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Exclusive: Texas Congressional Candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni on bipartisanship during this contentious time

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — As part of “The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur,” House of Representative candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni sits down to talk about examples he has faced when dealing with republicans on the other side. Working with colleagues representing a different party in 2016 has given Kulkarni a positive outlook on how it can bring the United States of America back together again from a dangerous experience he faced in Iraq.

Q: Do you think that in this environment you can get along with the other side to put our country back together again?

A: Sure. When I was in Iraq for example, I actually had to sit down across the table from people who were literally paying money to try and kill me — shoot rockets at our base and plant bombs at the side of the road. I feel like if I can sit down at the table with someone who is trying to kill me, I can sit down at the table with a republican and try to work things out for people. I’ll give you a good example, after the 2016 election when things were so divisive in our country, I reached out to some republican colleagues and said, ‘Why don’t we start a group where we don’t debate things. We just sit down for meals and listen to each other once a week, and try to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes to understand their perspective rather than attacking — which is what we see everyday on TV. Out of that group, three of us have won our nominations for Congress. Two republicans and myself as a democrat. All of us have agreed that if we get to Congress next year we’ll start breaking bread in the Capitol, which I think is the model that other people should use.

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Global Holi celebrations underway

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Around the world, Holi is being celebrated and commemorated. We’ll have a look at some of the festivities and show you the time Jackie Kennedy played holi with Prime Minister Nehru.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services will start accepting new H1-B visa petitions for 2020 starting April 1.

After the US cut off India’s duty-free access to their marketplace under a preferred partnership, India is reengaging, offering trade concessions across IT goods, aviation and oil purchases. The U.S. would like India to hold off on raising tariffs on key imports.

Bank of America bought its biggest trouble asset in India, as foreign investors dig deeper into India’s pile of bad debt.

Mindy Kaling will be launching a semi-autobiographical comedy series on Netflix, inspired by her own childhood.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Hasan Minhaj takes on Indian Politics

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Disney officially closed its deal with Fox for $71.3 billion, giving Disney the keys to Twentieth Century Fox movie and TV studios, cable networks and major inroads into India through Star TV.

A new lawsuit claims Indian outsourcing firm HCL Technologies is exploiting the H-1B visa system, while discriminating against non-South Asian workers.

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, who is now a medical school professor, announced he will run as a Democratic challenger to Republican Representative Michael McCaul in 2020 for the 10th Congressional District seat that serves Austin, Texas.

Ken Juster, America’s Ambassador to India, commissioned the recreation of bright blue Indian-style murals at Roosevelt House, his official residence in India, saying he wanted to celebrate through art and architecture the deep bonds between the two nations.

And Comedian Hasan Minhaj chose not to listen to his elders and dedicated his latest episode of “Patriot Act” on Netflix to the Indian election. We wish him well.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on diversifying TV station ownership

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he’s aware the incentive auction nearly wiped out TV stations owned by women & minorities. How he’s addressing the issue, plus the on-going battle over net neutrality, robocalls & his evolution from staffer to Commissioner to Chair on an all-new The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur, Sunday at 9 am & 5pm exclusively on DiyaTV!

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