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New Delhi student Sheryas Kapur wins “Google Thinking Big Award” at the Intel Engineering Fair in Arizona

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PHOENIX (Diya TV) — Shreyas Kapur, a student of Delhi’s Modern School, was the grand prize winner of the Google Thinking Big Award at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday.

In total, 16 students from India won six awards at the meet in the fields of biotechnology, medicine, biomedical engineering and mathematics. They were awarded with $9,500 in prize money.

The fair featured more than 1,700 young scientists whom were selected from a variety of previously held science fairs in 77 countries.

Kapur was selected for the honor after judges felt his project “addressed a large and seemingly-impossible problem, by finding an elegant solution with broad impact.” It was titled Cellphone-based Optometry using Hybrid Images and was previously selected by NASA for its Biomedical Engineering award.

Arvind Krishna Ranganathan of Mumbai’s Ecole Mondiale World School garnered second-place honors for his project titled, Deterministic Approach to the Position, Trajectory, and Collision Prediction of Particles within Bounded Two-Dimensional Environments.

Suhani Sachin Jain and Divya Kranthi of the Centre Point School in Nagpur shared the title of third place in plant sciences for their work in developing and innovative strategy using endophytes effective biocontrol of insect pests in cotton.

Vasudev Malyan of Maharaja Agarsain Public School in Delhi rounded out the top four for the development of a sensor and diagnostic test for multiple sclerosis patients.

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FBI: Amity CEO Ridhima Singh, others accused of major healthcare fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The FBI says, CEO Ridhima Singh of Amity Home Health Care is among the 28 people, that include doctors and nurses, accused in the scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area’s largest home health care provider, Amity Home Health Care, with involvement in a kickback scheme that led to $115 million in tainted claims. The complaint said medical professionals received $8 million worth of bribes disguised as payroll, phony medical directorships, reimbursements, entertainment or gifts, in what the Department of Justice said was simply “a cash for patients scheme.”

The man accused of stabbing and killing 62 year old Parmjit Singh in Tracy made his first court appearance. 21 year old Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads of Tracy pleaded not guilty of homicide during his arraignment. Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime.

And Priyanka Chopra & her husband Nick Jonas were named by People Magazine as their pick for ‘Best Dressed of the Year.’

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tracy Sikh community mourns killing of 64 year old Parmjit Singh

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TRACY, Calif. (Diya TV) — The Sikh community in Tracy, California is mourning the loss of 64-year-old Parmjit Singh, who was on his routine walk through a park when he was stabbed and left for dead. The FBI is investigating, but so far there is no concrete suspect information, just a person of interest. It has not been determined either whether Singh’s death will be classified as a hate crime.

The mayor of Manhattan, Kansas, Usha Reddi announced she is running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. There is no incumbent challenger for Reddi, but no Democrat has won a Senate seat in Kansas since 1932.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and professor Jhumpa Lahiri is taking the helm as director of Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing.

And actor Kumail Nanjiani announced he is joining the cast of the Marvel Studios’ “The Eternals.” Featuring a diverse cast, Nanjiani tweeted “I’m gonna be a super hero in a purple costume!!!!”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Imran Khan pens Op-ed in New York Times about Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote an editorial for the New York Times to argue his case against India’s recent move to change their constitution to oversee Jammu & Kashmir more closely. The opinion piece is part of Khan’s strategy to internationalize the dispute. So far, the Trump administration is staying out of the matter.

But a few more Democrats in Congress took to Twitter to express their alarm over Kashmir, California Congressman Ted Lieu, Michigan Congressman Andy Levin and Virginia Congressman Don Beyer. Beyer is concerned over the “ongoing communications blackout.” Lieu called for “de-escalation.” And Levin, who spent a year in India while in college, said “the India of Narendra Modi is not the India I fell in love with.”

Meanwhile, some Kashmiris are claiming the Indian army is electrocuting them & beating them with cables and sticks. But the allegations have not been verified and the Indian army called them “baseless and unsubstantiated.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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