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Ash Kalra’s CA bill asks for distinct Sikh recognition

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — California is taking another step to recognize the diverse religions in the state’s South Asian community. Assembly member Ash Kalra is introducing House Resolution 115 that declares Sikhism as what he calls a “distant ethnic and religious minority.” He says this designation will help distinguish the religion’s followers and help avoid with misidentification. Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world and has 750,000 members in the U.S.

Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara is joining power house law firm Wilmer Hale in New York. Since leaving his post in New York’s Southern District, the Indian American has maintained his high profile in legal circles and remains an influential voice in the media.

Authorities in India say they have arrested eight people involved in the murder of singer and political leader Sidhu Moosewala. Investigators say the men are facing charges for allegedly providing logistical support and harboring the shooters. Police say they have identified four shooters who were involved in the crime.

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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