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District attorney seeks to revoke Gurbaksh Chahal’s probation

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Gurbaksh Chahal, convicted of domestic abuse, exits a court hearing in S.F. over allegedly kicking an ex-girlfriend.

Gurbaksh Chahal, convicted of domestic abuse, exits a court hearing in S.F. over allegedly kicking an ex-girlfriend.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Gurbaksh Chahal, an Indian-American internet entrepreneur and writer, kicked his former girlfriend 10 times during a 2014 incident, the same time he was on probation for a conviction of domestic violence, a San Francisco police officer testified in court on Friday.

Officer Jose Hernandez’s testimony came during a hearing in which prosecutors were seeking to revoke the 33-year-old millionaire’s probation for an earlier attack on a different woman in his penthouse San Francisco apartment. Friends and family of Chahal, once dubbed one of America’s most eligible bachelors, packed the outside of the San Francisco Superior Courthouse to protest the proposed revocation, and brought their sentiments inside once the hearing began.

“It’s unfair. He has already paid the price,” said Chahal’s 72-year-old father. “I’ve been watching this play out for three years.”

Chahal was charged with 47 counts of felony domestic violence and assault in 2013 for an Aug. 5, 2013 attack on his then-girlfriend inside of his penthouse at 301 Main St. A Superior Court judge later ruled a 30-minute video which captured the violent attack was inadmissible because police had seized it illegally. Chahal ultimately pleaded to two misdemeanor charges of battery and domestic violence in 2014, and placed on probation.

Shortly after, Chahal began dating a then-23-year-old South Korean woman he met in Las Vegas, and in September of 2014, the two of them were involved in an altercation.

According to Hernandez’s testimony, the woman told him Chahal had kicked her 10 to 12 times on his bed around 4 a.m. after the two of them had been drinking. She immediately called 911, but hung up the phone and called back to say the initial dial had been a mistake. She has since returned to South Korea, and has not returned to testify in the prosecution’s motion to revoke Chahal’s probation.

Avtar (left) and Arjinder Chahal, the parents of Gurbaksh Chahal, enter the San Francisco Hall of Justice to attend their son’s court hearing on prosecutors’ request to revoke his probation.

Avtar (left) and Arjinder Chahal, the parents of Gurbaksh Chahal, enter the San Francisco Hall of Justice to attend their son’s court hearing on prosecutors’ request to revoke his probation.

Judge Tracie L. Brown made no ruling Friday, and has yet to ultimately decide if the video evidence that was tossed in the 2013 domestic violence case can be admitted in the probation hearing.

Chahal’s court appearance Friday was a circus before he even entered the courtroom — his bodyguards shoved a group of reporters and photographers gathered in a hallway outside of the courtroom. After, Chahal took to his Twitter account, personally attacking what he believes to be the corruption of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.

Additionally, Chahal has filed a lawsuit against the city, and Gascon.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — On the first day of the public Trump impeachment inquiry hearings over the President’s dealings in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, testified one of his aides heard from EU ambassador Gordon Sondland that the President was focused on triggering investigations into Joe Biden and his son. The aide, David Holmes, reportedly also overheard a conversation between Trump and Sondland, where they discussed ‘the investigations.’ Holmes will appear for a closed-door deposition with impeachment investigators Friday. Republican allies of Trump painted the testimony of Taylor and George Kent as hearsay.

More than 100 Indian CEOs, political leaders and even Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone will head Davos in January for the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to discuss making ‘cohesive and sustainable world.’ President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also expected to be there.

The Food and Drug Administration granted Shreis Scalene Sciences (Shreis), an American company, a ‘Breakthrough Device Designation’ for the CYTOTRON, a cancer treatment, developed in India, by scientist Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar in Bengaluru.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India, Pakistan trade quips at UNESCO

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PARIS (Diya TV)  — At UNESCO’s general conference in Paris, both Pakistan and India traded quips over Kashmir. Pakistan’s Minister of Education and newly elected President of UNESCO’s Education Commission Shafqat Mehmood efforted to convince UNESCO leadership to confront India over their recent constitutional change affecting Jammu and Kashmir, claiming 1.5 million Kashmiri students who have not been able to attend schools since August 5th. In response, India’s UNESCO delegate Ananya Agarwal countered that “Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter” of terrorism, calling Pakistan’s charges “fabricated falsehoods.”

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Notable executives from the worlds of private investing, industry and nonprofits came together to talk about impact investing at Akshaya Patra’s TAP Forum in the Bay Area. The goal is to take the diasporas success to build a foundation for the next generation.

The Indian women’s hockey team will get the chance to go for the gold in Tokyo, qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after beating team USA in a qualifying match.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House holds hearing on human right violations in Jammu & Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, examined the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among those on hand hearing testimony from experts offering widely different narratives. The commission plans to take these perspectives into account before offering recommendations for action by Congress.

In a line of questioning during the impeachment inquiry lauded by many political analysts, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi focused on the timeline of the Ukraine affair, confirming through witness testimony that once Congress began investigating quid pro quo by the Trump administration, security funds were released to Ukraine two days later.

American tech firms are increasingly sponsoring green cards, or permanent US residency, for their employees from India and elsewhere in an effort to hold on to their skilled talent at a time when work visa extensions have become unpredictable.

India will fund at least 250 defense startups over the next five years as it seeks new technologies for their armed forces. The plan is obtain at least 50 ‘tangible innovations’ by the startups for military use.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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