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225 fly SFO to India on 1st flight since shutdown

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The first batch of Indian nationals stuck in the United States for weeks because of COVID-19 shutdowns departed from San Francisco and are now in Mumbai. The 225 passengers on board are part of a global effort to repatriate hundreds of thousands of people that need to be back on the subcontinent due to special circumstances under the Government of India’s Vande Bharat mission. Only on Diya TV is OUR conversation with India’s Counsel General in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda, who gave full context of this mission that has the Indian government working overtime.

87-year-old former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was released from a New Delhi hospital. Singh suffered a reaction to new medication and a developed fever. He was given a test for COVID-19 that came back negative.

Tesla, California’s only car manufacturer, may be looking for greener pastures after their Fremont factory was not allowed to reopen by Alameda County. In a series of tweets, CEO Elon Musk said this was the last straw and on Monday, he opened the factory up anyway. Meanwhile, there are a number of states actively courting Musk & Tesla, whose stock price has soared in 2020.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American Sikh man in New York City killed execution-style

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Authorities are searching for the person who shot and killed a Sikh man execution-style in New York City. Witnesses say 31-year-old Indian American Satnam Singh was sitting in a jeep near his home at the time.
Investigators say the motive is unclear. They all happened in the South Ozone Park neighborhood, which is next to Richmond Hill where two Sikh men had been assaulted in April in what police classified as hate crimes.

At least 51 people are dead after dozens were found inside a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas, in a suspected case of human smuggling. Investigators say some of the victims were teenagers. Most of the people found were Mexican citizens. 16 people were taken to the hospital for treatment. Three people are now into custody in connection to this case.

Syracuse just named Bakeer Ganesharatnam as its new head women’s volleyball coach. The Sri Lankan American becomes the 7th head coach in the program’s history.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden, Modi among world leaders at G7 summit

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BERLIN (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the G7 Summit in Germany with other world leaders. Modi said his country’s dedication to climate commitments is evident from its performance. The PM also said they’ve achieved the target of 40 percent energy capacity from non-fossil sources nine years ahead of track. Modi touted the fact that even though 17 percent of the world’s population resides in India, its contribution of global carbon emissions is only 5 percent.

White House director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Dr. Rahul Gupta was this year’s keynote speaker at the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin annual convention. Gupta says he’s collaborating with the group to improve health, security, and the drug overdose epidemic. India’s ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu was also a speaker there and complimented the role of Indian American doctors during Covid-19.

Authorities say Muslim extremists in the Maldives stormed a yoga event organized by the Indian high commission which is the embassy.  More than 150 people, including diplomats and government officers, were taking part in an event celebrating International Day of Yoga. Earlier, the protesters brandished placards proclaiming that yoga was against the tenets of Islam.

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar pushes resolution to declare India a country of particular concern

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who visited Pakistan on a non-state department sanctioned visit recently, has pushed along a resolution that would declare India as a country of particular concern in violation of religious freedom. This resolution has been in the works for 3 straight years, but ultimately nothing has materialized. This push forward by Omar represents another call to the Biden administration for India to be designated as a violator of religious freedom. Whether the resolution will go even further along is to be determined.

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Recently, Omar visited Pakistan and spoke with high-ranking Pakistani officials, Prime Minister Imran Khan being chief among them. She also has a history of siding with Pakistan in the past, so this resolution does not come as a total surprise. 

The details of the resolution go over how India has allegedly targeted Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and other religious minorities and thus, direct human rights violations. This has been said to be an issue for the past few years as mentioned before, the resolution has been trying to be sent through to the president for 3 consecutive years. 

Omar gave insight into why she believes this resolution must be passed along and brought to President Biden’s attention:

“The Indian government must be held responsible for human rights violations against religious and cultural minorities…In recent years, the Indian government has been escalating repressive policies against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits. It is past time for the State Department to acknowledge the reality of the situation in India and formally designate India as a Country of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act.”

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