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Hate crime charge filed in attack on Bakersfield Sikh

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Balmeet Singh was attacked outside of a Bakersfield, Calif. restaurant.

Balmeet Singh was attacked outside of a Bakersfield, Calif. restaurant.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Diya TV) — A man has been charged with a hate crime after he allegedly threw a drink on a Sikh man outside a Bakersfield restaurant and yelled racial slurs at him, authorities said.

David Hook faces two misdemeanor counts of battery and hate crime in connection with the Sept. 30 attack, the Kern County district attorney office said. According to prosecutors, Hook threw the liquid on Balmeet Singh because “he appeared to be of a different religion or race.”

If convicted, Hook will face up to one year in jail and a fine.

Singh was attacked during the 7 o’clock hour on Sept. 30 while walking outside Habit Burger and talking with his cousin on a cellphone, he said in a video that he posted on YouTube. That’s when a man began walking toward Singh and shouted racial slurs at Singh.

Hook, he said, yelled, “So you’re going to blow up this country. You’re trying to blow up this country?” He continued to shout at Singh and threaten him, he said, adding, “You’re trying to blow up this country. I should … kill you right now.”

The man approached him, threw a drink in his face and said he was going to kill him for “blowing up this country,” Singh said. “I didn’t know how to react, so I walked up to him, and he ran or walk towards the parking lot,” he said.

“Incidents like this make it very critical to remember who we vote for as a president and who we elect into our country’s leadership really matters,” Singh said.

The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the attack.

“We condemn this apparently bias-motivated attack and urge law enforcement authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice,” the group’s executive director, Hussam Ayloush, said in a statement. “Californians of all faiths and backgrounds must stand together in the face of growing hatred and division in our state and nation.”

The attack came just days after Maan Singh Khalsa, a Sikh man, was severely beaten and some of his hair was cut off by attackers in Richmond, Calif.

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India reached a major milestone in its war against the pandemic with the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses, crossing the billion-mark. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a hospital in Delhi to mark the milestone, and described it “as the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit” of the 1.3 billion people in the country.

The White House named 19 young emerging leaders to its fellows program and three are Indian Americans. Joy Basu and Sunny Patel are from California and Aakash Shah is from New Jersey. The prestigious White House Fellowship program embeds professionals from diverse backgrounds for a year of working as a full-time, paid fellow for White House staff, cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was mobbed by fans as he visited his son Aryan in a Mumbai Jail. Aryan has been in custody for nearly three weeks after being arrested during an illegal drug bust.
Khan waved at fans and a video of the whole incident has gone viral on the internet.

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — President Joe Biden plans to nominate Indian American Ravi Chaudry as the Air Force’s next assistant secretary for installations, environment, and energy. Chaudry is a former Federal Aviation Administration official who served in the Air Force for more than 20 years. If confirmed he would take over a massive portfolio spanning Air Force and Space Force installations worldwide. 

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation announced the appointment of its new Chairwoman, Sonu Ratra, the co-founder and President of IT consulting and talent solutions provider, Akraya as well as the founder of Women Back to Work. Ratra is the first woman and person of color to lead the SVLG Foundation.

Indian American women techies,  Susmita Dutta and Shruti Haldea,  took center stage as Apple unveiled its next line-up of products, including MacBook Pro, next-generation AirPods, and other products and services. 

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — In a historic first, the new Mayors of Calgary and Edmonton, Canada are of Indian descent. Jyoti Gondak and Amarajeet Sohi will be leading their respective cities. Gondek is also Calgary’s first ever female Mayor. In both elections, voters expressed a desire for change, and largely rejected candidates opposed to public health measures to deal with COVID-19.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren wants Amazon to break up after a Reuters report found that the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoffs and manipulating search results to boost its own private brands in India, one of the company’s largest growth markets.

In tech news MindBody is acquiring fitness company ClassPass, which allows users to pay for a monthly subscription, allowing them to access a number of classes across a spectrum of fitness genres. The company was founded by Indian American Payal Kadakia.

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