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Cavaliers players disgruntled over price of Warriors tickets

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Several players from the Cleveland Cavaliers opted against purchasing tickets for the first two games of the NBA Finals, after they became upset to learn the price the Golden State Warriors were charging for tickets and the location of the seats.

The Warriors offered Cavaliers lower-level tickets, located in the corners of Oracle Arena, to purchase for their friends and family for $1,300 each. According to an ESPN report, that price is double what the same seats went for during last year’s Finals tournament. However, the figure is still $300 less than the price season-ticket holders paid themselves.

A Warriors spokesperson said the price increase is a direct result of supply and demand. The prices have been increased for fans and players on both teams, the spokesperson said.

Ticket prices for Warriors games have been on a meteoric rise over the past few seasons, as the team has developed into one of the finest the game has ever seen. Golden State has historically never had much of an issue filling the seats of their arena — the current waitlist for season tickets sits at over 20,000. Additionally, the Warriors have sold out 175 straight regular-season games at Oracle Arena, which has a capacity of 19,596.

Bay Area sports fans are riding a tidal wave of emotions at the current moment — the NBA Finals, Copa America soccer tournament and Stanley Cup Final are all in town simultaneously. The latter of three, believe it or not, is currently the hottest commodity in all of the Bay Area.

The lowest-priced ticket on Stubhub for Thursday’s Warriors game was $359 for three seats in Section 215. Compare that to NHL, where the lowest price on Ticketmaster for Saturday’s Sharks game was $677 for three seats in Section 217. StubHub’s best deal for Saturday’s game was $629.95 for one seat in Section 224.

Steve Itelson, a Warriors season-ticket holder, shared with the San Francisco Chronicle  ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals that his ticket prices have increased dramatically — he said he ticket prices for the Western Conference Finals were increased 55 percent, and the cost increase for the NBA Finals was 150 percent.

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Federal Court rules Trump must turn over tax returns | Diya TV News

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal convicted of large scale H1B fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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