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‘Sorry, your wife is Indian’: Indians confront housing discrimination in Singapore

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Many Indian would-be tenants in Singapore have been subjected to racist predisposition from the city-state’s landlords and real estate agents.

SINGAPORE (Diya TV) — Last year, Darius Cheung, co-founder of a property search portal, sought to rent a house in Singapore and proceeded to meet with several reluctant real estate agents. Many seemed interested at first, but would turn down his applications later.

He found out why when one realtor gave him a rather shocking response: “Sorry your wife is Indian, (the) landlord won’t rent to you.”

Indians who have spent some time in Singapore have known for some time that they aren’t the first choice as tenants for many landlords which you can learn more about at the guide on Roofstock about how to be a landlord if you’re interested, though Chinese people from the mainland have had it worse: they are said to be the least preferred by Singapore’s property owners. Both were clearly evident by running a quick search with the keywords “No Indians, no PRC (People’s Republic of China)” on two property websites.

Gumtree.sg turned up 29 announcements with these words and PropertyGuru showed 63.

Many view the discrimination in the rental market as an expression of the clash between the old and the new — the discomfort of the country’s long-time citizens with the influx of foreigners in the multi-ethnic, wealthy country.

“There is discrimination against all South Asians, even though the listings often specify ‘No Indians,’” Cheung said, whose search engine 99.co introduced a new filter in July — All Races Welcome — as part of its “Regardless of Race” campaign. The drive aims to encourage Singapore’s agents and landlords to indicate that their rental listings are open to all, regardless of the “ethnicity, background, or nationality” of potential tenants.

In Singapore, “Indians” is a catch-all term for all those perceived to be of South-Asian descent.

The prejudice against Indian tenants may spring from the stereotype that they are unsanitary and leave rented properties in a poor state. For instance, in July, The Independent, an online news platform in Singapore, reported that a departing Indian family left behind a dirty home, besides defaulting on the rent and other bills. Dirty homes can have devastating impacts on the building, as an unclean house can attract many pests who decide to make this their new home. This leaves a lot of work that needs to be completed by the local authorities to ensure that all of these insects have been exterminated before the new residents move in. The best way to resolve this problem would be to contact professionals, who are similar to these experts (https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/) so that they are able to remove the pests with the least amount of trouble. Leaving behind a dirty home and defaulting on the rent and other bills are unacceptable in Singapore, as well as in other countries and it is something that needs to be changed. Any changes that could get implemented will allow the residents of Singapore to get the opportunity to live in a comfortable and sanitary home for as long as they need, especially when they know about what some of their distant relatives have experienced to build a life here.

The truth is, Singapore is home to a multitude of second- and third-generation South Asian residents, many of whom are referred to as “locals.” Most of this old South Asian population are descendants of early immigrants who migrated generations ago, in the 1800s, from the Indian subcontinent, primarily from south Indian states (Tamil Nadu, in particular) and from what is now Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Per 2015 estimates, “Indians” comprise 9.1% of Singapore’s 3.9-million strong resident population, which includes both citizens and permanent residents. The total population, including non-residents, is 5.53 million.

The discrimination in the rental market comes with a caveat. Real estate agents say landlords’ reluctance in renting out to South Asians and other ethnic groups is less common in Singapore’s upscale properties. “This is a much smaller issue as you go towards luxury apartments of $10k rent per month and above,” Cheung said.

“We have seen the number of ‘All races welcome’ listings rise from zero to over 2,500 [as of the end of July] since we launched the campaign,” Cheung said.

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Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — For the 17th year in a row, the graduate students at Harvard University will host an India Conference. It will take place during the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. Two days of exciting discussions through panels, mixers and networking will fill the halls of the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

The theme for this year’s conference is Foresight 20/20 – a look at what to expect from India in 2020 and beyond. As one of the largest student led conferences in the USA, the Harvard India conference attracts the biggest headliners from every field – from politics, business, entertainment & the arts. And this year is no different.

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With more than 100 speakers and 1000 attendees, the conference promises to have something for everyone. This year’s biggest draw from the entertainment genre is veteran Bollywood actor and self proclaimed ambassador to India, Anupam Kher. Kher has a long standing list of accolades within the film industry. In addition to his acting roles, he has been a producer, director and teacher at his own acting school. Most recently he played the role of Dr. Vijay Kapur on NBC’s primetime drama ‘New Amsterdam‘.

Some other notable speakers this year include founder of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, Indian Olympic athelete Dutee Chand, comedian and actor, Vir Das, partner at Softbanks’ Vision Fund Lydia Jett & politician and India’s ruling party (BJP)’s sherpa to the G20, Suresh Prabhu.

The harsh winter in Harvard doesn’t seem slow down or dull these brilliant minds in any way. The India Conference at Harvard continues to retain its standing as the conference of choice for deliberating issues ranging from technology, media, politics and eduction to creating solutions for India’s path towards global leadership. The event features brainstorming sessions and sincere discussions on the very real and large scale problems that are uniquely Indian.

Diya TV is a media sponsor to the event and will be on-site covering conference. To receive a 20% discount use code RDAY20 here and to know more about the conference or speakers, head to the IndiaConference.com

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Federal Court rules Trump must turn over tax returns | Diya TV News

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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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