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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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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

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As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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