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House Speaker Paul Ryan Calls for Party Unity at Convention

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CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, urged his fellow Republicans to unite against Hillary Clinton, making little mention of the intra-party disputes of the GOP primary process, instead downplaying them as “signs of life” within the party. He also only mentioned the nominee Donald Trump twice during his prime-time address.

Ryan used the platform to call on Republicans to support a reform agenda. This during a year where voters from both parties are seeking a “clean break from a failed system,” he said.

“What does the Democratic Party establishment offer? What is their idea of a clean break? They are offering a third Obama term, brought to you by another Clinton,” said the former Vice Presidential candidate.

Before Trump’s wife Melania raised questions with her own primetime address that appeared to borrow several elements of First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008, the first day of the Republican National Convention was dominated by a public feud between Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the Trump campaign and a messy anti-Trump delegate fight on the floor of the convention over party rules.

Ryan, who himself has insulted and scrutinized Trump publicly on more than one occasion, has worked behind the scenes to for months to keep Republicans together. He asked fellow members to use 2016 as a referendum on President Obama’s leadership.

Progressives, he argued, “deliver everything except progress.”

“Only under Donald Trump and Mike Pence do we have a chance at a better way,” he said.

Ryan, as mentioned previously, has not been quiet or shied away from acknowledging the differences in style and politics between himself and Trump. The Wisconsin Republican breaks from Trump on nearly every significant policy proposal the GOP nominee has put forward. No more than in June was Ryan’s delicate balancing act put on display when he forcefully attacked Trump’s rhetoric of a federal judge, an attack which occurred less than a week after he endorsed Trump in his hometown newspaper.

“We’re different people. And we have frank exchanges, frank discussions. He does listen,” Ryan said of his relationship with Trump at a Wall Street Journal event Monday. “I won’t get into private conversations but there are things that I just take issue with.”

He also accused Democrats of playing identity politics, and predicted that next week’s Democratic convention would be a “four-day infomercial of politically correct moralizing.”

“Let the other party go on and on with its constant dividing up of people,” he said, pressing Republicans to expand their reach.

“Real social progress is always a widening of the circle of concern and protection.”

Ryan, who has praised Trump’s performance in the GOP primary, has described the election as a “binary choice” between Trump and Clinton, and argued that any effort that doesn’t help Trump will contribute to a Clinton victory in November.

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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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