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‘Daily Show’ comedian Hasan Minhaj takes his show on tour

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Comedian Hasan Minhaj is hitting the road with his one-man show.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj is hitting the road with his one-man show.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Hasan Minhaj, a correspondent on the hit Comedy Central program “The Daily Show,” is coming to a town near you with his solo act titled, “Homecoming King.”

The comedian will kick off his 19-city North American tour this summer, beginning Aug. 19 in Portland, Oregon. His act will then move to stages in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Iowa City, New Orleans, Boston and Toronto, among others.

The show is about a first-generation Indian-American making his way through these two worlds but never completely at ease in either of them. The show debuted last year at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre.

In his show, Minhaj talks about the explorations he made growing up in northern California, the bullies that made his life more difficult, discovering a sister he never knew existed and his long walks home from school everyday after being excluded from student carpools. As a young boy, Minaj embraced everything about the American culture — from drinking Capri Sun, to watching “Ghostbusters” and riding BMX bikes — however, American often times did not embrace him back.

During his tenure on “The Daily Show,” Minhaj has mocked everything from the pope to robot journalists, he was also charged with transitioning the show from hosts Jon Stewart to Trevor Noah. His speech at this year’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner about gun control has been seen by millions.

Minhaj says his biggest influences were the writer Junot Diaz and the storytelling of hip-hop. His comedic idols include Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and his former boss, Jon Stewart.

His one-man show came into clearer focus after dealing with the struggles of his own cultural and religious divides — he is a Muslim Indian-American and his wife a Hindu. Minhaj spent countless hours trying to win the affection of his wife, that when it happened, he was forced to recollect on the entire process.

“To me, it represented this huge mental and emotional shift in my life,” he said. “There was a lot of growing up and now I feel like there’s a lot of, ‘OK, what are we fighting for and where are we going?'”

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Indian CEO’s meet with President Trump in London

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Indian CEOs and Trump

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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