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Indian student at Rutgers killed in off-campus shooting

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Shani Patel (Photo: Toms River Regional School District)

Shani Patel (Photo: Toms River Regional School District)

NEW JERSEY (Diya TV) — Shani Patel, a 21-year-old student of Rutgers University, was shot dead after a group of unidentified assailants opened fire on his apartment outside the university campus on Sunday. Patel’s roommate was also seriously injured in the attack.

According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Patel, who was in his third year of studying economics, was shot by two people who entered his off-campus apartment in Newark.

Patel was pronounced dead on scene when emergency personnel responded, and took his roommate to University Hospital where he immediately underwent surgery. Authorities have not yet released identification of the roommate, who is still recovering at the hospital. The roommate is believed to be a 23-year-old male, who graduated from Rutgers last year, according to multiple reports.

According to a report from the New York Times, the attack was a targeted attempt to kill Patel.

About 12,000 students live in the downtown campus, and police said they should not be alarmed or fearful of further attacks. The investigation is currently ongoing, however, no suspects have been taken into custody for the crime. Police believe the suspects to be men in their early 20s. In a letter addressing the student body, Chancellor Nancy Cantor expressed her grief and shock at Patel’s death.

“I write with the sad news that last night we lost one of our students,” Cantor said in the note. “(T)here is an active, ongoing investigation…of a crime that took place at a private residence located off campus,” she wrote.

“While law enforcement is still investigating and we understand that it was not a random act that led to Shani’s death, it is a shock to lose a member of our community under any circumstances,” Cantor said

“Our deepest condolences go out to Shani’s family and to all who knew him as a student, colleague, or friend,” she added.

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Impact commits $10M to supporting Indian American candidates

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian American IMPACT, a political organization working to put Indian Americans in public office, announced a new $10 million commitment to support Indian American candidates nationwide. They also announced public interest lawyer Neil Makhija will be IMPACT’s new Executive Director. The number of Indian Americans in Congress has grown five-fold in just the past eight years.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr faced questioning by the House Judiciary Committee about the use of force against Black Lives Matter protesters in recent weeks and the Trump administration’s handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll show the clash between Congressmember Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Barr that’s making headlines.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged YouPlus, a Silicon Valley startup, and its CEO Shaukat Shamim with defrauding investors by making false and misleading statements about the company’s finances. The complaint states Shamim told investors YouPlus earned millions of dollars in annual revenue and had more than 100 customers, including Fortune 500 companies. But the scheme dissolved when Shamim is said to have told certain investors YouPlus had earned less than $500,000 and obtained only four paying customers since the company’s 2013 inception.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Feds arrest entrepreneur Mukund Mohan for PPP fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — U.S. attorneys arrested serial Indian American entrepreneur Mukund Mohan on charges of allegedly defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program with fake and altered documents and embezzling more than $5.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds through six shell companies. Mukund Mohan was a former Microsoft and Amazon executive and is currently the CTO of BuildDirect.

Shahid Buttar, who is running for Congress in San Francisco against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is being accused of sexual harassment by comedienne Elizabeth Croydon. Buttar said Croydon’s charges are false.

Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started building iPhone 11 units in a facility near Chennai in India. It’s the first time Apple has made one of its top-tier phones in India. India is the second-biggest smartphone market in the world, second only to China.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India & China slowly move towards disengagement

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India and China held virtual talks and agreed on a complete disengagement of troops along the line of control. But there remains sticking points in multiple areas along the border. India insists bilateral relations will not improve until “full peace and tranquility” are restored.

Police in Schenectady, New York are facing major scrutiny after footage was released of one of their officers applying a neck hold to 31 year old Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud. He was treated and released, but he continues to face two charges of running away and resisting arrest. He’s accused of slashing his neighbors tire, causing $200 of damage. His attorneys are fighting to get prosecutors to drop the charges.

The UK Parliamentary Group, which visited Pakistan Administered Kashmir, and heavily criticized the Indian government for their recent constitutional change applying to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, acknowledged they received nearly $18,000 from the Pakistan Government to make the trip.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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