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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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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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Elon Musk says Tesla plans to be in India by 2020

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, just helped his brother Anil out of a major jam, despite their past differences. Anil’s Reliance Communications owed $77 million to Ericsson and he faced jail for non-payment. But in a statement, the company announced the debt was addressed, implying older brother Mukesh had taken care of the bill.

India’s second-richest man, Azim Premji, is making news of own by giving billions to charity in what is thought to be largest donation ever seen in India.

The tech tycoon has now allocated a total of $21 billion to the Azim Premji Foundation.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted he wants to bring their electric cars to India this year or by 2020. He has blamed tough policies for delaying the carmaker’s entry into India in the past. India is the world’s fourth largest automobile market.

Adding to the pacts they’ve struck over the last three years, India and the United States are close to finalizing a new deal to deepen defense industry collaboration.

And representatives from six social media platforms met with Indian election officials, holding discussions on ways to tackle fake news and authenticate political ads in advance of elections there next month.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces 2020 Presidential run

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Days after two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in racially motivated shooting, New Zealand’s prime minister vowed to change gun laws within one week. 50 people died and 50 were wounded in the livestreamed attack by a 28-year-old Australian man, and self-proclaimed racist, who is being held on murder charges.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand officially announced her campaign for the White House, making the rounds in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, the other Democratic presidential hopefuls made their way around the nation to meet with voters.

Iowa played host to Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Amy Klobuchar

Bernie Sanders hit the trail in Nevada.

And Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard made the rounds in the Bay Area.

Instagram comedian Jess Hilarious caused a furor online after posting a set of racially-insensitive videos saying four Sikhs on her flight made her feel “threatened.”

Those Sikh passengers were removed from the aircraft for reasons that are still unknown.

And Vancouver businessman David Sidoo pleaded not guilty to felony fraud charges in a U.S. federal court for allegedly paying $200,000 to have someone help his sons pass the SAT, one of whom attended U.C. Berkeley. He was released on $1.5 million bond.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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