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Kamala Harris will attend Monday rally to protect Affordable Care Act

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Monday, hundreds of nurses, patients and other healthcare workers are expected to turn out at a noon rally to protest the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Kamala Harris, the freshly minted California senator who is a Democrat, opposes the repeal. She is scheduled to appear with healthcare activists outside the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center.

Organizers of the rally, which includes Service Employees International Union and other labor groups, have warned Republican lawmakers that repeal of the law without a replacement will strip coverage from 5 million Californians and throw the healthcare system into chaos. The protest is just one of several across the nation planned by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an effort to save the nation’s healthcare system.

However, President-elect Donald Trump said he expects Congress to act swiftly in dismantling the healthcare law, predicting last week that a “repeal and replace” will occur “simultaneously.” House Speaker Paul Ryan committed to having a repeal and replace of the law carried out in 2017.

House and Senate Republicans voted last week to take the first step toward repealing the law, approving a budget blueprint which sets a month-end timetable to draft a repeal bill. But leaders warned the entire process could take longer.

Ever since President Obama signed the act into law in 2010, Republicans have been unable to find common ground on a viable replacement. This was showcased in last week’s vote as nine Republicans, a mix of the most conservative and most moderate, declined to back the first step. In closed-door meetings over the past two weeks, Republicans have expressed much “hand-wringing,” as one lawmaker put it. One congressman quoted scripture in asking colleagues to ensure they had a sturdy foundation before pressing ahead with the repeal.

Information from the Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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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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