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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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Nikki Haley wont run, if Trump runs in 2024

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SOUTH CAROLINA (Diya TV) — Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she will not make a run for the White House in 2024. But that’s only if Donald Trump decides to enter the Presidential race. Haley continues to be mentioned as a potential candidate for the Oval Office, but the Indian American’s public comments are being interpreted as an early endorsement for former President if Trump chooses to run again.

And more positive news for India’s economy. The International Monetary Fund says it’s projecting a 12 and half percent growth rate for the South Asian nation in 2021. That’s even stronger than what’s expected for China and America’s economy this year.

India is going through a historic tech boom for unicorn start ups. These are the companies valued at more than a billion dollars. In a span of four days, the country saw 6 tech unicorns emerge onto the scene. Startups like Groww, Gutshup, API Holdings, Mohalla Tech, Meesho, and Cred all reached valuations of a billion dollars or more. And that’s attracting some of the world’s largest investors like Softbank and Tiger Global.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

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 North Arlington, NEW JERSEY (Diya TV) — Authorities in New Jersey are investigating a possible murder-suicide, saying Balaji Rudrawar stabbed his wife Aarti to death. Both were found dead in their home with multiple stab wounds. Their young daughter was found unharmed inside. The motive remains unclear. The man’s father told an India-based media outlet his daughter in law was 7 months pregnant.

In Indian waters, a US war ship sailed through India’s Exclusive Economic Zone without asking for permission, a violation of that country’s law. Both countries remain partners in the region. Sources with the Indian Navy say the move was more about sending a message to China.

As Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry wraps up his India trip,  he’s taking to social media and personally thanking some of the leaders of that region including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, saying all the countries involved are committed to address global warming and climate change. Kerry is raising awareness about this issue heading into a climate conference with world leaders later this month. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Muslim advocates sue Facebook over not removing anti-Muslim hate speech

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (Diya TV) — Frustrated with what it sees as a lack of progress, a group called Muslim advocates, along with law firm Gupta Wessler, is suing Facebook, claiming the social media giant does not consistently remove all hate speech, especially language that targets followers of Islam.  The group is calling out top executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, demanding the social network start taking anti-Muslim activity more seriously. A Facebook spokesperson says it regularly uses artificial intelligence to remove posts that violate its policies.

“Hugs are back.” That’s what US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is saying after seeing an increase in Covid-19 vaccinations all across the nation. Murthy says more and more Americans are becoming comfortable getting vaccinated. And by April 19th, all adults will be eligible for the vaccine. The Indian American doctor says this trend is encouraging, but also says there is still lots of work that needs to be done about battling disinformation.

And a big blow to Indian filmmakers.  The Federal government is cutting the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, which allowed filmmakers to appeal decisions made by the censors, which has the power and authority to ban certain movies for inappropriate content.  Instead, they will now have to go to lawyer up and go straight to court and fight if they disagree.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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