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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 used services provided by similar clinics to this Honey Lake Clinic as well as frequently visited with a psychiatrist, her 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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FTX’s Nishad Singh got $543 million loan

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More fallout from the FTX cryptocurrency platform collapse. Court documents show its affiliate Alameda Research loaned executives like Sam Bankman Fried $1 billion and more than $500 million to Indian American Nishad Singh, FTX’s top engineer. FTX’s interim CEO says never in his career has he seen such complete failure of corporate controls and a complete absence of trustworthy financial information. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it was unable to come up with customer funds.

Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after her conviction in January for defrauding investors while running the failed blood testing start up Theranos.In her trial, Holmes alleged she was in the midst of a decade-long abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend and Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. The Indian American was also found guilty for his role in this fraud and will be sentenced later.

Starting next month, India will assume the G20 presidency for a year and chair more than 200 meetings, leading the way for global economic growth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country’s leadership here will be inclusive, ambitious, and decisive.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Arvind Venkat & Tarik Khan win Pennsylvania State seats

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – Looking back at the midterm elections, Arvind Venkat and Tarik Khan made history as the first South Asian Americans elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Advocacy group Indian American Impact played a major role on the ground, saying it trained and mobilized 200 volunteers to go door-to-door, to engage voters and provide info they needed to elect new leadership.

After 35 years, the Nancy Pelosi era is officially coming to an end. The speaker from San Francisco announced she’s bowing out of leadership, but will retain her House seat. The midterms cost Pelosi’s Democratic party the House and effectively ended her speakership.

Two former Indian American executives at Meta Platforms will launch a new non fungible token start up for creators. Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi have raised more than $8 million for their new company called Virtualness. But they are facing headwinds as the FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse is putting pressure on the entire industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Meet FTX insider Nishad Singh

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The controversy around failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX continues to captivate the world. Part of the scrutiny is now on the people involved, including Indian American Nishad Singh. According to new reports, this techie was part of FTX’s inner circle, which lived together and ran the cryptocurrency empire from the Bahamas. The software engineer was also reportedly aware that FTX secretly transferred customer funds worth billions of dollars to its sister firm Alameda Research. Currently, no one is facing any criminal charges. Diya TV featured Singh more than a decade ago for running ultra marathons as a 17 year old getting ready for college. 

Former President Donald Trump has officially announced he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House. Trump had been hinting at this announcement for months, as the embattled former president faces multiple criminal and civil litigations and as his party is grappling with a worse than expected showing in the midterm elections. 

At the G20 Summit in Bali, world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden are coming together to condemn the rising threat of nuclear weapons as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to raise tension and anxiety around the world.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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