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Lara Trump celebrates Diwali at Hindu temple in Virginia

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Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara attended a Diwali event at a Hindu temple Sunday.

Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara attended a Diwali event at a Hindu temple Sunday.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, attended a Diwali celebration at a Hindu temple in the swing state of Virginia Sunday in an attempt to make a more significant impact on the Indian-American community.

During her time at the temple, Trump said the relationship the U.S. and India share will only grow stronger if her father-in-law is elected president. Lara said Donald cares deeply for the Indian people and their country.

Before she entered the Virginia temple, Trump was careful to remove her shoes.

“I really like Hindu culture and I respect it,” she said.

Indian-American community activist Rajesh Gooty welcomed Trump to the temple on behalf of the community, and said her presence at the temple meant greater and earlier preparations were required.

“It has energised the local Indian-American Community immensely. We will continue to assist and participate with renewed energy in participating with Interfaith, Diversity events,” Gooty said.

Inaugurated in 2000, the temple is the oldest one in Loudon county which has experienced the fastest growth of Indian-American community in the last one decade.

Trump’s own daughter Ivanka was originally scheduled to attend the event, however, the campaign felt her presence was better served someplace else as the dynamics of the election change almost daily.

Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chair Sharon Day of the Republican National Committee issued a statement on behalf of the party commemorating Diwali Sunday as well.

“Diwali marks a special time as our friends and neighbors of Hindu, Jain and Sikh faiths celebrate this year’s Festival of Lights,” said Chairman Priebus. “During this celebration, we are not only reminded of the traditions that many immigrants bring that make our country more strong and more diverse, but also of the many blessings we have in our daily lives.

“From the music to the feasts to the remembrance of Bandi Chhor Divas, a Sikh festival celebrating emancipation from religious persecution, Diwali also serves as a time for families to contemplate the past year, and what they look forward to in the future. As Republicans, we continue to support religious freedom across the country, so that all Americans can continue to share these great traditions with our communities.”

“We wish those celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas, a happy festival of lights and a joyful celebration ahead,” said Co-Chair Day. “As the festival begins, let us remember these holidays which celebrate prosperity and a successful future. Happy Diwali!”

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India-China strike détente over border issues

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Ladakh, INDIA (Diya TV)  — Just days after Indian Prime Minister Modi visited the frontlines in Ladakh to encourage his troops and honor those lost in a recent battle with China, India and China jointly announced both countries will disengage, pulling back in a limited manner at separate key points. A two-hour frank conversation between both nation’s foreign ministers led to the breakthrough. While both sides claim their sovereignty had been violated, India made some major economic moves against China in recent days, banning investment, stopping Chinese participation in freeway developments and blocking 59 apps including TikTok. TikTok announced they would lose up to $6 billion because of India’s ban.

In a statement on his agenda for Muslim Americans, presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden said he was disappointed with the Indian government’s implementation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act and recent actions in Jammu and Kashmir. Biden has a long list of agendas he plans to implement if he is elected President, but there is no listing as of yet for Hindu and Sikh Americans.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 explodes: 50,000 cases in one day, 10,000 in Florida

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AUSTIN, Texas (Diya TV)  — Fears of a COVID19 spike have been realized, as the caseload around the nation continues to set records daily. On Wednesday, 50,000 new cases were reported around America, 10,000 in Florida alone. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is now mandating masks in his hard-hit state and states that were starting to open up are now reworking their plans in order to combat COVID19.

As Indian and Chinese military commanders held a third round of talks on disengagement, the Indian government made another move against business and investment from China, announcing Chinese companies will not be allowed to take part in India’s highway and transportation projects, among other sectors. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi deleted his account on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

President Trump though White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany made his strongest remarks to date on the India-China conflict, saying “China’s aggressive stance along the India-China border fits with a larger a pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world and these action only confirm the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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California lawsuit alleges caste-based discrimination at Cisco

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV)  — California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Silicon Valley titan Cisco Systems and two of their former employees alleging discrimination against an Indian-American Dalit employee. The man claims harassment by two men who are Indian Americans of a higher caste, former Cisco engineering managers Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella. Cisco denies the charges.

On the heels of India banning 59 Chinese apps from being distributed, the FCC designated Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security, saying money allocated by the government for broadband and other 5G related products cannot be used on equipment by those vendors. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lauded India for their ban of Chinese apps.

And in a new letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, 20 Senators are urging the Trump Administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Hindu and Sikh communities that have been long persecuted in Afghanistan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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