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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — While reflecting on the new sense of geniality between the governments of the U.S. and India, top American lawmakers Tuesday praised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and underscored that the bilateral relationship has entered a new phase.

In a showcase of bipartisanship, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator John McCain joined together with more than a dozen of the nation’s most powerful lawmakers spoke. Their words were delivered as the prime minister finished his address to the annual gala of the U.S. India Business Council.

Modi later came down from the podium to meet with the lawmakers. He assumed his seat at the center of the table with the assembled group for dinner.

McCain, who said he’s looking forward to Modi’s address of a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, spoke highly of the prime ministers leadership skills and how they played a role in advancing relations between the two nations. Tensions and other challenges in the South Asian region have called for enhanced coordination and cooperation between the U.S. and India.

Welcoming Modi to the U.S., Pelosi said she, California governor Jerry Brown and various executives from around Silicon Valley were left with a profound impact of the prime minister after hearing him speaking during a visit last September. His words amounted to one of the most inspirational speech she’d ever heard, Pelosi said.

Congressman Elliot Engel, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, recounted watching Modi speak during an event at Madison Square Garden in 2014. The speech was historic, Engel said. Several of the other lawmakers joined in the critique, referring to Modi’s speech for his energy and charisma.

Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Relationship Committee, said the relationship between the U.S. and India has made some of its biggest strides in the last two years. Royce and his fellow lawmakers initiated the process of inviting Modi to become the fifth sitting Indian Prime Minister to address a joint session of Congress, and the first in more than a decade.

Texas Congressman Ted Poe said Modi has set a great example for democracy and leadership. Congressman Ami Bera, the only Indian-American lawmaker in the US House of Representatives said he was proud of the prime minister.

Tulsi Gabbard, the first ever Hindu elected to the U.S. Congress, praised Modi’s leadership skills and said his efforts will result in the two nations furthering the strengthening of their defense relationship.

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Houston to host community summit for Indian Prime Minister Modi

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Non-profit group Texas India Forum announced they are organizing “Howdy, Modi!”, an Indian American community event for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Houston September 22nd. The venue has yet to be announced, but tens of thousands of people are expected at the event.

Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among the members of the House antitrust committee with sharp questions for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon in a hearing focused on competition and anti-competitive behavior online.

Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal died days after the Indian Supreme Court threw out his plea to postpone imprisonment in a murder conviction. He was 72. The ‘dosa king’ was found to have orchestrated the murder of a man, whose wife he wanted to marry.

And the managing director of the State Bank Of India, Anshula Kant, is taking the helm at the World Bank as managing director and chief financial officer.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House vill passes removing Green Card country cap

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives passed a bill to lift the current seven percent country-cap on issuing Green Cards, a development that could benefit thousands of skilled Indian IT professionals.

The United States India Strategic Partnership Forum had a bipartisan feel to it in Washington, as the event was keynoted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senior Advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner. Watch both of their speeches to the USISPF crowd exclusively on Diya TV.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is resigning his post amid controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes case a decade ago against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was U.S. attorney for southern Florida.

Billionaire Richard Branson’s spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will be the 1st publicly traded space tourism company in a $800 million deal backed by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya’s investment company.

And Mindy Kaling’s open casting call for her upcoming Netflix series led to the hiring of Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who was cast out of 15,000 people.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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