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‘Howdy, Modi’ Live: Trump, Modi to address Indian diaspora

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Houston, Sep 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to share the stage with US President Donald Trump for the mega ‘Howdy, Modi’ gala event at the sprawling NRG stadium in the energy city of the United States.

Both Modi and Trump will address Asian American community in the US at the very stadium where Beyonce and U2 have performed in the past.

America is proud to be your friend: Ted Cruz

“India is the largest democracy on face of Earth. America is proud to be your friend. Today is also a celebration of the Indian-American community in USA including in Texas. We say thank you to you for your incredible contributions,” US Senator for Texas, Ted Cruz was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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United States Congressional delegation on stage

United States Congressional delegation arrives on stage at the ‘Howdy,Modi’ event in Houston.

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‘Howdy, Modi’: PM arrives at NRG stadium

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at NRG stadium in Houston. He will address the gathering shortly.

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Won’t be surprised if there is some announcement by Trump: US Senator

“I won’t be surprised if there is some announcement by President Trump today, hopefully we will be able to sort out the trade differences,” United States Senator for Texas John Cornyn was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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Will be in Houston with my friend, tweets Donald Trump minutes before ‘Howdy, Modi’ mega show.

Watch: Bhangra artistes perform at the ‘Howdy,Modi’ event

Bhangra artistes perform at ‘Howdy,Modi’ event in Houston, Texas. PM Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump to arrive shortly.
Howdy Modi event begins with a Sikh Gurbani prayer from the Kirtan singers of the Guru Nanak Society of Greater Cincinnati.

 As the large Indian American community in Houston and across America prepare to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ‘Howdy Modi’ event on Sunday, thousands of separatist Sikhs and Pakistanis have converged here to hold a protest against Modi.

ccording to reports, around 20,000 Pakistanis and separatist Sikhs have gathered in Houston to hold a #GoBackModi campaign, that will be held while the Howdy Modi event is on. The Pakistanis and separatist Sikhs, with the active promotion of Pakistan, have dubbed Modi as the “Face of Indian terrorism”.

The protesters have already conducted a rehearsal and also held a truck rally in Houston, with large protest banners on their vehicles.

The protests come as two US-based Kashmiri activists have filed a federal lawsuit accusing Prime Minister Modi of rights violations in Kashmir. New Delhi is known to be in touch with Washington over the Prime Minister’s security in view of the protests.

According to reports, the 73-page lawsuit filed by two US-based Kashmiris activists along with the Kashmir Khalistan Referendum Front (KKRF), alleges that Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Indian Army’s Lt. Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, Corps Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, carried out “extrajudicial killings”, and inflicted “cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment” upon Kashmiris and also of “deliberate” killing of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, following revocation of its special status.

Over 50,000 Indian Americans have gathered for the ‘Howdy Modi’ event that will also see US President Donald Trump joining Modi on the dais, in a rare gesture.


Earlier today, the PM, who is on his fourth visit to the US, began his first day with a roundtable with 17 CEOs of energy companies that were together worth $1 trillion and had operations in more than 150 countries, including India.

Modi also met local Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and Dawoodi Bohras settled in the US.

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Biden’s inner circle get key cabinet posts as John Kerry named climate tsar

He has made unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud and is continuing to pursue legal challenges over the result.

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Former US secretary of state John Kerry will act as “climate tsar” when US President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

He was one of several people named for top positions by the Biden transition team on Monday.

Other key picks include Avril Haines as the first woman to lead intelligence, and long-time aide Antony Blinken as secretary of state – the most important foreign policy position.

It comes as calls are growing for Donald Trump to concede the election.

He has made unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud and is continuing to pursue legal challenges over the result.

Mr Biden is projected to beat President Trump by 306 votes to 232 when the US electoral college meets to formally confirm the winner on 14 December. This is far above the 270 votes he needs.

In a statement following the announcements on Monday, Mr Biden said: “I need a team ready on Day One to help me reclaim America’s seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values. This is the crux of that team.”
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Some of the positions require confirmation in the US Senate.

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Global Covid-19 cases top 58.5mn: Johns Hopkins

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 169,183.

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Washington, Nov 23: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 58.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.38 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 58,542,174 and 1,386,454, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 12,226,643 and 256,741, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 9,095,806, while the country’s death toll soared to 133,227.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (6,071,401), France (2,191,180), Russia (2,071,858), Spain (1,556,730), the UK (1,515,802), Argentina (1,370,366), Italy (1,408,868), Colombia (1,248,417) and Mexico (1,025,969), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 169,183.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (100,823), the UK (55,120), Italy (49,823), France (48,807), Iran (44,802), Spain (42,619), Argentina (37,002), Russia (35,838), Peru (35,549), Colombia (35,287) and South Africa (20,903).

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Great-Grandson Satish Dhupelia Succumbs To Covid-19 In South Africa

Satish and his two siblings are descendants of Manilal Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s son who stayed in South Africa to continue his father’s legacy.

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Satish Dhupelia, the South African great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, succumbed to Covid-19 complications here on Sunday, three days after his 66th birthday, a family member said.

Dhupelia’s sister Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie confirmed that her brother had died of Covid-19 related complications after he contracted the disease in a hospital where he had been under treatment for a month due to pneumonia.

“My beloved brother has passed on after a month of illness with pneumonia, a superbug contracted in hospital and then Covid-19 also contracted while he was being treated.

“He suffered a major cardiac arrest this evening,” Uma said in a social media post.

Besides Uma, Dhupelia leaves back another sister, Kirti Menon, who lives in Johannesburg, where she is active in various projects honouring the memory of Gandhi.

The three siblings are descendants of Manilal Gandhi, who Mahatma Gandhi left behind in South Africa to continue his work after he returned to India after spending two decades.

Dhupelia, who spent most of his life in media, especially as a videographer and photographer, was also very active in assisting the Gandhi Development Trust to continue the work started by the Mahatma at the Phoenix Settlement near Durban.

He was renowned for assisting the needy in all communities and was active in a number of social welfare organisations.

Tributes poured in from his friends and dear ones.

“I am in shock. Satish was a great humanitarian and activist,” politician-analyst Lubna Nadvi said.

“He was also a great friend of the Advice Desk for Abused Women, and always assisted the organisation in whichever way he could,” Nadvi added.

Dhupelia was also a member of the Board of the 1860 Heritage Foundation, which on Monday, November 16 commemorated the arrival of the first indentured labourers from India to work on the sugar cane fields of Durban.

On the day, in one of his last Facebook posts for which Dhupelia was renowned, especially for his humour, he wrote:

“Let us also not forget that we still need to stand together to achieve our final goals of equality for all and an eradication of poverty”.

Funeral arrangements of Dhupelia have not been announced yet.

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