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Duo of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram defeat Indian tandem

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Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram won silver for the U.S. in mixed doubles at the Rio Games.

Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram won silver for the U.S. in mixed doubles at the Rio Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Diya TV) — Indian American Rajeev Ram and tennis veteran Venus Williams teamed up to bring down the Indian duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles semi-finals, 1-6, 5-7.

The heated dual, which lasted one hour and 17 minutes, was fought at the Olympic Tennis Center, and showcased the skills of Ram, who sprinted across the court with ease, and at times, appeared to outpace the tempo of his celebrated and experienced teammate.

While Williams and Ram were ultimately defeated in the final, the two sunk their teeth through the silver medal, marking the culmination of a serious moment in the career of the 32-year-old Ram. A first-generation Indian American, Ram is the son of Raghav and Sushma Ram who migrated stateside from Bangalore.

The Indian doubles team were defeated in the bronze medal match by the Czech Republic pairing of Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek.

Against the American tandem, India came out guns blazing, winning the first set by a score of 6-2. However, the Americans would take control of the second set and later winning the slot in the final of the Olympics through a tiebreaker scoring 10-3.

“I will be the most hated person in India today,” Ram said during a post-match press conference. “I am a first generation American having been born in the U.S. in 1984.”

He had once dreamt of representing his native India in the Olympic Games, but he was denied an Indian passport as he spent the entirety of his life in the U.S. as an American citizen. Had he forfeited his U.S. citizenship, India would have granted the passport.

Since 2004, Ram has suited up for the Red, White and Blue, and has won a total of two singles titles and nine doubles titles. Regarded as a much more fierce doubles player than singles, he has reached two Grand Slam semi-finals, the most recent coming at this year’s tournament at Wimbledon.

He is currently ranked No. 24 in the world in doubles, and has reached at least the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam. By defeating Mirza and Bopanna in Olympics he is sure to get his first ever Olympic medal in the mixed doubles tournament.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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