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US state of Kansas declares Indian American Appreciation Day to honour Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla

Kansas will remain committed to standing with the Indian community Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said at an event on Thursday to commemorate the life of Kuchibhotla

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Washington, March 17, 2017: The US state of Kansas has declared March 16 as Indian American Appreciation Day to honor Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was killed in an apparent hate crime.

Kuchibhotla 32 was killed and his friend Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W. Purinton a white man who earlier served in the US Navy shot them at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe on February 22.

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Purinton reportedly got into a row with the victims and hurled racial slurs. He yelled Get out of my country and terrorist before shooting them. An American Ian Grillot was injured in the attack.

Kansas will remain committed to standing with the Indian community Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said at an event on Thursday to commemorate the life of Kuchibhotla.

Brownback issued a proclamation at the event to recognise March 16 as the Indian American Appreciation Day reported The Kansas City Star.

We will always reject acts of violence and harm. We reject hatred in all its forms he said in Topeka the state capital.

This is a deplorable act that happened Brownback said. We will not let it define us as a people.

Both Madasani and Grillot attended the event to honour Kuchibhotla. During a brief speech Madasani thanked people for their support.

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It means a lot to all of us and we really appreciate it he said.

Kuchibhotla of Hyderabad and his colleague Madasani from Warangal district in Telangana were working as aviation programme managers at Garmin an MNC here.

Purinton has been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime. (IANS)

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Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA
Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.

What is a security clearance?

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.

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Who has security clearances?

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Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

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Can the president revoke a security clearance?

Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)

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