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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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Indian Americans jump into congressional races

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The latest numbers show more Indian Americans than ever are running for Congress. In the last six years, nearly 80 candidates made it on the ballot, soaring far beyond numbers seen in past elections. Leading the wave are successful candidates from California, like Kamala Harris, who rose from a Senate seat to become vice president. Helping those numbers, Indians Americans are also one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country.  

Nisha Ramachandran is the new Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the first Indian American to serve in this role.  Ramachandran most recently managed her own consulting business focused on AAPI advocacy. She’ll be working closely with Congresswoman Judy Chu who chairs the group to further Asian American causes and initiatives. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Telangana after the Kakatiya Rudreshwara Ramappa Temple was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The PM also urged citizens to visit the temple which was built during the rule of the Kakatiya dynasty.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Blinken begins India visit, Afghanistan top issue

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — US secretary of state Antony Blinken begins his two-day India visit on Tuesday hoping to engage the nation on issues such as the Covid-19 response, human rights, and democracy. The American troop pullout in Afghanistan will also be a key issue. India is concerned about the implications of the withdrawal and the need for sustained pressure on Pakistan over issues like terror financing.

And India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics goes to Mirabai Chanu. She won silver in Women’s weight lifting. Chanu’s Olympic preparations were hindered by injuries and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic but she still beat the odds and is being praised back home.

Tesla may open a factory in India. But CEO Elon Musk says only if the cars receive a good response in that marketplace. The company has already been hiring talent in the country. But Musk also hinted at some downsides to opening overseas, citing India’s import duty tax is the highest in the world for a large country.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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