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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — An Indian district court has issued notice to Google, its chief executive Sundar Pichai and its India head for portraying Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the search query, “Top 10 Criminals.”

An example can be seen in the image below, displayed are the results from typing the search into the Google engine.

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The discussion topic was first raised in June 2015 when The Independent first discovered the search results — the tech giant subsequently apologized for the search results, saying it was due to “a British daily publishing an image of Modi with erroneous metadata.” A disclaimer still sits atop the search results, stating, “These results don’t reflect Google’s opinion or our beliefs; our algorithms automatically matched the query to web pages with these images.”

However, Additional District Judge Mahtab Ahmed this week issued the orders, which came to light after a petition filed by Sushil Mishra, a Modi loyalist, said the search results are a defamation of the Indian leader.

A hearing is scheduled to take place on Aug. 31.

Mishra has reportedly written to Google in the past to have the search results modified, but no response has ever been given, he said in his complaint. The advocate even went to the police, who also did not register the case, post which he moved an application before the CJM.

The other popular Indians who came up in the search result for ‘Top 10 Criminals’ back in 2015 when Modi’s face was first discovered on the query included Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt. Now, Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s face also appears in the query.

Google apologized for the 2015 incident by saying: “We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused.”

“These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google. Sometimes, the way images are described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries,” a spokesperson added at the time.

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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