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India Election 2019: Modi seeks Re-Election

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   India’s next general election gets started in earnest in seven phases from April 11th through May 19th. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election, as are scores of other officials.

In a significant change, for the first time non-resident Indians, including those in the US, can votes by mail or online by going to the Election Commission of India’s website.

More information can be found here:

https://mea.gov.in/Images/pdf/nri-brochure-english-at-18012019.pdf

http://ecisveep.nic.in/voters/overseas-voters/

Priyanka Gandhi, younger sister to Prime Minister Modi’s opposition in the upcoming election, Rahul Gandhi, made her first ever public speech, taking on the prime minister in his home state, while not mentioning him directly.

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale continued his visit in Washington, meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale. In a statement, both sides called on Pakistan to address cross-border terrorism. And Hale was invited to visit New Delhi to continue talks.

Despite a major protest effort by scores of South Asian women, the Senate voted along party lines, 53-46, to advance judicial nominee Neomi Rao towards a lifetime seat on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, the second most powerful court in the country. The final confirmation vote is tomorrow.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Reps. Jayapal, Omar concerned over Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  Democratic Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Ilhan Omar are both expressing concern over reports from Kashmir saying the Indian government has arrested 2,000 people. 

Jayapal in a tweet said “using fear & hyper-patriotism to suppress dissent is as detrimental in India as it is America.”

Omar called “for an immediate restoration of communication; and de-escalation in Kashmir.”

So far, there is no clarity from the Indian government what charges arrests have been made under or for how long those arrested face detention.

A request by Pakistan’s minister for human rights asking that Priyanka Chopra be stripped of her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace was rejected. The United Nations defended Chopra, saying she retains the ability to speak in their own personal capacity, but that those views do not necessarily reflect the UN.

And two Indian athletes are competing in the first round of the U.S. Open. 

And Sumit Nagal, who became the youngest Indian man to qualify for a major since Leander Paes, took one set from the legendary Roger Federer before losing in his first round match 3 sets to one. Prajnesh Gunneswaran also fell short against fifth seed Daniil Medvedev.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump Speaks to Modi, Aims to Reduce Kashmir Tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister Modi by phone to get India’s perspective on Kashmir. Modi told Trump the anti-India rhetoric from Pakistani leaders was not conducive to peace. Later, President Trump in a tweet called Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “good friends,” of his and that he’s working “towards reducing tensions in Kashmir.”

Kabul, Afghanistan was the site of a horrific suicide bombing that took place at a wedding, killing 63 people. The bride and groom survived. Afghan officials blame the attack on the United States and their prolonged presence in the region.

A 35-year-old man from India on a hunger strike at a Texas ICE facility was force fed, according to his attorney, becoming the latest detainee seeking asylum in the U.S. fed in such a manner. The man stopped eating tko protest his confinement. ICE says they will do what it takes to “preserving the lives of those in its custody.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fremont PD and FOG confirm Independence Day Parade cancelled over security, permitting

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Fremont Police Department and FOG organizers confirm the annual Indian Independence Day parade, scheduled for this Sunday, is cancelled due to permitting and security concerns. FOG will still take place this weekend, minus the parade. Here’s our initial report on FOG security from earlier this week.

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