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Nikki Haley, Syed Akbaruddin meet to discuss US India relationship

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Nikki Haley and Syed Akbaruddin
Nikki Haley and Syed Akbaruddin

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley meets with Indian ambassador Syed Akbaruddin this week to discuss relations between the two countries. Currently, India are vying for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met this week with Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, the two held talks at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN where they discussed the status and progress of the U.S.-India relationship.

“We had a great meeting w/ Indian Amb. Akbaruddin. We discussed India’s economy, peacekeeping reform & the partnership b/w India & the US,” Haley tweeted after the Thursday session.

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina who became the first Indian American to ever hold a Cabinet position in a presidential administration, said she discussed a wide range of issues related to the US and India.

“We shared perspectives on how India-US can work together at the UN in line with our growing ties,” Ambassador Akbaruddin told the Indo-Asian News Service. The two diplomats discussed “India’s economic and anti-corruption reforms that have helped businesses and spurred growth” and “close ties between the two countries and opportunities to further the partnership between the US and India at the UN.”

India have been tirelessly lobbying for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Former U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed the nation’s application, however, President Donald Trump has remained silent on the issue. No information was provided on whether or not the matter was discussed between Haley and Akbaruddin.

“I want to thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for her outstanding leadership, and for acting as my personal envoy on the Security Council,” President Trump said of Haley’s work thus far at the White House on Monday. “She’s doing a fantastic job.”

The United Kingdom and France have additionally supported India’s application for admission to the security council. “More than 50 speakers shared their suggestions, perspectives and concerns. Many favored bolstering representation for such emerging Powers as Brazil, Germany, India and Japan,” a UN General Assembly statement from a 2016 meeting of the council read.

During the meeting, Akbaruddin said, “Global governance structures had to be updated and adjusted to be able to deal with new security challenges.”

India are one of the United Nations’s founding members, and has provided the maximum amount of troops to UN missions since the unit’s inception. “So far India has taken part in 49 Peacekeeping missions with a total contribution exceeding 180,000 troops and a significant number of police personnel having been deployed,” according to a statement on the India’s UN Mission website.

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Rishi Sunak joins PM race to replace Boris Johnson in U.K.

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LONDON (Diya TV) — British Indian Politician Rishi Sunak has officially joined the race to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. If Sunak is elected, he would become the UK’s first Asian Prime Minister. 

Sunak, 42, started his career as a politician in 2015 as he became a member of Parliament after working for Goldman Sachs and 2 hedge funds up to that point. He officially became chancellor in February 2020. While serving the chancellor position, his response to the COVID-19 pandemic has received acclaim as he launched multiple emergency spending programs to combat the economic downfall while Britain was on lockdown. 

Sunak resigned from the Chancellor position recently due to the conflict between him and Johnson. Shortly after, he jumpstarted his campaign to be Britain’s Prime Minister and supplant Johnson. While has gotten support from Conservative lawmakers, his reputation did take a hit this year. 

During the pandemic, Sunak was caught and fined for breaking Britain’s lockdown rules which did not sit well with citizens. This could make a difference when it comes to voting for the new leader of the country. However, the general consensus is that Sunak should garner a lot of support from lawmakers and citizens alike as he looks to make history.

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Shinzo Abe dies after being shot at campaign speech in Nara

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has passed away at the age of 67 after being shot in an assassination attempt during a campaign speech in the city of Nara. The assassination took place at approximately 11:30 Japan Standard Time on July 8. Abe was reported to be in a state of “cardiopulmonary arrest” after the gunfire and he passed away due to his injuries. 

Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and throughout his time in office, he strived to improve the Japan-India relationship and he handily achieved this goal through improved security cooperation. Japan was also able to connect with and form bilateral links with the United States, Australia and India under his control. Abe’s initiative to make these strategic links ultimately deepened the respective relationships between the foreign countries for the long term. 

On the day he was fatally shot, Abe was making a speech on the behalf of a Democratic Party candidate as the upper house elections were quickly approaching. Abe was shot from behind him up to 3 times and he collapsed on the spot. He was transported to the local hospital but showed no vital signs. Thereafter, Abe passed away.

The shooter has been taken into custody, being caught in the act, and has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old local of Nara. US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel released a statement on the shooting, stating the United States was “saddened and shocked.”

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Sharks make Mike Grier the first Black GM in NHL history

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SAN JOSE (Diya TV) — There is a changing of the guard in San Jose and one that has made NHL history.

The San Jose Sharks have formally announced Mike Grier as their new General Manager, making the 14-year NHL veteran the first African-American to hold such a position over the NHL’s lengthy history. After the resignation of former GM Doug Wilson and the relieving of previous head coach Bob Boughner and his coaching staff, wholesale changes were bound to happen. The franchise, still without a Stanley Cup, hopes to move in a new direction and regain the success they once had.

Grier is part of a family of sports executives as his father, Bobby, has worked as a director of scouting and player personnel with the NFL’s New England Patriots while his brother, Chris, is currently the GM of the Miami Dolphins. The new Sharks GM will follow in his family’s footsteps after playing professional hockey for more than a decade. 

As a member of the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks, Grier played a total of 1060 games across 14 years. After retiring in 2011, he sought out coaching roles with the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, before ultimately getting the monumental callback from the San Jose Sharks which would change NHL history. 

One of the primary tasks for Grier as a GM will be finding a new head coach for a franchise in search of stability on the bench. From there, the rebuild will be strenuous with many current Sharks players getting older with the need to infuse younger talent. The Sharks will be picking at 11th overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, affording Grier the opportunity to select a potential franchise cornerstone.

After being sunk in no man’s land, the Sharks decided to make a large-scale change to create a new identity and reach the goal of lifting Lord Stanley for the first time.

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