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Nikki Haley will vote for Trump, but election has churned emotions

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In this Aug. 26, 2013 photo, South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley announces her candidacy for a second term in Greenville, S.C.

In this Aug. 26, 2013 photo, South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley announces her candidacy for a second term in Greenville, S.C.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian-American governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley said she will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in next month’s general election, despite the fact this election has turned her stomach upside down, and conceded she’s not entirely satisfied with either of the candidates.

“This election has turned my stomach upside down. It has been embarrassing for both parties. It’s not something that the country deserves, but it’s what we’ve got,” a disappointed Haley said.

“This is no longer a choice for me on personalities, because I’m not a fan of either one. What it is about is policy,” she added.

Haley said she would vote for Trump even though she disagrees with him on many issues and finds his remarks on rigging of elections “irresponsible.”

“The best person based on the policies and dealing with things like Obamacare still is Donald Trump. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy vote, but it does mean I’m watching out for the people of South Carolina and that’s who I will be voting for on November 8,” Haley told reporters during a press conference in her home state.

During primary season, Haley had endorsed the candidacy of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and has consistently been a harsh critic of Trump’s statements and policy proposals.

“Eighteen months of seeing where everyone’s trying to see how they can one-up someone on story that has nothing to do related to the policies of the people of this country and so I think what I look forward to is us moving on past two weeks, dealing with whatever the results are, and moving forward,” she said.

“This election is not rigged, and it’s irresponsible to say that it is,” she added.

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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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