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Indian-American groups rally behind Clinton: ‘Hillary is a friend of India in the White House’

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna hold a joint press conference during the US-India Strategic Dialogue at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on July 19, 2011. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for deeper regional security cooperation and trade ties in talks with Indian leaders, held in the shadow of triple bomb blasts in Mumbai. India's concerns over the US troop drawdown in Afghanistan and New Delhi's renewed peace talks with arch-rival Pakistan are expected to figure in the "strategic dialogue" underway in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna hold a joint press conference during the US-India Strategic Dialogue at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on July 19, 2011. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for deeper regional security cooperation and trade ties in talks with Indian leaders, held in the shadow of triple bomb blasts in Mumbai. India’s concerns over the US troop drawdown in Afghanistan and New Delhi’s renewed peace talks with arch-rival Pakistan are expected to figure in the “strategic dialogue” underway in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s contingency of Indian-American supporters have launched a nation-wide group aimed at winning the party’s nomination. The group was launched to network leaders and advocates who share Clinton’s values and her vision for the country.

“It is important to mobilize support of millions of Indian Americans living here in the US for Secretary Hillary Clinton – enable them to go out and vote for electing Hillary Clinton as our next President. This organization has been created primarily to achieve this goal,” the group’s website reads.

A self-described grassroots volunteer organization, Indian-Americans for Hillary (IAFH) said this week the group will hold its inaugural event this Sunday in Maryland. The event will be addressed by John Podesta, national campaign chair for the Clinton campaign, and Neera Tandon, president and COO of Center for American Progress.

Tandon has remained a personal and close friend of Clinton’s for years.

The group notes that Clinton has maintained a strong relationship with India, and the Indian-American community. She has thousands of Indian-American friends across the nation, according to the IAFH, and has traveled to India four times during her tenures as First Lady, a Senator and while serving as Secretary of State.

“Hillary Clinton’s connection with India goes back a long way. She visited India as First Lady in March 1995 with her daughter Chelsea and President Bill Clinton. Since then, popular lore has it that she was a friend of India in the White House,” the website said, adding, “having traveled extensively in India, she has a much deeper level of familiarity with India than any other candidate in the race.”

While serving as Secretary of State, her focus on re-balancing U.S. foreign policy towards Asia contained a strong emphasis on the expansion of ties to India, the group claims. Additionally, she worked vigorously to incorporate better relationships in the technology, defense and space sectors between the two nations. The group also states that Clinton has pledged to fix the nation’s broken immigration system, improve access to higher education and increase wages — all issues which the Indian-American electorate are religious about.

“Indian Americans need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to full and equal citizenship. Only Hillary, as president, can act on these issues in a jiffy,” the group said.

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All four ex-Minneapolis cops charged in Floyd’s death

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the three other Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s death, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, will face aiding and abetting murder charges. Former officer Derek Chauvin, the man who put his knee on Floyd’s neck, will now face a second-degree murder charge, elevated from third-degree. Meanwhile, protests are not only continuing around the U.S. for the ninth day, but they are spreading overseas in places like the U.K. and Australia as well.

Protesters desecrated Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. The United States Park Police have launched an investigation.

Instagram & Facebook admitted the keyword ‘Sikh‘ was blocked for nearly two months starting March 7th following an inaccurate report by their team. Scores of users discovered the block this week when writing posts in connection with the anniversary of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots after the assasination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

A criminal investigation is underway in South India after a pregnant elephant died in India apparently after eating some fruit containing a firecracker that exploded in her mouth.

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Nationwide protests continue on ‘Blackout Tuesday’

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV)  — America is now in its eighth day of protests over the death of George Floyd. To date, only one officer of the four involved is facing criminal charges. So thousands in cities around the nation continue protests to seek justice for Floyd. President Trump vowed to use the military if violence and looting isn’t stopped, with tear gas being deployed on peaceful protesters outside the White House. Meanwhile, celebrities and brands are taking to social media to show support for the Black community by blacking out images on their profiles.

President Trump invited India, Russia, South Korea and Australia to attend the G-7 summit, an offer accepted by Prime Minister Modi. The summit will take place in September in the U.S. and will entertain a host of issues, including whether China will be isolated for their role in the coronavirus pandemic, a tactic right now has lukewarm support.

Indian officials rejected President Trump’s claim that he spoke to Prime Minister Modi over the growing India-China border dispute. The officials say the conversation never took place and both China and India have made it clear they will arbitrate their own disputes.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Two autopsies classify Floyd’s death as homicide

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV)  — An independent medical examiner hired by George Floyd’s family, as well as Hennepin County’s Medical Examiner classified his death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped after former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin used his knee to suppress Floyd for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe. The independent examiner also added “asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause” of the death.

With the nation reeling from Floyd’s death, hundreds of thousands of people in 41 states held rallies asking for change. But as night fell, peaceful protests morphed into chaos, as looters came onto the scene, destroying property and stealing goods, while confronting police. Some historians say it was the largest riots seen in the U.S. since Martin Luther King’s assasination in 1968.

Many businesses were destroyed around the nation from these riots, including a Bangladeshi restaurant in Minneapolis called Gandhi Mahal. But owner Ruhel Islam is receiving widespread support after his daughter quoted him on Facebook saying “let my building burn. Justice needs to be served.” Now an online fundraiser has raised more than $65,000 to help them rebuild.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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