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Ohio Rep. Niraj Antani Named AMVETS 2016 Legislator of the Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Diya TV) — Republican state representative Niraj Antani was awarded the 2016 Legislator of the Year award by AMVETS Department of Ohio.

Each year, AMVETS Department of Ohio recognizes legislators who have shown continued support of veterans issues and demonstrated the ideals and goals of the AMVETS Department of Ohio.

At 23 years of age, Niraj Antani, an Indian-American, defeated 62-year-old Democrat Patrick Morris to take a seat in Ohio’s state House of Representatives in the 2014 midterm elections in the United States. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University, and was selected while he was studying law at the University of Dayton as a replacement candidate for the Republican Party after the incumbent, Terry Blair, passed away.

“I am very thankful to AMVETS for this award, but I am more thankful for all the veterans they serve who protected our nation while in the military,” Antani said in a statement. “I will continue to fight for our veterans at the Statehouse. The post 9/11 veteran unemployment rate in Ohio is abysmal. Our veterans deserve better when they return home, and I will fight for them.”

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Force Feeding of El Paso 9 ends

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A joint letter from Indo-American Kashmir Forum and Hindu American Foundation is urging the US to censure terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), as well as those nations believed to be supporting them, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and China.

A U.S. district court ruling stopped the force-feeding of Indian men on a hunger strike at the El Paso ICE detention center. Now nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers have called for a ICE watchdog investigation.

Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai and one of the Catholic Church’s most senior cardinals, admitted at a major Vatican conference on child abuse he could have better handled sexual abuse allegations that were brought to him.

Two India Air Force planes collided in mid-air while rehearsing an aerobatic performance, killing one pilot and injuring two others. The crash on Tuesday took place as the pilots practiced a display ahead of the Aero India air show in Bengaluru.

And Indian PM Modi is in South Korea for two-day visit to bolster strategic ties.

Those stories, all news — Tonight at 8. Join Us.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Rep. Ro Khanna named Sanders Campaign Co-chair

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UMembers of the UN Security Council condemned the suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 40 Indian soldiers last week. The members also underlined the need to hold sponsors of terrorism accountable.

Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna was named a national co-chair for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders alongside Ohio State Senator Nina Turner and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. Sanders named Faiz Shakir his campaign manager earlier this week.

The White House is reviewing proposed changes to end the work authorization for spouses of the holders of H-1B visa. The move would impact more than 90,000 spouses on H4 visas, a significant majority of whom are Indian-Americans and women.

Thanks to an online initiative by 26 year old Viveik Patel, 25,000 people have contributed $1 million to the families affected in the Pulwama terror attack.

And India and South Korea signed six agreements to enhance cooperation in infrastructure, media, startups and combating crime.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Pastor challenges yoga, Hinduism for having ‘demonic’ roots

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Diya TV) — A Missouri pastor criticized yoga for its ‘demonic intent’ because of Hinduism influences. John Lindell of the James River Church in Ozark, Mo., which serves over 10,000 people in its congregation, warned Christians to not partake in the activity.

“They were designed, they were created with demonic intent, to open you up to demonic power because Hinduism is demonic,” Lindell said during a sermon on Oct. 28 according to the Springfield News-Leader.

While yoga is a longstanding practice originating from India, there is no indication that it is based off religious values. According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, it is stated yoga doesn’t adhere to any particular religion or belief system.

Yoga translates to “union” in Sanskrit, an ancient language of India. Given its broad meaning, the practice has varied locally and abroad. In addition, there are variations in certain disciplines — which can have a Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism influence — but it is dependent on the type of schools, practices and goals one is pursuing.

In the U.S., it’s become popular for various outcomes. Whether it be for physical, mental or spiritual pleasure, yoga has served as a peaceful outlet for many without it impacting their religious beliefs. While Lindell claimed it’s “spiritually dangerous,” many in the area have responded.

Heather Worthy, a Christian and yoga instructor in Springfield, only had four people attend her class following the sermon.

“It’s so frustrating,” Worthy told the Springfield News-Leader. “The whole thing is quite ludicrous to me.”

Worthy felt attacked, and she wasn’t alone.

With about a dozen yoga classes in the Springfield area, Amanda Davis has spent her last 12 years as an instructor.

“Yoga doesn’t prescribe to any religion, and I don’t think people understand that so they get false ideas about it,” Davis said, one week after a Florida gunman killed two people and injured five at a yoga studio.

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