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Tech CEO Himanshu Bhatia to pay $135,000 to former domestic employee in settlement

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Himanshu Bhatia is the chief executive officer of Rose International, an information technology solutions company with offices in Irvine, Calif.

IRVINE, Calif. (Diya TV) — The chief executive of an IT staffing company with California offices will pay $135,000 to settle claims she mistreated a former domestic employee.

The U.S. Labor Department filed a complaint Aug. 22 against Himanshu Bhatia, the chief executive of Rose International. The company is headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo., but has an office in Irvine, Calif. The complaint alleged Bhatia forced Sheela Ningwal to sleep with the family dogs and work 15½-hour days, seven days a week.

According to the complaint, Bhatia forced Ningwal to “work and live in servitude, without any understanding of her rights as an employee or ability to adequately enforce her rights, since Ms. Ningwal’s attempts to enforce her rights resulted not only in the loss of her employment, but of food and shelter.”

Bhatia continues to deny the claims but decided to settle the case to avoid a costly lawsuit.

“Mrs. Bhatia firmly denied all of the claims made by the department regarding the employee, whom Mrs. Bhatia contended had been treated as a virtual member of the family.  The lawsuit was resolved for less than the cost of continuing to litigate the case and will allow Mrs. Bhatia to focus on her business affairs,” the family said in a statement.

Bhatia will pay $54,348 in wages, and additional $54,348 in liquidated damages and $26,304 gross sum damages, the Labor Department stated.

The Department of Labor said Bhatia paid Ningwal, an Indian national, $400 a month plus food in exchange for housework performed seven days a week at Bhatia’s homes in San Juan Capistrano, Miami, Las Vegas and Long Beach. She worked for Bhatia from July 2012 to December 2014. The Labor Department further alleged Ningwal was forced to sleep in the garage on a piece of carpet near Bhatia’s dogs. Ningwal’s passport was also confiscated, according to the Department of Labor.

Bhatia, the Department of Labor said, fired Ningwal after she discovered the woman was researching labor laws on a computer.

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Ivanka Trump meets Indian Minister Sushma Swaraj during UN general session

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President Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the annual UN General Assembly session in New York. Photo courtesy of Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — President Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the annual UN General Assembly session in New York.

Ivanka, who is leading the American delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India in November, discussed women’s entrepreneurship and workforce development.

“We had a great discussion on women’s entrepreneurship, the upcoming #GES2017 and workforce development in the U.S. and India,” Ivanka tweeted after the meeting. The summit will be co-hosted by India and the U.S. in Hyderabad Nov. 28 to 30. The annual event is a premier gathering of emerging entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders from around the world.

The 35-year-old Ivanka expressed her respect for Swaraj, whom she described on Twitter as a “charismatic” foreign minister.

“I have long respected India’s accomplished and charismatic Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and it was an honor to meet her today,” Ivanka stated.

Swaraj discussed “Women Empowerment” and Ivanka’s forthcoming visit to India, the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. stated.

Leading a high-powered Indian delegation, Swaraj will be hosting several meetings with Global leaders.

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Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

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Sean Combs Announces Roma Khanna CEO of Revolt TV

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Sean Combs has announced Roma Khanna the CEO of Revolt TV.

“As Revolt continues to grow as a brand and expand globally, I knew we needed a seasoned executive with a proven track record to keep the momentum going and help me lead the network into the future,” said Combs. “Roma is that person. She has the experience and tenacity to build on Revolt’s success and as we continue to influence content and culture around the world.”

“After decades of building large-scale businesses in TV and media, I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside visionary Sean Combs to get hands-on and redefine content models with a view to building a modern, relevant, global cultural brand,” said Khanna. “Revolt is ready to create and curate content and super-serve its audience on its own TV platform and beyond, living and breathing with its audience wherever they might be.”

Revolt says the company’s mission is to build on its platform to offer long- and short-form content revolving around hip-hop music and culture. According to Revolt’s website, “REVOLT is focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation – on-air, on-line, on-demand. The multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming.”

Revolt claims to have over 50 million young adult consumers through television, digital properties, social and mobile. REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen.

Khanna left MGM, where she served as president, in late 2015. She helped launch FX’s “Fargo” and History’s “Vikings.” She spent three years as president of global networks for NBC Universal’s international networks wing. She also oversaw the development of Hulu hit “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Revolt had been without a CEO for a year, since Keith Clinkscales left the company last August. Revolt launched as a linear channel in the U.S. in October 2013 and has since expanded to Africa and the Caribbean.

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Indian American Physician Vas Narasimhan Named CEO of Novartis

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Indian American Physician Vas Narasimhan Named CEO of Novartis

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Switzerland-based biotech giant Novartis says Indian American physician Vas Narasimhan will take reins as CEO on Feb. 1.

The 41-year-old Narasimhan joined Novartis in 2005. He currently serves as the company’s Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer. He is also a member of Novartis’ Executive Committee.

“Both from a professional and a personal perspective, this is the right moment to hand the leadership reins of the company to Vas,” said current Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez. “Our strong pipeline and the strategic moves we have taken to focus the company have put Novartis on a strong path for the future. On the personal side, after 10 wonderful years in Switzerland, my family is ready to return to Silicon Valley and the U.S. I’m confident that Vas will be an excellent successor.”

Joerg Reinhardt, chairman of the Novartis board of directors, said the company anticipates “a smooth transition, as Joe built a strong leadership team and mentored his successor.”

Narasimhan graduated from Harvard Medical School. He also has a master’s in public policy from the university’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining Novartis, he worked at McKinsey & Company, first as a consultant and then as an engagement manager.

An elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Narasimhan has held a number of positions at Novartis.

Reinhardt expressed confidence in Narasimhan’s ability to lead the company to “expected next growth phase … The strength of Novartis is our ability to drive science-based innovation. Vas is deeply anchored in medical science, has significant experience in managing the interfaces between Research and Development and commercial units and has strong business acumen with a track record of outstanding achievements. As a physician, he has a strong patient focus and a genuine humane perspective and care for the mission and values of Novartis. As a result, the Board of Directors is confident that Vas is the right choice to lead Novartis on our expected next growth phase, driving innovation and further strengthening our competitive position.”

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