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Maryland Assemblywoman Aruna Miller announces run for Congress



Aruna Miller
Aruna Miller

Maryland House of Delegates member Aruna Miller has filed paperwork to run for a seat in the House of Representatives.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Aruna Miller, a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates, has announced her intentions to run for the seat of the state’s sixth congressional district, which is currently held by Democrat John Delaney.

A three-term assembly woman currently serving the state’s 15th district in the House of Delegates, the Indian-born Miller filed an official “statement of candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month, this will enable her to begin fundraising for her campaign.

Delaney, a wealthy banker and three-term congressman in his own right, is expected to announce his intentions to run for governor of Maryland next year. Miller said she had a personal conversation with Delaney, where he told her that he would not be seeking a fourth term in the House of Representatives.

“Sometime in June, he is going to make a decision on what his future plans are. I had a personal conversation with him and he told me that he is leaning in the direction of not seeking re-election for the seat,” Miller said.

“Number one, I want to make sure that it remains a Democratic seat as this is very important for the state of Maryland and the people of Maryland,” she said. “I have resided in the sixth district for over 14 years. I raised my family here. My daughters all went to public schools here, I worked here as well.”

Miller is a transportation engineer by trade, and a mother of three. As a “working mom,” Miller said she understands entirely what it means to balance the difference between her home and professional lives. “These are the struggles that the people of the sixth district face,” she said.

“I am no different than the average sixth district resident. And in my role as a member of Congress, I will be in a position to work putting in place policies that help working family.”

Miller said Maryland’s economy and the district’s infrastructure will be focal points of her campaign.

“I also want to focus on policies that help working families,” she said. “We no longer live in an era where there is only one bread winner, and that’s the male. In the 21st century, we have dual income families, and that means we need to take look at the labor policies. We have to help working families. They have to be able to take care of families and balance work.”

Maryland’s 6th Congressional District includes the wealthy suburb towns of Potomac, Frederic City, and Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties. It is regarded as one of the state’s most competitive districts. It remained a GOP stronghold until Delaney’s defeat of 11-term congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett in 2012 by more than 20 percentage points. However, in the next election his margin shrunk to fewer than 2,800.

Miller has been a member of the state’s House of Delegates since 2010, she serves as a member of the Ways & Means Committee and its subcommittees on revenue, transportation, and education. In the statehouse, she has championed women’s issues — she is a former chair of Women’s Caucus — and has sponsored or cosponsored bills to protect children and environment.

She arrived in the U.S. from Hyderabad at the age of seven, and is the daughter of a mechanical engineer.

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Miss India Manushi Chillar brings home the Miss World crown after 17 years



NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Manushi Chhillar, a medicine student from Haryana, India won the crown for Miss World 2017, topping her competition to take home the coveted title.

20-year-old Chhillar, stunned by her own victory,tweeted:

It’s been 17 years since the country has won the title, according to the Miss India twitter account, and the sixth time an Indian woman has been crowned the winner. The last winner was none other than Bollywood actress turned American Network TV Star, Priyanka Chopra who tweeted:

Manushi couldn’t believe her win (Image: AFP)

Contestants from all over the world took part in the 67th Miss World beauty pageant, which was held in China.
Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza came in 2nd & Miss England, Stephanie Hill came in 3rd.

Miss India Manushi Chhilar (C) smiles as she wins the 67th Miss World contest final next to second place, Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona (L), and 3rd place, Miss England Stephanie Jayne Hill (Image: AFP)

Miss India Manushi Chhilar (C) smiles as she wins the 67th Miss World contest final next to second place, Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona (L), and 3rd place, Miss England Stephanie Jayne Hill (Image: AFP)

Congratulatory tweets soon followed:

Manushi beat her competition from 108 women representing their countries. Former Miss World Stephanie Del Valle, from Puerto Rico crowned, Manushi as per tradition.

ormer Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle crowns Miss India Manushi Chillar as the new Miss World (Image: AFP)

ormer Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle crowns Miss India Manushi Chillar as the new Miss World (Image: AFP)

The 20-year-old, whose parents are both doctors, said in an interview that mothers around the world deserve the highest salary of every profession. She added, “My mother has been my biggest inspiration, so I have to say, a mother’s job. It is not always about cash, but love and respect as well. A mother deserves that the most.”

Before her win, she said: “”The only thing I believe is certain in life is uncertainty, and this is what is amazing about the pageant.”

