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KENOSHA, Wisconsin (Diya TV)  — Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave the day two keynote address at the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum’s weeklong virtual US-India Leadership Summit. Speaking with Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, Haley heralded the success of Indian Americans, as well as the budding US-India relationship, saying the “USA and India are natural allies – we are democratic, we value life, the status of our people, and human rights of all. The leaders of our nations have realized this and have built a stronger relationship together.” The conference continues for the rest of the week and Indian Prime Minister Modi will headline Thursday’s festivities. Diya TV will bring you his address live on-air and online starting at 11:30 am Eastern.

The test of wills between India and China continues, as both nations are once again pointing the finger at one another over military movements along their respective border. The Indian government says Chinese troops are carrying out ‘provocative military movements to change the status quo.’ Chinese state media makes similar claims about India.

So far, no physical clashes have taken place.

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has died. He was 84. Mukherjee served as India’s 13th President from 2012 until 2017. In a political career spanning five decades, Mukherjee was a senior leader in the Indian National Congress and has occupied several minister posts in the Indian Government. Mukherjee tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year and had been in coma after a brain surgery earlier this month.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American news anchor Uma Pemmaraju passes away at 64

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Groundbreaking Indian American news anchor and journalist Uma Pemmaraju has passed away at the age of 64. She was one of the original members on air at FOX News when the network first launched. She also spent time at Bloomberg covering business. Pemmaraju was a familiar face in local news markets like Boston where she anchored one of the highest rated news shows and won several Emmy awards. Her cause of death is not being reported at this time.

In New York, author Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage as he prepared to give a lecture at Chautauqua Institution. Witnesses say his attacker began punching or stabbing Rushdie. His condition is unknown at this time. The 75 year old’s book, “The Satanic Verses” has been banned in Iran since 1988 as many Muslims consider it blasphemous. Iran has put a 3 million dollar bounty on his head.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the nation should move away from restrictive measures such as quarantines and social distancing and focus on reducing severe disease from Covid-19. The agency no longer recommends staying at least 6 feet away from other people to reduce the risk of exposure — a shift from guidance that had been in place since the early days of the pandemic.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US and India to hold military drills near the China-India border

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The U.S. and India are preparing for mountain top drills near the Chinese border. It’s a move that’s sure to attract the attention of leaders in Beijing and comes during heightened tension between all the countries, especially after China recently launched missiles over Taiwan in a show of force. Last year’s joint high altitude exercise between the U.S. and India was in Alaska.

A top Pakistani militant who had a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head has been killed along with three others in Afghanistan. Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khurasani, was killed in an explosion Sunday while traveling by car.

Diya TV was this year’s media sponsor at the Indiana India Business Council annual gala. This non-profit remains focused on generating economic growth, and strengthening ties between both countries. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Afghan man arrested over murders of four South Asian men in New Mexic

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Diya TV) — The Islamic community is breathing a sigh of relief after one of their own is now under arrest for the murders of four Muslim men. 51 year old Mohamed Syed is denying any involvement in the slayings and will face a judge later this week. Three of the victims are from Pakistan while the other is from Afghanistan. Authorities say Syed knew all the men but the exact motive is unclear at this time. Some outlets are reporting this could be fueled over issues in the Sunni and Shia Muslim community. 

Global outrage continues after the suicide of 30 year old Mandeep Kaur, who left India for New York, searching for a better life. Police say she ended her life after releasing a heart wrenching video, narrating details of torture at the hands of her husband who she claims abused her because she couldn’t have a son. Kaur leaves behind two young daughters. Her family in Indian is now trying to take custody of the children. 

Women’s tennis champ Serena Williams says she is preparing to wind down her stellar career. She has 23 grand slam championships. Williams implied she’s trying to play at the US Open and make it her final tournament later this month.  

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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