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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.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Reps. Omar, Talib introduce legislation to reprimand India

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is introducing legislation calling on the State Department to call India an egregious violator of religious freedom. Along with Omar, fellow Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Talib is also sponsoring the bill, which accuses India of human rights violations against religious and cultural minorities.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley visited British Home Secretary Priti Patel who took to Twitter to say they had a great time together and talked about ways to strengthen the partnership between America and Great Britain. Both are seen as strong conservative Indian women and Haley has also suggested the European Union should split up.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister says its troubled economy has collapsed and the country is unable to even pay for oil imports. The country is now seeking help from international lenders. India has already been trying to help.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Dr. Arati Prabhakar named White House OSTP Director 

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — President Biden intends to nominate Indian American Arati Prabhakar as director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policymaking her the first woman, immigrant, or person of color nominated to hold the position.

Indian American executive Vishal Garg leads Better.com and is now being sued by a former employee, alleging the company provided misleading statements to investors about the digital mortgage firm’s financial prospects and performance so a merger would go through. A Better.com attorney says the claims are without merit.

Comedian and “Parks & Recreation” star Aziz Ansar married Swedish forensic data scientist Serena Skov Campbell. The comic wed Campbell in front of around 120 people in northern Italy.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NYC police arrest suspected murderer of Kinshuk Patel

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NEW YORK CITY (Diya TV) — Police in New York have made an arrest in the brutal murder of an Indian American smoke shop owner. Authorities say 33 year old Kinshuk Patel was killed last year during a botched robbery by Yoel Atzmon who is believed to be homeless. Patel leaves behind a wife and two children.

India granted visas to more than 100 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus while dozens of applications are still pending. The move came immediately after a terror attack at a Sikh temple in the country, killing several people.

At least 84 people have died in landslides, lightning strikes, and flash floods across India and Bangladesh in the past week. Northeastern India and northern Bangladesh have been particularly badly hit by severe weather, which has prompted some of the worst flooding in the region in years and left some towns cut off.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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