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Indian American leaders approve of Clinton’s running-mate

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Friday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running-mate for November’s general election, a man known publicly as a friend to the Indian-American community, especially by those in his home state.

From Diwali celebrations to philanthropic events, Kaine has been a regular face at functions in the Virginia Indian-American community for years.

“Tim is a good guy and a friend of the Indian American community,” said Suresh Shenoy, executive vice president at Virginia-based Alyx Technologies. “More importantly, he did a great job as governor of Virginia.”

Sanjay Mittal, CEO of eHealthObjects, a Richmond-area healthcare technology company, shared a similar sentiment. “Senator Kaine is a good friend of the Indian American community and is very popular among Virginians,” he said, adding that the United States “will be in good hands with Sen. Kaine as the vice president.”

Kaine has worked closely with Northern Virginia’s Indian-American tech sector for several years, especially during his tenure as governor, and has always relayed an appreciation for the accomplishments of the community.

“The talent pool of the Indian American community in our country is so strong and so diverse in different subject areas, that if you are just putting together a team on the aristocracy of merit, you have Indian Americans at the forefront,” he said during a 2014 keynote at the annual gala of the American India Foundation.

“And that is an aspect of life in this country that makes the Indian American moment in the relationship between our nations so fruitful right now,” he added.

Kaine has also visited India on multiple occasions.

In 2007, while serving as governor, Kaine led a delegation of more than 100 business and government leaders on a trade mission to three Indian cities. “We believe India will provide Virginia businesses with tremendous opportunities for growth,” he said ahead of the trip. “We have a focused mission ahead of us, and I look forward to what is sure to be a successful outcome.”

In October 2014, as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, he went on a four-day trip to India.

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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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