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Muslim-Americans support Hillary Clinton as a majority, poll says

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Seven of 10 Muslim-Americans will vote for Hillary Clinton in November’s general election, while just four percent support Republican candidate Donald Trump, who has called for a controversial ban on Muslims entering the U.S., according to a recent survey.

With the Nov. 8 election less than one month away, a survey conducted by the Council on American Islamic Relations lists the proposed ban, terrorism and national security as some of the key areas of concern for them.

CAIR, one of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organizations, released the results of the nationwide survey Oct. 13, indicating a high turnout of Muslims at the polls, with 72 percent of those surveyed saying they will vote for the 68-year-old former secretary of state.

According to a 2016 estimate, there are about 3.3 Muslim-Americans living in the U.S., which represents roughly one percent of the country’s population. About 86 percent of registered Muslim voters intend to vote in this year’s presidential election, while 12 percent of Muslim voters are still undecided, the survey said.

According to the independent live telephone survey of more than 800 Muslim voters, just four percent said they support the 70-year-old billionaire real estate mogul Trump.

The figure could be viewed as a direct correlation on his direct attacks towards America’s Muslim community. He has frequently blamed Muslims for terrorist activity and has vowed to tighten up border control to restrict the number of immigrants belonging to the community.

Among the plethora of issues being discussed during this election cycle, the top six most important issues to Muslim-American voters are civil rights, education, jobs and the economy, protecting students from bullying and harassment, the proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., terrorism and national security.

Each of the parties was evaluated by respondents on “friendliness to Muslims.”

Sixty-one percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party was friendly towards Muslims, as compared to 7 percent for the Republican Party.

Of those surveyed, 91 percent said Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim travelers entering the U.S. is the wrong decision, while only three percent call it right.

“Our survey results indicate that presidential candidates still have time to appeal to American Muslim voters by addressing issues such as the erosion of civil rights and growing Islamophobia,” said CAIR government affairs director Robert McCaw.

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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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