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Texas blackout has 3 Million people in the dark and freezing as severe cold weather leaves 21 dead; Blackout points to systematic failure, say experts
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Texas blackout has 3 Million people in the dark and freezing as severe cold weather leaves 21 dead; Blackout points to systematic failure, say experts

3 Million Texans and several thousands elsewhere are still in the dark following extreme cold weather that caused the state’s worst blackouts in decades.
A confluence of factors has led to the historic blackouts, as the electricity company which supplies power has attributed the outage to freezing temperatures and unprecedented surge in demand for power
State officials have called for investigations into the chain of events as experts say there are a number of steps the state can take to avoid similar episodes in the future.
These measures include weatherizing equipment, increasing reserve margins, building more reliable infrastructure systems, moderate renewable energy systems and joining the national grid

Donald Trump impeachment trial – US Senate votes to acquit him, again
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Donald Trump impeachment trial – US Senate votes to acquit him, again

Former US president Donald Trump was acquitted on Saturday on charges of inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol, after a majority of Republicans in the Senate closed ranks and voted against the motion to impeach him in a historic second impeachment trial. The five-day trial saw Democratic prosecutors argue that Trump betrayed his oath […]

US needs to support Taiwan as a democracy: UN ambassador nominee
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US needs to support Taiwan as a democracy: UN ambassador nominee

Thomas-Greenfield, President Joe Biden’s pick for ambassador to the UN has said that US needs to support Taiwan as it is a Democracy and “is one of the strongest democracies in the [Asia-Pacific] region”. Greenfield said this during her confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Jan 27. Taiwan News reports that […]

Renowned Indian-American Physicist Narinder Singh Kapany honoured with Padma Vibhushan
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Renowned Indian-American Physicist Narinder Singh Kapany honoured with Padma Vibhushan

Renowned Indian-American Physicist Narinder Singh Kapany also called the ‘Father of fiber optics’ has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan this year. Kapany passed away in December 2020 at the age of 94 in Woodside, California. Born in 1926 in Punjab’s Moga, Kapany completed his schooling in Dehradun and went on to graduate from Agra […]

How a fake story was planted to strain India – US ties, days after Biden swearing-in
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How a fake story was planted to strain India – US ties, days after Biden swearing-in

New items claiming that the new US President Joe Biden had excluded two Democrats with RSS-BJP links from his team went viral
The story claimed that the decision was taken after several letters were written to the Biden team demanding that the two Hindus not be given prominent roles for their ties with the RSS and the BJP
Executive Director of Hindu American Foundation Suhag Shukla revealed the plot to tarnish the image of the Hindu Democrats and India
As per Shukla, the plot was hatched by the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) and its minions on the internet

Was COVID-19 virus a biological weapon unleashed by China? The US State Department hints that it could be so!
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Was COVID-19 virus a biological weapon unleashed by China? The US State Department hints that it could be so!

US State Department has put out a ‘Fact Sheet’ questioning the activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, its links with China’s military and the possibility of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic being the result of an experiment gone wrong. The US says that there are three elements about COVID-19’s origin that ‘deserve greater scrutiny’; Illnesses inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), Research at the WIV and Secret military activity at the WIV
The CCP has prevented independent journalists, investigators, and global health authorities from interviewing researchers at the WIV, including those who were ill in the fall of 2019, charges the US
Hinting that the COVID-19 could possibly be the result of a military experiment, the US brings in the aspect of secret military activity at the WIV in its fact sheet

HAF files motion in Santa Clara County Superior Court to intervene in California’s case against Cisco Systems for being unconstitutional and violating religious freedom of Hindus
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HAF files motion in Santa Clara County Superior Court to intervene in California’s case against Cisco Systems for being unconstitutional and violating religious freedom of Hindus

Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has filed a motion in Santa Clara County Superior Court to intervene in the case of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Cisco Systems.
California argues that Cisco failed to address discrimination against one of its engineers by co-workers on the basis of his presumed caste.
California goes on to state that caste is “a strict Hindu social and religious hierarchy” and therefore an integral part of Hindu teachings and practices.
HAF has said that by framing its argument in this way, California is attempting to do what the Constitution clearly says it cannot, HAF said: defining Hindu religious doctrine for Hindus.
The HAF argues that there is no role for government to define our religious beliefs, whether it be Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity or any other in the United States and that the Constitution expressly prohibits it.
This inaccurate and unconstitutional definition by California state would perversely lead to increased targeting of and discrimination against Indian-origin, and particularly Hindu workers, the HAF stated.

Three Islamic State (IS) terrorists charged by US for their role in 2019 Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 268
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Three Islamic State (IS) terrorists charged by US for their role in 2019 Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 268

The US Justice Dept has charged three Sri Lankan citizens who were part of “ISIS in Sri Lanka” responsible for the 2019 Easter attacks in Sri Lanka.
Two days after the attacks, ISIS claimed credit for the terrorist acts, attributing the murders to “Islamic State fighters.”
The three charged are Mohamed Naufar, a recruiter and trainer for ISIS; Mohamed Anwar Mohamed Riskan, who helped manufacture bombs; and Ahamed Milhan Hayathu Mohamed, who killed a police officer in the attack
The criminal case filed on December 11 in United States District Court in Los Angeles is the result of a nearly two-year investigation by the FBI, which assisted Sri Lankan authorities

History of attacks on the US Capitol
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History of attacks on the US Capitol

The attack on US Capitol is not the first time. It has suffered multiple attacks in the last 220 yrs. Below we list the major attacks in the last two centuries which threatened to destroy the building. 1983 attack by Left-wing radicals In 1983, Left-wing radicals bombed the Senate building to protest U.S. military involvement […]