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Indian American Mona Das Running For Washington Congress

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Democrat Mona Das is the latest Indian American to declare candidacy for U.S. Congressional office.

SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Democrat Mona Das is the latest Indian American to declare candidacy for U.S. Congressional office.

The 45-year-old follows in the steps of Indian Americans Aruna Miller, Hiral Tipirneni and Anita Malik who announced their respective bids earlier this year. Das will be vying to unseat a Republican seat, being vacated by Dave Reichert, the retiring seven-term incumbent in Washington’s 8th Congressional District.

“Mona Das offers a fresh, dedicated voice for Washington’s working families. Mona’s bold, independent spirit and collaborative approach to solving tough problems is a refreshing change for voters in Washington’s 8th Congressional District,” says Das’ official campaign website.

“I am honored and excited to be running for Congress from the 8th District as a Democrat. Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option. It’s time we come together to chart a course for our future that is powerful and inclusive,” says Das on the site.

Das says she is “as comfortable speaking with tech leaders and union workers as she is with farmers and ranchers who call Central Washington home” and “believes that the people of the 8th District deserve a Congressional representative who knows that on three of our most important issues, more unites us than separates us.”

Those three issues, Das says, ate healthcare, economic development and sustaining quality of life.

The first-generation American immigrated to the U.S. when she was only eight months old. She says her family traveled to the U.S. with only $6 in their pocket and a desire to build better lives for their family.

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Das earned a BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and later went back to school, earning an MBA in sustainable business from Pinchot University (now Presidio Graduate School).

After serving in the tech industry for a number of years, Das launched MOXY Mortgage in 2004, a “mortgage business focused on educating and empowering first-time homebuyers.” The company is inspired by Das’ “passion for helping people who were underserved by other home loan providers.” MOXY Mortgage garnered a Five-Star Mortgage Professional Award every year since the award’s inception. It serves all 50 states.

Among the community organizations Das is involved with include the Women’s Business Exchange, Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, Mulnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability & Innovation and A Social Ignition. She is a Board member on most of these organizations.

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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