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Six Indian-Americans were selected for Crain's New York 40-under-40 2016 class.

Six Indian-Americans were selected for Crain’s New York 40-under-40 2016 class.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Six Indian-Americans have been named to the 2016 edition of Crain’s New York Business Magazine’s “40-under-40” class, a list dedicated to recognizing the city’s rising stars in the business community.

Nisha Agarwal, commissioner in the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Miki Agrawal, Thinx, CEO, CMO and co-founder; Sarita James, Embark chief executive; Payal Kadakia, ClassPass founder; Gurinder Sangha, founder of Intelligize and Lit IQ; and Kal Vepuri, founder and chairman of Brainchild were among those recognized in this year’s selections.

Agarwal, a daughter of Indian immigrants, has dedicated her life and career to ending the prejudices newcomers to the U.S. face on a daily basis. After graduating from law school at Harvard University, she worked in the U.S. Court of Appeals to establish the Immigrant Justice Corps. The nonprofit recruits lawyers to offer free legal representation to immigrants.

After serving as the director of the Health Justice Program for the New York Lawyers for Public Interest, Agarwal caught the political bug, and became part of an effort to successfully lobby the New York City Council to require pharmacies to provide translations in languages common to each neighborhood.

In 2012, with the help of her twin sister Miki and a friend, Antonia Dunbar, the trio founded Thinx Inc., which seeks to profit from making inopportune bodily functions convenient and comfortable while breaking taboos about discussing them. The company received funding from various sources, including a seven-figure investment from a garment manufacturer and $85,000 in crowdfunding. Thinx officially entered the marketplace last May with the introduction of period-proof panties for women.

In Feb. 2014, Sarita James, a Harvard University computer science graduate who also possesses an MBA from Oxford, combined the years of experience she garnered from tenures at Microsoft, McKinsey and a White House fellowship into a leadership role at Embark. Last December, she launched EmbarkWatch, which allows young scholars to input key metrics and receive and accept scholarship offers from universities. Last year, Embark processed more than 500,000 college applications, posting revenue of more than $3 million.

Kadakia’s company, ClassPass, offers its subscribers the option to go to any class without having to endure the cost of expensive annual memberships. The subscription prices vary from city to city. In three years, more than 8,000 studios have signed on to the site in 39 markets, including Australia and England.

Kadakia started her business with a $250,000 investment from friends and family, and in the last two years has raised $84 million in further investments from venture capital firms. She also performs with a contemporary Indian dance troupe she founded in 2008.

Gurinder Sangha quit his job in 2007 as a fourth-year associate at White & Case to work on making SEC filings more digitally searchable, a process which costs attorneys endless hours of page turning. On his own accord, Sangha hired programmers from Pakistan and raised $4.5 million in funding. Presently, 75 percent of the American Lawyer 100 firms use his Intelligize software, paying yearly subscriptions of $100,000 to $150,000.

Sangha’s latest venture is named Lit IQ, a legal tech startup which seeks to protect lawyers from themselves by scanning legal documents for ambiguous or conflicting language and suggesting alternatives.

Kal Vepuri graduated from Duke in 2003 with a triple-major in electrical engineering, computer science and economics. Vepuri sold enough cellular-spectrum purchases to begin his life as an angel investor.

Since 2014, his company Brainchild has launched three companies: The Arrivals — a direct-to-consumer outerwear line; Onomie, which combines skin care and makeup; and Hero, a smart medical appliance that turns the traditional pill-organizer into a connected device that can track medicine and order refills.

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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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