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Suspect Arrested in Slaying of Vamshi Chander Reddy Mamidala

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MILPITAS, Calif. (Diya TV) — A man has been arrested for the slaying of 27-year-old Vamshi Chander Reddy Mamidala last week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today on Twitter. Assistance is being provided to Mamidala’s family, she added. The 26 year old from Telangana had moved to California in 2013 to pursue his Masters Degree. He was hoping to build a career in the software industry.

“He was worried about finding a software job there. I asked him to come back and find a job here. We wanted to get him married. He said he would come back home soon but we did not expect such a thing to happen to him,” Vamshi’s father Sanjeeva Reddy told reporters on Sunday.

A native of Telangana, Mamidala moved to the U.S. in 2013 to complete his master’s degree at Silicon Valley University. He was discovered with gunshot wounds by police in a parking garage near his apartment building. Mamidala was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sanjeeva Reddy, Mamidala’s father, had spoken to his son just two days before the shooting took place. Still unable to find a job in the technology sector, Mamidala had been working part-time at a local convenience store.

“He was worried about finding a software job there. I asked him to come back and find a job here. We wanted to get him married. He said he would come back home soon but we did not expect such a thing to happen to him,” Sanjeeva told NDTV.

Earlier in the evening, police has responded to a call of a stolen vehicle at the Ilara Apartments in Milpitas, Calif. A caller told police that a man had pointed two guns at her and taken her car, according to Milpitas police Lt. Raj Maharaj. As officers were responding to the call, they heard the echo of a single gunshot coming from a parking structure nearby.

Mamidala was found inside the parking structure suffering from a gunshot wound.

Reddy has appealed to Telangana and central governments to bring back Vamshi’s body without any delay. Warangal MLA, Aroori Ramesh visited the grieving family in Telangana and consoled them. He assured to extend all possible help to bring back Vamshi’s remains.

 

Information from NDTV contributed to this report.

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Indo-pacific framework documents declassified

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In its final days, the Trump administration is declassifying some highly sensitive documents, including the “U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” (SFIP), written by the National Security Council. India is shown as a rising power in the document, vital to the security of the Indo-Pacific region and important to U.S. interests.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is starting a new political action committee called Stand for America PAC.  But so far, there’s no mention of President Trump on her donation site or web page. Haley’s spokesperson says don’t read too much into that. But Haley is widely considered a contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and could face Trump if he chooses to run again.

President-Elect Joe Biden has yet to take office, but he’s already getting down to business, unveiling a massive $1.9 trillion dollar economic relief package. If passed by Congress, it would include $1 trillion for households, with direct payments of $1400 to all Americans, and the rest going to small businesses and the fight against COVID-19.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India reveals 8-point plan to fight terrorism

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar says terrorism remains the greatest threat to global peace and India’s best interests. So he’s unveiling an eight point action plan that includes using more U.N. sanctions and mobilizing what he calls the political will to fight this menace. The minister’s defensive posture is in response to the increase in security concerns related to China and Pakistan.

Two more Indian Americans are now part of a growing list of South Asians being added to President elect Joe Biden’s administration. Neha Gupta and Reema Shah are now part of the White House Counsel’s Office. Gupta will serve as associate counsel, while Shah will be deputy associate counsel. Both attorney’s already have experience and impressive resumes serving in other Democratic administrations.  

Federal authorities say an Indian American man targeted the elderly in a massive telemarketing scam. Hirenkumar Chaudhuri admitted that he used a phony Indian passport, false name, and fake address to open several bank accounts to receive money from victims of the telemarketing scheme. This is the latest in a crackdown on scams using call centers in India, defrauding senior citizens and others. People of Indian descent as well as others are involved in the scams that continue to operate and are ruining India’s reputation and have the potential of affecting the nation’s multi-billion-dollar back office industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump becomes first U.S. President to be impeached twice

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” He is the first President to be impeached twice, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to vote for the removal of the President, whose term ends January 20th. But the Senate will not convene until January 19th to hold a trial for the president.

A full week after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters, President Trump released a video saying he condemned the mob violence that left 5 people dead and threatened the lives of members of Congress. Trump took on a solemn tone and did not address being impeached, nor acknowledge his successor President-Elect Joe Biden.

After months of massive nationwide protests by India’s farmers, the Indian Supreme Court has put three contentious farm laws on hold until further notice. The court said the decision to suspend the laws “may assuage the hurt feelings of the farmers and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with confidence and good faith.” The farmers argue the new laws passed in September would privatize land and undermine their livelihoods by giving more power to corporations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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