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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.

Franklin Graham

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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Indian American couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

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 North Arlington, NEW JERSEY (Diya TV) — Authorities in New Jersey are investigating a possible murder-suicide, saying Balaji Rudrawar stabbed his wife Aarti to death. Both were found dead in their home with multiple stab wounds. Their young daughter was found unharmed inside. The motive remains unclear. The man’s father told an India-based media outlet his daughter in law was 7 months pregnant.

In Indian waters, a US war ship sailed through India’s Exclusive Economic Zone without asking for permission, a violation of that country’s law. Both countries remain partners in the region. Sources with the Indian Navy say the move was more about sending a message to China.

As Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry wraps up his India trip,  he’s taking to social media and personally thanking some of the leaders of that region including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, saying all the countries involved are committed to address global warming and climate change. Kerry is raising awareness about this issue heading into a climate conference with world leaders later this month. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Muslim advocates sue Facebook over not removing anti-Muslim hate speech

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (Diya TV) — Frustrated with what it sees as a lack of progress, a group called Muslim advocates, along with law firm Gupta Wessler, is suing Facebook, claiming the social media giant does not consistently remove all hate speech, especially language that targets followers of Islam.  The group is calling out top executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, demanding the social network start taking anti-Muslim activity more seriously. A Facebook spokesperson says it regularly uses artificial intelligence to remove posts that violate its policies.

“Hugs are back.” That’s what US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is saying after seeing an increase in Covid-19 vaccinations all across the nation. Murthy says more and more Americans are becoming comfortable getting vaccinated. And by April 19th, all adults will be eligible for the vaccine. The Indian American doctor says this trend is encouraging, but also says there is still lots of work that needs to be done about battling disinformation.

And a big blow to Indian filmmakers.  The Federal government is cutting the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, which allowed filmmakers to appeal decisions made by the censors, which has the power and authority to ban certain movies for inappropriate content.  Instead, they will now have to go to lawyer up and go straight to court and fight if they disagree.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Hate crime charges demanded against Oxford professor

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — More than 100 Hindu and Indian organizations are calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to crack down on hate speech at the University of Oxford. Professor Abhijit Sarkar is accused of targeting a female Indian student because of her Hindu beliefs and forcing her to leave the school. The coalition is demanding Sarkar’s firing and also wants him to be charged with a hate crime.

In Seattle Washington, tenants facing eviction will now have free access to lawyers if they cannot afford to pay for services on their own.  Controversial Indian American City council member Kshama Sawant is behind this new legislation.  She says without this law, tenants would face a tsunami of evictions once the rent moratorium expires.

And Amazon delivery drivers in India are going on a 24 hour nationwide strike. after the company slashed how much they can earn per package. Organizers say demonstrations will take place in a number of cities across the country, including Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Delhi, making it the first nationwide protest against the e-commerce giant in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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