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Hindu American Foundation to host annual fundraiser this weekend in Silicon Valley

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Hindu American Foundation will hold its annual Northern California Gala Dinner on Sunday Sept. 18 at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Diya TV is serving as an official media sponsor of the event, which will feature speeches and tales to be told from the likes of comedian Rajiv Satyal and Sanjay Patel.

Satyal has already entertained countless sold-out shows across the country with his unique, hilarious and heart-warming stories. In addition, Hindu American community and interfaith leaders will highlight the importance of advocacy in the realm of policy, education, media, and human rights.

The Hindu American Foundation has seen many milestones in 2016, most notably successfully promoting accuracy and fairness in how Hinduism is portrayed in the education system of states such as California and Virginia. HAF further released a landmark report entitled “ Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias Against Hindu Students in American Schools, drawing a link between textbook inaccuracies and bullying in the classroom. HAF also launched Hinduism 101: Learning about Hinduism Inside and Out – the most interactive way to learn about Hinduism.

“HAF’s 2016 Northern California Gala Dinner will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the world of Hindu American advocacy and why it matters for all of us,” said Rajeev Singh, Co-coordinator of the HAF Northern California Chapter. “It will also be a celebration of the Hindu American community’s unprecedented victory in changing the California Frameworks and a call to action to fight Hinduphobia in the upcoming textbook adoption process.”

Sanjay Patel, writer and director of Pixar’s short film, Sanjay’s Super Team, will also attend the event, as well as Rev. D. Andrew Kille, Ph.D., who serves as the Chair of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur will emcee the event along with HAF Co-Founder and Executive Director Suhag Shukla. Diya TV is also a media sponsor for the event.

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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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