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Elk Grove City Council names park ‘Singh and Kaur Park’ in memory of two Sikh Grandfathers shot to death in 2011

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Surinder Singh and Gurmej Atwal, two Sikh-American grandfathers who were killed during a morning walk.

Surinder Singh and Gurmej Atwal, two Sikh-American grandfathers who were killed during a morning walk.

ELK GROVE, Calif. (Diya TV) — The city of Elk Grove will soon have a new park, “Singh and Kaur Park” will bear the names of two Sikh-American grandfathers who were shot to death while taking their afternoon stroll back in 2011.

On Wednesday night, the Elk Grove City Council approved a resolution to name the new five-acre open-space park site after the two men and their families, according to local NBC affiliate KCRA.

“The people of Elk Grove embraced these families and the Sikh community in the difficult days after this tragedy. In the five years that have passed, it is clear that the bond has grown even stronger,” said Amar Shergill, an American Sikh Public Affairs Association board member. “We are hopeful that, by keeping alive the memories of these beloved grandfathers, a witness may be motivated to come forward, bring the murderers to justice, and collect a $57,000 reward,” he added.

On March 4, 2011, Gurmej Singh Atwal, 78, and Surinder Singh, 65, who both wore proudly their long beards and turbans in tradition with their Sikh faith, were walking along Elk Grove’s Stockton Boulevard when an unknown assailant shot at them. Police believe the gunfire came from a gold or tan lifted pickup truck.

Singh died on the scene, Atwal about a month later.

The case remains unsolved, and police have never been able to determine a motive for the crimes.

“Our detectives are still working leads that occasionally come in,” Elk Grove assistant police chief Bryan Noblett said. “As you might imagine, that’s slowed down, unfortunately, over the years. But it’s still an open case, and we’re still encouraging anyone with any information on this case to please bring it forward.”

Kevin Bewsey explained the name of the park in a staff report to the Elk Grove City Council: “The proposed name ‘Singh and Kaur Park’ is in memorial for the two men that have passed and in recognition of their families they leave behind and the community that embraced them. The use of both ‘Singh’ and ‘Kaur’ was proposed to represent not only the men who had died but also the wives they left behind. It is important to note that ‘Kaur’ is the common last name used for women in the culture of the Sikh community.”

A $57,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest, and construction of the $2 million park is expected to begin in 2018.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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