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New Jersey Sikh Councilman called Terrorist by Trump Supporter

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NEW JERSEY (Diya TV) — Ravinder Bhalla, a councilman for the City of Hoboken, was attacked with a racially charged tweet Thursday morning after he shared the successful passing of a new measure that would add bicycle lanes to the city’s waterfront.

Robert Dubenezic, a supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to his Twitter page, promptly replied to Bhalla, saying his entrance into the U.S. should have never been allowed and called him a terrorist.

Bhalla offered the following response: “Sir, I am born & raised in America. You clearly don’t know what it means to be an American,” he replied, with the hashtag #ignorant.

During a later interview with NBC News, Bhalla said: “With a lot of the rhetoric we’re hearing from people like Donald Trump about Muslim Americans and people who are perceived to be from a Muslim background, I think the spread of Islamophobia from our national leaders sends the wrong message.”

He added: “I hope this episode shows people that words can be hurtful and that discriminating based on how someone looks shouldn’t just be ignored. People should be educated on different faiths and backgrounds so that diversity is celebrated. America is, after all, a nation of immigrants. And if we work together instead of against each other, we’ll accomplish so much more.”

Hoboken’s mayor, Dawn Zimmer, and Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-N.J.), offered their support for Bhalla. “At the end of the day, I don’t hold any malice toward this person. I forgive him for what he said and hope he will educate himself about how his comments can be hurtful and divisive,” he said.

Bhalla, an attorney and founding member of the national Sikh Bar Association, garnered the national spotlight after his leadership during a successful challenge against the New York police department for its restrictions against a Sikh officer’s religious practices. Additionally, he successfully challenged the search policy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons after he was ordered to remove his turban before visiting a client.

“Unfortunately, ignorance and racism are alive and well, even in Hudson County,” Bhalla said on his Facebook page. “I am not deterred but more determined to serve my community in Hoboken – as a proud American and a proud Sikh!”

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Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — America’s forever war is finally coming to an end. President Joe Biden is pulling all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11th saying he can no longer justify the loss of lives. More than 2,200 US troops have been killed and 20,000 wounded, and war has cost as much as 1 trillion dollars.  The date of the pull out marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on New York City’s Twin Towers. 

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is under fire after human rights groups accuse him of being a rape apologist, after he blamed a rise in sexual assault cases on how women dress. During a live television interview, he advised women to cover up to prevent temptation. Hundreds of people have signed a statement demanding an apology.

And after being delayed for an entire year, the countdown is on to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan.  In less than 100 days, the world will showcase it’s best athletes. Meanwhile in San Francisco’s Japantown, former Olympic greats like Kristi Yamaguchi presented medallions to residents of the area who have persevered and shown courage during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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AAPI Victory Fund gets a brand new name

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The largest network of Asian Americans is flexing it’s political and financial capital. The group once known as the AAPI Victory Fund is rebranding itself as the AAPI Victory Alliance to fight back against the rising hate crimes and harassment against Asians and misinformation about the community. In addition to all the political and advocacy work, a new think tank will focus on education, and the group will prioritize alliances with other groups at the local, state, and national levels.

A world renowned Indian American artist is picking up the pieces after massive flooding wrecked part of his Texas home, destroying several valuable paintings and his supplies. Kartik Trivedi’s work has adorned the White House and Buckingham Palace. A GoFundMe page is now up and running to help the 83 year old recoup some of his losses.

And S. Dave Vatti was sworn in to become Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut. The Indian American will serve at the Bridgeport federal courthouse.  Vatti is a former United State Attorney and a lifelong Connecticut resident.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nikki Haley wont run, if Trump runs in 2024

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SOUTH CAROLINA (Diya TV) — Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she will not make a run for the White House in 2024. But that’s only if Donald Trump decides to enter the Presidential race. Haley continues to be mentioned as a potential candidate for the Oval Office, but the Indian American’s public comments are being interpreted as an early endorsement for former President if Trump chooses to run again.

And more positive news for India’s economy. The International Monetary Fund says it’s projecting a 12 and half percent growth rate for the South Asian nation in 2021. That’s even stronger than what’s expected for China and America’s economy this year.

India is going through a historic tech boom for unicorn start ups. These are the companies valued at more than a billion dollars. In a span of four days, the country saw 6 tech unicorns emerge onto the scene. Startups like Groww, Gutshup, API Holdings, Mohalla Tech, Meesho, and Cred all reached valuations of a billion dollars or more. And that’s attracting some of the world’s largest investors like Softbank and Tiger Global.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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