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Thapar, Rao on Supreme Court shortlist to replace Ginsburg

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Early indications are that President Trump would like to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a conservative female, like Judge Amy Coney Barrett. But Judge Amul Thapar is also considered among the top choices, along with Judge Neomi Rao and either judge could become the first Indian American and Asian American justice on the nation’s highest court.

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The Indians for Biden National Council announced 16 Indian American leaders have joined their effort to reach Indian American communities in battleground states. The Advisory Board includes:

  • U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois
  • Nisha Biswal, President of U.S.-India Business Council 
  • Ronnie Chatterji, candidate for North Carolina State Treasurer
  • Sen. Jay Chaudhuri of North Carolina
  • Sen. Manka Dhingra of Washington
  • Rep. Vin Gopal of New Jersey 
  • Raj Goyle, former Kansas state legislator and co-founder of Indian American Impact Fund
  • Sen. Ghazala Hashmi of Virginia 
  • Nisha Jain, Vice President, GBAO
  • Varun Krovi, Chief of Staff to U.S. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence 
  • Rep. Nima Kulkarni of Kentucky
  • Rep. Padma Kuppa of Michigan 
  • Seema Nanda, former CEO of the Democratic National Committee 
  • Shekar Narasimhan, Democracy Alliance member and Chairman and Founder of AAPI Victory Fund
  • Former Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan of Fremont, California
  • Sonal Shah, Economic Policy Advisor for the Biden Unity Task Force

As broadcast on Diya TV, the Hindu American Foundation held their annual advocacy forum, a two day event discussing Hindu Human Rights around the world and local and state issues affecting Hindu Americans.

The late Harris County, Texas Sheriffs Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was honored by Congress, who named a post office after him in houston.

provides that the post office located at 315 Addicks Howell Road in Houston will be named the “Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office.” The bill was co-sponsored by the entire Texas delegation, according to a news release from the Sikh Coalition.

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Indian American couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

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 North Arlington, NEW JERSEY (Diya TV) — Authorities in New Jersey are investigating a possible murder-suicide, saying Balaji Rudrawar stabbed his wife Aarti to death. Both were found dead in their home with multiple stab wounds. Their young daughter was found unharmed inside. The motive remains unclear. The man’s father told an India-based media outlet his daughter in law was 7 months pregnant.

In Indian waters, a US war ship sailed through India’s Exclusive Economic Zone without asking for permission, a violation of that country’s law. Both countries remain partners in the region. Sources with the Indian Navy say the move was more about sending a message to China.

As Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry wraps up his India trip,  he’s taking to social media and personally thanking some of the leaders of that region including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, saying all the countries involved are committed to address global warming and climate change. Kerry is raising awareness about this issue heading into a climate conference with world leaders later this month. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Muslim advocates sue Facebook over not removing anti-Muslim hate speech

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (Diya TV) — Frustrated with what it sees as a lack of progress, a group called Muslim advocates, along with law firm Gupta Wessler, is suing Facebook, claiming the social media giant does not consistently remove all hate speech, especially language that targets followers of Islam.  The group is calling out top executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, demanding the social network start taking anti-Muslim activity more seriously. A Facebook spokesperson says it regularly uses artificial intelligence to remove posts that violate its policies.

“Hugs are back.” That’s what US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is saying after seeing an increase in Covid-19 vaccinations all across the nation. Murthy says more and more Americans are becoming comfortable getting vaccinated. And by April 19th, all adults will be eligible for the vaccine. The Indian American doctor says this trend is encouraging, but also says there is still lots of work that needs to be done about battling disinformation.

And a big blow to Indian filmmakers.  The Federal government is cutting the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, which allowed filmmakers to appeal decisions made by the censors, which has the power and authority to ban certain movies for inappropriate content.  Instead, they will now have to go to lawyer up and go straight to court and fight if they disagree.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — More than 100 Hindu and Indian organizations are calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to crack down on hate speech at the University of Oxford. Professor Abhijit Sarkar is accused of targeting a female Indian student because of her Hindu beliefs and forcing her to leave the school. The coalition is demanding Sarkar’s firing and also wants him to be charged with a hate crime.

In Seattle Washington, tenants facing eviction will now have free access to lawyers if they cannot afford to pay for services on their own.  Controversial Indian American City council member Kshama Sawant is behind this new legislation.  She says without this law, tenants would face a tsunami of evictions once the rent moratorium expires.

And Amazon delivery drivers in India are going on a 24 hour nationwide strike. after the company slashed how much they can earn per package. Organizers say demonstrations will take place in a number of cities across the country, including Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Delhi, making it the first nationwide protest against the e-commerce giant in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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