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Record-setting number of Indian-American candidates gear up for Election Day

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — It’s a record-setting number for Indian-Americans candidates are set to fight on both sides of the aisle this Election Day. As they continue to make their presence known at the polls, we take you through the some of the key races to watch out for today.

With an all-time high of 12 running for Congressional seats and four of whom are up for re-election, a total of 100 Indian-Americans will be part of political history.

For Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who’s facing off against Republican Craig Keller in the 7th Congressional District, it’s beyond just bringing the House back for Democrats.
“I wake up every morning and I think about the fact that I get to fight for the things that I believe in,” Jayapal told Diya TV at the inaugural Impact Summit.
“And I wake up knowing what my responsibilities are. … As the only Indian-American woman in the U.S. House, I see it as even more of a responsibility to really speak up for more citizens.”
Being the voice for the minority has served Jayapal well as she looks to defend her seat.

Others like Hiral Tipirneni (D-Ariz.) have also climbed through the ranks as Indian-American women looking to make a splash in politics. As a newcomer, Tipirneni nearly defeated Republican Debbie Lesko in April’s special election.
The two square off in a rematch to represent Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

Despite the combative approach that seems to be so frequently used throughout campaign trails, candidates such as Sri Preston Kulkarni (D-Texas) are focused on bridging the gap between political parties. During a sit-down interview on “The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur,” Kulkarni gave an example following the 2016 presidential election when he decided to reach out to Republican colleagues to put differences aside and simply talk over meals. That plan led to him and two fellow Republicans winning nominations for Congress, which he sees as the model that other politicians should use.

Congressional candidate Aftab Pureval (D-OH) also sees the common ground that just needs the framework to hold up in Washington.
Pureval has previously stated he’s in the middle of his district politically, but ultimately for him it’s less about political ideology and more about driving results.

Fellow Ohioan and Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani is on the other side of the spectrum, but come Nov. 6, he’ll be making sure everyone he represents — blue, red or in between — is satisfied.

“As a state official, my focus is on doing my job and serving my constituents,” Antani said. “I think that not only in our community, but in all communities, we need a little less partisan grandstanding and a little more problem solving.”

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Reps. Jayapal, Omar concerned over Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  Democratic Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Ilhan Omar are both expressing concern over reports from Kashmir saying the Indian government has arrested 2,000 people. 

Jayapal in a tweet said “using fear & hyper-patriotism to suppress dissent is as detrimental in India as it is America.”

Omar called “for an immediate restoration of communication; and de-escalation in Kashmir.”

So far, there is no clarity from the Indian government what charges arrests have been made under or for how long those arrested face detention.

A request by Pakistan’s minister for human rights asking that Priyanka Chopra be stripped of her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace was rejected. The United Nations defended Chopra, saying she retains the ability to speak in their own personal capacity, but that those views do not necessarily reflect the UN.

And two Indian athletes are competing in the first round of the U.S. Open. 

And Sumit Nagal, who became the youngest Indian man to qualify for a major since Leander Paes, took one set from the legendary Roger Federer before losing in his first round match 3 sets to one. Prajnesh Gunneswaran also fell short against fifth seed Daniil Medvedev.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump Speaks to Modi, Aims to Reduce Kashmir Tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister Modi by phone to get India’s perspective on Kashmir. Modi told Trump the anti-India rhetoric from Pakistani leaders was not conducive to peace. Later, President Trump in a tweet called Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “good friends,” of his and that he’s working “towards reducing tensions in Kashmir.”

Kabul, Afghanistan was the site of a horrific suicide bombing that took place at a wedding, killing 63 people. The bride and groom survived. Afghan officials blame the attack on the United States and their prolonged presence in the region.

A 35-year-old man from India on a hunger strike at a Texas ICE facility was force fed, according to his attorney, becoming the latest detainee seeking asylum in the U.S. fed in such a manner. The man stopped eating tko protest his confinement. ICE says they will do what it takes to “preserving the lives of those in its custody.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fremont PD and FOG confirm Independence Day Parade cancelled over security, permitting

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Fremont Police Department and FOG organizers confirm the annual Indian Independence Day parade, scheduled for this Sunday, is cancelled due to permitting and security concerns. FOG will still take place this weekend, minus the parade. Here’s our initial report on FOG security from earlier this week.

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