Hillary wishes Indian Americans on Deepavali

Democratic Presdiential candidate Hillary Clinton wished the Indian American community on Deepavali and committed to continuing Deepavali celebrations at the White House if elected.

In a statement issued by her campaign, Ms. Clinton said: “..nearly a billion Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists around the world—including more than two million Americans—will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. For members of these faiths, lighting the lamp (the diya) is a reminder that light prevails over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.

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Ami Bera confident of victory

For the Indian American member of the U.S House of Representatives Ami Bera, this Deepavali was special, though he did not have much time to celebrate in the midst of a hectic campaign for reelection from California’s 7th District. Mr. Bera was at the forefront of the campaign that led to the U.S Postal Services releasing a special Deepavali stamp recently. “We are planning a small gathering to celebrate,” he told The Hindu by phone, on the eve of the festival of lights. But he is confident that there will be a bigger celebration on November 8, the election day.

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Chinese crackers may sneak in this Deepavali

Licence issued to sellers silent on foreign-made crackers.

With the Deepavali sale of firecrackers all set to pick up in a few days, the question of whether the availability of Chinese fireworks would really be checked remains debatable.

Generally, retailers selling fireworks are supposed to submit their application for temporary licence 20 to 30 days before the festival to the licensing authority. The applications would then be forwarded to the police and fire service and local revenue authorities for inspection of the site and issuance of No Objection Certificate.

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