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Maryland senatorial candidate Aruna Miller gets endorsed by EMILY’s List

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Seeking the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, Indian-American Aruna Miller has received an important endorsement from EMILY’s List, an advocacy group that supports women candidates who support abortion rights.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Seeking the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, Indian-American Aruna Miller has received an important endorsement from EMILY’s List, an advocacy group that supports women candidates who support abortion rights.

The 52-year-old Miller has 25 years experience as a transportation engineer in Montgomery County and other municipalities. She was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, representing the 15th district, also serving as a member of the Appropriations Committee.

“She will be a strong voice for women and families in Maryland’s 6th District, pushing back against Donald Trump and Paul Ryan as they attempt to end health care coverage for millions, defund Planned Parenthood, and roll back critical environmental protections,” Emily Cain, EMILY’s List executive director stated in a press release. “Aruna has shown that there is no challenge she cannot rise to meet,” Cain added.

“I am honored to have been endorsed by EMILY’s List. This is an organization founded on bringing more people to the table, and I am so excited to see our message catching the attention of progressives who share our values,” Miller said.

According to her website, “I am a problem solver who makes sure that the government works for the people. I was drawn to public service because it allowed me to be a part of the solution to the everyday issues that people face. Washington can best serve America when it is a true reflection of all Americans. I believe that when we build upon the promise and diversity of America, there is nothing our country cannot achieve — not just for some of us, but for all of us.”

According to her site, she has been a leader on progressive issues, helping pass legislation in Maryland on background checks for gun purchases, establish marriage equality, ending capital punishment, Increasing the minimum wage and banning hydraulic fracking and increasing renewable energy targets.

Some of her focal areas have been in women’s and children’s rights, improving public services, strengthening schools and expanding Maryland’s high-tech economy.

Miller served as Chair of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Commissioner, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Delegate, 2012 Democratic National Convention pledged to President Obama, Board Member, The Universities at Shady Grove, Board Member, Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation and Founding member of the Maryland Legislative Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Caucus. She currently serves on the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee where she is Chair of the Oversight Committee on Personnel, Vice-Chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the Transportation & Environmental Subcommittee. She also is a member of the House of Delegates Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology, Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight and 21st Century School Facilities Commission.

Miller is running for the seat vacated by Rep. John Delaney, who says that he will not be seeking re-election, planning a campaign for president in 2020. She is competing against several Democratic candidates, including House of Delegates majority leader Sen. Roger Manno, Del. Bill Frick, Total Wine & More co-owner David Trone and Andrew Duck.

EMILY’s List claims that it has helped elect 116 women to the House of Representatives, 23 to the Senate and more than 800 to state and local offices since it was founded in 1985.

Miller immigrated to the U.S. from India when she was seven-years-old.

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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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