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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 elections are underway, as voters line up to cast ballots across the nation

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Indian Elections are Underway

WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Indian elections are underway, as voters around the nation are lining up to cast their ballots. The first phase covered 91 seats across 18 states and two union territories. Two voters were killed in election related violence in Andhra Pradesh.

In London, British Police arrested Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange on behalf of the United States from Ecuador’s embassy, where he has been for the last seven years. The US is charging him with helping Chelsea Manning break into classified computers. Ecuador says they allowed the arrest because of Assange’s discourteous behavior.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is on a US tour to discuss India’s economic agenda, reforms and future plans with American investors.

Students from India are being told by the Indian embassy in Washington to do their due diligence on American universities, after more than 100 Indians enrolled at a fake school set up by the U.S. to expose immigration fraud.

And in the first year of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, the number of companies paying zero taxes doubled from 30 to 60, including Amazon, Netflix, Chevron, Eli Lilly & John Deere.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Study finds Churchill responsible for 1943 Bengal famine, killing more than 3 million Indians

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A new study using soil analysis says Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s policies triggered the 1943 Bengal famine that lead to the deaths of more than 3 million Indians from starvation and disease.

Delta and Korean Airlines apologized to the family of two Indian-American teens who were kicked off a flight on their way to the Philippines because they asked the airline not to serve peanuts around them because of allergies. The teens, who were traveling by themselves, are now back safely with their family.

Dun & Bradstreet, a major player in business data and analytics, named Neeraj Sahai President of Dun & Bradstreet International.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas launched a new series on YouTube called “If I Could Tell You One Thing.” Her first show features Olympian Simone Biles, fashion icon Diane von Furstenburg and comedienne Awkawfina.

And we’ll have a round-up of the some of the best April Fools Day pranks, including one from Ola Cabs, who decided it would be the right day to launch a new line of portable restrooms.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Hasan Minhaj takes on Indian Politics

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Disney officially closed its deal with Fox for $71.3 billion, giving Disney the keys to Twentieth Century Fox movie and TV studios, cable networks and major inroads into India through Star TV.

A new lawsuit claims Indian outsourcing firm HCL Technologies is exploiting the H-1B visa system, while discriminating against non-South Asian workers.

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, who is now a medical school professor, announced he will run as a Democratic challenger to Republican Representative Michael McCaul in 2020 for the 10th Congressional District seat that serves Austin, Texas.

Ken Juster, America’s Ambassador to India, commissioned the recreation of bright blue Indian-style murals at Roosevelt House, his official residence in India, saying he wanted to celebrate through art and architecture the deep bonds between the two nations.

And Comedian Hasan Minhaj chose not to listen to his elders and dedicated his latest episode of “Patriot Act” on Netflix to the Indian election. We wish him well.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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