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British Indian Chef Romy Gill receives a medal from the Queen of England

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Romy Gill, owner of the popular UK restaurant Romy’s Kitchen, has been honored with the Order of the British Empire for being the first Indian chef in the UK to both own her own restaurant and run the kitchen.

The award is given to those with “a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community,” and sees her join the likes of Jamie Oliver, Paul Heathcote, and Clare Smyth. This year she shares the honor with rockstar Rod Stewart, astronaut Tim Peake, and Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton.

She received a letter from the Queen weeks before she opened it, thinking it was just another bill, having no idea that inside the envelope was the news she’d be knighted by the Queen of England.

“For a woman [chef] to get the award!” she said. “I don’t think for a minute I ever thought that this was going to happen to me.”

Romy’s Kitchen serves modernized West Bengali dishes to the people of Thornbury, and every day, people file in and order the crowd-pleasing chicken makhani until it sells out. Gill spends countless hours each day preparing the dish, and several more hours over the fryer preparing pieces of fish for amritsari gurnard, a spicy fried fish that comes with fermented beets and pickled onions.

Gill’s mission? She just wants to cook food that makes you feel good — and it may not be the same way her mother cooked for her, but who’s to tell her that her matar paneer isn’t real?

“How my mom would cook a dish versus how another person’s mom would cook something is completely different,” she said.

Gill's Chile-Paneer Roll

Gill’s Chile-Paneer Roll

Growing up, Gill capitalized on any chance she could find to eat at a friends house. Born to Punjabi parents in Bengal, the food in her house growing up was very much centric to the traditions of Northern India.

“Any excuse I had, I’d go to my friends place to eat, and then go home and eat, too,” she said.

She flocked to England 22 years ago with the dreams of opening her own restaurant, and was faced with a harsh reality: The scene was predominately run by men, and the Indian food wasn’t that great. With her own motivation, and a little help from her friends and family, she set out to change the precedent.

Though she possessed no formal training, Gill began seeking out local chefs asking if she could cook in their kitchen for free. She approached cooking schools in the area and asked if she could come teach students how to prepare Indian food. Gill eventually opened a catering company, in 2013, the doors of her restaurant opened.

Gill's amritsari gurnard.

Gill’s amritsari gurnard.

“I think I’d still be at home, without a restaurant, if I never stopped asking,” Gill said. “You have to be passionate about something and really believe in it to make it happen, especially when you’re self-taught.”

“If I’ve given a little bit of hope to other women who have been wanting to do what I did from scratch,” she says, “I think my work is done.”

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Veteran tech executive Raghu Rau named TiVo interim CEO

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Veteran tech executive, Raghu Rau named interim CEO of TiVo

SAN JOSE, Calif. – (Diya TV) Raghu Rau, a veteran executive and board member of TiVo is named interim CEO and President of TiVo Corporation. He replaces Enrique Rodriguez, who resigned only 8 months into his stint as TiVo CEO to become Liberty Systems CTO in Europe. Rodriguez took on the helm at TiVo in November of last year, succeeding longtime President & CEO, Thomas Carson. He previously held executive positions at AT&T, Sirius XM, Microsoft’s Xbox and Cisco Systems.

Rau has served on the TiVo Board since 2015 and brings decades of leadership experience from helming video software vendor SeaChange International. Previously, Rau held multiple senior management positions at Motorola Inc. Since August 2017, he also serves as the Chairman of the Board for Quantum, a storage, archive and data protection vendor.

TiVo shares over the past year have dropped nearly 37% as the TV pioneer tries to adjust direction in the evolving video & media landscape.

Rodriguez will remain a part of TiVo’s board during the transition. In a statement Rodriguez said, “My personal decision to pursue another opportunity was not easy. I couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead for TiVo as I expect our performance through the second quarter of 2018, including our announced profit improvement actions, to be ahead of our internal plan. I am looking forward to continue my relationship with TiVo in my new role as a customer and partner. Until then, I am committed to working with the TiVo team to ensure a seamless transition.”

Chairman of TiVo’s Board of Directors, James Meyer remarked, “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Enrique for his leadership and we wish him the best in his next chapter. We are fortunate to have a world-class leadership team in place and are pleased to have someone of Raghu’s caliber step in to lead the Company. He has been a member of the TiVo Board of Directors since 2015 and is a proven leader with extensive experience in the video industry and in the management of intellectual property. I am confident that Raghu, alongside the rest of the leadership team, will continue to drive the value that TiVo’s innovative technology portfolio brings to the fast-growing and hyper-competitive entertainment industry.”

Rau is happy to take on the challenge, saying “this is an exciting time for TiVo and I am eager to jump in as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. I look forward to working closely with our outstanding management team as we continue to innovate, profitably grow our customer base in key market segments, and expand our international presence. I also look forward to working with the Special Committee of the Board to bring our strategic alternatives process to a successful, value creating solution for our shareholders.”

Rovi acquired TiVo for $1.1 billion in 2016 and took on the DVR company’s name.

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Ivanka Trump meets Indian Minister Sushma Swaraj during UN general session

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President Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the annual UN General Assembly session in New York. Photo courtesy of Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — President Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the annual UN General Assembly session in New York.

Ivanka, who is leading the American delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India in November, discussed women’s entrepreneurship and workforce development.

“We had a great discussion on women’s entrepreneurship, the upcoming #GES2017 and workforce development in the U.S. and India,” Ivanka tweeted after the meeting. The summit will be co-hosted by India and the U.S. in Hyderabad Nov. 28 to 30. The annual event is a premier gathering of emerging entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders from around the world.

The 35-year-old Ivanka expressed her respect for Swaraj, whom she described on Twitter as a “charismatic” foreign minister.

“I have long respected India’s accomplished and charismatic Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and it was an honor to meet her today,” Ivanka stated.

Swaraj discussed “Women Empowerment” and Ivanka’s forthcoming visit to India, the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. stated.

Leading a high-powered Indian delegation, Swaraj will be hosting several meetings with Global leaders.

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Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

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Sean Combs Announces Roma Khanna CEO of Revolt TV

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Sean Combs has announced Roma Khanna the CEO of Revolt TV.

“As Revolt continues to grow as a brand and expand globally, I knew we needed a seasoned executive with a proven track record to keep the momentum going and help me lead the network into the future,” said Combs. “Roma is that person. She has the experience and tenacity to build on Revolt’s success and as we continue to influence content and culture around the world.”

“After decades of building large-scale businesses in TV and media, I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside visionary Sean Combs to get hands-on and redefine content models with a view to building a modern, relevant, global cultural brand,” said Khanna. “Revolt is ready to create and curate content and super-serve its audience on its own TV platform and beyond, living and breathing with its audience wherever they might be.”

Revolt says the company’s mission is to build on its platform to offer long- and short-form content revolving around hip-hop music and culture. According to Revolt’s website, “REVOLT is focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation – on-air, on-line, on-demand. The multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming.”

Revolt claims to have over 50 million young adult consumers through television, digital properties, social and mobile. REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen.

Khanna left MGM, where she served as president, in late 2015. She helped launch FX’s “Fargo” and History’s “Vikings.” She spent three years as president of global networks for NBC Universal’s international networks wing. She also oversaw the development of Hulu hit “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Revolt had been without a CEO for a year, since Keith Clinkscales left the company last August. Revolt launched as a linear channel in the U.S. in October 2013 and has since expanded to Africa and the Caribbean.

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