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Cavaliers will fall to Warriors for second straight year — this time in 7

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are meeting in the NBA Finals for the second straight season. The matchup that so many wanted, pitting the reigning-MVP Stephen Curry against LeBron James, who is making his sixth straight Finals appearance, this time with his full squad, featuring Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Last offseason, many of the Cavaliers spoke bluntly how they felt the outcome of the series would have been different if Cleveland had its full squad — both players are healthy and ready for Game 1 on Thursday night.

Conveniently, Cleveland is also playing some of the best basketball the team and its fans have ever seen. LeBron and Co. stormed through the Eastern Conference behind the postseason’s second-best offense and a Big Three unit that’s reached a new plateau.

However, Golden State is looking to cap off their historical 73-win season with their second consecutive championship, and boast a talented roster of their own. The league’s best, some might say — a group of players who have the astute ability to play effectively in nearly every situation and face almost any style a team could conjure up.

A demonstration: This season, Golden State hasn’t leaned nearly as hard on their shot quality, the Warriors have won 9 of 11 games where they recorded a shot quality below 50 — whatever shot the Warriors decide to take, they’re still going to make more than their opponent. Another? During the Western Conference Finals, Golden State faced elimination on three separate occasions, but clawed back from a 3-1 deficit, becoming just the tenth team in league history to accomplish such a feat.

Beating Cleveland in a seven-game series will require a specific blueprint, one which the Warriors precisely possess. In fact, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, Cleveland has been assigned just a 25 percent chance of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy. When Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and LeBron James are on the court together, they create turnovers on 13.9 percent of possessions.

Cleveland could very well be better equipped for these Finals than they were last year, but so are the Warriors.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Houston cop Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal remembered, fund set up for family

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) —  The loss of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal while on a routine traffic stop has stunned people around the country. Everyone from Texas governor Greg Abbott to the Houston Texans football team are honoring the Dhaliwal. A GoFundMe page has been setup to support his family, with totals so far in excess of $700,000.

Before Prime Minister Modi headed back to India following his Houston community summit & UN speeches, he met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The Hawaii Congresswoman & Democratic Presidential candidate has been criticized for her support of Modi. But she was happy to highlight the importance of the US-India relationship on Twitter.

The NBA is in India this week for their first-ever preseason games that will feature the Indiana Pacers & Sacramento Kings. The Gateway of India was illuminated with bright colors & there are a series of events in and around the games going on in Delhi & Mumbai.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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