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AAPI Survey shows how Indian Americans plan to vote in this upcoming U.S. election

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian-Americans are among the most ardent supporters of the Democratic Party, according to a recent study conducted by The Center for American Progress and Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

The study surveyed Asian-American voters from the Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino communities and immigrants from India.

In the past decade, the number of Asian-American voters in the country nearly doubled to 3.9 million in 2012 from 2 million, effectively making the demographic among the most rapid developing voting bodies in the U.S.

The researchers asked Indian-Americans how they planned to vote in the upcoming general election. Close to 60 percent of those polled said they held the Republican Party in disregard, only 17 percent said they viewed the party’s frontrunner, Donald Trump, favorably. The remaining 24 percent had no opinion.

At the same time, Indian-Americans had a completely opposite opinion of the Democratic Party — 65 percent viewed the party favorably and only 17 percent unfavorably, according to the survey.

President Obama has enjoyed intense popularity among the Indian-American community, where 83 percent of those surveyed held him in positive esteem. His would-be predecessors, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, received a 64 and 63 percent approval rating among Indian-Americans, while Donald Trump received just 22 percent.

When asked if they would support a candidate with a strong voice of anti-immigration, 43 percent of the Indian-Americans polled said no. Additionally, when asked “if a political candidate expressed strong anti-Muslim views, and you agreed with him or her on other issues, would you still vote for that candidate, or would you vote for someone else,” 59 percent of Indian-Americans said they’d vote for someone else.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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