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Nikki Haley will pitch pro-Israel Agenda during confirmation hearing

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is preparing in her confirmation hearing to sharply criticize the Obama administration for allowing the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israel and pledge to never allow it to happen again if confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Haley will refer to the U.N. as “often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers,” according to remarks prepared for delivery at her Wednesday Senate confirmation hearing.

“I will not go to New York and abstain when the U.N. seeks to create an international environment that encourages boycotts of Israel,” Haley plans to say, based on prepared testimony provided by a Senate aide on the condition of anonymity. “I will never abstain when the United Nations takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States.”

Haley also plans to question the priorities of the United Nations during her hearing, and whether or not the U.S. is getting its money’s worth for its contribution and investment. While she plans to say she looks forward to serving and representing the country in the international forum, her comments reflect those of the president-elect, who has said the New York-based body is biased, bloated and ineffectual.

“We contribute 22 percent of the U.N.’s budget, far more than any other country. We are a generous nation,” Haley’s prepared remarks say. “But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution. Are we getting what we pay for?”

The first Indian-American to receive a nomination from Trump, Haley was expected to be the least controversial of the Republican’s nominees. This despite the fact she has little experience handling the global issues and negotiations she would face as an ambassador to the United Nations.

She’ll very likely receive some support from Democrats. However, the stakes for Haley, a Republican rising star and one of the party’s few women of color in high office, rose after the problematic audition of her would-be boss — secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson.

Haley is best known nationally for her handling of the 2015 racially motivated killings of black worshippers at a Charleston church. She was hailed for her handling of the matter, she spoke at memorials and ordered the Confederate flag to be removed from the state Capitol grounds. At one point, she was mentioned as a potential vice president pick for the president-elect, Haley herself is regarded as a potential future Republican presidential candidate.

Democrats are planning to question her carefully about her views of Russia, its international ambitions and the U.S. intelligence finding that Moscow attempted to influence the presidential election. Haley will likely be asked whether she could tell the Trump White House things it may not want to hear about Russian behavior internationally and at the United Nations.

Haley, who turns 45 on Inauguration Day, is the South Carolina-born daughter of Indian immigrant parents. She was a member of the state legislature before her election as the state’s first female and first minority governor.

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India sets tougher regulations on explicit content

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’s Information Technology Ministry set new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites, demanding compliance with government takedown requests of unlawful, violent, and explicit content within 36 hours. Upon request, social media companies would have to disclose where the content is originating from. But Facebook-owned WhatsApp says they cannot comply without compromising user privacy.

Indian Prime Minister Modi took the first dose of a Indian-made coronavirus vaccine. So far, his nation has vaccinated 12 million frontline workers since January. But the goal is to inoculate 300 million Indians by August.

The Pentagon said a U.S. airstrike last week in eastern Syria killed one member of an Iranian-backed militia and wounded two others. The bombing was carried out in retaliation for a deadly rocket attack on a U.S.-led coalition base in northern Iraq as well as two other rocket attacks.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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19 yr old Fremont teen dies in car accident

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Atharva Chinchwadkar Found Dead In Solo Car Accident | Diya TV News

FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Atharva Chinchwadkar, a 19 year old Fremont man reported missing last week, was found dead in what appears to be a tragic solo car accident just a few miles from his home. He was last seen on February 21st by his parents when he left his home to get dog food and didn’t return.

Chinchwadkar was a student at UC Santa Cruz.

Indian businessman Nirav Modi will be extradited from Britain back to India after a London judge dismissed Modi’s argument he would not be treated fairly in India. He’ll face a host of charges when he returns including corruption, money laundering, fraud and embezzlement stemming from the $2 billion fraud case of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries made its first investment in a venture fund, pumping $100 million into early-stage VC Kalaari Capital, led by Vani Kola. The investment is through Jio Platforms and an additional $100 million is also expected to be deployed into a future fund.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India minister Jaishankar Addresses human rights at UN

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Human rights can’t be protected without addressing the threat of terrorism. That’s the message India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar delivered the UN’s Human Rights Council, emphasizing human rights cannot be protected without addressing terrorism, which he called as “one of the gravest threats to humankind.” Last month, India proposed an 8-point plan at the UN to tackle terrorism.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has been nominated by President Biden to be Surgeon General for the second time, made in excess of $2 million on COVID-19 related consultations and speeches according to financial disclosures. Carnival cruise lines, Airbnb and the NBA were among the dozens of organizations who retained Murthy for his expertise.

Two Indian Americans are suing Subway, the sandwich chain, claiming there is no tuna in their tuna meals. Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin claim Subway falsely promotes its tuna salad sandwiches as composed of wild tuna, when it actually has no tuna or any other fish in it.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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