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What do Ajay Banga, Vivek Ranadive and Vishal Sikka have in common?

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for November’s presidential election, is miles ahead of Republican candidate Donald Trump in terms of donors when it comes to the country’s Indian-American technology leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives.

Vivek Ranadive; Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka; MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga; and Padmasree Warrior, CEO of U.S. for NextEV have all made donations to the Clinton campaign. None have pledged a single cent to Trump. The only other presidential candidate to receive a donation from an Indian-American executive was Sen. Marco Rubio, who received $2,700 from Bharat Desai, co-founder and chairman of Syntel, before dropping out of the race. Desai is a Florida resident.

In total, candidates, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and various other PACs have received $111,075 from Indian-American donors.

Here is a complete list of donors:

Ajay Banga: The MasterCard CEO, who was the recipient of the Padmi Shri in 2016 from the government of India, has donated $5,400 each to Senators Rob Portman and Chuck Schumer, and $2,700 to Clinton.

Bharat Desai: The Syntel Inc. founder’s sole campaign donation was to the presidential campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio, to whom he gave the maximum $2,700.

Rajiv Gupta: The Delphi executive donated $2,700 to the campaign of Barve and $5,000 to the Tyco International PAC. The former GM at Hewlett Packard sits on the board of Tyco.

Vinod Khosla: In addition to his $19,000 donation to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Sun Microsystems co-founder has given $5,400 to Rep. Ron Wyden and $2,700 to Rep. Jerry McNerney.

Thomas Kurian: The Oracle executive gave $5,000 to the congressional campaign of Ro Khanna — ostensibly $2,700 for the primary and $2,300 for the general election campaign. Among the top 25 highest paid men in 2010, Kurian was also the 5th highest-paid tech executive in the same year. Kurian is the President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation.

Shantanu Narayen: The Adobe CEO gave $1,500 to Democrat Zoe Lofgren. In 2011, US President Barack Obama appointed him as a member of his Management Advisory Board.

Indra Nooyi: The PepsiCo CEO gave eight donations of $192 to PepsiCo Inc’s PAC totaling $1,536. The only other campaign money she gave was a $1,500 donation to Kathleen Matthews, the wife of broadcaster Chris Matthews who ran against Barve in Maryland. Ranked among the top 100 most powerful women the world, Nooyi has a net worth of nearly $150 million.

Sundar Pichai: The Google CEO has given $5,400 each to Ro Khanna and Sen. Chuck Schumer and $2,700 John Thune. The billionaire was formerly the Product Chief at Google, however, Pichai later became the CEO.

Vivek Ranadive: The Sacramento Kings owner has given $2,700 to Clinton—the maximum he can donate during the primary. As the founder and former CEO of TIBCO, Ranadive has amassed a net worth of $700 million.

Kanwal Rekhi: The Inventus Capital founder has donated money to congressional candidates Raja Krishnamoorthi ($5,400), Kumar Barve ($2,700), Ro Khanna ($5,400), Ami Bera ($5,400), and Tulsi Gabbard. The Venture capitalist angel investor also spreads his welath around the community — he has donated a combined $8 million to Michigan Tech and IIT Bombay.

Kavitark Shriram: The Sherpalo Ventures founder has given $5,400 to Ro Khanna. Shriram was one of the first investors of Google and at one point owned 3.4 million shares of the company’s stock.

Romesh Wadhwani: The tech titan has given money to three congressional candidates: Bera ($2,700), Krishnamoorthi ($2,700) and Khanna ($5,400). Wadhwani is Executive Chairman of Symphony Teleca Corporation, MSC Software Inc., Symphony Health Solutions Inc. and Shopzilla Inc.

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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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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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