Vol.10 Issue 25 October 21-27, 2017

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Vol.10 Issue 25 October 21-27, 2017
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  The South Asian Times excellence in journalism 80 Cents New York Edition Follow us onTheSouthAsianTimes.infoVol.10 No. 25 October 21-27, 2017  New Delhi President Ram NathKovind and Prime MinisterNarendra Modi on Thursday greet‑ed the countrymen on the auspi‑cious occasion of Diwali 2017. The President today took toTwitter to wish people on Diwali. He appealed to the people to besensitive to others and also theenvironment as we celebrate thefestival of lights. “Diwali greetingsto all. As we celebrate with our fam‑ilies, let us promote sensitivity toothers and to our environment,” thePresident tweeted. Meanwhile, PMModi, who is highly active on thesocial media, also took to Twitterand extended his greetings to thepeople on Diwali. “Hearty wishes tothe people of India on the auspi‑cious occasion of Diwali,” he tweet‑ed. He also shared a picture with amessage reading, “May this auspi‑cious festival brighten your liveswith prosperity and good healthand may there be happiness allaround.” Washington President DonaldTrump celebrated Diwali at theWhite House by lighting a diyaamid a gathering of IndianAmericans in his administrationand community leaders and saidhe greatly valued his relationshipwith Indian Prime MinisterNarendra Modi.Trumpʼs daughter Ivanka alsoattended the festivities in the OvalOffice on Tuesday. Oct 17. Alsopresent were FederalCommunications Commissionchairman Ajit Pai, US envoy to theUN Nikki Haley and Administratorof the Centers for Medicare andMedicaid Services Seema Verma.Indian community leadersincluded Shalabh Kumar, whoseRepublican Hindu Congress hadsupported Trumpʼs campaign forPresident last year.Trump gave an effusive speechrecognizing the US ties with Indiaand the contributions of the IndianAmerican community.“Today, I was deeply honored tobe joined by so many administra‑tion officials and leaders of theIndian‑American community ̶ tocelebrate Diwali ̶ the HinduFestival of Lights,” he said in amessage posted on his Facebookpage. “As we do so, we especially excellence in journalism  US AFFAIRS 12DIWALI SPECIAL 18-26BUSINESS 35 Vol.10 No. 25 October 21-27, 2017 80 Cents Diwali SpecialFollow us onTheSouthAsianTimes.info President Kovind, PM Modi greet nation on Diwali In his speech in Oval Office, President Trump recognized US ties with India and the contributions of the Indian American community. He said he values his ʻvery strongʼrelationship with PM Modi Continued on page 6  President Trump celebratesDiwali in the White House The South Asian Times excellence in journalism SPIRITUAL AWARENESS 41 Courting India,Tillerson knocksChina, Pakistan Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is visiting South Asia.In his speech to a think tank Wednesday he wished everyone ʻHappy Diwaliʼ. Washington US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson onWednesday, ahead of his visit toIndia next week, outlinedWashington's India policy byasserting that the Trumpadministration was “determinedto dramatically deepen” tieswith India amid hopes thatIslamabad acts decisivelyagainst terror. Tillerson made the remark ina speech at WashingtonʼsCenter for Strategic andInternational Studies thinktank. He started off by saying,“Let me begin by wishing every‑one a very Happy Diwali. ..Thereafter, he went on toexplain the US stance on a num‑ber of policy initiatives. Tillerson juxtaposed the riseof India and its bigger neighborand said, “China, while rising Continued on page 6   TheSouthAsianTimes.info  October 21-27, 2017 DIWALI SPECIAL
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