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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — To inaugurate their trip to India, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge played cricket with one of the country’s biggest stars, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, in a Mumbai park as they began their royal tour of India and Bhutan on Sunday.

As a crowd assembled around them in Mumbai’s Oval Maidan recreation ground, Kate wielded a cricket bat as the former Indian captain bowled to her.

Prince William, a noted fan of the sport, took his turn in the batting crease. The couple participated in a number of sporting activities with a group of local children.

Before the sporting began, the couple first paid a visit to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and laid a wreath in memory of the Mumbai terrorist attacks — dozens of victims were killed during the attack, which spanned three days in 2008 and was executed by Islamist terrorists. Additionally, they met with hotel staff who helped protect guests during the attacks, Kensington Palace said on its Twitter feed.

Upon arriving in Mumbai, William and Kate were informed of the deadly temple fire in Kollam, where 112 were reported dead. The Duke and Duchess were “saddened by the news and send their thoughts to all who are assisting the victims,” a spokesman for Kensington Palace said.

After the sporting activities ended, the couple then visited the city’s ancient Banganga water tank, where they were greeted with dancers, and presented with garlands to scatter on the water.

In the evening, they were scheduled to attend a Bollywood gala, to fundraise for charities they had met with during the day. The remainder of their trip will see the Duke and Duchess pay a visit to the country’s capital city, New Delhi, Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

The tour is coming on the heels of criticism in Britain’s tabloids that Prince William was slacking off from his responsibilities as a senior royal. Last month, his younger brother, Prince Harry, made a five-day visit to the neighboring Himalayan nation of Nepal.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

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And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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