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Indiaspora will host inaugural ball for 45th President

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India’s Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, speaks at Indiaspora 2013 Inagural Ball Honouring President Barak Obama in washington DC.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — An Indian diaspora group will host an inaugural ball for the 45th President of the United States in Jan. 2017 in an effort to highlight the importance of Indian-American community in American politics.

Event attendees will include a list of who’s who from the Washington’s and the Indian-American communities, and possibly the president-elect his or herself. The second presidential ball being organized by Indiaspora on January 18 would signify the emergence of this small but powerful community in a big way, event organizers have said.

“This would be a bipartisan event to celebrate the success and significance of the Indian-American community and to welcome in the new administration,” eminent Indian-American investor and philanthropist M R Rangaswami said.

The Indian diaspora hosted its first inaugural presidential ball in 2013, and Rangaswami hoped that with community support, the second presidential ball might see the attendance of the new president and vice president. Kamala Harris is all set to become the first Indian-American to be elected as a US Senator. In addition to incumbent Ami Bera, several other Indian-Americans have a much greater chance of winning the election to the US House of Representatives.

Raja Krishnamurthy of Chicago, Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Ro Khanna from the Bay Area are all congressional hopefuls.

“We hope that after January, Indian-Americans could comprise of one per cent of the members in the Congress,” Rangaswami said.

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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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