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Indian-American AAP supporter Pran Kurup dead from cardiac arrest

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Pran Kurup (second from right) with Delhi Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Entrepreneur and social activist Pran Kurup, who was best known for spearheading nascent Aam Aadmi party movement in Northern California, passed away last week in Thiruvananthapuram of cardiac arrest.

Kurup, 49, leaves behind his wife and two children, all of whom reside in Silicon Valley.

He released his third book just months ago in July, “Arvind Kejriwal and The Aam Aadmi Party: An Inside Look.” Kurup roomed with Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal at IIT Kharagpur, the book highlights how deep the bond was between the two, as well as Kejriwal’s influence on Kurup’s philosophy.

“Pran, IIT batchmate and a very dear friend, passed away due to cardiac arrest. May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to his family,” Kejriwal tweeted on the day of Kurup’s death.

When the Aam Aadmi Party began to gain steam in the U.S. in 2012, Kurup was credited for having increased the movement’s visibility through social media and his popular column in The Economic Times. During a 2013 discussion forum at UC Berkeley that explored India’s changing political landscape, Kurup said: “Although the last thing India needs is a new party, it is unfortunately the only alternative for a young, aspiring secular India in the 21st century.”

In a blog post, Namit Arora, another close friend of Kurup’s, wrote: “Through his ups and downs, my most abiding memory of him is his optimism, his decency, his caring for a better India, and his infectious humor and laughter. I loved him dearly.”

University of California San Francisco cancer researcher Maya Vishwakarma, the former 2014 candidate for a Lok Sabha seat from Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh on the Aam Aadmi ticket, credited Kurup with being a mentor, teacher and beloved friend.

Kurup, who was born in Chennai, founded the e-learning company Vitalect in 1997. He additionally served as the president of the Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association.

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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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