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CHICAGO (TIP): Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi, who was an adviser in President Barack Obama’s 2008 poll campaign, has registered a big win in the Democratic Congressional primary in the US state of Illinois, 8th Congressional District including Chicago suburbs, by defeating the state Senator.

Raja enjoyed a huge lead in fundraising over his two rivals in Tuesday’s election, reporting a total of nearly $1.7 million in campaign contributions through February 24, records show. That amount was more than four times the combined total raised by Noland and Bullwinkel.

Krishnamoorthi’s win brightens the chance of yet another person of Indian-origin to be elected to the US House of Representatives in the November general elections.

Born in New Delhi, 42-year-old Krishnamoorthi, an attorney and entrepreneur, polled 57% of the votes in the eighth Congressional District of Illinois as against his two other rivals State Senator Mike Noland (29 per cent) and Deb Bullwinkel (13 per cent). The district has a sizable Indian-American population. “Thank you! I’m honored to be the Democratic Party Nominee for Congressman of Illinois’ 8th District,” he tweeted late last night after results were out.

Krishnamoorthi seeks to replace his party man Tammy Duckworth, who decided against seeking re-election and instead run for the US Senate against incumbent Republican Mark Kirk.

Duckworth won the Democratic primary for the Senate seat. In the November 8 general elections, Krishnamoorthi now faces Peter DiCianni of Republican party who ran unopposed during the primary. If elected, Krishnamoorthi would join Ami Bera, 51, the only Indian-American lawmaker in the current US House of Representatives in the next Congress beginning January next year. Bera is seeking his third-term in the November general elections.

Ahead of the primary elections, Krishnamoorthi was endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and Congressman Jan Schakowsky. Krishnamoorthi was previously the policy director and a senior adviser for Barack Obama’s 2004 US Senate campaign and also an adviser to Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign. He served as Deputy Treasurer of Illinois from 2007-2009 under Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and in 2010 ran for the Democratic nomination for Illinois State Comptroller, losing to David E Miller by less than one per cent votes.

Born in New Delhi in 1973, Krishnamoorthi’s parents immigrated to New York when he was three months old. He is currently the president of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar, Inc, small businesses that develop and sell products in the national security and renewable energy industries.

Source: http://www.theindianpanorama.news

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Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.
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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.

“Chawla’s courage and passion continue to serve as an inspiration for millions of American girls who dream of one day becoming astronauts,” Trump said on Monday in a proclamation honouring Americans of Asian and Pacific Islands descent.

Trump said that during this month "we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance".
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The month of May is celebrated in the US as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Trump said that during this month “we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance”.

Praising the contributions of Asian Americans, he said: “Through their industriousness and love of country, our Nation has enjoyed the privileges and enrichments of multiple innovations and societal advancements.”

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Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

“Indian American Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space, and became an American hero for her devotion to the Space Shuttle program and its various missions transporting cargo and crew to and from the International Space Station,” Trump said in his proclamation. (IANS)

 

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