges the beliefs that allow it to flourish.

Nishant Joshi is now Alameda California’s new police chief. He’s the first U.S.-born Indian American top cop in that state. Joshi says his parents wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer, but policing fascinated him. The Chief is married to a black woman and is a father to bi-racial children, which is why he says he wants to work on reforms to combat over-policing in communities of color.

El Salvador approved a bill that will eventually allow Bitcoin to be used as legal tender for many aspects of daily life, from property purchases to tax contributions. But the International monetary fund is warning about potential risks, especially volatility to the fragile economy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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