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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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Harris named as Biden’s VP pick, first Indian American

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — It’s not a complete surprise, but it’s historic nonetheless – former Vice President Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris to his Presidential ticket. Next week, they will take the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention as the challengers to President Trump and Vice President Pence in November. Harris, who is Black and Indian American, will be the first Asian American to be on a presidential ticket. We will have a full rundown of her career and why she overcame challengers like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Val Demings for the post. And we’ll go in depth on the effect her candidacy will have on the Indian American voter, a group that has long voted Democratic, but is actively being courted by Republicans, led by President Trump.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally, the numerical milestones continue to stun. There are now 20 million cases reported around the world. The total afflicted in the United States is now over 5 million, with more than 164,000 deaths.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Joe Biden picks Indian American Senator Kamala Harris for VP

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today his running make will be Indian American Senator from California, Sen. Kamala Harris. This etches a moment within the halls of the United States’ history, as Harris now becomes the first Indian American & first woman of color to be a Vice Presidential candidate for a major party. 
Sen. Harris talks to Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur about AAPI engagement in the upcoming elections

A daughter of Jamaican & Indian immigrants, Sen. Harris has been a stalwart within the democratic party. It wasn’t too long ago she annouced her very own presidential bid in her hometown of Oakland, California. However she dropped out of the race early on, and many speculated then she would be the VP candidate for a Biden Harris ticket. 

With major news organizations identifying her as ‘Black’, ‘African American’, many wonder if Sen. Harris identifies as Indian American. Each time she spoke with Diya TV she referred to her Indian roots proudly and fondly reminisced her childhoold growing up with a Jamaican father & a South Indian mother. 

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Mehulkumar Patel & Chitali Dave arrested for thieving $400,000 in phone scam

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ATLANTA (Diya TV) — Federal authorities arrested an Indian-American couple on money laundering charges for allegedly orchestrating phone scams that cost 24 victims in excess of $400,000. Mehulkumar Patel and Chitali Dave are both are 36 years old. The Department of Justice says they used callers from India to trick victims they were at risk for arrest, their Social Security number was compromised and their assets would be repossessed if cash wasn’t mailed to them and other members of their fraud network.

President Trump was interrupted by the Secret Service in the middle of a White House press briefing after shots were fired outside the building. Trump returned a few minutes later to confirm the shooting. The Secret Service said the incident began when a 51-year-old man approached an officer near the White House.

Prominent law firm Susman Godfrey elected Kalpana Srinivasan its new managing partner. Srinivasan, replacing firm founder and managing partner Stephen Susman who passed away in July. Srinivasan is a member of the South Asian Bar Association.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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