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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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Upcoming filmmaker Divyansh Sharma aims to reinvent cinema

From Street Play performer in remote rural India to turning heads in Los Angeles Divyansh Sharma has come a long way in a short time and hes only getting started.

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — “Reinventing the cinematic standard” one story at a time might sound like a ambitious undertaking for some but for Divyansh Sharma it’s only the beginning.

Sharma’s roots stem from New Delhi where he discovered his fascination for storytelling. At 16, he began performing street plays in remote rural India, educating people on social issues such as equal rights, education for all, and child marriage. He finished High School and went on to take a scholarship offered by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where upon he graduated from their BFA Program which focused on acting and directing.

Studded from the AMDA degree in Acting for Film, Theatre and Telvision, Divyansh Sharma went on to shoot award-winning commercials from Apple and Google each amassing thousands to millions of views globally. Still feeling the urge to create more he decided he wanted to “re-invent the cinematic standard one film at a time” and began writing his own short film that would use techniques unseen in short-film storytelling such as Breaking fourth wall, plot jumps, interconnecting plot-lines.

The result was “Graffiti” which made a world premiere at the Chinese Theaters in March 2019 for the Golden State Film Festival. The story revolves around Michael Dawson, played by Divyansh Sharma, a grieving spoken word artist trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. The 30-minute short which Sharma wrote, directed, acted, and edited went on to amass more than 30 awards across the world at film festivals like New York Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Delhi International Film Festival and more.

Without skipping a beat, Sharma wrote, co-directed, starred and edited his next project “Cigarettes in December”. In this upcoming film Divyansh Sharma portrays Russ, a sexual assault survivor who attends court ordered support group therapy and enters a graduation isolation from the world. Sharma is currently in the final stages of Post Production and will be the first project to be completely done in-house by his own Production Company “Origins Productions”. Sharma is looking forward to a successful run in the festival circuit for Cigarettes in December as he begins to shift his gaze on Pre-Production for next his project he co-wrote called “a Dream in Frames” whose script has already gone to win a Screenwriting award at Los Angeles Film Festival.

From performing Street Plays in rural India to turning heads with his debut in Los Angeles Divyansh Sharma is on a path that continues to deliver. From starring in Award- winning commercials to creating his own Award- winning features his footprint is firm and felt and his message is clear: “Re-invent the cinematic standard one film at a time”.

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Redacted Mueller report, detailing Russian election meddling, released

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — A redacted version of the Mueller report is now public. The 448 page document is the result of a two year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Democrats say the report shows President Trump tried to obstruct justice. But Trump’s campaign in a statement says otherwise.

Read the redacted report here.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the Indian Air Force air strike in response to the Pulwama terror attack in February, reversing claims made by other officials after the strike.

Anita Malik announced she is running once again for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District seat. She fell short last year. But this time, she will face additional competition, as fellow Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (Ti-per-neh-knee) as also running for this seat.

And Hasan Minhaj won another Peabody, his second in a row, for his work on “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

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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