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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., 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)

MENLO PARK, Calif. (Diya TV) — This week Facebook hired U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal for its in-house legal department, a man who has overseen a large number of intellectual property cases from his Silicon Valley bench. The news came at the heels of the 13th annual South Asian Bar Association North America’s convention, the first ever since its inception that Judge Grewal did not attend. His peers on the bench, Judges and colleagues while wished him well for his future endeavors were saddened to learn that he would be leaving the bench.

Grewal will officially begin his tenure with the social media giant next month,  to serve as Deputy General Counsel. In this position, he’ll oversee global litigation at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park.

After graduating from MIT and University of Chicago Law School, Grewal spent time clerking for judges and practicing intellectual property law at a number of law firms. He was elevated to judgeship in 2010.

“Paul has presided over hundreds of cases as Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of California, and has earned a reputation as a thoughtful and knowledgeable jurist with deep expertise in areas that are critically important to our company and our industry,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, in a statement. “We look forward to having him on our team.”

He has been a figure in a multitude of cases, most recognized easily being the Apple v. Samsung patent disputes. Recently, Grewal cleared the way for Oracle and Google to return to the courtroom for a second trial in their long-running copyright battle over the Android operating system. “After an earlier run at settling this case failed, the court observed that some cases just need to be tried. This case apparently needs to be tried twice,” Judge Grewal wrote.

Grewal will likely have plenty of work to keep him busy, which could begin immediately. Facebook recently lost its bid to dismiss a privacy lawsuit brought over the company’s facial-recognition software.

Just last month, Judge Grewal was recognized by Santa Clara University School of Law for his contributions to the legal community.

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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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AMB. Shringla speaks to congress about Kashmir | Diya TV News

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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