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ATLANTA (Diya TV) — Eight people are dead after a mass shooting in Atlanta. Police arrested 21 year old Robert Long after his rampage targeted Asian spas. Even though 6 Asian people and two white people were killed, police say it may not have been racially motivated. Instead the suspect claims he had a sex addiction and wanted to get rid of his temptation.

A judge sentenced an Indian American grandmother to 29 years in prison for drowning her teenage daughter’s newborn son.  Beant Kaur Dhillon admitted to drowning the baby to avoid bringing shame to her family. Authorities say Dhillon’s husband and another man helped bury the baby’s body in their backyard.

The Academy Award nominations are out and South Asians are in the spotlight. Pakistani Brit Riz Ahmed is up for best actor, Indian American songwriter and producer Savan Kotecha also got a nom, and Ramin Bahrani’s “The White Tiger,” is up for best adapted screenplay  Ahmed also made history as the first Muslim nominated for a lead actor Oscar for his role in “Sound of Metal.”

And we’ll introduce you to Suyash Mehta, the first Indian American referee in the NBA. He’s actually been around the league for years, but this year he made staff and joins folks like Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Sonia Raman among a growing list of Indian Americans involved in the association.

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Indian citizens found dead along US-Canada border

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TORONTO (Diya TV) — In a heartbreaking tragedy, a family of four Indians, including a baby, has died from exposure to extreme cold weather on the Canadian side of the border with the US in an apparent human smuggling operation.  The Indian government says it’s ambassadors in the US and Canada are responding to this situation. 

Federal authorities are investigating a couple who cashed in on the COVID testing boom. Akbar Ali Syed and his wife Aleya Siyaj are being accused of fraud by many customers at the Center for Covid Control testing sites,  who say they never received results or got negative test results via email before they had even taken the test. Several attorney generals have already filed lawsuits against the couple. 

According to the latest Benevity survey on causes and giving,  Nonprofits supporting India’s COVID-19 crisis received a groundswell of support, including Sewa International ranked 10th overall. The crisis in India also drove additional giving to UNICEF 

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CSU adds caste to anti-discrimination policy

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — California now has the first university system in the country to add caste to its anti-discrimination policy. On the system’s 23 campuses across California, caste-oppressed students will now be able to report anti-Dalit bias, which some students say they experience at school on a regular basis.  

US President Joe Biden just nominated eight new judges including Nusrat Choudhury. If confirmed she would be the first Bangladeshi American and Muslim woman and to serve as a federal judge.

Entrepreneur, scientist and author Dr. Ken Kapur died after a short illness. He was 82 years old.. Kapur was part of the first crop of top Indian students in STEM recruited by the U.S. government during the Cold War. After completing a PhD in 6 months from the University of Washington, Kapur helped set federal standards for nuclear reactors that are still in place today. He also went on to build multiple Silicon Valley tech startups.

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Kashmiri Hindu Pandits mark 31st exodus day globally

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KASHMIR (Diya TV) — It’s the 31st anniversary of Kashmir Exodus Day. Hindus across the world are marking this day with candlelight vigils to remember the ethnic cleansing of Jammu & Kashmir’s indigenous Hindu population began. Ultimately some 350,000 Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee their homes and hundreds were killed in the weeks and months following January 19, 1990 at the hands of Pakistan-sponsored Islamic militants that lasted many years. 

The Indian American CEO, best known for firing 900 employees over zoom just before Christmas, is coming back to work. Vishal Garg is returning to his “full-time duties” at better.com. The company says Garg used a leave of absence to “reflect on his leadership and worked with an executive coach.

The White House will make 400 million N95 masks for free at thousands of locations across the country as health experts stress the importance of high quality face coverings to protect against the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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