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Bangladeshi American Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan announces run for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District

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Georgia congressional candidate Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan and Hollywood actor Sean Penn. Photo credit: mohammadaliforcongress.com.

ATLANTA (Diya TV) — Georgia voters in the state’s 6th Congressional District will head to the polls on April 18 to elect a successor to Tom Price, who vacated the seat to join the Cabinet of President Donald Trump, Bangladeshi-American Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan’s name is on the ballot as one of the 18 candidates vying for the seat.

The district has been a Republican stronghold for decades, Democrats salivating over the prospect of overtaking the seat have placed candidate Josh Ossoff as the party’s main face. Bhuiyan, a Republican, is also the first Muslim to make a play for the seat in the district’s history.

Early voting for the seat began on March 25. The winner of the election will very likely not be announced on the 18, unless one of the candidates secures at least 50 percent of the vote. The district’s newest member could be decided on a June 20 runoff election between Monday’s two top finishers.

Bhuiyan, an entrepreneur, has campaigned largely on the economy and national security, saying that he will work for reducing national debt, improving national security, enforcing stricter border control and promoting legal immigration.

He has also spoken very often of, what he calls, his bipartisan credentials.

“As an entrepreneurial leader, I have been highly successful in getting Democrats, Republicans, independents, and others to work with me on various projects,” he told The Marietta Daily Journal. “If elected, I would use my proven personal skills to promote collaboration among all parties. I would find members who are independent minded and join them and create a strong group of collaboration who will work together to get things done for the good of the people.”

He serves as the head of Leadership Needed Foundation, Inc., and has worked as an educator for more than two decades.

Bhuiyan arrived in the U.S. in 1986 to pursue graduate degree in management from Georgia State University. He then obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Florida in 1993. From there, he began his career as an educator and his since served at various universities across the country.

Having traveled to more than 40 countries spanning six continents, the Republican has a decorated career and has been the recipient of several national and international awards, according to his campaign website. He was listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. In 2014, the Atlanta Business Chronicle named him as one of the 100 most influential Atlantans.

The following year, the Georgia Trend Magazine listed him in its “Notable Georgians 2015.” The City Council of Savannah announced May 31, 1996 as Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan Day to acknowledge his contributions to the community.

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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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