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38,000 attend US parade to mark Independence day

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Washington, Some 38,000 people, including Indian celebrities, attended a spectacular parade in the US town of Edison to mark India’s 69th Independence Day, a media report said.

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The 11th Annual Official New Jersey India Day Parade saw over 20 floats, dozens of walking groups and marching bands perform in the nearly two-kilometre parade, which commenced from Edison and concluded in India Square near Woodbridge town, India West reported on Friday.

Indian celebrities including talk show host Richa Anirudh, Bollywood actresses Avani Modi, Prachee Shah, Madalsa Sherma, Sameksha Singh and Sujata Mehta attended the parade.

The event, which was attended by over 100 New Jersey-based organisations, featured a 110 member marching band and several dance groups as well.

Leading the political delegation were Edison Mayor Tom Lankey and Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac.
Indian Americans account for 12.93 percent of New Jersey’s Middlesex county, where Edison town is located.

(IANS)

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US Offering Rewards Upto $10mn for Information on Lebanon Hezbollah Finances

The payments will be made by the State Department's Rewards for Justice program, which until now has focused on offering cash rewards for information that leads to the capture of wanted terrorists

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FILE - Hezbollah fighters parade in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2010. VOA

The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant organization.

The U.S. State Department announced the award Monday, saying it would be paid to those who give information about major Hezbollah donors and financiers as well as businesses that support the organization and banks that facilitate the group’s transactions.

The payments will be made by the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which until now has focused on offering cash rewards for information that leads to the capture of wanted terrorists.

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The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant organization. Pixabay

Hezbollah was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in 1997.

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The Shi’ite group, backed by Iran, has recently been increasing its influence on Lebanon’s government. It has also been growing its regional clout, including sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad.

The State Department said its Rewards for Justice program has paid more than $150 million to more than 100 people for giving information that helped brings terrorists to justice or prevented acts of terrorism. The program began in 1984. (VOA)