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UC Berkeley cancels Milo Yiannopoulos talk amid violent protest

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A protest at UC Berkeley over a scheduled appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos turned fiery and violent Wednesday night, and led the university to cancel the event and rush the Greek-born British journalist off campus.

Even after the event’s cancelation, protestors began to flood the streets of downtown Berkeley, confronting drivers, fighting, smashing storefront windows and setting fires.

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The trouble first began around 6 p.m. local time, two hours before the gay conservative journalist was scheduled to begin his speech inside the university’s student union building. Protestors assembled outside the building, and began hurling fireworks and pulling down the metal barricades police had set up to prevent them from rushing inside. Windows were also smashed and fires were set outside the building during the protests.

Police quickly evacuated Yiannopoulos for his own safety.

Berkeley police said five people were injured and some people, including a man who said he had hoped to see Yiannopoulos speak, were seen with their faces bloodied. There were no arrests.

“This is what tolerance looks like at UC Berkeley,” Mike Wright of Berkeley College Republicans, the group that invited Yiannopoulos to the campus, said outside the student union building as the chaos surrounded him.

University officials had earlier rejected requests to cancel Yiannopoulos’ appearance. In a letter sent to the campus community last week, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said, “The U.S. Constitution prohibits UC Berkeley, as a public institution, from banning expression based on its content or viewpoints, even when those viewpoints are hateful or discriminatory.”

Protesters argued that what Yiannopoulos specializes in is hate speech, and that it didn’t deserve to be protected. He has been making the rounds at college campuses across the country with his “Dangerous Faggot” talks, specializing in remarks meant to insult, offend and disgust liberals who disagree with his ideas.

Berkeley College Republicans said all 500 tickets had been sold for the event, Yiannopoulos was expected to use the event to kick off a campaign against “sanctuary campuses” that have vowed to protect students in the country illegally as President Trump cracks down on illegal immigration.

Campus police had been hoping for a more peaceful night than the one Yiannopoulos had at UC Davis on Jan. 13, where protestors, too, overwhelmed the barricades and shut down the event.

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Indian Supreme Court ends Ayodhya dispute: Hindus receive land, Muslims get alternative site

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a decision over a subject that has been politically and culturally sensitive for several decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while deeming the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1991 a crime.

The unanimous decision by five justices, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, paves the way for the construction a new Hindu temple at the site, believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. The decision ends the oldest land title dispute in India.

A board of trustees will be established in the next three months to determine construction plans for the temple. While the court ruled in favor of the Hindu petition, they ordered five acres of land to be set aside at an alternative site in Ayodhya for a mosque to be built.

Ahead of the verdict political leaders appealed for peace and calm. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

The court was also clear the desecration of the Babri Masjid was still a criminal matter and a court case on that issue is still pending.

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Indian Supreme Court to rule on ‘Ayodhya’ dispute

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Indian Supreme Court To Rule On Ayodhya Dispute | Diya TV News

AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — The Indian Supreme Court is expected to issue its verdict on the dispute over the Ram Janmabhoomi / Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, India on Saturday, November 9th. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this politically sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

India’s credit rating was cut to negative by Moody’s Investors Service, the first step toward a downgrade, as concerns mount an economic slowdown will be prolonged and debt will rise. Meanwhile, China said it has agreed with the United States to cancel tariffs on each others’ goods in phases, a key demand of Beijing to end a trade war that has affected economic growth globally.

India and China will surpass the U.S. as the World’s Centers of Tech Innovation by 2035, according to Bloomberg New Economy Global Survey, which gathered views from 2,000  business professionals in 20 markets.

And Harsimran Kaur becomes first female player from the NBA Academy’s Women’s Program in India to be invited to The NBA Global Academy.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Skilled immigrant category H-1B visa denials continue to rise

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H-1B visa denial rates dramatically increase | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Trump administration’s new immigration policies are leading to a significant rise in the rejection of petitions for H-1B visas, with the highest denial rate among major Indian IT companies, according to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy.

The Maine Ethics Commission imposed a $500 fine on House Speaker Sara Gideon‘s former political action committee over reimbursements worth $500 made to her in 2016. The commission said there was no attempt to deceive the public. Gideon is now running for Maine’s Senate seat against longtime incumbent Susan Collins.

Next week, the U.S. and India will hold their first-ever tri-service military exercise. It’s codenamed “Tiger Triumph” and will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. All three Indian military services will work alongside the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine corps

On the heels of announcements by Facebook and Google putting forth $1 billion each towards affordable housing initiatives in the Bay Area, Apple upped the ante and will set aside $2.5 billion for housing programs, including $1 billion for first-time home buyer mortgage assistance.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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