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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 in Chicago 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.

“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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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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