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Hindu American Foundation to host annual fundraiser this weekend in Silicon Valley

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Hindu American Foundation will hold its annual Northern California Gala Dinner on Sunday Sept. 18 at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Diya TV is serving as an official media sponsor of the event, which will feature speeches and tales to be told from the likes of comedian Rajiv Satyal and Sanjay Patel.

Satyal has already entertained countless sold-out shows across the country with his unique, hilarious and heart-warming stories. In addition, Hindu American community and interfaith leaders will highlight the importance of advocacy in the realm of policy, education, media, and human rights.

The Hindu American Foundation has seen many milestones in 2016, most notably successfully promoting accuracy and fairness in how Hinduism is portrayed in the education system of states such as California and Virginia. HAF further released a landmark report entitled “ Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias Against Hindu Students in American Schools, drawing a link between textbook inaccuracies and bullying in the classroom. HAF also launched Hinduism 101: Learning about Hinduism Inside and Out – the most interactive way to learn about Hinduism.

“HAF’s 2016 Northern California Gala Dinner will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the world of Hindu American advocacy and why it matters for all of us,” said Rajeev Singh, Co-coordinator of the HAF Northern California Chapter. “It will also be a celebration of the Hindu American community’s unprecedented victory in changing the California Frameworks and a call to action to fight Hinduphobia in the upcoming textbook adoption process.”

Sanjay Patel, writer and director of Pixar’s short film, Sanjay’s Super Team, will also attend the event, as well as Rev. D. Andrew Kille, Ph.D., who serves as the Chair of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur will emcee the event along with HAF Co-Founder and Executive Director Suhag Shukla. Diya TV is also a media sponsor for the event.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on diversifying TV station ownership

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he’s aware the incentive auction nearly wiped out TV stations owned by women & minorities. How he’s addressing the issue, plus the on-going battle over net neutrality, robocalls & his evolution from staffer to Commissioner to Chair on an all-new The Public Interest with Ravi Kapur, Sunday at 9 am & 5pm exclusively on DiyaTV!

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Elon Musk says Tesla plans to be in India by 2020

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, just helped his brother Anil out of a major jam, despite their past differences. Anil’s Reliance Communications owed $77 million to Ericsson and he faced jail for non-payment. But in a statement, the company announced the debt was addressed, implying older brother Mukesh had taken care of the bill.

India’s second-richest man, Azim Premji, is making news of own by giving billions to charity in what is thought to be largest donation ever seen in India.

The tech tycoon has now allocated a total of $21 billion to the Azim Premji Foundation.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted he wants to bring their electric cars to India this year or by 2020. He has blamed tough policies for delaying the carmaker’s entry into India in the past. India is the world’s fourth largest automobile market.

Adding to the pacts they’ve struck over the last three years, India and the United States are close to finalizing a new deal to deepen defense industry collaboration.

And representatives from six social media platforms met with Indian election officials, holding discussions on ways to tackle fake news and authenticate political ads in advance of elections there next month.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces 2020 Presidential run

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Days after two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in racially motivated shooting, New Zealand’s prime minister vowed to change gun laws within one week. 50 people died and 50 were wounded in the livestreamed attack by a 28-year-old Australian man, and self-proclaimed racist, who is being held on murder charges.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand officially announced her campaign for the White House, making the rounds in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, the other Democratic presidential hopefuls made their way around the nation to meet with voters.

Iowa played host to Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Amy Klobuchar

Bernie Sanders hit the trail in Nevada.

And Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard made the rounds in the Bay Area.

Instagram comedian Jess Hilarious caused a furor online after posting a set of racially-insensitive videos saying four Sikhs on her flight made her feel “threatened.”

Those Sikh passengers were removed from the aircraft for reasons that are still unknown.

And Vancouver businessman David Sidoo pleaded not guilty to felony fraud charges in a U.S. federal court for allegedly paying $200,000 to have someone help his sons pass the SAT, one of whom attended U.C. Berkeley. He was released on $1.5 million bond.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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