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Two Texas high school teens dead in apparent suicide

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PLANO, Texas (Diya TV) — The death of two Texas teen girls, whom died within hours of each other, has been ruled an apparent suicide by authorities, police are now investigating if the deaths were connected.

Ritu Sachdeva and Hillary Kate Kuizon, 17-year-old high school classmates at Plano East Senior High School, were found dead in two different locations — Sachdeva was found dead at home and Kuizon was found in an area near a middle school, according to police in Murphy, a suburb of Plano. The girls’ cause of death has not yet been released, but investigators said the circumstances of the event have led them “to presume they were both self-inflicted.”

There has been no evidence of foul play detected, police said.

“We are treating these two cases with the care and compassion they deserve, and will continue to seek answers for the families,” Murphy Police Chief Arthur Cotton said.

Sachdeva’s family, including her elder sister, Suchi Sachdeva said the young girl had given them no reason to believe she had ever been thinking about hurting herself, let alone taking her own life. Ritu had struggled with depression and anxiety, but regularly visited with a psychiatrist and therapist and took medication, her sister said. Suchi added that Ritu “seemed much happier than she had been in a while. You could even say she was becoming more confident, happy and excited for life.”

Her spirits had been brighter as of late due to her recent acceptance into Drexel University, and was chatting with members of a group for incoming students.

“I just wanted to say that this was just so unexpected,” Suchi said. “My parents and I care so much for her.”

Kuizon’s family could not be reached for comment.

Suicide remains the second-leading cause of death among children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, the CDC issued warning of an apparent increase in young Americans committing suicide by strangling, suffocating, and hanging themselves. In some rare instances—less than 1 percent—people engage in what’s referred to as a “suicide pact.” According to Jeffrey Bridge, director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, most suicide pacts involve couples over the age of 50.

The day after the two were found dead, about 100 students, and their families, gathered for a community counseling event. Counselors remained on campus for students the following day. “We join with the students and staff at Plano East in mourning this loss and in extending our sincere condolences to the students’ families,” school spokeswoman Range-Stanton said in a statement.

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Jolly Joseph held for serial killings of her family in South India

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Koodathai, India (Diya TV)  — A 47 year old mother of two in Kerala is being held on suspicion of using cyanide to murder at least six of her own family members, including her husband and in-laws. Jolly Joseph is behind bars as police continue their investigation into the serial killings. Police and neighbors allege after the deaths of her immediate family, years later, Jolly killed the wife and child of a man she went on to marry.

India’s Commerce minister Piyush Goyal will meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer once again this week as the U.S. and India continue bilateral trade negotiations. These talks come days after India exited a China-backed trade agreement that covered much of Asia, citing domestic concerns.

Just a couple of months after the ‘Howdy Modi’ event that brought India and the U.S. together in a manner we’ve never seen before, President Trump told reporters he does plan to visit India soon, after Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to him in Houston.

Kshama Sawant was reelected to Seattle’s City Council, despite Amazon spending $500,000 to back her opponent. Sawant, a self-proclaimed socialist, ran on an agenda to deal with Seattle’s growing gentrification, homelessness and a lack of affordable housing

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Calm prevails after Indian Supreme Court rules on Ayodhya

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a politically and culturally sensitive dispute going back decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded nearly three acres of sacred land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while mandating an alternative five-acre plot for a mosque. The court also deemed the demolition of the Babri Masjid on that site in 1991 a crime. The unanimous decision by five justices paves the way for the construction of a new Hindu temple on the parcel of land believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace, ending the oldest land title dispute in India.Calls for peace were listened to over the weekend. Now, next steps involve determining how and where precisely the temple and mosque will be built.

In a major step forward between India and Pakistan, the Kartarpur corridor on the border of the two nations opened up for Sikhs to make pilgrimage on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan for understanding India’s sentiment on this issue. 500 pilgrims made the initial voyage, including former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian Supreme Court ends Ayodhya dispute: Hindus receive land, Muslims get alternative site

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a decision over a subject that has been politically and culturally sensitive for several decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while deeming the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1991 a crime.

The unanimous decision by five justices, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, paves the way for the construction a new Hindu temple at the site, believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. The decision ends the oldest land title dispute in India.

A board of trustees will be established in the next three months to determine construction plans for the temple. While the court ruled in favor of the Hindu petition, they ordered five acres of land to be set aside at an alternative site in Ayodhya for a mosque to be built.

Ahead of the verdict political leaders appealed for peace and calm. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

The court was also clear the desecration of the Babri Masjid was still a criminal matter and a court case on that issue is still pending.

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