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State department reports 300% increase in EB-5 visa applications

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — There’s been a 300% increase in EB-5 immigrant visa applications in the U.S., up four-fold since 2017 according to the U.S. State Department.

The EB-5 offers a green card to immigrants in exchange for investing at least $500,000 in a government approved businesses that creates at least 10 U.S. jobs, though that investment amount is expected to increase, spurring more applications.

Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga was named the top ethnic minority executive in the world according to an annual ranking of ethnic minority role models in business by diversity and inclusion network INvolve.

The U.S. Air Force granted a first-of-its-kind religious accommodation to a Sikh airman Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa, who will be allowed to keep his traditional beard and long hair and wear a turban during active duty.

The Boston Bruins staved off elimination by winning Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final 5-1 over the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. The Bruins will now get to host their first Game 7 in the Final in their 95 year history. The Blues are looking to win their first title in franchise history. Diya TV will have full coverage for you Wednesday night.

And we’ll have a preview from Toronto from Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, where the Raptors are looking to claim their first-ever NBA title over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. Reports indicate that Kevin Durant will return to the lineup for the first time in the series. Plus Nav Bhatia, the Raptors Superfan, will join us.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana 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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Rep. Suozzi apologizes over Kashmir letter to Pompeo

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District, a diverse region with a large contingent of Pakistani and Indian Americans. After meeting with a group of Pakistani constituents upset about India’s change in approach towards Kashmir, he wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to prioritize Kashmir. 

Now he’s backtracked from those remarks, issuing a new statement to apologize after meeting with Indian American constituents, saying he should have “framed [his] concerns differently.”

A Pakistani-American audience member at BeautyCon got the attention she was seeking for Kashmir when she publicly accused Indian actress Priyanka Chopra during a question and answer session of “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan.” Ayesha Malik says she did not intend to challenge Chopra at the event, but wanted know why Priyanka tweeted ‘Jai Hind’ after tensions flared up in Kashmir when terrorists from Pakistan killed 40 Indian soldiers. Chopra, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, dismissed Malik’s accusation, but is being criticized for being hypocritical and the tone and manner of the denial.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi celebrations take place in Atlanta, Bay Area

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ATLANTA (Diya TV) — The Indian Consulate in Atlanta, along with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the many celebrations that will mark his 150th birth anniversary this year. 

In the Bay Area, a full day symposium on Gandhi was put together, highlighted by civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers along with Cesar Chavez.

Sonia Gandhi is back to lead the Congress Party as interim president, almost two years after she resigned. Her son Rahul resigned as party president recently after Prime Minister Modi was re-elected decisively. 

The federal budget deficit grew to $868 billion in the first 10 months of the new fiscal year. Not only is that a 27% increase from the same period one year ago, it’s the largest deficit since 2012. The annual deficit is expected to hit $1 trillion annually in 2022.

And while the debate over Kashmir rages on, Discovery in India premiered an Indian wilderness special featuring Prime Minister Modi. While the goal was to create awareness about animal conservation & environmental change, critics remark Modi’s environmental record is leaves much to be desired.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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