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Gabbard resigns from DNC post to endorse Sanders

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HONOLULU, (Diya TV) — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, considered a rising star of the Democratic Party, announced Sunday on a broadcast of NBC’s Meet the Press she’s resigning from her post in the Democratic National Committee in order to endorse presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Gabbard was serving as the Vice Chair of the national committee, and said just last month that she was unable to take sides due to her position with the DNC.

She specifically pointed out Sanders’ stance on military intervention as a key reason he’s earned her endorsement.

[quote style=’1′ cite=” title=”]“As a veteran, as a soldier, I’ve seen firsthand the true cost of war. … As we look at our choices as to who our next Commander-in-chief will be is to recognize the necessity to have a Commander-in-chief who has foresight. Who exercises good judgment. Who looks beyond the consequences — who looks at the consequences of the actions that they are willing to take before they take those actions. So that we don’t continue to find ourselves in these failures that have resulted in chaos in the Middle East and so much loss of life,”[/quote] Gabbard said.

Gabbard has continually clashed with DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the Democratic presidential debate schedule, and the endorsement came on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s clinching of the South Carolina primary. Clinton increased her current advantage, beating Sanders by almost 50 percent in Saturday’s South Carolina primary.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks at a news conference on the Trans-Pacific Partnership outside of the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 18, 2015. Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call via AP

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks at a news conference on the Trans-Pacific Partnership outside of the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 18, 2015. Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call via AP

Bad blood or not, Wasserman released a statement praising Gabbard for her work in the House and with the Democratic Party.

[quote style=’1′ cite=” title=”]“Congresswoman Gabbard is a role model who embodies the American ideal that anyone can dream big and make a difference, She is also a colleague in Congress and a friend, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside her when our Party unites behind whoever emerges as our nominee.” [/quote]Wasserman said.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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