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Pew Research releases comprehensive India religion survey

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indians are tolerant, enjoy religious freedom, and Islam is the fastest growing religion in the country. Those are some of the key findings in the latest Pew Research survey on religion in India. It also shows people of all six major religious groups – Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists – overwhelmingly believe they are very free to practice their faiths.

Watch our exclusive presentation of “Religion in India: Tolerance & Segregation” featuring the authors of the study, in discussion with the Hindu American Foundation.

Authorities say Indian American motel owner Zeshan Chaudry was shot and killed after an argument over the price of a swimming pool pass at a Connecticut motel. Police say old Alvin Waugh went upstairs to his room and grabbed a gun before firing shots at Chaudry. Waugh is now behind bars.

Two Sikh men were injured after a powerful explosion ripped through a shop in Afghanistan.  Owner Satpal Singh says someone secretly placed some sort of bomb in his shop. he was injured along with a friend. Singh believe he was targeted for being a Sikh.  So far, no one has been arrested for this attack.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Amit Jani named White House liaison to DHS

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian American Amit Jani has been named acting White House liaison at the Department of Homeland Security. Jani was the former national Asian American Pacific Islander director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and has worked with several lawmakers.

In New York, Indian American Jasminder Singh has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding American Express. Prosecutors say Singh stole nearly $5 million from the credit card giant and laundered the proceeds. Officials say he bought luxury items and a $1.3 million house with the money.

After weeks of uncertainty, a Chinese surveillance vessel docked at a port in Sri Lanka, raising tensions between neighboring India and China as Indian leaders grow increasingly alarmed by Beijing’s expanding influence in the region.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Apple acknowledges caste discrimination ban

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Reuters is reporting that tech giant Apple banned caste discrimination two years ago, and the company even updated it’s employee handbook to reflect this change. But it’s never been reported until now. The inclusion of this new category goes beyond what U.S. discrimination laws require. Recently a number of tech employees in Silicon Valley have highlighted caste-discrimination in companies, especially among Indians and South Asians who make up a large part of the workforce.

The political party that once backed former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has hired a US lobbying firm to restore ties with the Biden Administration. Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf also known as PTI, at one point accused the U.S. of trying to overthrow Khan when he was in office.

Legendary Indian investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has died at the age of 62. He was often referred to as the Warren Buffet of India with an estimated net worth of 5.8 billion dollars. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the tributes to Jhunjhunwala, who was always bullish on Indian stock markets.
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian Independence Day celebrated around the globe

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indians around the world are celebrating the country’s 76th Independence day from British colonial rule by hoisting the tricolor and singing the national anthem. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to transform India into a developed country in the next 25 years behind its democracy and the skills of his 1.3 billion people.

Pakistan on Sunday also marked its Independence Day. But at least two people were killed and some 57 people, including women and children, sustained bullet injuries after shots were fired during midnight celebrations in different parts of Lahore and Karachi.

Author Salman Rushdie is off the ventilator and expected to recover after being stabbed multiple times by an attacker in New York during a recent lecture, but his son says the injuries could be life altering. Rushdie will likely lose an eye and has damage to his liver. His ex-wife and celebrity food host Padma Lakshmi says she is worried and hopes for his speedy recovery.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report. 

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