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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.

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 (many). It’s like all right, he’s a bad one. We have a guy.”

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Exclusive: Sanders, Bloomberg camps on Indian American outreach

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — We have more from Las Vegas in the aftermath of the latest Democratic debate. We spoke with both the Sanders and the Bloomberg campaigns about what they plan to do to reach the Indian American community and have more analysis on whether any of the candidates moved the needle to win new support.

A number of prominent Indian Americans in government will accompany President Trump and the first lady to India next week. The delegation will visit Delhi, Agra, and Ahmedabad and likely include Rita Barnwal of the U.S. Department of Energy, Bimal Patel of the U.S. Treasury Department, Manisha Singh of the State Department, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Seema Verma of Health and Human Services and Kash Patel in the National Security Council.

There is tragic news to report out of India, where we’ve learned Ayurvedic Master Healer Dr. Pankaj Naram has died. Dr. Naram has been a mainstay on Diya TV in the daytime for many years, sharing his wisdom on how to use everyday ingredients to heal challenging ailments. Dr. Naram literally touched the lives of millions of people and we will effort to pay homage to this man whose impact will live on forever.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India becomes 5th largest economy, overtakes UK, France

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — India is now the world’s fifth largest economy, overtaking the UK and France in 2019, according to a report by American non-partisan think tank World Population Review. The report says India’s economic liberalization starting in the early 1990s was key to this growth. Though the report also indicates India’s real GDP growth is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

Billionaire entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on stage at the ninth Democratic Debate in Las Vegas, qualifying for the first time after polls indicate his star is rising amongst potential Democratic primary voters after spending more than $300 million in political advertising. Diya TV will be in Las Vegas with full coverage from what will certainly be an eventful night.

Lakshmi Sridaran, who has been the interim executive director for non-profit civil rights group, SAALT, South Asian Americans Leading Together, will take on that role moving forward. SAALT also announced Simran Noor will serve as their new Board Chair.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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150,000 people expected for ‘Namaste Trump’ in Gujarat

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — President Trump & the first lady will get a massive welcome on his visit to Gujarat next week, where 150,000 people are expected to attend ‘Namaste Trump.’ It’s expected to be an even grander event than ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, where 50,000 people greeted Prime Minister Modi. A delegation of business leaders from the U.S. are also headed to India for a series of events in New Delhi.

The 17th annual India Conference at Harvard brought more than 1000 people to the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard’s Business School including a long list of luminaries in business, politics and entertainment. And only on Diya TV, we have exclusive conversations with Indian unicorn CEOs Ankiti Bose of Zilingo and Ritesh Agarwal of OYO.

Roseville Police in California say a taxi driver, Rajbir Singh, saved an elderly passenger in his cab from giving a scammer $25,000. The 92 year old told Singh she was about to withdraw the money to settle a debt with the IRS. It sounded like a scam to Singh, who asked the woman to reconsider, even detouring to a police station to help convince her not to withdraw her money. Eventually, she decided not to proceed. Roseville Police say Singh should be honored with a “great citizen award.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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