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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-China strike détente over border issues

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Ladakh, INDIA (Diya TV)  — Just days after Indian Prime Minister Modi visited the frontlines in Ladakh to encourage his troops and honor those lost in a recent battle with China, India and China jointly announced both countries will disengage, pulling back in a limited manner at separate key points. A two-hour frank conversation between both nation’s foreign ministers led to the breakthrough. While both sides claim their sovereignty had been violated, India made some major economic moves against China in recent days, banning investment, stopping Chinese participation in freeway developments and blocking 59 apps including TikTok. TikTok announced they would lose up to $6 billion because of India’s ban.

In a statement on his agenda for Muslim Americans, presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden said he was disappointed with the Indian government’s implementation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act and recent actions in Jammu and Kashmir. Biden has a long list of agendas he plans to implement if he is elected President, but there is no listing as of yet for Hindu and Sikh Americans.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 explodes: 50,000 cases in one day, 10,000 in Florida

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AUSTIN, Texas (Diya TV)  — Fears of a COVID19 spike have been realized, as the caseload around the nation continues to set records daily. On Wednesday, 50,000 new cases were reported around America, 10,000 in Florida alone. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is now mandating masks in his hard-hit state and states that were starting to open up are now reworking their plans in order to combat COVID19.

As Indian and Chinese military commanders held a third round of talks on disengagement, the Indian government made another move against business and investment from China, announcing Chinese companies will not be allowed to take part in India’s highway and transportation projects, among other sectors. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi deleted his account on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

President Trump though White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany made his strongest remarks to date on the India-China conflict, saying “China’s aggressive stance along the India-China border fits with a larger a pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world and these action only confirm the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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California lawsuit alleges caste-based discrimination at Cisco

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV)  — California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Silicon Valley titan Cisco Systems and two of their former employees alleging discrimination against an Indian-American Dalit employee. The man claims harassment by two men who are Indian Americans of a higher caste, former Cisco engineering managers Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella. Cisco denies the charges.

On the heels of India banning 59 Chinese apps from being distributed, the FCC designated Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security, saying money allocated by the government for broadband and other 5G related products cannot be used on equipment by those vendors. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lauded India for their ban of Chinese apps.

And in a new letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, 20 Senators are urging the Trump Administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Hindu and Sikh communities that have been long persecuted in Afghanistan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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