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Harris officially resigns from U.S. Senate

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris officially resigned and gave up her U.S. Senate seat in California as she embarks upon a new journey in the Executive Branch. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will replace Harris, who will become the first Black, first Indian American and first female Vice President when she takes office Wednesday.

Rohit Chopra will be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the Biden-Harris administration. Chopra is an ally of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who proposed and built the consumer focused watchdog agency. He also helped launch the Federal Trade Commission, where he is currently a member.

As Martin Luther King’s life is remembered, historians tell us how similar the challenges facing America today are to King’s era and how the influence Mahatma Gandhi had on King ensured the social justice efforts of that time remained nonviolent.

Renowned author and New Yorker writer Ved Mehta has died. He was 86. Mehta overcame blindness and became widely known as the 20th century writer most responsible for introducing American readers to India.  Mehta was a staff writer at the New Yorker for 33 years.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Amit Jani named White House liaison to DHS

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian American Amit Jani has been named acting White House liaison at the Department of Homeland Security. Jani was the former national Asian American Pacific Islander director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and has worked with several lawmakers.

In New York, Indian American Jasminder Singh has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding American Express. Prosecutors say Singh stole nearly $5 million from the credit card giant and laundered the proceeds. Officials say he bought luxury items and a $1.3 million house with the money.

After weeks of uncertainty, a Chinese surveillance vessel docked at a port in Sri Lanka, raising tensions between neighboring India and China as Indian leaders grow increasingly alarmed by Beijing’s expanding influence in the region.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Apple acknowledges caste discrimination ban

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Reuters is reporting that tech giant Apple banned caste discrimination two years ago, and the company even updated it’s employee handbook to reflect this change. But it’s never been reported until now. The inclusion of this new category goes beyond what U.S. discrimination laws require. Recently a number of tech employees in Silicon Valley have highlighted caste-discrimination in companies, especially among Indians and South Asians who make up a large part of the workforce.

The political party that once backed former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has hired a US lobbying firm to restore ties with the Biden Administration. Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf also known as PTI, at one point accused the U.S. of trying to overthrow Khan when he was in office.

Legendary Indian investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has died at the age of 62. He was often referred to as the Warren Buffet of India with an estimated net worth of 5.8 billion dollars. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the tributes to Jhunjhunwala, who was always bullish on Indian stock markets.
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian Independence Day celebrated around the globe

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indians around the world are celebrating the country’s 76th Independence day from British colonial rule by hoisting the tricolor and singing the national anthem. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to transform India into a developed country in the next 25 years behind its democracy and the skills of his 1.3 billion people.

Pakistan on Sunday also marked its Independence Day. But at least two people were killed and some 57 people, including women and children, sustained bullet injuries after shots were fired during midnight celebrations in different parts of Lahore and Karachi.

Author Salman Rushdie is off the ventilator and expected to recover after being stabbed multiple times by an attacker in New York during a recent lecture, but his son says the injuries could be life altering. Rushdie will likely lose an eye and has damage to his liver. His ex-wife and celebrity food host Padma Lakshmi says she is worried and hopes for his speedy recovery.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report. 

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