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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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Indian Americans jump into congressional races

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The latest numbers show more Indian Americans than ever are running for Congress. In the last six years, nearly 80 candidates made it on the ballot, soaring far beyond numbers seen in past elections. Leading the wave are successful candidates from California, like Kamala Harris, who rose from a Senate seat to become vice president. Helping those numbers, Indians Americans are also one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country.  

Nisha Ramachandran is the new Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the first Indian American to serve in this role.  Ramachandran most recently managed her own consulting business focused on AAPI advocacy. She’ll be working closely with Congresswoman Judy Chu who chairs the group to further Asian American causes and initiatives. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Telangana after the Kakatiya Rudreshwara Ramappa Temple was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The PM also urged citizens to visit the temple which was built during the rule of the Kakatiya dynasty.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Blinken begins India visit, Afghanistan top issue

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — US secretary of state Antony Blinken begins his two-day India visit on Tuesday hoping to engage the nation on issues such as the Covid-19 response, human rights, and democracy. The American troop pullout in Afghanistan will also be a key issue. India is concerned about the implications of the withdrawal and the need for sustained pressure on Pakistan over issues like terror financing.

And India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics goes to Mirabai Chanu. She won silver in Women’s weight lifting. Chanu’s Olympic preparations were hindered by injuries and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic but she still beat the odds and is being praised back home.

Tesla may open a factory in India. But CEO Elon Musk says only if the cars receive a good response in that marketplace. The company has already been hiring talent in the country. But Musk also hinted at some downsides to opening overseas, citing India’s import duty tax is the highest in the world for a large country.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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