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India loses contact with Moon Lander, outcome unclear

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BENGALURU, India (Diya TV) — India’s attempt to land a rover on the moon may have fallen short. Moments before landing, scientists lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2. The goal was to land near the moon’s south pole, an area that has been largely unexplored. All was normal until the lander was roughly one mile away from the moon’s surface. ISRO is still analyzing data. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said afterwards “In life, there are ups and downs. The country is proud of you.” He later tweeted “we remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme.”

The United States State Department is showing support for India’s new law that designates four men — Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, its top leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi & notorious mobster Dawood Ibrahim — as terrorists. State Department Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells said the new law “expands possibilities for joint #USIndia efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism.” Under this bill, India can impose a travel ban on individuals who have been designated as “terrorists” and seize their properties.

And Detroit local news anchor Roop Raj took to social media to respond to a viewer wondering where he ‘came from.’ And as usual, he handled it with grace and aplomb.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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FBI: Amity CEO Ridhima Singh, others accused of major healthcare fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The FBI says, CEO Ridhima Singh of Amity Home Health Care is among the 28 people, that include doctors and nurses, accused in the scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area’s largest home health care provider, Amity Home Health Care, with involvement in a kickback scheme that led to $115 million in tainted claims. The complaint said medical professionals received $8 million worth of bribes disguised as payroll, phony medical directorships, reimbursements, entertainment or gifts, in what the Department of Justice said was simply “a cash for patients scheme.”

The man accused of stabbing and killing 62 year old Parmjit Singh in Tracy made his first court appearance. 21 year old Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads of Tracy pleaded not guilty of homicide during his arraignment. Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime.

And Priyanka Chopra & her husband Nick Jonas were named by People Magazine as their pick for ‘Best Dressed of the Year.’

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi blasts Boris Johnson for ‘racist remarks’

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LONDON (Diya TV) —  In London, the first-ever Sikh Member of Parliament, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, received a round of applause from his colleagues after demanding an apology from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for making “derogatory and racist remarks” on Muslim women wearing burqas. Johnson rebuffed the claim and did not respond to the statement directly.

Mountain View Police arrested 50 year old Reenu Saini and her four friends for allegedly staging a home invasion to evict tenants from her investment property. When that didn’t work, police say the group shut off the home’s power and tried to open the door.Saini is charged with attempted robbery, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy to commit a crime and unlawfully shutting off power to a home

Judge Raag Singhal was nominated to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. And Jones Day partner Shireen Matthews was nominated to serve as Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

And Silicon Valley AI analytics startup Thoughtspot, which is led by CEO Sudheesh Nair and founded by a group of Indian Americans, raised $248 million at a $1.95 billion valuation.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Sanders says India’s action in Kashmir is ‘unacceptable’

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders became the first candidate to share thoughts about Kashmir. At a speech before the Islamic Society of North America, Sanders said “India’s action [in Kashmir] is unacceptable and the communications blockade must be lifted immediately,” adding he supports “a UN backed peaceful resolution that respects the will of the Kashmiri people.”

Meanwhile, Congressman Ro Khanna, who serves as a co-chair of the Sanders Presidential campaign, took a veiled shot at Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard on Twitter, in response to an article highly critical of the Congresswoman.The Silicon Valley Democrat said “it’s the duty of every American politician of Hindu faith to stand for pluralism, reject Hindutva, and speak for equal rights for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist & Christians.” We’ll have analysis of these comments that have lit up social media.

As for Kashmir itself, the Indian government says “91% of the Kashmir Valley” is free from any daytime restrictions. And Jammu & Ladakh are entirely free from any daytime restrictions.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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