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Controversial entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal gets a new job at VC firm

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Gurbaksh Chahal, the Silicon Valley executive who pleaded guilty to assaulting a former girlfriend by kicking and punching her 117 times in 2013, has been appointed as an adviser at a U.S. venture capital firm. It’s a move domestic violence organizations have said sends a “disturbing message.”

The appointment, made by the Chicago-based fund NIN Ventures, comes less than six months after Chahal was sentence to serve one year in jail for violating the terms of his probation with the assault of a second woman just months after the first incident occurred. His sentence is currently suspended pending appeal.

In announcing his appointment, NIN Ventures’ CEO, Nin Desai, said: “We have great faith in Mr. Chahal and his contribution to the ad tech industry and believe his addition will strengthen our position in identifying key technologies in this space.”

Domestic violence organizations have since criticized the appointment, arguing that it showcases how wealthy and privileged businessmen can navigate their way around cases of serious misconduct.

“It sends a very disturbing message that this is OK. He is awaiting what could be a year’s jail sentence, but he’s out in the world and we are not sure he’s learned anything. We think he’s a public safety risk,” Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, told The Guardian. “We see it in politics, we see it in corporate America, we see it in sports and we see it in Silicon Valley,” she added.

Others see his appointment as a calculated attempt by NIN Ventures to attract investors to contribute to its fund.

“It looks as if they haven’t actually raised the funds and they are trying to get publicity right now to raise the capital,” Eileen Carey, founder and chief executive of Glassbreakers, said in the same interview with The Guardian. “It’s a Trump situation – a bait and switch.”

Carey added she doesn’t think the appointment vindicates Chahal. “I think the opposite. It’s a demonstration of how desperate he is for a job.”

Chahal, who founded multiple advertising technology companies including RadiumOne and Gravity4, has been at the center of controversy since he was arrested and charged with 47 felonies for an attack in August 2013. Police said that a 30-minute security camera video they had showed the entrepreneur hitting and kicking his then girlfriend 117 times and attempting to suffocate her inside his $7 million San Francisco penthouse.

Throughout the controversy, Chahal tried to play down his actions, including writing a blogpost after his first arrest in which he said:

“I recognize that my temper got the better of me, and I will regret that for the rest of my life. But there is a difference between temper and domestic violence, and the truth of what actually happened is nowhere close to what the police claimed nor anywhere near what the online chatter and pundits are now making it out to be.”

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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New Zealand wins Cricket

MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump says tariffs by India are ‘No longer acceptable’

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a tweet, President Trump targeted India once again, saying “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable.”

Yet earlier this year, the Trump administration stripped India of a preferential status that exempted billions of dollars worth of products from U.S. levies.

One of the most unique characters ever to run for President has died. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot was 89. Many give his independent campaign in 1992 credit for helping Bill Clinton beat incumbent George H.W. Bush.

A day after Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell got out of the race, another billionaire businessman, Tom Steyer, jumped into the Presidential fray.

India’s OlaCabs recently launched its ride-sharing services in London. And now Ola Electric, their electric vehicle spinoff, just raised a $250 million Series B round at a $1 billion valuation. It plans to bring 10,000 vehicles to the road this year.

And the world will have to wait another day to find out who will play for the Cricket World Cup, after a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump meets Modi & Abe in Japan

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OSAKA, Japan (Diya TV) — President Donald Trump held a trilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. According to Ivanka Trump, the conversation encompassed 5G technology, working through details on trade and ongoing national security interests for each party.

From Japan, President Trump went to South Korea and entered the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea. He then walked into North Korea to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un, becoming the first sitting President to ever to enter North Korea.

Silicon Valley startup Fungible announced they’ve raised $200 million from a group of investors including Softbank, taking their total raise to $300 million. A leader in data-centric computing, Fungible is led by CEO Pradeep Sindhu, who previously founded Juniper Networks.

The NBA free agency signing period kicked off with a bombshell: Kevin Durant is leaving behind the team he won two championships with, The Golden State Warriors, for the upstart Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie Irving will join him there. The Warriors traded for the Nets player most impacted by those deals, D’Angelo Russell.

And England beat India by 31 runs in the Cricket World Cup, giving Team India its first loss of the Cup. India will face Bangladesh next.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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