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India’s new Consul General to New York seeks to reform justice and education

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Consul General of India to New York Riva Ganguly Das (center), with New York Supreme Court Justices and members of the Indian American Voters Forum at her reception in New York on Thursday.

Consul General of India to New York Riva Ganguly Das (center), with New York Supreme Court Justices and members of the Indian American Voters Forum at her reception in New York on Thursday.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — During a reception Thursday hosted by various members of New York’s Indian American community, newly minted Consul General of India to New York, Riva Gangly Das addressed her hosts, Justices of the New York Supreme Court and Tom Suozzi, former executive of Nassau County, who is running for congress and has promised to join the India Caucus if he is elected.

During her address, Das spoke candidly about strengthening the Indo-U.S. bond via trade, culture and exchange programs for education and justice systems. Before an assembled crowd which included New York Supreme Court Justice Steven Bucaria, Justice Ruth Balkins and Justice Denise Sher, Das also shared news of the attempt to make the Indian judiciary transparent with online records.

“The judges who attended the event welcome the initiative of forming delegations. We could explore the possibility of putting together a program with them.”

She also found time to address the intent to increase the participation of Indian-Americans in the domestic projects back home, including “Make in India,” a campaign started by the Indian government.

“There is a lot of potential that the Indian American community has in terms of investing in India. We are promoting new avenues for trade between the communities,” Das said.

Das also said the consulate is promoting exchange programs through the use of education and the Hindi language.

“We are supporting various Hindi organizations that are working towards preservation of Hindi language here. We often come across Indian Americans who say they do not want to lose touch with their roots. So, we are promoting Hindi language and also dealing with many documents in Hindi.”

 

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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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