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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai receives renomination for a second term

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee hearing on “Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2016.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The newly appointed FCC Chairman from Kansas, Ajit Pai has been renominated by President Trump for a second term. Currently, the FCC only has 3 members including Chairman Pai, Commissioner Clyburn (D) & Commissioner O’Reilly. Whether or not, the Trump administration will nominate the remaining two members to the commission remains to be seen.

“I am deeply honored to have been nominated by President Trump to serve a second term on the Federal Communications Commission,” said Pai. “If I am fortunate to be confirmed by the Senate, I will continue to work with my colleagues to connect all Americans with digital opportunity, foster innovation, protect consumers, promote public safety, and make the FCC more open and transparent to the American people.”

“These dedicated men and women [Pai was one of five nominees announced Tuesday] will help me and the rest of the Administration as we continue our work to make America great again,” said President Trump. “I am grateful for their willingness to serve and honored that they will be joining my team.”

Pai’s term expired in June, however, he was allowed to continue to serve until the end of the Congress that was in session. He was named FCC chair by President Trump in January, the two met Monday afternoon, the announcement of his renomination came only a day later.

“We congratulate Ajit Pai on his re-nomination to the FCC,” said NCTA: The Internet & Television Association president Michael Powell, former Republican FCC chair. “In just a few short months, chairman Pai has embarked on a thoughtful, pro-consumer agenda that focuses on promoting Internet freedom and expanding the benefits of broadband to all Americans. We look forward to continuing to work with chairman Pai and his colleagues over the coming years.”

“Charter congratulates chairman Pai on his renomination to the FCC,” said Catherine Bohigian, executive VP of government affairs for Charter and a senior advisor to former Republican FCC chairman Kevin Martin. “As chairman, he has already put points on the board on behalf of consumers including by increasing regulatory transparency and prioritizing rural broadband deployment. chairman Pai understands that regulatory stability allows businesses to grow and create jobs, spurs innovation and strengthens our economy all in the public interest. We look forward to continuing to work with him and his fellow Commissioners to advance broadband infrastructure investment and deployment across the country.”

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4 Indian Americans die, 2 missing in Hurricane Ida floods

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TRENTON (Diya TV) — At least four Indian Americans are dead and two missing as the massive floods ravaged New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Ida. Authorities say the victims were swept away by flood waters or drowned. Crews are using boats and drones, hoping to find more survivors.

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In a historic moment, three women took oath as judges on India’s Supreme Court

Justices Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi, were among the nine new appointees to the highest court of the land. Including these new appointments, the  Supreme Court has had 11 women judges in its history so far.

What a run for India at this year’s Paralympics. The athletes brought home 19 medals, including five gold. The medal count also included eight silver and six bronze.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi to visit US in late September to meet Biden

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first U.S. visit since President Joe Biden took office. Modi is expected to travel to Washington DC and New York in the last week of September, according to top government officials. Modi and Biden have already met virtually on at least three occasions. Most recently at the G-7 summit this past June.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington is getting personal in her fight against the new Texas abortion law, which would ban terminating a pregnancy as early as 6 weeks.  The Indian American politician took to twitter to say getting an abortion years ago was not an easy choice, but it was her own choice. Jayapal says preserving this right is important for every woman across the US.

Mia Bonta is declaring victory in her California state Assembly race. She faced off against Indian American Democrat Janani Ramachandran in the District 18 special election.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Census: Indian American population tops 4 million

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (Diya TV) — Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is touting the achievements of Indian Americans and their influence after the latest census data showing tremendous growth in the community. There are now more than four million Indian Americans and they’re considered one of the fastest growing ethnic groups.  Krishnamurthi says this is just the beginning and expects the community to contribute even more to the fabric of America.  

Pakistan National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf is trying to walk back his controversial statements he allegedly made to a  British newspaper. The Sunday Times says he warned that the West risks a second 9/11 situation if it doesn’t “immediately recognize” the Taliban. The newspaper is standing by its reporting and says the entire interview was recorded.

A white man accused of running over a Sikh man outside a Colorado liquor store with his car is being charged with a hate crime.  Witnesses say Eric Breemen nearly killed Lakhwant Singh after a dispute. The Sikh Coalition advocacy group mobilized the community and helped push for the hate crime charges. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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