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SABA North America kicks off 13th Annual convention in Houston

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Opening Night Reception, Photo courtesy of Bhavin Misra, User of Reality Photography

HOUSTON (Diya TV) — The South Asian Bar association kicked off its 13th Annual convention at the Hilton Americas in Houston.

The opening night reception Thursday evening began with an address from the host city Mayor Sylvester Turner and featured an opening keynote address from Judge Ravi Sandill, the first South Asian-American District Court Judge in the state.

Friday’s lunch featured an address from Nandita Berry, former Texas Secretary of State and the only rocloerson of South Asian descent to hold such an office in any state.

The event serves as a primary tool for the nation’s South Asian lawyers to collaborate and discuss their craft. This is showcased in a series of panel discussions ranging from sports law, labor & employment, banking and business development, intellectual property and white collar defense. Experts sitting on the various panels include: Umar Hussain, Manager of Global Distribution Strategy for Disney and the ESPN Media Networks; Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Attorney Advisor to Chair Jenny R. Yang of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Sandra Buja, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Neel Chatterjee with SABANA President Anne Gwal; Photo courtesy of Bhavin Misra, User of Reality Photography

Neel Chatterjee with SABANA President Anne Gwal; Photo courtesy of Bhavin Misra, User of Reality Photography

SABANA has a long history of recognizing exceptional efforts within the legal community. This year’s Spotlight awardees will include Monika Kalra Varma – ‘2016 Public Interest Achievement Award’ for her work on human rights and social justice issues; Priya Harjani. ‘Corporate Counsel Achievement Award’ as the deputy General Counsel for Northwestern University. During Thursday night’s opening ceremonies, Neel Chatterjee accepted an award on behalf or Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for the 2016 Law Firm Achievement Award. Chatterjee is a partner in Orrick’s Silicon Valley office and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading IP litigators. Friday he participated in a Mock Exam regarding Patent Damages with Judge Vince Chabbria on the bench for an informative and witty exchange involving a mock exam determining the damages in a patent case.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with SABA North American President Anne Gwal; Photo courtesy of Bhavin Misra, User of Reality Photography

The convention will continue through the weekend featuring panel discussions around Cybersecurity, Intellectual Property, Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation in the Civil Justice System, risks in the healthcare organizations as well a focus on Congressional & Internal investigations implicating high-profile issues ranging from national security and corruption to government misconduct and corporate malfeasance.

The Saturday night gala will feature a keynote address from Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American who works as a technology professional in Dallas. Bhuiyan is best remembered for being the victim of a vicious hate crime shortly after the September 11 attacks, when Mark Anthony Stroman attempted to shoot and kill him because he resembled an Arab. Bhuiyan was saved from brain damage, but lost sight in one of his eyes.

Since the attack, Bhuiyan has begun a campaign to appeal the execution of his attacker, telling MSNBC during an interview, “I’m trying to do my best not to allow the loss of another human life.

SABA 2017I’ll knock on every door possible.” He said, “In Islam it says that saving one human life is the same as saving the entire mankind. Since I forgave him, all those principles encouraged me to go even further, and stop his execution and save another human life.” Bhuiyan named the movement to save Mark Stroman World Without Hate and partnered with Amnesty International.  The convention official wraps up Sunday with the executive board meetings. Washington D.C. will play host for the convention next year in July 2017 at the Marriott Marquis.

Diya TV is an official media sponsor of this year’s event.

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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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India Conference at Harvard

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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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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