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20 US Congressmen attend langar on Capitol Hill

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Washington: Over 300 people, including 20 Congressmen, attended a langar (community meal) on Capitol Hill here, a media report said on Thursday. langarNYT

The langer was hosted by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), a non-profit organisation, and Congressman Mike Honda on July 28, American Bazaar web portal reported on Wednesday.

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan, Indian-American Ami Bera, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley, and Representatives Jerry McNerne and Grace Meng were among the dignitaries who attended the event.

“I am honored to once again host this event that celebrates the contributions of Sikh Americans by breaking bread with members of the Sikh Community, Congressional members, and staff,” Honda said in a statement.

“Sikh Americans have a long history of innovative community engagement and leadership, from the Honorable Dalip Singh Saund — who served for the US Congress and was one of the great pioneers — to the advocates at SALDEF, who work to build dialogue, deepen our understanding, and uphold social justice for all Americans,” he added.

“Having the occasion to share a meal as equals is a strong reminder about the values of equality and universal friendship.”

Jaspreet Kaur, member of Sikh Lead, an SALDEF initiative, pointed out that even though Sikh-Americans have a 125-year history in the US, there are a lot of misperceptions about the community.

“Langar on the Hill is a significant opportunity for us to introduce our American history and Sikh values, including equality for all,” she said in a statement.

(IANS)

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Indian-American lawmakers in US Congress get nominated for Congressional panels

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Seal of the U.S. House of Representatives, Wikimedia

New Delhi, Jan 16, 2017: All five of the Indian-American lawmakers in US Congress have been nominated for key Congressional panels. All the Congressional panels are highly influential and powerful. The nominations with the other details of the Congresssmen and Congresswomen are as follows:

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  1. Congressman RO Khanna

Representing: Silicon Valley

Nominated for: House Budget Committee

  1. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing: Seattle

Nominated for: House Judiciary Committee

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  1. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing: Chicago west and northwest suburbs

Nominated for: House Education, Workforce Committee, House Democratic Policy

and House Steering Committee

  1. Congressman Ami Bera

Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans

Nominated for: House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Science, Space and

Technology Committee

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  1. Congresswoman Kamala Harris

First Indian-American to have been elected to the US Senate

Made member of four Senate Committees: Committee on Budget, Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Environment and Public Works,Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Harris also gave a statement, “These four committees will be key battlegrounds in the fight for the future of our country. At a time, when so many Californians and Americans are uncertain about our future, I will aggressively fight for our families and the ideals of our nation.”

prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

 

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Sikh-American’s attacker charged with hate crime

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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Chicago: Teen responsible for racially motivated assault on a Sikh-American last week, has been charged with hate crime in addition to previous felony charges.

According to a media report, the teen would be charged for one count of hate crime and a Class four felony for hitting Inderjeet Singh Mukker.

The Sikh Coalition, an organisation that works for civil and human rights for all people, provided “additional evidence and information that showed hatred to be the primary motivation behind the crime” in a two-hour meeting on Monday.

Sikh coalition’s legal director, Harsimran Kaur, was quoted as saying, “For the Sikh-American community, a formal hate crime charge was never about a harsher penalty, but instead prosecuting the crime for what it was.”

“We cannot combat the problem of hatred against minority communities in America unless our elected officials and government agencies acknowledge that the problem exists,” she said.

On September 9, the teen punched and dubbed 53-year-old Mukker “Terrorist!” and “Bin Laden!” while he was on his way to a grocery store. He was later taken to a hospital and was treated for a fractured cheekbone, bruising and blood loss.

The police later arrested the teenager, believed to be 17 years of age, who was not named in the statement.

The state’s attorney’s office said the teenager resisted and punched a police officer when the police tried to arrest him from his house.

With Inputs from IANS