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Neera Tanden a progressive public policy expert speaks at DNC

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Hillary Clinton advisor and CEO of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden

Hillary Clinton advisor and CEO of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden

PHILADELPHIA (Diya TV) — Indian-American Neera Tanden was officially introduced to the world of national politics on Wednesday evening as she addressed the gathering at the Democratic National Convention.

“I know firsthand that the decisions our leaders make, make all of the difference in peoples’ lives,” Tanden said during her speech. “That’s why I chose a career in public policy, and that’s why I am so very proud to support Hillary Clinton.”

A long-time supporter of the Democratic presidential nominee, Tanden currently serves as the president of the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based progressive public policy research, and advocacy organization. She was the only Indian American to receive an invitation to speak at this year’s convention.

“I am so proud to have addressed the #DemsInPhilly because I’m only where I am because of the policies of the Dem party,” Tanden tweeted after delivering the speech at the convention on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old Massachusetts native was born to Indian parents, and is expected to hold a prominent position within the Clinton administration, should she be elected. She has already played a pivotal role in the development and shaping of some key policies within the Democratic party, including in President Obama’s administration.

A Yale University graduate, Tanden previously served as the domestic policy director for Barack Obama’s campaign.

Taking on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Tanden told reporters on Wednesday, “He has been very antagonistic towards all immigrants. He does not have a very clear picture of who an American is. And I do not think that is really welcoming among the South Asian community.”

Speaking earlier in the day at a Politico conference on the election and the economy, Tanden voiced a clear opinion on one matter: “All of our policies must raise median wages for American workers … (Hillary Clinton) is going to focus her presidency on rising inequality and stagnant wages.”

Tanden also vowed to focus on the “challenges of short-term-ism in the corporate culture.”

In closing she remarked, “For Hillary, politics is about fighting for people. Not when the cameras are on, but when they are off. Not when the decisions are easy, but when they are hard.  She’s a leader we can have faith in. And she’ll be a president we can count on to always have our back.”

 

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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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