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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — “A force for global good.” That’s what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is calling the South Asian nation’s partnership with America. Modi met with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who is visiting the country to talk about security in the Indo-Pacific region.  Modi also said he’s committed to the strategic partnership already in place between both nations. While the first meeting was overall positive, Austin hinted during the visit to New Delhi on Saturday that India’s planned purchase of an advanced Russian missile system could trigger US sanctions, but left room for Modi to back away from the deal.

They’re rich, powerful, and some of the most well known people in India. And they’re also generous with their money. The latest Huran India Wealth report shows Azim Premji, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Manhibai Naik are at the very top of this list.  India has the third largest number of billionaires in the world and the philanthropy among this elite group continues to be a priority.

2050 is now being discussed as India’s deadline to become 100% free from green house gas emissions. An ambitious target that would require overhauling its coal-dependent economy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already trying to come up with a game plan with senior leaders and foreign advisers. India is under pressure to make a net-zero pledge after China recently made a similar move.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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“Serial” subject Adnan Syed released, conviction vacated 

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A judge on Monday vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, years after the hit podcast “Serial” chronicled the case of this Muslim American and cast doubt on his role in the 1999 slaying of his former girlfriend. The judge said prosecutors made a compelling argument that Syed’s conviction was flawed and that he should immediately go free. The state now has 30 days to decide whether to seek a new trial or potentially stop the case.

Violence erupted in Leicester, England after Hindus took to the streets to protest violence against their community by Muslim extremists. Islamist counter protesters hurled glass bottles and a Saffron flag was also desecrated by the mob in front of the police. This comes after targeted attacks on Hindus following the Asia Cup India-Pakistan cricket match last month when armed Islamists attacked Hindus and their homes in the area. Hindus are now demanding action against the violence.

Thousands of world dignitaries paid their respects during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral including U.S. President Joe Biden, Indian President Droupadi Murmu, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Paramvir Singh killed in brazen gas station robbery 

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In Mississippi, surveillance footage at a gas station shows the horrific shooting that claimed the life of Indian American store clerk Paramvir Singh during a brazen daylight robbery. The video appears to show Singh cooperating inside the shop and telling the suspected robber Chris Copeland to take all the cash. Moments later, Copeland opens fire. Officers eventually arrested Copeland several hours later.

In a surprise statement during a regional summit in Uzbekistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly changed his posture with Russia directly to President Vladimir Putin over the ongoing battle in Ukraine. Modi said to Putin “today’s era is not an era of war. And I have spoken to you on the phone about this.” In response, Putin said to Modi “we will do our best to stop this as soon as possible.”
The summit is also being attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jingping.

Indian American political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal has been confirmed by the US Senate as the country’s next envoy to the Netherlands, adding to the growing list of Indian Americans in President Biden’s administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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