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Rishi Jaitly, Twitter’s head executive in India, leaving company

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — On the heels of the news that Twitter are preparing to trim nine percent of its staff across the board with layoffs, the social media company is also losing the head of its business in India.

Rishi Jaitly, who heads up all matters in India and is a VP of its Asia Pacific/Middle East business, said today that he will leave the company at the end of November following four years of service.

Jaitly joined Twitter after a previous tenure at the Knight Foundation, however, he is best known in tech circles for a two-year stint with Google, where he ran public-private partnerships, public policy advocacy and government affairs in India and the South Asia region.

Jaitly is yet to reveal where he’s headed next, only adding that “a personal/civic calling” will see him relocate to Chicago. He added that he plans to “spend significant time in India/Asia.”

The popularity of such social media networks as Facebook, where India have more than 125 million daily active users, WhatsApp, who have another 75 million daily users, have shown that there is a market for the companies in India. However, Twitter has never come anywhere near reaching that sort of user base in the country. Despite India boasting the world’s second largest internet population — more than 400 million, behind only China — the microblogging service is thought to account for under 20 percent of the country’s social network users.

His exit comes at the exact same moment Twitter begins to downsize its operations in Asia.

Around 20 employees from its Bangalore office received their pink slips in September, while cost-cutting measures in October have seen a number of roles “transitioned” from Twitter’s Hong Kong office to its regional headquarters in Singapore. The Hong Kong office was opened 18 months ago to help Twitter reach advertisers in China that seek a global audience, but now Twitter’s China MD, Kathy Chen, will be its sole occupant. In another personnel shift in Asia Pacific, Twitter’s head of Australia, Karen Stocks, left her role at the company last month.

In addition to the scores of layoffs the company is preparing for, it also shut down operations of Vine, its short video service, last week.

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Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — For the 17th year in a row, the graduate students at Harvard University will host an India Conference. It will take place during the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. Two days of exciting discussions through panels, mixers and networking will fill the halls of the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

The theme for this year’s conference is Foresight 20/20 – a look at what to expect from India in 2020 and beyond. As one of the largest student led conferences in the USA, the Harvard India conference attracts the biggest headliners from every field – from politics, business, entertainment & the arts. And this year is no different.

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India Conference at Harvard

With more than 100 speakers and 1000 attendees, the conference promises to have something for everyone. This year’s biggest draw from the entertainment genre is veteran Bollywood actor and self proclaimed ambassador to India, Anupam Kher. Kher has a long standing list of accolades within the film industry. In addition to his acting roles, he has been a producer, director and teacher at his own acting school. Most recently he played the role of Dr. Vijay Kapur on NBC’s primetime drama ‘New Amsterdam‘.

Some other notable speakers this year include founder of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, Indian Olympic athelete Dutee Chand, comedian and actor, Vir Das, partner at Softbanks’ Vision Fund Lydia Jett & politician and India’s ruling party (BJP)’s sherpa to the G20, Suresh Prabhu.

The harsh winter in Harvard doesn’t seem slow down or dull these brilliant minds in any way. The India Conference at Harvard continues to retain its standing as the conference of choice for deliberating issues ranging from technology, media, politics and eduction to creating solutions for India’s path towards global leadership. The event features brainstorming sessions and sincere discussions on the very real and large scale problems that are uniquely Indian.

Diya TV is a media sponsor to the event and will be on-site covering conference. To receive a 20% discount use code RDAY20 here and to know more about the conference or speakers, head to the IndiaConference.com

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Federal Court rules Trump must turn over tax returns | Diya TV News

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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