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Indian American Subba Kolla named GOP Nominee for Virginia House of Delegates Seat

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Subba Kolla (pictured middle in the gray suit) has been named the GOP’s nominee for a seat in the Virginia Assembly. If elected, he would be the first native of India to ever serve in the state’s assembly.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — First-term Virginia House of Delegates incumbent John J. Bell, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Subba Kolla have officially filed to run for the 87th House District.

“I’m so proud to be running for reelection to represent the 87th District of the Virginia House of Delegates,” Bell said. “It’s an honor to serve, and I believe I have earned your vote once again to represent you in Richmond. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and I look forward to continuing to do the hard work it takes to be an advocate for all my constituents.”

Bell, a 26-year Air Force veteran, was first elected to the seat in 2015. He defeated Republican David I. Ramadan.

If elected, Subba Kolla would become the first native of India to serve in the Virginia Assembly, according to his campaign. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1997 after receiving his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and teaching the same on the collegiate level for six years. Kolla became an American citizen in 2008 and owns a real estate small business in South Riding.

“As the Republican nominee for 87th District, I will work every day to communicate why we need new representation in Richmond,” Kolla said. “My priorities: Lower taxes and fewer regulations for Virginia’s working families and small business, better transportation solutions for our growing region that will increase our quality of life—maintaining and continually improving our educational system—with a focus on our teachers and students.”

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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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