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A Tale of Two Cities: When stars become Gods



MOHALI, INDIA (Diya TV) If you’ve followed Indian cricket, then you know there has been one “God” – Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin epitomized the “Mumbai school of batting”, and he was it’s finest specimen – perfect technique as every shot always seemed to find improbable gaps all around the wicket and the propensity to score the big centuries. Sachin was the same yet refreshingly different from those that excelled in the art of batting, the legendary Gavaskar, the effortless Vengsarkar: Sachin showcased grit! Especially when the odds got tough and overseas. Amongst all his great innings, his two chasesin Sharjah in 1998, elevated an Indian cricketer to immortal, God status. It was that Sachin we longed to see well into his twilight, but over time we experienced an mellowed perfectionist who floated above and away from the mortals that walked the same field as he did.

This brings us to our story today, as we’re experiencing the transformation of a star into God v2.0 status – Virat Kohli. We’ve smiled at the expletive laden celebrations and the passionate repartee which is typical of Delhi boys

Remember Gautam Gambhir?

But over time he’s showcased a strong mind and a hunger to excel that fuels the machismo that will lead Indian cricket forward. Kohli has been prolific in all forms of the game and like his mentor,

Sachin, has an impeccable technique and a record overseas. Yet Kohli seems special, he’s showcased the strong hunger to finish important games especially when the odds stack up against India. In the WT20 tournament, we’ve experienced two special innings so far, one against Bangladesh and the other against Australia where he’s stepped into the cauldron and batted India out of trouble while more talented ones have struggled, and badly so! What’s special about these innings is that they showcase a strong mind – confident in the body’s abilities, they showcase responsibility which reflects maturity (Virat’s 27 years old) and above all it showcases passion that is not all talk.

We’re witnessing a star that will continue to shine brighter and if he continues on the same passionate trajectory Indian cricket will have just gilded its God v2.0 in the next 3 years. Virat Kohli – We’re misty eyed, standing and applauding!


Modi to visit New York City, Houston in September



Modi Houston New York

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be returning to the United States to attend a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. And then will take a day to visit Houston for the first time, where an event for him to connect with the diaspora is being planned.

A series of racially-charged tweets by President Trump directed at four minority female members of Congress received near universal condemnation by Democrats. Mr. Trump in the tweet said these members should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three of the four women Trump targeted were born in the United States.

In an epic championship match, England defeated New Zealand to become the World Champions for the first time in cricket history.

And in an another amazing contest — the top two seeds and tennis legends Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played the first-ever five set tiebreaker in a major Grand Slam. It was the longest match ever played at Wimbledon and Djokovic edged Federer in that tiebreaker to win his fifth Wimbledon championship.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup



New Zealand wins Cricket

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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Indian American family of four killed at home in Iowa



Iowa Family killed

DES MOINES (Diya TV) — Investigators in Des Moines, Iowa say the Sunkara family, an Indian American family of four, were found dead in their home over the weekend. All four had gunshot wounds. There is no suspect in custody.

The 5th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated around the world this weekend. Thousands flocked to the Washington Monument in Washington DC, where yoga enthusiasts of all ages took part in the event, including representatives from the White House, US Department of State and the Ambassadors of Nepal, Mauritius and Myanmar.

The alums of the Indian Institutes of Technology gathered in Silicon Valley for their annual conference, featuring talks by Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola Cabs.

India is now 7-0 against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup games, after winning by 89 runs in a match interrupted by rain.

And we spoke to Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia after his team won their first NBA title. Nav told our Ravi Kapur exclusively he will part of the championship parade and even received a ring from the owner.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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