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India’s medal count in Rio set to grow higher

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PV Sindhu ensured India will collect at least one more medal at the Rio Games.

PV Sindhu ensured India will collect at least one more medal at the Rio Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Diya TV) — India women’s badminton player PV Sindhu made history Wednesday at the Rio Games, ensuring her country will walk away from the tournament with at least one more Olympic medal after she defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 to advance to the final.

Using her height and unmatched serving power, Sindhu quickly jumped out to a 3-1 lead during the first game. Okuhara’s strongest efforts to stay in the matched were bested as Sindhu maintained her advantage, a pair of unforced errors reduced her margin to 15-13, however, her unparalleled dedication and discipline saw the first game end a score of 21-19.

The beginning of the second game was nearly a carbon copy of the first —Okuhara managed to pull the score level at 9-9 after Sindhu raced out to another early lead. With the score tied, Okuhara committed a series of errors, and fueled by her poor net judgement, Sindhu seized victory with an 11-point rally. She won the second game 21-11.

Speaking after the match, Sindhu said she’s focused on only one thing: Gold.

“‘I didn’t take it easy at any point. I feel she played a good game, there were many rallies. The final will be my biggest match. Marin is a tough opponent and I will give my best.”

Five-time Olympian Abhinav Bindra watched the game closely, and made a request to Sindhu after her victory via Twitter.

Bindra remains the only Indian athlete to have ever won an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games.

With her victory, Sindhu became the first Indian female badminton player to enter the final of a ladies singles event in the Olympics. She will square off against Spain’s Carolina Marin, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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