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Ajit Pai could become the first Indian American FCC Chairman

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Ajit Pai could become the very first Indian American FCC Chairman. Earlier today he was named the interim chairman after President-elect Donald Trump met with senior FCC commissioner Ajit Pai on Monday, according to transition team member and future White House spokesperson Sean Spicer, who added it was Trump’s final meeting of the day.

Pai was widely expected to be tapped as interim FCC chair when the president-elect is sworn in, and could be named permanent chair as well. However, fellow Republican Michael O’Reilly’s name has also been hinted as a possibility.

“I’m optimistic that last month’s election will prove to be an inflection point—and that during the Trump Administration, we will shift from playing defense at the FCC to going on offense,” Pai said in a speech yesterday before the Free State Foundation in Washington, DC, said. Reports surfaced over the weekend that the Trump team has embraced an FCC deregulatory plan that squares, generally, with the philosophies of both Pai and O’Rielly.

While the FCC may look into undoing some of the actions taken during the Obama administration, the focus in the coming days Pai said will be to set the bar high for any new regulations. Proof of market failure should guide the next Commission’s consideration of new regulations,” he told the Free State Foundation. “And the FCC should only adopt a regulation if it determines that its benefits outweigh its costs.”

Pai has served as a Republican Commissioner since 2012, after being nominated by President Obama and received a unanimous confirmation. Pai was born in the U.S. to parents who immigrated from India in 1971. His mother is a native of Bangalore, while Pai’s father hails from Hyderabad.

Here’s Commissioner Pai on Diya TV’s ‘The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur’ discussing convergence, Title II & Competition

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Trump Speaks to Modi, Aims to Reduce Kashmir Tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister Modi by phone to get India’s perspective on Kashmir. Modi told Trump the anti-India rhetoric from Pakistani leaders was not conducive to peace. Later, President Trump in a tweet called Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “good friends,” of his and that he’s working “towards reducing tensions in Kashmir.”

Kabul, Afghanistan was the site of a horrific suicide bombing that took place at a wedding, killing 63 people. The bride and groom survived. Afghan officials blame the attack on the United States and their prolonged presence in the region.

A 35-year-old man from India on a hunger strike at a Texas ICE facility was force fed, according to his attorney, becoming the latest detainee seeking asylum in the U.S. fed in such a manner. The man stopped eating tko protest his confinement. ICE says they will do what it takes to “preserving the lives of those in its custody.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Protests staged to counter Indian Independence Day

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LONDON (Diya TV) — As the diaspora celebrated India’s 73th Independence Day, counter protests were staged as well. In London, things got violent as protesters carrying Khalistani and Kashmiri flags tried to make their presence felt amidst the pro-India crowd. Injuries have been reported, caused by hooligans throwing things into the gathering, forcing the cancellation of the cultural performance.

The scene was raucous in Houston as well, where supporters of Khalistan stood outside of the consulate. A few dozen protesters were on hand at the San Francisco consulate as well, but they were drowned out by pro-Indian chants.

Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna announced he has joined the Congressional Pakistan Caucus to promote peace in the region. The Indian American politician in his second term in the House is also a member of U.S.-India Caucus. In a statement, Khanna said he’s supported legislation condemning the terrorist bombing in Kashmir and wants to promote a stronger defense tie up between the U.S. and India, adding he wants to engage all the regional players, so the U.S. can withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

And the UN Security Council held a closed door meeting on Kashmir. Pakistan is lobbying for a formal session to present its case. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called the U.S. and other members of the council in advance of the meeting held at the insistence of China.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian Independence day celebrated amidst Kashmir controversy

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Indians around the world are marking the 72nd anniversary of India’s freedom from British rule with a series of ceremonies, the largest of which took place in New Delhi at a celebration featuring Indian Prime Minister Modi. Over the course of 90 minutes, Mr. Modi spoke about his government’s accomplishments during his term and the pressing matter that is of interest globally, Kashmir. Watch his full remarks in primetime tonight on Diya TV. Coverage begins at 6 pm.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services made their controversial public charge rule official. It will deny green cards to immigrants who have received federal aid and benefits, impacting one million immigrants annually who have received public aid. Aging parents are also likely to be disqualified.

And the Philadelphia community is in mourning over the loss of three members of the Khurana family, who died when their small aircraft crashed shortly after take-off on a flight heading for Columbus, Ohio. The victims, 60 year old Jasvir Khurana and his wife, 54 year old Divya, were respected physician-researchers teaching at Temple and Drexel respectively. Their 19 year old daughter, Kiran, graduated from high school last year. The Khuranas were on their way to visit their other daughter in California. The FAA and NTSB ruled the crash was an accident.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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