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South Asian Bar Association’s 24th annual gala sells out

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IMGL2134-X2SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Over 300 of the Bay Area’s best and brightest attorneys, judges, politicians and other guests sold out San Francisco’s Design Center for the South Asian Bar Association’s swanky gala.

This year’s was the 24th edition of the annual event, which honors deserved attorneys for their contributions in the community — this year, Nadia Aziz, Sasha Rao, Shaamini Babu and Sharan Dhanoa were the guests of honor.

Aziz, a senior attorney at the Fair Housing Law Project of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, received the association’s Public Interest Award, for her vigorous work to ensure that all people may freely choose a place to live, regardless of their race, color, religion, ancestry or sexual orientation. Her efforts were key in the defense of 400 Palo Alto mobile home residents who were facing eviction. Additionally, she has taken a stance against San Jose’s proposal of allowing property owners to evict tenants based on the involvement of criminal activity, and has opposed Santa Clara County’s reduction in Section 8 vouchers for some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.

Award recipients at the 2016 South Asian Bar Association's annual gala. Photo courtesy John Curley

Award recipients at the 2016 South Asian Bar Association’s annual gala. Photo courtesy John Curley

Rao, who serves as a partner at Maynard, Cooper & Gale, received the association’s Trailblazer Award in recognition of her decorations in the practice of intellectual property. Rao’s patent litigation has spanned across various arenas of district courts throughout the United States, and International Trade Commission investigations.

Babu, a shareholder and vice president at Saltzman & Johnson Law Corporation, was honored with this year’s Mentorship Award. She spent countless hours and dedicated her energy to the professional development of South Asian attorneys and South Asian law students throughout the Bay Area.

Dhanoa, coordinator for the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, received the Imapct Award. Her efforts have been key in combating all forms of human trafficking, and she has worked diligently to focus on prevention, while at the same time ramping up efforts to increase the prosecution of traffickers, and the protection of survivors. Over the course of two years, Dhanoa led the development of No Traffick Ahead, the largest multi-county workgroup focused on combatting the issue. With over 65 agencies spanning eight counties, No Traffick Ahead has developed into a nationally recognized organization for its level of collaboration and focus on collective impact.

At the ceremony’s conclusion, the crowd welcomed its new president, Anant Pradhan, and honored the outgoing president, Vid Prabhakaran.

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India may offer to cut import duties, for U.S. goods

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India has a road map in place to spend $130 billion over the next 5-7 years to modernize their armed forces and bolster their combat capabilities over their neighbors. The plan includes procurement of a slew of weapons, missiles, air defense systems, fighter jets, submarines and developing infrastructure for use of AI.

Meanwhile, India and Russia are increasing industrial cooperation and will create new technological and investment partnerships, especially in high-tech, with the goal to increase bilateral trade to $30 billion by 2025.

And to help Indian’s space agency ISRO establish a communication link with Vikram, the moon lander lying motionless on the lunar surface, NASA is sending hello messages. NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab beamed a radio frequency to Vikram to establish contact, but no luck so far.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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FBI: Amity CEO Ridhima Singh, others accused of major healthcare fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The FBI says, CEO Ridhima Singh of Amity Home Health Care is among the 28 people, that include doctors and nurses, accused in the scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area’s largest home health care provider, Amity Home Health Care, with involvement in a kickback scheme that led to $115 million in tainted claims. The complaint said medical professionals received $8 million worth of bribes disguised as payroll, phony medical directorships, reimbursements, entertainment or gifts, in what the Department of Justice said was simply “a cash for patients scheme.”

The man accused of stabbing and killing 62 year old Parmjit Singh in Tracy made his first court appearance. 21 year old Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads of Tracy pleaded not guilty of homicide during his arraignment. Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime.

And Priyanka Chopra & her husband Nick Jonas were named by People Magazine as their pick for ‘Best Dressed of the Year.’

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi blasts Boris Johnson for ‘racist remarks’

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LONDON (Diya TV) —  In London, the first-ever Sikh Member of Parliament, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, received a round of applause from his colleagues after demanding an apology from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for making “derogatory and racist remarks” on Muslim women wearing burqas. Johnson rebuffed the claim and did not respond to the statement directly.

Mountain View Police arrested 50 year old Reenu Saini and her four friends for allegedly staging a home invasion to evict tenants from her investment property. When that didn’t work, police say the group shut off the home’s power and tried to open the door.Saini is charged with attempted robbery, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy to commit a crime and unlawfully shutting off power to a home

Judge Raag Singhal was nominated to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. And Jones Day partner Shireen Matthews was nominated to serve as Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

And Silicon Valley AI analytics startup Thoughtspot, which is led by CEO Sudheesh Nair and founded by a group of Indian Americans, raised $248 million at a $1.95 billion valuation.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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