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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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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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