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US-India agree to boost military co-operation for disaster relief

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — The U.S. and India are partnering together to make it easier for the two countries’ militaries to coordinate during disasters and other emergencies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

During a joint news conference with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Carter said the two countries have “agreed in principle” on a logistics agreement, and that it could be finalized in the coming weeks. U.S. Defense officials said the agreement would facilitate better coordination between the armed forces of both countries, including in exercises, and also allow the U.S. to more easily sell fuel or provide spare parts to the Indians.

Additionally, Carter said the U.S. and India expect to reach a second agreement to improve the sharing of information of commercial shipping, in an effort to beef up security in the seas.

Carter said that while these types of agreements sound as if they should be automatic, it doesn’t always work that way.

And while this agreement was touted as an important stepping in amping up international relations, there still remains less progress on other programs the U.S. would like to partner with India on.

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Those would include cooperation on the development of jet engines and aircraft carrier technologies.

Carter on Monday said that India is seeking to move to a flat-deck design for its aircraft carriers, and said that the U.S. is “more than willing” to share the technology they have which allows jet fighters to launch off the ships. Called “catapult technology,” U.S. defense officials said that if India begins using it, opportunities for India to purchase U.S.-made FA-18 fighter jets or other crafts using the technology could present itself.

During a visit to China last June, Carter and Parrikar signed a separate defense agreement in an effort to broaden the traditionally rocky relationship between the two nations.

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Impact commits $10M to supporting Indian American candidates

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Indian American IMPACT, a political organization working to put Indian Americans in public office, announced a new $10 million commitment to support Indian American candidates nationwide. They also announced public interest lawyer Neil Makhija will be IMPACT’s new Executive Director. The number of Indian Americans in Congress has grown five-fold in just the past eight years.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr faced questioning by the House Judiciary Committee about the use of force against Black Lives Matter protesters in recent weeks and the Trump administration’s handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll show the clash between Congressmember Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Barr that’s making headlines.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged YouPlus, a Silicon Valley startup, and its CEO Shaukat Shamim with defrauding investors by making false and misleading statements about the company’s finances. The complaint states Shamim told investors YouPlus earned millions of dollars in annual revenue and had more than 100 customers, including Fortune 500 companies. But the scheme dissolved when Shamim is said to have told certain investors YouPlus had earned less than $500,000 and obtained only four paying customers since the company’s 2013 inception.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Feds arrest entrepreneur Mukund Mohan for PPP fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — U.S. attorneys arrested serial Indian American entrepreneur Mukund Mohan on charges of allegedly defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program with fake and altered documents and embezzling more than $5.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds through six shell companies. Mukund Mohan was a former Microsoft and Amazon executive and is currently the CTO of BuildDirect.

Shahid Buttar, who is running for Congress in San Francisco against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is being accused of sexual harassment by comedienne Elizabeth Croydon. Buttar said Croydon’s charges are false.

Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started building iPhone 11 units in a facility near Chennai in India. It’s the first time Apple has made one of its top-tier phones in India. India is the second-biggest smartphone market in the world, second only to China.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India & China slowly move towards disengagement

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India and China held virtual talks and agreed on a complete disengagement of troops along the line of control. But there remains sticking points in multiple areas along the border. India insists bilateral relations will not improve until “full peace and tranquility” are restored.

Police in Schenectady, New York are facing major scrutiny after footage was released of one of their officers applying a neck hold to 31 year old Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud. He was treated and released, but he continues to face two charges of running away and resisting arrest. He’s accused of slashing his neighbors tire, causing $200 of damage. His attorneys are fighting to get prosecutors to drop the charges.

The UK Parliamentary Group, which visited Pakistan Administered Kashmir, and heavily criticized the Indian government for their recent constitutional change applying to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, acknowledged they received nearly $18,000 from the Pakistan Government to make the trip.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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