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Washington: As the US presidential race hots up, rival Democratic and Republican frontrunners, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, are taking potshots at each other over immigration, while long shot Bobby Jindal criticised all as “talkers”.

The Republicans were on a “spectrum of hostility” that was really regrettable in a nation of immigrants like America, Clinton told CNN Tuesday in her first interview of the 2016 presidential race, but Bush and real estate mogul Donald Trump were singled out.

Jindal, the son of immigrants from India, who identifies himself as only “American”, also criticised Trump for his comments about illegal immigrants from Mexico being “killers, rapists, and drug dealers” even as he stuck to his own hawkish stand on the issue.

Bush “doesn’t believe in a path to citizenship. If he did at one time, he no longer does,” said the former first lady and secretary of state, while touring Iowa, the first state from where presidential campaigns traditionally begin with party caucuses.

She was “very disappointed” in Trump for his comments about immigrants and the Republican Party for not condemning his remarks more quickly, said Clinton.

The Bush campaign asserting that the former Florida governor “believes in a conservative legislative solution to fix our broken immigration system” in turn accused Clinton of flip-flopping on immigration.

“Hillary Clinton will say anything to get elected and her numerous flip-flops on immigration prove it,” said a campaign spokesperson in a statement.

In her interview, Clinton also dismissed the suggestion that the American people have a problem trusting her.

“People should and do trust me,” she said, blaming the “barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the right” for fuelling such a perception.

Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Jindal said Tuesday he disagreed with Trump’s comments about illegal immigrants from Mexico.

“I disagree with the comments. I see people as individuals, not members of ethnic or economic groups,” he told local NH1 newspaper in New Hampshire on a three-day swing through the first primary state.

“But what I believe is that we do need to secure the border, said Jindal. “Secondly, folks that want to come here should come legally, to learn English, to learn our values, to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”

Jindal also took a shot at his rivals calling them a bunch of talkers. “I think we have a lot of talkers running. I think we need a doer, not a talker.”

“We have a talker in the White House, it hasn’t gone very well,” he said of Democratic President Barack Obama.

The Washington Post reported that Jindal’s super PAC, a kind of independent political action committee that can raise unlimited funds so long as it does not contribute directly to a candidate, is about to lay down $706,210 for three more weeks of Iowa TV.

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Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi nominated as the Ambassador for WPSP

"I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA," Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

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Shabana Azmi nominated as Global Ambassador for WPSP

Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi has been nominated as the Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a Hillary Clinton-founded programme aimed at empowering the next generation of women around the world.

According to the official WPSP website, it is an innovative initiative to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organisations worldwide, and was founded by Clinton in partnership with the US Department of State and the Seven Sister Colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College.

“I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA,” Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

WPSP is a programme of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. It also mobilises women on issues of critical importance in public service.

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Shabana, who has been speaking up for women’s rights and has been working towards uplifting women’s status in the society through her Mijwan Welfare Society, was congratulated by actors like Tisca Chopra and Divya Dutta.

"I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA," Shabana tweeted on Sunday.
Shabana Azmi nominated Ambassador for Hillary Clinton’s founded WPSP

Acknowledging Tisca, Shabana wrote: “Women leaders can change the world. When women have a seat at the table, they lend their unique perspective to policy decisions that impact them and their communities. I commend WPSP Director Gwen Young and Advisor Sumera Haque for this urgent project.”

While thanking Divya, who said Shabana was the “best one to bring in the change”, she wrote: “Representation is more than numbers we need to take account of where women are present or absent in decision making. Building data and evidence base for women’s leadership is critical.”

The veteran actress emphasised that WPSP’s goal of 50×50 is an important mission that needs people to step up and enable and empower more women to lead. (IANS)