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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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Reps. Jayapal, Omar concerned over Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  Democratic Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Ilhan Omar are both expressing concern over reports from Kashmir saying the Indian government has arrested 2,000 people. 

Jayapal in a tweet said “using fear & hyper-patriotism to suppress dissent is as detrimental in India as it is America.”

Omar called “for an immediate restoration of communication; and de-escalation in Kashmir.”

So far, there is no clarity from the Indian government what charges arrests have been made under or for how long those arrested face detention.

A request by Pakistan’s minister for human rights asking that Priyanka Chopra be stripped of her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace was rejected. The United Nations defended Chopra, saying she retains the ability to speak in their own personal capacity, but that those views do not necessarily reflect the UN.

And two Indian athletes are competing in the first round of the U.S. Open. 

And Sumit Nagal, who became the youngest Indian man to qualify for a major since Leander Paes, took one set from the legendary Roger Federer before losing in his first round match 3 sets to one. Prajnesh Gunneswaran also fell short against fifth seed Daniil Medvedev.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump Speaks to Modi, Aims to Reduce Kashmir Tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister Modi by phone to get India’s perspective on Kashmir. Modi told Trump the anti-India rhetoric from Pakistani leaders was not conducive to peace. Later, President Trump in a tweet called Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “good friends,” of his and that he’s working “towards reducing tensions in Kashmir.”

Kabul, Afghanistan was the site of a horrific suicide bombing that took place at a wedding, killing 63 people. The bride and groom survived. Afghan officials blame the attack on the United States and their prolonged presence in the region.

A 35-year-old man from India on a hunger strike at a Texas ICE facility was force fed, according to his attorney, becoming the latest detainee seeking asylum in the U.S. fed in such a manner. The man stopped eating tko protest his confinement. ICE says they will do what it takes to “preserving the lives of those in its custody.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fremont PD and FOG confirm Independence Day Parade cancelled over security, permitting

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Fremont Police Department and FOG organizers confirm the annual Indian Independence Day parade, scheduled for this Sunday, is cancelled due to permitting and security concerns. FOG will still take place this weekend, minus the parade. Here’s our initial report on FOG security from earlier this week.

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