NEW YORK (TIP): Diwali was celebrated for the first time at Queens Borough Hall in New York under the leadership of the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz on October 14, 2014. American Hindus, Muslim, Sikhs, Christians and Jewish from America, India, Bangladesh, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, and Punjabis were present. The Borough president honored four Hindus one from each country India, Bangladesh, Guyana, Trinidad and a Sikh member on Diwali day celebration. Dr. Hari K. Shukla was selected from India for his unique contribution and dedicated service to the community in the Borough of Queens. Other dignitaries present were Consul General of India Mr. Dnyaneswar Mulay, Consul General of Mauritius Mrs. Ramgulam and Ambassador of Mauritius.