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India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrived in the U.S. for a five-day visit Thursday, the future of the H-1B visa program is on his agenda of discussions.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India’s Finance Minister arrived in the U.S. Thursday for the beginning of a five-day trip, the topic of the future of the H-1B visa program is on Arun Jaitley’s itinerary of discussions.

Jaitley delivered the message during a news conference, saying the concerns of Indian technology companies will be shared with U.S. officials.

“These are matters of discussion with the appropriate authorities there. Once I do discuss and get an opportunity, I will let you know,” he said at the press conference.

Jaitley is scheduled to attend the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the G-20 nations. Jaitley has additionally requested meetings with the U.S. Treasury Secretary and other Trump administration officials during the trip. India’s IT titans have displayed deep concern after President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week, requesting the immediate review and audit of the H-1B program. Indian companies, such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro and Tech Mahindra are heavily dependent on the program — figures indicate almost 86 percent of visas granted in the H-1B category for IT jobs are occupied by Indian tech workers.

India’s IT Secretary said Trump’s order on the matter will not have an immediate impact on the country’s workers, but the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) said once the review process is complete and more restrictions are imposed on the H-1B visa program, Indian IT companies will be the first to feel the bite.

“No new changes are being implemented immediately. Nothing is being proposed that would impact or change the FY18 H-1B lottery that is currently underway,” NASSCOM said in a press release.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal convicted of large scale H1B fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Lewandowski spars with Rep. Jayapal in impeachment probe

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski sparred with Rep. Jayapal among others, before a House Judiciary committee, taking on a barrage of questions from members of Congress who are trying to build a case towards the impeachment of President Trump.

100,000 petitions were delivered to the Gates Foundation in Seattle, asking them to rescind the award they plan on giving to Indian Prime Minister Modi for his clean India initiative because of his stance on Kashmir.

Federal investigators, including the FBI, are looking into potential misconduct by Mithril Capital, a venture capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. Royan has a 20 year relationship with Thiel and has raised in excess of $1 billion, $300 million of which came from Thiel. Some investors are frustrated Mithril is sitting on their money rather than investing in startups, while raking in as much as $30 million per year in management fees.

Hundreds of alums from the Indian Institute of Technology gathered in Southern California for their annual convention, featuring some of the brightest minds in technology.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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