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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.


Exclusive: Sanders, Bloomberg camps on Indian American outreach




AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — We have more from Las Vegas in the aftermath of the latest Democratic debate. We spoke with both the Sanders and the Bloomberg campaigns about what they plan to do to reach the Indian American community and have more analysis on whether any of the candidates moved the needle to win new support.

A number of prominent Indian Americans in government will accompany President Trump and the first lady to India next week. The delegation will visit Delhi, Agra, and Ahmedabad and likely include Rita Barnwal of the U.S. Department of Energy, Bimal Patel of the U.S. Treasury Department, Manisha Singh of the State Department, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Seema Verma of Health and Human Services and Kash Patel in the National Security Council.

There is tragic news to report out of India, where we’ve learned Ayurvedic Master Healer Dr. Pankaj Naram has died. Dr. Naram has been a mainstay on Diya TV in the daytime for many years, sharing his wisdom on how to use everyday ingredients to heal challenging ailments. Dr. Naram literally touched the lives of millions of people and we will effort to pay homage to this man whose impact will live on forever.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India becomes 5th largest economy, overtakes UK, France




AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — India is now the world’s fifth largest economy, overtaking the UK and France in 2019, according to a report by American non-partisan think tank World Population Review. The report says India’s economic liberalization starting in the early 1990s was key to this growth. Though the report also indicates India’s real GDP growth is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

Billionaire entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on stage at the ninth Democratic Debate in Las Vegas, qualifying for the first time after polls indicate his star is rising amongst potential Democratic primary voters after spending more than $300 million in political advertising. Diya TV will be in Las Vegas with full coverage from what will certainly be an eventful night.

Lakshmi Sridaran, who has been the interim executive director for non-profit civil rights group, SAALT, South Asian Americans Leading Together, will take on that role moving forward. SAALT also announced Simran Noor will serve as their new Board Chair.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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150,000 people expected for ‘Namaste Trump’ in Gujarat



Namaste Trump

AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — President Trump & the first lady will get a massive welcome on his visit to Gujarat next week, where 150,000 people are expected to attend ‘Namaste Trump.’ It’s expected to be an even grander event than ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, where 50,000 people greeted Prime Minister Modi. A delegation of business leaders from the U.S. are also headed to India for a series of events in New Delhi.

The 17th annual India Conference at Harvard brought more than 1000 people to the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard’s Business School including a long list of luminaries in business, politics and entertainment. And only on Diya TV, we have exclusive conversations with Indian unicorn CEOs Ankiti Bose of Zilingo and Ritesh Agarwal of OYO.

Roseville Police in California say a taxi driver, Rajbir Singh, saved an elderly passenger in his cab from giving a scammer $25,000. The 92 year old told Singh she was about to withdraw the money to settle a debt with the IRS. It sounded like a scam to Singh, who asked the woman to reconsider, even detouring to a police station to help convince her not to withdraw her money. Eventually, she decided not to proceed. Roseville Police say Singh should be honored with a “great citizen award.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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