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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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Global Holi celebrations underway

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Around the world, Holi is being celebrated and commemorated. We’ll have a look at some of the festivities and show you the time Jackie Kennedy played holi with Prime Minister Nehru.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services will start accepting new H1-B visa petitions for 2020 starting April 1.

After the US cut off India’s duty-free access to their marketplace under a preferred partnership, India is reengaging, offering trade concessions across IT goods, aviation and oil purchases. The U.S. would like India to hold off on raising tariffs on key imports.

Bank of America bought its biggest trouble asset in India, as foreign investors dig deeper into India’s pile of bad debt.

Mindy Kaling will be launching a semi-autobiographical comedy series on Netflix, inspired by her own childhood.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Hasan Minhaj takes on Indian Politics

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Disney officially closed its deal with Fox for $71.3 billion, giving Disney the keys to Twentieth Century Fox movie and TV studios, cable networks and major inroads into India through Star TV.

A new lawsuit claims Indian outsourcing firm HCL Technologies is exploiting the H-1B visa system, while discriminating against non-South Asian workers.

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, who is now a medical school professor, announced he will run as a Democratic challenger to Republican Representative Michael McCaul in 2020 for the 10th Congressional District seat that serves Austin, Texas.

Ken Juster, America’s Ambassador to India, commissioned the recreation of bright blue Indian-style murals at Roosevelt House, his official residence in India, saying he wanted to celebrate through art and architecture the deep bonds between the two nations.

And Comedian Hasan Minhaj chose not to listen to his elders and dedicated his latest episode of “Patriot Act” on Netflix to the Indian election. We wish him well.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on diversifying TV station ownership

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he’s aware the incentive auction nearly wiped out TV stations owned by women & minorities. How he’s addressing the issue, plus the on-going battle over net neutrality, robocalls & his evolution from staffer to Commissioner to Chair on an all-new The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur, Sunday at 9 am & 5pm exclusively on DiyaTV!

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