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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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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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