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Yash Semlani named Young Ambassador for City of Houston

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Yash Semlani was selected as Houston’s inaugural Young Ambassador.

HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Yash Semlani isn’t your run of the mill 10-year-old, he’s Houston’s official and inaugural Young Ambassador. Mayor Sylvester Turner honored him with the title last month.

“The city of Houston commends and congratulates Yash Semlani on his dedication to serving underprivileged and underserved youth,”

said Mayor Turner during a city council meeting. He also presented Semlani with a proclamation declaring the day in the 5th grader’s honor. The program was inspired by Semlani, who said he made the suggestion for the new program to the city and Mayor Turner in a letter.

“I sent him a letter and I told the mayor why I thought it was a good idea, why I thought kids needed to have more of a say,” Semlani said.

The idea behind the program is to inspire the city’s youth to get more involved and to engage with city leaders, who will provide mentorship to the youngsters. Yash is focusing his efforts on three areas, including children’s literacy.

“I am an avid reader and I think that literacy can take you anywhere and everywhere,” he said.

He’s also focusing his efforts on bringing more attention to the food gap and working with the state legislator to try and get uneaten cafeteria food to children who’d otherwise go hungry. “The kids on the campus, where the food is being collected, are not getting that food,” he explained.

Last year Semlani participated in the annual Tiecon in Silicon Valley, here you get a clear sense of why this young man is going to go places:

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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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