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Indian-origin motel owner Akash Talati killed in US shootout

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old Indian-American owner of a motel in North Carolina has been shot dead in a shootout at a strip club, becoming the latest victim of rampant gun violence in the US.Akash R Talati, who owned Knights Inn and Diamondz Gentlemen’s Club in Fayetteville city, was an innocent bystander when a man who had been escorted out of the club returned soon and exchanged gunfire with a security guard on Saturday, police detective Jamaal Littlejohn said.Police said they were called to the club at 1:51 am on Saturday.Littlejohn said Markeese Dewitt, 23, of Fayetteville has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He said Dewitt was shot four or five times and remained in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Centre,fayobserver.Com reported.He said only Dewitt and the security guard exchanged gunfire. Talati and four others injured were bystanders, he said. One of the victims was in fair condition at the hospital. The two others were treated and released. Talati died at the hospital.Talati is reportedly from Anand in Gujarat.Police have not released the names of three other people who were injured. Littlejohn said they included the security guard and a female employee of the club who operated the cash register.Littlejohn said security escorted Dewitt out of the club because he had caused a disturbance. He said Dewitt appeared to have gone to his vehicle, got a gun, went back inside the club and started shooting.Littlejohn said police have no idea what caused Dewitt to get kicked out of the club.”All we know is he got put out, he goes and gets a gun and it goes crazy from there,” Littlejohn said.Detectives are actively investigating the homicide and shooting and have appealed to the public to contact them if they have any information on the incident.According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of November 6, there have been 307 mass shootings in the US in 20017. A total of 530 people have died in mass shootings in 2017.

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday moved to buttress free speech rights in the digital age, striking down a North Carolina law banning convicted sex offenders from Facebook and other social media services that play a vital role in modern life. The court, in an 8-0 ruling, handed a victory to Lester Packingham, a registered sex offender due to a statutory rape conviction who had challenged the law as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of free speech.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: PM Modi launches BHIM-Aadhaar; US releases video of strike in Afghanistan; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PM Modi launches BHIM-Aadhaar for digital payments, says it will be case study abroadPrime Minister Narendra Modi also announced incentive program for BHIM digital payment platform. Read more. Watch: US releases video of ‘mother of all bombs’ strike in AfghanistanUS President Donald Trump said he authorised the use of the MOAB – Massive Ordnance Air Blast – and called the mission “very, very successful”. Read more.India demands copy of charge-sheet, verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s caseIndian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in connection with the case of Jadhav. Read more.Singapore Open QF: Carolina Marin makes light work of PV Sindhu, destroys her 21-11 and 21-15Marin made light of her rival’s attempts and finished off the match within half an hour. Read more.On Ambedkar Jayanti, Naidu says religion-based reservation will create ‘another Pakistan’Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said implementation of reservations on the basis of religion may result in social unrest in the country and “lead to creation of another Pakistan”. Read more.

US assures India of speedy justice to Indian-American hate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US today assured India of “speedy justice” to the Indian-American victims of hate- related crimes as the Indian envoy here reached out to the State Department to convey his “deep concerns” over such tragic incidents. “State Department, on behalf of US Govt, expressed condolences and assured they are working with all agencies concerned to ensure speedy justice,” the Indian Embassy in the US said in a series of tweets. India’s Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna reached out to the State Department to convey his “deep concerns” to the US government on the recent tragic incidents involving Harnish Patel and Deep Rai. Patel, 43, the owner of a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina, was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday. Rai, 39-year-old Sikh, has been shot outside his home by a partially-masked gunman who shouted “go back to your own country”, in a suspected hate crime. Sarna also “underlined” the need to prevent such incidents and protect the Indian community. Indian Embassy officials are in constant communication with local police officials in both the cases. In the case of Patel, the County Sheriff had pointed out that this may not be a hate crime. “We will remain in touch with them,” an Indian Embassy source said. There have been a slew of bias-related incidents in the US, raising concerns over the safety of the members of the Indian-American community. Last month, 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling “get out of my country”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Probe on in Indian-origin businessman’s death in US: Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today condoled the death of an Indian-origin store owner in South Carolina and said the investigation in the case was in progress. Swaraj also said that she had spoken with the father of Sikh-American Deep Rai, who was shot outside his home in Kent, Washington, and was recovering in a private hospital. In a series of tweets on attacks in the US on India-origin persons last week, Swaraj said, “I am pained to hear about the killing of Harnish Patel, a US national of Indian-origin in Lancaster, South Carolina. Our Consul has reached Lancaster and met the family of Harnish Patel.” She said the investigation in the case was in progress. Swaraj also offered her condolences to the bereaved family. Patel, 43, the owner of a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina, was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday. Police had said in Patel’s killing his Indian ethnicity did not appear to be a factor. Reacting to the the attack on 39-year-old Rai, Swaraj said, “I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a US national of Indian-origin. I have spoken to Sardar Harpal Singh, father of the victim.” “He told me that his son had a bullet injury on his arm. He is out of danger and is recovering in a private hospital,” Swaraj tweeted. Rai was working on his vehicle outside his home in Kent, Washington, on Friday when he was approached by a stranger, who walked up to his home’s driveway. Kent police said an argument broke out between the two men, with Rai saying the suspect made statements to the effect of “go back to your own country”. The unidentified man then shot him in the arm. On the attack on Rai, MaryKay L Carlson, Charge’ D’ Affairs, American Embassy here, said she was saddened by the shooting in Washington state. “Wishes for quick and full recovery. As @POTUS said we condemn ‘hate and evil in all its forms’,” she tweeted. Both these attacks come close on the heels of the tragic hate crime shooting in Kansas last month in which 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year- old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling “get out of my country”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Senate panel approves nomination of Indian-American Nikki Halley as next US Ambassador to UN

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A key Senate panel approved the nomination of Indian-American Nikki Haley as the next US Ambassador to the United Nations, clearing the way for what is expected to be an easy confirmation in the full Senate.The South Carolina Governor’s nomination now moves to the Senate floor for a vote. If confirmed, Haley, 44, the daughter of Indian immigrants, would be the first Indian-American to serve on a Cabinet rank position in any presidential administration in the US.Haley, who will replace Samantha Power at the UN if confirmed, has already created history by becoming the first women Indian-American Governor of a US State. After Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, she is only the second ever Indian-American to be elected as the Governor of a State.If confirmed as a UN ambassador, she would be replaced by Lt Gov Henry McMaster as governor and will complete her term that ends in 2018. Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Haley is a fierce advocate for American interests.”As South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley is a proven leader. I believe she has the instinct that will help her achieve reform,” he said, supporting her nomination. “Governor Haley appears up to the task and seems to understand this as well,” said Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as he voted to approve Haley s nomination as the next US Ambassador to the UN. “What Governor Haley lacks in foreign policy and international affairs experience, she makes up for in capability, intelligence, and a track record of building coalitions in South Carolina,” Cardin said.”Her nomination was surprising to many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but I have been impressed by her forthrightness on core American values, her willingness to admit what she does not know, and her commitment to seeking the facts and speaking truth to power, whether within the Trump Administration or with an intransigent Russia and China in the Security Council,” Cardin said.Once a fierce critic of Trump, Haley was selected as the first women and first minority to serve in the Trump Administration in November.Two Democratic Senators Tom Udall of New Mexico and Chris Coons of Delaware, voted against Haley.

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