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Raja Krishnamoorthi wins Democratic nomination in Chicago

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Businessman Raja Krishnamoorth. File Photo. (Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald via AP)

Businessman Raja Krishnamoorth. File Photo. (Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald via AP)

CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Indian-American businessman from the Chicago suburbs of Schaumburg, has won the Democratic party’s nomination for his 8th District congressional race, beating out a suburban mayor and a state legislator.

His overwhelming victory came Tuesday, with 59 percent of precincts reporting, Krishnamoorthi had already wrapped up nearly 60 percent of the vote, far ahead of state Sen. Michael Noland, whom had collected 28 percent of the vote, and Deborah Bullwinkel, who had just 12 percent.

Krishnamoorthi still has his work cut out for him; to represent the state’s 8th Congressional District, he will need to defeat Republican Peter DiCianni, former mayor of Elmhurst and current DuPage County board member. DiCianna ran unopposed in the GOP primary, seeking to fill the seat vacated by Tammy Duckworth, who just won a Democratic nomination of her own for her Senate race. Krishnamoorthi said his radar is finely tuned into his opponent DiCianni, but noted the GOP ticket in the fall general election likely would be topped by Donald Trump — whose policies are “completely at odds with what the people of the 8th District want.”

“Instead of buildings walls, we should be building bridges,” Krishnamoorthi said in reference to Trump’s promise to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

DiCianni disagrees with Krishnamoorthi’s sentiment — he carries the endorsements of 26 mayors, and is hoping to win back the seat for the GOP, and said the voters in his race will pay just as much attention to what’s going on in their backyard, as they will the national stage.

“Regardless of who wins for president, the race will be between him and I,” DiCianni said.

This his second race for the same seat, Krishnamoorthi has enjoyed more than healthy fundraising and support during his second go-around — his lead in fundraising over his two opponents is fairly substantial, reporting a total of nearly $1.7 million in campaign contributions through Feb. 24. That amount equates to nearly four times the funds raised by his democratic opponents Noland and Bullwinkel.

Krishnamoorthi, 42, was born in New Delhi, but came to the U.S. as an infant and grew up in Peoria, IL. He graduated with an engineering degree from Princeton University, and a law degree from Harvard. Previously, he served Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and worked as a deputy state treasurer. Currently, he works as president of Sivananthan Labs and Episola Inc.

He recalled the past elections he lost to Tammy Duckworth, as mentioned previously, her exit from the legislature put Krishnamoorthi in a position for another run.

“We won over a lot of folks who cast votes for Tammy Duckworth four years ago because we maintained a civil and respectful contest last time,” he said.

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Rep. Ro Khanna responds to criticism over Hindutva tweet

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Diya TV spoke exclusively with Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna to get his response in the aftermath of a barrage of criticism he’s faced after posting a tweet that appeared to endorse an anti-Hindu activist.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold 20 bilateral meetings during his time in the U.S., including with President Trump. His speech at the UN will focus on India’s efforts in development, peace and security, but no further explanation on Kashmir, as it’s deemed an internal matter.

The Biden campaign hired Maju Varghese, a former Obama White House aide, to be its Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor.

Nova Southeastern University’s new Tampa Bay Regional Campus is now open, made possible thanks to a $200 million donation by Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel.

And ‘A Little Late with Lilly Singh’ debuted on NBC, with her first guest none then other than Mindy Kaling. Singh, who is Indo-Canadian, becomes the first woman of color ever to host a late night network show.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American IMPACT Summit showcases new leaders

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — A large contingent of politically engaged Indian Americans met at the Indian American Impact Summit in Washington to hear from current leaders and meet some that are on the rise. Diya TV was a proud media partner in the showcase that featured Democratic National Committee CEO Seema Nanda, and a host of local, state and federal candidates.

Prime Minister Modi and President Trump are scheduled to meet twice in the next week, according to Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla, saying the India-US relationship has the potential to become the “defining partnership” this century. Full coverage of the Modi Trump Community Summit in Houston starts Sunday at 10 am Eastern, 7 am Pacific.

Indian American attorney Suraj Patel is launching another run for the 12th Congressional District in New York City, taking on fellow Democrat Carolyn Maloney once again.

Silicon Valley resident Natasha Gupta announced she is running for the California State Assembly in the 25th District. Gupta says she didn’t expect to run for office at this point in her life, but the turning point was the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting, as she was in attendance the day before.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Lewandowski spars with Rep. Jayapal in impeachment probe

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski sparred with Rep. Jayapal among others, before a House Judiciary committee, taking on a barrage of questions from members of Congress who are trying to build a case towards the impeachment of President Trump.

100,000 petitions were delivered to the Gates Foundation in Seattle, asking them to rescind the award they plan on giving to Indian Prime Minister Modi for his clean India initiative because of his stance on Kashmir.

Federal investigators, including the FBI, are looking into potential misconduct by Mithril Capital, a venture capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. Royan has a 20 year relationship with Thiel and has raised in excess of $1 billion, $300 million of which came from Thiel. Some investors are frustrated Mithril is sitting on their money rather than investing in startups, while raking in as much as $30 million per year in management fees.

Hundreds of alums from the Indian Institute of Technology gathered in Southern California for their annual convention, featuring some of the brightest minds in technology.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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