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Indian-American Mayoral Candidate Ravi Bhalla Officially On Ballot In Hoboken

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Hoboken, New Jersey City council member Ravi Bhalla has officially been added to the Nov. 7 ballot for Hoboken mayor.

HOBOKEN, N.J. (Diya TV) — Hoboken, New Jersey City council member Ravi Bhalla has officially been added to the Nov. 7 ballot for Hoboken mayor.

In the upcoming election, Bhalla believes he can win. “Our team is in the best position. My greatest asset is Mayor Zimmer’s endorsement and her confidence in me,” Bhalla said. “People generally are very happy with her performance as Mayor, and we worked together for eight years,” he told Desi Talk.

Hoboken is heavily Democratic, therefore the vote is expected to be split among a number of Democratic candidates.

There are six candidates vying for the seat. Well-liked for her leadership, Zimmer, who resigned as Mayor in June, is supporting Bhalla.

Other candidates include City Councilmember Jennifer Giattino, freeholder Anthony Romano, Councilmember Michael DeFusco, businesswoman Karen Nason and cycling advocate Ronald Bautista.

Bhalla’s campaign claims to have knocked on 3,000 doors in his constituency over the last 6-8 weeks.

“Ours is a grassroots campaign fueled by volunteers and with a lot of work on the ground,” he said.

The Indian-American community statewide and especially in North and Central Jersey, has been “very supportive” Bhalla says, inviting him to their homes or their businesses and contributing generously.

Hoboken, in Hudson County has a population of just over 50,000. The city is part of the New York metropolitan area and is home to the Hoboken terminal, a major transportation hub. Census data shows the City is over 80 percent white and just over seven percent Asian.

According to a 2011 Forbes article, Hoboken has the highest public transportation use of any city in the U.S., with 56 percent of working residents using public transportation for commuting each day

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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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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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