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Ash Kalra criticizes Madison Nguyen for billionaire supporters

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San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra, who is running for the state’s 27th Assembly District seat, said his opponent, Madison Nguyen, has received millions of dollars in support from special interest groups.

San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra, who is running for the state’s 27th Assembly District seat, said his opponent, Madison Nguyen, has received millions of dollars in support from special interest groups.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Diya TV) — San Jose city councilman Ash Kalra took a shot at his former colleague Madison Nguyen for receiving money from “wealthy special interest” groups who’ve dropped $3 million into her campaign for the state’s 27th Assembly District seat.

The two are are vying for the seat of termed-out Assemblywoman Nora Campos. Nguyen led a pack of seven in the June primary with Kalra finishing second. The two will face off in November.

Much of that money, according to Kalra and public records, is being spent on campaign mail, including a misleading attack ad earlier this year that targeted his meeting attendance record. “They are attacking me because they cannot buy my vote,” he said Monday.

Nguyen fired back at Kalra, saying he’s also enjoyed support from special interest groups — primarily labor unions — and the stunt was nothing more than a “desperate” attack.

“Ash Kalra received nearly a half million in independent spending on his behalf in the primary – now he hypocritically attacks Madison,” said Julie Edwards, political director at Storefront Political Media. “Why? Because she beat him by 15% in June and is outpolling him now due to her stronger message and stronger record of working to expand opportunity in San Jose.”

However, Kalra said the support he’s received from allies is slim in comparison to the money Nguyen is pouring into her campaign — about $3 million as of last month, mostly from groups like Govern for California, the Charter Schools Association and the California Association of Realtors.

“There’s a big difference between money from out-of-state billionaires trying to influence a local election and janitors, teachers and nurses who live in the community,” Kalra said.

Kalra on Monday was joined by San Jose teachers, fire and police unions leaders, including Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, which has endorsed Kalra. He criticized Nguyen’s support of 2012 pension reforms he said destroyed the police department. Kalra and former councilmen Kansen Chu and Xavier Campos voted against placing the measure on the ballot.

“She was bought off here, and she’ll be bought off up there,” Kelly said.

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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“Serial” subject Adnan Syed released, conviction vacated 

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A judge on Monday vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, years after the hit podcast “Serial” chronicled the case of this Muslim American and cast doubt on his role in the 1999 slaying of his former girlfriend. The judge said prosecutors made a compelling argument that Syed’s conviction was flawed and that he should immediately go free. The state now has 30 days to decide whether to seek a new trial or potentially stop the case.

Violence erupted in Leicester, England after Hindus took to the streets to protest violence against their community by Muslim extremists. Islamist counter protesters hurled glass bottles and a Saffron flag was also desecrated by the mob in front of the police. This comes after targeted attacks on Hindus following the Asia Cup India-Pakistan cricket match last month when armed Islamists attacked Hindus and their homes in the area. Hindus are now demanding action against the violence.

Thousands of world dignitaries paid their respects during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral including U.S. President Joe Biden, Indian President Droupadi Murmu, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Paramvir Singh killed in brazen gas station robbery 

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In Mississippi, surveillance footage at a gas station shows the horrific shooting that claimed the life of Indian American store clerk Paramvir Singh during a brazen daylight robbery. The video appears to show Singh cooperating inside the shop and telling the suspected robber Chris Copeland to take all the cash. Moments later, Copeland opens fire. Officers eventually arrested Copeland several hours later.

In a surprise statement during a regional summit in Uzbekistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly changed his posture with Russia directly to President Vladimir Putin over the ongoing battle in Ukraine. Modi said to Putin “today’s era is not an era of war. And I have spoken to you on the phone about this.” In response, Putin said to Modi “we will do our best to stop this as soon as possible.”
The summit is also being attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jingping.

Indian American political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal has been confirmed by the US Senate as the country’s next envoy to the Netherlands, adding to the growing list of Indian Americans in President Biden’s administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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