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edX CEO Anant Agarwal honored with the prestigious Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize

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ASU students from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Miguel Cardona and Chase Young, work with Harold (Terry) McGraw III, former Chairman and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies, center, to design this year's McGraw Prize in Education. (Credit: Fervor Creative)

ASU students from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Miguel Cardona and Chase Young, work with Harold (Terry) McGraw III, former Chairman and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies, center, to design this year’s McGraw Prize in Education. (Credit: Fervor Creative)

PHOENIX, (Diya TV) — Anant Agarwal, the Indian American CEO of edX, was named among the three winners of this year’s Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education — the prize is awarded annually, and for the first time, was delivered through a joint-sponsorship between Arizona State University and McGraw Hill Education. Additionally, it was the first time the award solicited nominations from the public.

Honorees receive an award of $50,000, in addition to what has widely become considered one of America’s most prestigious educational awards since its inception in 1988.

“ASU is proud to be a part of this partnership that honors outstanding innovators in education,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “From increasing access to education to incorporating technology in the classroom, this year’s winners have tacked some of the biggest challenges facing educators around the globe. Each of them provides an example of success from which we all can learn.”

Phil Regier, university dean for educational initiatives and CEO of ASU EdPlus, shared why he though the merger between the university and McGraw Hill was the perfect fit.

“ASU is at the forefront of educational innovation, and we both believe in the power of technology to increase access to education and enhance the learning experience. It’s a great partnership.”

Specifically, Agarwal will receive the U.S. Higher Education Prize for his leadership work in the development of of the Massive Open Online Course movement. The course has streamlined affordable education for millions of children across the world. He was selected, along with two others — Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent of the Miami-Dade school district and Sakena Yacoobi, CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning — during a vote of the 19 panelists selected to distribute the awards.

Anant Agarwal, edX CEO

Anant Agarwal, edX CEO

“Anant, Alberto, and Sakena have changed the lives of millions of students,” president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education David Levin said. “Their accomplishments and innovation should be lauded and shared with others who are working to make a difference around the world.”

Aside from his work at edX, Agarwal also serves as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he additionally serves as the director of the school’s computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory. Agarwal is a graduate of IIT Madras and Stanford University, with degrees in electrical and electronics engineering and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science. He has founded a variety of companies, including Virtual Machine Works Inc., InCert Software, Determina Inc. and Tilera Corporation.

“These three winners are extraordinary educational leaders who will inspire the next generation of learners around the world,” said Harold (Terry) McGraw III, former chairman and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies. “We are proud to have them join the other illustrious recipients of the McGraw Prize in Education.”

“Anant, Alberto, and Sakena have changed the lives of millions of students,” said David Levin, president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education. “Their accomplishments and innovation should be lauded and shared with others who are working to make a difference around the world.”

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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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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Trump says tariffs by India are ‘No longer acceptable’

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a tweet, President Trump targeted India once again, saying “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable.”

Yet earlier this year, the Trump administration stripped India of a preferential status that exempted billions of dollars worth of products from U.S. levies.

One of the most unique characters ever to run for President has died. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot was 89. Many give his independent campaign in 1992 credit for helping Bill Clinton beat incumbent George H.W. Bush.

A day after Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell got out of the race, another billionaire businessman, Tom Steyer, jumped into the Presidential fray.

India’s OlaCabs recently launched its ride-sharing services in London. And now Ola Electric, their electric vehicle spinoff, just raised a $250 million Series B round at a $1 billion valuation. It plans to bring 10,000 vehicles to the road this year.

And the world will have to wait another day to find out who will play for the Cricket World Cup, after a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump meets Modi & Abe in Japan

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OSAKA, Japan (Diya TV) — President Donald Trump held a trilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. According to Ivanka Trump, the conversation encompassed 5G technology, working through details on trade and ongoing national security interests for each party.

From Japan, President Trump went to South Korea and entered the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea. He then walked into North Korea to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un, becoming the first sitting President to ever to enter North Korea.

Silicon Valley startup Fungible announced they’ve raised $200 million from a group of investors including Softbank, taking their total raise to $300 million. A leader in data-centric computing, Fungible is led by CEO Pradeep Sindhu, who previously founded Juniper Networks.

The NBA free agency signing period kicked off with a bombshell: Kevin Durant is leaving behind the team he won two championships with, The Golden State Warriors, for the upstart Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie Irving will join him there. The Warriors traded for the Nets player most impacted by those deals, D’Angelo Russell.

And England beat India by 31 runs in the Cricket World Cup, giving Team India its first loss of the Cup. India will face Bangladesh next.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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