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Following championship win, Cavs fans set new record in merchandise sales

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LeBron James hoists the Larry O'Brien Trophy while stepping off the Cavaliers plane after Cleveland returned home from winning the NBA Finals.

LeBron James hoists the Larry O’Brien Trophy while stepping off the Cavaliers plane after Cleveland returned home from winning the NBA Finals.

CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — After the Cavaliers captured Cleveland’s first professional sports championship in 52 years, fans busted out their laptops and smartphones and began ordering their commemorative championship hats, T-shirts and magazines.

A lot of them.

According to Fanatics, the nation’s largest online seller of sports merchandise which also runs the NBA Store in Manhattan and the league’s official online shop, Cavaliers fans bought twice as much championship swag in the first 24 hours after the win than Warriors fans had the year previous. Moreover, officials from Fanatics said Cavaliers fans have purchased more gear less than two days after winning a title than Warriors fans did for a full week following their championship last season.

“The response to the Cavaliers winning their first NBA title, and the city taking home their first championship in 52 years, has been overwhelming, both inside of Ohio and around the entire country,” said Jack Boyle, president of merchandising for Fanatics. “When you combine the global star power of LeBron and what he has meant to his city with the thrilling 3-1 [series] comeback, the nation was glued to this series and they are responding by purchasing more championship gear than any other NBA Finals in history.”

Cleveland-based T-shirt company Fresh Brewed Tees set an all-time sales record for all vendors at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, according to the company’s founder, Tony Madalone.

“We’ve done six figures in sales since the game ended,” Madalone said. “We saw similar demand to when LeBron came home. But this will be much longer and sustainable.”

Some of Madalone’s most popular shirts have been his “God Loves Cleveland” and “Two Won Six,” which refers to the city’s area code.

“I’ve been in Cleveland my whole life and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Madalone said. “Grown men crying, strangers hugging and high-fiving and every person in Cavs gear. It’s incredible.”

Sales of Cavaliers gear was “trending towards this being the largest [NBA] championship event in company history,” according to a Dick’s Sporting Goods company official.

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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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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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