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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV)  — In a move that would impact more than 6 million children and their families, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that most California schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year because of the coronavirus.

In Northern California, Sonoma County and Monterey County are now asking residents to shelter in place, adding to the six counties that have asked locals to stay in their homes unless they need groceries or exercise.

Meanwhile, the White House is negotiating with Congress over a relief package valued at $1 trillion. which would not only help suffering businesses, but feature direct cash relief for Americans ranging from a one-time payment of $500 to a monthly payment of $2,000 per household until the crisis ends. In adding to dropping interest rates to 0 percent over the weekend, the White House also announced the IRS is allowing individuals and businesses owing up to $1 million this tax season to defer payments for 90 days.

India pledged a contribution of $10 million towards a Covid-19 Emergency Fund during a conference call with other South Asian nations, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which was praised by both the U.S. and Russia.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Senators Warner, Cornyn talk US-India relations to USIBC

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — China as it relates to the U.S. and India was a central topic of conversation at the USIBC Post-Election Perspectives virtual conference. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, Republican Senator John Cornyn in conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma both conveyed how India’s importance to the U.S. is increasing in terms of security and economic opportunity moving forward. Both Senators were confident bilateral ties between the world’s two largest democracies would continue to strengthen under a Biden administration. Cornyn and Warner are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus.

Elections officials in Georgia called the presidential race for President-elect Joe Biden after a hand recount recertified the results. The vote discrepancy totaled in the hundreds and not thousands needed for President Trump to change the outcome. Biden will be awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes. The Trump campaign continues to dispute the outcome and says they will continue to pursue all legal options.

And the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards #1 overall in the NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors picked big man James Wiseman #2, but lost NBA champion & sharpshooter Klay Thompson for the year to an Achilles injury

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Unprecedented Diwali greetings offered to diaspora

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — From President Trump and President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris to the Georgia Senate candidates vying for votes in the January runoff election, Diwali greetings were expressed by leaders around the U.S. en masse, an acknowledgement that the Indian American community is an emerging political force.

Hirsh Singh, who ran for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, but lost to fellow Indian American Rik Mehta in the Republican primary, announced his candidacy for Governor of New Jersey. He’ll be facing at least two other Republican challengers, not to mention the Democratic incumbent Governor Phil Murphy, who is seeking a second term. Singh also has litigation pending before the Supreme Court in an effort to change the results in that Republican primary.

Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 85. Chatterjee performed in more than 200 movies and worked closely with Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray

14 year old Indian American teen Anika Chebrolu from Frisco, Texas won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, one of the premier middle school science competitions in the U.S. for discovering a molecule that could lead to a therapy for COVID-19, taking home a $25,000 prize in the process.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi congratulates Biden & Harris on election victory

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi spoke to President-Elect Biden over the phone to discuss priorities and concerns for both nations, with a focus on the pandemic, access to affordable vaccines, rebuilding the economy, climate change and working together in the Indo-Pacific. Modi also extended his congratulations to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who will be the first Indian American ever to serve at that level.

In the first volume of his memoir titled “A Promised Land,” former President Obama wrote about a visit to India during his first term, including meeting with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as well as senior Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. His book also talks about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life. Obama had high praise for Manmohan Singh, but levied criticism of Rahul Gandhi and the BJP.

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges around the United States, forcing new lockdowns in cities and states around the nation, India is also being hammered by the virus, with New Delhi being the epicenter of the worst outbreak in the world at the moment according to new data.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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