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Prime Minister Modi takes Gandhi’s historic train ride

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, waves from a train carriage at Pentrich Railway station in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Saturday July 9, 2016. Narendra Modi is taking the same historic train trip that Mahatma Gandhi took in 1893 when he was thrown off the train because of his race. Modi is on a four nation trip to Africa.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, waves from a train carriage at Pentrich Railway station in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Saturday July 9, 2016. Narendra Modi is taking the same historic train trip that Mahatma Gandhi took in 1893 when he was thrown off the train because of his race. Modi is on a four nation trip to Africa.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday marked a historic South African train journey by Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi that ended up shaping the fate of both countries.

Modi’s ride came in the prime minister’s efforts to commemorate the journey, during which a young Gandhi in 1893 was ejected from a South African train when he refused an order to move from a first-class carriage because of his race. The encounter during his train ride influenced Gandhi’s decision to resist racial segregation and other social injustices through the usage of nonviolent protest, first while living in South Africa then in his native India.

Sitting in a wood-paneled car with local officials Saturday, Modi’s ride was protected by much heavier security. However, the prime minister also took some time in South Africa to mingle with some of nation’s residents of Indian origin, of which there are more than one million of.

“We didn’t expect him to go and mix with all the people, but he did,” said Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Gandhi and a former member of South Africa’s parliament. “That’s good. That is what we need.”

Modi would later tell reporters that he’d had the great fortune to pay his respects at places “that are memorable for being part of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and in India’s independence journey.”

India’s government says it was the first country to sever trade relations with South Africa over its former harsh system of racial segregation, which finally ended in the 1990s after being in place for multiple decades.

Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma met on Friday, paying tribute to what Zuma called “two liberation icons,” Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, who was elected in 1994.

After his time in South Africa, Modi continued his four-nation African visit with a stop in Tanzania. His fourth and final stop on the tour, meant to raise India’s profile in Africa, where China’s presence has been strong, will conclude when the prime minister visits Kenya. He began his trip last week in Mozambique.

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Houston to host community summit for Indian Prime Minister Modi

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Non-profit group Texas India Forum announced they are organizing “Howdy, Modi!”, an Indian American community event for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Houston September 22nd. The venue has yet to be announced, but tens of thousands of people are expected at the event.

Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among the members of the House antitrust committee with sharp questions for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon in a hearing focused on competition and anti-competitive behavior online.

Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal died days after the Indian Supreme Court threw out his plea to postpone imprisonment in a murder conviction. He was 72. The ‘dosa king’ was found to have orchestrated the murder of a man, whose wife he wanted to marry.

And the managing director of the State Bank Of India, Anshula Kant, is taking the helm at the World Bank as managing director and chief financial officer.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House vill passes removing Green Card country cap

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives passed a bill to lift the current seven percent country-cap on issuing Green Cards, a development that could benefit thousands of skilled Indian IT professionals.

The United States India Strategic Partnership Forum had a bipartisan feel to it in Washington, as the event was keynoted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senior Advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner. Watch both of their speeches to the USISPF crowd exclusively on Diya TV.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is resigning his post amid controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes case a decade ago against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was U.S. attorney for southern Florida.

Billionaire Richard Branson’s spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will be the 1st publicly traded space tourism company in a $800 million deal backed by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya’s investment company.

And Mindy Kaling’s open casting call for her upcoming Netflix series led to the hiring of Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who was cast out of 15,000 people.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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