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India revokes Vijay Mallya’s passport

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_89422193_gettyimages-458744895SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Indian government has revoked the passport of business tycoon Vijay Mallya, who has been accused of taking solace in Britain to avoid the huge debts accrued from his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mallya, and Delhi officials have said they are considering seeking his deportation from the United Kingdom. Additionally, authorities have given Mallya one week to respond as to why he thinks his passport should not be impounded or revoked.

A businessman known regularly for his flamboyant nature, Mallya had vested interests in aviation, cricket and a Formula 1 racing car team at one point. However, his debts were triggered by the failure of Kingfisher Airlines in 2013. Mallya is believed to have $1.4 billion in unpaid debts because of the airline’s collapse.

Over the course of the past month, Mallya has taken to his Twitter account to deny allegations he’s hiding anywhere, and has also criticized what he believes to be a “media trial.”

Also last month, Mallya was blocked from receiving a $75 million severance payment from British drinks giant Diageo. He was due to receive the money after being ousted from the company in February, but a consortium of banks and creditors had demanded the money received should be used to settle the debts Mallya had with them.

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The consortium of 17 banks, led by the State Bank of India, reject Mallya’s proposal to pay $600 million by September to settle his loans. The group said his offer was inadequate and subject to far too many conditions. Following the rejection, the Supreme Court in New Delhi asked Mallya to fully disclose all of his assets.

 

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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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Federal Court rules Trump must turn over tax returns | Diya TV News

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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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Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal convicted of large scale H1B fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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