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Donald Trump campaigning to Indian Americans, in Hindi

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Donald Trump has begun airing a series of campaign commercials with him speaking Hindi.

Donald Trump has begun airing a series of campaign commercials with him speaking Hindi.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — With Election Day less than one month away, Donald Trump’s campaign is now reaching out to Indian-American voters with a series of new television ads using an adaptation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan.

With Indian music cued in the background, the Republican presidential nominee begins with text on the screen wishing viewers “Happy Diwali” on the eve of the Hindu holiday. The ad then cuts to the Republican presidential nominee’s speech to a charity concert in New Jersey earlier this month organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition.

The ad prominently features an image of Modi, as well as Trump’s take on Modi’s popular campaign slogan: “Abki Bar Trump Sarkar” — or, “This Time, We’re With Trump’s Government.”

The ad also includes images from a 2008 terrorist attack in India, as well as a spin on a popular Trump campaign sign that reads, “Great for America — Great for US-India Relationship.”

Chicago businessman Shalabh Kumar, the chairman of Trump’s Indian-American advisory committee and the founder and head of the Republican Hindu Coalition, said the ad is running almost 20 times a day nationally on 20 networks — including Zee TV USA, an Hindi cable network, and TV Asia.

“He’s the only candidate who has ever spoken Hindi,” Kumar said of the ad.

Trump has received the blessing of a group of Hindu nationalist supporters in India. The New York Times reported the real-estate magnate’s promise to aggressively combat Islamic extremists in particular may appeal to some Indian-American voters. Others have suggested that some voters in the demographic may also support the Republican presidential nominee’s previous plan to bar Muslim immigrants from entering the US.

“Our values are conservative values. There is an information gap,” Kumar said of Hindu voters. “When it comes time to vote, or support a particular candidate, they identify themselves as minorities. And as minorities, they just vote for Democrats.”

“When they come to know all this, they think ‘We should support Trump, we should support Republicans,'” Kumar 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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