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Tulsi Gabbard wins with a sweeping majority in Hawaii primary

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard won her primary election in her home state of Hawaii on Saturday, taking 77.6 percent of the vote, meaning she is well on her way back to Washington D.C.

Her closest challenger, Shay Chan Hodges, of Maui, had 14.2 percent.

Only 96,186 voters, or 13.2 percent, went out to the polls on Saturday, while total turnout was 252,703, or 34.8 percent of 726,940 registered voters, the lowest turnout since Hawaii became a state. The majority of those voted absentee or at early polling sites.

Gabbard, who is seeking her third two-year term in the 2nd Congressional District, will face Republican Angela Aulani Kaaihue, who won the GOP primary with 7,449 votes, or 37.9 percent, defeating challenger Eric Hafner. A third candidate, Richard Turner, ran as a nonpartisan and garnered 697 votes.

She sent out a video and in thanking her supporters she said, “Namaste and Aloha. Thank you so much for all the support you have shown me and for standing with me strong throughout this entire campaign,” Gabbard said during her victory speech. “Your support has enabled me to be able to run this strong campaign, and for that I am grateful!”

Reacting to such a large victory, Gabbard said the wide margin should be viewed as a “great vote of confidence” in her work in Congress. If she wins the general election, she plans to tackle homelessness, Hawaii’s high cost of living and rural access to health care and quality education.

“Families are being priced out of paradise, priced out of their homes, being forced to move to the mainland because they can’t afford to put a roof over their heads,” Gabbard said.

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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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