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Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, was among the prosecutors whose resignation President Trump ordered.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Former United States attorney Preet Bharara has called the growing number of targeted attacks against Indian Americans across the country “disturbing,” and said the U.S.’ long tradition of embracing immigrants from all over the world as its own is what makes “America great.”

“…The US built a system of laws… that enshrines the right to equal opportunity and embodies the sacred American ideal that every child, even poor, orphaned or immigrant can rise higher than that child’s parents could ever have imagined,” he was quoted as saying by The Times of India.“In that vein, some recent events have been especially painful and disturbing and deserve some focus. I’m speaking of the incidents recently where Indian-Americans appear to have been targeted in hate crimes,” Bharara said.

The 48-year-old Bharara made his first public appearance Thursday since being dismissed from his role as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York by President Donald Trump.

During his remarks, Bharara touched on the Kansas triple-shooting that left Srinivas Kuchibhotla dead and Alok Madasani injured. The two Indian men were allegedly thought to be Middle Eastern by their attacker, 51-year-old Navy veteran Adam Purinton, who also allegedly told them to “get out of my country” before he began firing.

“That mindless murder along with other incidents have caused an unfortunate wave of alarm throughout India. There are reports that people are now afraid to visit the U.S. even for a holiday. That breaks my heart.

“The people in the country of my birth now fear in large numbers coming to America – that country that embraced me and my family and has given us so much,” Bharara said.

Given the current rhetoric and political landscape regarding immigration, Bharara said there are distinctions being drawn between the future flow of legal and illegal immigration.

“But one needs to pay careful attention and watch and listen to what is really being said and what is not being said. Throughout history intolerant people have always figured out a way to make certain folks feel unwelcome,” Bharara said.

Bharara reflected briefly on the journey of his parents from Punjab to America, and his own ascension to becoming the Big Apple’s top prosecutor.

“For me having that position (U.S. Attorney) meant a lot, particularly given where I came from and how I got here. I’m the son of a father who came from virtually nothing…with barely pennies in his pocket and hope in his heart as he arrived in America with a wife and infant son with an unpronounceable name who less than 40 years later somehow became the chief federal law enforcement officer in financial capital of the world,” Bharara said.

“And now even after being fired by a president, is improbably addressing an audience in a hall where Abraham Lincoln once spoke, which I think is not bad for a kid like me named Preet Bharara who hails from Punjab, India by way of Jersey,” he said.

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Indian national dies in ICE custody in Arizona

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — An Indian national died in Arizona near the California border while being held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the second person in a month to die at that location.

ICE officials said 21 year old Simratpal Singh was found unresponsive and not breathing while he awaited transfer to an ICE facility. ICE said earlier that day, Singh posted bond on charges of assault and sexual assault.

The Wadhwani Institute, led by Romesh and Sunil Wadhwani, won a $2M Google grant for an AI project which aims to help farmers control crop pests.

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Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Blasts near major Sufi shrine in Lahore kills 10, wounds many

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LAHORE, Pakistan (Diya TV) — Pakistani police say a bomb targeting their forces guarding a Sufi shrine in Lahore killed at least ten people, with many more wounded. Among the dead are civilians, police officers and a security guard. Hundreds of people were nearby to mark Ramadan at the time of the explosion. The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.

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As the world celebrates his 150th birth anniversary, New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney expects Mahatma Gandhi to be honored this year posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian award.

And global digital payment network Mastercard says they will invest $1 billion in India over the next 5 years, roughly one-third of which will be spent to set up a local payment processing center.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Colorado Muslim restaurateurs win $675K in discrimination suit

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DENVER (Diya TV) — A Colorado court ruled in favor of father and son restaurateurs Zuned & Rashad Khan to the tune of $675,000 after a landlord refused to sublease a restaurant space to them because they are Muslim.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Indian Minister of Commerce Suresh Prabhu met in New Delhi to talk trade and commerce. Bilateral ties between the nations grew more than 12% from 2017 to 2018.

In Sacramento, ten names of officers killed in the line of duty were added to the California Peace Officers’ memorial, including Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department.

And investing icon Warren Buffett said Gregory Able and Ajit Jain, who are both on the Berkshire Hathaway board of directors, would join him and business partner Charlie Munger on the stage to answer shareholder questions in the near future.

Jain is credited with being a driving force behind Berkshire Hathaway’s success in insurance.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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