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Nearly five percent of North Dakota’s doctors are products of the nation’s H-1B visa program, the highest figure in the nation.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — North Dakota’s medical professionals are currently harboring pressure from all angles — a growing shortage of available doctors, potential changes to the visa program that helps supply them and the prospect of how federal healthcare laws could change have them scrambling.

President Donald Trump’s review of the H-1B visa program has raised the anxiety levels of North Dakota’s medical professionals, where nearly five percent of the state’s doctors come from the program, the highest concentration of physicians in the nation.

Courtney Koebele, executive director of the North Dakota Medical Association, says the state’s rural nature can make it hard to attract doctors.

“The H-1 visa program helps us recruit people that normally wouldn’t consider North Dakota, and what we hope is that the people come here to work and they fall in love with North Dakota and they stay,” she told Public News Service. 

There are around 400 foreign-born doctors currently working in North Dakota. Even the vice president of Koebele’s association, Dr. Fadel Nammour, came to the United States from Lebanon through the visa program and now works as a gastroenterologist in Fargo. Koebele says people in rural parts of the state sometimes have to drive hundreds of miles to see a specialist.

Koebele said the medical community is also concerned about proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid. Trump’s recent budget proposal suggested slashing Medicaid costs by $800 billion over the next decade, and the American Health Care Act could affect funding for Medicare.

Koebele says that could be bad news for North Dakotans looking for doctors.

“As we cut back on these low-income protections like Medicaid and Medicare, that really undercuts the whole system because if there’s a shortage of doctors for Medicaid and Medicare, then there’s a shortage of doctors for everybody,” she said.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the country could be in need of an additional 95,000 doctors by 2025.

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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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