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Gurbaksh Chahal could be headed to jail on Friday

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Gurbaksh Chahal, the tech wunderkind who got fired from his CEO job could be heading to jail Friday.

Gurbaksh Chahal, the tech wunderkind who got fired from his CEO job could be heading to jail Friday.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Gurbaksh Chahal, the tech mogul who was fired as CEO from his own company for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, has managed to evade serving any jail time thus far. However, he will be sentenced Friday in a San Francisco court for violating his probation in a second assault, a year after the first one.

The former CEO pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor assault charges from the original 2013 assault. He paid a fine and was stripped of his chief executive title of RadiumOne, a marketing tech company. He was also placed on probation.

Then in 2014, Chahal was accused of assaulting another woman. Last month, San Francisco Supreme Court Judge Tracie Brown ruled that Chahal had violated his probation as a result of the second assault. Now, Chahal faces sentencing for misdemeanor charges related to the second assault, he could face up to a year in jail.

However, his fate could have been much worse — Chahal originally faced 47 felony assault charges stemming from the 2013 incident, a video showed him striking his then-girlfriend 117 times. The video was ruled inadmissible in court after a judge determined police had seized it illegally. As a result, his charges were downgraded to the aforementioned misdemeanors.

RadiumOne’s board only fired Chahal after the company faced public backlash for keeping him on.

In an open letter to the board in 2014, Chahal wrote that he was “deeply disappointed” as well as “shocked and saddened” with the company’s decision to fire him over the “exaggerated allegations against me.” He wrote that he was “practically lynched on social media.”

Aside from his assault matters, Chahal is also involved in a pending lawsuit at another marketing tech company, Gravity4, where he is accused of wrongful termination. Encarnita Alonso filed a lawsuit against Gravity4 last year, after the company hired her as senior vice president of global marketing and fired her just six weeks later.

Her lawsuit, filed in California state court, charges that Chahal and Gravity 4 violated her privacy by secretly monitoring her and that her termination was part of a “pattern … of humiliating and abusing women who dared to question him.”

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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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