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CUPERTINO, Calif. (Diya TV) — Apple sees “huge market potential” to roll out its products in India, and CEO Tim Cook recently said the company is beginning to “really put energy” into the country, which this year will begin rolling out high-speed internet networks for the first time.

This is another huge one. India will be the most populous country in the world in 2022. India today has about 50 percent of their population at 25 years of age or younger. It’s a very young country. People really want smartphones there, really want smartphones,” Cook said during a recent interview with CNBC.

Cook said that while emerging markets like India are untapped giants, the LTE wireless penetration is currently “zero.” As the country begins to change that, the dynamics will shift dramatically, he added.

“And so that’s changing. Huge market potential,” Cook said.

Apple currently has “great innovation” in the pipeline of its products, like new iPhones that he thinks will attract those in the Indian market. The company has never had a great presence in the nation because of its lack of LTE coverage, he said. “What I see is that countries like India have no LTE, so there’s 0 percent penetration. They are selling smartphones, and we sell iPhones there. But arguably you can’t get the full value from it.”

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Meanwhile, Apple sales in China, its second-largest market after the U.S., dropped 11 percent last quarter. In India, where it’s almost impossible to obtain the smartphone due to the lack of an established retail chain, sales rose 56 percent from a year ago. “This is pretty big,” Cook said when addressing the growth of sales in India.

As a result, Apple is “now…really putting energy into India,” Cook said, as well as other markets across the globe, “where I think that people sitting here in this country look at it through just a lens of what’s happening in the United States. But there are a lot of people in the world who don’t have the pleasure of owning an iPhone yet.”

But again, the lack of an established retail network is the biggest blockade in the way of Apple’s progress in India. The company’s main challenge is first combatting that issue, where the market represents the same presence today that it was in China seven to 10 years ago, Cook said. While India represents the world’s third-largest smartphone market, it’s been dominated by what the chief referred to as “low-end phones,” because the network and economics in the country, creating a market with no potential.

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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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