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Srinivas Kuchibhotla mourned at Hyderabad funeral

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Grieving family and friends mourned the death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the Indian engineer who was shot and killed last week at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Ka., during funeral services held in his southern Indian hometown Tuesday.

Kuchibhotla’s wife, Sunayana Dumala, and his family, friends and hundreds of people including politicians said their goodbyes during the ceremony in Hyderabad, according to the Times of India and the Hindustan Times.

Kuchibhotla’s body arrived in Hyderabad Monday night. Hours later, his body was taken in an open carriage from his home to a crematorium where it was placed on a wooden pyre. Tears rolled down the cheeks of Kuchibhotla’s parents, Madhusudhan Rao and Parvatha Vardhini, as his body was cremated in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana state.

“It is so cruel,” P.L. Narayana said of losing his nephew. “He was such a kind soul, very friendly. He was so excited that he and his wife were going to start a family soon. Now this has happened.”

Sushil Rao, a journalist, tweeted that the Indian government should “institute awards for those who protect Indians abroad.” He then mentioned Ian Grillot, who was shot by Kuchibhotla’s alleged killer when he attempted to intervene during the shooting. Paul Oommen, an India-based journalist for The Associated Press, tweeted that he overheard someone say in the Kuchibhotla residence that “if India had enough opportunities we wouldn’t have had to send our kids abroad.”

An Indian External Affairs Ministry statement said Tuesday that the U.S. government and senior authorities in Kansas responded to Kuchibhotla’s death.

“It is important to note that the U.S. authorities are engaged with us on the larger concern regarding safety of Indians in the U.S., a matter which continues to receive the government’s top priority,” the statement said.

Information from The Associated Press and The Kansas City Star contributed to this report.

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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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