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Online-shopping-sites-indiaMUMBAI (Diya TV) — Indians voted online shopping as the top reason to access the Internet, spending an average of nearly Rs. 9,400 a month in online purchases, according to a recent survey. Social networking followed as the second-most accessed Internet feature in the South Asian nation.

The survey, conducted by American Express and Nielsen, and titled, “Understanding Online Consumers,” found that 98 percent of Indian respondents voted for online shopping as the No. 1 reason they access the Internet, followed closely by social networking at 96 percent and online banking at 95 percent.

The collected data estimates the average online monthly spending of Indians at Rs. 9,400. In metro areas, the average spending is Rs. 10,900, while in tier I cities, a much lower Rs. 8,000.

“This is going to increase across cities to an overall ticket size of Rs. 16,000. Consumers currently spend 60 percent of their home budget online which is dedicated to online shopping, making travel purchases and utility bill payments,” the survey said.

The survey was conducted across six Indian cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

“Shopping has always been the favorite pastime for Indians and now it has become the virtual pastime,” said Manoj Adlakha, CEO of American Express Banking Corp., India. The survey also found that youth prefer their cards over cash-on-delivery, because it’s quicker and safer to obtain a refund in the instance of returns. Overall, almost 70 percent of consumers prefer paying for purchases with their cards, the survey found.

Additionally, the data indicated a growing trend toward paying for utilities online.

“Tech-savvy youth in the age group 18-30, aptly targeted by online recharge and utility bill payment platforms, show higher adoption rates (81 percent) for online utility bill payments,” the report said.

“Delhi and Bengaluru lead the country with 81 percent respondents paying bills online, Jaipur and Ahmedabad close behind with 75 percent and 72 percent, respectively. Surprisingly, Mumbai bucked the trend with only 69 per cent respondents,” it added.

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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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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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