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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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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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