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Tesla axes free charging, despite White House expansion program

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LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, June 7, 2014: CEO & Chief Product Architect Elon Musk plugs in a Supercharger to a right-hand drive Model S at the UK launch of Tesla Motors' Model S electric car at the Crystal.

LONDON, ENGLAND – Saturday, June 7, 2014: CEO & Chief Product Architect Elon Musk plugs in a Supercharger to a right-hand drive Model S at the UK launch of Tesla Motors’ Model S electric car at the Crystal.

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Diya TV) — Soon, free supercharging from Tesla will become a thing of the past. Sooner than you might realize.

The automaker said Monday it will begin phasing in new fees to use its fast-charging network. Cars ordered after Jan. 1 will receive a 400 kilowatt-hour credit — good for roughly 1,000 miles — every year. Additional charging will cost users, although Tesla did not set a price. Existing Tesla owners will not be affected, the company said.

“There will be a small fee to Supercharge, which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car,” the company said.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk first hinted at the idea of charging for the service back in May, saying then the company could not afford to give free electricity to drivers with its $35,000 Model 3 sedan. The vehicle is expected to roll out late next year. Since its inception, the company has installed more than 4,600 fast charging stations, these are capable of providing vehicles with a 30-minute charge to power them for 170 miles. The string of stations stretches across U.S. interstate highways and throughout Europe.

The free stations quickly became popular hangouts for Tesla owners, and a regular stop. Soon, long lines became the norm, car owners can be seen jockeying for position when using the stations. The company sent out letters last year to owners, reminding them the network was designed for long-distance travelers needing a quick fill-up to reach their destinations, not for daily top-offs.

Tesla said the revenue generated from charging for the service will be used to develop and expand its Supercharger Network. The new charges will affect customers receiving their vehicles after March 31. This includes all prospective Model 3 owners.

“I guess we knew it wouldn’t be free forever,” one Tesla fan wrote on the company’s website. “Especially with people abusing it for local charging.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the program the White House announced last week, a series of initiatives to speed up the construction of electric vehicle infrastructure. An initiative joined by automakers such as BMW, General Motors and Nissan, along with PG&E and Southern California Edison, and Bay Area tech firms ChargePoint, PlugShare and Greenlots.

The Department of Transportation is setting up 48 national electric charging stations on highways, covering 25,000 miles in 35 states. The corridors will develop a national program of signs and branding to stir public interest.

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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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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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