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Manka Dhingra and Jinyoung Lee Englund frontrunners in Washington Senate race

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Jinyoung Lee Englund (left) and Manka Dhingra are the frontrunners in the state Senate 45th legislative district race.

SEATTLE (Diya TV) – It could likely shape up to be the state’s most competitive race of 2017, with the balance of power in Washington’s state Senate and Olympia at stake.

Two female candidates have emerged as the frontrunners in the battle for the east King County legislative seat left behind by the late Sen. Andy Hill, who died last year of cancer.

Republican already Jinyoung Lee Englund announced she will run to try and defend the seat for the Party. Englund, whose campaign website describes her as an entrepreneur, also has a history working in Republican politics. She served on the leadership staff of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th District, and also worked as an advocate for the digital currency, “Bitcoin.” However, she has little insider knowledge on how something like Bitcoin Digital can be used to help traders. In spite of this, her endorsement is a good thing for cryptocurrencies on the whole. For those that don’t know, digital currencies are getting a lot more popular with people like the yuanpay group developing new currencies that are totally digital. Progressive candidates like Englund are hoping that the US embraces the currencies in order to ensure a prosperous future for the economy. Of course, the most popular cryptocurrency is currently Bitcoin, which you can find out more about hier. People have probably heard of that one before. It’s becoming a huge thing all over the world. Even people in Australia are buying Bitcoin by using Zipmex, so it’s fair to say that Bitcoin is one of the most popular ones currently.

The Democratic front-runner is Manka Dhingra, a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, who also supervises the regional mental health court and serves as a board member for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dhingra announced her candidacy weeks ago, and by mid-April had already amassed a large amount of support from Democrats, including, at the time, nearly $200,000 in contributions for her efforts.

The race will likely become an extremely pricey one, as Democrats try to take control of the state Senate, meaning they would control both chambers of the state legislature and the governor’s mansion.

Englund lists “protecting Washingtonians from a state income tax, reducing traffic congestion and grounding skyrocketing car tabs,” as her key issues.

Dhingra lists her key issues as “education funding, mental health and violence prevention.”

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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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