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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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US sends aid, and bans travel from India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — The Covid-19 crisis continues to spiral out of control in India. And now the U.S. is instituting a travel ban.  It goes into effect on May 4 but won’t apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and their spouses. Meanwhile foreign aid is flowing into India from places like Israel, America, and Germany.

Sikh’s in Indianapolis held a memorial service to remember the victims of the Fed Ex facility shooting last month. Four of the people who died were from the Sikh community.  Police have not identified a motive for the shooting, yet. It’s unclear if the shooter, a former employee at the facility, was targeting Sikhs. There are a high number of Sikhs, immigrants and refugees who work in the facility.

And mega stars from the Indian diaspora raised more than 3 million dollars for Covid-19 relief in India.  Jay Shetty, Lilly Singh, Deepak Chopra, and Jay Sean. The virtual event was called help India Breathe and aired on Diya TV. The funds are going to three major areas of relief on the ground including food, direct cash transfers to families, and makeshift hospitals.

You can watch the fundraiser and still continue to donate:

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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American Coronavirus aid arrives in India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — American aid is finally starting to arrive in Covid-19 battered India as vaccination sites run out of shots and thousands of people gasp for air. A U.S. military transport plane delivered more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly one million rapid coronavirus test kits, and other supplies. The country has been reporting an average of more than 350,000 new cases of Covid infections every day for the past week.

After seven hours of public comment and testimony from hundreds of people on whether caste should be added to the county’s non-discrimination policy, the Santa Clara Human Rights Commission deferred their vote pending futher testimony and likely another public hearing. Equality Labs and the Hindu American Foundation each made presentations for and against this potential new category at the hearing, that was broadcast exclusively on Diya TV.
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Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history during President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress just by taking their seats — marking the first time two women would be sitting behind the President.  Biden’s Indian American chief speech writer Vinay Reddy wrote the president’s address, adding to the historic evening.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Death toll rises as Covid supplies head to India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — No end in sight to India’s deepening Covid-19 crisis as the number of new virus cases in the country shatter records. India added nearly 400 thousand new cases on Thursday, breaking the record set a day earlier, boosting the country’s death toll to more than 200 thousand. US officials have urged Americans to leave the country because of the deteriorating conditions.

Several members of the Dalit community and their supporters are addressing the Santa Clara Human Rights Commission to discuss their experiences with caste discrimination. They want the commission to recommend that the Board of Supervisors make caste a legally protected category against discrimination like race, age, gender and sexual orientation. Equality Labs is pushing this agenda but critics say it is anti-Indian and anti-Hindu.

And the Senate overwhelmingly passed an Asian Hate crimes bill and created a new position at the Justice Department to fast track reviews of potential Covid-19 related hate crimes. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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