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Rockford Police Department swears in Sikh chaplain

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Baba Ji was sworn in as Rockford’s first Sikh chaplain.

ROCKFORD (Diya TV) — Baba Ji is ready to serve the Rockford Police Department and the community.

“I’m really really very excited,” Ji, a Sikh American, said.

Baba Ji is a part of the Sikh Temple in Rockford and Friday he was sworn in to the chaplain division of the department.

His duties include providing religious services for the police and fire department, as well as the community. Baba Ji is says it’s important for religious leaders and police to work together for the community.

“That’s the important thing, we religious persons, spiritual persons, will tell the community, the people of Rockford, the police serves you,” he said.

Six officers were also sworn in to the police department today.

Ji was instrumental in the opening of the Nakak Sar Sikh Temple, Rockford’s first Sikh Temple. Before its conception, Sikhs were forced to travel to Chicago, Madison or Milwaukee. Ji saw a need for a more localized location for worship.

During its grand opening, the public got the chance to tour the 30,000 square foot building. Ji says it was important to open the temple to people of other religions so they can better understand what the Sikh faith is about.

“It’s important in these days to tell the identity of the Sikhs. They’re not Islamic state, they’re not terrorists, they are messengers of peace, they are the messengers of religious freedom,” Ji said.

The temple also has space for meditation, conferences, and spiritual lectures.

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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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