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New York City’s landmark India Day Parade to be led by Abhishek Bachchan and Baba Ramdev 

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Abhishek Bachchan and Baba Ramdev will be the stars of this year’s India Day parade in New York City, the former will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshall.

The parade will take place in Manhattan on Aug. 21, according to officials of the Federation of Indian Associations, and will kick off from 39th Street at Madison Ave., culminating near 26th Street and Madison. As in years past, a mammoth crowd of 100,000-plus are expected to attend the parade, which organizers claim is the largest such event outside of India’s celebration of the country’s independence, on August 15.

Bachchan, son of legendary Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, made his film debut in the 2009 picture, “Refugee.” However, he cemented his own legacy with his 2004 performance in the blockbuster action-thriller, “Dhoom.” Since then, Bachchan has starred in several roles, including “Bunty Aur Babli,” “Dhoom 2,” and most recently in “Housefull 3” this year.

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev

Bachchan bought the Pro Kabaddi League franchise team Jaipur Pink Panthers and co-bought the Indian Super League football team Chennaiyin FC. Jaipur Pink Panthers won the first ever championships held in 2014. Chennaiyin FC won the ISL 2015.

Ramdev is best recognized for popularizing yoga among young Indians through his mass yoga camps, the Patanjali Group of Institutions, which he founded. Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna started Patanjali Ayurved in Hardiwar 10 years ago. As of March of this year, the company’s turnover has already surpassed $670 million and is cruising at a monthly rate of about $74 million to $82 million.

 

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Rev. Jesse Jackson pushes for India COVID relief

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Reverend Jesse Jackson is standing in solidarity with Indian Americans in California who are rallying the community to send more Covid-19 relief to India.  Reverend Jackson is also voicing solidarity for other communities of color as African Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the new Federal holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S.

And Satya Nadella is now even more powerful at Microsoft. The tech giant’s CEO was named chairman of the board elevating his current role atop one of the world’s most valuable companies. The Indian American has served as chief executive since 2014, has helped transform the PC maker into a leader in cloud computing in recent years, resulting in  a market cap of close to $2 trillion.

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given away another massive chunk of her fortune. This time nearly 3  billion dollars to a variety of charities. Several Indian organizations like Goonj, Antara Foundation, and GiveIndia have also benefited from this generosity.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US – India trade hits record $9 billion

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — For the second month in a row, the U.S.-India bilateral goods trade crossed $9 billion dollars.  It had never happened once before that. This is a comprehensive document covering trade in goods and services, and shows India and the U.S. remain strong strategic partners.

the U.S. Senate confirmed Radhika Fox as the first Indian American and woman of color to lead the office of water at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her supporters say she will focus on making sure everyone’s point of view is heard and taken into account.

And British Pakistani rapper Frenzo Harami is being criticized for his anti Hindu post on Instagram. Harami uses vulgar language to describe Hindu minorities living in Kashmir. He apparently went on this tirade after claiming youtube banned one of his videos.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India’s COVID rate drops dramatically

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’ s Covid-19 infection rates are starting to consistently drop each day.  The ministry of health reported a little more than 60,000 cases in the past 24 hours. That’s a dramatic decrease from the peak of more than 400,000 cases in one day just a few months ago. 

India has also decided to partially open the Taj Mahal to visitors. And as restrictions ease, several shops, malls, and restaurants have started to reopen in multiple cities this week. but Authorities continue to advise mask wearing and social distancing.

Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a dinner party for a bipartisan group of female senators at her official Washington, DC residence. 16 Democrats and eight Republicans. Vice President Harris is doing this against the backdrop of intense negotiations over President Biden’s agenda in Congress and a border crisis raging on her watch.

And one of the fiercest critics of Big Tech companies like Apple and Amazon is now leading the Federal Trade Commission.  Lina Khan will be tasked with voting on enforcement matters in areas of both competition and consumer protection. the 32 year old South Asian will be the youngest person to ever lead the agency.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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