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Washington: Ahead of the 2015-2016 election cycle, the Republican Party has included two Indian-Americans state legislators on a project to recruit, train, and elect Republican candidates from diverse communities on the state level.

Niraj Antani and Janak Joshi, State Representatives in Ohio and Colorado Houses respectively, are part of the leadership team of Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) Future Majority Project (FMP).

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Headed by former Oklahoma Speaker of the House and Republican National Committee member T.W. Shannon the project seeks to get elected Republican candidates “who better represent the full diversity of America.”

In 2013-2014, FMP recruited hundreds of new candidates and elected 43 new leaders to office. This cycle, FMP aims to recruit 250 new, diverse candidates and see 50 of those candidates appointed or elected to office, the party said.

“As someone who has served in the trenches of state government, I understand the importance of recruiting the right candidates with the right message in every district and state across the country,” said Shannon.

The 2015-2016 Future Majority Project also plans to spend at least $7 million on women and diverse candidates (women through RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now initiative) and expanding role and number of FMP “Diversity in Business” roundtables in target states. (IANS)

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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.
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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.

“Chawla’s courage and passion continue to serve as an inspiration for millions of American girls who dream of one day becoming astronauts,” Trump said on Monday in a proclamation honouring Americans of Asian and Pacific Islands descent.

Trump said that during this month "we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance".
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The month of May is celebrated in the US as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Trump said that during this month “we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance”.

Praising the contributions of Asian Americans, he said: “Through their industriousness and love of country, our Nation has enjoyed the privileges and enrichments of multiple innovations and societal advancements.”

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Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

“Indian American Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space, and became an American hero for her devotion to the Space Shuttle program and its various missions transporting cargo and crew to and from the International Space Station,” Trump said in his proclamation. (IANS)

 

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