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Indian American Table Tennis Player Nikhil Kumar shines at China Juniors

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Nikhil Kumar entered and left China as the No. 1 seed.

Nikhil Kumar entered and left China as the No. 1 seed.

 has emerged as the latest in a long line of superior table tennis players produced by the Indian Community Center’s program in Milpitas, Calif.

The Indian American won the the Mini Cadet boys singles championship at the 2016 China Junior and Cadet Open-ITTF Golden Series Junior circuit, a tournament which took place from July 22 through July 26, in Taicang, China.

Kumar entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, and showcased his prowess as he cruised through the tournament without losing a single set. He defeated Sirapat Wongthosarat, Wing Hang Shih and Yue Xu in straight sets in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, respectively, to claim the title.

Another Indian American player, Aditya Godhwani, participated in the tournament, but the No. 5 seed fell to the aforementioned sixth-seeded Xu.

His win in China is just the latest in a recent string — Kumar, earlier this month, participated in the 2016 U.S. National Championship event in Las Vegas as part of the ICC contingent that captured 19 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze medals.

Three of the table tennis center’s players — Kanak Jha, Lily Zhang and Jiaqi Zheng — are heading to Brazil for the Olympic Games in August.

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4 Indian Americans die, 2 missing in Hurricane Ida floods

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TRENTON (Diya TV) — At least four Indian Americans are dead and two missing as the massive floods ravaged New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Ida. Authorities say the victims were swept away by flood waters or drowned. Crews are using boats and drones, hoping to find more survivors.

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In a historic moment, three women took oath as judges on India’s Supreme Court

Justices Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi, were among the nine new appointees to the highest court of the land. Including these new appointments, the  Supreme Court has had 11 women judges in its history so far.

What a run for India at this year’s Paralympics. The athletes brought home 19 medals, including five gold. The medal count also included eight silver and six bronze.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi to visit US in late September to meet Biden

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first U.S. visit since President Joe Biden took office. Modi is expected to travel to Washington DC and New York in the last week of September, according to top government officials. Modi and Biden have already met virtually on at least three occasions. Most recently at the G-7 summit this past June.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington is getting personal in her fight against the new Texas abortion law, which would ban terminating a pregnancy as early as 6 weeks.  The Indian American politician took to twitter to say getting an abortion years ago was not an easy choice, but it was her own choice. Jayapal says preserving this right is important for every woman across the US.

Mia Bonta is declaring victory in her California state Assembly race. She faced off against Indian American Democrat Janani Ramachandran in the District 18 special election.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Census: Indian American population tops 4 million

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (Diya TV) — Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is touting the achievements of Indian Americans and their influence after the latest census data showing tremendous growth in the community. There are now more than four million Indian Americans and they’re considered one of the fastest growing ethnic groups.  Krishnamurthi says this is just the beginning and expects the community to contribute even more to the fabric of America.  

Pakistan National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf is trying to walk back his controversial statements he allegedly made to a  British newspaper. The Sunday Times says he warned that the West risks a second 9/11 situation if it doesn’t “immediately recognize” the Taliban. The newspaper is standing by its reporting and says the entire interview was recorded.

A white man accused of running over a Sikh man outside a Colorado liquor store with his car is being charged with a hate crime.  Witnesses say Eric Breemen nearly killed Lakhwant Singh after a dispute. The Sikh Coalition advocacy group mobilized the community and helped push for the hate crime charges. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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