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Indiaspora convenes in Philadelphia ahead of Democratic National Convention, general election

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PHILADELPHIA (Diya TV) — Indiaspora, a group founded in 2012 by M.R. Rangaswami, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor is working to shape the future of U.S.-India relations, as well as improve the lives of the citizens of both nations.

Governor Ed Rendell with MR Rangaswami at Indiaspora 2016

Governor Ed Rendell with MR Rangaswami at Indiaspora 2016

Over the weekend, Indiaspora gathered a curated group of individuals from the fields of business, technology, medicine, music, media and the arts and held its third annual forum to discuss and dialogue. The summit featured panel discussions on various issues ranging from the contributions of the Indian American community within the US, insights from industry leaders as well personal journeys of the likes of former Miss America Nina Davuluri.

The brainchild of M.R Rangaswami, Indiaspora’s board member’s include Shekar Narasimhan, managing partner at Beekman Advisors who provides strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in real estate, mortgage finance, affordable housing and related sectors, according to the Indiaspora website. Additionally, he is the chairman Papillon Capital and a co-founder of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore.

Rajan Navani rounds out the board of Indiaspora. He currently serves as the managing director of the Jetline Group of Companies and is currently the national chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Mission on India@75.

Several roundtable discussions took place, aside from the keynote addresses that were delivered during the event. A gala reception held Saturday at the historic Union League of Philadelphia was keynoted by Governor Ed Rendell, the chair of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this July. Nina Davuluri, the winner of 2014’s Miss America contest, also attended the event and shared her personal journey of success.

The nationally covered highly contentious debate over proposed California textbook changes referencing India and Hinduism were also discussed during the three-day event.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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