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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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India blocks entry of a Palestinian rights group into the U.N.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter for India’s support in blocking the entry of a Palestinian rights group into the UN.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council held day one of the India Ideas Summit, convening government officials from the U.S. and India, as well as business executives and thought leaders from around the globe. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman won Global Leadership Awards respectively.

And U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke as well, highlighting what he hope to accomplish during his visit to India in a few weeks.

Warriors star forward Kevin Durant announced on Instagram he had successful Achilles tendon surgery in New York surrounded by family and friends. His team will square off against the Raptors tomorrow night for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Diya TV will be there with pregame and postgame analysis.

And Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe will take you inside TD Garden in Boston where St. Louis Blues are looking for their first Stanley Cup and the Boston Bruins are looking to add to their collection.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Trump calls 50% tariffs by India on US motorcycles unacceptable

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump said though India reduced import tariffs on American motorcycles from 100 percent to 50 percent, it is still too high and not acceptable to him.

The Michigan Board of Education voted to approve new social studies standards, which now include Sikhism for the first  time. The new standards will give more than 1.4 million public school students in Michigan context about the Sikh community.

In a list compiled by the New York Times, Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora and j2 Global CEO Vivek Shah are two of the top ten highest paid CEO’s amongst U.S. publicly traded companies.

While Arista Networks CEO Jayshree Ullal, Syntel co-founder Neerja Sethi and Confluent co-founder Neha Narkhede are among the richest self-made women according to Forbes.

And Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe will recap an eventful night in Toronto, where the Golden State Warriors held off the Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, after losing their star Kevin Durant to an Achilles injury.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Trump blames India, China for pollution

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LONDON (Diya TV) — President Trump in remarks made in Britain blamed India & China, among others for world pollution, saying “China, India, Russia, many other nations, they have not very good air, not very good water in the sense of pollution and cleanliness.”

The U.S. State Department said America will have a broader security partnership with India, stating “India plays a vital role in the U.S. vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Nearly two years after taking to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit stage in India, Ivanka Trump closed out GES 2019 in the Netherlands with Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga to announce a new partnership promoting inclusion, opportunity, & economic empowerment for women.

As part of Pride Month, Indian American neuroscientist Jiwandeep Kohli decided to put together a rainbow turban, which instantly went viral once he shared the image online.

He even got a compliment from former President Obama, who said “You’ve got a lot to be proud of, Jiwandeep. Thanks for everything you do to make this country a little more equal. Turban looks great, by the way. Happy Pride Month, everybody!”

And the St. Louis Blues marched into Boston for the second time in the series and beat the favored Bruins 2-1 to lead the Stanley Cup Final 3 games to 2. They have a chance to win their first franchise championship on Sunday in St. Louis.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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