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US-India agree to boost military co-operation for disaster relief

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Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar

Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — The U.S. and India are partnering together to make it easier for the two countries’ militaries to coordinate during disasters and other emergencies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

During a joint news conference with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Carter said the two countries have “agreed in principle” on a logistics agreement, and that it could be finalized in the coming weeks. U.S. Defense officials said the agreement would facilitate better coordination between the armed forces of both countries, including in exercises, and also allow the U.S. to more easily sell fuel or provide spare parts to the Indians.

Additionally, Carter said the U.S. and India expect to reach a second agreement to improve the sharing of information of commercial shipping, in an effort to beef up security in the seas.

Carter said that while these types of agreements sound as if they should be automatic, it doesn’t always work that way.

And while this agreement was touted as an important stepping in amping up international relations, there still remains less progress on other programs the U.S. would like to partner with India on.

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Those would include cooperation on the development of jet engines and aircraft carrier technologies.

Carter on Monday said that India is seeking to move to a flat-deck design for its aircraft carriers, and said that the U.S. is “more than willing” to share the technology they have which allows jet fighters to launch off the ships. Called “catapult technology,” U.S. defense officials said that if India begins using it, opportunities for India to purchase U.S.-made FA-18 fighter jets or other crafts using the technology could present itself.

During a visit to China last June, Carter and Parrikar signed a separate defense agreement in an effort to broaden the traditionally rocky relationship between the two nations.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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