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RNC kicks off in Cleveland as Donald Trump brands himself the ‘Law and Order Candidate’

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Police Officers in downtown Cleveland on Sunday.

Police Officers in downtown Cleveland on Sunday.

CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — Sunday’s attack on police officers in Baton Rouge, La. put a damper over the spirits during the opening of this week’s Republican National Convention, where presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump responded by saying the country was falling apart.

A string of police shootings over the last few weeks, couples with the killings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, had already pushed gun violence and the topic of social injustice to the forefront of both Trump’s and Hillary Clintons campaigns. Trump has branded himself as the “law and order candidate,” first debuting the label after the fatal shootings of five Dallas police officers, and is likely to reiterate the same message in the coming days of the convention.

Within hours of Sunday’s shootings, in which three police officers were fatally shot and several others wounded, Trump said the nation had become a “divided crime scene” and said that the Islamic State was watching in the distance. Soon after, President Obama issued a public request for calm, Trump responded on Twitter, saying Obama “doesn’t have a clue.”

Jeff Larson, the convention’s chief executive, said in a news conference that a leading speaker would be Rudolph W. Giuliani, whom he described as “the law-and-order mayor of New York.”

Giuliani has on more than one occasion described publicly his disdain for “Black Lives Matter,” calling the movement “inherently racist.” The former New York City Mayor has become notoriously known for the promotion of more aggressive policing during his time as a lawmaker, and has been outspoken in his defense of law enforcement practices over the last few weeks.

In Cleveland, the recent police killings set the stage for a tense atmosphere for the week of the convention. Long before Sunday’s events in Baton Rouge, organizers began preparations for the possibilities of mass demonstrations and potential unrest. Cleveland has assigned about 500 police officers specifically to handle the convention, and it has brought in thousands more officers to help, from departments as distant as California and Texas.

“This has got everybody on edge,” said Tony Perkins, a former state legislator from Baton Rouge who is the leader of the Family Research Council, a conservative group. “The nation is in shock. If it were an isolated incident, probably not so much so, but this is the second in two weeks.”

Anxiety grew throughout the day Sunday in Cleveland, an official of the police union urged Gov. John Kasich, a Republican and former candidate of this year’s election himself, to enact harsh restrictions on gun rights around the convention zone as an added safety precaution. Kasich’s office rejected the idea as legally impossible.

The governor said he did not have “the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws.”

Some local officials have described the same concerns, in part thanks to Ohio’s open-carry gun laws. Though demonstrators and others in the convention district have been barred from possessing a range of items, including gas masks, there was no prohibition on the brandishing of firearms.

Roger F. Villere Jr., chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, said a shudder was sent through the state’s contingency in Cleveland once word of the attack in Baton Rouge reached them. Villere’s party office is located in Baton Rouge, and said he’d been attending church in suburban Ohio when he cellphone first began erupting with phone calls and text messages.

Several members of the Louisiana delegation have close ties with law enforcement back home, Villere said, adding those members will seek to arrange a prayer vigil and memorial services this week.

 

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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