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Raja Krishnamoorthi congressional candidate announces $1.1M in funds raised

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CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Raja Krishnamoorthi, congressional candidate and president of Chicago-based Sivananthan Labs, announced last week he has raised more than $830,000 during the second fundraising quarter of 2016 and has more than $1.1 million in cash-on-hand.

Even after parting with significant amounts of resources to engineer his commanding March 15 Democratic primary victory with nearly 60 percent of the vote in the three-candidate race, Raja has quickly retooled his campaign and emerged in a strong position heading into November’s general election. The second quarter benchmarks represent Raja’s most successful fundraising quarter to date, as he seeks to succeed Tammy Duckworth in the Illinois 8th congressional district.

The district includes the west and northwest Chicago suburbs.

“The amazing outpouring of support has put our campaign in a position to go to Washington to stand up for the middle class,” Krishnamoorthi said. “Voters will know that they can count on me to protect their Social Security and Medicare benefits, fight for equal pay for equal work, and push for access to affordable college education.”

His fundraising efforts have gone almost entirely unmatched by opponents, and has been complimented by the support from more than 100 Illinois leaders and activists. This in addition to his active and growing volunteer organization.

A small businessman, Krishnamoorthi’s time as president of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar, Inc. has been used selling products in the national security and renewable energy sectors. He is a co-founder of InSPIRE, a non-profit organization that provides training to Illinois students and veterans in solar technology, and was formerly Vice-Chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council, whose mission is to promote innovative technologies that support economic growth and job creation in Illinois.

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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

Six men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of two girls. Police say one of them is a neighbor and the remaining five are Muslims from a nearby village – although it’s not believed to be a religious crime.

As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
Indian American economist Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji has been named White House Coordinator for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at the National Economic Council. 
 
Fans of Indian comedian and actor Raju Srivastava are mourning his death. He passed away at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack last month while running on a treadmill. He had a history of heart problems. 
 
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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