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Indian American pharmacist Nirav Patel running for New Jersey Assembly

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Indian American physician Dr. Nirav Patel (D-New Jersey) is running for a District 12 seat on the New Jersey General Assembly.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian American physician Dr. Nirav Patel (D-New Jersey) is running for a District 12 seat on the New Jersey General Assembly.

“I pledge that I am running for Assembly in order to serve the people of the 12th Legislative District. I will be available, I will be transparent, and my door will be open to any constituent with any concern, no matter how small they may think their issue may be,” says Patel on his website.

Among Patel’s platform issues are fiscal responsibility, rebuilding infrastructure and healthcare.

“We must address our opponents’ out of control spending habits to lower our tax bills,” says Patel. He says that after “eight years of a failed Governor, New Jersey is heading in the wrong direction. I am new to politics, but I plan to help fight to put New Jersey back in the right direction.”

Claiming that New Jersey is rated 50th of the 50 states in terms of how much federal funding received against what is paid by residents in federal taxes, he “will do my best to get us the funding we so desperately need.”

Patel says despite being a critical shipping hub on the East Coast, “we have a crumbling infrastructure … Under the failed Christie administration, NJ Transit saw a 90 percent reduction in funding, and the Governor constantly stripped money from our transportation budget in order to fund tax cuts for his wealthy donors. It’s been nearly a decade of cuts and now our infrastructure is crumbling,” he said.

He also says the state is facing an opioid epidemic. Patel says he has a threefold plan to address the issue: working with local law enforcement and healthcare providers to better treat addicts, versus incarceration; creating a system that allows athletic trainers, school nurses, families and doctors to work together to ensure the usage of medication in schools is regulated to prevent addiction from occurring; and working with EMTs to ensure a sufficient supply of Narcan, a drug used to treat overdoses, to bring down the high death toll attached to opioid addiction.

“If we are able to enact this plan, we should be able to address both the root causes of addiction, as well as help those who are already addicted.”

Patel is a lifelong advocate for increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare. His educational background includes studies in chemical engineering and economics at Rutgers University.

He is a member of several philanthropic and community service 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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