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Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks        SC collegium transfers high court judges        Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn        Crown Prince orders release of 850 Indian prisoners from Saudi jails        Putin says Russia to take measures if US deploys missiles        Jadhav''s death sentence based on ''extracted confession'', should be annulled: India tells ICJ        Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported        Taylor surpasses Fleming becomes highest ODI scorer for NZ        ICC keeping a close watch on India-Pakistan situation ahead of WC        Vivo unveils V15Pro with Industry-first 32 MP pop-up selfie camera        Tripura gets Rs 85 crore Mega Food Park        India, Saudi Arabia ink MoUs for cooperation in tourism, broadcasting        Bernie Sanders enters 2020 US presidential race : Reports        Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency        Djokovic wins his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year        Pakistan shooters not taking part in New Delhi World Cup        Pulwama attack masterminded by Jaish, ISI: corps commander        Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''        Salve exposes Pak military courts at ICJ, says judges don''t even need law degree        RBI pays Rs 28,000 cr interim dividend to govt ahead of elections        
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International News
First Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 US presidential bid
 
(Washington, Jan 21,2019):Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator, Monday officially launched her campaign for the US presidential election in 2020 to take on President Donald Trump, saying she was "honoured" to announce her bid on a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi. A rising party star and vocal critic of President Trump, Harris, 54, is the fourth Democrat to join the battle for the party''s nomination in the 2020 election.

"I am running for president," Harris said in a tweet along with a simultaneously released video message. "Kamala Harris: For the People" is the theme of her campaign. If elected, she would be the first woman and woman of colour to be the president of the United States. "I love my country. This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are," she told the ABC News. Explaining the significance of announcing her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Harris said the icon of American civil rights movement, who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, has always inspired her.

"The thing about Dr King that always inspires me is that he was aspirational. He was aspirational like our country is aspirational. We know that we''ve not yet reached those ideals. But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals," she said. "So today, the day we celebrate Dr King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans and I''m honoured to be able to make my announcement on the day we commemorate him," said the Indian-origin Senator whose mother was born in Tamil Nadu and African-American father from Jamaica. Both came to the US to study and then settled here.

Their parents divorced later. Her sister Maya Harris was part of the Hillary Clinton''s campaign in 2016. "The American public wants a fighter, and they want someone that''s going to fight like heck for them and not fight based on self-interest, and I''m prepared to do that," Harris said. "Truth, justice, decency, equality, freedom, democracy. These aren''t just words. These are values we as Americans cherish and they are all on the line now," she said. Harris was elected as the US Senator from California only two years ago, during which she had made a national presence for her taking a tough stand against President Trump and his policies.

"The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. That''s why I am running for president of the United States," Harris said in a passionate appeal in her video message. "I am running to bring our voices together," Harris said urging her supporters to join her at a rally in Oakland on January 27. "Let''s do this together. Let''s claim our future, for ourselves, for our children and for our country," she said. The first Indian-origin former Attorney General of California has selected Baltimore, near Washington DC, in the East Coast as her 2020 campaign headquarters.

Her second office would be based in Oakland, her birthplace. Harris, who is the first Indian-origin US Senator and first black Senator from California, is the fourth Democratic woman leader to enter the presidential race. The others being Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro has also announced to enter the 2020 race. It is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary race, the winner of which would grab the party''s nomination and challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential race. The Democratic primary begins early next year.


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Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported
Bernie Sanders enters 2020 US presidential race : Reports
Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency
Salve exposes Pak military courts at ICJ, says judges don''t even need law degree
ICJ to hold public hearings in Kulbhushan Jadhav case from Monday amid fresh Indo-Pak tensions
India, Iran agree on close cooperation to fight terrorism
German high-speed train derails in Switzerland, no injuries
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Trump declares national emergency over border wall
Suspected gunman among five dead in Illinois factory shooting
Pak court grants bail to PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif
Russia says ready to mediate Venezuelan crisis
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Indian teenager who mistakenly crossed into Pakistan released
At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Maisie Williams to star in thriller 'The Owners'
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Swara Bhasker turning producer
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Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
KERALA NEWS
Fire breaks out in a QRS showroom
 Kottayam: A major fire broke out in QRS showroom at Thirunnakkara in Kottayam on Monday evening. On
Flash Hartal in Kerala: Stray incidents of violence reported
Thousands bid emotional farewell to CRPF jawan in Kerala
Religious practices should be respected: Smriti Irani
NATIONAL NEWS
Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks
 New Delhi: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday increased India''s Haj quota by about 25,000, the third hike in
SC collegium transfers high court judges
Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn
Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''
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