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President Trump announced Manisha Singh (right) as his nomination for the Assistant Secretary of State, Economic and Business Affairs on Sept. 7.

 

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  President Trump nominated Manisha Singh to the Assistant Secretary of State, Economic and Business Affairs position last week, whichas been vacant since January when Trump was sworn into office.

The 45-year-old Florida resident currently serves as the Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).

She is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs and has served as a senior aide to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Singh’s private sector experience includes practicing law at multinational law firms and working at an investment bank. She earned degrees in International Legal Studies from the American University Washington College of Law, a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Miami, which she obtained when she was only 19-years-old. In addition, she studied at the University of Leiden Law School in the Netherlands.

She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., and speaks fluent Hindi.

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PM Modi’s Houston reception sold out, 50,000 to attend

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — “Howdy, #Modi!”, the community event in Houston next month featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sold out, with more than 50,000 people registering for the program. This community summit will be at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team. The expected crowd will be the largest for a foreign leader in the United States other than for Pope Francis.

The Indian government has begun to ease restrictions in most areas of Kashmir, with barricades being lifted to allow more freedom of movement of people and traffic. Markets remained shut and phone and internet services are still suspended. Large security measures are also still in place. Students are being asked to return to school, but most classrooms are still mostly empty.

With a lot of narratives online about what’s going on in Kashmir, we asked Indian Counsel General in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda, to give context and sort out fact from fiction.

Fire Eye, an American-based cyber security firm says hackers broke into a leading India-based healthcare website, stealing nearly seven million records containing patient and doctor information. Fire Eye did not publicly name the website, but says the cyber criminals are mostly China-based and are selling the stolen data underground.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump to talk Kashmir with Modi at G7

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump says he will discuss Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they meet at the G7 Summit in France over the weekend. He’s had conversations with Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan over the past week, emphasizing he’s helping the situation.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is changing rules that would now allow migrant families to be held indefinitely, ending a procedure requiring children to be held no longer than 20 days. Under the new system, immigrant families could be held for the duration of their court proceeding, which officials claim runs about three months. The rule change will likely be challenged in court.

And microloan provider Tala, led by CEO and Founder Shivani Siroya announced a $110 million Series D fundraise, with backers that include Softbank, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Feinstein urges Trump to resolve India trade tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a letter to the Trump administration, California Senator Dianne Feinstein, asked to resolve trade tensions with India as quickly as possible. Feinstein explained trade with India had grown dramatically since 2000, with India importing goods worth more $6 billion from California in 2018 alone.

Changes in America’s new H1B visa process could have an impact on the business of IT services, as Indian IT services companies are concerned the process of issuing visas will not be as transparent moving forward.

Tesla and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd (CATL) are interested in the Indian government’s plan to build large factories to make lithium-ion batteries. The global interest comes amid a push by the government to make India a global manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and their components.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a proposal to make ‘988’ a designated three-digit number for suicide prevention, much like 911 is for emergencies. The new ‘988’ hotline will connect callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

And we’ll take you to New York City, site of the largest Indian Independence Day in the U.S. and Silicon Valley, where the Indian flag was raised at San Jose City Hall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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