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White House: Americans should be ‘outraged’ over incidents such as Kansas Shooting

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer spoke Thursday on the rising level of incidents targeting Indian-Americans.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — While responding to a report’s question regarding the string of crimes committed against Indian-Americans in recent weeks, White House press secretary Sean Spicer reiterated the administration’s stance condemning such acts.

“We’ve got to continue to call it out, we’ve got to continue to root it out, we’ve got to continue to engage law enforcement, whatever is the applicable level of law enforcement depending on the event,” Spicer said during his Thursday press briefing.

He added that every American should be “outraged” and “disgusted” over the incidents, and said President Trump relayed the same message when he spoke on the Kansas shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla during his joint address to Congress. “[Trump] made it very clear that while certain policies may divide us as individuals, there are certain principles that can unite us,” Spicer said.

Speaking on relations between the U.S. and India, Spicer said the Trump administration is dedicated to establishing a stronger relationship with the country. A sleuth of Indian diplomats have visited the nation’s capital since the swearing-in of the 45th president in an effort to get acquainted with Trump, and Spicer said he’s been in contact with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Kansas triple-shooting has increased the amount of communication between the U.S. and India, Spicer said. Anxiety of Indian-Americans has been at an all-time high as the recent string of targeted attacks have them worried about their safety.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to visit the U.S. and president Trump later this year.

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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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