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Netflix releases Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Homecoming King’ special

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Members of the head table applaud as Hasan Minhaj, a correspondent with “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” finishes his performance at the annual dinner.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – If you missed Hasan Minhaj’s homecoming performance in Davis in January, don’t fret, you can now watch the special on Netflix. However, there might be users from countries that might not have access to certain TV shows, specials, or movies! For example, there are

certain shows which might be available to the viewers in Australia, and not to India. If that is the case with Hasan’s special, you might as well look at VPNs that work with Netflix Australia to get access to his outstanding performance.

The 31-year-old “Daily Show” correspondent who last month headlined the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, reached another milestone Tuesday when his comedy special “Homecoming King” debuted on streaming as a Netflix Original.

AV Club’s Dennis Perkins wrote of the special: “Homecoming King triumphs by transforming a seemingly intractable dilemma into thoroughly, hilariously human comedy.” The reviewer raved about Minhaj’s storytelling ability that is accentuated by director Christopher Storer’s slow-zoom closeups.

“Minhaj parcels out the big swerves and turns in his stories as patiently as did his parents about almost everything in their lives,” Perkins wrote.

Minhaj was a guest on The Bill Simmonds Podcast on Monday, where he spoke about the special. Simmonds regarded the special as “very innovative. I predict some awards buzz.” (The interview begins at the 42:00 mark below.)

Minhaj told Simmons that after performing his act off-Broadway in more than 40 cities, he had it “locked in” at the Mondavi Center.

“The rush of it was doing it in my hometown – bringing it back to the place where all the stories happened,” Minhaj said. “That was … that X-factor that made you feel that extra emotion in there.”

Minhaj also weighed in on the Sacramento Kings and their penchant for parting with talented players such as DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Hassan Whiteside: “It’s like seeing an ex-girlfriend go on to do great things.” Minhaj said he has mixed emotions over Vivek Ranadive as the team’s owner.

“Look, as an Indian American you get super proud, but then you find out he’s … insane,” Minhaj told Simmons. “Representation matters. If you’re a white owner, there’s so (man). It’s like all right, he’s a bad one. We have a guy.”

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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“Serial” subject Adnan Syed released, conviction vacated 

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A judge on Monday vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, years after the hit podcast “Serial” chronicled the case of this Muslim American and cast doubt on his role in the 1999 slaying of his former girlfriend. The judge said prosecutors made a compelling argument that Syed’s conviction was flawed and that he should immediately go free. The state now has 30 days to decide whether to seek a new trial or potentially stop the case.

Violence erupted in Leicester, England after Hindus took to the streets to protest violence against their community by Muslim extremists. Islamist counter protesters hurled glass bottles and a Saffron flag was also desecrated by the mob in front of the police. This comes after targeted attacks on Hindus following the Asia Cup India-Pakistan cricket match last month when armed Islamists attacked Hindus and their homes in the area. Hindus are now demanding action against the violence.

Thousands of world dignitaries paid their respects during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral including U.S. President Joe Biden, Indian President Droupadi Murmu, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Paramvir Singh killed in brazen gas station robbery 

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In Mississippi, surveillance footage at a gas station shows the horrific shooting that claimed the life of Indian American store clerk Paramvir Singh during a brazen daylight robbery. The video appears to show Singh cooperating inside the shop and telling the suspected robber Chris Copeland to take all the cash. Moments later, Copeland opens fire. Officers eventually arrested Copeland several hours later.

In a surprise statement during a regional summit in Uzbekistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly changed his posture with Russia directly to President Vladimir Putin over the ongoing battle in Ukraine. Modi said to Putin “today’s era is not an era of war. And I have spoken to you on the phone about this.” In response, Putin said to Modi “we will do our best to stop this as soon as possible.”
The summit is also being attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jingping.

Indian American political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal has been confirmed by the US Senate as the country’s next envoy to the Netherlands, adding to the growing list of Indian Americans in President Biden’s administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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