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Sujit Choudhry files racial bias lawsuit against UC Berkeley

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Sujit Choudhry has filed a lawsuit against UC Berkeley, alleging the university used him as a scapegoat to repair the system’s image.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — One week after his return to work sparked protest on the campus of UC Berkeley, law professor Sujit Choudhry —accused of sexually harassing his assistant — fired back in federal court against the university system with a racial bias lawsuit.

Filed Thursday, the lawsuit alleges the system and its president, Janet Napolitano, made the former law school dean a “pariah” to distract the public from UC’s botched handling of a string of sexual harassment cases.

“By targeting Professor Choudhry, who is of South Asian descent and a non-U.S. citizen, the University hopes to deflect attention from its failure to meaningfully punish Caucasian faculty and administrators who were found to have committed appalling sexual misconduct,” stated the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The suit also names outgoing UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and other campus leaders.

A UC Berkeley spokesperson told Diya TV Thursday the university had just become aware of the lawsuit. “At this point what can be said is that the university intends to mount a vigorous and successful defense,” said Dan Mogulof.

A campus investigation concluded that Choudhry had repeatedly subjected his executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, to hugs, kisses and caresses. However, Choudhry — who was given a one-time, 10 percent pay cut and agreed to write a letter of apology and undergo training — was initially allowed to retain his powerful position within the law school. He stepped down months later, in March, after Sorrell filed a lawsuit and the case became public.

Days after the story surfaced, Napolitano ordered a second round of disciplinary proceedings against Choudhry. In a strongly worded letter ordering the probe, the president directed Dirks to “immediately take steps to ensure that Sujit Choudhry does not return to campus for the remainder of the term.”

Choudhry returned to the law school this month, though he is not teaching.

He argues, in the suit, that the university used him to repair the system’s image — and that the university, which he said is now trying to fire him, violated his rights by reopening the case.

“In the spring of 2016, when the University’s inconsistent response to sexual harassment became the subject of national media attention, University President Janet Napolitano chose to use the case of Sujit Choudhry … as a means to try to improve the University’s image as well as her own,” the suit says.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — On the first day of the public Trump impeachment inquiry hearings over the President’s dealings in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, testified one of his aides heard from EU ambassador Gordon Sondland that the President was focused on triggering investigations into Joe Biden and his son. The aide, David Holmes, reportedly also overheard a conversation between Trump and Sondland, where they discussed ‘the investigations.’ Holmes will appear for a closed-door deposition with impeachment investigators Friday. Republican allies of Trump painted the testimony of Taylor and George Kent as hearsay.

More than 100 Indian CEOs, political leaders and even Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone will head Davos in January for the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to discuss making ‘cohesive and sustainable world.’ President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also expected to be there.

The Food and Drug Administration granted Shreis Scalene Sciences (Shreis), an American company, a ‘Breakthrough Device Designation’ for the CYTOTRON, a cancer treatment, developed in India, by scientist Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar in Bengaluru.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India, Pakistan trade quips at UNESCO

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PARIS (Diya TV)  — At UNESCO’s general conference in Paris, both Pakistan and India traded quips over Kashmir. Pakistan’s Minister of Education and newly elected President of UNESCO’s Education Commission Shafqat Mehmood efforted to convince UNESCO leadership to confront India over their recent constitutional change affecting Jammu and Kashmir, claiming 1.5 million Kashmiri students who have not been able to attend schools since August 5th. In response, India’s UNESCO delegate Ananya Agarwal countered that “Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter” of terrorism, calling Pakistan’s charges “fabricated falsehoods.”

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Notable executives from the worlds of private investing, industry and nonprofits came together to talk about impact investing at Akshaya Patra’s TAP Forum in the Bay Area. The goal is to take the diasporas success to build a foundation for the next generation.

The Indian women’s hockey team will get the chance to go for the gold in Tokyo, qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after beating team USA in a qualifying match.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House holds hearing on human right violations in Jammu & Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, examined the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among those on hand hearing testimony from experts offering widely different narratives. The commission plans to take these perspectives into account before offering recommendations for action by Congress.

In a line of questioning during the impeachment inquiry lauded by many political analysts, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi focused on the timeline of the Ukraine affair, confirming through witness testimony that once Congress began investigating quid pro quo by the Trump administration, security funds were released to Ukraine two days later.

American tech firms are increasingly sponsoring green cards, or permanent US residency, for their employees from India and elsewhere in an effort to hold on to their skilled talent at a time when work visa extensions have become unpredictable.

India will fund at least 250 defense startups over the next five years as it seeks new technologies for their armed forces. The plan is obtain at least 50 ‘tangible innovations’ by the startups for military use.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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