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American India Foundation raises $500K at Orange County Gala

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An image of guests at the AIF's second annual gala last year

An image of guests at the AIF’s second annual gala last year

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (Diya TV) — Bringing together more than 250 guests, including some of the region’s most influential philanthropists and entrepreneurs, C-level executives, entrepreneurs, luminaries, and community leaders, the American Indian Foundation hosted its third annual Orange County Gala to raise more than $500,000 in support of the foundation’s Maternal and Newborn Survivial Initiative.

The initiative is a public-private partnership working to reduce maternal and child mortality by providing care, resources and empowering local communities to care for their mothers and children, as well as improving the local health system. AIF Trustee and Gala Co-Chair Tinnie Grewal inaugurated the ceremonies, which were sponsored in part by Avasant Foundation, Gala Foundation, Paladin Healthcare Capital LLC, and Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth.

“The Orange County community exemplifies the spirit of thinking globally and acting locally,” said Grewal. “Thanks to the incredible support of our community, we are building waves across oceans in strengthening AIF’s resolve to uplift so many out of cycles of poverty, and helping them to live healthy, successful, productive lives.”

Additionally, Manu and Rika Shah, founders of MS International, the leading importer and distributor of natural stones in North America, were honored for their philanthropic leadership in the region. The couple reenforced their relationship with the AIF, advancing their charitable goals in 2013 with a focus on education and livelihoods.

Comedian Anish Shah

Comedian Anish Shah

“Access to education and job skills training are essential to paving the way for a brighter future for any individual,” said Mona Shah. “AIF’s Digital Equalizer program brings innovative technology and educational approaches to school children who do not otherwise have access to technology, while the Market Aligned Skills Training program provides young adults skills training to provide them with better career opportunities. These are important foundations to create better livelihoods.”

Award-winning New York comedian Anish Shah emceed the event, which featured a stunning live auction from Rick Werner of Charity Auctioneers — more than $200,000 was raised during the auction for the AIF’s MANSI program.

“MANSI’s power comes from empowering local women to be the agents of change in their own communities. The sahiyas are true bastions of inspiration. It is thanks to local leaders like Sumitra that so many have a successful start to life and the opportunity to live healthy lives,” AIF co-founder Lata Krishnan said.

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Indian CEO’s meet with President Trump in London

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Indian CEOs and Trump

LONDON (Diya TV) — A number of prominent Indian CEOs from the US and the UK met with President Trump during a breakfast roundtable on his visit to London. Members of the American cabinet were also in attendance, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, as well as the president’s daughter, Ivanka.

The Punjab government announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery school to the PhD level. They also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 schools and all 48 government colleges.

Rayna Gokli McIntyre will be a new District Court Judge in Colorado, becoming the second South Asian member to the bench in that state.

In New Jersey, Zahid Quraishi was named a U.S. Magistrate Judge, becoming the first Asian American federal judge in that state.

And Karamjit and Karawjit Singh took danger to new heights with this coconut and melon smashing display on America’s Got Talent, all while wearing a blindfold.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump ends $5.6B GSP trade preference for India

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump is ending $5.6 billion worth of trade concessions for India under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences program effective this week, saying India failed to assure the U.S. that it would provide ‘equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.

Bay Area Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo reintroduced a bill to save work authorization visas for H-4 holders whose spouses are on track to get a green card. Many of those eligible are Indian American women.

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education released new social studies standards, which for the first time include Sikhism. Nearly 700,000 students in Oklahoma public schools will now learn more about the Sikh community, in this effort spearheaded by the Sikh Coalition.

The Golden State Warriors played through two more injuries to rotation players to beat the Raptors in Toronto 109-104 to even the NBA Finals at a game a piece.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe are on-site and will have more courtside.

And we talk to the stars of Netflix’s newest romantic comedy ‘Always Be My Maybe,’ a feature that offers a story & characters Asian Americans will find relatable from some of the most talented names in Hollywood.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Campaigning stopped in West Bengal due to violence

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West Bengal violence

KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) — For the first time in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning to stop a day early in West Bengal because of violence between political factions in Kolkata.

SAALT released an overview of the growth in the South Asian demographic around America and it shows the community is increasing exponentially.

SAALT says the South Asian population in the U.S. grew a stunning 40% in seven years, from 3.5 million in 2010 to 5.4 million in 2017.

The first ever Sikh American mayor of a large city, Ravi Bhalla, was portrayed by a New Jersey-based website in a photoshopped image as an Arab dictator. Supporters of Bhalla, who is the mayor of Hoboken, are denouncing the image as racist and want the “Hudson Mile Square View” to take it down.

And the Indian government held an event at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the world’s largest film industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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