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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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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

Six men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of two girls. Police say one of them is a neighbor and the remaining five are Muslims from a nearby village – although it’s not believed to be a religious crime.

As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
Indian American economist Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji has been named White House Coordinator for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at the National Economic Council. 
 
Fans of Indian comedian and actor Raju Srivastava are mourning his death. He passed away at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack last month while running on a treadmill. He had a history of heart problems. 
 
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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