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Gujarat Summit 2017: Narendra Modi Promotes a Digitalized India

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Speaking at this year’s Gujarat Summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told assembled business leaders Tuesday that the country was on the verge of becoming the world’s most digitalized economy, however, he strayed away from commenting on the aftereffects of his controversial demonetization program.

The summit, India’s largest annual investor meeting, was organized in the prime minister’s home state. Modi said his administration is firmly committed to continuing to reform the nation’s economy.

“We are working to adopt and absorb newer technologies, to bring about transparency, and to end discretion,” Modi said during his address, adding that foreign direct investment in India has topped $130 billion since he assumed office. “We are on the threshold of becoming the world’s most digitized economy. Most of you wanted this change in India. I am proud to say that it is happening before you.”

“Creating an enabling environment for business, and attracting investments, is my top priority,” he added.

The address comes just weeks after his shocking Nov. 8 announcement to demonetize the country’s Rs 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, which made up 86 percent of India’s cash in circulation. Modi’s program caused widespread panic among the country’s citizens, sending them flocking to banks to exchange their illegal notes before the December deadline the prime minister had put in place.

Modi billed the program as an attempt to combat corruption and black money in the country.

However, the Indian government has struggled to print enough new notes to meet the exchange demand, creating further problems for a populous heavily dependent on cash transactions. Still, government officials are optimistic that major investment pledges will come out of the meeting, which is being held at a sprawling convention center in Gandhinagar.

“The summit is a symbolic gesture to lure investment, but companies will only invest if there are changes at the macro policy level,” professor Sebastian Morris of the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad told NDTV.

Modi was scheduled to chair a CEO roundtable at the summit Tuesday, attended by nearly 60 top executives, including Cisco’s John Chambers, Trafigura Beheer’s Jeremy Weir, Fairfax Financial’s Prem Watsa and Peter Huntsman of Huntsman Corp, along with Indian business titans such as Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata.

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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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