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Manka Dhingra wins Washington State Senate primary

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Indian-American Democrat Manka Dhingra claimed an August 1 primary win for the Washington State Senate seat in Washington’s 45th Legislative District

SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Indian-American Democrat Manka Dhingra claimed an August 1 primary win in Washington’s 45th Legislative District, defeating Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund.

The 42-year-old Sikh American garnered 51.05 percent votes, receiving 14,605 of the 28,612 votes cast ina  race that head there candidates and some write-in votes.

The Senate seat became vacant with the 2016 death of Republican Senator Andy Hill.

Dhingra, a senior deputy King County Prosecutor since 2000, announced her candidacy for the Eastside district earlier this year and this was her first campaign for public office.

“To each and every member of the 45th district, thank you for voting!,” Dhingra said in a Facebook post. “Everyone at TeamManka is feeling the love from all corners of our beautiful district. We’ve still got a lot of work in front of us, onwards to the general!”

Dhingra, a longtime advocate for women’s and immigrant rights, co-founded Chaya (now API Chaya) leading the organization’s work to end systemic violence through education, prevention, and organization. She served on the Seattle Police Department Muslim, Arab and Sikh Advisory Council to address hate crime issues following 9/11.

“After building a career as a prosecutor, mental health and domestic violence prevention leader, and volunteering in my kids’ schools, I recognized the urgent need to stand up for our rights and values following the election of President Trump … To protect what we cherish here on the Eastside, we need new voices with experience and passion committed to leading with compassion and integrity … Let’s strengthen our communities, together!” says Dhingra’s campaign website.

The India-born Dhingra moved to the U.S. at the age of 13. Her education included a juris doctorate from the University Of Washington School Of Law. and a bachelor’s in History and Political Science from the UC Berkeley.

Her husband Harjit Singh, is an engineer at SpaceX and former Microsoft executive.

Dhingra will once again square off with Englund in the general election on November 7.

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Indian Americans jump into congressional races

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The latest numbers show more Indian Americans than ever are running for Congress. In the last six years, nearly 80 candidates made it on the ballot, soaring far beyond numbers seen in past elections. Leading the wave are successful candidates from California, like Kamala Harris, who rose from a Senate seat to become vice president. Helping those numbers, Indians Americans are also one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country.  

Nisha Ramachandran is the new Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the first Indian American to serve in this role.  Ramachandran most recently managed her own consulting business focused on AAPI advocacy. She’ll be working closely with Congresswoman Judy Chu who chairs the group to further Asian American causes and initiatives. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Telangana after the Kakatiya Rudreshwara Ramappa Temple was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The PM also urged citizens to visit the temple which was built during the rule of the Kakatiya dynasty.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Blinken begins India visit, Afghanistan top issue

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — US secretary of state Antony Blinken begins his two-day India visit on Tuesday hoping to engage the nation on issues such as the Covid-19 response, human rights, and democracy. The American troop pullout in Afghanistan will also be a key issue. India is concerned about the implications of the withdrawal and the need for sustained pressure on Pakistan over issues like terror financing.

And India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics goes to Mirabai Chanu. She won silver in Women’s weight lifting. Chanu’s Olympic preparations were hindered by injuries and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic but she still beat the odds and is being praised back home.

Tesla may open a factory in India. But CEO Elon Musk says only if the cars receive a good response in that marketplace. The company has already been hiring talent in the country. But Musk also hinted at some downsides to opening overseas, citing India’s import duty tax is the highest in the world for a large country.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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