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The changes, challenges and upsides of doing business in India in 2016

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STANFORD, Calif. (Diya TV) — The collaboration of increasing India’s gross domestic product has been a major focal point of Prime Minister Modi’s administration — the country’s $2 trillion GDP is well behind China’s $10 trillion and the United States’ $18 trillion — and now, efforts are being amped up in the Bay Area to encourage and inspire more to get involved.

With the combined efforts of Sannam S4 Group and the U.S.-India Business Council and Stanford University, the 2016 Doing Business in India seminar went off without a hitch. Consul General of India, Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, delivered the event’s keynote address, and several other prominent executives such as Pavneet Singh of the U.S.-India Business Council and Ken Silverman, head of North American Sannam S4 & U.S. business centers were in attendance for a roundtable discussion.

All came together to deliver a simple message in solidarity: Shift American investors attention to India.

“There is a bright future for India,” said Ramita Arora, senior vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle International Desk. “The only thing is that we need to deliver.”

Ravindra Verma, managing director of TansAsia Infrastructure Group, agrees, and at the seminar, stressed the importance of getting Californians more involved, but keeping the focus on Silicon Valley.

“We need California, in particular, Silicon Valley, to come in and put money back into India and invest in everything from digital to technology to infrastructure,” he told Diya TV.

Adrian Mutton, the CEO and founder of Sannam S4, says the enhancement of infrastructure in India — both social and physical — will play a pivotal role in the country’s growth story.

“It’s why the Prime Minister [Modi] is traveling around the world and encouraging foreign governments and hedge funds and investors to invest public/private partnerships,” said Mutton. “It’s the only way India is going to realize the infrastructure investment it needs.”

Modi’s administration has revolutionized the way India does business both at home and abroad. Subtle, but important changes, have begun being noticed by businessmen and woman around the world, making the environment more attractive with less bureaucratic red tape.

An example of such is the temporary visa program India has implemented — thanks to the “visa on arrival” program, tourists who arrive from pre-approved countries are granted immediate 30-day visas without a prior application.

“Even in terms of registering a name, it used to take a couple of weeks,” said Ken Silverman. “Now I think you can get it done in a day, so we’ve seen a lot of the bureaucratic red tap cut down.”

For executives like Jodi Dell LaBlanc, vice president of sales for Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, that program has been a lifesaver. “To me, that’s one of the best things that has come to light since [Modi] arrived,” LaBlanc said. “Certainly in our world.”

There is much left to achieve, but events like these show that the door is open for collaboration and further growth in India, one of the world’s most vibrant and merging markets. Consul General Venkatesan said that India has benefitted from now being able to recognize and react to the competition.

“We now see that competition is when we will excel not only by getting the best of things from the outside, but also by enabling those Indian companies that are really good to compete and be among the worlds best.”

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Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — For the 17th year in a row, the graduate students at Harvard University will host an India Conference. It will take place during the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. Two days of exciting discussions through panels, mixers and networking will fill the halls of the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

The theme for this year’s conference is Foresight 20/20 – a look at what to expect from India in 2020 and beyond. As one of the largest student led conferences in the USA, the Harvard India conference attracts the biggest headliners from every field – from politics, business, entertainment & the arts. And this year is no different.

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India Conference at Harvard

With more than 100 speakers and 1000 attendees, the conference promises to have something for everyone. This year’s biggest draw from the entertainment genre is veteran Bollywood actor and self proclaimed ambassador to India, Anupam Kher. Kher has a long standing list of accolades within the film industry. In addition to his acting roles, he has been a producer, director and teacher at his own acting school. Most recently he played the role of Dr. Vijay Kapur on NBC’s primetime drama ‘New Amsterdam‘.

Some other notable speakers this year include founder of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, Indian Olympic athelete Dutee Chand, comedian and actor, Vir Das, partner at Softbanks’ Vision Fund Lydia Jett & politician and India’s ruling party (BJP)’s sherpa to the G20, Suresh Prabhu.

The harsh winter in Harvard doesn’t seem slow down or dull these brilliant minds in any way. The India Conference at Harvard continues to retain its standing as the conference of choice for deliberating issues ranging from technology, media, politics and eduction to creating solutions for India’s path towards global leadership. The event features brainstorming sessions and sincere discussions on the very real and large scale problems that are uniquely Indian.

Diya TV is a media sponsor to the event and will be on-site covering conference. To receive a 20% discount use code RDAY20 here and to know more about the conference or speakers, head to the IndiaConference.com

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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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