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Preet Bharara disturbed by targeted attacks against Indian-Americans

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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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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on diversifying TV station ownership

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he’s aware the incentive auction nearly wiped out TV stations owned by women & minorities. How he’s addressing the issue, plus the on-going battle over net neutrality, robocalls & his evolution from staffer to Commissioner to Chair on an all-new The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur, Sunday at 9 am & 5pm exclusively on DiyaTV!

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Elon Musk says Tesla plans to be in India by 2020

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, just helped his brother Anil out of a major jam, despite their past differences. Anil’s Reliance Communications owed $77 million to Ericsson and he faced jail for non-payment. But in a statement, the company announced the debt was addressed, implying older brother Mukesh had taken care of the bill.

India’s second-richest man, Azim Premji, is making news of own by giving billions to charity in what is thought to be largest donation ever seen in India.

The tech tycoon has now allocated a total of $21 billion to the Azim Premji Foundation.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted he wants to bring their electric cars to India this year or by 2020. He has blamed tough policies for delaying the carmaker’s entry into India in the past. India is the world’s fourth largest automobile market.

Adding to the pacts they’ve struck over the last three years, India and the United States are close to finalizing a new deal to deepen defense industry collaboration.

And representatives from six social media platforms met with Indian election officials, holding discussions on ways to tackle fake news and authenticate political ads in advance of elections there next month.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces 2020 Presidential run

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Days after two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in racially motivated shooting, New Zealand’s prime minister vowed to change gun laws within one week. 50 people died and 50 were wounded in the livestreamed attack by a 28-year-old Australian man, and self-proclaimed racist, who is being held on murder charges.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand officially announced her campaign for the White House, making the rounds in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, the other Democratic presidential hopefuls made their way around the nation to meet with voters.

Iowa played host to Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Amy Klobuchar

Bernie Sanders hit the trail in Nevada.

And Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard made the rounds in the Bay Area.

Instagram comedian Jess Hilarious caused a furor online after posting a set of racially-insensitive videos saying four Sikhs on her flight made her feel “threatened.”

Those Sikh passengers were removed from the aircraft for reasons that are still unknown.

And Vancouver businessman David Sidoo pleaded not guilty to felony fraud charges in a U.S. federal court for allegedly paying $200,000 to have someone help his sons pass the SAT, one of whom attended U.C. Berkeley. He was released on $1.5 million bond.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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