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TV ratings for NBA Finals & Stanley Cup Finals slumping

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 05: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers contests a shot by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 05: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers contests a shot by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The second game of this year’s NBA Finals clash between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers saw a dip in viewers in comparison to Game 1 — Game 2 brought in 17.4 million viewers and a 6.5 rating among adults 18-49, a decrease of 10 percent in the demographic.

For ABC, the 11.8 overnight rating Sunday’s Game 2 received made it the second-most-watched Game 2 in network history. That figure is also 9 percent lower than last year’s Game 2, but is 16 percent higher than the Game 2 between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat during the 2014 season.

The slip was the largest between two games in the NBA Finals since 2007 — LeBron James played in that game as well as a member of the Cavaliers, against the Spurs.

Overall, the first two games of these NBA Finals are averaging 18.3 million viewers. The first two games of the series have been the second-most-watched Games 1 and 2 in the Finals since ABC began broadcasting the series in 2003.

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. Overall, the game drew 19.2 million viewers.

Outside the walls of Oracle Arena, the NHL’s San Jose Sharks have been competing for a championship of their own, playing in the team’s first Stanley Cup Final.

Saturday’s Game 3 of the series — an overtime victory for the Sharks — received a paltry 1.9 rating on NBC Sports Network. That’s the lowest figure for a Stanley Cup Final game since 2002, and tied the lowest recorded figure ever for a Final broadcast. In the Bay Area, the game posted a 6.2 overnight rating, a record for the Sharks playing in a game on any of the NBC family of networks. The same game drew a 28.2 overnight rating in Pittsburgh.

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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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