Manushi takes the coveted blue crown (Image: AFP)

Manushi takes the coveted blue crown (Image: AFP)

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Ravi Bhalla becomes the first turbaned Sikh American Mayor of Hoboken New Jersey



Ravi Bhalla elected the new Mayor of Hoboken, N.J.

HOBOKEN, NJ (Diya TV) — Two term Hoboken City council member Ravi Bhalla became the first turbaned Sikh to be elected mayor of the city of Hoboken, New Jersey. Tuesday night, Bhalla was all smiles, thrusting his arm in the air to celebrate his victory becoming one of the first Sikh mayors of a U.S. city. Sikh-American lawyer with a record of fighting discrimination, Bhalla says, “I’m everything that Trump hates. A brown man wearing a turban, and a proud American with the know-how to stop his assaults on our country’s values.”

A victory that didn’t come easy. Bhalla ran against five other candidates in Hoboken, a city of 50,000. The Saturday before election, Bhalla tweeted that the fliers about terrorism were “troubling, but we won’t let hate win.” CBS News reported that the fliers did not name the group that paid for them, a violation of state election law.

The community celebrated in part disbelief and part joy.

Simran Jeet Singh, a friend and support of Bhalla and a fellow turbaned Sikh tweeted in disbelief

“Given how much we’ve endured in this country, and frankly the fact that we have been here for more than a century now in the U.S. and have felt largely ignored and neglected as a minority community, this is for us a signal shift, where we feel like we’re getting on the map. This is a major development for us,” Simran Jeet Singh, a religion fellow at the Sikh Coalition, said. “And it comes in a context where, like many minority groups, we’re facing xenophobia.”

Gurwin Ahuja, executive director of the National Sikh Campaign, said Bhalla is one of the first Sikh people to become mayor of a U.S. city. Satyendra Huja served as mayor of the city of Charlottesville, and some small towns have had Sikh mayors.

Ahuja said that whoever made the fliers implying that “turban” meant “terrorist” interpreted the turban completely wrong. “Sikhs are instructed to be actively involved in their communities…. In fact, the reason why Sikhs wear a turban is because it represents our value of equality and to stand up against injustice wherever we see it,” he said. “The turban represents our commitment to those values of equality — gender equality, racial equality and religious tolerance — and our duty to stand up for those rights. In India, back in the day, when people would see a Sikh, they knew that was someone they could go to for safety.”

Bhalla, finished first among six candidates in the winner take all race, with 4,781 votes with around 34% of votes. DeFusco totaled 4,116 votes, or approximately 29 percent, according to Hudson County Clerk election results, which do no include mail-in and provisional ballots.

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Abhijit Das planning to run for Massachusetts Congress



Tyngsborough, Mass. (Diya TV) — Abhijit Das, the president and CEO of Troca Hotels announced he is running for the 3dr District Congress in Massachusetts.

The Democrat candidate made the official announcement on his birthday amidst friends, family and community members at the Stonehedge Hotel and Spa in Tyngsborough. The seat ib being vacated by Niki Tsongas in November, 2018.

“As most of you know, I’m not a fan of [President] Donald Trump,” Das said, adding that the unequivocal denunciation of hatred, bigotry and racism should be a prerequisite to running for president. “That notwithstanding, we should not demonize those who voted for him nor can we simply ignore their voices. It is by engaging other viewpoints that we ultimately achieve understanding, compromise and progress,” he said.

Das attended the Brooks School in North Andover and earned a BA in political science from Middlebury College in Vermont.

He later earned a law degree at the University of Michigan’s law school, focusing on constitutional law and the American political sector.

“It was there (at the University of Michigan) that I learned the power of democracy,” he said.

Early in his career, Das served as law clerk to U.S. District of Maryland Judge Benson Legg. There, Das said he was witness to the power of the federal government, its compassion and its injustice.

Before starting Troca Hotels in 2011, Das was senior director of development for Hilton Hotels in South Asia, resurrecting 28 hotels in India from none.

 With Troca Hotels, Das’ mission is to revitalize communities.

“Our state of the economy is troubling,” Das noted. “Something is not working and we need to fix that. We must work diligently to turn this place to one of opportunity and innovation.”

Das says his platform includes the economy, innovation, education and the mental health crisis, among other issues.

“Washington is broken. I entered the possibility of this race because I saw friends (on both sides) shouting at each other,” Das said. “True dialogue is what we need. We need someone who is going to cross over that line and say, ‘let’s talk.’”


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