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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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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

Six men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of two girls. Police say one of them is a neighbor and the remaining five are Muslims from a nearby village – although it’s not believed to be a religious crime.

As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
Indian American economist Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji has been named White House Coordinator for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at the National Economic Council. 
 
Fans of Indian comedian and actor Raju Srivastava are mourning his death. He passed away at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack last month while running on a treadmill. He had a history of heart problems. 
 
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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