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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — She’s still in the running to be associate Attorney General for President Joe Biden. Indian American Vanita Gupta’s nomination is now heading to the floor of the full Senate, even though the Judiciary Committee today remained split over whether to approve her nomination.  Republicans continue to attack Gupta’s history of advocating for progressive policies. 

As expected the Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy as US Surgeon General.  This is the second time the Indian American will take over this position after already serving during the Obama administration. Murthy has already been working for months on  President Biden’s Covid-19 task force, responsible for dealing with the pandemic.

And India is dealing with a spike in Covid-19 cases after several mutant variants of the virus were discovered in the country, prompting fears of a second wave. The variants have primarily been detected in states such as Punjab and Maharashtra. Several states have already banned gatherings during Holi, the upcoming festival of lights this weekend.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Senate holds up OPM nominee Ahuja’s appointment

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Senate Republicans are holding up Kiran Ahuja’s nomination to lead the Office of Personnel Management over concerns about her stance on critical race theory. GOP Senator. Josh Hawley and others in his party are concerned the Indian American would bring race-based training sessions to the entire federal government. Critical race theory recognizes that systemic racism is part of American society and challenges the beliefs that allow it to flourish.

Nishant Joshi is now Alameda California’s new police chief. He’s the first U.S.-born Indian American top cop in that state. Joshi says his parents wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer, but policing fascinated him. The Chief is married to a black woman and is a father to bi-racial children, which is why he says he wants to work on reforms to combat over-policing in communities of color.

El Salvador approved a bill that will eventually allow Bitcoin to be used as legal tender for many aspects of daily life, from property purchases to tax contributions. But the International monetary fund is warning about potential risks, especially volatility to the fragile economy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Krishnamoorthi, Jayapal introduce the NOVID act

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian American Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi, Pramila Jayapal, and other lawmakers introduced the NOVID Act to dramatically expand the nation’s international coronavirus prevention and vaccination efforts. They hope this will reduce the risk of COVID-19 strains from spreading and will prevent additional domestic outbreaks.

A judge in India ordered state and federal officials to draw up plans for sweeping reforms to respect LGBTQ rights, in a ruling that went far beyond the narrow terms of a case brought by a lesbian couple who said they had been harassed by police. He ordered state and federal government departments to report back with steps they intend to take to comply.

A politician in India’s ruling party was shot dead in Kashmir. Assailants connected to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based terror group, claimed responsibility for the assassination of Rakesh Pandita, who was a municipal councilor and member of the BJP. Pandita’s killing is the third attack on political leaders in Indian Prime Minister Modi’s party in Kashmir this year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Bangladesh’s GDP per capita surpasses India, Pakistan

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — Bangladesh is richer than Pakistan and India? That’s what the country’s Cabinet Secretary says… at least when it comes to Gross Domestic Product. in simple terms GDP is the total number of value and services produced by a country. Officials say the success is largely due to Bangladesh’s relentless focus on products, such as apparel. and the share of women in the labor force has consistently grown, unlike in India and Pakistan.

Yale University is restricting access to a controversial audio lecture recently given by Dr. Aruna Khilanani. It sparked outrage by some in the community after she’s heard saying it’s pointless to talk to white people about race and described in graphic detail her fantasy to shoot white people to death. The Indian origin psychiatrist responded by saying her words were taken out of context and explained her lecture was intentionally provocative for real engagement.

And Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos along with his brother are blasting off into space. It will be the first human flight launched by his space company, Blue Origin. In an Instagram post, Bezos said space flight was something he had wanted to do “all my life”. Blue Origin is also auctioning off a seat in the capsule, for someone who will join the inaugural flight.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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