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India House Houston raises $100K to honor Ian Grillot

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Ian Grillot gets emotional as he accepts a check from Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna
Ian Grillot gets emotional as he accepts a check from Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna

Ian Grillot gets emotional as he accepts a check from Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna

HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Ian Grillot, the 24-year-old American who put himself between the gun and the victims in last month’s triple-shooting that left Srinivas Kuchibhotla dead and Alok Madasani injured, knew he was going to be honored at India House’s when he arrived Saturday.

What he didn’t know, however, is that he’d be receiving a $100,000 check.

The India House and three donors teamed up to raise the money for Grillot, which he plans on using towards the purchase of a home. The gala’s three guest speakers included Navtej Sarna, the Indian Ambassador to the United States. But organizers also asked Grillot, whom they had invited as the special guest of honor, to say a few words. He attended the event with his family.

“It was a very impressive evening,” his mother, Debra Grillot, told The Kansas City Star. “A lot of dignitaries were there from within the Indian community.”

The 32-year-old Kuchibhotla, who was an engineer working at Garmin, was killed in the Olathe attack. His friend and fellow engineer, Alok Madasani, 32, was wounded. Both are natives of India.

The FBI is currently investigating the incident, which 51-year-old Navy veteran Adam Purinton has been charged in as the shooter, as a possible hate crime because the gunman allegedly shouted “get out of my country” before he began firing at the two men. Grillot suffered gunshot wounds to his right hand and chest while trying to stop the shooter.

Purinton has been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

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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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