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HAF to join Leadership conference on Civil & Human Rights

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obamahands-560x320WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s largest and most prominent civil and human rights coalition, officially welcomed the Hindu American Foundation as a new member on Wednesday.

The conference’s board voted to induct the Hindu American Foundation because of its work on social justice issues, particularly its ongoing Hindu 101 training for the Department of Justice, as well as its overall contributions to promoting equality and dignity throughout the country’s communities. The membership aligns HAF with a laundry list of prestigious civil and human rights organizations, including the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, National Organization for Women, National Urban League, Human Rights Campaign, and the Japanese American Citizens League.

Suhag Shukla, executive director of the Hindu American Foundation, said the recognition of the conference was a pillar moment of the foundation’s existence, which was founded in 2003. The ultimate goal since the foundation’s inception has been for the fostered growth and advocacy for the rights of Hindu Americans and promoting pluralism.

“This is one of the highest honors for HAF,” Shukla said. “To be part of a coalition that has been critical in promoting equality and justice for all is a testament to the work we’ve done over the years. We’re deeply grateful to the Conference for welcoming us to the fold.”

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The Leadership Conference was created in 1950 as the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights by A. Philip Randolph; Roy Wilkins of the NAACP; and Arnold Aronson, leader of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. The trio of visionaries believed their fierce fight for social justice could be better fought by merging the powers of their agencies into a coalition, rather than with individual efforts.

“To be a part of this venerable coalition, which has been a force in advocating for the rights of all, is truly humbling,” said HAF’s director of education, Murali Balaji. “To be a part of this coalition is a reminder of the late Whitney Young’s quote:‘We didn’t all come over on the same ship, but we’re all in the same boat.’.”

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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