Connect with us

News

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy dismissed by Trump Administration

Published

on

Vivek Murthy
Vivek Murthy

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, center, after he is ceremonially sworn-in in Conmy Hall at Fort Myer, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Arlington, Va.U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, center, after he is ceremonially sworn-in in Conmy Hall at Fort Myer, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Arlington, Va.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said on Friday that he was replaced, just two years after his appointment by former President Barack Obama.

In a statement posted to Facebook, the 39-year-old Murthy said he “was blessed to have an extraordinary team of dedicated public servants who became my colleagues and friends” and highlighted the work done by his office to address addiction in the United States.

“Thank you, America, for the privilege of a lifetime,” Murthy said. “I have been truly humbled and honored to serve as your Surgeon General.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to Diya TV’s request for comment Saturday about Murthy’s departure. Murthy became the first Indian-American to serve as the country’s top doctor when he was confirmed by the Senate in 2014, a year after he was nominated. He said Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, the current deputy surgeon general, will serve as acting surgeon general. The official page of the U.S. Surgeon General has been updated with her in that role.

Murthy, in a landmark report on addiction released in November, said dependency on opioids and other substances must not be looked on as a “character flaw,” in the first publication from a surgeon general hat has addressed drug and alcohol addiction.

“We will only be successful in addressing addiction — and other illnesses — when we recognize the humanity within each of us. People are more than their disease. All of us are more than our worst mistakes,” Murthy said in the statement. “We must ensure our nation always reflects a fundamental value: every life matters.”

Murthy was nominated for the post in 2013, he faced immediate and fierce opposition from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights advocates, who argued he would use the office to advocate for changing the nations’ firearms laws; Murthy had spoken out for mandatory gun-safety training and an assault weapons ban. Republicans, and some Democrats, also objected to Murthy for his previous political activism, such as when he co-founded Doctors for Obama in 2008.

He was narrowly confirmed by the Senate in 2014.

Murthy pointed to his background as the grandson of a poor farmer from India in what he called the “humbling” experience of being chosen as the nation’s top health official. He called it a “uniquely American story.”

“While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served,” Murthy said.

Here’s Murthy with Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur in an interview in 2015:

News

Biden, Harris take stage together, announce platform

Published

on

Biden, Harris take stage together, announce platform | Diya TV News

WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris delivered remarks in their first joint press conference in Biden’s home state of Delaware. They will be formally nominated next week as the Democratic ticket challenging President Trump in November. Biden lauded Harris as the child of “America’s story” who fought for the working class and was ready to take on their opponents in this “life-changing election.” 

And Harris presented Biden as a selfless leader ready to take on President Trump in November.

A key demographic both the Trump and Biden campaigns will make an effort to appeal to in the coming weeks are Indian American voters in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The number of voters of Indian descent in those states are greater in 2020 than Trump’s margin of victory four years ago. And with Harris now in the race, political analysts say Indian Americans will be a determining factor in the outcome.

Biden & Harris annouce platform for their Presidential run.

After a month of verification and certifications, Rik Mehta is officially the winner of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, topping Hirsh Singh. The former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Mehta defeated Singh by just over 8,000 votes.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

News

Harris named as Biden’s VP pick, first Indian American

Published

on

WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — It’s not a complete surprise, but it’s historic nonetheless – former Vice President Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris to his Presidential ticket. Next week, they will take the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention as the challengers to President Trump and Vice President Pence in November. Harris, who is Black and Indian American, will be the first Asian American to be on a presidential ticket. We will have a full rundown of her career and why she overcame challengers like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Val Demings for the post. And we’ll go in depth on the effect her candidacy will have on the Indian American voter, a group that has long voted Democratic, but is actively being courted by Republicans, led by President Trump.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally, the numerical milestones continue to stun. There are now 20 million cases reported around the world. The total afflicted in the United States is now over 5 million, with more than 164,000 deaths.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

News

Joe Biden picks Indian American Senator Kamala Harris for VP

Published

on

Sen. Harris at the 2016 Democratic Convention
WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today his running make will be Indian American Senator from California, Sen. Kamala Harris. This etches a moment within the halls of the United States’ history, as Harris now becomes the first Indian American & first woman of color to be a Vice Presidential candidate for a major party. 
Sen. Harris talks to Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur about AAPI engagement in the upcoming elections

A daughter of Jamaican & Indian immigrants, Sen. Harris has been a stalwart within the democratic party. It wasn’t too long ago she annouced her very own presidential bid in her hometown of Oakland, California. However she dropped out of the race early on, and many speculated then she would be the VP candidate for a Biden Harris ticket. 

With major news organizations identifying her as ‘Black’, ‘African American’, many wonder if Sen. Harris identifies as Indian American. Each time she spoke with Diya TV she referred to her Indian roots proudly and fondly reminisced her childhoold growing up with a Jamaican father & a South Indian mother. 

Continue Reading

Trending

Diya TV , Inc. © 2017 All Rights Reserved