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Harmeet Dhillon, the first Indian-American elected to the Republican National Committee




SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Harmeet Dhillon won her bid to become a Republican National Committeewoman from California during last weekend’s state GOP convention, becoming the first Indian American to do so in the party’s history.

The feat equals the second such milestone Dhillon has accomplished — she was also the first woman to be elected as the party’s vice chair, where she is currently serving in her third year. With her election into the role, she will be charged with representing the California Republican Party during July’s national convention.

While her campaign for committeewoman was unopposed, she did receive the endorsement of nearly every major member of the party within the state.

Before her election took place, Dhillon discussed some of the changes she would seek to propose at the national convention during an exclusive interview with Diya TV.

“I don’t particularly like the way that our debates have been structured,” Dhillon said. “I don’t particularly like the timing and the sequence of the primaries in some states, and I think that we need some changes there.”

Dhillon also discussed which GOP candidate has been the most popular in the Indian-American community.

“I have heard a lot of support from the Indian community for Donald Trump, believe it or not,” said Dhillon. “He seems to be very popular amongst Indian-American first-generation immigrants. I think when a lot of them came to this country they wanted to become millionaires and they wanted to be real estate barons and (they see him and think) ‘look, that guy did it,’ so there’s a lot of admiration for his business acumen and his success story.”

While Dhillon agrees that rhetoric from the candidates can have a negative impact on minorities getting involved in the GOP movement, she doesn’t necessarily think it will trump the amount of animosity and tiredness voters have for the way things have transpired during the eight years under the Obama administration.

On the hotbed topic of immigration, Dhillon opined that all party members, and most in the general population, have a problem with the policies that are in place surrounding illegal immigration.The issue isn’t stopping immigration, it’s about finding the right solutions to bring a halt to the scores of people who enter the country illegally, she said.

“I for one am strongly in favor of shutting down illegal immigration in this country and getting a handle on the law enforcement aspects of it,” said Dhillon.

For those who have pegged Trump as a racist, Dhillon disagrees. “I have not seen any evidence of him (Trump) being a racist, or preferential to one (race) or the other,” she said. “But I think it’s very legitimate to say that you’re opposed to illegal immigration.”


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



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




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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