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Maryland Assemblywoman Aruna Miller announces run for Congress

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Maryland House of Delegates member Aruna Miller has filed paperwork to run for a seat in the House of Representatives.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Aruna Miller, a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates, has announced her intentions to run for the seat of the state’s sixth congressional district, which is currently held by Democrat John Delaney.

A three-term assembly woman currently serving the state’s 15th district in the House of Delegates, the Indian-born Miller filed an official “statement of candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month, this will enable her to begin fundraising for her campaign.

Delaney, a wealthy banker and three-term congressman in his own right, is expected to announce his intentions to run for governor of Maryland next year. Miller said she had a personal conversation with Delaney, where he told her that he would not be seeking a fourth term in the House of Representatives.

“Sometime in June, he is going to make a decision on what his future plans are. I had a personal conversation with him and he told me that he is leaning in the direction of not seeking re-election for the seat,” Miller said.

“Number one, I want to make sure that it remains a Democratic seat as this is very important for the state of Maryland and the people of Maryland,” she said. “I have resided in the sixth district for over 14 years. I raised my family here. My daughters all went to public schools here, I worked here as well.”

Miller is a transportation engineer by trade, and a mother of three. As a “working mom,” Miller said she understands entirely what it means to balance the difference between her home and professional lives. “These are the struggles that the people of the sixth district face,” she said.

“I am no different than the average sixth district resident. And in my role as a member of Congress, I will be in a position to work putting in place policies that help working family.”

Miller said Maryland’s economy and the district’s infrastructure will be focal points of her campaign.

“I also want to focus on policies that help working families,” she said. “We no longer live in an era where there is only one bread winner, and that’s the male. In the 21st century, we have dual income families, and that means we need to take look at the labor policies. We have to help working families. They have to be able to take care of families and balance work.”

Maryland’s 6th Congressional District includes the wealthy suburb towns of Potomac, Frederic City, and Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties. It is regarded as one of the state’s most competitive districts. It remained a GOP stronghold until Delaney’s defeat of 11-term congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett in 2012 by more than 20 percentage points. However, in the next election his margin shrunk to fewer than 2,800.

Miller has been a member of the state’s House of Delegates since 2010, she serves as a member of the Ways & Means Committee and its subcommittees on revenue, transportation, and education. In the statehouse, she has championed women’s issues — she is a former chair of Women’s Caucus — and has sponsored or cosponsored bills to protect children and environment.

She arrived in the U.S. from Hyderabad at the age of seven, and is the daughter of a mechanical engineer.

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Rishi Sunak joins PM race to replace Boris Johnson in U.K.

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LONDON (Diya TV) — British Indian Politician Rishi Sunak has officially joined the race to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. If Sunak is elected, he would become the UK’s first Asian Prime Minister. 

Sunak, 42, started his career as a politician in 2015 as he became a member of Parliament after working for Goldman Sachs and 2 hedge funds up to that point. He officially became chancellor in February 2020. While serving the chancellor position, his response to the COVID-19 pandemic has received acclaim as he launched multiple emergency spending programs to combat the economic downfall while Britain was on lockdown. 

Sunak resigned from the Chancellor position recently due to the conflict between him and Johnson. Shortly after, he jumpstarted his campaign to be Britain’s Prime Minister and supplant Johnson. While has gotten support from Conservative lawmakers, his reputation did take a hit this year. 

During the pandemic, Sunak was caught and fined for breaking Britain’s lockdown rules which did not sit well with citizens. This could make a difference when it comes to voting for the new leader of the country. However, the general consensus is that Sunak should garner a lot of support from lawmakers and citizens alike as he looks to make history.

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Shinzo Abe dies after being shot at campaign speech in Nara

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has passed away at the age of 67 after being shot in an assassination attempt during a campaign speech in the city of Nara. The assassination took place at approximately 11:30 Japan Standard Time on July 8. Abe was reported to be in a state of “cardiopulmonary arrest” after the gunfire and he passed away due to his injuries. 

Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and throughout his time in office, he strived to improve the Japan-India relationship and he handily achieved this goal through improved security cooperation. Japan was also able to connect with and form bilateral links with the United States, Australia and India under his control. Abe’s initiative to make these strategic links ultimately deepened the respective relationships between the foreign countries for the long term. 

On the day he was fatally shot, Abe was making a speech on the behalf of a Democratic Party candidate as the upper house elections were quickly approaching. Abe was shot from behind him up to 3 times and he collapsed on the spot. He was transported to the local hospital but showed no vital signs. Thereafter, Abe passed away.

The shooter has been taken into custody, being caught in the act, and has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old local of Nara. US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel released a statement on the shooting, stating the United States was “saddened and shocked.”

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Sharks make Mike Grier the first Black GM in NHL history

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SAN JOSE (Diya TV) — There is a changing of the guard in San Jose and one that has made NHL history.

The San Jose Sharks have formally announced Mike Grier as their new General Manager, making the 14-year NHL veteran the first African-American to hold such a position over the NHL’s lengthy history. After the resignation of former GM Doug Wilson and the relieving of previous head coach Bob Boughner and his coaching staff, wholesale changes were bound to happen. The franchise, still without a Stanley Cup, hopes to move in a new direction and regain the success they once had.

Grier is part of a family of sports executives as his father, Bobby, has worked as a director of scouting and player personnel with the NFL’s New England Patriots while his brother, Chris, is currently the GM of the Miami Dolphins. The new Sharks GM will follow in his family’s footsteps after playing professional hockey for more than a decade. 

As a member of the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks, Grier played a total of 1060 games across 14 years. After retiring in 2011, he sought out coaching roles with the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, before ultimately getting the monumental callback from the San Jose Sharks which would change NHL history. 

One of the primary tasks for Grier as a GM will be finding a new head coach for a franchise in search of stability on the bench. From there, the rebuild will be strenuous with many current Sharks players getting older with the need to infuse younger talent. The Sharks will be picking at 11th overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, affording Grier the opportunity to select a potential franchise cornerstone.

After being sunk in no man’s land, the Sharks decided to make a large-scale change to create a new identity and reach the goal of lifting Lord Stanley for the first time.

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