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Prime Minister Modi takes Gandhi’s historic train ride

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, waves from a train carriage at Pentrich Railway station in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Saturday July 9, 2016. Narendra Modi is taking the same historic train trip that Mahatma Gandhi took in 1893 when he was thrown off the train because of his race. Modi is on a four nation trip to Africa.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, waves from a train carriage at Pentrich Railway station in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Saturday July 9, 2016. Narendra Modi is taking the same historic train trip that Mahatma Gandhi took in 1893 when he was thrown off the train because of his race. Modi is on a four nation trip to Africa.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday marked a historic South African train journey by Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi that ended up shaping the fate of both countries.

Modi’s ride came in the prime minister’s efforts to commemorate the journey, during which a young Gandhi in 1893 was ejected from a South African train when he refused an order to move from a first-class carriage because of his race. The encounter during his train ride influenced Gandhi’s decision to resist racial segregation and other social injustices through the usage of nonviolent protest, first while living in South Africa then in his native India.

Sitting in a wood-paneled car with local officials Saturday, Modi’s ride was protected by much heavier security. However, the prime minister also took some time in South Africa to mingle with some of nation’s residents of Indian origin, of which there are more than one million of.

“We didn’t expect him to go and mix with all the people, but he did,” said Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Gandhi and a former member of South Africa’s parliament. “That’s good. That is what we need.”

Modi would later tell reporters that he’d had the great fortune to pay his respects at places “that are memorable for being part of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and in India’s independence journey.”

India’s government says it was the first country to sever trade relations with South Africa over its former harsh system of racial segregation, which finally ended in the 1990s after being in place for multiple decades.

Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma met on Friday, paying tribute to what Zuma called “two liberation icons,” Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, who was elected in 1994.

After his time in South Africa, Modi continued his four-nation African visit with a stop in Tanzania. His fourth and final stop on the tour, meant to raise India’s profile in Africa, where China’s presence has been strong, will conclude when the prime minister visits Kenya. He began his trip last week in Mozambique.

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Indian citizens found dead along US-Canada border

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4 Indian Nationals found dead along US-Canada border | Diya TV News

TORONTO (Diya TV) — In a heartbreaking tragedy, a family of four Indians, including a baby, has died from exposure to extreme cold weather on the Canadian side of the border with the US in an apparent human smuggling operation.  The Indian government says it’s ambassadors in the US and Canada are responding to this situation. 

Federal authorities are investigating a couple who cashed in on the COVID testing boom. Akbar Ali Syed and his wife Aleya Siyaj are being accused of fraud by many customers at the Center for Covid Control testing sites,  who say they never received results or got negative test results via email before they had even taken the test. Several attorney generals have already filed lawsuits against the couple. 

According to the latest Benevity survey on causes and giving,  Nonprofits supporting India’s COVID-19 crisis received a groundswell of support, including Sewa International ranked 10th overall. The crisis in India also drove additional giving to UNICEF 

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CSU adds caste to anti-discrimination policy

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — California now has the first university system in the country to add caste to its anti-discrimination policy. On the system’s 23 campuses across California, caste-oppressed students will now be able to report anti-Dalit bias, which some students say they experience at school on a regular basis.  

US President Joe Biden just nominated eight new judges including Nusrat Choudhury. If confirmed she would be the first Bangladeshi American and Muslim woman and to serve as a federal judge.

Entrepreneur, scientist and author Dr. Ken Kapur died after a short illness. He was 82 years old.. Kapur was part of the first crop of top Indian students in STEM recruited by the U.S. government during the Cold War. After completing a PhD in 6 months from the University of Washington, Kapur helped set federal standards for nuclear reactors that are still in place today. He also went on to build multiple Silicon Valley tech startups.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Kashmiri Hindu Pandits mark 31st exodus day globally

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KASHMIR (Diya TV) — It’s the 31st anniversary of Kashmir Exodus Day. Hindus across the world are marking this day with candlelight vigils to remember the ethnic cleansing of Jammu & Kashmir’s indigenous Hindu population began. Ultimately some 350,000 Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee their homes and hundreds were killed in the weeks and months following January 19, 1990 at the hands of Pakistan-sponsored Islamic militants that lasted many years. 

The Indian American CEO, best known for firing 900 employees over zoom just before Christmas, is coming back to work. Vishal Garg is returning to his “full-time duties” at better.com. The company says Garg used a leave of absence to “reflect on his leadership and worked with an executive coach.

The White House will make 400 million N95 masks for free at thousands of locations across the country as health experts stress the importance of high quality face coverings to protect against the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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