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Vice President Joe Biden speaks candidly on immigration at Diwali celebration

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Vice President Joe Biden is presented with a shawl after lighting the candle at the Diwali reception in the South Court Auditorium of the White House, Nov. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden is presented with a shawl after lighting the candle at the Diwali reception in the South Court Auditorium of the White House, Nov. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Referring to the Indian-American community’s contribution to the country as breathtaking, outgoing Vice President Joe Biden cautioned that any effort to stop the flow of immigrants coming to the U.S. would disrupt the incredible harmony of the American experience.

“The amazing contribution of the Indian-American community is breathtaking because many of you and your friends came here not out of some sense of the Diaspora that ended up in Delaware were the most educated people when they arrived in America. As a matter of fact they made it hard for other people,” Biden said during a Diwali reception held at his residence.

“The day we shut things down, the day we cut these out, the day we decide to go back that is happening now, that’s getting to the end of this great incredible experiment,” he added.

Organized alongside the efforts of the Indiaspora, the reception was attended by some top Indian-American leaders and several current and past members of his Administration from this community.

“You are an incredible group of Americans,” Biden said to kick off the festivities.

During his remarks, Biden also found time to congratulate the three new Indian-Americans elected to the House of Representatives. Pramila Jayapal (Washington), Raja Krishnamoorthi (Illinois) and Ro Khanna (California) were all elected in last Tuesday’s general election.

Arun Kumar, Congresswoman elect Pramila Jayapal, Congressman Elect Raja Krishnamoorthi (Image: Arun Kumar)

Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala Khan were the event’s special invitees. While speaking about the couple, Biden asked them to the podium. The Vice President praised Khan for taking a strong stand against religious hatred during the general elections, he appealed to the attendees not to be disappointed by the results of the election.

“This is America, This is kind of who we are,” Biden said referring to Khan. “You reminded millions of Americans why there is hope and faith. I will say you that the fact that the other team won does not mean that that was rejected,” he added. “We lost because of awful lot of hardworking Americans who live in areas where we did not pay much attention to. Barack Obama won these people. They are not racist. They did not vote for the Democrats this time.”

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PM Modi’s Houston reception sold out, 50,000 to attend

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — “Howdy, #Modi!”, the community event in Houston next month featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sold out, with more than 50,000 people registering for the program. This community summit will be at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team. The expected crowd will be the largest for a foreign leader in the United States other than for Pope Francis.

The Indian government has begun to ease restrictions in most areas of Kashmir, with barricades being lifted to allow more freedom of movement of people and traffic. Markets remained shut and phone and internet services are still suspended. Large security measures are also still in place. Students are being asked to return to school, but most classrooms are still mostly empty.

With a lot of narratives online about what’s going on in Kashmir, we asked Indian Counsel General in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda, to give context and sort out fact from fiction.

Fire Eye, an American-based cyber security firm says hackers broke into a leading India-based healthcare website, stealing nearly seven million records containing patient and doctor information. Fire Eye did not publicly name the website, but says the cyber criminals are mostly China-based and are selling the stolen data underground.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump to talk Kashmir with Modi at G7

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump says he will discuss Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they meet at the G7 Summit in France over the weekend. He’s had conversations with Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan over the past week, emphasizing he’s helping the situation.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is changing rules that would now allow migrant families to be held indefinitely, ending a procedure requiring children to be held no longer than 20 days. Under the new system, immigrant families could be held for the duration of their court proceeding, which officials claim runs about three months. The rule change will likely be challenged in court.

And microloan provider Tala, led by CEO and Founder Shivani Siroya announced a $110 million Series D fundraise, with backers that include Softbank, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Feinstein urges Trump to resolve India trade tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a letter to the Trump administration, California Senator Dianne Feinstein, asked to resolve trade tensions with India as quickly as possible. Feinstein explained trade with India had grown dramatically since 2000, with India importing goods worth more $6 billion from California in 2018 alone.

Changes in America’s new H1B visa process could have an impact on the business of IT services, as Indian IT services companies are concerned the process of issuing visas will not be as transparent moving forward.

Tesla and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd (CATL) are interested in the Indian government’s plan to build large factories to make lithium-ion batteries. The global interest comes amid a push by the government to make India a global manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and their components.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a proposal to make ‘988’ a designated three-digit number for suicide prevention, much like 911 is for emergencies. The new ‘988’ hotline will connect callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

And we’ll take you to New York City, site of the largest Indian Independence Day in the U.S. and Silicon Valley, where the Indian flag was raised at San Jose City Hall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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