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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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Democrats target new front runner Warren in Ohio debate

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (Diya TV)  — In Ohio, Democratic Presidential candidates took to the stage for the fourth time in this 2020 cycle, with the new target of interest being Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has surged in recent polls. Sen. Bernie Sanders, coming off a recent heart attack, looked reinvigorated, especially after it was revealed he received endorsements from progressive Congress members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib. Sen. Kamala Harris, in her appeal to voters, referenced her mom’s journey from India to the U.S.

In the first television ad bought in Tennessee’s 2020 U.S. Senate race, Republican candidate Dr. Manny Sethi focused on illegal immigration, using his own family story to explain. A Nashville trauma surgeon in his first bid for office, Sethi says in the ad “let ‘em try to call me a racist,” when his mom Dr. Chander Sethi shared the story of how she and her husband fulfilled all legal requirements to immigrate to the United States.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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U.S. and India continue to debate trade policy

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — As India and the U.S. continue to debate trade policy, India’s Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said India does not have any trade disputes with the U.S., and that there is huge bilateral trade potential.

Democrats are back it in Ohio, debating to see who will represent the party against President Trump in 2020. It’ll mark the first debate since Sen. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack, the first debate for businessman Tom Steyer and the return of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to the debate stage.

The 2019 Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans is out and it includes seven Indian Americans and one Pakistani American. Among the group are Indian American entrepreneurs Rakesh Gangwal, Jay Chaudhry, Romesh Wadhwani, Ram Shriram, Brian Sheth, Aneel Bhusri, and Vinod Khosla, as well as Pakistani American Shahid Khan.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, are in Pakistan to do some sightseeing, visiting the Pakistan National Monument, and spending time to highlight the UK-Pakistan relationship.

And engineer turned Miss Oregon, Shivali Kadam, is up for Miss America, trying to become the second Indian American to win the coveted pageant.

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MIT professor, Abhijit Banerjee wins Nobel Prize in Economics

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BOSTON (Diya TV)  — Abhijit Banerjee, an economics professor at MIT, won the Nobel Prize in Economics, sharing the honor with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”

A bipartisan effort is underway, led by the Sikh Coalition, asking members of Congress to honor the late Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal through a congressional resolution.

Pakistani officials arrested four aides of Hafiz Saeed on terrorism financing charges. Saeed, the suspected mastermind of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai in 2008, is also in custody on the same charges.

Veteran Pixar director and animator Sanjay Patel got the greenlight to create “Ghee Happy” for Netflix, an animated reimagining of Hindu deities as little kids discovering their powers. Patel, you may recall, was nominated for an Oscar a couple of years ago for his animated short, “Sanjay’s Super Team.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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