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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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India’s tariff upsets Washington state’s apple cart

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India's Tariff upsets Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Diya TV) — Washington State’s apple industry is upset after India hiked duties on their fruit, saying it’s hard to sell products to other markets when losing reliable and established markets like India.

The U.S. told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for countries that force foreign companies to store data locally, widening the two countries’ posturing over tariffs and trade.

The Indian government said they will not allow foreign companies to operate multiple brands in the same sector to preclude predatory pricing.

Facebook may not launch Libra in India, their new cryptocurrency offering because current regulations in India do not permit the use of the nation’s banking network for blockchain currency transactions.

And the South Asian Bar Association National Convention is underway in Atlanta. Diya TV is a proud sponsor of this annual event that brings legal scholars from around the country to network and embolden the community.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Indian IT companies curb H-1B premium processing

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MUMBAI (Diya TV) — Indian IT services companies are not racing to use a H1-B visa premium processing option as in years past due to a changing business model and higher rejection rates.

Google announced a $1 billion commitment to help alleviate Silicon Valley’s housing crisis, saying they will add about 20,000 homes. While the housing plan is welcomed, many critics are upset that Google is able to do this because they exploit tax loopholes to shelter billions of dollars in revenue.

PG&E, the California public utility blamed for igniting several wildfires caused by downed power lines that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes, agreed to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments.

Laxman Narasimhan will becoming CEO of consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser this fall.

He was Chief Commercial Officer at PepsiCo.

And India’s lunar lander will launch this July for the moon, and will launch its first mission to study the sun in 2020. ISRO is also planning to have a space station for India by 2030.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Deaths of Indian American family in Iowa ruled murder-suicide

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Diya TV) — Iowa police say the shooting deaths of an Indian American family in West Des Moines, Iowa was a murder-suicide. Police said autopsies determined 44-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara’s death was a suicide. And the deaths of his wife, 41-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, and their two boys, aged 15 and 10, were homicides.

Top diplomats from the U.S. and India are meeting later this month to continue trade negotiations.

India said this week they will increase tariffs on US exports effective immediately, impacting items like apples, almonds, lentils and several chemical products.

The tax has raised the ire of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who blamed the situation on President Trump. California almond exports to India are worth more than $650 million a year.

21-year-old Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, who authorities say was the head of a group of Indian college students who cheated more than 20 people out of nearly $1 million in a tech support telemarketing fraud scheme, received a five year sentence to prison in Rhode Island.

And we’ll introduce you to the pioneering broadcasters who called the NBA Finals in Punjabi for the very first time.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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