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Nine-year-old Anvitha Vijay from Australia is the youngest developer at Apple’s WWDC

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – Apps have become extremely popular as the majority of people in developed countries have a mobile phone. On their phone, they will have lots of apps – from games to business apps – so it’s a big market for those trying to profit from it. But it’s not an easy task to develop an app. In fact, most businesses hire app developers from UK so they are able to get a high-quality, functioning app to present to their clients. This is because they simply don’t have staff with the skill or knowledge to develop and create an app.

This just goes to show how hard Anvitha Vijay, a 9-year-old girl from Australia, had to work to develop even basic apps at such a young age. She impressed Apple executives so much with her tech skills that they invited her to be the youngest attendee at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

Vijay has already developed numerous basic apps for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and other products.

She first began dreaming of building her own app at age 7, and with the $130 she’d saved her entire life in her piggy bank, she realized she didn’t have enough money to hire the services of a developer for her app. She spent a year watching free tutorials on YouTube and other parts of the web, teaching herself the fundamentals of coding and programming.

“Coding was so challenging,” Vijay said, now two years older. “But I’m so glad I stuck with it.”

Vijay is attending the conference as part of Apple’s scholarship program, which distributes hundreds of free tickets to developers around the world who are creating apps for Apple devices. This year’s scholarship group saw the largest amount of recipients under the age of 18 yet, and a much more diverse crowd than in years past. Of the 350 selected, 120 are students under the age of 18. Submissions for the tickets increase by 215 percent this year, and the amount of applications from those focused on science, math and engineering more than doubled.

The amount of women who applied for the scholarship program this year tripled, and 22 percent of the winners this year are women, which is also a dramatic increase from the previous.

For Vijay, developing apps is about empowering children. The apps she built were inspired by her toddler sister, who was learning how to talk and identify animals. Her first project was an app titled Smartkins Animals App, which uses sounds and flashcards to help children learn the names and sounds of more than 100 animals. She then proceeded to develop a similar app that seeks to teach children about colors.

“Turning an idea for an app involves a lot of hard work,” Vijay explained. “There are so many components to building an app, including prototyping, design and wireframing, user interface design and then coding and testing.”

She’s already begun the development of her next app, which seeks to help kids her age get help with setting personal goals.

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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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India Conference at Harvard

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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