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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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US sends aid, and bans travel from India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — The Covid-19 crisis continues to spiral out of control in India. And now the U.S. is instituting a travel ban.  It goes into effect on May 4 but won’t apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and their spouses. Meanwhile foreign aid is flowing into India from places like Israel, America, and Germany.

Sikh’s in Indianapolis held a memorial service to remember the victims of the Fed Ex facility shooting last month. Four of the people who died were from the Sikh community.  Police have not identified a motive for the shooting, yet. It’s unclear if the shooter, a former employee at the facility, was targeting Sikhs. There are a high number of Sikhs, immigrants and refugees who work in the facility.

And mega stars from the Indian diaspora raised more than 3 million dollars for Covid-19 relief in India.  Jay Shetty, Lilly Singh, Deepak Chopra, and Jay Sean. The virtual event was called help India Breathe and aired on Diya TV. The funds are going to three major areas of relief on the ground including food, direct cash transfers to families, and makeshift hospitals.

You can watch the fundraiser and still continue to donate:

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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American Coronavirus aid arrives in India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — American aid is finally starting to arrive in Covid-19 battered India as vaccination sites run out of shots and thousands of people gasp for air. A U.S. military transport plane delivered more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly one million rapid coronavirus test kits, and other supplies. The country has been reporting an average of more than 350,000 new cases of Covid infections every day for the past week.

After seven hours of public comment and testimony from hundreds of people on whether caste should be added to the county’s non-discrimination policy, the Santa Clara Human Rights Commission deferred their vote pending futher testimony and likely another public hearing. Equality Labs and the Hindu American Foundation each made presentations for and against this potential new category at the hearing, that was broadcast exclusively on Diya TV.
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Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history during President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress just by taking their seats — marking the first time two women would be sitting behind the President.  Biden’s Indian American chief speech writer Vinay Reddy wrote the president’s address, adding to the historic evening.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Death toll rises as Covid supplies head to India

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — No end in sight to India’s deepening Covid-19 crisis as the number of new virus cases in the country shatter records. India added nearly 400 thousand new cases on Thursday, breaking the record set a day earlier, boosting the country’s death toll to more than 200 thousand. US officials have urged Americans to leave the country because of the deteriorating conditions.

Several members of the Dalit community and their supporters are addressing the Santa Clara Human Rights Commission to discuss their experiences with caste discrimination. They want the commission to recommend that the Board of Supervisors make caste a legally protected category against discrimination like race, age, gender and sexual orientation. Equality Labs is pushing this agenda but critics say it is anti-Indian and anti-Hindu.

And the Senate overwhelmingly passed an Asian Hate crimes bill and created a new position at the Justice Department to fast track reviews of potential Covid-19 related hate crimes. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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