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New York City’s landmark India Day Parade to be led by Abhishek Bachchan and Baba Ramdev 

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Abhishek Bachchan and Baba Ramdev will be the stars of this year’s India Day parade in New York City, the former will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshall.

The parade will take place in Manhattan on Aug. 21, according to officials of the Federation of Indian Associations, and will kick off from 39th Street at Madison Ave., culminating near 26th Street and Madison. As in years past, a mammoth crowd of 100,000-plus are expected to attend the parade, which organizers claim is the largest such event outside of India’s celebration of the country’s independence, on August 15.

Bachchan, son of legendary Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, made his film debut in the 2009 picture, “Refugee.” However, he cemented his own legacy with his 2004 performance in the blockbuster action-thriller, “Dhoom.” Since then, Bachchan has starred in several roles, including “Bunty Aur Babli,” “Dhoom 2,” and most recently in “Housefull 3” this year.

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev

Bachchan bought the Pro Kabaddi League franchise team Jaipur Pink Panthers and co-bought the Indian Super League football team Chennaiyin FC. Jaipur Pink Panthers won the first ever championships held in 2014. Chennaiyin FC won the ISL 2015.

Ramdev is best recognized for popularizing yoga among young Indians through his mass yoga camps, the Patanjali Group of Institutions, which he founded. Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna started Patanjali Ayurved in Hardiwar 10 years ago. As of March of this year, the company’s turnover has already surpassed $670 million and is cruising at a monthly rate of about $74 million to $82 million.

 

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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

Six men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of two girls. Police say one of them is a neighbor and the remaining five are Muslims from a nearby village – although it’s not believed to be a religious crime.

As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
Indian American economist Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji has been named White House Coordinator for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at the National Economic Council. 
 
Fans of Indian comedian and actor Raju Srivastava are mourning his death. He passed away at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack last month while running on a treadmill. He had a history of heart problems. 
 
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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