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President Donald Trump appointed Indian-American Raj Shah as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary on Sept. 12.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Donald Trump appointed Indian-American Raj Shah as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary on Sept. 12.

Shah formerly served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director. The appointment advances Shah’s status in the Trump regime. Shah, who has long been a main researcher and communications specialist in the Republican party, was one of a few of Trump’s aides who landed in the White House within hours of Trump being sworn in on Jan. 20.

Shah says Trump is being mistreated by the media, as reported by DiyaTV in the past:

Raj Shah: President Trump being mistreated by Media

Prior to moving to the White House, 32-year-old Shah was Director of Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee. Shah played an active role in Trump’s presidential campaign and spent two years spearheading the GOP’s Opposition Research team, working closely alongside Reince Preiubus, Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff.

Former RNC Research Director Raj Shah appointed as Trump’s Deputy Assistant

One of Shah’s main tasks during Trump’s presidential campaign was digging up dirt on Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Shah was responsible for compiling a plethora of documents through America’s Freedom of Information Act.

“Raj is the expert on the subject of all things Clinton, and his expertise will be an asset to our party,” Priebus said of Shah in Feb. 2016.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Shah joined the GOP after graduating from Cornell University. He worked for three months as a research assistant at the White House for President George W. Bush.

Shah’s parents migrated to the U.S. in the 80s. His parents are from Gujarat. His father, an engineer, moved to Mumbai at a young age while his mother is from Bhujpur in Kutch.

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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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