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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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Senators Warner, Cornyn talk US-India relations to USIBC

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — China as it relates to the U.S. and India was a central topic of conversation at the USIBC Post-Election Perspectives virtual conference. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, Republican Senator John Cornyn in conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma both conveyed how India’s importance to the U.S. is increasing in terms of security and economic opportunity moving forward. Both Senators were confident bilateral ties between the world’s two largest democracies would continue to strengthen under a Biden administration. Cornyn and Warner are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus.

Elections officials in Georgia called the presidential race for President-elect Joe Biden after a hand recount recertified the results. The vote discrepancy totaled in the hundreds and not thousands needed for President Trump to change the outcome. Biden will be awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes. The Trump campaign continues to dispute the outcome and says they will continue to pursue all legal options.

And the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards #1 overall in the NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors picked big man James Wiseman #2, but lost NBA champion & sharpshooter Klay Thompson for the year to an Achilles injury

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Unprecedented Diwali greetings offered to diaspora

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — From President Trump and President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris to the Georgia Senate candidates vying for votes in the January runoff election, Diwali greetings were expressed by leaders around the U.S. en masse, an acknowledgement that the Indian American community is an emerging political force.

Hirsh Singh, who ran for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, but lost to fellow Indian American Rik Mehta in the Republican primary, announced his candidacy for Governor of New Jersey. He’ll be facing at least two other Republican challengers, not to mention the Democratic incumbent Governor Phil Murphy, who is seeking a second term. Singh also has litigation pending before the Supreme Court in an effort to change the results in that Republican primary.

Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 85. Chatterjee performed in more than 200 movies and worked closely with Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray

14 year old Indian American teen Anika Chebrolu from Frisco, Texas won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, one of the premier middle school science competitions in the U.S. for discovering a molecule that could lead to a therapy for COVID-19, taking home a $25,000 prize in the process.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi congratulates Biden & Harris on election victory

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi spoke to President-Elect Biden over the phone to discuss priorities and concerns for both nations, with a focus on the pandemic, access to affordable vaccines, rebuilding the economy, climate change and working together in the Indo-Pacific. Modi also extended his congratulations to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who will be the first Indian American ever to serve at that level.

In the first volume of his memoir titled “A Promised Land,” former President Obama wrote about a visit to India during his first term, including meeting with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as well as senior Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. His book also talks about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life. Obama had high praise for Manmohan Singh, but levied criticism of Rahul Gandhi and the BJP.

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges around the United States, forcing new lockdowns in cities and states around the nation, India is also being hammered by the virus, with New Delhi being the epicenter of the worst outbreak in the world at the moment according to new data.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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