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Indian Naval ship flips over in dock, kills 2

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India Navy's frigate INS Betwa pictured during an operational demonstration, some 50 kilometers northeast off Mumbai coast, on November 14, 2011.

India Navy’s frigate INS Betwa pictured during an operational demonstration, some 50 kilometers northeast off Mumbai coast, on November 14, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — An enormous Indian Navy frigate tipped over on its side Monday, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen others.

The guided missile frigate INS Betwa, a 3,850-ton ship measuring more than 400 feet in length, rolled over on a 90-degree angle while being docked, Indian Navy spokesman D.K. Sharma said.

“Our first priority is to get the ship in an upright position,” Sharma said. “It is an unfortunate incident and one of the first in the history of the Indian Navy.”

Sharma said an investigation is underway to determine what caused the accident, which happened just two days after India celebrated Navy Day on December 4.

The INS Betwa, a Brahmaputra class vessel, was first commissioned on July 7, 2004.

The Betwa was in dock for repairs below the waterline. Work on the ship had just been completed and the graving dock was being flooded when the ship tipped over. Images from the scene show her mast broken off and her port side partially submerged.

The graving dock incident is the Indian Navy’s third major accident at Mumbai in five years.

In 2011, the frigate Vidhyagiri collided with a merchant vessel and sank in Mumbai’s harbor. The frigate had officers’ families on board at the time of the collision; none were injured. In 2013, the submarine Sindurakshak exploded and sank at pier during a torpedo replenishment. 18 servicemembers were killed in the accident. In 2014, two officers were killed in a fire on a nuclear submarine off the coast of Mumbai.

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Democrats met for the third time to debate, this time in Houston. With the field on stage featuring just 10 candidates, it was more rancorous than the first two clashes.

California Senator Kamala Harris launched ‘South Asians for the People‘ in a video tweet to build support for her presidential bid from Indian Americans and other South Asians. Harris is the daughter of the late Indian American cancer researcher Shymala Gopalan.

Another Democratic contender, former Vice President Joe Biden, announced Indian American Amit Jani will serve as Asian American Pacific Islander national vote director. He’s currently serving in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s administration.

Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is levying criticism at the current officeholder, Narendra Modi and his government for focusing on ”headline management” rather than acting to improve a slowing Indian economy.

And actress Felicity Huffman received 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine and community service for paying to rig her daughter’s SAT scores.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India has a road map in place to spend $130 billion over the next 5-7 years to modernize their armed forces and bolster their combat capabilities over their neighbors. The plan includes procurement of a slew of weapons, missiles, air defense systems, fighter jets, submarines and developing infrastructure for use of AI.

Meanwhile, India and Russia are increasing industrial cooperation and will create new technological and investment partnerships, especially in high-tech, with the goal to increase bilateral trade to $30 billion by 2025.

And to help Indian’s space agency ISRO establish a communication link with Vikram, the moon lander lying motionless on the lunar surface, NASA is sending hello messages. NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab beamed a radio frequency to Vikram to establish contact, but no luck so far.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India and Pakistan clash over Kashmir at UN

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — India and Pakistan shared their respective narratives over Kashmir before the United Nations. India said its Constitution “guaranteed fundamental rights to all our citizens without any distinction,” while dismissing Pakistan as the “the epicentre of global terrorism.” Pakistan urged the UN to set up a commission of inquiry into human rights violations, claiming India arrested more than 6,000 people without due process in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal issued her second letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Kashmir, expressing deep concern about reports of a humanitarian crisis in Jammu & Kashmir.

A NPR producer based in India, Furkan Khan, resigned after major social media backlash from an anti-Hindu tweet that stated “if Indians give up on Hinduism, they will also be solving most of their problems. What with all the piss drinking and dung worshipping.” Khan has since apologized and deleted the tweet.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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