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Former Civil Rights Division head Vanita Gupta criticizes Attorney General

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Vanita Gupta, the former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, criticized the work of the current attorney general during an interview this week.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Vanita Gupta, the former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President Barack Obama, criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memorandum this week ordering a sweeping review of police reform activities of the Obama era.

Gupta expressed her disappointment during an interview with BuzzFeed News, and said that she was “not entirely surprised” by the decision.

Monday, attorney general Jeff Sessions called for an internal review of all investigations and consent decrees with troubled police departments initiated under Obama administration. He cited the federal government’s responsibility to manage the nation’s police departments as the reason. Gupta said that “the individual misdeeds of bad actors should not impugn” the work police officers perform “in keeping American communities safe.” The memo also mentions Sessions’ past comments including softening of the DOJ’s approach towards reform.

Gupta said that Sessions’ comments on the issue “pit civil rights against crime fighting” and expressed her concern about Baltimore and Chicago – where the negotiations between police and the Department of Justice are ongoing.

“It is the responsibility of the federal government to enforce civil rights laws,” Gupta said, adding that the reviews by the civil rights division are “not about looking at bad actors, it’s about identifying systematic problems.” According to the report, Baltimore Police Commissioner on Tuesday called the DOJ’s move as unnecessary and “without a whole lot of justification.”

“The AG talks about local control, and wanting to defer to local control, you have to wonder why there wasn’t an engagement with the commissioner in Baltimore,” Gupta said.

“In Chicago, where we spoke to hundreds of police, thousands of residents, and looked through hundreds of thousands of documents, if that does not yield a change, I think it will be incredibly disruptive,” she added.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson pushes for India COVID relief

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Reverend Jesse Jackson is standing in solidarity with Indian Americans in California who are rallying the community to send more Covid-19 relief to India.  Reverend Jackson is also voicing solidarity for other communities of color as African Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the new Federal holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S.

And Satya Nadella is now even more powerful at Microsoft. The tech giant’s CEO was named chairman of the board elevating his current role atop one of the world’s most valuable companies. The Indian American has served as chief executive since 2014, has helped transform the PC maker into a leader in cloud computing in recent years, resulting in  a market cap of close to $2 trillion.

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given away another massive chunk of her fortune. This time nearly 3  billion dollars to a variety of charities. Several Indian organizations like Goonj, Antara Foundation, and GiveIndia have also benefited from this generosity.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US – India trade hits record $9 billion

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — For the second month in a row, the U.S.-India bilateral goods trade crossed $9 billion dollars.  It had never happened once before that. This is a comprehensive document covering trade in goods and services, and shows India and the U.S. remain strong strategic partners.

the U.S. Senate confirmed Radhika Fox as the first Indian American and woman of color to lead the office of water at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her supporters say she will focus on making sure everyone’s point of view is heard and taken into account.

And British Pakistani rapper Frenzo Harami is being criticized for his anti Hindu post on Instagram. Harami uses vulgar language to describe Hindu minorities living in Kashmir. He apparently went on this tirade after claiming youtube banned one of his videos.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India’s COVID rate drops dramatically

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’ s Covid-19 infection rates are starting to consistently drop each day.  The ministry of health reported a little more than 60,000 cases in the past 24 hours. That’s a dramatic decrease from the peak of more than 400,000 cases in one day just a few months ago. 

India has also decided to partially open the Taj Mahal to visitors. And as restrictions ease, several shops, malls, and restaurants have started to reopen in multiple cities this week. but Authorities continue to advise mask wearing and social distancing.

Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a dinner party for a bipartisan group of female senators at her official Washington, DC residence. 16 Democrats and eight Republicans. Vice President Harris is doing this against the backdrop of intense negotiations over President Biden’s agenda in Congress and a border crisis raging on her watch.

And one of the fiercest critics of Big Tech companies like Apple and Amazon is now leading the Federal Trade Commission.  Lina Khan will be tasked with voting on enforcement matters in areas of both competition and consumer protection. the 32 year old South Asian will be the youngest person to ever lead the agency.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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