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Three students killed in terrorist attack on Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery

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Tarushi Jain; image via Facebook

Tarushi Jain; image via Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Among the 20 people killed in the terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery situated in the diplomatic center of Bangladesh’s capital city were three students, Americans Tarishi Jain and Abinta Kabir, and their friend, Bangladeshi national Faraaz Hossain. The trio were at the cafe for a post Iftar get-together.

Jain, was a 19-year-old student of U.C. Berkeley’s Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies. She was in Dhaka as part of an internship program at Eastern Bank Limited in Dhaka, where she was doing a project on the growth of e-commerce. She aspired to one day work in the public sector in an effort to make the world a better place, and her and friends had recently launched a clothing firm named Ethical Apparel.

A recent Facebook post of Jain’s read: “We are so excited to launch our new clothing line! Pleeease support us in our mission to help rising entrepreneurs and fight poverty all around the world.”

Ethical Apparel is a nonprofit apparel design and printing service that provides individuals with the opportunity to reach financial self-sustainability, according to its website. Jain’s father worked as a textile merchant in Bangladesh for the last 15 years, seemingly making her entrance into the world a natural and logical choice.

“Terrorists have entered the restaurant. I am very afraid and not sure whether I will be able to come out alive. They are killing everyone here,” Jain’s father said during last weekend’s attack on the cafe.

Tarishi Jain, Abinta Kabir, and Faraaz Hossain (Credit: Facebook)

Tarishi Jain, Abinta Kabir, and Faraaz Hossain (Credit: Facebook)

Sanchita Saxena, executive director of the Institute for South Asia Studies and director of the Center for Bangladesh Studies said, “We are all very devastated to hear the news about Tarishi Jain. She was a smart and ambitious young woman with a big heart. Our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and the entire Berkeley community”

Kabir, an 18-year-old Bangladeshi-American sophomore at Emory University, boarded a flight to her homeland with the ultimate goal of returning to American with stories to share after a marvelous summer vacation.

Her professors said Kabir was extremely anxious and excited for her trip to Bangladesh, as she incessantly spoke about her affinity for the nation, its people, culture and history. The terrorists who attacked the cafe slashed Kabir’s throat after she was unable to recite from the Quran in Bangla, according to multiple reports.

According to Hossain’s brother, Zaraif, the 19-year-old Faraaz was permitted to leave the cafe by the attackers after reciting verses from the Quran correctly, but instead opted to stay in the cafe by the side of his two friends. “Our mom has raised us to always respect and protect women and he (Faraaz) did so until the end,” Faraaz’s brother said.

The siege of the cafe came to an end after police raided the building, killing six of the seven terrorists and capturing one alive. Soon thereafter, members of the Islamic State began posting pictures of the jihadis, all of whom could be seem posing with wide grins on their faces. However, authorities in Bangladesh and India have dismissed any links between the attackers and ISIS, they instead suspect the involvement of Ansarullah Bangla Team, a radical group which earlier this year killed bloggers and social media activists in Bangladesh.

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Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan

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Biden Plans Afghanistan Exit | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — America’s forever war is finally coming to an end. President Joe Biden is pulling all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11th saying he can no longer justify the loss of lives. More than 2,200 US troops have been killed and 20,000 wounded, and war has cost as much as 1 trillion dollars.  The date of the pull out marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on New York City’s Twin Towers. 

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is under fire after human rights groups accuse him of being a rape apologist, after he blamed a rise in sexual assault cases on how women dress. During a live television interview, he advised women to cover up to prevent temptation. Hundreds of people have signed a statement demanding an apology.

And after being delayed for an entire year, the countdown is on to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan.  In less than 100 days, the world will showcase it’s best athletes. Meanwhile in San Francisco’s Japantown, former Olympic greats like Kristi Yamaguchi presented medallions to residents of the area who have persevered and shown courage during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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AAPI Victory Fund gets a brand new name

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Aapi Victory Fund Renamed | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The largest network of Asian Americans is flexing it’s political and financial capital. The group once known as the AAPI Victory Fund is rebranding itself as the AAPI Victory Alliance to fight back against the rising hate crimes and harassment against Asians and misinformation about the community. In addition to all the political and advocacy work, a new think tank will focus on education, and the group will prioritize alliances with other groups at the local, state, and national levels.

A world renowned Indian American artist is picking up the pieces after massive flooding wrecked part of his Texas home, destroying several valuable paintings and his supplies. Kartik Trivedi’s work has adorned the White House and Buckingham Palace. A GoFundMe page is now up and running to help the 83 year old recoup some of his losses.

And S. Dave Vatti was sworn in to become Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut. The Indian American will serve at the Bridgeport federal courthouse.  Vatti is a former United State Attorney and a lifelong Connecticut resident.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nikki Haley wont run, if Trump runs in 2024

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If Trump Runs In 2024, Haley Says She Will Not | Diya TV News

SOUTH CAROLINA (Diya TV) — Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she will not make a run for the White House in 2024. But that’s only if Donald Trump decides to enter the Presidential race. Haley continues to be mentioned as a potential candidate for the Oval Office, but the Indian American’s public comments are being interpreted as an early endorsement for former President if Trump chooses to run again.

And more positive news for India’s economy. The International Monetary Fund says it’s projecting a 12 and half percent growth rate for the South Asian nation in 2021. That’s even stronger than what’s expected for China and America’s economy this year.

India is going through a historic tech boom for unicorn start ups. These are the companies valued at more than a billion dollars. In a span of four days, the country saw 6 tech unicorns emerge onto the scene. Startups like Groww, Gutshup, API Holdings, Mohalla Tech, Meesho, and Cred all reached valuations of a billion dollars or more. And that’s attracting some of the world’s largest investors like Softbank and Tiger Global.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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