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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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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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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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