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According to a new lawsuit filed by Gravity4 chief of staff Ali Al-Ansari, Silicon Valley CEO and entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal allegedly routinely used racial slurs, physically attacked women and fired a male employee for attempting to prevent Chahal from striking another woman.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — According to a lawsuit filed by Gravity4 chief of staff Ali Al-Ansari, Silicon Valley CEO and entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal allegedly routinely used racial slurs, physically attacked women and fired a male employee for attempting to prevent Chahal from striking another woman.

The lawsuit describes Chahal as “shockingly sexist.” It also chronicles a series of alleged remarks he made against women’s rights and equal pay for men and women.

“Al-Ansari was forced to interpose himself between the woman and Chahal and physically intervened to defend this woman to block Chahal from hitting her. Chahal nonetheless managed to hit this woman. Al-Ansari repeatedly told Chahal ‘don’t touch her!’”

Further, the case claims that when Al-Ansari began recording the altercation, Chahal reportedly fired him on the spot. The lawsuit also alleges that after the firing, Chahal tried to illegally access Al-Ansari’s personal laptop and destroy incriminating data.

According to the Daily Beast, Chahal allegedly called his workers “n*****.” Two other pending lawsuits accuse him of misleading investors, asking male coworkers which woman to hire based on their physical attraction and making death threats against an employee.

“I’m not going to stop the n-word,” the CEO once said, according to the lawsuit. “Dude, do you want me to go ahead and say n*****, n*****, n*****? I don’t give a f***. Martin Luther King might not like that, but he’s a n*****, too.”

Chahal was charged with 47 counts of felony domestic violence and assault in 2013 for an alleged Aug. 5, 2013 attack on his then-girlfriend at his San Francisco penthouse. A Superior Court judge ruled a 30-minute video, which captured the attack was inadmissible because police had seized it illegally. Chahal pleaded to accept two misdemeanor charges of battery and domestic violence in 2014 and was placed on probation for thee years. That video allegedly showed Chahal kicking the woman 117 times and trying to smother her with a pillow for about 20 seconds, threatening to kill her.

Chahal briefly stepped down as CEO of RadiumOne after the 2013 attack.

Following the 47 felony counts being dropped by a judge, he resumed his position at RadiumOne. He was later ousted by the RadiumOne board.

Shortly thereafter, he launched a new company, Gravity4.

Chahal has been in a litany of legal trouble since last year involving domestic violence charges and holding wages of former employees.

BREAKING: Gurbaksh Chahal sentenced to 12 months in county jail for violating probation on Domestic Violence Charges

Chahal was ordered in 2016 to pay almost a half million to his former chauffeur.

Gurbaksh Chahal ordered to pay ex-driver $480K in back wages

 

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump says tariffs by India are ‘No longer acceptable’

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Tariffs no longer acceptable

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a tweet, President Trump targeted India once again, saying “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable.”

Yet earlier this year, the Trump administration stripped India of a preferential status that exempted billions of dollars worth of products from U.S. levies.

One of the most unique characters ever to run for President has died. Billionaire businessman Ross Perot was 89. Many give his independent campaign in 1992 credit for helping Bill Clinton beat incumbent George H.W. Bush.

A day after Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell got out of the race, another billionaire businessman, Tom Steyer, jumped into the Presidential fray.

India’s OlaCabs recently launched its ride-sharing services in London. And now Ola Electric, their electric vehicle spinoff, just raised a $250 million Series B round at a $1 billion valuation. It plans to bring 10,000 vehicles to the road this year.

And the world will have to wait another day to find out who will play for the Cricket World Cup, after a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US India trade talks resume after G20 summit, in New Delhi

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US-India Trade Talks

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India and the U.S. will resume bilateral trade talks in New Delhi next week. These talks continue the dialog established by Indian Prime Minister Modi and President Trump at the Osaka G20 Summit last week.

Sikh activists launched a petition asking Presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris to apologize for supporting employment discrimination against a Sikh job applicant in 2011 during her tenure as California’s attorney general.

A report by Bloomberg says Boeing turned to Indian-based subcontractors who were paid as little $9 per hour for work on the U.S. planemaker’s beleaguered 737 Max aircraft.

Mahmud Jamal is now a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, becoming the 4th ever South Asian federal appellate judge in Canada.

A group of South Asian filmmakers including Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap and actors like Anupam Kher and Archie Panjabi are among the 842 people invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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