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Ramesh Raskar awarded $500,000 MIT Prize

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Ramesh Raskar has been awarded the $500,000 Lemelson–MIT Prize.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Ramesh Raskar, an Indian-origin scientist, has been awarded the prestigious Lemelson–MIT prize worth $500,000 for his efforts to improve the lives of citizens worldwide.

Born in Nasik, India, Raskar is the founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences.

“Raskar is the winner of the 2016 USD 500,000 Lemelson–MIT Prize for his groundbreaking inventions, commitment to youth mentorship, and dedication to improving our world with practical yet innovative solutions,” a media release stated.

With nearly 80 patents to his name, in addition to the 120 reviewed publications to his name, Raskar is also the co-inventor of radical imaging solutions including Femto-photography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners; low-cost eye-care solutions for the developing world; and a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover.

Seeking to catalyze change on a massive scale by launching platforms that empower inventors to create solutions to improve lives globally, Raskar brings together the best and brightest of the academic and entrepreneurial worlds to achieve milestones in improving the lives and health of people in industrial and developing societies.

The Lemelson–MIT prize, awarded annually, honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “Raskar is a multi-faceted leader as an inventor, educator, change maker and exemplar connector. In addition to creating his own remarkable inventions, he is working to connect communities and inventors all over the world to create positive change,” said Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson–MIT Program.

Raskar said he plans to use a portion of the $500,000 to launch a new effort using peer-to-peer invention platforms to help young people in different countries to collaborate. “Everyone has the power to solve problems and through peer-to-peer co-invention and purposeful collaboration, we can solve problems that will impact billions of lives,” he said.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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