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Clinton hires Sanders Indian American Student Organizer

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Hillary Clinton speaks during a presidential primary election night rally on June 7 in New York. | AP Photo

Hillary Clinton speaks during a presidential primary election night rally on June 7 in New York. | AP Photo

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Now the presumptive Democratic nominee for November’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton this week hired Kunoor Ojha, former director of student organizing for the Sanders campaign, in an effort to shore up an area where she urgently needs help.

Ojha is the first major hire for Clinton from the Sanders campaign. Sanders routinely outperformed her by massive margins among the youngest voting age groups, and Clinton has repeatedly said that she admires Sanders’ strength among that group.

Clinton is moving quickly to ensure the Democratic youth brigade remains in the blue column, despite the fact a Harvard Institute of Politics poll earlier this year found 61 percent of voters under 30 would back Clinton. Only 25 percent of said voters would support Trump in a two-way race, the poll said.

Clinton has thus far been unable to replicate Sanders’ success with the group that’s pivotal to Democrats, and the move — coming as her campaign swings toward its general election match-up against Donald Trump — suggests that she is looking directly at bringing Sanders’ backers to her side.

 

Kunoor Ojha

Kunoor Ojha

It also means that Clinton’s political effort has entered a new phase of outreach: members of losing campaigns often fold into the party nominee’s efforts, and Ojha — who was a field organizer for Barack Obama in 2008 — is the first public hire.

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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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