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Report: Harmeet Dhillon a candidate to lead Civil Rights Division at Justice Dept.

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Harmeet Dhillon conducts the invocation during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016.

Harmeet Dhillon covers her hair as she conducts the invocation during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco trial attorney and one of California’s three members of the Republican National Committee, has been reportedly pegged as a candidate by President Trump to lead the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The 48-year-old reportedly interviewed for the role in Washington Thursday, Dhillon has emerged as an outspoken leader for the party in a state where their message is mostly silent, she became the vice chair of the California Republican Party in 2013.

Last summer, Dhillon opened the second night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland by delivering a Sikh prayer in Punjabi before now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally nominated Trump, calling him a “warrior and a leader.”

Formed 60 years ago, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division enforces federal laws which bar discrimination. It’s unclear who else might be up for the post, which is being closely watched given Sessions’ record and statements about states’ rights and religious freedom. Following the election, Dhillon said she believed the president’s claims that millions had voted illegally.

Without citing evidence, President Trump has listed California, Virginia and New Hampshire as states where large amounts of illegal votes denied him a popular vote victory. California has not done enough to protect against people fraudulently registering or casting ballots, Dhillon said at the time, including not requiring voters to show identification.

Dhillon has worked as an attorney representing persecuted Sikhs and served on the board of the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

Six men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of two girls. Police say one of them is a neighbor and the remaining five are Muslims from a nearby village – although it’s not believed to be a religious crime.

As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
Indian American economist Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji has been named White House Coordinator for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at the National Economic Council. 
 
Fans of Indian comedian and actor Raju Srivastava are mourning his death. He passed away at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack last month while running on a treadmill. He had a history of heart problems. 
 
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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