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Tributes pour in as the world mourns Prince’s death

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86103158SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Prince Rogers Nelson, the celebrated musician who penned such hits as  “Kiss,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Purple Rain” died Thursday at age 57.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning,” publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said. Earlier in the day, police said they were investigating at his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. After responding to a medical call they found the singer unresponsive in an elevator, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said.

A massive outpour after the announcement of his death was seen across various social media platforms. Some have said the news of his death “is what it sounds like when doves cry,” a reference to his 1984 smash hit. Others have rushed to record stores nationwide to retrieve his albums and any other memorabilia they can get their hands on.

Earlier this month, he made news after a scheduled show was cancelled at the Fox Theatre in Georgia City. He wasn’t feeling well, according to a report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Just days later, he took the stage in Atlanta to perform an 80-minute set, unusually short for him.

After the show, his plane made an emergency landing, according to Noel-Schure, and the singer was immediately rushed to a hospital in Moline, Illinois. At the time, the publicist said, “He is fine and at home.”

Prince takes in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob. (Photo courtesy GSW Media Services)

Prince takes in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob. (Photo courtesy GSW Media Services)

Just one month ago, Prince attended a Golden State Warriors game, sitting court side with owner Joe Lacob. He was scheduled to perform at Oracle Arena the following night. After his experience watching Curry, Green, Iguodala and the rest of the defending champs, Prince took to Twitter to describe the atmosphere.

Thursday, Lacob released a statement after hearing news of the icon’s death.

“I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Prince’s death today, especially after hosting him at a game recently at Oracle Arena,” Lacob said. “That night was a real honor for me and, looking back, he appeared to be doing well and was in great spirits.  From everyone in the Warriors’ organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans during this difficult time. We lost a true icon in the entertainment business.”

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Indian CEO’s meet with President Trump in London

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LONDON (Diya TV) — A number of prominent Indian CEOs from the US and the UK met with President Trump during a breakfast roundtable on his visit to London. Members of the American cabinet were also in attendance, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, as well as the president’s daughter, Ivanka.

The Punjab government announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery school to the PhD level. They also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 schools and all 48 government colleges.

Rayna Gokli McIntyre will be a new District Court Judge in Colorado, becoming the second South Asian member to the bench in that state.

In New Jersey, Zahid Quraishi was named a U.S. Magistrate Judge, becoming the first Asian American federal judge in that state.

And Karamjit and Karawjit Singh took danger to new heights with this coconut and melon smashing display on America’s Got Talent, all while wearing a blindfold.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump ends $5.6B GSP trade preference for India

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump is ending $5.6 billion worth of trade concessions for India under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences program effective this week, saying India failed to assure the U.S. that it would provide ‘equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.

Bay Area Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo reintroduced a bill to save work authorization visas for H-4 holders whose spouses are on track to get a green card. Many of those eligible are Indian American women.

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education released new social studies standards, which for the first time include Sikhism. Nearly 700,000 students in Oklahoma public schools will now learn more about the Sikh community, in this effort spearheaded by the Sikh Coalition.

The Golden State Warriors played through two more injuries to rotation players to beat the Raptors in Toronto 109-104 to even the NBA Finals at a game a piece.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe are on-site and will have more courtside.

And we talk to the stars of Netflix’s newest romantic comedy ‘Always Be My Maybe,’ a feature that offers a story & characters Asian Americans will find relatable from some of the most talented names in Hollywood.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Campaigning stopped in West Bengal due to violence

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West Bengal violence

KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) — For the first time in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning to stop a day early in West Bengal because of violence between political factions in Kolkata.

SAALT released an overview of the growth in the South Asian demographic around America and it shows the community is increasing exponentially.

SAALT says the South Asian population in the U.S. grew a stunning 40% in seven years, from 3.5 million in 2010 to 5.4 million in 2017.

The first ever Sikh American mayor of a large city, Ravi Bhalla, was portrayed by a New Jersey-based website in a photoshopped image as an Arab dictator. Supporters of Bhalla, who is the mayor of Hoboken, are denouncing the image as racist and want the “Hudson Mile Square View” to take it down.

And the Indian government held an event at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the world’s largest film industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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