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U.S. stance on Iran affects Indian oil imports

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WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) — With the Trump administration declaring Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization, India is now dealing with the ramifications when it comes to buying Iranian oil since tough sanctions will be imposed on anyone dealing with the IRGC.

President Trump renominated Indian American prosecutor Diane Gujarati to be a federal judge with jurisdiction over parts of New York City and Long Island

Billionaires Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Bharti Mittal are competing for a large stake in Zee TV, who are looking to come out of major debt.

The face of Google India is step down after eight years. Rajan Anandan is leaving for Sequoia Capital to mentor Indian & Southeast Asian startups.

And Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is facing criticism for wearing a traditional Indian maang tika on Instagram. We’ll explain.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal talks about her son, while urging congress to vote for Equality Act

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In remarks supporting the #EqualityAct that would expand federal civil rights protections to the #LGBT community, Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal disclosed her 22 year old child was gender non-conforming. It was a statement she didn’t plan to make, but one she shared because she wanted her colleagues to “legislate with love and not fear.”

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat is on a four-day visit to the United States. He’s meeting with senior American military officials on an effort to increase military cooperation between the two nations.

India and the U.S. set up their first secure communication link between India’s naval headquarters and America’s Central and Pacific Naval Commands. The pact was formed last year and allows both nations to share real-time operational intelligence.

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (Ti-per-neh-knee), who as a Democrat ran a competitive race in Arizona’s 8th district in 2018, is running for Congress again. This time, it will be in Arizona’s 6th district against Republican Congressman David Schweikert, who is under an ethics investigation for campaign misspending.

And California Assemblymember Ash Kalra presented House Resolution 18 in official recognition of Vaisakhi by the Golden State. They also held the second annual Turban Day at the State Capitol.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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White Supremacist kills 49 at New Zealand mosque

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in what appears to be a coordinated racist attack. 49 people are dead and 49 others are seriously wounded. Three people are in custody for the carnage, including a 28-year-old Australian self-proclaimed racist man who livestreamed the bloodshed.

The Bangladesh cricket team was visiting one of the mosques at the time of the attack and escaped through a park.

The U.S. announced they will build six atomic power plants in India in another major step in bettering bilateral ties. India also received a special waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to sign cooperation agreements with a dozen nations.

In a one on one with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — we’ll preview our exclusive conversation with the man who’s become a household name for heading one of the most important oversight agencies in the U.S. government.

Bollywood star Aamir Khan is bringing ‘Forrest Gump’ to the Bollywood big screen, buying the rights to the classic from Paramount. Khan will star in the title role.

And YouTube sensation Lilly Singh will become the first South Asian ever to host a broadcast network late night show, as she will take over the 1:30 a.m. time slot on NBC. “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” debuts in September.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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14th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival kicks off tonight!

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The 14th annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival will be held by 3rd i Nov. 10-13, Cupertino will play sister-city to the hosting on Nov. 19. Diya TV is a Grand Sponsor of the event.

Screenings will take place at San Francisco’s New People and Castro Theaters Nov. 10-13, the festival’s South Bay addition unfolds a week later on November 19th, at the BlueLight Cinema in Cupertino. Fifteen screenings will take place of narrative and documentary features and shorts by independent filmmakers from South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora, including stories from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Canada, and the USA.

What once began as a three-day event back in 2003 now runs over five days in two separate editions. The audiences of the festival’s has grown, and diversified, over the years — not only does the festival receive a large amount of support from its desi audience, but it also has supporters from the diverse communities that make up the Bay Area tapestry. The festival’s focus this year on Diaspora seeks to present an expansive view on the immigrant experience.

 

Indie Narratives take brave risks and explore issues from madness to modernity, sex to social justice; 3rd i’s commitment to the celluloid celebration of Women’s Stories and Queer Voices continues as strong as ever; and Bay Area Filmmakers, shorts and documentaries are on the docket as always.

While all of the festival’s films are in the waiting, some of the screenings taking placed have been highly anticipated.

The World of Goopi and Bagha, one of the Castro Theater centerpiece films, will become the first animated film the festival has ever screened. The film, dedicated as part of the festival’s Focus on Women’s Stories series, is a remake of a Bengali children’s story. Shilpa Ranade, the filmmaker of the project, will attend the screening in person.

Khoya, which will screen at the Castro Theater on Nov. 12, is a drama by Sami Khan and is part of the festival’s Diaspora focus. The story tracks the journey of Rog, who travels back to India from Canada in search of his birthparents. Rupak Ginn, the lead actor in the film, and Khan will both attend the screening.

Ticket prices to the festival range between $10-$13, more information regarding purchase and festival details can be found here.

Diya TV is a sponsor to the event.

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