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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expected to debut new net neutrality plans on Wednesday

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai will speak this week at a conservative event in the nation’s capital, where he’s expected to unveil his plans for undoing the net neutrality works of the Obama administration.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai will kick off the process to scrap the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules on Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

In Pai’s latest moves to relax regulations in the telecom industry, he will use an upcoming speech in the nation’s capital to repeat his opposition to the FCC’s existing approach, which subjects companies such as AT&T, Charter, Comcast and Verizon to old telephone utility rules to ensure they aren’t blocking or slowing web traffic.

Currently, Pai isn’t expected to articulate a replacement, according to the sources. Instead, he’s more likely to solicit the help and ideas of telecom giants, the sources said, as well as public-interest advocates on an alternative legal approach for net neutrality. That formal exchange of ideas could begin as early as May if he unveils what’s known as a notice of proposed rule-making in the coming days.

Pai has in recent weeks explored the option of whether the best system would see internet providers commit in writing to protect net neutrality. A stark contrast to the rules and regulations the Obama administration had set in place, and it could see another government agency — the Federal Trade Commission — keeping watch over the industry.

The Republican chairman will speak Wednesday at an event hosted by the conservative-leaning group FreedomWorks.

His expected unveiling follows a series a meetings Pai took with tech and telecom giants, including a private series of meetings in Silicon Valley last week. There, he met with executives from Apple, Facebook, Intel and Oracle to discuss a variety of matters, including the future of net neutrality.

Speaking to reporters last week, Pai declined to comment on the public reports about his plans.

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Indian national dies in ICE custody in Arizona

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — An Indian national died in Arizona near the California border while being held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the second person in a month to die at that location.

ICE officials said 21 year old Simratpal Singh was found unresponsive and not breathing while he awaited transfer to an ICE facility. ICE said earlier that day, Singh posted bond on charges of assault and sexual assault.

The Wadhwani Institute, led by Romesh and Sunil Wadhwani, won a $2M Google grant for an AI project which aims to help farmers control crop pests.

In Washington DC, Gita Gopinath, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla.

And Facebook co-founder and Mark Zuckerberg’s former roommate Chris Hughes, in an op-ed, called for the breakup of the social network.

Zoom Founder & CEO Eric Yuan, among other prominent tech scions, flocked to TiECON over the weekend. We have full coverage including our exclusive one on ones with some of the prominent leaders in Silicon Valley.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Blasts near major Sufi shrine in Lahore kills 10, wounds many

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LAHORE, Pakistan (Diya TV) — Pakistani police say a bomb targeting their forces guarding a Sufi shrine in Lahore killed at least ten people, with many more wounded. Among the dead are civilians, police officers and a security guard. Hundreds of people were nearby to mark Ramadan at the time of the explosion. The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.

After the New York Times released details how President Trump lost roughly $1 billion in the 1980s and 1990s, more than nearly any other American, Trump took to Twitter to defend his approach, saying his use of tax shelters was a “sport.”

As the world celebrates his 150th birth anniversary, New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney expects Mahatma Gandhi to be honored this year posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian award.

And global digital payment network Mastercard says they will invest $1 billion in India over the next 5 years, roughly one-third of which will be spent to set up a local payment processing center.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Colorado Muslim restaurateurs win $675K in discrimination suit

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DENVER (Diya TV) — A Colorado court ruled in favor of father and son restaurateurs Zuned & Rashad Khan to the tune of $675,000 after a landlord refused to sublease a restaurant space to them because they are Muslim.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Indian Minister of Commerce Suresh Prabhu met in New Delhi to talk trade and commerce. Bilateral ties between the nations grew more than 12% from 2017 to 2018.

In Sacramento, ten names of officers killed in the line of duty were added to the California Peace Officers’ memorial, including Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department.

And investing icon Warren Buffett said Gregory Able and Ajit Jain, who are both on the Berkshire Hathaway board of directors, would join him and business partner Charlie Munger on the stage to answer shareholder questions in the near future.

Jain is credited with being a driving force behind Berkshire Hathaway’s success in insurance.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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