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NBA Finals draw 19.2 million viewers for Game 1

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night was the most watched and highest-rated opening game in ABC’s history, with 19.2 million viewers tuning in for an 11.1 household rating.

The Nielsen Company, which determines ratings, said ABC eclipsed the previous viewership high of 17,768,000 by 8 percent — that mark was set by the same two teams when they met for Game 1 of the 2015 Finals. The final figure for Thursday night’s game is the highest for a Game 1 on any television network since 1998. The peak viewership moment was from 10:45-11 p.m. ET with 22,610,000 viewers and a 12.9 rating.

For network giant ESPN, Game 1 was the most-watched NBA game ever for its WatchESPN app, with an average minute audience of 347,000.

In overnight ratings, the game drew a 36.0 rating from Cleveland and 32.8 in San Francisco.

In Game 1, Warriors reserve Shaun Livingston showcased the playoff performance of his life, posting a career-playoff high 20 points during a 80 percent shooting performance. Last year’s Finals MVP Andre Iguodala added another 12, and Leandro Barbosa shot a perfect 5 for 5, collecting 11 points of his own. All three players came off the bench.

Golden State won the game 104-89. The two teams will square off in Game 2 on Sunday evening.

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Reps. Jayapal, Omar concerned over Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  Democratic Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Ilhan Omar are both expressing concern over reports from Kashmir saying the Indian government has arrested 2,000 people. 

Jayapal in a tweet said “using fear & hyper-patriotism to suppress dissent is as detrimental in India as it is America.”

Omar called “for an immediate restoration of communication; and de-escalation in Kashmir.”

So far, there is no clarity from the Indian government what charges arrests have been made under or for how long those arrested face detention.

A request by Pakistan’s minister for human rights asking that Priyanka Chopra be stripped of her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace was rejected. The United Nations defended Chopra, saying she retains the ability to speak in their own personal capacity, but that those views do not necessarily reflect the UN.

And two Indian athletes are competing in the first round of the U.S. Open. 

And Sumit Nagal, who became the youngest Indian man to qualify for a major since Leander Paes, took one set from the legendary Roger Federer before losing in his first round match 3 sets to one. Prajnesh Gunneswaran also fell short against fifth seed Daniil Medvedev.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi has Kashmir issue ‘under control,’ Trump says at G7 meeting

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BIARRITZ, France (Diya TV) — President Trump and Prime Minister Modi had a side meeting at the G7 Summit in France. When asked about the ongoing Kashmir conflict, Trump said India and Pakistan “can do it by themselves.” Modi added he has faith to find a solution through discussion since before 1947, the region was one nation.

Meanwhile, isolated skirmishes continue. Protesters threw stones at Indian security forces in Srinagar, while chanting freedom slogans. The security forces responded with tear gas.

Arun Jaitley, who was India’s finance minister until May of this year to address health issues, has passed away. He was 66 years old. Jaitley was a pivotal figure in Prime Minister Modi’s cabinet and leading proponent of India’s demonetization of ₹500 and ₹1000 rupee notes to counter corruption and black money.

P.V. Sindhu became the first Indian to win a Badminton World Federation World Championships Gold Medal.

And two Indian athletes are competing in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi to visit New York City, Houston in September

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be returning to the United States to attend a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. And then will take a day to visit Houston for the first time, where an event for him to connect with the diaspora is being planned.

A series of racially-charged tweets by President Trump directed at four minority female members of Congress received near universal condemnation by Democrats. Mr. Trump in the tweet said these members should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three of the four women Trump targeted were born in the United States.

In an epic championship match, England defeated New Zealand to become the World Champions for the first time in cricket history.

And in an another amazing contest — the top two seeds and tennis legends Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played the first-ever five set tiebreaker in a major Grand Slam. It was the longest match ever played at Wimbledon and Djokovic edged Federer in that tiebreaker to win his fifth Wimbledon championship.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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