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180 million Indian workers on strike against Narendra Modi

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180 million workers in India went on strike Friday against the economic policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

180 million workers in India went on strike Friday against the economic policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — India’s labor unions began flexing their collective muscle last Friday — 180 million organized workers in the country are on protest against the economic policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration.

The workers are comprised of 10 of the country’s largest trade unions, which include employees of banks, government telecom companies and coal mining firms. However, Indian railway workers, central government employees and members of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS)— a sister body of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party — did not participate in the one-day protest.

“Besides ports and civil aviation, essential services like transport, telecom, and banking will be paralyzed,” SP Tiwari, secretary of the Trade Union Coordination Committee, a labor union, said. “The workers will go on strike in hospitals and power plants but the protest will not affect their normal functioning.”

Last year, a similar strike cost the economy more than Rs25,000 crore ($4 billion).

The workers have presented Modi with a list of demands, 12 in total, which call for a monthly minimum wage of Rs18,000 and a pension of Rs3,000. They’re also asking the government to cease the divesting of various public sector units, change the foreign direct investment policy, and ensure universal social security for all workers.

The government has assured the protestors it intends to look into their demands — In the last one-and-a-half years, the inter-ministerial committee had met with central trade unions,” India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley said. “The government has taken some decisions with regard to those (demands) on the basis of their recommendations.”

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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.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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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.

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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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