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Tesla’s Former CFO Deepak Ahuja is back for round two

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PALO ALTO, Calif. (Diya TV) — Tesla’s former chief financial officer is coming out of retirement and returning to the electric car manufacturer as it prepares for the release of its new Model 3 sedan.

The company announced Wednesday that current CFO Jason Wheeler, who first joined the company in 2015, will depart from the company in April to take up a job in the public sector. Wheeler will be replaced by Tesla’s first CFO, Deepak Ahuja, who held the position for seven years until retiring in 2015.

Wheeler previously served as Google’s vice president of finance for more than a decade before his arrival at Tesla.

Ahuja will formally assume control of the role in March, Wheeler will remain at the company until then. Tesla made the announcement in a blog post that coincided with the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report. “I’m looking to scratch an itch I’ve had for many many years now,” Wheeler said Wednesday during the company’s earnings call.

Wheeler added that he wouldn’t have felt comfortable about leaving Tesla if didn’t have a good plan in place for the company.

During his rather short tenure with the company, Wheeler helped lead the acquisition of SolarCity and prepared the company for the launch of its highly anticipated Model 3 sedan. He also helped lead the company to a profitable quarter last year, its first after 12 quarterly losses and only the second one in the company’s history.

Ahuja was once one of Tesla’s longest-serving executives and an important fixture as it grew and held its initial public offering in 2010 as well as rougher financial times. When Ahuja left the company, it was because he said he had other things on his bucket list to “check off.”

Here’s Ahuja on a panel discussion about unicorn companies hosted by fellow IIT Alumni:

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Indian Americans jump into congressional races

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The latest numbers show more Indian Americans than ever are running for Congress. In the last six years, nearly 80 candidates made it on the ballot, soaring far beyond numbers seen in past elections. Leading the wave are successful candidates from California, like Kamala Harris, who rose from a Senate seat to become vice president. Helping those numbers, Indians Americans are also one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country.  

Nisha Ramachandran is the new Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the first Indian American to serve in this role.  Ramachandran most recently managed her own consulting business focused on AAPI advocacy. She’ll be working closely with Congresswoman Judy Chu who chairs the group to further Asian American causes and initiatives. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Telangana after the Kakatiya Rudreshwara Ramappa Temple was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The PM also urged citizens to visit the temple which was built during the rule of the Kakatiya dynasty.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Blinken begins India visit, Afghanistan top issue

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — US secretary of state Antony Blinken begins his two-day India visit on Tuesday hoping to engage the nation on issues such as the Covid-19 response, human rights, and democracy. The American troop pullout in Afghanistan will also be a key issue. India is concerned about the implications of the withdrawal and the need for sustained pressure on Pakistan over issues like terror financing.

And India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics goes to Mirabai Chanu. She won silver in Women’s weight lifting. Chanu’s Olympic preparations were hindered by injuries and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic but she still beat the odds and is being praised back home.

Tesla may open a factory in India. But CEO Elon Musk says only if the cars receive a good response in that marketplace. The company has already been hiring talent in the country. But Musk also hinted at some downsides to opening overseas, citing India’s import duty tax is the highest in the world for a large country.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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