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Contestants and parents prepare for the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, an eighth-grader at Folsom Middle School, repeated her winning performance this year when she became the regional champion March 2 in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals for the second consecutive year. The Indian American youth tied for fourth place in the national competition last year. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, an eighth-grader at Folsom Middle School, repeated her winning performance this year when she became the regional champion March 2 in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals for the second consecutive year. The Indian American youth tied for fourth place in the national competition last year. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) — Since its inception, seven Indian-American students have captured gold at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and with this year’s edition right around the corner, students and parents alike are preparing themselves for a chance at the title of best speller.

In order to qualify for the Scripps tournament, students must win a regional tournament in their state.

Aanjaneyaa Venkataraman, 14, of the Mary Institute and Saint Louis Day School, was named regional champion during the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee finals on March 12. It was his fifth attempt at winning the Missouri regional competition.

In North Carolina, the title at the Wake County Spelling Bee changed hands, but stayed in the same family — last year’s champion, Rohan Sachdev, was defeated by his younger brother, Rahul, a seventh grader from Carnage Middle School.

Dwaritha Ramesh, an eighth-grade student from Connecticut, defeated 62 other students from around the state at Quinnipiac University during that state’s competition.

In total, the national tournament will feature 285 competitors all vying for the title of the nation’s top speller, and a $30,000 cash prize. Other prizes include a $2,500 savings bond, a reference library from Miriam-Webster, $2,600 in reference works and a lifetime membership to Britannica Online Premium from Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as a $5,000 cash prize from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation. This year marks the 89th edition of the six-round tournament.

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Indiaspora releases 2021 government leaders list featuring over 200 members of Indian diaspora

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Indiaspora Releases 2021 Government Leaders List | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Nonprofit Indiaspora released their list recognizing more than 200 members of the Indian diaspora who are leaders in their countries’ governments. The leaders span the globe, with more than 60 holding Cabinet-level positions.

More than 32 million people of Indian origin live outside of India, the largest diaspora population in the world.

After entertaining pitches from a number of Indian states, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa declared Tesla will set up its Indian production in his state. An electric vehicle pioneer, analysts forecast India could generate 5% of Tesla’s revenue in the next 5 years.

The late Indian American scientist Narinder Singh Kapany, the father of fiber optics, received a posthumous Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest award. Singh died last year at the age of 94.

An Indian physicist’s revolutionary Black Hole research is turning 50 years old. C.V. Vishveshwara died in 2017, but his work lives on and continues to be honored. The Indian Association for General Relativity and Gravitation and The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences held an event in India to discuss the implications of Vishveshwara’s breakthrough. And now colleagues in his field around the world continue to be astounded at his research. Building off the work of Albert Einstein, Vishveshwara found that Black Holes had a structure, and if you banged on it, would vibrate like a bell. He first published this finding in the science journal “Nature.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Search continues for 12 yr old Arunay Pruthi lost at sea.

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One Month Since Arunay Pruthi’s Loss At Sea | Diya TV News

FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV)  — It’s been a month since 12 year old Arunay Pruthi disappeared off the California coast. And while his family and their Fremont neighbors are devastated by his apparent loss, they continue to hold out hope they will find out what happened to the 7th grader. Pruthi was caught by dangerous surf at Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay and his father said he just drifted away. Despite hundreds of volunteers scouring the area, Pruthi hasn’t been seen since. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.

31 year old Ashwani Jain announced he’s running to become Maryland’s next governor. The Democrat recently ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery, Maryland City Council. He’s also a former Obama administration official.

Sean Desai made history, as he was named the Chicago Bears new defensive coordinator, making him the first Indian American ever to receive a coordinator job in the NFL. The 37 year old served as an assistant coach for several years before this promotion. Desai started his coaching career at Temple University, where he also received a doctorate in educational administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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UN: Avoid Pakistani airlines over fake pilot licence scandal

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SANTA CLARA (Diya TV) — The United Nations is telling its staff and partner agencies to avoid flying on all Pakistani airlines as the country continues to deal with a fake pilot license scandal. The warning means UN staff in Pakistan will be unable to fly internationally or domestically with these airlines, creating a travel nightmare.

The National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers is increasing its stake in soccer club Leeds United to 37 percent. And Indian American Paraag Marathe has been tapped to become Vice Chairman of the English Premier League team. Marathe will lead day to day operations and be more involved in the decision making process. The executive is still the 49ers Vice President of Football Operations, essentially the right hand man to owner Jed York.

As more foreign companies turn their backs on the United States, China and India are taking advantage. Direct investment in the US by overseas companies plummeted 49 percent last year according to a recent study. China’s grew by four percent to $163 billion. In India, foreign direct investment skyrocketed 13 percent last year to $57 billion. Policies allowing more foreign companies like Ikea and Uniqlo to open stores and increasing the country’s manufacturing base are some of the reasons for this growth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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