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Pakistani embassy in Washington picketed over terrorism threats




WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — A group of Kashmiri Americans along with former American military personnel and Indian American Congressional candidates protested outside of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC to denounce what they say is that nations support of terror. With Kashmir in the headlines daily, the group gathered to spread awareness of the $4 billion the U.S. spends in aid to Pakistan, despite the fact 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was in hiding there.

House Democrats officially announced two articles of impeachment against President Trump, with one charge alleging abuse of power and another related to obstruction of Congress. A vote in the Judiciary Committee is possible within days with a full House vote by Christmas. In response, President Trump said the proceedings were baseless and partisan and expects to be fully exonerated by the Senate.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science or AAAS announced of the 443 leading scientists in various fields named an AAAS Fellow, 21 of them are of Indian descent. The naming of AAAS Fellows began in 1874, and includes icons like Thomas Edison.

The following are 2019 AAAS Fellows of Indian descent:


  Kanwarpal Singh Dhugga, International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) (Mexico)

  Justin P. Kumar, Indiana University

  Harmit Singh Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

  Kirankumar S. Mysore, Noble Research Institute, LLC

  Aleem Siddiqui, University of California, San Diego



  Krishnan Raghavachari, Indiana University



  Avinash Kumar Agarwal, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India)

  Rajeevan Amirtharajah, University of California, Davis

  Ravi Bellamkonda, Duke University

  Ashutosh Chilkoti, Duke University

  Guru Madhavan, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

  Vinothan N. Manoharan, Harvard University

  Gopal R. Rao, Materials Research Society (MRS)

  Asok Ray, Pennsylvania State University



  Noshir S. Contractor, Northwestern University

  Sampath Kannan, University of Pennsylvania



  Kavita Ramanan, Brown University



  Subbarao Bondada, University of Kentucky



  Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, Centre for Brain Research, Indian Institute of Science (India)

  Piali Sengupta, Brandeis University



  Nandini Kannan, Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)


Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.


US sends aid, and bans travel from India



US ends aid, bans travel from India | Diya TV News

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — The Covid-19 crisis continues to spiral out of control in India. And now the U.S. is instituting a travel ban.  It goes into effect on May 4 but won’t apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and their spouses. Meanwhile foreign aid is flowing into India from places like Israel, America, and Germany.

Sikh’s in Indianapolis held a memorial service to remember the victims of the Fed Ex facility shooting last month. Four of the people who died were from the Sikh community.  Police have not identified a motive for the shooting, yet. It’s unclear if the shooter, a former employee at the facility, was targeting Sikhs. There are a high number of Sikhs, immigrants and refugees who work in the facility.

And mega stars from the Indian diaspora raised more than 3 million dollars for Covid-19 relief in India.  Jay Shetty, Lilly Singh, Deepak Chopra, and Jay Sean. The virtual event was called help India Breathe and aired on Diya TV. The funds are going to three major areas of relief on the ground including food, direct cash transfers to families, and makeshift hospitals.

You can watch the fundraiser and still continue to donate:

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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American Coronavirus aid arrives in India



American Covid-19 aid arrives in India | Diya TV News

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — American aid is finally starting to arrive in Covid-19 battered India as vaccination sites run out of shots and thousands of people gasp for air. A U.S. military transport plane delivered more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly one million rapid coronavirus test kits, and other supplies. The country has been reporting an average of more than 350,000 new cases of Covid infections every day for the past week.

After seven hours of public comment and testimony from hundreds of people on whether caste should be added to the county’s non-discrimination policy, the Santa Clara Human Rights Commission deferred their vote pending futher testimony and likely another public hearing. Equality Labs and the Hindu American Foundation each made presentations for and against this potential new category at the hearing, that was broadcast exclusively on Diya TV.
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Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history during President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress just by taking their seats — marking the first time two women would be sitting behind the President.  Biden’s Indian American chief speech writer Vinay Reddy wrote the president’s address, adding to the historic evening.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Death toll rises as Covid supplies head to India



Death toll rises as Covid supplies head to India | Diya TV News

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — No end in sight to India’s deepening Covid-19 crisis as the number of new virus cases in the country shatter records. India added nearly 400 thousand new cases on Thursday, breaking the record set a day earlier, boosting the country’s death toll to more than 200 thousand. US officials have urged Americans to leave the country because of the deteriorating conditions.

Several members of the Dalit community and their supporters are addressing the Santa Clara Human Rights Commission to discuss their experiences with caste discrimination. They want the commission to recommend that the Board of Supervisors make caste a legally protected category against discrimination like race, age, gender and sexual orientation. Equality Labs is pushing this agenda but critics say it is anti-Indian and anti-Hindu.

And the Senate overwhelmingly passed an Asian Hate crimes bill and created a new position at the Justice Department to fast track reviews of potential Covid-19 related hate crimes. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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