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Indian grad student shot & killed in San Bernardino

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Diya TV)  — Over the Thanksgiving weekend, 25 year old Abhishek Sudesh Bhat, a graduate computer science student at Cal State San Bernardino, was shot and killed at a San Bernardino motel where he was working part-time to help a friend. 42 year old Eric Devon Turner was booked on suspicion of murder. A GoFundMe page set up to help Abhishek’s family has already raised more than $64,000.

Meanwhile, in Nashville, there was another tragedy on Thanksgiving involving two Indian graduate students attending Tennessee State University. Vybhav Gopisetty, who was doing a doctorate and Judy Stanley Pinheiro, who was pursuing a masters, were killed in a hit and run accident. The owner of the car police say was at-fault turned himself in to police on Sunday. 26-year-old David Torres showed up at a Nashville Police station Sunday with an attorney, where officers took a DNA sample. $50,000 was raised to help support the victims families.

28-year-old Usman Khan, a convicted terrorist, who spent part of his teenage years in Pakistan, is suspected to be the man who stabbed two people to death in a terror attack on London Bridge. Khan also stabbed three other people before being restrained by bystanders and killed by police. Khan was released last year from a UK prison, and is said to have been inspired by Al Qaeda. At the time of his sentencing in 2012, the judge warned he was a “serious jihadist” who should not be released while he remained a threat to the public.

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Indian Americans now 2nd largest immigrant group in the US

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — New data released indicates Indian Americans are now the second largest immigrant group conferred with American citizenship, behind only the Mexican community. Individuals born in India made up 6.9% of the total number of new American citizens, reflecting a rise of 2.7% over the previous year.

Democrats made their final opening argument on the fourth day of President Trump’s impeachment trial. A new recording played before the Senate demonstrated the President wanted former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired, saying on tape: “Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”

The Pentagon says 34 American troops have brain injuries from the missile strike launched by Iran in retaliation for the killing of Qasem Soleimani.

More than 800 people have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, the ailment that began in China and is spreading around the globe. At least 26 people are dead. Hospitals in China are overwhelmed with patients. The disease has reached Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the U.S.

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Pharma exec John Kapoor gets 66 month prison sentence

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BOSTON (Diya TV)  — Former billionaire CEO John Kapoor was sentenced to 66 months in prison, the culmination of a criminal trial in Boston resulting in the first successful prosecution of a pharmaceutical executive tied to the opioid epidemic. The 76-year-old founder of Insys Therapeutics made the potent opioid painkiller Subsys.

Senators reconvened in the Capitol for the third day of President Trump’s impeachment trial. House Democrats argued the president abused his power by pressuring Ukraine for his own personal gain, often playing video of Trump speaking publicly to make their point.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the World Economic Forum in Davos said Osama bin Laden was able to find refuge in Pakistan because groups like Al Qaeda were viewed as “heroes” rather than terrorists. In May 2011, bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan, near one of their military bases.

India is considering incentives to woo Apple and Samsung’s suppliers to open factories in the country.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for defamation

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced she is suing former First Lady Hillary Clinton for defamation. Gabbard was once Vice Chair of the Democratic Party, but stepped down when she decided to publicly endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President in 2016. Gabbard says she’s been smeared since making that decision by Clinton and her network of supporters.

The Republican-led Senate rejected all 11 Democratic-proposed amendments en route to approving the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. The war of words between the two sides got so nasty at one point, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts asked them all to bite their tongues.

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was honored with a Crystal Award at the opening session of the World Economic Forum’s 2020 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. 

The founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, Padukone was celebrated for leadership that inspires inclusive and sustainable change.

And for the first time, the Sikh community in the U.S. will be counted as a separate ethnic group in the 2020 US census.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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