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Judge Amul Thapar nominated to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — President Donald Trump announced Monday that he plans to nominate U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thapar previously became the first federal district judge of South Asian descent when the U.S Senate confirmed him in late 2007. He received his law degree from UC Berkeley and served as the chief federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Kentucky before taking the district bench. He also served as a prosecutor in Southern Ohio and worked in private practice.

The Senate will be required to confirm Thapar to the appellate bench, but with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a strong supporter, observers said that won’t be a problem.

“Throughout his already impressive career of public service, Amul has shown an incredible intellect and an unshakable dedication to the law,” McConnell said in the release. “He has earned the respect of his colleagues, and I know that he will bring to the Sixth Circuit the same wisdom, fairness, and ability that he has shown on the District Court. President Trump made an outstanding choice and I look forward to the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Thapar.”

Before his swearing-in as the 45th president, Donald Trump had floated Thapar’s name on his shortlist of Supreme Court nominees, but chose Neil Gorsuch instead. ​

“Judge Thapar is a respected and thoughtful jurist who has long served as role model for the South Asian and greater legal community,” said Vichal Kumar, president of the South Asian Bar Association, in a press release. “Despite being among the youngest judges in the federal judiciary, Judge Thapar quickly established a reputation as a top legal scholar among his peers.”

Thapar is a conservative. He is seen as close to the Federalist Society, which promotes interpreting laws and the Constitution as written.

His father, Raj Thapar, who owns a business in Ohio, told The Courier-Journal in December that his son “nearly wouldn’t speak to me after I voted for Barack Obama.”

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on diversifying TV station ownership

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he’s aware the incentive auction nearly wiped out TV stations owned by women & minorities. How he’s addressing the issue, plus the on-going battle over net neutrality, robocalls & his evolution from staffer to Commissioner to Chair on an all-new The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur, Sunday at 9 am & 5pm exclusively on DiyaTV!

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Elon Musk says Tesla plans to be in India by 2020

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, just helped his brother Anil out of a major jam, despite their past differences. Anil’s Reliance Communications owed $77 million to Ericsson and he faced jail for non-payment. But in a statement, the company announced the debt was addressed, implying older brother Mukesh had taken care of the bill.

India’s second-richest man, Azim Premji, is making news of own by giving billions to charity in what is thought to be largest donation ever seen in India.

The tech tycoon has now allocated a total of $21 billion to the Azim Premji Foundation.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted he wants to bring their electric cars to India this year or by 2020. He has blamed tough policies for delaying the carmaker’s entry into India in the past. India is the world’s fourth largest automobile market.

Adding to the pacts they’ve struck over the last three years, India and the United States are close to finalizing a new deal to deepen defense industry collaboration.

And representatives from six social media platforms met with Indian election officials, holding discussions on ways to tackle fake news and authenticate political ads in advance of elections there next month.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces 2020 Presidential run

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Days after two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in racially motivated shooting, New Zealand’s prime minister vowed to change gun laws within one week. 50 people died and 50 were wounded in the livestreamed attack by a 28-year-old Australian man, and self-proclaimed racist, who is being held on murder charges.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand officially announced her campaign for the White House, making the rounds in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, the other Democratic presidential hopefuls made their way around the nation to meet with voters.

Iowa played host to Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Amy Klobuchar

Bernie Sanders hit the trail in Nevada.

And Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard made the rounds in the Bay Area.

Instagram comedian Jess Hilarious caused a furor online after posting a set of racially-insensitive videos saying four Sikhs on her flight made her feel “threatened.”

Those Sikh passengers were removed from the aircraft for reasons that are still unknown.

And Vancouver businessman David Sidoo pleaded not guilty to felony fraud charges in a U.S. federal court for allegedly paying $200,000 to have someone help his sons pass the SAT, one of whom attended U.C. Berkeley. He was released on $1.5 million bond.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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