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StubHub sells pair of Game 7 Warriors tickets for $99k

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Game 7 of the NBA Finals will be played Sunday at Oracle Arena, where a pair of courtside seats were sold by StubHub for $49,500 each. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Game 7 of the NBA Finals will be played Sunday at Oracle Arena, where a pair of courtside seats were sold by StubHub for $49,500 each. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Online ticket reseller StubHub sold its most expensive pair of non-suite tickets for an event on Friday afternoon, the company reported someone paid $49,500 apiece for two courtside tickets to Sunday’s deciding Game 7 matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp said the price of the tickets topped the company’s previous record of $37,000 paid for a courtside ticket to Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. The company also sold a ticket for last year’s mega-bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao for $35,000.

The identity of the buyer was not revealed, but Papp said the person is “well known.”

Hip hop mogul Jay Z and his wife, pop singer Beyonce, were spotted courtside at Game 6 in Cleveland on Thursday. Singer Justin Bieber and international Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior were spotted hanging out with Golden State in their locker room after Game 2. Usher, who attended Game 5 in Oakland, is a documented fan of the Cavaliers. Actress Jessica Alba is publicly known as being a fan of the Warriors as her husband, Cash Warren, once had a production company with former Golden State star Baron Davis.

And of course, everyone is familiar with the bond superstar Drake and MVP Stephen Curry share.

The Cavaliers have won their last two games against the Warriors in the Finals to set the stage for the dramatic Game 7 — LeBron James & Co. are seeking to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals to win the title.

StubHub sold five tickets to Game 6 in Cleveland for $25,000 apiece, while the Warriors’ resale site sold two tickets on Friday to Sunday’s game for $21,500 each.

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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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