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Indian-American Elected Officials to be honored at Indiaspora Leadership Conference

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House Speaker John Boehner swears in members as the 114th Congress gets underway Jan. 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The year’s Indiaspora Leadership Conference will celebrate the election of the “Fab Five” Indian Americans who are preparing to be sworn into the 115th Congress of the United States, as well as one in the Senate.

At the event, Representative-elect Ro Khanna, Rep. Ami Bera, Representative-elect Pramila Jayapal, Representative-elect Raja Krishnamoorthi and Senator-elect Kamala Harris will be honored for their selections by the voters.

Indiaspora also plans to invite members of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, according to a press release, as well as congressional members from both parties. “The Indian-American community has come of age as it is an active participant in American civic life, and our Leadership Conference and Gala will personify our move from success to significance,” said Shekar Narasimhan, a board member of the organization.

The day portion of the event will be used to showcase keynote speakers and panel discussions regarding the importance of of the relationship between the Indian-American community and the rest of the country. The evening’s happenings will include Michelin Star Indian food, premium ticket holders for the event will be provided the opportunity to spend a portion of their evening rubbing shoulders with a multitude of senior political officials.

The event takes place on Jan. 3 and is being held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. For more information on ticket purchase, or the event itself, click here.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — On the first day of the public Trump impeachment inquiry hearings over the President’s dealings in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, testified one of his aides heard from EU ambassador Gordon Sondland that the President was focused on triggering investigations into Joe Biden and his son. The aide, David Holmes, reportedly also overheard a conversation between Trump and Sondland, where they discussed ‘the investigations.’ Holmes will appear for a closed-door deposition with impeachment investigators Friday. Republican allies of Trump painted the testimony of Taylor and George Kent as hearsay.

More than 100 Indian CEOs, political leaders and even Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone will head Davos in January for the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to discuss making ‘cohesive and sustainable world.’ President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also expected to be there.

The Food and Drug Administration granted Shreis Scalene Sciences (Shreis), an American company, a ‘Breakthrough Device Designation’ for the CYTOTRON, a cancer treatment, developed in India, by scientist Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar in Bengaluru.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India, Pakistan trade quips at UNESCO

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PARIS (Diya TV)  — At UNESCO’s general conference in Paris, both Pakistan and India traded quips over Kashmir. Pakistan’s Minister of Education and newly elected President of UNESCO’s Education Commission Shafqat Mehmood efforted to convince UNESCO leadership to confront India over their recent constitutional change affecting Jammu and Kashmir, claiming 1.5 million Kashmiri students who have not been able to attend schools since August 5th. In response, India’s UNESCO delegate Ananya Agarwal countered that “Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter” of terrorism, calling Pakistan’s charges “fabricated falsehoods.”

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Notable executives from the worlds of private investing, industry and nonprofits came together to talk about impact investing at Akshaya Patra’s TAP Forum in the Bay Area. The goal is to take the diasporas success to build a foundation for the next generation.

The Indian women’s hockey team will get the chance to go for the gold in Tokyo, qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after beating team USA in a qualifying match.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House holds hearing on human right violations in Jammu & Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, examined the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among those on hand hearing testimony from experts offering widely different narratives. The commission plans to take these perspectives into account before offering recommendations for action by Congress.

In a line of questioning during the impeachment inquiry lauded by many political analysts, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi focused on the timeline of the Ukraine affair, confirming through witness testimony that once Congress began investigating quid pro quo by the Trump administration, security funds were released to Ukraine two days later.

American tech firms are increasingly sponsoring green cards, or permanent US residency, for their employees from India and elsewhere in an effort to hold on to their skilled talent at a time when work visa extensions have become unpredictable.

India will fund at least 250 defense startups over the next five years as it seeks new technologies for their armed forces. The plan is obtain at least 50 ‘tangible innovations’ by the startups for military use.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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