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A glass ceiling for Indian Americans in diplomatic service?

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US-President-Barack-ObamaWASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Serving in the U.S. government hasn’t been the main focus or goal of Indian-Americans since the country opened its doors to immigrants of the South Asian nation in the 60s, instead, they have spent the majority of their time striving for success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

During their time spent traveling down this road, some have found themselves in the rare position of government power and public administration — Vivek Murthy and Bobby Jindal worked in the public health field; Iqbal Siddiqui made a splash in agriculture; Karan Bhatia and Arun Kumar in commerce and Vivek Kundra and Aneesh Chopra in information technology. The majority have returned to the private sector after their brief government tenure.

The U.S. Foreign Service has been widely regarded as difficult to crack for years, specifically because of the strict security demands that follow the Foreign Service Officers’ Test, an exam required in order to qualify for diplomatic status in the 15,000-member pool.

Nearly a half century after the Immigration Act of 1965 saw a large number of Indians arrive stateside, second-generation Indian-Americans have begun their attempt to inhabit foreign service in large numbers. Several of them now are working in senior level posts of the U.S. diplomatic corps.

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Last week’s nomination of Geeta Pasi by the Obama administration as its envoy to Chad made for the third such instance an Indian-American became a U.S. ambassador. Previously, president Obama nominated Richard Verma as ambassador to New Delhi and Atul Keshap to Colombo.

Exact figures remain unavailable, but there are believed to be dozens of Class I foreign service specialists of Indian origin currently serving, several of which are in line to become ambassadors. Among them, Krishna Urs, who is the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Madrid, and Uzra Zeya, deputy chief of the U.S. mission in Paris.

Not everyone has been pleased with the uptick in adversity from the Obama administration. The growing presence of Indian-Americans has left multiple Pakistani diplomats with an unsettling feeling — the country’s ex-ambassador Hussain Haqqani questioned how an increased presence of Indian-Americans would effect policy decisions.

 

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India sets tougher regulations on explicit content

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India Sets Tougher Regulations On Explicit Content | Diya TV News

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’s Information Technology Ministry set new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites, demanding compliance with government takedown requests of unlawful, violent, and explicit content within 36 hours. Upon request, social media companies would have to disclose where the content is originating from. But Facebook-owned WhatsApp says they cannot comply without compromising user privacy.

Indian Prime Minister Modi took the first dose of a Indian-made coronavirus vaccine. So far, his nation has vaccinated 12 million frontline workers since January. But the goal is to inoculate 300 million Indians by August.

The Pentagon said a U.S. airstrike last week in eastern Syria killed one member of an Iranian-backed militia and wounded two others. The bombing was carried out in retaliation for a deadly rocket attack on a U.S.-led coalition base in northern Iraq as well as two other rocket attacks.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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19 yr old Fremont teen dies in car accident

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Atharva Chinchwadkar Found Dead In Solo Car Accident | Diya TV News

FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Atharva Chinchwadkar, a 19 year old Fremont man reported missing last week, was found dead in what appears to be a tragic solo car accident just a few miles from his home. He was last seen on February 21st by his parents when he left his home to get dog food and didn’t return.

Chinchwadkar was a student at UC Santa Cruz.

Indian businessman Nirav Modi will be extradited from Britain back to India after a London judge dismissed Modi’s argument he would not be treated fairly in India. He’ll face a host of charges when he returns including corruption, money laundering, fraud and embezzlement stemming from the $2 billion fraud case of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries made its first investment in a venture fund, pumping $100 million into early-stage VC Kalaari Capital, led by Vani Kola. The investment is through Jio Platforms and an additional $100 million is also expected to be deployed into a future fund.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India minister Jaishankar Addresses human rights at UN

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Human rights can’t be protected without addressing the threat of terrorism. That’s the message India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar delivered the UN’s Human Rights Council, emphasizing human rights cannot be protected without addressing terrorism, which he called as “one of the gravest threats to humankind.” Last month, India proposed an 8-point plan at the UN to tackle terrorism.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has been nominated by President Biden to be Surgeon General for the second time, made in excess of $2 million on COVID-19 related consultations and speeches according to financial disclosures. Carnival cruise lines, Airbnb and the NBA were among the dozens of organizations who retained Murthy for his expertise.

Two Indian Americans are suing Subway, the sandwich chain, claiming there is no tuna in their tuna meals. Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin claim Subway falsely promotes its tuna salad sandwiches as composed of wild tuna, when it actually has no tuna or any other fish in it.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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