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U.S. Naval Engineers unimpressed by India’s aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant

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Officials launched the hull of the INS Vikrant at the Cochin Shipyard in Kochi in 2013. PHOTO: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Officials launched the hull of the INS Vikrant at the Cochin Shipyard in Kochi in 2013. PHOTO: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — When America’s top Naval engineers arrived in India to inspect the country’s first locally made aircraft carrier they were expecting to be greeted by a near battle-ready ship that would be prepared to help sway China’s growing presence in the India Ocean.

Instead, they discovered the carrier won’t be operational for at least another decade, and a multitude of other shortcomings: no small missile system to defend itself, a limited ability to launch sorties and no defined strategy for how to use the ship in combat.

The findings alarmed U.S. officials who had hoped India could serve as a curb to China’s growing presence in the surrounding waters, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

“China’s navy will be the biggest in the world soon, and they’re definitely eyeing the Indian Ocean with ports planned in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” retired Admiral Arun Prakash, the former commander of India’s navy, said in the report. “The Indian navy is concerned about this.”

The inspection, which took place back in February in the port of Kochi, is part of the U.S.’s plan to share aircraft carrier technology with the country. Indian naval officials followed up with a tour of an American shipbuilding yard in Virginia and strategy briefings at the Pentagon in September, according to the Journal’s report.

The United States and India are drawing closer and closer as military and political allies, the two nations have gone as far as participating in joint naval exercises with Japan. The U.S. has agreed to sell New Delhi everything from attack helicopters to artillery. Washington has approved proposals from Lockheed Martin and Boeing to build advanced jet fighters in India as well. And finally, in August, the two nations signed a military logistics-sharing accord.

Both Indian and American political officials have said publicly they hope the fostered growth of the relationship will continue to grow under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, who as a candidate signaled taking a much tougher approach against China. After the U.S. election, the American Ambassador to India said the ties forged with India under President Barack Obama were “irreversible.”

Experts worry New Delhi’s insistence on building complex military gear largely from scratch, a legacy of its period of nonalignment, has led to severe delays in modernizing its carriers, jet fighters and nuclear submarines and limited its ability to fight.

The first homemade Indian carrier, the INS Vikrant, has fallen short of expectations. An Indian state audit, released in July, found serious faults in its design and construction, from gear boxes to jet launching systems and air conditioning units.

The shipyard building the carrier, which has already cost $3 billion, “had no previous experience of warship construction” and is five years behind schedule, the audit said. India’s military sticks by its 2018 deadline.

Information from the Wall Street Journal contributed to this report.

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4 Indian Americans die, 2 missing in Hurricane Ida floods

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TRENTON (Diya TV) — At least four Indian Americans are dead and two missing as the massive floods ravaged New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Ida. Authorities say the victims were swept away by flood waters or drowned. Crews are using boats and drones, hoping to find more survivors.

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In a historic moment, three women took oath as judges on India’s Supreme Court

Justices Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi, were among the nine new appointees to the highest court of the land. Including these new appointments, the  Supreme Court has had 11 women judges in its history so far.

What a run for India at this year’s Paralympics. The athletes brought home 19 medals, including five gold. The medal count also included eight silver and six bronze.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi to visit US in late September to meet Biden

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first U.S. visit since President Joe Biden took office. Modi is expected to travel to Washington DC and New York in the last week of September, according to top government officials. Modi and Biden have already met virtually on at least three occasions. Most recently at the G-7 summit this past June.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington is getting personal in her fight against the new Texas abortion law, which would ban terminating a pregnancy as early as 6 weeks.  The Indian American politician took to twitter to say getting an abortion years ago was not an easy choice, but it was her own choice. Jayapal says preserving this right is important for every woman across the US.

Mia Bonta is declaring victory in her California state Assembly race. She faced off against Indian American Democrat Janani Ramachandran in the District 18 special election.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Census: Indian American population tops 4 million

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (Diya TV) — Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is touting the achievements of Indian Americans and their influence after the latest census data showing tremendous growth in the community. There are now more than four million Indian Americans and they’re considered one of the fastest growing ethnic groups.  Krishnamurthi says this is just the beginning and expects the community to contribute even more to the fabric of America.  

Pakistan National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf is trying to walk back his controversial statements he allegedly made to a  British newspaper. The Sunday Times says he warned that the West risks a second 9/11 situation if it doesn’t “immediately recognize” the Taliban. The newspaper is standing by its reporting and says the entire interview was recorded.

A white man accused of running over a Sikh man outside a Colorado liquor store with his car is being charged with a hate crime.  Witnesses say Eric Breemen nearly killed Lakhwant Singh after a dispute. The Sikh Coalition advocacy group mobilized the community and helped push for the hate crime charges. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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