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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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Rishi Sunak joins PM race to replace Boris Johnson in U.K.

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LONDON (Diya TV) — British Indian Politician Rishi Sunak has officially joined the race to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. If Sunak is elected, he would become the UK’s first Asian Prime Minister. 

Sunak, 42, started his career as a politician in 2015 as he became a member of Parliament after working for Goldman Sachs and 2 hedge funds up to that point. He officially became chancellor in February 2020. While serving the chancellor position, his response to the COVID-19 pandemic has received acclaim as he launched multiple emergency spending programs to combat the economic downfall while Britain was on lockdown. 

Sunak resigned from the Chancellor position recently due to the conflict between him and Johnson. Shortly after, he jumpstarted his campaign to be Britain’s Prime Minister and supplant Johnson. While has gotten support from Conservative lawmakers, his reputation did take a hit this year. 

During the pandemic, Sunak was caught and fined for breaking Britain’s lockdown rules which did not sit well with citizens. This could make a difference when it comes to voting for the new leader of the country. However, the general consensus is that Sunak should garner a lot of support from lawmakers and citizens alike as he looks to make history.

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Shinzo Abe dies after being shot at campaign speech in Nara

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has passed away at the age of 67 after being shot in an assassination attempt during a campaign speech in the city of Nara. The assassination took place at approximately 11:30 Japan Standard Time on July 8. Abe was reported to be in a state of “cardiopulmonary arrest” after the gunfire and he passed away due to his injuries. 

Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and throughout his time in office, he strived to improve the Japan-India relationship and he handily achieved this goal through improved security cooperation. Japan was also able to connect with and form bilateral links with the United States, Australia and India under his control. Abe’s initiative to make these strategic links ultimately deepened the respective relationships between the foreign countries for the long term. 

On the day he was fatally shot, Abe was making a speech on the behalf of a Democratic Party candidate as the upper house elections were quickly approaching. Abe was shot from behind him up to 3 times and he collapsed on the spot. He was transported to the local hospital but showed no vital signs. Thereafter, Abe passed away.

The shooter has been taken into custody, being caught in the act, and has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old local of Nara. US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel released a statement on the shooting, stating the United States was “saddened and shocked.”

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Sharks make Mike Grier the first Black GM in NHL history

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SAN JOSE (Diya TV) — There is a changing of the guard in San Jose and one that has made NHL history.

The San Jose Sharks have formally announced Mike Grier as their new General Manager, making the 14-year NHL veteran the first African-American to hold such a position over the NHL’s lengthy history. After the resignation of former GM Doug Wilson and the relieving of previous head coach Bob Boughner and his coaching staff, wholesale changes were bound to happen. The franchise, still without a Stanley Cup, hopes to move in a new direction and regain the success they once had.

Grier is part of a family of sports executives as his father, Bobby, has worked as a director of scouting and player personnel with the NFL’s New England Patriots while his brother, Chris, is currently the GM of the Miami Dolphins. The new Sharks GM will follow in his family’s footsteps after playing professional hockey for more than a decade. 

As a member of the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks, Grier played a total of 1060 games across 14 years. After retiring in 2011, he sought out coaching roles with the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, before ultimately getting the monumental callback from the San Jose Sharks which would change NHL history. 

One of the primary tasks for Grier as a GM will be finding a new head coach for a franchise in search of stability on the bench. From there, the rebuild will be strenuous with many current Sharks players getting older with the need to infuse younger talent. The Sharks will be picking at 11th overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, affording Grier the opportunity to select a potential franchise cornerstone.

After being sunk in no man’s land, the Sharks decided to make a large-scale change to create a new identity and reach the goal of lifting Lord Stanley for the first time.

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