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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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Indian CEO’s meet with President Trump in London

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LONDON (Diya TV) — A number of prominent Indian CEOs from the US and the UK met with President Trump during a breakfast roundtable on his visit to London. Members of the American cabinet were also in attendance, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, as well as the president’s daughter, Ivanka.

The Punjab government announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery school to the PhD level. They also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 schools and all 48 government colleges.

Rayna Gokli McIntyre will be a new District Court Judge in Colorado, becoming the second South Asian member to the bench in that state.

In New Jersey, Zahid Quraishi was named a U.S. Magistrate Judge, becoming the first Asian American federal judge in that state.

And Karamjit and Karawjit Singh took danger to new heights with this coconut and melon smashing display on America’s Got Talent, all while wearing a blindfold.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump ends $5.6B GSP trade preference for India

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump is ending $5.6 billion worth of trade concessions for India under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences program effective this week, saying India failed to assure the U.S. that it would provide ‘equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.

Bay Area Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo reintroduced a bill to save work authorization visas for H-4 holders whose spouses are on track to get a green card. Many of those eligible are Indian American women.

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education released new social studies standards, which for the first time include Sikhism. Nearly 700,000 students in Oklahoma public schools will now learn more about the Sikh community, in this effort spearheaded by the Sikh Coalition.

The Golden State Warriors played through two more injuries to rotation players to beat the Raptors in Toronto 109-104 to even the NBA Finals at a game a piece.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe are on-site and will have more courtside.

And we talk to the stars of Netflix’s newest romantic comedy ‘Always Be My Maybe,’ a feature that offers a story & characters Asian Americans will find relatable from some of the most talented names in Hollywood.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Campaigning stopped in West Bengal due to violence

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KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) — For the first time in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning to stop a day early in West Bengal because of violence between political factions in Kolkata.

SAALT released an overview of the growth in the South Asian demographic around America and it shows the community is increasing exponentially.

SAALT says the South Asian population in the U.S. grew a stunning 40% in seven years, from 3.5 million in 2010 to 5.4 million in 2017.

The first ever Sikh American mayor of a large city, Ravi Bhalla, was portrayed by a New Jersey-based website in a photoshopped image as an Arab dictator. Supporters of Bhalla, who is the mayor of Hoboken, are denouncing the image as racist and want the “Hudson Mile Square View” to take it down.

And the Indian government held an event at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the world’s largest film industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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