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President Obama addresses the crowd at last year's cybersecurity conference at Stanford University.

President Obama addresses the crowd at last year’s cybersecurity conference at Stanford University.

STANFORD, Calif. (Diya TV) — President Barack Obama, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai took centerstage Friday to deliver a singular message: Entrepreneurship is hard, but essential in an increasingly globalized world.

“The world has shrunk. It is interconnected. It promises to bring extraordinary benefit, but it has challenges and can sometimes evoke fears,” Obama said at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. “Entrepreneurship remains the engine of growth.”

The occasion marked Obama’s second visit to the university this year — he was in attendance for last year’s cybersecurity conference — and his first comments in the aftermath of voters elected to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union. Speaking on the subject, Obama said he was “confident” the U.K. was in a orderly transition from its 43-year membership in the union.

Obama said he’d already had the chance to speak with Prime Minister David Cameron, who Friday announced his plans to resign after the vote. Though the U.K.’s relationship with the union is set to change, Obama said, “our relationship with the U.K. will endure.”

His comments were a rare venture off the set path of the agenda, Obama touched briefly on the importance of diversity, and the continued importance for tech companies to provide annual progress reports on their employees.

During their roundtable discussion, Zuckerberg said his single-largest obstacle has been connecting the world to the internet. Feeding entrepreneurship is heavily continent on making the internet readily available to the 4 billion people on earth without access.

“Personally, the biggest thing I’m concentrating on is connectivity,” Zuckerberg said. “For most folks, this is a blocking factor. Without access to Internet, it is hard to imagine what you are missing out on.”

Technology consistently proves to be a mitigating factor in the U.S. economy, and with its continued growth, greater attention is being paid by government regulators and policymakers. “The Internet is arguably the greatest economic engine of all time,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said.

AOL co-founder Steve Case evolved the analogy further, saying, “Silicon Valley rose from orchards more than 40 years ago to the epicenter of innovation today.”

Obama’s trip ironically coincided with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s war of words with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. The progressive tech leaders have distanced themselves from the candidate because of Trump’s publicly voiced stances against immigration and his comments about minority groups.



Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February



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

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir



AMB. Shringla speaks to congress about Kashmir | Diya TV News

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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