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Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi wins Chicago Democratic nomination

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Chicago: Businessman Raja Krishnamoorthi has won the Democratic nomination in a Chicago-area congressional district over a suburban mayor and state legislator.

The race in the 8th district was an open primary after US Rep Tammy Duckworth opted for a chance to replace Republican US Sen Mark Kirk over re-election. Krishnamoorthi headed into Tuesday’s open primary with name recognition, high-profile endorsements and a fundraising advantage.

He lost a congressional primary bid to Duckworth in 2012. He’s a former Illinois deputy state treasurer who runs a research and development lab.

Also running were Villa Park Village President Deb Bullwinkel and Sen Michael Noland. The district covers northwestern Chicago suburbs.

Krishnamoorthi says he wants to protect Social Security and Medicare along with passing “common-sense” gun laws. He narrowly lost a 2010 primary bid for Illinois comptroller.

(The article was first published in fox32chicago.com)

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Actress Aparna Sen to attend 8th Chicago South Asian Film Festival

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Legendary Indian film actor and Padma Shri awardee Aparna Sen will be in Chicago this week. She is synonymous with bringing Bengali cinema closer to the masses not just in India but globally too finds an artistic proximity to Chicago. She says that the architecture of the city reminds her of a studio set from a movie.

Currently in the US, Sen has been having a very hectic schedule as her latest directorial venture, Sonata, is all set to be screened at film festivals in the US.

Amidst her busy schedule Aparna Sen takes out some time to talk to
Hi India! about her creative pursuits, the scope of regional Indian cinema in the US and of course about her love for museums and eateries in Chicago

“I have been to Chicago twice before this, and I’ve enjoyed the city hugely both times. I particularly like the downtown area with its interesting art deco architecture, its museums and eateries.” – Aparna Sen

Sen who has also directed critically acclaimed films such as 36 Chowringee Lane, that won her Best Director Award at the Indian National Film Awards is looking forward to the screening of her recent directorial film Sonata in America

Aparna Sen will be in the city to attend the 8th edition of Chicago South Asian Film Festival and is appreciative of the interest alternate Indian films have been creating in the US.

(IANS)

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Indian-American Lawmakers Slam US President Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

They are accusing him of bigotry

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Trump's transgender military ban is being slammed by India-American lawmakers
Trump's transgender military ban is being slammed by India-American lawmakers. Wikimedia
  • Ami Bera is the longest-serving Indian-American currently in the Congress
  • Removing these men and women from service or refusing recruits because of who they are going against every American value they swear to defend
  • Our transgender service members deserve honour and respect

Washington (US), August 27, 2017: Prominent Indian-American lawmakers have criticised US President Donald Trump after he signed a memo instructing the Defence Department to stop accepting transgender people into the armed forces.

The presidential memorandum signed on Friday officially requested the Pentagon to develop an implementation plan for the ban by February 21, 2018, to be put in place on March 23, 2018.

Slamming the move, Democratic US Representative Ami Bera said, “If you wear an American military uniform, you deserve the respect and support of the Commander-in-Chief… Unfortunately, Donald Trump is more comfortable peddling in discrimination and bigotry, and he’s shown that he is unable to support our troops.”

“Removing these men and women from service or refusing recruits because of who they are going against every American value they swear to defend,” said Bera, who is the longest-serving Indian-American currently in the Congress, in a press release.

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The directive, signed on Friday, bars transgender people from enlisting, but instructs Secretary of Defence James Mattis and the Homeland Security “to determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant”, according to a White House official.

It ordered the Pentagon to stop paying for gender reassignment surgeries, except in cases that were already in progress to “protect the health of an individual”.

California Democrat Ro Khanna tweeted, “Our transgender service members deserve honour and respect. This military ban is anti-trans discrimination and must not be tolerated.”

In a tweet, Illinois Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi said that he hoped that Trump would reconsider the ban.

“I hope the President immediately reconsiders this ban. There is no place for discrimination in our armed forces.”

In another tweet, Krishnamoorthi said, “We must never abandon those who have sacrificed so much for their nation. #ProtectTransTroops”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, termed the ban “downright shameful”.

“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the transgender community. This is downright shameful. #TransRightsAreHumanRights,” she tweeted. (IANS)

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Dick Gregory: Legendary Comedian & Civil Rights Activist Passes Away at 84

Dick Gregory was hugely inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, the leading civil activists of the century

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Dick Gregory
America's legendary comedian Dick Gregory. Wikimedia
  • Dick Gregory has passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 84
  • Gregory was known for his prolific stand-up comedy
  • He used his stage success to voice his anti-racist and anti-war stance

August 20, 2017: Dick Gregory became a popular name in the 1960s as a black comedian who was breaking down racial barriers in the United States.

On Saturday, the famous comedian and civil rights activist died in a Washington DC hospital aged 84. The legend’s death was announced by his son on social media and to the press through the comedian’s representative. Gregory was admitted to the hospital a week before due to bacterial infection, mentioned ANI.

Also Read: World Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Eight inspirational quotes from the champion of civil rights

Dick Gregory was brought up in a poor household that resided in St. Louis. However, he went on to become one of the first black comedians to be loved by a white audience. Further, the legendary comedian used this success and fame to voice concerns over racism and wars.

He received his first major break in 1961 when he got the opportunity to perform at the Playboy Club in Chicago. Although heckled by the audience, Dick Gregory maintained his calmness and went on to perform for hours. This was really a one-night performance for him, however, his great stand up won him two more months at the club.

This further led to his interview with Time Magazine as well as The Tonight Show.

Gregory’s talent led him to be equated with the that of Fred Allen and Will Rogers by the Vogue Magazine in 1962.

His sharp mind coupled with his popularity made him pursue political and civil rights activism. Gregory used his popular image to champion anti-racial movements.

The comedian advocated for feminism and anti-racism. He hoisted voice against the Americans going for war outside their nation’. He was beaten and bruised at social movements and protests.

In 1966, he sought for political office by running for Mayor of Chicago, but his campaign was largely unsuccessful.

Two years later in 1968, he ran for the US Presidency from Peace and Freedom Party. With 200,000 votes, Gregory lost.

Dick Gregory was hugely inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, the leading civil activists of the century.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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