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In the #MeToo era, Maitri Bay Area continues to trailblaze, raises $650K to combat DV

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Maitri gets recognized by County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Assemblymember Ash Kalra for their work

So much has changed since Maitri’s inception in the Bay Area 27 years ago. While domestic violence is still rampant globally, conversations about this scourge are now out in the open.

“It is now considered a community cause and not women’s cause,” said Vinita Gupta, Maitri’s Co-Chair & Trustee.

“It used to be in the closet, nobody wanted to talk about it. Over the last few years, thanks to Maitri, being the catalyst, agent of change, people have started talking about it,” said Shamik Mehta, Maitri Co-Chair & Trustee.

“For the first time, I feel we are not behind the mainstream, we are not behind the global movement, said Sonia Pelia, Maitri’s President for the last 25 years.

“We are with it. We actually have a leadership position in domestic violence, familial violence, abuse, here in the Bay Area.”

The #MeToo movement online and public shaming of perpetrators of sexual assault is changing the narrative and opening up the door to a new generation of supporters for this non-profit committed to helping folks in troubled times.

Maitri Donor Pooja Shah thinks “it’s great that there’s so many other movements that are happening in the space, so that organizations like Maitri can really can thrive.”

Board Member and Maitri Trustee Reni Narayen remarked that “when someone is out here in a foreign land and there’s nobody else for them, so we are their safety net in a sense.”

She and her husband Shantanu, CEO of Adobe, were among the jetset crowd that helped Maitri raise more than $650,000, money that empowers thousands of people each year. With so many cases of domestic violence and sexual assault in the spotlight, it’s clear this epidemic is far from over. But Maitri leaders like Narayen vow to root out this problem to the end.

“Regardless if it’s a well-known case or someone we’ve been helping behind the scenes, to us it doesn’t matter. It’s another client who needs help, or another person who needs help. So you just have to reach out to them and give them the support that they need because we are their family and we are their friends.”

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India sets tougher regulations on explicit content

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India Sets Tougher Regulations On Explicit Content | Diya TV News

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’s Information Technology Ministry set new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites, demanding compliance with government takedown requests of unlawful, violent, and explicit content within 36 hours. Upon request, social media companies would have to disclose where the content is originating from. But Facebook-owned WhatsApp says they cannot comply without compromising user privacy.

Indian Prime Minister Modi took the first dose of a Indian-made coronavirus vaccine. So far, his nation has vaccinated 12 million frontline workers since January. But the goal is to inoculate 300 million Indians by August.

The Pentagon said a U.S. airstrike last week in eastern Syria killed one member of an Iranian-backed militia and wounded two others. The bombing was carried out in retaliation for a deadly rocket attack on a U.S.-led coalition base in northern Iraq as well as two other rocket attacks.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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19 yr old Fremont teen dies in car accident

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Atharva Chinchwadkar Found Dead In Solo Car Accident | Diya TV News

FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Atharva Chinchwadkar, a 19 year old Fremont man reported missing last week, was found dead in what appears to be a tragic solo car accident just a few miles from his home. He was last seen on February 21st by his parents when he left his home to get dog food and didn’t return.

Chinchwadkar was a student at UC Santa Cruz.

Indian businessman Nirav Modi will be extradited from Britain back to India after a London judge dismissed Modi’s argument he would not be treated fairly in India. He’ll face a host of charges when he returns including corruption, money laundering, fraud and embezzlement stemming from the $2 billion fraud case of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries made its first investment in a venture fund, pumping $100 million into early-stage VC Kalaari Capital, led by Vani Kola. The investment is through Jio Platforms and an additional $100 million is also expected to be deployed into a future fund.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India minister Jaishankar Addresses human rights at UN

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Human rights can’t be protected without addressing the threat of terrorism. That’s the message India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar delivered the UN’s Human Rights Council, emphasizing human rights cannot be protected without addressing terrorism, which he called as “one of the gravest threats to humankind.” Last month, India proposed an 8-point plan at the UN to tackle terrorism.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has been nominated by President Biden to be Surgeon General for the second time, made in excess of $2 million on COVID-19 related consultations and speeches according to financial disclosures. Carnival cruise lines, Airbnb and the NBA were among the dozens of organizations who retained Murthy for his expertise.

Two Indian Americans are suing Subway, the sandwich chain, claiming there is no tuna in their tuna meals. Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin claim Subway falsely promotes its tuna salad sandwiches as composed of wild tuna, when it actually has no tuna or any other fish in it.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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