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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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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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Trump says tariffs by India are ‘No longer acceptable’

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a tweet, President Trump targeted India once again, saying “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable.”

Yet earlier this year, the Trump administration stripped India of a preferential status that exempted billions of dollars worth of products from U.S. levies.

One of the most unique characters ever to run for President has died. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot was 89. Many give his independent campaign in 1992 credit for helping Bill Clinton beat incumbent George H.W. Bush.

A day after Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell got out of the race, another billionaire businessman, Tom Steyer, jumped into the Presidential fray.

India’s OlaCabs recently launched its ride-sharing services in London. And now Ola Electric, their electric vehicle spinoff, just raised a $250 million Series B round at a $1 billion valuation. It plans to bring 10,000 vehicles to the road this year.

And the world will have to wait another day to find out who will play for the Cricket World Cup, after a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump meets Modi & Abe in Japan

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OSAKA, Japan (Diya TV) — President Donald Trump held a trilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. According to Ivanka Trump, the conversation encompassed 5G technology, working through details on trade and ongoing national security interests for each party.

From Japan, President Trump went to South Korea and entered the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea. He then walked into North Korea to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un, becoming the first sitting President to ever to enter North Korea.

Silicon Valley startup Fungible announced they’ve raised $200 million from a group of investors including Softbank, taking their total raise to $300 million. A leader in data-centric computing, Fungible is led by CEO Pradeep Sindhu, who previously founded Juniper Networks.

The NBA free agency signing period kicked off with a bombshell: Kevin Durant is leaving behind the team he won two championships with, The Golden State Warriors, for the upstart Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie Irving will join him there. The Warriors traded for the Nets player most impacted by those deals, D’Angelo Russell.

And England beat India by 31 runs in the Cricket World Cup, giving Team India its first loss of the Cup. India will face Bangladesh next.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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