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Murder-suicide at Indian-American Texas home

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Anil Kharabanda and Neeta Kharabanda. Courtesy of Facebook

Anil Kharabanda and Neeta Kharabanda. Courtesy of Facebook

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (Diya TV) — Anil Kharabanda, 62, and his wife, Neeta Kharabanda, 58, were found dead in their Texas home on Tuesday, in what authorities are ruling an apparent murder-suicide. The couple wed in 1980.

Police were called to the home after a relative discovered the two dead bodies inside of their bedroom, and said Anil shot his wife before ultimately turning the gun on himself. “Preliminary evidence indicates that the male shot the female and then himself,” Southlake police said in a written statement. It added that no “outstanding suspects” were being sought out.

The couple fought multiple incidents of tension throughout their marriage, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News, and had twice filed for divorce proceedings. Neeta filed for divorce from Anil in 2003 and 2011, but ultimately withdrew her petition in both instances. A Facebook photo from Anil’s profile in 2014 reads with the caption, “Together forever,”

According to their LinkedIn profiles, Anil was last employed as a health actuary in the pharmaceuticals industry, and Neeta in the financial sector for Chase.

According to a city spokeswoman, this was the first murder in Southlake since the 2013 slaying of lawyer Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa, whom had represented a former drug cartel chief. Chapa was ambushed by gunmen as he and his wife shopped at Southlake Town Square.

However, this is the second murder-suicide in Texas in as many months — according to a report from The Herald Democrat, Malachi Russler, 36, shot and killed his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself. Like the Kharabanda’s, the Russler family was suffering from marriage discord, and Malachi’s wife, Kelly, filed a petition for divorce in December of last year.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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