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Why US Attorney Preet Bharara is a hero in Turkey

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — Preet Bharara, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, made Indian headlines in 2013 when he led the prosecution against an Indian consular employee. Divyani Khobragade’s detention and treatment by U.S. Marshals sparked diplomatic drama between the nation and India, and Bharara found himself smack in the middle of the happenings — Indian’s vowed to disown Bharara for his initiating action against an Indian diplomat, which they argued was a breach of international law.

Two years later, Bharara is in the limelight again, only this time for much different reasons — he is being hailed as a hero by hundreds of thousands of Turks for arresting an Iranian-born Turkish businessman, Reza Zarrab, on charges of helping the Iranian government evade economic sanctions and launder hundreds of millions of dollars in Turkey and around the globe. Bharara’s celebrity status was felt instantly, his Twitter account shot up from 8,010 followers to 272,000. His two tweets regarding Zarrab’s arrest were retweeted more than 62,000 times and liked by nearly 100,000 more.

Zarrab was vacationing stateside in Miami when he was apprehended — he is regarded as a key figure in the huge graft scandal that engulfed Recep Tayyip Erdogan-led Turkish government in 2013. He was arrested for bribing senior officials of the government and some very close associates of Prime Minister Erdogan to facilitate his dubious activities that has now landed him in American jail.

erdogan-body_032816010039Erdogan has insisted on Zarrab’s innocence and has gone the extra mile in an attempt to protect him. Flipping the judiciary in the country upside down, Erdogan jailed thousands of police officers and prosecutors, imploding the independence of state institutions and tossing democracy out the window by passing laws to subjugate the judicial system. As a result, the case against Zarrab was dropped. Adding insult to injury, Zarrab was awarded the top exporter prize by the Turkish Exporters Assembly, a pro-business group, in June of last year.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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