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Nithya Raman officially joins Los Angeles City Council

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian American Nithya Raman officially joined the Los Angeles City Council. An urban planner by training, who was the first person to beat an incumbent member of the council in 17 years, Raman wants to focus on the city’s homeless crisis. She has first hand experience around this issue, spending more than seven years in both Delhi and Chennai, working on issues around slums and basic human services like running water and toilets.

Covid-19 numbers are stabilizing and even declining in some parts of  Washington State. But the recently appointed Indian American Health Director Umair Shah says the state can’t let it’s guard down. Shah calls 2020 the virus’ first half and the New Year could bring more problems if people don’t listen to the state’s recommended Coronavirus guidelines like wearing masks and limiting indoor gatherings. However, state officials were encouraged because Covid numbers did not spike after the Thanksgiving holiday in Washington as many feared. They’re asking the public for the same cooperation to limit gatherings for Christmas and New Years holidays. The first Covid-19 cases in the U.S. were reported in Washington State.

With so many people struggling financially during the Covid-19 pandemic, a Sikh businessman in Glasgow Scotland organized one of the largest foodbanks during the lockdown. Now he’s being honored for all his work. Charandeep Singh was presented with the “Pride of Scotland” award for giving out 100,000 meals. Since March, the “Sikh Foodbank” has organized deliveries of groceries and cooked meals. They also provided a check-in phone service in English, PUnjabi, Hindi and Urdu for people feeling isolated.

COVID-19 is surging in Pakistan and there are fears it could decimate the country since it has a limited social safety net. Doctors and health officials are urging the government to shut down the country. Health experts say the public is suspicious and tired of Coronavirus restrictions and this false sense of security could be fueling the second wave.

Authorities say unsuspecting Americans paid more than $14 million to an Indian call center. Police in New Delhi say workers lured victims into thinking their assets were being frozen as part of an elaborate scheme over a two year period. Officials say more than 4500 Americans fell for it. Indian police eventually busted the ring and arrested 50 people.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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