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First-ever Sikh, Jasleen Kaur Josan will travel to Mars

Jasleen Kaur Josan will be the first Sikh traveling to outer space and the first to visit Mars.

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Jasleen Kaur Josan will be the first Sikh to travel to Mars, and among the first humans to travel to Mars.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Jasleen Kaur Josan will be the first Sikh traveling to outer space and the first to visit Mars.

Josan is part of the two-way Orion Mission in 2030, which will see the crew members return to Earth. An earlier mission to Mars in 2020 will be a one-way colonization effort, so Josan will be among the very first humans to be on Mars. According to quotes attributed to Josan, it’ll take nine months to reach Mars, with three months being spent on the planet, while it’ll take another nine months to return. The mission will take 21-months to complete. She and the Orion crew will be the first humans to visit Mars.

The 25-year-old was named by NASA in collaboration with the International Space Education Institute as an International Space Ambassador in 2013 and chosen to be a researcher for NASA’s Orion Mission last year. “I do feel very proud to be part of such a mission.Technology is booming and things are going to change in another 15 years. It all depends on my capabilities and determination and how I take to these changes. I’m not nervous exactly, but just really excited and looking forward to what the future brings,” she stated in an article. With the introduction of many more companies such as Sent Into Space and more, offering education to children about the wonderful mysteries of space, the future seems bright for potential space lovers and astronauts.

Astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft will explore the asteroid that will be placed in orbit around Mars, returning to Earth with samples. The “experience in human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit will help NASA test new systems and capabilities, such as Solar Electric Propulsion, which we’ll need to send cargo as part of human missions to Mars,” states NASA. Developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s were goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.

Born in Kurukshetra, Haryana, India, one of her inspirations is astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who was the first Indian woman to enter space in 1997.

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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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