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Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi challenge Trump and Republican Hindu Coalition

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Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal vowed to fight President Trump’s immigration ban.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Two Indian-American lawmakers in Congress, along with two former top Obama administration diplomats, have launched a nationwide effort to oppose what they believe to be the “unlawful, unconstitutional, and un-American” executive order that was signed by President Trump last Friday.

Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi, joined by former Obama administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community are urging those across the nation to stand united and fight against the order.

They delivered their message in a conference organized by the Asian American Pacific Islander Victory Fund Tuesday. Jayapal has emerged as one of the national voices in the fight against Trump’s executive order.

“Last week’s executive orders on immigration has thrown the country to chaos,” she said. The president’s attack on the immigrant and refugee community ignores everything that’s great about America, she said.

“This is not normal and it is not constitutional. It also makes us far less safe as a country,” she said. “It undermines our place in the world as global compassionate democratic leader.”

Jayapal also lashed out at the Republican Hindu Coalition for supporting the president’s order.

“Today, a group calling itself as Republican Hindu Coalition will announce its support for un-American executive orders,” she said. “And to them I would say, shame. Shame for trying to divide the Indian-American community. As a Hindu, I can tell you that this group does not represent the much much larger Indian American community that honor our birth countries commitment to religious freedom and democracy.”

She said the coalition does not represent the populous.

“The Republican Hindu Coalition does not represent us. As Indian Americans, I can tell you, we believe deeply in pluralism, in freedom of religion, in freedom of speech and in a democratic diverse society.”

The executive order issued by Trump is “an assault on the United States constitution. It hurts economy and working families and it divides Americana and not unify them,” Krishnamoorthi, a Congressman from Illinois, said.

“I am proud to be Indian American, I am proud to be Hindu American and I am proud to be an immigrant,” he said.

Diya TV will air an exclusive interview with Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition, this weekend on “The Public Interest.”

Here’s an interview conducted with Mr. Kumar by Ravi Kapur just hours after Donald Trump was declared the winner of the Presidential Election.

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Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — It was supposed to be debate night, a second battle between former Vice President Biden and President Trump. But after the President’s COViD-19 diagnosis, an in person battle wasn’t in the cards. The President did not want to do a virtual debate, so both men held separate town halls at the exact same time to try and win over voters with less than three weeks before the election and millions of people already casting their ballots early.

Many of the biggest Desi names in entertainment got together for a virtual ‘South Asian Block Party’ to support the Biden-Harris campaign. In just a couple hours, $250,000 was raised, with a number of the prominent figures sharing their personal stories on why they are supporting the Biden ticket.

Pakistan’s government has banned TikTok, citing complaints alleging the popular video app carried immoral and indecent content.

Simran Sethi, ABC TV’s Executive Vice President of Development and Content Strategy, is putting in place a new set of inclusion standards to ensure the television network accurately reflects society.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American professor missing near Mt. Rainier

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Sam Dubal, an Indian American anthropology professor at the University of Washington, has been missing for days, according to his sister, UC Hastings law professor Veena Dubal. Sam is said to have gone on an overnight hike and backpacking trip near Mount Rainier in Washington state. Park rangers have found his car, but there is still no sign of him. If you hear about his whereabouts, you are asked to call 360-569-6684.

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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee began a week of confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett praised the legacies of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham set the agenda and defended his decision to move Barrett’s nomination forward. Barrett could become the first justice placed on the court right before a Presidential election.

Actress Mindy Kaling took the occasion of being on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to announce she just gave birth to a baby boy named Spencer in September. It’s the second child for Kaling, who told Colbert her daughter Katherine reconnected her to Hinduism after her birth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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President Trump & First Lady contract COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The world’s attention is focused on the health of President Trump and the first lady after they disclosed they both have the coronavirus. The President is 74 years old and is considered in a high risk category. White House spokespeople say the President was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center for observation and will be there for a few days out of “an abundance of caution.” Sources close to the situation say the President is experiencing a low-grade fever and that he took an experimental drug cocktail to boost his immune system. The First Lady, Melania Trump, remains at the White House. Trump confidants Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway and Bill Stepien also contracted the virus.

Well wishes for the President are coming in from around the globe, with one of the first messages of support coming from Indian Prime Minister Modi.

There are tributes around the U.S. to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 151st birth anniversary. Political leaders sent their well wishes and there was a ceremony at the Indian Embassy in Washington to commemorate the occasion.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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