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Republican Sen. Cory Gardner Lambasts India for Banning Christian NGO

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner blasted India after it banned the NGO Christian Charity Compassion International from operating in the country, comments that he delivered during confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

The Republican placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Indian government, and asked Tillerson to have a closer look at the “ill treatment” the NGO received in the country. Christian Charity Compassion International were subject of “multiple coordinated attacks,” Gardner said.

“Since 2014, Compassion (International) has been the target of multiple coordinated governmental attacks because of its unapologetically Christian belief, but it has been delivering humanitarian services to hundreds of thousands of Indian children,” he said at Wednesday’s hearing.

“But due to restrictions by the Indian government, they have been unable to fund its India operation since February of 2016, despite having broken no laws. I believe the State Department should take notice that this ill treatment of Compassion International should stop, and it is part of a broader pattern by the government of India, where other NGOs have seen similar problems.”

Last month, India’s home ministry said it would not be reconsidering lifting the ban, according to a report from The Press Trust of India.

The NGO was designated in the “prior permission category” last May. In India, when an organization is labeled in such a category, it it prohibited from funding any projects in the country without a nod from the government.

Gardner said the U.S. State Department should insist India lift the ban, restore its Foreign Contribution Act license and permit the organization to immediately resume its charitable work.

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India’s Republic Day celebrated around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India held massive celebrations for Republic Day, a day to mark the signing of the Indian Constitution in 1950, featuring floats and a military parade. The revelry extended to the U.S. as well, where Indian Americans also took part in events held by Indian consulates, like this gathering in San Francisco.

Those against the Indian government’s new Citizenship Law took the occasion of Republic Day to demonstrate, the largest gathering of which was in Washington, DC, where hundreds of people took to the streets.

President Trump’s impeachment trial continued, with his defense team deeming the House Articles of Impeachment as an abuse of the Constitution and a partisan game. Meanwhile, Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed in his new book Trump withheld aid to Ukraine until the country would investigate his political opponents, Joe and Hunter Biden. This revelation has Democrats demanding Bolton testify.

And retired Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died tragically in a helicopter crash in Southern California. He was only 41, losing his life alongside 8 others including his teenage daughter.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian Americans now 2nd largest immigrant group in the US

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — New data released indicates Indian Americans are now the second largest immigrant group conferred with American citizenship, behind only the Mexican community. Individuals born in India made up 6.9% of the total number of new American citizens, reflecting a rise of 2.7% over the previous year.

Democrats made their final opening argument on the fourth day of President Trump’s impeachment trial. A new recording played before the Senate demonstrated the President wanted former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired, saying on tape: “Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”

The Pentagon says 34 American troops have brain injuries from the missile strike launched by Iran in retaliation for the killing of Qasem Soleimani.

More than 800 people have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, the ailment that began in China and is spreading around the globe. At least 26 people are dead. Hospitals in China are overwhelmed with patients. The disease has reached Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the U.S.

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Pharma exec John Kapoor gets 66 month prison sentence

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BOSTON (Diya TV)  — Former billionaire CEO John Kapoor was sentenced to 66 months in prison, the culmination of a criminal trial in Boston resulting in the first successful prosecution of a pharmaceutical executive tied to the opioid epidemic. The 76-year-old founder of Insys Therapeutics made the potent opioid painkiller Subsys.

Senators reconvened in the Capitol for the third day of President Trump’s impeachment trial. House Democrats argued the president abused his power by pressuring Ukraine for his own personal gain, often playing video of Trump speaking publicly to make their point.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the World Economic Forum in Davos said Osama bin Laden was able to find refuge in Pakistan because groups like Al Qaeda were viewed as “heroes” rather than terrorists. In May 2011, bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan, near one of their military bases.

India is considering incentives to woo Apple and Samsung’s suppliers to open factories in the country.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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