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Indian Government to begin registration of Indian students heading abroad

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Ministry of External Affairs has asked the students to register themselves in this module.

Ministry of External Affairs has asked the students to register themselves in this module.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — For those youngsters abroad seeking to make the move west, the strategy is pretty well-know — a student visa. The price? Enrollment in the proper university and a cool $20,000.

However, multiple colleges in California have been caught recently abusing the system, and now, another school in the heart of Silicon Valley has been caught in the crosshairs. San Jose’s International Technological University, a recently accredited graduate school, has been exposed for its vacant hallways and deserted classrooms.

The school’s president Dr. Gregory O’Brien recently provided local news network KPIX with a tour of the university, and said it may have the appearance of looking empty because several of its students work in a full-time paid internship program. The majority of the school’s students only physically arrive on campus three weekends per semester, he said.

“So students can come here, enroll in this program, and then get credit for this curricular training working at a grocery store or the sanitation department?” he was asked by KPIX during the interview, which took place in 2015.

“If it’s not relevant, we don’t approve it,” he said in response.

In response, the Indian government recently began the process of establishing a program that will register every student that leaves the country to study abroad.

The Ministry of External Affairs has been charged with running the program, which will, amongst other things, compile data so that the government is able to advise students with information during hours of need and dire situations. The data entered into the program by students will be completely voluntary, according to Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay of the Ministry.

Mulay said the compiled information will help the ministry better serve and provide useful input to students about their pattern of migration globally, educational courses that they are registering in and related matters.

“In the subsequent weeks, the module will be expanded to include country specific advisories for Indian students; links to Facebook pages of Indian associations and Indian students associations; links carrying information on accredited educational institutions in various countries etc,” he said.

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Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — It was supposed to be debate night, a second battle between former Vice President Biden and President Trump. But after the President’s COViD-19 diagnosis, an in person battle wasn’t in the cards. The President did not want to do a virtual debate, so both men held separate town halls at the exact same time to try and win over voters with less than three weeks before the election and millions of people already casting their ballots early.

Many of the biggest Desi names in entertainment got together for a virtual ‘South Asian Block Party’ to support the Biden-Harris campaign. In just a couple hours, $250,000 was raised, with a number of the prominent figures sharing their personal stories on why they are supporting the Biden ticket.

Pakistan’s government has banned TikTok, citing complaints alleging the popular video app carried immoral and indecent content.

Simran Sethi, ABC TV’s Executive Vice President of Development and Content Strategy, is putting in place a new set of inclusion standards to ensure the television network accurately reflects society.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American professor missing near Mt. Rainier

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Sam Dubal, an Indian American anthropology professor at the University of Washington, has been missing for days, according to his sister, UC Hastings law professor Veena Dubal. Sam is said to have gone on an overnight hike and backpacking trip near Mount Rainier in Washington state. Park rangers have found his car, but there is still no sign of him. If you hear about his whereabouts, you are asked to call 360-569-6684.

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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee began a week of confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett praised the legacies of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham set the agenda and defended his decision to move Barrett’s nomination forward. Barrett could become the first justice placed on the court right before a Presidential election.

Actress Mindy Kaling took the occasion of being on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to announce she just gave birth to a baby boy named Spencer in September. It’s the second child for Kaling, who told Colbert her daughter Katherine reconnected her to Hinduism after her birth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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President Trump & First Lady contract COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The world’s attention is focused on the health of President Trump and the first lady after they disclosed they both have the coronavirus. The President is 74 years old and is considered in a high risk category. White House spokespeople say the President was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center for observation and will be there for a few days out of “an abundance of caution.” Sources close to the situation say the President is experiencing a low-grade fever and that he took an experimental drug cocktail to boost his immune system. The First Lady, Melania Trump, remains at the White House. Trump confidants Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway and Bill Stepien also contracted the virus.

Well wishes for the President are coming in from around the globe, with one of the first messages of support coming from Indian Prime Minister Modi.

There are tributes around the U.S. to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 151st birth anniversary. Political leaders sent their well wishes and there was a ceremony at the Indian Embassy in Washington to commemorate the occasion.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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