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Venture Capitalist apologizes for Tweet about India

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(DIYA TV) — First, Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Facebook board member Marc Andresssen tweeted this from his social media page, describing what he believed has created an “economically catastrophic” environment for the Indian people:

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Later, in an attempted apology for the lapse of words, Andreessen wrote: “I admire India and the Indian people enormously.”

Andreessen’s lashing tweet came after Indian authorities blocked Facebook’s free Internet service, and he later suggested the country would be in better shape if the British were still in charge. Andreessen first became famous after he co-founded Netscape, and American computer services company, best known for its web browser, Netscape Navigator.

“I apologize for any offense caused by my earlier tweet about Indian history and politics,” Andreessen tweeted Wednesday. “I admire India and the Indian people enormously.”

The controversy began after Facebook’s Free Basics program, which allows free Internet access to a limited number of websites, including the social-media giant’s own, was banned by India’s telecommunications regulator. The regulators opined Internet service providers are prohibited from charging different rates for using different parts of the Web. Members of the net neutrality lobby hailed the decision as a victory, as their principle beliefs state Internet websites should be equally accessible.

Andreessen, taking to his Twitter again, opined why he thought denying Web access was immoral.

“Denying world’s poorest free partial Internet connectivity when today they have none, for ideological reasons, strikes me as morally wrong.”

And: “Another in a long line of economically suicidal decisions made by the Indian government against its own citizens.”

The decision adds India to a laundry-list of other countries—Brazil, the Netherlands, and the United States—to pass laws which restrict telecom operators from charging different rates for Internet traffic based on content. Facebook’s Free Basics program is currently being offered in such countries as Kenya, Zambia, and about three dozen others, none of which however represent the same scale India would introduce to its market.

With 130 million Facebook users, 375 million people online, and an additional 800 million-plus who aren’t, India is the biggest growth market for the social network, which remains blocked in China.

To close his comments, Andreessen tweeted simply: “I now withdraw from all future discussions of Indian economics and politics, and leave them to people with more knowledge and experience.”

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal convicted of large scale H1B fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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