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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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U.S. and India conduct joint military drill on Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean

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DIEGO GARCIA, Indian Ocean (Diya TV) — The U.S. and Indian Navies went submarine hunting in the Indian Ocean, their first bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise since a signing pact to work more closely together last fall.

India’s exports to China are up in 2019, while imports declined, leading to a $10 billion reduction in India’s trade deficit with China. Analysts say the current Washington-Beijing trade war has also opened things up for India.

The Jallianwala Massacre 100 years ago that left hundreds dead and 1200 injured at the hands of British troops is considered a key turning point towards a free India. British prime minister Theresa May marked the occasion by expressing “deep regret”, but there are still no apologies.

An effort by an American and British companies to help Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal save the airline from collapse dissolved after Etihad Airways and TPG Capital threatened to walk away themselves if Goyal was part of the deal.

And comedian Hasan Minhaj, who won a 2017 Peabody Award, received another Peabody nomination in the entertainment category for his Netflix show, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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One-on-One with Prime Minister Modi

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — In a rare sit-down interview in the middle of an election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discusses his first term and what he plans to accomplish if he is elected to a second term. Watch the full interview tonight on a special Diya TV Dialogue at 7 pm.

Two U.S. Senators are urging more negotiations with India over a Trump administration plan to end preferential imports because it could raise costs for American consumers.

Meanwhile, India purchased a missile system from Russia. Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is hopeful the deal will avoid sanctions and scrutiny from the U.S.

Thiru Vignarajah a former federal prosecutor, who also once served as deputy Attorney General in the state of Maryland, announced he is running for mayor of Baltimore as a Democrat.

And our entertainment reporter, Kari Lane will take you behind the scenes at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, an event proudly sponsored by Diya TV, full of some of the brightest stars you will soon see on the silver screen.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Buttigieg, Swalwell make 2020 run official

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Buttigieg, Swalwell make 2020 run official

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — Two more Democrats made it official — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Congressman Eric Swalwell held campaign rallies in their respective hometowns to announce their individual campaigns for the White House.

Meanwhile, Swalwell says he will not run for re-election for Congress, leaving the seat open for a new entrant in 2020. Hayward City Councilwoman Aisha Wahab says she will vie for that seat, attempting to become the first Afghan-American in Congress.

Indian author and politician Shashi Tharoor is recovering from a terrible blow to the head when a heavy iron hook fell on him during a temple visit. Tharoor tweeted that he will make a full recovery.

For the first time in his career, Tiger Woods came from behind in the final round to win his first major tournament in more than a decade. The win at the Masters leaves Woods just three major tournaments wins short of tying Jack Nicklaus’ all time record.

And Mindy Kaling and Priyanka Chopra completed a deal with Universal for new comedy feature film that will take place in America and India.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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