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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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Sikh community center in Seattle area burglarized & vandalized

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FEDERAL WAY (Diya TV) — Authorities including the FBI in Washington State are looking for the vandal who trashed a Sikh community center and it’s being investigated as a possible hate crime. Police say surveillance video shows a man breaking into the Khalsa Gurmat Center in Federal Way.  The main prayer area was destroyed and several tv’s and computers were also stolen.

The US will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year.  The U.S. restrictions have barred travelers from most of the world including tens of thousands of foreign nationals with relatives or business links in the United States.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is denying he made a secret deal to ban fact checking President Trump on the social media platform to avoid government regulations. A new biography on venture capitalist Peter Thiel says Zuckerberg worked with Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner on this quid pro quo.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi to face protests on visit to DC, NY

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’s Ministry of External Affairs called out Pakistan backed groups threatening to give Prime Minister Narendra Modi “sleepless nights” during his visit to the U.S. next week. The group Sikhs for Justice has planned protests from Washington to New York as the PM visits the U.S. for the first time under the Biden administration.

18 year old Nidhi Rana and 21 year old  Ayush Rana were together when their car began floating toward a spot where the water flows underground toward the river. A massive search was soon launched for the pair and continued for several days.

Vibhav Mittal is now the first Indian American judge on the Superior Court of  Orange County California.  During his ten years as a federal prosecutor, Judge Mittal tried 13 criminal trials to verdict.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Hudson: 55 Kashmiri & Khalistani groups operate in the US

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The Hudson Institute assembled experts to evaluate fifty-five Kashmiri and Khalistani groups operating within the US. The institute is now recommending a deep dive into the possibility that these groups received funding, support and military training from Pakistan along with terrorist groups in India.

Top American lawmakers paid tributes as they remembered Sikh American Balbir Singh Sodhi,  who was the first victim of a hate crime following the 9/11 terror attacks.  He was murdered outside the Arizona gas station he owned, by a man who said he wanted to “go out and shoot some towel-heads. ”

Compass Digital Acquisition filed for a $200 million IPO. The technology-focused SPAC is targeting software and services companies. Compass is led by Chairman and CEO Abid Neemuchwala, former CEO of IT services firm Wipro.

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