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Arun Kumar named Chief Executive of KPMG India

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Arun Kumar, who previously served as President Obama’s Commerce Secretary, has been named the newest chairman and chief executive of KPMG India.

He succeeds Richard Rekhy, who resigned last year after four years in the role. Kumar’s appointment will last at least five years, a statement from KPMG said.

One of the world’s largest audit and accounting firms, KPMG opened its India offices in Sept. 1993, and have since seen operations grow dramatically. In the last four years, the company has doubled it’s Indian workforce, it now includes 14,000 employees and more 70 partners.

Kumar is no stranger to KPMG — he’s spent the majority of his career in the public sector in the company’s operations in the U.S. He also served on the boards of KPMG U.S. and KPMG Americas between 2008 and 2013. From there, he began a three-year stint with the U.S. government as assistant secretary of commerce for global markets and director general of U.S. and foreign commercial service. In that role, Kumar played advisor and led industry professionals from 78 countries, as well as all 50 states.

He also worked to strengthen commercial ties between India and the U.S. and played a key role in establishing the India-U.S. strategic and commercial dialogue.

“Our global clients recognize the increasing significance of India as the fastest growing major economy in the world,” said John Veihmeyer, chairman, KPMG International. “I am delighted to welcome Arun back to KPMG. He is a trusted leader, who is recognized for his integrity, strategic vision and enduring relationships and I am confident that under Arun’s leadership, KPMG India will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients, enhance our brand and further strengthen our reputation for the highest quality.”

Kumar reacted to the appointment: “I am honored to have been elected as the chairman and CEO of KPMG in India. I have worked closely with the people of KPMG India for many years and have always been impressed by their world class talent. I am excited to have this opportunity to work with the KPMG team in India to continue to build an organization that is recognized for their quality and for the impact they have on our clients.”

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

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U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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