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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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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — On the first day of the public Trump impeachment inquiry hearings over the President’s dealings in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, testified one of his aides heard from EU ambassador Gordon Sondland that the President was focused on triggering investigations into Joe Biden and his son. The aide, David Holmes, reportedly also overheard a conversation between Trump and Sondland, where they discussed ‘the investigations.’ Holmes will appear for a closed-door deposition with impeachment investigators Friday. Republican allies of Trump painted the testimony of Taylor and George Kent as hearsay.

More than 100 Indian CEOs, political leaders and even Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone will head Davos in January for the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to discuss making ‘cohesive and sustainable world.’ President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also expected to be there.

The Food and Drug Administration granted Shreis Scalene Sciences (Shreis), an American company, a ‘Breakthrough Device Designation’ for the CYTOTRON, a cancer treatment, developed in India, by scientist Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar in Bengaluru.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India, Pakistan trade quips at UNESCO

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PARIS (Diya TV)  — At UNESCO’s general conference in Paris, both Pakistan and India traded quips over Kashmir. Pakistan’s Minister of Education and newly elected President of UNESCO’s Education Commission Shafqat Mehmood efforted to convince UNESCO leadership to confront India over their recent constitutional change affecting Jammu and Kashmir, claiming 1.5 million Kashmiri students who have not been able to attend schools since August 5th. In response, India’s UNESCO delegate Ananya Agarwal countered that “Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter” of terrorism, calling Pakistan’s charges “fabricated falsehoods.”

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Notable executives from the worlds of private investing, industry and nonprofits came together to talk about impact investing at Akshaya Patra’s TAP Forum in the Bay Area. The goal is to take the diasporas success to build a foundation for the next generation.

The Indian women’s hockey team will get the chance to go for the gold in Tokyo, qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after beating team USA in a qualifying match.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House holds hearing on human right violations in Jammu & Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, examined the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among those on hand hearing testimony from experts offering widely different narratives. The commission plans to take these perspectives into account before offering recommendations for action by Congress.

In a line of questioning during the impeachment inquiry lauded by many political analysts, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi focused on the timeline of the Ukraine affair, confirming through witness testimony that once Congress began investigating quid pro quo by the Trump administration, security funds were released to Ukraine two days later.

American tech firms are increasingly sponsoring green cards, or permanent US residency, for their employees from India and elsewhere in an effort to hold on to their skilled talent at a time when work visa extensions have become unpredictable.

India will fund at least 250 defense startups over the next five years as it seeks new technologies for their armed forces. The plan is obtain at least 50 ‘tangible innovations’ by the startups for military use.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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