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UN Court Orders Pakistan to halt execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav

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Television channels showing news of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in Jammu, India.

UNITED NATIONS (Diya TV) — The International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan on Thursday to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the latest development in a high-profile case that has further strained relations in an already tense region.

The court asked Pakistan to delay the execution of the Indian naval officer, who was previously convicted of espionage, until it had a chance to rule on a case brought by India, which claims that Pakistan prevented Jadhav from having access to consular officials after his arrest.

“Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr. Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the Court of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order,” the court said in its order.

Jadhav was arrested in March of last year and charged with espionage and sabotage. Islamabad officials accused him of fomenting terrorist activities in the restive southwest province of Baluchistan and sentenced him to death last month. Pakistani authorities have since pointed to his arrest as evidence of India’s involvement in terrorist activities in the country.

However, New Delhi has maintained the stance that Jadhav was a retired naval officer who was conducting business in Iran when Pakistani officials kidnapped him there and took him to Pakistan. India has claimed that Jadhav was not permitted to meet with consular officials during a rapid trial and sentencing, and that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention.

Indian officials celebrated the court’s order on Thursday.

“The stand of the Indian government has been vindicated,” Mukul Rohatgi, India’s attorney general, told reporters. “The Indian government stand is really based on truth and justice and respect for human rights.”

The office of Pakistan’s attorney general released a statement on Thursday that played down the court’s decision.

“These measures have no bearing whatsoever on the final decision of the court,” the statement read. “We are confident that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like Commander Jadhav.”

 

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Recall efforts against Kshama Sawant moves forward

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing heat as well from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her over the mass protests this summer that led some protesters to establish a police-free zone in downtown Seattle. In a tweet, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered his help to Durkan pro-bono.

Indian Prime Minister Modi turned 70 years old and received birthday wishes from around the globe, including from President Trump, who called Modi “a great leader and loyal friend.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Eight South Asian candidates run for San Ramon office

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SAN RAMON, California (Diya TV) — We’ll introduce you to the eight candidates of South Asian descent running for San Ramon’s mayor and city council this year. Located in California’s East Bay and renowned for great public schools, San Ramon has seen an explosion in its Indian American population over the last decade. Now community members want to give back and help the city map out its future.

President Trump flew to California to meet with Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials to discuss the wildfires that have engulfed the state for weeks. Newsom and his team of scientists made it a point to tell Trump climate change is “exacerbating” the wildfires. Toxic air lingers on from California to Washington and new projections indicate the smoke will spread from the Northwest and head to the Midwest.

President Trump announced Indian American Judge Amul Thapar is on shortlist to be named to the Supreme Court if a vacancy happens during his term, joining the likes of Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton.

Silicon Valley venture capital fund Sequoia Capital has invested in the most Indian startups that have become unicorns. Sequoia’s Indian arm has invested in eight unicorns, including Byju’s and Unacademy. SoftBank and Steadview Capital are second with seven unicorns each.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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