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Priyanka Chopra, Sundar Pichai & Sania Mirza make Time’s 100 Most Influential

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Sania-Mirza-WorkoutSAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Actress Priyanka Chopra, tennis star Sania Mirza and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have all been selected by Time Magazine to its list of ‘100 Most Influential People in the World.’

Released on Thursday, Time’s annual list includes other pioneers, like American composer Lin Manuel-Miranda, head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, and iconic actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Those named represent people who are “exploring the frontiers of art, science, society, technology and more,” the magazine said.

Cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar described Mirza by writing that her “confidence, strength and resilience reach beyond tennis has inspired a generation of Indians to pursue their dreams,” adding that it’s inspired others “to realize that they can also be the best.” Mirza was recently honored with India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan. She was selected for being an “inspiration” on the court, and for the “dedication and willpower” to reinvent herself fully as a doubles player when her singles career was cut short by wrist injuries.

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Chopra, who was awarded with the Padma Shri earlier this year, was described by fellow actor Dwayne Johnson as “a star who is rising higher.” He commended her “drive, ambition, self-respect, and she knows there’s no substitute for hard work.” Before he’d ever met the Bollywood star, Johnson wrote that he was already well aware of Chopra. “She was beautiful, talented, had made nearly 50 movies, earned multiple awards—a massive star,” Johnson wrote.

Sundar Pichai (Udit Kulshrestha—Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Sundar Pichai (Udit Kulshrestha—Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Pichai, whose accomplishments were described by famed scientist Bill Nye, became CEO of Google last summer. It was then that he began “to change the world,” Nye wrote. Pichai was the chief engineer behind Google Drive, which Nye describes as “the original name for ‘the cloud.'” Additionally, Pichai contributed to the developments of Gmail, Google Chrome and Android cellphones, the latter of which might have had the most dramatic impact on everyday lives, Nye wrote. “A great many of us can’t tell which side of a street we’re on without checking Google Maps,” he writes.

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Bollywood actress Tabu honored at 2019 IFFLA Opening Night

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Actress Tabassum 'Tabu' being honored before the screening of her film Andhadhun at 2019 IFFLA Opening Night

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is officially underway, kicking off the festivities last night at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills with a tribute to the renowned Bollywood actress Tabu.

Actress Tabassum 'Tabu' in conversation before the opening night film Andhadhun at IFFLA
Actress Tabassum ‘Tabu’ in conversation before the opening night film Andhadhun at IFFLA

Christina Marouda, Founder and Executive Director of IFFLA, introduced Tabu’s notable accomplishments. “Her work and personality embody everything that IFFLA is about” Marouda said “being fearless, versatile, independent in spirit, unwilling to compromise, brilliant in the range of her performances, and simply beautiful. With half of the festival’s 2019 line-up directed by female filmmakers, this [year’s IFFLA] couldn’t be a stronger celebration of women in Indian cinema.”

The audience was treated to a moderated interview with Tabu in which she discussed her interest in flawed and immoral characters, as well as how she has enjoyed combining a career of commercial success with one of artistic reinvention.

The interview was followed by a screening of Tabu’s most recent film Andhadhun, directed by Sriram Raghavan and co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana. The black comedy is a triumph of chaos in all the right ways; weaving humor with horrible acts of violence, shifting storylines and ratcheting up the tension. Tabu brings her legendary intensity to every scene, flowing effortlessly from casual and comical to duplicitous and menacing. She is a villain in a story with no true hero, allowing her to flex her most manipulative muscles.

IFFLA is unabashedly confronting diversity in Hollywood, not as a trend, but as a mission. Not only featuring a curated set of film programs designed to support the growing interest in the Indian entertainment industry, but – just as importantly – supporting filmmakers of Indian and South Asian descent in career development and expanding opportunity as they establish themselves in various mainstream Hollywood systems.

This years programming includes Ronny Sen’s directorial debut Cat Sticks, which screened at Slamdance, Ashish Pandey’s Kashmir-set drama Nooreh, which won at Busan, family drama Love Goes Through Your Mind, directed by UCLA alum Ronak Shah and Safdar Rahman’s Chippa. Additional programming also features a TV-centric panel titled ‘Breaking in Brown: Making it to Series in TV’s Golden Age’ featuring the work of South Asian talent in broadcast and streaming.

The 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is taking place April 11-14, 2019 at Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. The Opening and Closing Night Galas will be at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills. For tickets and information on programming visit https://www.indianfilmfestival.org

Diya TV is a proud sponsor of the festival

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

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Secretary Nielsen resigns

WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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White Supremacist kills 49 at New Zealand mosque

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in what appears to be a coordinated racist attack. 49 people are dead and 49 others are seriously wounded. Three people are in custody for the carnage, including a 28-year-old Australian self-proclaimed racist man who livestreamed the bloodshed.

The Bangladesh cricket team was visiting one of the mosques at the time of the attack and escaped through a park.

The U.S. announced they will build six atomic power plants in India in another major step in bettering bilateral ties. India also received a special waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to sign cooperation agreements with a dozen nations.

In a one on one with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — we’ll preview our exclusive conversation with the man who’s become a household name for heading one of the most important oversight agencies in the U.S. government.

Bollywood star Aamir Khan is bringing ‘Forrest Gump’ to the Bollywood big screen, buying the rights to the classic from Paramount. Khan will star in the title role.

And YouTube sensation Lilly Singh will become the first South Asian ever to host a broadcast network late night show, as she will take over the 1:30 a.m. time slot on NBC. “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” debuts in September.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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