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(DIYA TV) — At least 10 people have been killed and 150 injured in protests by India’s agricultural Jat community in support of of caste-based quota systems in the north state Haryana, according to police.

The violence which erupted over the weekend has effected water supplies in the capital New Delhi — protestors cut off the canal gates which feed the capital’s water treatment facilities. “Until the government reaches a decision in our favour, we’re going to stop water supplies, block roads and disrupt railways to New Delhi,” Satayawan Mor, a protester, told Al Jazeera.

Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, announced water would be rationed and that schools would be closed throughout the region in an effort to help preserve supplies. Kejriwal took to his Twitter account and said officials were seeking help from the army to get the canals open.

Haryana state police chief Yash Pal Singal announced Sunday that at least 10 had been killed and 150 injured in the week-long riots which have taken place. Thousands of troops have been given shoot-on-sight orders against the Jat protestors in Haryana to quell the violence — the protestors are seeking an expansion of India’s caste-based quota system to include them.

India’s constitution employs a system of affirmative action to assist people from castes who are traditionally discriminated against.

The protests took a turn for the worse on Friday — violence erupted with fires being set on homes, shops and government buildings. Motorways were also blocked. “We are not in control. The situation is very tense as thousands of protesters are on roads encircling the main administrative area in the town,” Rajiv Kumar, Jhajjar police chief said.

Jhajjar and the surrounding Rohtak district are the focus of the protests.

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India, Pakistan trade quips at UNESCO

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PARIS (Diya TV)  — At UNESCO’s general conference in Paris, both Pakistan and India traded quips over Kashmir. Pakistan’s Minister of Education and newly elected President of UNESCO’s Education Commission Shafqat Mehmood efforted to convince UNESCO leadership to confront India over their recent constitutional change affecting Jammu and Kashmir, claiming 1.5 million Kashmiri students who have not been able to attend schools since August 5th. In response, India’s UNESCO delegate Ananya Agarwal countered that “Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter” of terrorism, calling Pakistan’s charges “fabricated falsehoods.”

Notable executives from the worlds of private investing, industry and nonprofits came together to talk about impact investing at Akshaya Patra’s TAP Forum in the Bay Area. The goal is to take the diasporas success to build a foundation for the next generation.

The Indian women’s hockey team will get the chance to go for the gold in Tokyo, qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after beating team USA in a qualifying match.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House holds hearing on human right violations in Jammu & Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, examined the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among those on hand hearing testimony from experts offering widely different narratives. The commission plans to take these perspectives into account before offering recommendations for action by Congress.

In a line of questioning during the impeachment inquiry lauded by many political analysts, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi focused on the timeline of the Ukraine affair, confirming through witness testimony that once Congress began investigating quid pro quo by the Trump administration, security funds were released to Ukraine two days later.

American tech firms are increasingly sponsoring green cards, or permanent US residency, for their employees from India and elsewhere in an effort to hold on to their skilled talent at a time when work visa extensions have become unpredictable.

India will fund at least 250 defense startups over the next five years as it seeks new technologies for their armed forces. The plan is obtain at least 50 ‘tangible innovations’ by the startups for military use.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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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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