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Arun K. Singh: Indian-Americans key to enhancing U.S.-India Relations

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CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — Arun K. Singh, Indian Ambassador to the U.S., said at this week’s Republican National Convention that the 3.5 million Indian-American population are positioned to play a key role in the fostered growth and strengthening of the relationship between the two nations.

People-to-people contact is a key element of the bilateral relationship, he said to an assembled group at a reception that was hosted in his honor by the Indian-American Forum for Political Education. Dr. Sampat Shivangi, an eminent Republican from Mississippi, headed up the affair.

“I think, what gives a real, solid and fundamental basis to the (India-US) relationship is the people-to-people dimension of the relationship,” said Singh.

There are 110,000 Indian-origin doctors in the U.S., Singh said. That statistic is so staggering that every seventh medical patient in the country is seen by an Indian doctor. Additionally, forty percent of all hotel rooms in the country are owned and managed by people of Indian-origin, generating annual revenue of $13 billion for the U.S. economy. Each year, nearly 140,000 Indian students arrive in the U.S. for higher education, generating another $4.5 billion for the country’s economy, Singh said.

“So it’s a huge engagement with US institutions,” he said, adding, “I believe all of you will have an important role to play in contributing to this. All of you in a sense are permanent Ambassadors here. You have an understanding of the US. You have an understanding of India and Indian society. So based on this understanding and the network that you have you will be in a position to take forward this relationship in different areas.”

Dr. Shivangi said the relationship between the two nations is trending in a positive direction faster than ever, particularly after the recent visit of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shivangi, a delegate for the Republican National Convention, has been organizing a reception for the Indian Ambassador for the last three conventions.

“This is an effort to honour the Indian Ambassador and establish relationship between the Indian Government and the community,” he said.

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TRENTON (Diya TV) — At least four Indian Americans are dead and two missing as the massive floods ravaged New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Ida. Authorities say the victims were swept away by flood waters or drowned. Crews are using boats and drones, hoping to find more survivors.

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Modi to visit US in late September to meet Biden

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first U.S. visit since President Joe Biden took office. Modi is expected to travel to Washington DC and New York in the last week of September, according to top government officials. Modi and Biden have already met virtually on at least three occasions. Most recently at the G-7 summit this past June.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington is getting personal in her fight against the new Texas abortion law, which would ban terminating a pregnancy as early as 6 weeks.  The Indian American politician took to twitter to say getting an abortion years ago was not an easy choice, but it was her own choice. Jayapal says preserving this right is important for every woman across the US.

Mia Bonta is declaring victory in her California state Assembly race. She faced off against Indian American Democrat Janani Ramachandran in the District 18 special election.

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Census: Indian American population tops 4 million

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (Diya TV) — Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is touting the achievements of Indian Americans and their influence after the latest census data showing tremendous growth in the community. There are now more than four million Indian Americans and they’re considered one of the fastest growing ethnic groups.  Krishnamurthi says this is just the beginning and expects the community to contribute even more to the fabric of America.  

Pakistan National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf is trying to walk back his controversial statements he allegedly made to a  British newspaper. The Sunday Times says he warned that the West risks a second 9/11 situation if it doesn’t “immediately recognize” the Taliban. The newspaper is standing by its reporting and says the entire interview was recorded.

A white man accused of running over a Sikh man outside a Colorado liquor store with his car is being charged with a hate crime.  Witnesses say Eric Breemen nearly killed Lakhwant Singh after a dispute. The Sikh Coalition advocacy group mobilized the community and helped push for the hate crime charges. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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