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Arrest made in connection with shooting of Rutgers student

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Shani Patel, 21, an undergraduate student at Rutgers Newark was shot an killed in his off campus Central Avenue apartment last night. His roommate who graduated from Rutgers last year was also shot and is in critical condition.(Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media)

Shani Patel, 21, an undergraduate student at Rutgers Newark was shot an killed in his off campus Central Avenue apartment last night. His roommate who graduated from Rutgers last year was also shot and is in critical condition.(Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media)

NEWARK, N.J. (Diya TV) — A suspect has been arrested and is now facing charges in connection to a shooting that left Rutgers University student Shani Patel dead, and seriously injured his roommate.

According to authorities, first responders were called to an apartment which resides above a popular university hangout around 10 p.m. on Sunday, where they found Patel, 21, with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His roommate, a 23-year-old graduated student of Rutgers whose name has not yet been released, was also shot, authorities said. He was taken to the hospital, where he remains in stable condition, police said.

Marcus Feliz, 25, of Newark, was taken into custody by police in connection with the shooting and was charged Wednesday morning with with murder, felony murder and robbery, officials said. Feliz’ bail is set at $750,000. The Essex County prosecutor’s office said Feliz is not a student of the university, and is not affiliated with the school in any way.

Officials have yet to confirm the circumstances of the shooting, but police have said the shooting is being investigated as a possible drug robbery. A substantial amount of drugs and money were found at the scene of the shooting. Peter Englot, the Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff at Rutgers-Newark, said that although the shooting occurred off campus, and police believe it was not a random act, “an incident like this causes us to have a heightened awareness in the neighborhood.”

Marcus Feliz (Essex County Corrections)

Marcus Feliz (Essex County Corrections)

Before the shooting occurred, Englot said the university had already began instituting enhanced safety measures for students, including hiring additional police officers, and expanding the school’s shuttle service. With the news that this crime could have been a drug deal gone awry, Englot said the school also focuses efforts on curbing student drug use.

“We’re aware that, as with universities around the country, there are people of college age who have issues of drug use,” he said.

“We do take care to make students aware of the dangers of drug use. That’s where we focus.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.

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India minister Jaishankar Addresses human rights at UN

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Human rights can’t be protected without addressing the threat of terrorism. That’s the message India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar delivered the UN’s Human Rights Council, emphasizing human rights cannot be protected without addressing terrorism, which he called as “one of the gravest threats to humankind.” Last month, India proposed an 8-point plan at the UN to tackle terrorism.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has been nominated by President Biden to be Surgeon General for the second time, made in excess of $2 million on COVID-19 related consultations and speeches according to financial disclosures. Carnival cruise lines, Airbnb and the NBA were among the dozens of organizations who retained Murthy for his expertise.

Two Indian Americans are suing Subway, the sandwich chain, claiming there is no tuna in their tuna meals. Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin claim Subway falsely promotes its tuna salad sandwiches as composed of wild tuna, when it actually has no tuna or any other fish in it.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Kiran Ahuja nominated to office of personnel management

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Biden nominated Kiran Ahuja to lead the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the agency that oversees the government’s civilian workforce. Ahuja worked in the Obama White House as executive director of the Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and later became chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management.

India has 1.3 billion people, 4 times the population of the US. Yet in terms of COVID-19 deaths, India has handled the pandemic far better according to new data. 500,000 Americans have died over the last year versus 150,000 Indians. Both nations are now in a full court press to get their respective populations immunized.

Golf superstar Tiger Woods was involved in a single-car crash with major damage to his vehicle. No one else was involved in the crash. Woods underwent surgery after suffering “multiple leg injuries,” according to his agent. But injuries are not life-threatening.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Report: Nikki Haley Eyeing 2024 Presidential Campaign

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — It’s no surprise to political observers, but an extensive report from Politico says former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is laying the groundwork to run for President in 2024. In recent weeks, Haley has distanced herself from former President Trump over the storming of the US Capitol. So it remains to be seen whether his supporters will look to her to guide the GOP leadership in the next political cycle.

Republican Senators Susan Collins and Mitt Romney announced they intend to vote against Neera Tanden’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget, another challenge to confirming of Biden’s pick for budget director. The White House reaffirmed its support for Tanden, adding that it will continue to “work toward her nomination.” West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced he will also vote against Tanden’s selection for OMB.

The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be staggering, with the death toll now reaching 500,000 Americans. While there should be enough vaccines to cover the nation in the weeks to come, the loss of life is expected to continue to grow in the weeks ahead.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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