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How Google CEO Sundar Pichai and others are closing the pay gap

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Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his Silicon Valley counterparts are doing what they can to close the industry’s pay gap between men and women.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — In the U.S., women are paid 20 percent less than men in the workforce. According to the American Association of University Women, at the current rate, national pay equity will not be achieved until 2152.

Earnings ratios of course vary from state to state, and student debt has been contributing to the lack of progress. Statistically, the pay gap for women of color is even worse — black women make 37 percent less and Hispanic women are paid 46 percent less than whites.

The ratios also vary by industry, and the tech sector has significant progress to make. According to an evaluation by Hired, female candidates in the field are offered an average of four percent less than their male counterparts, and “63 percent of the time women receive lower salary offers than men for the same job at the same company.”

Equal Pay Day, which was celebrated nationally in the U.S. on Tuesday, aims to raise the awareness of this issue. In honor of the day, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who is also the founder of Lean In, launched the #20percentCounts campaign via the organization. Lean In partnered with other companies to offer 20 percent discounts and raise awareness through social media. Companies participating include LUNA, Lyft and P&G.

“Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality,” Sandberg says in a news release about the campaign. “This issue speaks to how we value women’s labor, knowledge, time, training, and so much more. In short, it’s about women’s worth. There’s nothing more fundamental than that.”

Marc Benioff, chief executive of Salesforce, spent close to $3 million to close the company’s pay gap. And he just announced that will spend another $3 million this year to advance the goal.

“I’m proud of the strong stance we’re taking as a company and of the hard work that has gone into building our approach to equal pay. We are on a journey to improving equality at Salesforce,” wrote Salesforce Executive Cindy Robbins in a blog post.

Have a look at what Google and its chief executive, Sundar Pichai, did below:

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India’s tariff upsets Washington state’s apple cart

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (Diya TV) — Washington State’s apple industry is upset after India hiked duties on their fruit, saying it’s hard to sell products to other markets when losing reliable and established markets like India.

The U.S. told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for countries that force foreign companies to store data locally, widening the two countries’ posturing over tariffs and trade.

The Indian government said they will not allow foreign companies to operate multiple brands in the same sector to preclude predatory pricing.

Facebook may not launch Libra in India, their new cryptocurrency offering because current regulations in India do not permit the use of the nation’s banking network for blockchain currency transactions.

And the South Asian Bar Association National Convention is underway in Atlanta. Diya TV is a proud sponsor of this annual event that brings legal scholars from around the country to network and embolden the community.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Indian IT companies curb H-1B premium processing

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MUMBAI (Diya TV) — Indian IT services companies are not racing to use a H1-B visa premium processing option as in years past due to a changing business model and higher rejection rates.

Google announced a $1 billion commitment to help alleviate Silicon Valley’s housing crisis, saying they will add about 20,000 homes. While the housing plan is welcomed, many critics are upset that Google is able to do this because they exploit tax loopholes to shelter billions of dollars in revenue.

PG&E, the California public utility blamed for igniting several wildfires caused by downed power lines that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes, agreed to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments.

Laxman Narasimhan will becoming CEO of consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser this fall.

He was Chief Commercial Officer at PepsiCo.

And India’s lunar lander will launch this July for the moon, and will launch its first mission to study the sun in 2020. ISRO is also planning to have a space station for India by 2030.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Deaths of Indian American family in Iowa ruled murder-suicide

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Diya TV) — Iowa police say the shooting deaths of an Indian American family in West Des Moines, Iowa was a murder-suicide. Police said autopsies determined 44-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara’s death was a suicide. And the deaths of his wife, 41-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, and their two boys, aged 15 and 10, were homicides.

Top diplomats from the U.S. and India are meeting later this month to continue trade negotiations.

India said this week they will increase tariffs on US exports effective immediately, impacting items like apples, almonds, lentils and several chemical products.

The tax has raised the ire of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who blamed the situation on President Trump. California almond exports to India are worth more than $650 million a year.

21-year-old Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, who authorities say was the head of a group of Indian college students who cheated more than 20 people out of nearly $1 million in a tech support telemarketing fraud scheme, received a five year sentence to prison in Rhode Island.

And we’ll introduce you to the pioneering broadcasters who called the NBA Finals in Punjabi for the very first time.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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