WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – Senate Democrats in Virginia voted to remove Indian American Suparna Dutta from the State Board of Education. She led the fight against admissions policies at her son’s Fairfax County high school that aimed to boost Black and Latino enrollment and resulted in fewer Asian Americans being admitted. Leading the charge was fellow Indian American Ghazala Hashmi. The Democratic State Senator and others in her party claim Dutta is not qualified for the position, even though she is a mother, activist, and an engineer.

In California, the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, stolen from Guadalupe River Park in San Jose City has been found in a metal shop. It was discovered by a reporter with the San Jose Mercury News. The four-foot statue of the iconic 17th-century Maratha ruler was a gift to San Jose from its sister city in India. It was reported missing on January 31. The police said it was sawed off from the legs.

The State Department will launch a pilot program later this year offering visa renewal options in the US for H-1B specialty occupation workers and other temporary visa holders who are currently required to travel abroad, impacting many Indians and South Asians.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.