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Indiaspora will host inaugural ball for 45th President

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India’s Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, speaks at Indiaspora 2013 Inagural Ball Honouring President Barak Obama in washington DC.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — An Indian diaspora group will host an inaugural ball for the 45th President of the United States in Jan. 2017 in an effort to highlight the importance of Indian-American community in American politics.

Event attendees will include a list of who’s who from the Washington’s and the Indian-American communities, and possibly the president-elect his or herself. The second presidential ball being organized by Indiaspora on January 18 would signify the emergence of this small but powerful community in a big way, event organizers have said.

“This would be a bipartisan event to celebrate the success and significance of the Indian-American community and to welcome in the new administration,” eminent Indian-American investor and philanthropist M R Rangaswami said.

The Indian diaspora hosted its first inaugural presidential ball in 2013, and Rangaswami hoped that with community support, the second presidential ball might see the attendance of the new president and vice president. Kamala Harris is all set to become the first Indian-American to be elected as a US Senator. In addition to incumbent Ami Bera, several other Indian-Americans have a much greater chance of winning the election to the US House of Representatives.

Raja Krishnamurthy of Chicago, Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Ro Khanna from the Bay Area are all congressional hopefuls.

“We hope that after January, Indian-Americans could comprise of one per cent of the members in the Congress,” Rangaswami said.

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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