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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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India becomes 5th largest economy, overtakes UK, France

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — India is now the world’s fifth largest economy, overtaking the UK and France in 2019, according to a report by American non-partisan think tank World Population Review. The report says India’s economic liberalization starting in the early 1990s was key to this growth. Though the report also indicates India’s real GDP growth is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

Billionaire entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on stage at the ninth Democratic Debate in Las Vegas, qualifying for the first time after polls indicate his star is rising amongst potential Democratic primary voters after spending more than $300 million in political advertising. Diya TV will be in Las Vegas with full coverage from what will certainly be an eventful night.

Lakshmi Sridaran, who has been the interim executive director for non-profit civil rights group, SAALT, South Asian Americans Leading Together, will take on that role moving forward. SAALT also announced Simran Noor will serve as their new Board Chair.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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150,000 people expected for ‘Namaste Trump’ in Gujarat

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — President Trump & the first lady will get a massive welcome on his visit to Gujarat next week, where 150,000 people are expected to attend ‘Namaste Trump.’ It’s expected to be an even grander event than ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, where 50,000 people greeted Prime Minister Modi. A delegation of business leaders from the U.S. are also headed to India for a series of events in New Delhi.

The 17th annual India Conference at Harvard brought more than 1000 people to the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard’s Business School including a long list of luminaries in business, politics and entertainment. And only on Diya TV, we have exclusive conversations with Indian unicorn CEOs Ankiti Bose of Zilingo and Ritesh Agarwal of OYO.

Roseville Police in California say a taxi driver, Rajbir Singh, saved an elderly passenger in his cab from giving a scammer $25,000. The 92 year old told Singh she was about to withdraw the money to settle a debt with the IRS. It sounded like a scam to Singh, who asked the woman to reconsider, even detouring to a police station to help convince her not to withdraw her money. Eventually, she decided not to proceed. Roseville Police say Singh should be honored with a “great citizen award.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian Amb. Sandhu greets USIBC in Washington

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — New Indian ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu held court with business leaders involved with the U.S.-India Business Council and gave a preview of what to expect when President Trump meets with Prime Minister Modi later this month in India.

The annual Harvard India Conference takes place this weekend and Diya TV is a proud media partner for this event that will host a slew of well known Indian tycoons, political figures and folks working on social change.

With this large student-run India-focused conference taking place this weekend, the host city of Cambridge, Massachusetts became the second town in America to pass a resolution asking India to repeal the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and stop the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

And with the college baseball season about to start, we will take you back to what some say is the greatest performance in college baseball history. Indian American student athlete Kumar Rocker at just 19 years old, pitched a 19 strikeout no hitter to save Vanderbilt’s season on their way to winning the 2019 College World Series. Rocker is now a sophomore and is considered one of baseball’s top pitching prospects.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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