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Nikki Haley doesn’t think transgender bathroom law is necessary for South Carolina

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks to the crowd after being sworn in for her second term as governor, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at the state Capitol in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks to the crowd after being sworn in for her second term as governor, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at the state Capitol in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Diya TV) — While North Carolina lawmakers are facing heavy backlash over a law prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender they were assigned at birth, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley doesn’t feel her state needs such a law.

When a South Carolina lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday that would employ similar restrictions in her state, she responded that no complaints have ever existed to suggest the bill is needed.

“I don’t believe it’s necessary,” Haley said Thursday. The Indian-American has been widely touted as a possible GOP Vice President candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

She added that she’s never received any reports about incidents involving transgender people using bathrooms or any reports of people who feel their religious rights are being impeded.

“When I look at South Carolina, we look at our situations, we’re not hearing of anybody’s religious liberties that are being violated, and we’re again not hearing any citizens that feel like they’re being violated in terms of freedoms,” Haley said.

South Carolina State Sen. Lee Bright, a Republican, and one of the bill’s sponsors, said the state’s neighbors to the north are being criticized for passing a law “that’s just common sense,” according to the State newspaper.

After the law was passed in North Carolina, tech giant PayPal abandoned its plans to open a sparkling new facility in Charlotte in direct response to what the company referred to as discrimination and a violation of its core values and principles. The facility was anticipated to bring millions of dollars to the region, and 400 new jobs.

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Franklin Graham

The Rev. Franklin Graham, a North Carolina evangelist, sent a harsh message of disdain to the company after its announcement to do away with the Charlotte facility.

“PayPal only agreed to come to Charlotte in the first place after holding out for millions in corporate incentives,” Graham wrote in a statement on Facebook. “And under the current law that they are so strongly protesting, PayPal could have chosen their own corporate bathroom policies.”

Graham called on people to pray for the lawmakers supporting the law “that they stand strong against the attacks of this wicked agenda.”

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Impact commits $10M to supporting Indian American candidates

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian American IMPACT, a political organization working to put Indian Americans in public office, announced a new $10 million commitment to support Indian American candidates nationwide. They also announced public interest lawyer Neil Makhija will be IMPACT’s new Executive Director. The number of Indian Americans in Congress has grown five-fold in just the past eight years.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr faced questioning by the House Judiciary Committee about the use of force against Black Lives Matter protesters in recent weeks and the Trump administration’s handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll show the clash between Congressmember Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Barr that’s making headlines.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged YouPlus, a Silicon Valley startup, and its CEO Shaukat Shamim with defrauding investors by making false and misleading statements about the company’s finances. The complaint states Shamim told investors YouPlus earned millions of dollars in annual revenue and had more than 100 customers, including Fortune 500 companies. But the scheme dissolved when Shamim is said to have told certain investors YouPlus had earned less than $500,000 and obtained only four paying customers since the company’s 2013 inception.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Feds arrest entrepreneur Mukund Mohan for PPP fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — U.S. attorneys arrested serial Indian American entrepreneur Mukund Mohan on charges of allegedly defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program with fake and altered documents and embezzling more than $5.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds through six shell companies. Mukund Mohan was a former Microsoft and Amazon executive and is currently the CTO of BuildDirect.

Shahid Buttar, who is running for Congress in San Francisco against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is being accused of sexual harassment by comedienne Elizabeth Croydon. Buttar said Croydon’s charges are false.

Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started building iPhone 11 units in a facility near Chennai in India. It’s the first time Apple has made one of its top-tier phones in India. India is the second-biggest smartphone market in the world, second only to China.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India & China slowly move towards disengagement

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India and China held virtual talks and agreed on a complete disengagement of troops along the line of control. But there remains sticking points in multiple areas along the border. India insists bilateral relations will not improve until “full peace and tranquility” are restored.

Police in Schenectady, New York are facing major scrutiny after footage was released of one of their officers applying a neck hold to 31 year old Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud. He was treated and released, but he continues to face two charges of running away and resisting arrest. He’s accused of slashing his neighbors tire, causing $200 of damage. His attorneys are fighting to get prosecutors to drop the charges.

The UK Parliamentary Group, which visited Pakistan Administered Kashmir, and heavily criticized the Indian government for their recent constitutional change applying to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, acknowledged they received nearly $18,000 from the Pakistan Government to make the trip.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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