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Election 2016: Fact checking the final presidential debate




SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — During the third a final presidential debate before next month’s general election, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made a number of claims, and as always, both candidates were — at least to some extent — less than entirely honest with the facts.

Diya TV dug into some of the more sensational things that were said during the debate, which was held in none other than Sin City Las Vegas. Here are the results:

Donald Trump

State Department Funds

“Just like when you ran the State Department, $6 billion was missing. How do you miss $6 billion? You ran the State Department, $6 billion was either stolen — they don’t know. It’s gone, $6 billion. If you become president, this country is going to be in some mess. Believe me.”

Rating: False

EXPLANATION: According to the Washington Post, paperwork went missing at the State Department — not the money itself. In 2014, an alert was issued by the State Department about “contracts with a total value of more than $6 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all.”

Additionally, many of the documents in question predated Clinton’s swearing-in and tenure at the State Department.

NAFTA & Jobs

“Our jobs are being taken out by the deal that her husband signed. NAFTA. One of the worst deals ever. The jobs are being sucked out of our economy.”

Rating: Questionable

EXPLANATION: Considering the multitude of factors involved, this has been one of the most hotly debated topics in several of the past few election cycles. According to Forbes, “The record shows that trade agreements like NAFTA were launched with an explicit promise of creating jobs. Instead hundreds of thousands of jobs evaporated.”

However, PolitFact — pushing back against former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ claim that NAFTA has cost 800,000 U.S. jobs — contends that “many other nonpartisan reports found that the trade deal produced neither significant job losses nor job gains.” For this reason, this claim is rated as questionable.

Deportation numbers in Obama Administration

“President Obama has moved millions of people out. Nobody knows about it, nobody talks about it, but under Obama, millions of people have been moved out of this country, they’ve been deported. She doesn’t want to say that, but that’s what happened.”

Rating: True

EXPLANATION: The pace of deportation in the United States has, in fact, increased rather rapidly since Obama was sworn in in 2008. By the close of 2015, Obama had deported more people (about 2.5 million) than any other president in U.S. history, according to DHS statistics. The Obama administration has drastically decreased the pace of deportations this year, in a move that some have claimed is a political gambit designed to help Hillary Clinton; however, it seems likely that close to 3 million people will end up being deported during Obama’s presidency. For this reason, Trump’s claim is rated true.

Trump Foundation finances

“I’d like to mention one thing. Trump Foundation, small foundation. People contribute, I contribute. The money goes 100 percent — 100 percent goes to different charities, including a lot of military. I don’t get anything. I don’t buy boats. I don’t buy planes. What happens — the money goes to them.”

Rating: Mostly false

EXPLANATION: As previously reported by the Washington Post earlier this year, Trump spent $12,000 at a charity event to purchase a Denver Broncos football helmet signed by former quarterback Tim Tebow. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the nonprofit organization that hosted the event in Palm Beach, Florida, reportedly received payment for the helmet in the form of a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The Post also reported that at another event, Trump spent $20,000 from his charity to buy a 6-foot tall portrait of himself.

There is always the possibility that the billionaire real estate mogul moved funds for the purchases from one of his private accounts to pay the foundation for the helmet. However, since his tax records have never been released, there remains no possible way to verify this, leaving his claim mostly false.

Chicago Gun Violence

“In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States, probably you could say by far, they have more gun violence than any other city. So we have the toughest laws, and you have tremendous gun violence.”

Rating: Mostly true

EXPLANATION: Chicago has for years been plagued by gun violence and is reportedly on pace in 2016 to sustain more than 600 homicides in a single year for the first time since 2003. Just last year, the city was reported as having the highest violent crime rating of any U.S. city, with 884.26 violent crimes per capita. Further, it is true that Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, however, many of the firearms used in crimes in the city migrate from the neighboring state of Indiana, where the ownership laws are far more lax.

According to the Chicago Police Department, 60 pecrent of guns recovered at crime scenes from 2009 to 2013 were bought outside of Illinois. For this reason, Trump’s claim is mostly true.

Hillary Clinton 

Budget deficit

“I also will not add a penny to the debt. I have costed out what I’m going to do.”

Rating: Mostly false

EXPLANATION: Nonpartisan analysts who have examined the promises made by Clinton on the campaign trail have calculated that Hillary will add to both the national deficit and the national debt. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which rates Clinton’s plan as being much closer to deficit neutral than Trump’s, still projects that Clinton’s plans would add about $200 billion to the national debt.

For this reason, her claim is rated mostly false.

Second Amendment & Heller Decision

“You mentioned the Heller decision. And what I was saying, that you referenced, Chris, was that I disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case, because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns, and so they wanted people with guns to safely store them. And the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation, but they’ve accepted many others. So I see no conflict between saving people’s lives and defending the Second Amendment.”

Rating: Misleading

EXPLANATION: During a private fundraiser in New York last year, Clinton said the Supreme Court is “wrong on the Second Amendment,” seemingly referring to the 2008 Heller case, which upheld a citizen’s basic constitutional right to own a gun. During the same speech, she called for the reinstatement of the 1994 so-called assault weapons ban, which was signed by her husband.  President George W. Bush allowed the ban to expire in 2004.

But when asked specifically by Fox News’ Chris Wallace in July about whether she wanted to see the Heller case overturned, Clinton responded, “No, I don’t.” The two statements seem to contradict one another. For this reason, Clinton’s statements are misleading.


Google launches mobile payment App Tez tailored to Indian users

Google launches mobile payment App Tez tailored to Indian users





Following vast speculation, Google officially launched a mobile payment platform for the Indian market, called Tez.
Available for Android and iOS users in India, Tez initiates Google’s entry into the mobile payment industry in India.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Diya TV) — Following vast speculation, Google officially launched a mobile payment platform for the Indian market, called Tez.

