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Indian American family drown in New Jersey swimming pool tragedy

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EAST BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Diya TV) — Three members of an Indian American family in East Brunswick, New Jersey drowned in their above ground pool, in what may have been an accidental electrocution. The victims were identified as 62 year old Bharat Patel, 33 year old Nisha Patel and her 8 year old daughter. Police say the family just moved to the neighborhood less than a month ago. And there’s speculation they may have been electrocuted after authorities are said to have called an electrician to the home as part of their investigation.

Key details about President Trump’s executive order banning H1-B and other visa holders to reenter the U.S. are emerging, including one unfortunate result of the COVID-19 lockdowns. People with expired visas stuck outside of the U.S. as a result of COVID-19 and consulate closures who were previously in the U.S. cannot return until 2021. Legal analysts say the ban penalizes people who have been waiting for Consulates to re-open to merely get their visa restamped.

White supremacists vandalized a Sikh-owned Indian restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, causing $100,000 worth of damage, tagging the India Palace with graffiti saying ‘white power’ and ‘Trump 2020.’ The restaurant just reopened after being closed for COVID-19 public health orders and recent social change protests.  In a tweet, New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said, “I am absolutely heartbroken and disgusted by this racist attack. I spoke to Mr. Singh this morning and let him know that our community is with him. We will not stand for such hatred in New Mexico.” Police are investigating it as a hate crime. A GoFundMe page has already raised $56,891 to support the restaurant’s rebuild.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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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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