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Huma Abedin under siege from Republican Hindu Coalition

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Huma Abedin, the embattled aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is facing a new dilemma. This time, not over her boss’s private email server, but instead because of her heritage.

The Republican Hindu Coalition is taking aim at Abedin, branding her “pro-terrorist,” and, in a new TV ad targeting Hindu-American voters, questioning her “Pakistani and Saudi background.”

The 30-second commercial, which began airing this week, kicks things off by first taking a jab at the nominee herself: “Hillary, sympathetic towards Pakistan. Gave billions of dollars in aid and military equipment used against India.” It immediately moves on to the subject of Abedin: “Huma Abedin is of Pakistani origin and will become chief of staff if she wins,” the ad states.

While she’s widely considered to be Clinton’s top aide, there remains no concrete proof that she would be selected as chief of staff if the 69-year-old is elected.

It is being played on Zee TV, TV Asia, Star TV, Times Now, Gemini, AAJ and around 10 other stations, according to a source, who describes the strategy as “full saturation.”

In addition, the Republican Hindu Coalition is distributing 60,000 direct mail pieces to Hindu-American voters in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio that state: “Chief of Staff in Clinton White House will be Huma Abedin, of Pakistani and Saudi background.”

Founder Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar said the Hindu-American vote will play a crucial role in determining either candidates’ path to the White House. He claims he’s spent $4 million to help elect Donald Trump, and said he’s open to spending a “couple million” more.

“Huma in general is as pro-terrorist as you could be … she’s got a really dark background. I can’t even fathom. I don’t understand why Hillary will associate herself with Huma,” Kumar said in an interview, referring to Abedin’s parents’ background.

“Unless it becomes a runaway,” he said, saying his organization is heavily involved in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

“It feels in my gut that Hillary is tired — and Donald Trump is sprinting,” Kumar added.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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