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Sri Srinivasan becomes Chief Judge of D.C. Circuit Court

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Judge Sri Srinivasan is now the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is regarded as the second most powerful court in America outside of the Supreme Court. He replaces Merrick Garland, who at 65 years old by rule, can no longer hold that position. The 52 year old Srinivasan becomes the first Asian American ever to serve as chief judge for a circuit court in the United States.

Manga Anantatmula (“Aa-nanta-moola”) announced she is running for Congress as a Republican, vying for the 11th Congressional District in Virginia, a seat that’s long been a Democratic stronghold. Anantatmula (“Aa-nanta-moola”) is a federal government defense contractor, who is known for battling discrimination of Indian Americans by Ivy League schools, claiming 25% more Indian American students were admitted in 2019 as a result of her efforts.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi won a resounding 62 out of 70 seats in local Legislative Assembly elections, securing another term in office for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal. While the BJP won eight seats, five more than the last election in 2015, the AAP win is seen as a rejection by many analysts of Prime Minister Modi’s policies in the city where he resides. The Congress Party, which ruled Delhi government from 1998 to 2013, failed to win even one seat.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India-China strike détente over border issues

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Ladakh, INDIA (Diya TV)  — Just days after Indian Prime Minister Modi visited the frontlines in Ladakh to encourage his troops and honor those lost in a recent battle with China, India and China jointly announced both countries will disengage, pulling back in a limited manner at separate key points. A two-hour frank conversation between both nation’s foreign ministers led to the breakthrough. While both sides claim their sovereignty had been violated, India made some major economic moves against China in recent days, banning investment, stopping Chinese participation in freeway developments and blocking 59 apps including TikTok. TikTok announced they would lose up to $6 billion because of India’s ban.

In a statement on his agenda for Muslim Americans, presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden said he was disappointed with the Indian government’s implementation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act and recent actions in Jammu and Kashmir. Biden has a long list of agendas he plans to implement if he is elected President, but there is no listing as of yet for Hindu and Sikh Americans.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 explodes: 50,000 cases in one day, 10,000 in Florida

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AUSTIN, Texas (Diya TV)  — Fears of a COVID19 spike have been realized, as the caseload around the nation continues to set records daily. On Wednesday, 50,000 new cases were reported around America, 10,000 in Florida alone. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is now mandating masks in his hard-hit state and states that were starting to open up are now reworking their plans in order to combat COVID19.

As Indian and Chinese military commanders held a third round of talks on disengagement, the Indian government made another move against business and investment from China, announcing Chinese companies will not be allowed to take part in India’s highway and transportation projects, among other sectors. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi deleted his account on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

President Trump though White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany made his strongest remarks to date on the India-China conflict, saying “China’s aggressive stance along the India-China border fits with a larger a pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world and these action only confirm the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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California lawsuit alleges caste-based discrimination at Cisco

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV)  — California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Silicon Valley titan Cisco Systems and two of their former employees alleging discrimination against an Indian-American Dalit employee. The man claims harassment by two men who are Indian Americans of a higher caste, former Cisco engineering managers Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella. Cisco denies the charges.

On the heels of India banning 59 Chinese apps from being distributed, the FCC designated Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security, saying money allocated by the government for broadband and other 5G related products cannot be used on equipment by those vendors. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lauded India for their ban of Chinese apps.

And in a new letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, 20 Senators are urging the Trump Administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Hindu and Sikh communities that have been long persecuted in Afghanistan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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