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Vijay Mallya’s 17-acre farmhouse in Alibag seized by India’s enforcement directorate

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India’s Enforcement Directorate has seized a 17-acre property belonging to Vijay Mallya.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — India’s Enforcement Directorate took control of embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s 17-acre coastal farmhouse in Alibag, worth an estimated Rs. 100 crore, on Thursday.

The agency had previously issued an eviction notice, ordering Mallya to vacate the property by April 25.

The Enforcement Directorate has identified properties worth more than Rs 11,000 crore belonging to Mallya, at least Rs 9,000 crore worth of properties have already been attached by the agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The former “King of Good Times” is currently subject to a slew of money laundering charges, and is currently free on bail after his recent arrest in London.

He is alleged to owe more than Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of Indian banks. Former IDBI Bank CMD Yogesh Aggarwal said he had disbursed at least Rs 350 crore to Mallya for his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, even before the loan was sanctioned by the bank.

The Enforcement Directorate are currently seeking Mallya’s extradition from the United Kingdom and has submitted evidence to counsel representing India’s case before a London court seeking his custody. A senior ED official told the Times of India that the evidence submitted before a special court in Mumbai, which had last year issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the beleaguered businessman, would serve as proof against Mallya to get complete his extradition.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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