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Diya TV Exclusive: Dhanurjay Patil awarded Highest Civilian Award by the Department of Defense

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Photo credit: Devika Anand Patil

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — America’s first-ever Chief Data Scientist, Dhanurjay ‘DJ’ Patil, was awarded the Highest Civilian Award by the Department of Defense.

After Salesforce bought his company RelateIQ in 2014, Patil was invited to work at the White House, serving in the aforementioned capacity.

During his White House tenure, Patil pushed policies to make data more broadly accessible and usable, both within the government and by private citizens. Specific projects he was focused on included the Precision Medicine Initiative, working with the NIH to advance personalized medicine, and the Police Data Initiative, which aims to improve policing and rebuild trust in local communities.

Patil, in an interview with Recode, said he hoped other Silicon Valley techies would follow in his footsteps after President Obama leaves office, regardless of who moves in.

“The agencies and career staff have wanted to do this for a long time,” he said. “They’ve been saying, ‘Where have you guys been? Why haven’t you unleashed us, to let us do this?’ Now that they have the runway and the mandate, they’re going to maximize that opportunity.”

“If we just say, ‘we tried’ and disengage, we lose,” Patil added. “This only works if we have a model where we are continuing to serve, not by providing advice only, but by literally taking a pause from here [Silicon Valley], stepping into the world and taking a tour of duty.”

Devika, his wife, painted a picture of the ceremony for Patil in a Facebook post:

“Secretary [Ash] Carter gave a heartwarming speech about all of DJ’s accomplishments and needless to say, we couldn’t be prouder of all the work DJ has done to serve the country. As DJ said when the President appointed him, that was the easy part. The tough part will be making an impact. Well, you made the impact, you served your country to the best of your ability and for that, we are all so proud.”

 

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Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — It was supposed to be debate night, a second battle between former Vice President Biden and President Trump. But after the President’s COViD-19 diagnosis, an in person battle wasn’t in the cards. The President did not want to do a virtual debate, so both men held separate town halls at the exact same time to try and win over voters with less than three weeks before the election and millions of people already casting their ballots early.

Many of the biggest Desi names in entertainment got together for a virtual ‘South Asian Block Party’ to support the Biden-Harris campaign. In just a couple hours, $250,000 was raised, with a number of the prominent figures sharing their personal stories on why they are supporting the Biden ticket.

Pakistan’s government has banned TikTok, citing complaints alleging the popular video app carried immoral and indecent content.

Simran Sethi, ABC TV’s Executive Vice President of Development and Content Strategy, is putting in place a new set of inclusion standards to ensure the television network accurately reflects society.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American professor missing near Mt. Rainier

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Sam Dubal, an Indian American anthropology professor at the University of Washington, has been missing for days, according to his sister, UC Hastings law professor Veena Dubal. Sam is said to have gone on an overnight hike and backpacking trip near Mount Rainier in Washington state. Park rangers have found his car, but there is still no sign of him. If you hear about his whereabouts, you are asked to call 360-569-6684.

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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee began a week of confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett praised the legacies of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham set the agenda and defended his decision to move Barrett’s nomination forward. Barrett could become the first justice placed on the court right before a Presidential election.

Actress Mindy Kaling took the occasion of being on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to announce she just gave birth to a baby boy named Spencer in September. It’s the second child for Kaling, who told Colbert her daughter Katherine reconnected her to Hinduism after her birth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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President Trump & First Lady contract COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The world’s attention is focused on the health of President Trump and the first lady after they disclosed they both have the coronavirus. The President is 74 years old and is considered in a high risk category. White House spokespeople say the President was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center for observation and will be there for a few days out of “an abundance of caution.” Sources close to the situation say the President is experiencing a low-grade fever and that he took an experimental drug cocktail to boost his immune system. The First Lady, Melania Trump, remains at the White House. Trump confidants Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway and Bill Stepien also contracted the virus.

Well wishes for the President are coming in from around the globe, with one of the first messages of support coming from Indian Prime Minister Modi.

There are tributes around the U.S. to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 151st birth anniversary. Political leaders sent their well wishes and there was a ceremony at the Indian Embassy in Washington to commemorate the occasion.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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