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Donald Trump Secures Electoral College Win

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Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, at podium address the Virginia Electoral College in the House of Delegates chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Stf)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.

Not considered news since his Nov. 8, when he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by collecting 306 electoral votes. This despite losing the popular vote by nearly three million.

On Monday, the result was ratified by the voters of the Electoral College, who gathered in state capitols across the United States to formally vote for president. The voting is still in progress, but by early evening, Trump surpassed the 270 required, according to the Associated Press. The news agency tracked voting from capitol to capitol. The result came despite the efforts of Trump opponents, who wrote letters to his electors trying to persuade them to change their vote.

Adding insult to injury, not only did that not happen, but more electors tried to defect Hillary Clinton Monday than from Trump, by a count of seven to two, as of Monday afternoon. Three Democratic electors chose to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders instead of Clinton — one from Maine, one from Minnesota and one from Colorado. The electors’ votes, however, were disallowed because of state rules binding them to the statewide popular vote winner.

The most tumult occurred in Washington state, where four Democrats broke ranks and rejected Clinton. Three voted for Colin Powell, marking the first electoral votes for an African-American Republican, and the first time in history a major party elector crossed the aisle and supported a candidate of the opposing major party. The fourth elector, Robert Satiacum, cast his ballot for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American environmental activist.

 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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“Serial” subject Adnan Syed released, conviction vacated 

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A judge on Monday vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, years after the hit podcast “Serial” chronicled the case of this Muslim American and cast doubt on his role in the 1999 slaying of his former girlfriend. The judge said prosecutors made a compelling argument that Syed’s conviction was flawed and that he should immediately go free. The state now has 30 days to decide whether to seek a new trial or potentially stop the case.

Violence erupted in Leicester, England after Hindus took to the streets to protest violence against their community by Muslim extremists. Islamist counter protesters hurled glass bottles and a Saffron flag was also desecrated by the mob in front of the police. This comes after targeted attacks on Hindus following the Asia Cup India-Pakistan cricket match last month when armed Islamists attacked Hindus and their homes in the area. Hindus are now demanding action against the violence.

Thousands of world dignitaries paid their respects during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral including U.S. President Joe Biden, Indian President Droupadi Murmu, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Paramvir Singh killed in brazen gas station robbery 

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In Mississippi, surveillance footage at a gas station shows the horrific shooting that claimed the life of Indian American store clerk Paramvir Singh during a brazen daylight robbery. The video appears to show Singh cooperating inside the shop and telling the suspected robber Chris Copeland to take all the cash. Moments later, Copeland opens fire. Officers eventually arrested Copeland several hours later.

In a surprise statement during a regional summit in Uzbekistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly changed his posture with Russia directly to President Vladimir Putin over the ongoing battle in Ukraine. Modi said to Putin “today’s era is not an era of war. And I have spoken to you on the phone about this.” In response, Putin said to Modi “we will do our best to stop this as soon as possible.”
The summit is also being attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jingping.

Indian American political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal has been confirmed by the US Senate as the country’s next envoy to the Netherlands, adding to the growing list of Indian Americans in President Biden’s administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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