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Police seeking suspect in case of destroyed Sikh Holy Book in California

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Members of the Sikh community in Union City, Calif. are searching for answers after a holy book was destroyed on Aug. 9, a man allegedly tore up the Guru Granth Sahib at one of the city’s parks.

Union City police are seeking the public’s help in tracking down a man who disrupted a meeting of Sikh elders on the evening of the same day, he allegedly approached the group and tore apart the holy book of Sikh scriptures.

Onlookers chased the man, but he escaped the scene and fleeing in a vehicle.

“While our legal options are limited to the facts, our intent is to do all we can to promote a feeling of safety and solidarity to our entire Union City community,” Union City police said in a Facebook post.

The Sikh community are hoping for a more proactive effort from police in the search.

Harjeet Singh, a former director of Fremont’s Sikh Gurdwara temple, told SFGate.com in a report that the incident “was a direct attack on our religious identity,” and that police need to bring forth an assault case against the man.

Singh believes the incident is just one in a long string of violence against Sikhs in the U.S., adding that the man physically attacked a member of the temple who confronted him during the incident.

“This act was hateful and wrong, but we must reject this invitation to be divided. We won’t tolerate religious hatred; we will stand together,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat representing nearby Pleasanton.

According to witnesses, the man is described of Indian descent, adding that he spoke Punjabi. There were a handful of Sikhs at the park when the incident occurred, however, none recognized the man or could make the type of car he escaped in.

Police added in their Facebook post that no laws were broken in the incident and they intend to handle it consistently, considering the facts and the law.

“While we understand the man’s behavior may be considered disrespectful or repugnant, or even a violation of the laws of other nations, we also recognize that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution allows for free speech and free expression,” officials wrote.

Anyone with more information about the incident can call Union City police at (510) 675-5207 or emailtips@unioncity.org.

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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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