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Embattled DNC Chief won’t speak at Convention amid resignation

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DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL, speaks at the Democratic National Committee's Womens Leadership Forum Issues Conference in Washington, DC on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL, speaks at the Democratic National Committee’s Womens Leadership Forum Issues Conference in Washington, DC on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

PHILADELPHIA (Diya TV) — Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not address the assembled convention crowd to kick off the ceremonies when they begin Monday afternoon.

“I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention,” Schultz said Monday.

The anger over leaked emails showing DNC officials plotting against the primary campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reared its ugly head again Monday morning when Schultz was greeted with boos and jeers at her home state’s breakfast meeting. Later, Sanders himself spoke, once again calling on Democrats to unite in support of the presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. Those words were met with equal boos from supporters of his in the crowd.

At this morning’s breakfast, scores of individuals wearing buttons, pins and shirts in support of Sanders booed, yelled and waved signs at Schultz as she attempted to speak to the Florida Delegation at Philadelphia’s Downtown Marriott hotel.

“Tim Canova!” some chanted, referring to the chairwoman’s congressional Democratic primary challenger in her Florida district.

This comes just one day after Schultz said she would be stepping down from her chairmanship at the end of the convention in the wake of the aforementioned massive email leak, which showed DNC officials giving preference to Clinton over Sanders during the primary season.

Protesters held up signs that simply read “E-MAILS” while others read sarcastically “Thanks for the ‘Help’ Debbie! :).”

The protestors would not relent for the entirety of Schultz’s speech, even during the moment in which she touched on the recent shootings in Fort Myers, Florida.

“That’s how angry we are,” one protestor wearing a “Thank You Bernie” shirt argued pointedly at a Clinton supporter. “We’ll accept [Clinton’s] nomination if that’s what we have to do…but we’re never going to accept her!”

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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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