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Gurbir Grewal officially named prosecutor of Bergan County

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Gurbir S. Grewal smiles as senators within the State Senate Judiciary Committee voice their support to appoint Grewal to a full term after being the acting Bergen County Prosecutor since January on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Gurbir S. Grewal smiles as senators within the State Senate Judiciary Committee voice their support to appoint Grewal to a full term after being the acting Bergen County Prosecutor since January on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Gurbir S. Grewal was officially named the prosecutor Bergan County in New Jersey Monday following a unanimous confirmation in the state Senate. He will serve a five-year term.

The feat makes Grewal the first South Asian in New Jersey to serve as a county’s top law enforcement officer, a position that gives him considerable power to lead the county’s most complex criminal investigations, oversee municipal police departments and coordinate regional task forces.

The 43-year-old father of three has been serving in the capacity since Gov. Chris Christie first tapped him for the role in January. Prior to his current position, Grewal was chief of the Economic Crimes Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. He has also worked in private practice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.

A Democrat, he assumed the role from a fellow Democrat, John L. Molinelli, who was facing increasing criticism toward the end of his 14-year tenure. Christie had previously nominated Grewal for the same permanent status once prior, in September 2013, but the state Senate failed to ever schedule a hearing for the nomination.

In an interview last week, Grewal said that combating the region’s heroin epidemic and strengthening the relationship between police and the people they serve were priorities for his office.

“I want to make sure it’s the best office in the state, if not the country,” Grewal said at the time, “to make sure we have the best hiring, the best people, the best training and the best collaboration with our local departments.”

He speaks both Punjabi and Hindi, and comes from one of the fastest-growing segments of New Jersey’s population — Indian Americans.

The number of people of Indian descent in the state increased 73 percent during the 2000s. In Bergen, that number grew by 40 percent to 24,973 by 2010, or 2.8 percent of Bergen County’s overall population.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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