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Donald Trump to USINPAC: US-India relationship is ‘most important’

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump approaches the podium to speak at a rally on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction Colorado. Trump is on his way to Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump approaches the podium to speak at a rally on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction Colorado. Trump is on his way to Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Further strengthening the relationship between the United States and India will be a cornerstone of the President-elect’s administration, a member of his transition team said during a briefing organized by the United States India Political Action Committee.

“The President-elect understands that the U.S.-India relationship is the most important relationship. India is our second-largest trading partner. The relationship will grow stronger,” said Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, a member of Trump’s transition team.

Barletta added that India are one of the largest purchasers of U.S.-made defense equipment. He also said that the U.S. and India must join hands in the global battle against terrorism, which continues to grow, he said. USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri said Trump “must work on kick starting the economy, tackling ISIS and terrorism in Asia. The Indian-American community congratulates President Trump on such a decisive win and pledges to work with the new administration.”

Matt Keelen, a lobbyist who also served as an advisor to the Trump campaign, also spoke at the gathering. He spoke about both country’s efforts to tackle terrorism in their own backyards, adding that former President George W. Bush did a “good job of promoting India during a very trying time in the world.” Keelen cited the signing of the landmark U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Deal in the Bush administration.

He also confirmed that former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is being considered for the Cabinet position of Health and Human Services Secretary.

Trump’s main focus will be to rebuild the American economy, mainly by investment in more sophisticated infrastructure, Keelen said, adding that the President-elect’s approach has received bi-partisan support in the past. As he said so many times on the campaign trail, Trump will also seek to rally a slew of jobs, primarily in manufacturing, back to the U.S. Ford and General Motors recently cancelled scheduled moves to Mexico, and Apple Computer, a company that faced much scrutiny from Trump the candidate, recently began exploring the possibility of relocating iPhone manufacturing to the U.S.

“We are coming to a moment in history where America will truly boom,” Keelen said.

“Entrepreneurship and small businesses will grow our economy again,” said Barletta, predicting an annual growth rate of 4 percent under the new administration. “This economy will take off under Trump,” he added.

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Record Indian Heat Wave kills 36

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Indian Heat Wave

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — With temperatures reaching 123 degrees, one of India’s longest and most intense heat waves in decades has killed at least 36 people since it began last month. The government warns suffering may continue as monsoon season is delayed.

The Hindu American Foundation, along with the House Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans (India Caucus), held a briefing on Capitol Hill entitled “India’s Democracy in Action: A Post-Election Analysis.”

Congressional staffers, think tanks and academics provided lawmakers with an objective analysis of the recent Indian elections.

Suhas Subramanyam won his Democratic primary for 87th Virginia House district. If elected, he will become the first Indian American to serve in Virginia state legislature.

52 long seasons of waiting are over for the St. Louis Blues, who went into Boston’s TD Garden and beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, 4-1.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe are in Boston with more on how the Blues ended the NHL’s longest championship drought.

And we’ll have a preview of tonight’s NBA Finals Game 6 between Raptors and Warriors. The Raptors are on the verge of their first NBA title, but the Warriors are riding the emotions of a Game 5 win in Toronto, the loss of Kevin Durant and their final game ever at Oracle Arena.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Blues topple Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 to win the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup

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Blues win Stanley Cup

BOSTON (Diya TV) — 52 long seasons of waiting are over for the St. Louis Blues, who went into Boston’s TD Garden and beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, 4-1.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe are in Boston with more on how the Blues ended the NHL’s longest championship drought.

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India blocks entry of a Palestinian rights group into the U.N.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter for India’s support in blocking the entry of a Palestinian rights group into the UN.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council held day one of the India Ideas Summit, convening government officials from the U.S. and India, as well as business executives and thought leaders from around the globe. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman won Global Leadership Awards respectively.

And U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke as well, highlighting what he hope to accomplish during his visit to India in a few weeks.

Warriors star forward Kevin Durant announced on Instagram he had successful Achilles tendon surgery in New York surrounded by family and friends. His team will square off against the Raptors tomorrow night for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Diya TV will be there with pregame and postgame analysis.

And Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe will take you inside TD Garden in Boston where St. Louis Blues are looking for their first Stanley Cup and the Boston Bruins are looking to add to their collection.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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