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Vanita Gupta to lead the efforts for the campaign against police brutality

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Vanita Gupta, who serves as the head of the Federal Civil Rights division of the Obama administration, is spearheading the president’s campaign against police brutality and mistreatment of minorities, and has issued a scathing indictment of the city of Baltimore, accusing its police force of violating the Constitution and federal anti-discrimination laws.

She also serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and is the most prominent of several Indian Americans working in the civil liberties arena.

Gupta, who oversaw an inquiry into police brutality in the city, said Tuesday that Baltimore’s African American community “bore the brunt” from local police.

Speaking during an official press conference with the Department of Justice, Gupta said her agency had entered into an agreement with Baltimore to reform the police department.

The inquiry was launched after riots rung out in Baltimore last year during the protests agains the death of an African American man, Freddy Gray, who died while in police custody. All the six police officers charged in the case were either acquitted or had the charges withdrawn leading to outrage among African Americans and civil liberties activists.

The Baltimore incident immediately followed the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Fergusson, Mo., an event which also sparked massive protest and turned national attention to cases of police shootings and brutality, specifically against African Americans.

The U.S. have made a regular occurrence of being accusatory toward other nations and their mishandling of human rights violations and brutality against minorities, however, the Baltimore report and Gupta’s actions against multiple cities have marked a rare moment when the government has turned the spotlight on themselves.

Baltimore police, she said, engaged in a pattern of making unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests; using excessive force; muzzling constitutionally-protected expressions, and using strategies that disproportionately targeted African Americans.

She added that the inquiry found that 44 percent of people stopped by police in Baltimore were in two small African American neighborhoods that only represented 11 percent of the city’s total population.

Complaints of misconduct were not handled appropriately, investigated by the proper officials, and were in some instances covered up, the report said. Additionally, besides improper use of violence, the report said police coerced sex from people.

Vanita Gupta spoke at the annual South Asian Bar Association of North America’s gala in Orlando in 2015 speaking of working towards a more perfect union and reminiscing her childhood and the discriminations faced by minorities.

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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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