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India will open the country’s longest bridge, the Dhola-Sadiya, on the China border

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The Dhola-Sadiya bridge, India’s longest, will open Friday along the China border.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — For more than a half-century, India has ignored the roads along its more than 2,000-mile disputed border region with China.

The logic and reasoning were rather simple: India didn’t want China to have easy access to the South Asian subcontinent if Beijing ever tried to repeat the brief 1962 border war and encroach into the territory India sees as its own.

Friday, that all changes.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open the Dhola-Sadiya bridge. The country’s longest, it will span more than five-and-a-half miles, across the Brahmaputra river in Assam. The bridge will ensure the smooth movement of troops to Arunachal Pradesh, one of India’s most remote regions that is claimed in full by China.

“The bridge across Brahmaputra in Assam into Arunachal Pradesh is a great strategic shift in the thinking in the Indian defense establishment regarding infrastructure development in the borders with China,” K.V. Kuber, an independent defense analyst and former colonel in the Indian Army, told Live Mint. “The new infrastructure will help the Indian military to be prepared for a decent rebuttal to ward off any misadventure from the Chinese side.”

The project’s ultimate aim is to assert India’s dominance in a region where the Chinese have already achieved great success. The two nations have, in a word, tense, bilateral relations, despite the fact they share a trade relationship worth $70 billion. While India — the world’s largest arms importer — have struggled to upgrade its military, such infrastructure projects like this could provide Modi with room to breathe.

“India has to be prepared for a short, intense war in the years to come and movement of resources from one sector to another—depending on the threat envisaged—is of utmost importance to the Indian armed forces,” said S. K. Chatterji, an independent defense analyst and a former brigadier in the Indian Army. “This bridge on the Brahmaputra will help India to quickly move resources, including military weapons and equipment at will, to the borders with China along Arunachal Pradesh.”

Arunachal Pradesh, which is located in the Himalayas, an area which Beijing consider as South Tibet, is where India will continue its infrastructure push, building a 2,000-km highway in the state.

India accuses China of occupying 38,000 square kilometers in Jammu and Kashmir, while Beijing lays claim to 90,000 square kilometers of land in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Exclusive: Hindu Americans debate Biden vs. Trump

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV)  — Diya TV played host to an incredible debate on issues affecting American Hindus as it relates to the 2020 Presidential Election. Three Biden and three Trump supporters discussed domestic influences and tendencies, foreign policy issues and party stances, Democrat vs. Republican in an event presented by the Hindu American Foundation, Hindu American Political Action Committee, HinduPACT and Hindu Vote.

Watch the full event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ULUchW4ubs

Also on Diya TV was the 2020 Fremont Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Coalition for Civic Engagement (CCE), a non-partisan organization. It includes a diverse group of organizations including Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA), Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA), NAA United, Punjab Foundation, Hindu American Foundation (HAF), Hindu American PAC (HAPAC), Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC), Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) and Federation for Indian and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS).

From the economy and the homeless epidemic to COVID-19 and traffic congestion, this forum gave candidates a chance to express their views on how they plan to address some of the most critical issues facing Bay Area’s fourth largest city.

The event featured speakers vying for these positions:

Fremont City Council – District 1

Teresa Keng

Fremont City Council – District 5

Dolev Gandler

Raj Salwan

Fremont City Council – District 6

Yogi Chugh

Teresa Cox

Charles Liu 

Fremont Mayor:

Lily Mei

Naz Mahika Khan

Justin Sha

Vik Bajwa Singh

All City Council & Mayoral candidates were invited, but some were unavailable or did not respond to the invitation.

Sen. Kamala Harris was openly mocked at a Trump campaign rally by her colleague, Georgia Senator David Perdue, who made fun of her name before a partisan crowd in Macon, Georgia. “Ka-MAL-a, Ka-MAL-a or Kamala, Kamala, Ka-mala, -mala, -mala, I don’t know, whatever,” said Perdue. Perdue’s team afterward brushed it off, saying that he
“simply mispronounced” the name of Harris, with whom he has worked for four years. 

In response to Perdue, many people used the hashtag #MyNameIs to share stories about how they have handled similar situations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — It was supposed to be debate night, a second battle between former Vice President Biden and President Trump. But after the President’s COViD-19 diagnosis, an in person battle wasn’t in the cards. The President did not want to do a virtual debate, so both men held separate town halls at the exact same time to try and win over voters with less than three weeks before the election and millions of people already casting their ballots early.

Many of the biggest Desi names in entertainment got together for a virtual ‘South Asian Block Party’ to support the Biden-Harris campaign. In just a couple hours, $250,000 was raised, with a number of the prominent figures sharing their personal stories on why they are supporting the Biden ticket.

Pakistan’s government has banned TikTok, citing complaints alleging the popular video app carried immoral and indecent content.

Simran Sethi, ABC TV’s Executive Vice President of Development and Content Strategy, is putting in place a new set of inclusion standards to ensure the television network accurately reflects society.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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