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Narayanachar L. Dialakote from the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Maryland, will participate in the national prayer ceremony for Donald Trump

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Washington, Jan 21, 2017: A Hindu priest will be among various religious leaders who will offer prayers at Washington National Cathedral for Donald Trump on Saturday, a day after he was sworn in as the 45th US President, the media reported.

Narayanachar L. Dialakote from the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland, will offer prayers at the National Prayer Service, also to be attended by Indian American Jesse Singh, the chair of the Sikh Associations of Baltimore and Imam Mohammed Magid from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Centre in Sterling, Virginia.

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The service would also feature representatives of the Jewish, Baha’i, Navajo, Mormon, Greek Orthodox and many other faiths, reported the Washington Post.

The Hindu priest will be joined by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Priest Bishop Harry Jackson, and Carlyle Begay to offer prayers.

Alveda King, who is a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cissie Graham Lynch, a granddaughter of evangelist Billy Graham, will also participate in the prayers.

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The service will include two Jewish clergy: Cantor Mikhail Manevich from the Washington Hebrew Congregation and Rabbi Fred Raskind from Temple Bet Yam in St. Augustine, Florida.

Calls to prayer will be offered by Rev. Canon Rosemarie Duncan. The rabbi, three pastors and Sajid Tarar, a Muslim man from Baltimore who prayed for Trump onstage at the Republican National Convention, will read Biblical passages.

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Others will read prayers for peace. The service will conclude with a prayer for the nation delivered by Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC, and a dismissal by Rev. Darrell Scott. There will not be a sermon. (IANS)

 

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US President Donald Trump May Blacklist Chinese Surveillance Tech Firm

Administration officials could make a final decision in the coming weeks, the sources said

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US President Donald Trump’s administration is considering blacklisting a Chinese video surveillance giants from buying American technology, in a latest attempt to counter Beijings global economic ambitions, a media report said.

The move would effectively place the company, Hikvision, on a US blacklist. It would mark the first time the Trump administration punished a Chinese company for its role in the surveillance and mass detention of the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority, informed sources told The New York Times on Tuesday.

The development is also likely to inflame the tensions that have escalated in President Trump’s renewed trade war with Chinese leaders.

Trump, in the span of two weeks, has raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, threatened to tax all imports and taken steps to cripple the Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei.

China has promised to retaliate against American industries.

Hikvision is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of video surveillance products and is central to China’s ambitions to be the top global exporter of surveillance systems.

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The company has said that its products enable their clients to track people around the country by their facial features, body characteristics or gait, or to monitor activity considered unusual by officials, such as people suddenly running or crowds gathering.

The Commerce Department might require that American companies obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision, limiting the company’s access to technology that helps power its equipment.

Administration officials could make a final decision in the coming weeks, the sources said.

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The potential crackdown stems from the Trump administration’s belief that China poses an economic, technological and geopolitical threat that cannot be left unchecked.

China has used surveillance technology, including facial recognition systems and closed-circuit television cameras, to target the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs, who have accused the Chinese government of discriminating against their culture and religion, The New York Times reported.

The country has exported this technology to nations that seek closer surveillance of their citizens, including Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. (IANS)