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SAALT executive director links hate crimes with Trump's anti-immigrant policy

Updated: Mar 12, 2017 11:38 IST      
SAALT executive director links hate crimes with Trump's anti-immigrant policy

Washington D.C. (USA), Mar. 12 (ANI): Expressing grave concern over the increase in hate crimes in the United States, SAALT executive director Suman Raghunathan said they are witness to impact of anti immigrant policies since President Donald Trump took charge.

"We came here today with ten other organisation from Muslim, Arab and South Asian and American communities along with four member of Congress to be able to make it very clear that our communities are not only honouring the victims and the impact of hate violence on our community.but to also make it sure that we are bearing witness to the impact not only of the political retroact that pays our community un-American, disloyal and suspicious as well as dramatic and divisive impact of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslims policies introduced since this administration has taken office," Suman Raghunathan said.

"We continue to stand firm against hate violence as well as divisive policies that continues to explicitly target our community not only for violence but also for exclusion and to make sure that our rights are curtailed. We and our community continue to stand firm and strong against anti-Muslim, anti- immigrant sentiment and policies and make sure that we are documenting and calling for full and through investigation against hate violence as they occur against our community," she added.

Meanwhile, Indian American Congressman Ami Bera, who had earlier condemned the shooting of an Indian-origin Sikh man in Kent, said that there should not be any discrimination on the basis of religion and colour, adding the recent hate crimes is not at all acceptable.

"We have gathered here to fight against hate crime, that's not acceptable, that's not who we are as the nation of immigrants. We don't discriminate against religion; we don't discriminate on the basis of colour. There has been a rise in the cases of hate crime. We saw what happened in Kansas weeks ago, what happened in Washington state. All this is not acceptable, we have to fight back," said Bera.

"And I would ask Mr President to make strong statements against these hate crimes. Let's come together as a nation and let celebrate the diversity of who we are," he added.

In a suspected hate crime, 39-year-old Deep Rai, a US national of Indian-origin, was shot outside his home in Kent on March 3 by a partially-masked gunman who shouted "go back to your own country".

An Indian man was earlier killed and another wounded in a recent shooting at a Kansas bar. (ANI)

Nepal Budget session adjourned till May 23

Updated: May 22, 2017 18:11 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal]. May 22 (ANI): With less than three weeks left for commencement of the second phase local polls in the Nepal plains, the new session of parliament began on Monday starting with discussions over the budget.

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Pak SC rules out extra time for Panama Papers JIT

Updated: May 22, 2017 16:54 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday ruled out giving more time to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to conduct its probe on the Sharif family's business dealings abroad.

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Pakistan: Five killed in Khyber Agency blast

Updated: May 22, 2017 16:36 IST     

Khyber Agency [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): At least five people were killed in an IED explosion targetting peace committee workers near Dars Jummat area in Akka Khel of Bara tehsil on Monday.

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Trump lands in Tel Aviv for his tour's second stop

Updated: May 22, 2017 16:16 IST     

Tel Aviv [Israel], May 22 (ANI): Donald Trump landed in Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday for the second leg of his first foreign trip as United States President.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Domestic manufacturing in Pakistan is likely to be adversely affected by the USD 51 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, a Pakistan-origin freelance columnist has cautioned in an editorial for the Dawn.

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Nepal's RPP calls for emergency meeting at Dhumbarahi office

Updated: May 22, 2017 14:13 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], May 22 (ANI): In the wake of its bad performance in the first phase of local body elections, Nepal's Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has called for an emergency meeting of its Central Executive Committee on Monday.

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Pak Govt. sets aside Rs.44 billion for CPEC western route

Updated: May 22, 2017 13:26 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Government is reported to have set aside Rs.44 billion for giving a serious push to projects lined up on the western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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24 injured in bomb explosion in Bangkok

Updated: May 22, 2017 13:03 IST     

Bangkok [Thailand], May 22 (ANI): At least 24 people have reportedly been injured in a bomb explosion near the Phramongkutklao Hospital here on Monday.

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Pak Embassy delivers JIT letter to Qatari prince

Updated: May 22, 2017 12:54 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Pakistan's Embassy in Qatar has reportedly delivered a sealed letter to Qatar's Prince Hamad Bin Jassim, that possibly contains a questionnaire from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is probing the Sharif family's offshore properties in relation to the Panamagate case.

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Australia: Indian cabbie hospitalized post racial attack

Updated: May 22, 2017 12:20 IST     

Hobart [Australia], May 22 (ANI): An Indian cab driver suffered injuries and fell prey to a racist attack in Sandy Bay, Tasmania, on Friday.

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Pak lawyer Khawar Qureshi represented India once in U.S. case

Updated: May 22, 2017 12:20 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): Lawyer Khawar Qureshi who represented the Pakistan Government at the Inter­national Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing in The Hague in connection with the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, represented India 15 years ago in an arbitration matter in the United States.

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Pak's FIA cracks down on 'anti-army campaigners'

Updated: May 22, 2017 12:08 IST     

Islamabad/Lahore [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has reportedly identified dozens of suspects involved in what it calls an "organised" campaign against the country's armed forces on social media.

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Mardan [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Mardan's Abdul Wali Khan University reopened on Monday, more than a month after one of its students, Mashal Khan, was lynched by an angry mob for allegedly posting blasphemous content online.

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Tight security for Trump's visit to Israel, Palestine

Updated: May 22, 2017 10:26 IST     

Tel Aviv [Israel], May 22 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump will be visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday and Tuesday.

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Worry about Saudi carrying out another 9/11: Iran to Trump

Updated: May 22, 2017 09:58 IST     

London [U.K.], May 22 (ANI): Rejecting Donald Trump's continuous attacks on Tehran, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari said that the U.S. President should rather discuss how to prevent Saudi Arabia from carrying out another 9/11 attack.

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No bilateral meet between Trump-Sharif at Saudi Summit

Updated: May 22, 2017 08:58 IST     

Washington [U.S.], May 22 (ANI): United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump did not schedule a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, even as he met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of the Riyadh Summit.

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New York [U.S.], May 22 (ANI): After being a part of American history for 146 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus performed their last show on Sunday in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], May 22 (ANI): United States First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump eschewed the strict Saudi Arabia dress code while attending different events in the country.

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Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], May 22 (ANI): Asserting that fight of good against evil has nothing to do with religion or any country, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the battle against extremism is a fight of good versus evil.

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