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Indian-American’s in support of Donald Trump form PAC

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A group of Indian-Americans from New York and New Jersey has formed a political action committee—or PAC—in support of Donald Trump’s presidential bid. The group, named, “Indian-Americans for Trump 2016,” registered with the Federal Election Commission officially on Jan. 21, and hopes to garner steam throughout the Indian American community to support its cause.

“On realizing that the agenda of Donald J Trump for President 2016 is focused on reviving the American economy, rightly bringing America on the world stage, defeating terrorism and establishing peace through strength, many Indian-Americans believe that he is the best hope for America and the right candidate to be the next president,” the PAC said in a statement.

A.D. Amar, photo courtesy of Seton Hall University

A.D. Amar, photo courtesy of Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University business professor A.D. Amar serves as the committees president—Amar, a one-time Congressional candidate, was at one point a supporter of Trump’s current GOP rival, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Amar said he has been surprised at how many Indian-Americans, who were once Democrats, are supporting Trump is his White House aspirations.

During the 2008 and 2012 elections, more than 80 percent of eligible Indian-American voters supported Obama. But a small section of wealthier Indian-Americans have gravitated towards the Republican Party in recent years.

“I was surprised at the strength Trump had among the Indian professionals and Indian community,” he said. “I have never seen Indians so united behind a candidate.”

Amar further opined that Trump’s stance on illegal immigration and his economic policies as key factors in the PAC’s endorsement of his candidacy. Ironically, Amar said the group’s primary draw came from the fact of Trump repeatedly broadcasting he will not accept donations from any PACs or special-interest groups.

“Trump is going to keep the lobbies out, and he is going to focus on the

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on stage during a Town Hall. (Jan. 28, 2016 - Source: Scott Eisen/Getty Images North America)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on stage during a Town Hall. (Jan. 28, 2016 – Source: Scott Eisen/Getty Images North America)

general population,” Amar said.

As mentioned previously, Amar ran for the Republican nomination in 2008 to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson in New Jersey’s 7th congressional District. Amar lost in the primary to Leonard Lance, who ultimately filled the seat in Washington. His son has political aspirations as well—Harp Amar worked for Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign and was a member of Christie’s transition team at the beginning of his first term.

“Our election process is kind of a revolution,” Amar said. “In a revolution, these kind of statements are not unexpected. In my observation, he is going to be a different person once he’s nominated.”

New York-based attorney Anand Ahuja will serve as the committees vice president, and Devendra “Dave” Makkar as treasurer, according to a press release from the organization. Sudhir Parikh, who was honored in 2010 with the award of Padma Shri, will chair the fundraising and advisory committee. The press release also extends an invitation to any and all of whom wish to support Trump’s campaign:

“The officers of the Indian-Americans for Trump 2016 urge all Americans to join in the effort and support Donald Trump in his endeavor to make America great again by electing him the next President of the USA.

 

 

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Stock surge continues as Dow hits 20,000 for the first time

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — After weeks of close calls, the Dow Jones made history on Wednesday blowing past a key level for the first time in its history. The Dow climbed 156 points to 20,069, and was joined in the record territory by the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.

Dow hits 20000

Dow hits 20000

 

The stock market milestone leaves the Dow up more than 1,700 points since the election of President Donald Trump last November, and speaks towards the enthusiasm investors have about the prospects for the U.S. economy.

Wall Street is clearly betting that Trump’s plans to slash taxes, ramp up infrastructure spending and cut regulation will make the American economy grow faster. If that happens, without any disruptions to global trade, it could propel corporate profits, the lifeblood of stock prices. However, the jump in stocks is also a reflection of the solid economy Trump inherited from former President Obama. The U.S. has added jobs for a record 75 straight months and the country’s unemployment rate is sitting near a 10-year low.

The milestone shows how much has changed in the U.S. economy over the past eight years. The index crashed to a low of 6,440 in March 2009 as Wall Street was gripping from the feared complete collapse of the American financial system.

While the economic rebound from the Great Recession has been slower than many hoped, the unemployment rate is now at the lowest level since 2007 and corporate profits have climbed to record highs.

Few expected the Dow to rise so much, especially after a Trump victory. In fact, many feared a market crash if Trump upset Hillary Clinton.

Instead, Wall Street embarked on a post-election rally that carried the Dow above both the 19,000 and 20,000 levels. The Trump rally cooled off in recent months and Wall Street hit a bit of a psychological roadblock leading up to the 20,000 level. On January 6, the Dow got incredibly close, rising to 19,999.63 before backing off. Traders on Wall Street had fun with it, with some creating hats that said: “Dow Almost 20,000.”

One reason for the pause: investors want more details on the timing and effectiveness of the stimulus plans rolled out by the new administration.

Bank stocks have been among the biggest winners since the election on Wall Street. JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley have soared more than 20 percent, while Goldman Sachs is up nearly 30%, as investors bet on higher interest rates and less regulation under Trump.

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Berklee Indian Ensemble presents “Arz-E-Niyaz” to honor Mughal Era poetry

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BOSTON (Diya TV) — The Berklee Indian Ensemble, paying homage to Ghalib Sahab, who would have turned 219 years old Tuesday, presented its project, a poem titled “Arz-E-Niyaz” in collaboration with award winning vocal virtuoso, Vijay Prakash. The production also included Kathak dance elements from Meera Seshadri.

Arz-E-Niyaz was composed by Sashank Navaladi, a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where the Ensemble are located. The production is set to couplets by Mirza Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal Era, and one of the most influential Urdu poets of all time.

Prakash, the collaborator on this project, hails from Karnataka and is one of the world’s most sought-after Indian playback singers. He has multiple hits that have been recorded in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. The poem is written by the preeminent Urdu and Persian Sufi poet of the 19th century, Mirza Ghalib. Written in the form of eight couplets, ‘arz-e-niyāz-e-ishq’ literally translates to the ‘supplication for the blessings of love.’

The Ensemble have a history of rich and celebrated collaborations with other artists, including A. R. Rahman, Armeen Musa and Shankar Mahadevan.

Launched in 2013, the Berklee India Exchange is an on-campus initiative establishing a platform for cultural conversation about Indian music through artist residencies, musical collaborations and performances, according to the school’s website. Have a look at the new video below:

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