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Global Leaders Reflect on 9/11 Anniversary

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — With 9/11 serving as a somber reminder to many of the day of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, 16 years ago.

On that infamous day, over 3,000 lost their lives when hijacked airlines crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

President Trump spoke at the Pentagon and Vice President Mike Pence addressed an observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

“America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will join a long list of vanquished enemies who dared test our mettle,” Trump said at the Pentagon after observing a moment of silence at the White House. “When America is united, no force on earth can break us apart,” he said.

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks – two of the planes were flown into the twin towers, a third plane hit the Pentagon just and a fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania field. The attacks triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism.

While American leaders paid respect for the victims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed another historical significance of September 11: “Today is 9/11 … this day became widely spoken about after 2001, but there was another 9/11 of 1893 which we remember,” said Modi. He added that because the world forgot the 125 year old 9/11 message, the one in this century happened. He said that Swami Vivekananda’s 9/11 message was all about brotherhood and love.

Modi paid homage to Swami Vivekananda, Deendayal Upadhyaya and Vinoba Bhave. “This year, we are marking 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address and Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya centenary celebrations,” the prime minister tweeted. He said Vivekananda strongly believed in the power of “Yuva Shakti’ (youth power) and saw a vital place for youngsters in the realm of nation-building.”Inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda, we are working tirelessly towards realising the dreams and aspirations of our youth,” he said.

Modi was addressing a student convention in Chicago.

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Jolly Joseph held for serial killings of her family in South India

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Koodathai, India (Diya TV)  — A 47 year old mother of two in Kerala is being held on suspicion of using cyanide to murder at least six of her own family members, including her husband and in-laws. Jolly Joseph is behind bars as police continue their investigation into the serial killings. Police and neighbors allege after the deaths of her immediate family, years later, Jolly killed the wife and child of a man she went on to marry.

India’s Commerce minister Piyush Goyal will meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer once again this week as the U.S. and India continue bilateral trade negotiations. These talks come days after India exited a China-backed trade agreement that covered much of Asia, citing domestic concerns.

Just a couple of months after the ‘Howdy Modi’ event that brought India and the U.S. together in a manner we’ve never seen before, President Trump told reporters he does plan to visit India soon, after Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to him in Houston.

Kshama Sawant was reelected to Seattle’s City Council, despite Amazon spending $500,000 to back her opponent. Sawant, a self-proclaimed socialist, ran on an agenda to deal with Seattle’s growing gentrification, homelessness and a lack of affordable housing

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Calm prevails after Indian Supreme Court rules on Ayodhya

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a politically and culturally sensitive dispute going back decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded nearly three acres of sacred land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while mandating an alternative five-acre plot for a mosque. The court also deemed the demolition of the Babri Masjid on that site in 1991 a crime. The unanimous decision by five justices paves the way for the construction of a new Hindu temple on the parcel of land believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace, ending the oldest land title dispute in India.Calls for peace were listened to over the weekend. Now, next steps involve determining how and where precisely the temple and mosque will be built.

In a major step forward between India and Pakistan, the Kartarpur corridor on the border of the two nations opened up for Sikhs to make pilgrimage on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan for understanding India’s sentiment on this issue. 500 pilgrims made the initial voyage, including former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian Supreme Court ends Ayodhya dispute: Hindus receive land, Muslims get alternative site

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a decision over a subject that has been politically and culturally sensitive for several decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while deeming the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1991 a crime.

The unanimous decision by five justices, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, paves the way for the construction a new Hindu temple at the site, believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. The decision ends the oldest land title dispute in India.

A board of trustees will be established in the next three months to determine construction plans for the temple. While the court ruled in favor of the Hindu petition, they ordered five acres of land to be set aside at an alternative site in Ayodhya for a mosque to be built.

Ahead of the verdict political leaders appealed for peace and calm. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

The court was also clear the desecration of the Babri Masjid was still a criminal matter and a court case on that issue is still pending.

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