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Is Larry Page’s secret startup Zee.Aero trying to build Flying Cars?

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Diya TV) – Google co-founder Larry Page has added another startup to his arsenal, Zee.Aero hopes to develop and commercialize personal flying cars.

Page has reported taken on funding of the company, and has requested his involvement in the project be guarded with the highest level of security, according to a report from Bloomberg.

“Page has personally funded Zee.Aero since its launch in 2010 while demanding that his involvement stays hidden from the public, according to 10 people with intimate knowledge of the company,” the report said.

Zee.Aero currently has just 150 employees, and uses an airport hangar in Hollister for test runs of the prototype. The use of rolling ladders and mobile platforms may help in the development of these prototypes as they will allow for maintenance and work on the vehicles to be conducted more efficiently – click to read more about how such hardware can help in hangars and warehouse environments. Additionally, the company has been conducting research and running tests at the NASA Ames Research Center Campus in Mountain View. Page has invested more than $100 million in the startup, according to the Bloomberg report.

Page has also financed an additional flying car startup, named Kitty Hawk, which is developing a product to compete with Zee.Aero. Sebastian Thrun, who spearheaded Google’s self-driving car program and founded Google X, is part of the Kitty Hawk program. Around the globe there are currently about a dozen or so different companies trying to develop flying cars, the companies backed by Page are considered to be industry leaders.

“Over the past five years, there have been these tremendous advances in the under-lying technology. What appears in the next 5 to 10 years will be incredible,” Mark Moore, a former advanced aircraft designer at NASA told Bloomberg.

The development of flying cars is older than much of the technology we use now in our daily lives – in 1945, an engineer named Alexander Weygers had received a patent for a “discopter,” a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) machine. Fifty years ago, Paul Moller, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Davis, had tested a prototype aircraft that could be parked in a garage. In 2009, Moore, a researcher at NASA had published a paper on a concept plane named Puffin that used electric motors.

During the same year, a group of engineers including JoeBen Bevirt, Ilan Kroo, and Larry Page had held meetings in Silicon Valley to develop electric planes. Pake ultimately separated himself from the group to begin the development of Zee.Aero, with Bevirt founding a competing company named Joby Aviation at the same time.

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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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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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