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Indian American CBS reporter arrested at Trump rally

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CBS News reporter Sopan Deb was detained Friday night in Chicago. CBSN

CBS News reporter Sopan Deb was detained Friday night in Chicago. CBSN

CHICAGO, (Diya TV) – CBS News president David Rhodes is standing by the side of one of his journalists, Sopan Deb, who was arrested outside the Donald Trump rally which was cancelled on Friday evening amid violence between protesters and supporters. Sopan was arrested and detained while covering the protests.

Rhodes tweeted that Deb, who was covering the rally at the University of Illinois’ Chicago campus, had been handcuffed and was charged with resisting arrest. As Rhodes is not a Chicago native, he may opt to use a criminal defense lawyer in Colorado Springs when preparing for his legal case.

“On tape you see he did not resist, identified himself as working press,” Rhodes said in his tweet.

Deb, who has covered the Republican presidential front-runner’s campaign since last summer, was filming a man whose face was bloody and lying on the ground near police at the time of his arrest, according to a “CBS This Morning” report Saturday. CBS News also aired footage of the rally and Deb’s arrest, which he managed to catch on tape. “Deb continued to roll as police kept watch,” the CBS report noted. “Without warning, Deb was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground.”

A police officer placed his boot on Deb’s neck in an effort to keep him pinned to the ground, according to the network’s accompanying report.

Sopan Deb was arrested despite identifying as a member of the media. CBS News

Sopan Deb was arrested despite identifying as a member of the media. CBS News

Deb’s arrest was captured live on Fox New’s TV cameras.

As mentioned previously, Deb has been following Trump’s campaign since last summer, however, Friday evening what he saw left him at a loss for words. The scene was an entirely unprecedented experience since his journalism career began, according to his last tweet.

Several reporters have shared stories of increasing difficulties in doing their jobs – Trump’s campaign has severely restricted the movements of the press, and has suppressed what they are allowed to report. On multiple occasions, rally organizers have confined working media at his event inside of a “press pen,” which has often times made them the target of Trump’s supporters, and in some instances, the candidate himself.

In January, Deb described how one Trump supporter accused him of being a member of ISIS.

And last month, in vintage WWE fashion, a Secret Service agent choke-slammed Time Magazine photographer Chris Morris after he exited the press pen to cover a Black Lives Matter protest. At Friday’s event in Chicago, Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields filed a police report against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, alleging she was assaulted after the candidate’s press conference on Tuesday evening. Despite an eyewitness account, and a video recording, the campaign has dismissed the accusations.

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India hits 1 billion vaccine dose milestone

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India reached a major milestone in its war against the pandemic with the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses, crossing the billion-mark. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a hospital in Delhi to mark the milestone, and described it “as the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit” of the 1.3 billion people in the country.

The White House named 19 young emerging leaders to its fellows program and three are Indian Americans. Joy Basu and Sunny Patel are from California and Aakash Shah is from New Jersey. The prestigious White House Fellowship program embeds professionals from diverse backgrounds for a year of working as a full-time, paid fellow for White House staff, cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was mobbed by fans as he visited his son Aryan in a Mumbai Jail. Aryan has been in custody for nearly three weeks after being arrested during an illegal drug bust.
Khan waved at fans and a video of the whole incident has gone viral on the internet.

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Biden to nominate Ravi Chaudry to Air Force post

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — President Joe Biden plans to nominate Indian American Ravi Chaudry as the Air Force’s next assistant secretary for installations, environment, and energy. Chaudry is a former Federal Aviation Administration official who served in the Air Force for more than 20 years. If confirmed he would take over a massive portfolio spanning Air Force and Space Force installations worldwide. 

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation announced the appointment of its new Chairwoman, Sonu Ratra, the co-founder and President of IT consulting and talent solutions provider, Akraya as well as the founder of Women Back to Work. Ratra is the first woman and person of color to lead the SVLG Foundation.

Indian American women techies,  Susmita Dutta and Shruti Haldea,  took center stage as Apple unveiled its next line-up of products, including MacBook Pro, next-generation AirPods, and other products and services. 

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Calgary and Edmonton elect mayors of Indian descent | Diya TV News

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — In a historic first, the new Mayors of Calgary and Edmonton, Canada are of Indian descent. Jyoti Gondak and Amarajeet Sohi will be leading their respective cities. Gondek is also Calgary’s first ever female Mayor. In both elections, voters expressed a desire for change, and largely rejected candidates opposed to public health measures to deal with COVID-19.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren wants Amazon to break up after a Reuters report found that the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoffs and manipulating search results to boost its own private brands in India, one of the company’s largest growth markets.

In tech news MindBody is acquiring fitness company ClassPass, which allows users to pay for a monthly subscription, allowing them to access a number of classes across a spectrum of fitness genres. The company was founded by Indian American Payal Kadakia.

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