Connect with us

News

International Court of Justice to hear arguments from India & Pakistan in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Published

on

Kulbhushan Jadhav
Kulbhushan Jadhav

Indian officials have appealed to the United Nations to order Islamabad to halt the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

THE HAGUE (Diya TV) — Lawyers and other officials from India and Pakistan are squaring off at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague over the impending execution of an alleged Indian spy by Islamabad.

Pakistan’s military sentenced Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a retired Indian naval officer, to death last month on charges of espionage and sabotage. No date has yet been set for the execution, Islamabad have said his conviction and sentence remain open to appeal.

India argued during a Monday preliminary hearing at the top UN court that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying Jadhav access to legal assistance. New Delhi, which denies Jadhav is a spy, has asked the ICJ to declare the verdict illegal and order Pakistan to release him.

“It is clear that Mr Jadhav has been denied the right to be defended by a legal counsel of his choice. He has not been informed of his right to seek consular access,” Deepak Mittal, India’s representative at the hearing, said.

Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan’s representative, pegged India’s complaint as “political theater.” He accused India of “time-wasting and political grandstanding”, adding that the court should decline jurisdiction in the case.

Ronny Abraham, the court’s president, said the tribunal would publicly deliver its decision on whether to grant an emergency stay of execution “as soon as possible.”

According to Islamabad officials, Jadhav confessed to receiving orders from India’s intelligence service to plan, coordinate and organize espionage and sabotage activities in the Balochistan province “aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan.”

Mittal said the charges against Jadhav were “concocted” and his trial “farcical.” Pakistan has failed to respond to all Indian demands for information about the case, ignoring requests for documents, including the charge sheet, he added. But Faisal, the Pakistani representative, argued that consular access is not an absolute right under the Vienna treaty.

Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan in March last year, according to Pakistan, but New Delhi insists he was kidnapped from Iran, where he was running his business.

News

Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

Published

on

Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle | Diya TV News

RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

News

Exclusive: Hindu Americans debate Biden vs. Trump

Published

on

Exclusive: Hindu Americans debate Biden vs. Trump | Diya TV News

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV)  — Diya TV played host to an incredible debate on issues affecting American Hindus as it relates to the 2020 Presidential Election. Three Biden and three Trump supporters discussed domestic influences and tendencies, foreign policy issues and party stances, Democrat vs. Republican in an event presented by the Hindu American Foundation, Hindu American Political Action Committee, HinduPACT and Hindu Vote.

Watch the full event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ULUchW4ubs

Also on Diya TV was the 2020 Fremont Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Coalition for Civic Engagement (CCE), a non-partisan organization. It includes a diverse group of organizations including Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA), Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA), NAA United, Punjab Foundation, Hindu American Foundation (HAF), Hindu American PAC (HAPAC), Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC), Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) and Federation for Indian and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS).

From the economy and the homeless epidemic to COVID-19 and traffic congestion, this forum gave candidates a chance to express their views on how they plan to address some of the most critical issues facing Bay Area’s fourth largest city.

The event featured speakers vying for these positions:

Fremont City Council – District 1

Teresa Keng

Fremont City Council – District 5

Dolev Gandler

Raj Salwan

Fremont City Council – District 6

Yogi Chugh

Teresa Cox

Charles Liu 

Fremont Mayor:

Lily Mei

Naz Mahika Khan

Justin Sha

Vik Bajwa Singh

All City Council & Mayoral candidates were invited, but some were unavailable or did not respond to the invitation.

Sen. Kamala Harris was openly mocked at a Trump campaign rally by her colleague, Georgia Senator David Perdue, who made fun of her name before a partisan crowd in Macon, Georgia. “Ka-MAL-a, Ka-MAL-a or Kamala, Kamala, Ka-mala, -mala, -mala, I don’t know, whatever,” said Perdue. Perdue’s team afterward brushed it off, saying that he
“simply mispronounced” the name of Harris, with whom he has worked for four years. 

In response to Perdue, many people used the hashtag #MyNameIs to share stories about how they have handled similar situations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

News

Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night

Published

on

Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — It was supposed to be debate night, a second battle between former Vice President Biden and President Trump. But after the President’s COViD-19 diagnosis, an in person battle wasn’t in the cards. The President did not want to do a virtual debate, so both men held separate town halls at the exact same time to try and win over voters with less than three weeks before the election and millions of people already casting their ballots early.

Many of the biggest Desi names in entertainment got together for a virtual ‘South Asian Block Party’ to support the Biden-Harris campaign. In just a couple hours, $250,000 was raised, with a number of the prominent figures sharing their personal stories on why they are supporting the Biden ticket.

Pakistan’s government has banned TikTok, citing complaints alleging the popular video app carried immoral and indecent content.

Simran Sethi, ABC TV’s Executive Vice President of Development and Content Strategy, is putting in place a new set of inclusion standards to ensure the television network accurately reflects society.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

Trending

Diya TV , Inc. © 2017 All Rights Reserved