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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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Covid exploding in South & Southeast Asia

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — The World Health Organization says India has accounted for nearly half of all global infections and a quarter of deaths reported in the past week. But cases have also skyrocketed in nearby countries like Nepal in the north to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the south. And it’s not just India’s neighbors — further away in Southeast Asia, infections are also surging in Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia

Two Indian American professors at Duke University have been appointed to senior roles in President Joe Biden’s administration. Professor Ronnie Chatterji will serve as chief economist of the United States Department of Commerce, and professor Arti  Rai has been appointed to serve as a senior advisor in the Office of General Counsel in the same agency.  

And he went to India to help care for his family struggling with Covid-19. Instead, renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Rajendra Kapila ended up dying from the virus. Kapila was also a professor of medicine at Rutgers University and practiced for 50 years.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Feds raid New Jersey BAPS Hindu Temple

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NEW JERSEY (Diya TV) — Federal authorities in New Jersey are accusing the highly influential Hindu organization BAPS of human trafficking and wage violations. The lawsuit says more than 200 workers – many who don’t speak or understand English – were coerced into signing employment agreements  to work at the Hindu temple, had their passports taken away, and forced to work for as little as $1.20 an hour. A spokesperson for BAPS is disputing the allegations.

As deadly clashes in Israel continue between Palestinians and Jews, an Indian woman is the latest victim caught in the cross fire. She’s being identified as 31 year old Soumya, killed during a rocket attack. Officials say she worked as a care giver in Israel for the past decade.   

And as expected, Sadiq Khan was re-elected Mayor of London. Khan, became the first Muslim to head a major Western capital after his victory in 2016. he’ll serve another three years in office.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Kshama Sawant pleads guilty to violating ethics code

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Controversial Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant admitted to violating the city elections and ethics code and will pay a fine of more than 3500 dollars. The Indian American leader got herself in trouble going after a ballot initiative taxing tech giant Amazon. She was accused of using the official seal of Seattle on campaign letter head and posting links opposing the proposition on her city website.

The Hindu American Foundation is suing several people for defamation including the leaders of  Hindus for Human Rights, the Indian American Muslim Council, and the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America  They’re accused of making false claims on Al-Jazeera news, saying that HAF misappropriated COVID-19 relief funds to support violence and “slow genocide” against Christians and Muslims in India. A Rutgers University professor is also being sued for amplifying this narrative.  

And debris from China’s largest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean, west of the Maldives. Critics slammed the Asian nation for failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris. There were no reports of any injuries.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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