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Indian court issues 2 no-bail warrants for Vijay Mallya

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Vijay Mallya, the embattled liquor baron believed to be hiding in the United Kingdom to avoid arrests in cases related to loan fraud, has had two no-bail warrants issued against him for evading court summons in a Foreign Exchange Regulation Act case and a 2012 check bouncing case.

The founder and owner of now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, Mallya was originally reported as fleeing to London when the Enforcement Directorate initiated a legal process earlier in the year to recover money owed to banks by the airline. It reportedly owes over $1.3 billion to a consortium of 17 Indian banks.

Friday, the Indian court in the national capital of New Delhi, ruled that Mallya “has no intention to return to India” and “has scant regard for the law of the land.”

“It appears that the accused is not willing to take any steps to return to India,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass said during the hearing, which was attended by advocates Ramesh Gupta and Ajay Bhargava on behalf of Mallya.

The court ordered the initiation of “coercive process against the accused,” and issued no-bail warrants, calendaring the next hearing on the matter for Dec. 22, the Press Trust of India reported. Mallya’s lawyers said their client does not wish to file any reply to the Enforcement Directorate’s response on his plea to excuse him from appearing at the court hearing.

The Enforcement Directorate has reportedly already attached Mallya’s properties worth over Rs 80bn and has registered a fresh case against him and Kingfisher Airlines in August for loan default of over Rs 60bn.

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Senators Warner, Cornyn talk US-India relations to USIBC

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — China as it relates to the U.S. and India was a central topic of conversation at the USIBC Post-Election Perspectives virtual conference. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, Republican Senator John Cornyn in conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma both conveyed how India’s importance to the U.S. is increasing in terms of security and economic opportunity moving forward. Both Senators were confident bilateral ties between the world’s two largest democracies would continue to strengthen under a Biden administration. Cornyn and Warner are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus.

Elections officials in Georgia called the presidential race for President-elect Joe Biden after a hand recount recertified the results. The vote discrepancy totaled in the hundreds and not thousands needed for President Trump to change the outcome. Biden will be awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes. The Trump campaign continues to dispute the outcome and says they will continue to pursue all legal options.

And the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards #1 overall in the NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors picked big man James Wiseman #2, but lost NBA champion & sharpshooter Klay Thompson for the year to an Achilles injury

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Unprecedented Diwali greetings offered to diaspora

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — From President Trump and President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris to the Georgia Senate candidates vying for votes in the January runoff election, Diwali greetings were expressed by leaders around the U.S. en masse, an acknowledgement that the Indian American community is an emerging political force.

Hirsh Singh, who ran for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, but lost to fellow Indian American Rik Mehta in the Republican primary, announced his candidacy for Governor of New Jersey. He’ll be facing at least two other Republican challengers, not to mention the Democratic incumbent Governor Phil Murphy, who is seeking a second term. Singh also has litigation pending before the Supreme Court in an effort to change the results in that Republican primary.

Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 85. Chatterjee performed in more than 200 movies and worked closely with Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray

14 year old Indian American teen Anika Chebrolu from Frisco, Texas won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, one of the premier middle school science competitions in the U.S. for discovering a molecule that could lead to a therapy for COVID-19, taking home a $25,000 prize in the process.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi congratulates Biden & Harris on election victory

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi spoke to President-Elect Biden over the phone to discuss priorities and concerns for both nations, with a focus on the pandemic, access to affordable vaccines, rebuilding the economy, climate change and working together in the Indo-Pacific. Modi also extended his congratulations to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who will be the first Indian American ever to serve at that level.

In the first volume of his memoir titled “A Promised Land,” former President Obama wrote about a visit to India during his first term, including meeting with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as well as senior Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. His book also talks about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life. Obama had high praise for Manmohan Singh, but levied criticism of Rahul Gandhi and the BJP.

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges around the United States, forcing new lockdowns in cities and states around the nation, India is also being hammered by the virus, with New Delhi being the epicenter of the worst outbreak in the world at the moment according to new data.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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