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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:

SECTION ON BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

  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

 

SECTION ON CHEMISTRY

  Krishnan Raghavachari, Indiana University

 

SECTION ON ENGINEERING

  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

 

SECTION ON INFORMATION, COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATION

  Noshir S. Contractor, Northwestern University

  Sampath Kannan, University of Pennsylvania

 

SECTION ON MATHEMATICS

  Kavita Ramanan, Brown University

 

SECTION ON MEDICAL SCIENCES

  Subbarao Bondada, University of Kentucky

 

SECTION ON NEUROSCIENCE

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

  Piali Sengupta, Brandeis University

 

SECTION ON STATISTICS

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

 

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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India and China agree on 5-point plan to deescalate

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — During a lengthy meeting in Moscow between Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, India and China agreed on a five-point plan to disengage along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), where Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a nearly five month standoff. The five-point plan is at the direction of Prime Minister Modi and President Jinping to “not allow differences to become disputes.”

As America commemorates the 19th anniversary of 9/11, there was some bipartisanship on display in New York when Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence bumped elbows and spoke briefly ahead of a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center attacks.

As wildfires rage on, toxic air stretched from Washington State to California. Local officials encouraged millions to stay at home to avoid breathing in ash falling from the sky and the poor air quality is likely to continue through the weekend.

Bela Bajaria has been named Netflix’s Head of Global TV, a newly created position for the former network TV executive.

The Memphis Grizzlies announced Sonia Raman will join their team as an assistant coach. She spent the last 12 years as the women’s head coach at MIT and will be the first ever Indian-American to coach in the NBA.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Community rallies behind widow of slain Mississippi hotelier

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CLEVELAND, Mississippi (Diya TV) — Last month in Cleveland, Mississippi, hotel owner Yogesh Patel was beaten to death by a guest he had evicted. Police arrested Kentarrus Williams in connection with Patel’s death. But his demise has left his widow, Sonam, in a challenging spot, trying to manage her grief and a hotel in an area she has no family. Now, community members have set up a GoFundMe page and a Facebook page dedicated to raising $60,000 for Sonam and they are halfway to their goal.

The 2020 fire season is setting records — and the numbers are hard to digest. In California, 3 million acres and counting have burned, featuring 6 of the top 20 largest wildfires in state history. At least eight people in California, Oregon and Washington have died from the latest wildfires and Oregon’s governor believes the death and destruction toll will just get worse.

The United States Senate voted unanimously to confirm Diane Gujarati as the newest district judge in the Eastern District of New York. Gujarati is now the first Article III judge of South Asian descent in the state of New York.

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