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Santa Clara Law recognizes Judge Grewal at 12th annual Diversity Gala

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — At a time when demographics within the U.S. are changing rapidly, those numbers are still hardly reflective within the legal community. For that primary reason, the Santa Clara University School of Law holds its annual diversity gala.

Law school dean Lisa Kloppenberg talked about how embracing diversity in the legal world is important to securing a meritocracy for not just the profession, but for the entire country.

“You’re not going to have a meritocracy in America unless it’s diverse,” she said. “Particularly here, in the Valley, where you have lawyers and judges who really shape the law for the world, it’s so important to have a mix.”

Additionally, the gala celebrates those in the legal community making their mark in social justice and human rights. This year, federal judge Paul Grewal was honored at the ceremony. Madhuri Nemali, co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, praised Grewal for his efforts as a mentor and a leader for all in the community.

Judge Paul Grewal in his office in the federal courthouse in downtown San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Grewal, a San Jose federal magistrate judge, rang in the New Year in an unusual way for anyone in the club of those who wear black robes: he went public with his own Twitter account, "@iampaulgrewal." While most state and federal judges still shy away from social media, Grewal took the bold step, joining a small group of judges around the country who have decided it's time to jump into the Twitterverse. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

Judge Paul Grewal in his office in the federal courthouse in downtown San Jose, Calif.

“Judge Grewal’s such an incredible mentor and figure in the community, the fact that he dedicates this amount of time to giving back shows what kind of person he is.”

Judge Grewal has garnered the reputation of being a trailblazer in the legal community, who possesses real-world expertise. He even maintains a public Twitter account, independently, where he engages with the public on a daily basis. The former intellectual property litigator turned judge spoke about what it meant to receive such an honor.

“To be recognized for whatever contributions I made to encouraging people from different communities and different parts of our society to get involved in the law, to think about law school and to think about assuming positions of leadership, it means a lot to me,” Grewal said.

Grewal has experienced first-hand what it’s like to be an outsider in the profession. He described how few South Asians worked as lawyers when he graduated law school two decades ago.

“I started out in the law 20 years ago, and there weren’t very many of us,” he said. “There were a handful of south Asian and Indian-Americans who were interested in the law, but there weren’t very many role models.”

Now it seems, the trends have turned. Most recently, Sri Srinivasan, a United States Circuit Court Judge, was considered to be on president Obama’s shortlist for Supreme Court nominees. Additionally, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is poised to become the first Indian-American ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Indiaspora releases 2021 government leaders list featuring over 200 members of Indian diaspora

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Nonprofit Indiaspora released their list recognizing more than 200 members of the Indian diaspora who are leaders in their countries’ governments. The leaders span the globe, with more than 60 holding Cabinet-level positions.

More than 32 million people of Indian origin live outside of India, the largest diaspora population in the world.

After entertaining pitches from a number of Indian states, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa declared Tesla will set up its Indian production in his state. An electric vehicle pioneer, analysts forecast India could generate 5% of Tesla’s revenue in the next 5 years.

The late Indian American scientist Narinder Singh Kapany, the father of fiber optics, received a posthumous Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest award. Singh died last year at the age of 94.

An Indian physicist’s revolutionary Black Hole research is turning 50 years old. C.V. Vishveshwara died in 2017, but his work lives on and continues to be honored. The Indian Association for General Relativity and Gravitation and The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences held an event in India to discuss the implications of Vishveshwara’s breakthrough. And now colleagues in his field around the world continue to be astounded at his research. Building off the work of Albert Einstein, Vishveshwara found that Black Holes had a structure, and if you banged on it, would vibrate like a bell. He first published this finding in the science journal “Nature.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Search continues for 12 yr old Arunay Pruthi lost at sea.

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV)  — It’s been a month since 12 year old Arunay Pruthi disappeared off the California coast. And while his family and their Fremont neighbors are devastated by his apparent loss, they continue to hold out hope they will find out what happened to the 7th grader. Pruthi was caught by dangerous surf at Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay and his father said he just drifted away. Despite hundreds of volunteers scouring the area, Pruthi hasn’t been seen since. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.

31 year old Ashwani Jain announced he’s running to become Maryland’s next governor. The Democrat recently ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery, Maryland City Council. He’s also a former Obama administration official.

Sean Desai made history, as he was named the Chicago Bears new defensive coordinator, making him the first Indian American ever to receive a coordinator job in the NFL. The 37 year old served as an assistant coach for several years before this promotion. Desai started his coaching career at Temple University, where he also received a doctorate in educational administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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UN: Avoid Pakistani airlines over fake pilot licence scandal

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SANTA CLARA (Diya TV) — The United Nations is telling its staff and partner agencies to avoid flying on all Pakistani airlines as the country continues to deal with a fake pilot license scandal. The warning means UN staff in Pakistan will be unable to fly internationally or domestically with these airlines, creating a travel nightmare.

The National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers is increasing its stake in soccer club Leeds United to 37 percent. And Indian American Paraag Marathe has been tapped to become Vice Chairman of the English Premier League team. Marathe will lead day to day operations and be more involved in the decision making process. The executive is still the 49ers Vice President of Football Operations, essentially the right hand man to owner Jed York.

As more foreign companies turn their backs on the United States, China and India are taking advantage. Direct investment in the US by overseas companies plummeted 49 percent last year according to a recent study. China’s grew by four percent to $163 billion. In India, foreign direct investment skyrocketed 13 percent last year to $57 billion. Policies allowing more foreign companies like Ikea and Uniqlo to open stores and increasing the country’s manufacturing base are some of the reasons for this growth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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