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Indian Americans win big on election night

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Hiral Tiperneni projected to win AZ6

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Tonight we saw over 70 Indian Americans and South Asians running for office across the country. With candidates spanning the spectrum, incumbents to challengers, conservatives to progressives, young people making their first move in politics to established career politians. Here’s a recap to some of the major races:

Incumbent Ro Khanna (D) predicted to win the coveted Silicon Valley CA 17 against challenger Ritesh Tondon (R)

Rep. Ro Khanna is projected to win re-election to his seat representing California’s 17th district in the House of Representatives.

Challenger Hiral Tiperneni (D) predicted to win AZ6 against incumbent David Schweikert (R)

In the race to represent Arizona’s 6th district in the House of Representatives, votes are still being counted, but currently Hiral Tiperneni has a slight lead over her Republican opponent, David Schweikert, with the race currently at 52-48.

Incumbent Ami Bera (D) predicted to win CA 7 against challenger Buzz Patterson (R)

Returning to California, Ami Bera secures re-election to his seat representing the 7th district. He will be joining his collogue and fellow Californian, Ro Khanna in representing the state of California.

Incumbent Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) wins IL8 against challenger Preston Nelson (L)

In Illinois, incumbent representative Raja Krishnamoorthi won a handy re-election against the Libertarian party challenger, Preston Nelson. He will continue representing Illinois’s 8th district.

Leaving the House of Representatives and focusing on state legislatures, Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani (R) will moving up to the State Senate. He defeated Mark Fogel (D) by a narrow but decisive margin.

And finally, Jenifer Rajkumar won her seat in New York’s State Assembly representing the 38th district. She came into the general after fighting and winning an incredibly tight primary.

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Sikh community center in Seattle area burglarized & vandalized

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FEDERAL WAY (Diya TV) — Authorities including the FBI in Washington State are looking for the vandal who trashed a Sikh community center and it’s being investigated as a possible hate crime. Police say surveillance video shows a man breaking into the Khalsa Gurmat Center in Federal Way.  The main prayer area was destroyed and several tv’s and computers were also stolen.

The US will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year.  The U.S. restrictions have barred travelers from most of the world including tens of thousands of foreign nationals with relatives or business links in the United States.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is denying he made a secret deal to ban fact checking President Trump on the social media platform to avoid government regulations. A new biography on venture capitalist Peter Thiel says Zuckerberg worked with Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner on this quid pro quo.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi to face protests on visit to DC, NY

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’s Ministry of External Affairs called out Pakistan backed groups threatening to give Prime Minister Narendra Modi “sleepless nights” during his visit to the U.S. next week. The group Sikhs for Justice has planned protests from Washington to New York as the PM visits the U.S. for the first time under the Biden administration.

18 year old Nidhi Rana and 21 year old  Ayush Rana were together when their car began floating toward a spot where the water flows underground toward the river. A massive search was soon launched for the pair and continued for several days.

Vibhav Mittal is now the first Indian American judge on the Superior Court of  Orange County California.  During his ten years as a federal prosecutor, Judge Mittal tried 13 criminal trials to verdict.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Hudson: 55 Kashmiri & Khalistani groups operate in the US

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The Hudson Institute assembled experts to evaluate fifty-five Kashmiri and Khalistani groups operating within the US. The institute is now recommending a deep dive into the possibility that these groups received funding, support and military training from Pakistan along with terrorist groups in India.

Top American lawmakers paid tributes as they remembered Sikh American Balbir Singh Sodhi,  who was the first victim of a hate crime following the 9/11 terror attacks.  He was murdered outside the Arizona gas station he owned, by a man who said he wanted to “go out and shoot some towel-heads. ”

Compass Digital Acquisition filed for a $200 million IPO. The technology-focused SPAC is targeting software and services companies. Compass is led by Chairman and CEO Abid Neemuchwala, former CEO of IT services firm Wipro.

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