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Bobby Jindal set to join 2016 White House race

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Washington: Louisiana Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal is widely expected to launch a bid for the Republican Presidential nomination on Wednesday, becoming the first Indian-American and 13th Republican to join the 2016 White House race.

“If I decide to announce on June 24th that I will seek the Republican nomination for President, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction,” he said in a statement earlier this month.

“We don’t need just small changes, we need a dramatically different path,” said Jindal, who as a child changed his first name to Bobby, after a character in the ‘Brady Bunch’.

US-born son of immigrant parents from India, he converted from Hinduism to Christianity. As a student at the Brown University, he was later baptised as a Catholic .

Once viewed as a rising star of the Republican Party, Jindal, 44, who was the youngest American Governor when first elected in 2007, is now polling toward the bottom of the Republican field, registering at just 1 per cent in the latest CNN/ORC poll this month.

Jindal is entering an already crowded field of Republican candidates including Jeb Bush, Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, former Governors of Florida, Texas and Arkansas respectively, US Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; and real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Jindal was the second Indian-American to be elected to the US House of Representatives in 2004, after Dalip Singh Saund, a Democrat, in 1957. He was re-elected to the Congress in 2006 before making his second run for the position of Governor in 2007. He was re-elected in 2011.

Jindal, who received wide support from the Indian-Americans in his Congressional and Gubernatorial campaigns seems to have lost much traction with the community since he recently declared that he was tired of being a hyphenated American.

His parents, he declared, weren’t coming to raise Indian-Americans but just Americans.

Pearson Cross, a Political Science professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who is writing a book on him told the Washington Post, “There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal.”

(IANS)

 

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US Shares List of 20 Terrorist Groups Operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan with Pakistani Authorities

Top on the list is the Haqqani Network which, the US claims, has safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan.

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Washington, November 2, 2017 : The White House retains a list of 20 terrorist groups that it claims are operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan and is believed to have shared this list with Islamabad, the media reported on Thursday.

However, the list was not given to Pakistani authorities by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he visited Islamabad last week, diplomatic sources told Dawn news.

The White House list includes three types of militant groups: those who launch attacks into Afghanistan, those who attack targets inside Pakistan and those who are focused on Kashmir.

Top on the list is the Haqqani Network which, the US claims, has safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan.

Pakistan strongly rejects the charge, saying that there were no such safe havens inside the country.

The US also identified Lashkar-e-Taiba as one of the largest and most active terrorist organisations in South Asia.

The other militant groups in the list include Harakatul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jundullah, Lashkar-i-Jhanghvi and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. (IANS)

 

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