Available for Android and iOS users in India, Tez initiates Google’s entry into the mobile payment industry in India. The app allow users to link their smartphones with their bank accounts and pay for goods and services online and at traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

Users can also make person-to-person instant money transfers, similar to PayPal.

With Tez, users pay directly from their bank account, using a Unified Payments Interface. Currently, the app works with all major banks, including Google partners Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI and State Bank of India.

Tez is not a mobile wallet like PayTM and MobiKwik. Rather, instead of users storing money, it works more like Apple Wallet, linking the bank account, allowing payments to be deducted from the account.

According to Tez, it’s Tez Shield built-in security “helps to detect fraud, prevent hacking, and verify your identity.” Each transaction is secured with the user’s UPI PIN. Additionally, the app is secured with a Google PIN or a screen lock method such as fingerprint.

Tez says the app has partnered with a myriad of apps and vendors, including RedBus, PVR, Domino’s, Dish TV and Jet Airways. The app supports multiple languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Business owners can use the Tez with their current account to start accepting digital payments. Payments will go directly to their bank accounts “without any additional cost incurred for the transaction.”

During a launch event in Delhi, Caesar Sengupta, the head of Google’s Next Billion program said the app “works with the vast majority of Android smartphones in the country.”

The app launch took place on Sept. 18 with India Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying, “Tez by Google is perhaps the simplest form of monetary transactions.”

Since launching on Google Play and iTunes store, the app has received positive reviews by users. On the Android platform, of nearly 15,000 reviews and over 100,000 users, the app has a 3.8 star rating, with over half of the reviews being 5-star. On the Apple platform, Tez has a 4.5-star rating with 15 reviews.

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Mahindra and Ford Announce Strategic Cooperation




Ford Mahindra

Designed at leveraging the benefits of Ford’s global reach and Mahindra’s scale in India and successful operating model, Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company announced a strategic alliance.

DEARBORN, Mich. (Diya TV) — Designed at leveraging the benefits of Ford and Mahindra’s strengths, Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company announced a strategic alliance.

A Sept. 18 announcement by Ford says the “agreement between the two companies will allow each to leverage their mutual strengths during a period of unprecedented transformation in the global automotive industry.”

Areas of cooperation include:mobility programs; connected vehicle projects; electrification; product development; sourcing and commercial efficiencies; distribution within India; improving Ford’s reach within India; and improving Mahindra’s reach beyond India.

“Ford is committed to India and this alliance can help us deliver the best vehicles and services to customers while profitably growing in the world’s fifth largest vehicle market,” stated Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets.

Ford and Mahindra will work together for a period of up to three years. Following that the period may be extended.

“The changes facing the automotive industry globally are triggered by the accelerated rise of new technologies, sustainability policies and new models of urban shared mobility. Given these changes we see the need to anticipate new market trends, explore alternatives and look for ways to collaborate even as we compete and build powerful synergies that will allow rapid exploitation of the exciting new opportunities …,” said Dr. Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra and Mahindra.

Mahindra is one of the leading utility vehicle manufacturers in India for over 70 years.

Mahindra owns a majority stake in Ssangyong Motor Company in Korea and is developing products like the GenZe – the world’s first electric connected scooter.

Ford is one of the largest exporters of cars from the U.S., manufacturing and exporting vehicles and engines from its manufacturing facilities in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Sanand, Gujarat. India is also the second-largest Ford employee base globally, with more than 14,000 people working across the Ford India and Global Business Services operations in New Delhi, Chennai, and Coimbatore.

The Mahindra Group is a $19 billion federation of companies focused on “innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities.”

It is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defense and motorcycles. Mahindra employs over 200,000 people across 100 countries.

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide.

The two companies had a brief 1995 partnership for manufacturing the Ford Escort. However, after three years, the partnership ceased.

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Duke University Opens India office in Bengaluru

Duke University Opens India office in Bengaluru




Duke University India

North Carolina-based private research university Duke University recently opened an India office in Bengaluru to foster its collaborations with Indian universities and organizations.

DURHAM, N.C. (Diya TV) — North Carolina-based private research university Duke University recently opened an India office in Bengaluru to foster its collaborations with Indian universities and organizations.

Duke University India “aims to expand the existing Duke-India partnerships, which include academic exchange programs and research collaborations,” Duke Today reported.

According to the report, the University’s current partners in India include NITI-Aayog, the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University in Ahmedabad, Narayana Health City, IIM – Udaipur, IIM – Ahmedabad, and IIT- Gandhinagar.

Duke hosted a launch event on Sept. 18, celebrating the commencement of operations, featuring a conversation between Dr. Michael Merson, vice president and vice provost for global affairs at Duke and Dr. Devi Shetty, chairman and founder of Narayana Health.

“I think we cannot think of education if we don’t think of global education,” Namrata Jha, executive director of Duke University India said in a video posted by Duke Global. “Duke University has opened a new office in India, based in Bangalore to create more partnerships – research collaborations, university partnerships, more student exchange, faculty exchange, going to India and understanding about Indian culture, more student exchange, faculty exchange, going to India and understanding about Indian culture, learning from the community, giving back to the community. And my team at Duke University’s office in India will be working with faculty at Duke to make that happen.”

“India is unique. While it has lots of challenges, it is also a hub of intellect, of forward-looking thinking, young minds. It’s a fertile ground for doing something groundbreaking in this world. If the technological innovation and great minds of Duke University could tap into the young minds of India, I think we can create wonders,” she added.

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina.  More than 430 Indian students are currently enrolled there and nearly 700 Duke Alumni live in India.

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