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Preet Bharara to stay on as U.S. Attorney after meeting with President-elect Trump

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Preet Bharara, five years into his tenure as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in New York.

Preet Bharara, five years into his tenure as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in New York.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City Wednesday, and told reporters after his meeting with the billionaire real estate mogul that he plans to stay on in his current capacity for the next administration.

Bharara, whom many regard as the Justice Department’s most powerful prosecutor, said that he agreed to remain the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York after a “good meeting” with the president-elect.

“The President-elect asked, presumably because he’s a New Yorker and is aware of the great work that our office has done over the past seven years … whether or not I’d be prepared to stay on” and “I agreed,” Bharara said.

He added that Sen. Jeff Sessions, the president-elect’s pick for Attorney General, reached out to him previously and asked if he’d consider staying put for the Trump administration.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered his vote for Bharara.

“President-elect Trump called me last week” about Bharara, Schumer said. “I told him I thought Preet was great, and I would be all for keeping him on the job.”

“I am glad they met and am glad Preet is staying on. He’s been one of the best U.S Attorneys New York has ever seen,” Schumer said.

Bharara and his office are well known for their successful prosecutions of Wall Street figures, such as securing the guilty plea of Bernard Maddoff’s brother, Peter, for his role in the former’s infamous Ponzi scheme. He also created two units whose primary focus are financial fraud, a unit which has collected multimillion dollar settlements from various financial institutions.

Bharara also successfully prosecuted two top New York state lawmakers (one Democrat, one Republican) on charges related to corruption.

“Obviously it’s caught his attention what (Bharara’s) done in New York. It’s the same approach Mr. Trump would like to bring to Washington,” a campaign official 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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