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LONDON (Diya TV) — President Trump in remarks made in Britain blamed India & China, among others for world pollution, saying “China, India, Russia, many other nations, they have not very good air, not very good water in the sense of pollution and cleanliness.”

The U.S. State Department said America will have a broader security partnership with India, stating “India plays a vital role in the U.S. vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Nearly two years after taking to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit stage in India, Ivanka Trump closed out GES 2019 in the Netherlands with Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga to announce a new partnership promoting inclusion, opportunity, & economic empowerment for women.

As part of Pride Month, Indian American neuroscientist Jiwandeep Kohli decided to put together a rainbow turban, which instantly went viral once he shared the image online.

He even got a compliment from former President Obama, who said “You’ve got a lot to be proud of, Jiwandeep. Thanks for everything you do to make this country a little more equal. Turban looks great, by the way. Happy Pride Month, everybody!”

And the St. Louis Blues marched into Boston for the second time in the series and beat the favored Bruins 2-1 to lead the Stanley Cup Final 3 games to 2. They have a chance to win their first franchise championship on Sunday in St. Louis.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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PM Modi’s Houston reception sold out, 50,000 to attend

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — “Howdy, #Modi!”, the community event in Houston next month featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sold out, with more than 50,000 people registering for the program. This community summit will be at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team. The expected crowd will be the largest for a foreign leader in the United States other than for Pope Francis.

The Indian government has begun to ease restrictions in most areas of Kashmir, with barricades being lifted to allow more freedom of movement of people and traffic. Markets remained shut and phone and internet services are still suspended. Large security measures are also still in place. Students are being asked to return to school, but most classrooms are still mostly empty.

With a lot of narratives online about what’s going on in Kashmir, we asked Indian Counsel General in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda, to give context and sort out fact from fiction.

Fire Eye, an American-based cyber security firm says hackers broke into a leading India-based healthcare website, stealing nearly seven million records containing patient and doctor information. Fire Eye did not publicly name the website, but says the cyber criminals are mostly China-based and are selling the stolen data underground.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Feinstein urges Trump to resolve India trade tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a letter to the Trump administration, California Senator Dianne Feinstein, asked to resolve trade tensions with India as quickly as possible. Feinstein explained trade with India had grown dramatically since 2000, with India importing goods worth more $6 billion from California in 2018 alone.

Changes in America’s new H1B visa process could have an impact on the business of IT services, as Indian IT services companies are concerned the process of issuing visas will not be as transparent moving forward.

Tesla and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd (CATL) are interested in the Indian government’s plan to build large factories to make lithium-ion batteries. The global interest comes amid a push by the government to make India a global manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and their components.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a proposal to make ‘988’ a designated three-digit number for suicide prevention, much like 911 is for emergencies. The new ‘988’ hotline will connect callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

And we’ll take you to New York City, site of the largest Indian Independence Day in the U.S. and Silicon Valley, where the Indian flag was raised at San Jose City Hall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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