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Teen golf prodigy Rij Patel bound for Harvard

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian American Maryland teenager Rij Patel, who is regarded as one of the nation’s best young golfing talents, is on his way to Cambridge.

Patel has drawn heavy interest and praise from his coaches and peers alike, and has displayed what is believed to be determination and seasoning beyond his years. His game transformed once he evolved swing, something he was driven to do because of recurring pain in his body.

“I was having way too many upper back and neck injuries,” he told the Baltimore Sun. “There was a loop at the top of my swing. I was bringing it inside and then swinging over the top. People were surprised I was able to pull off such good shots with that swing.”

Patel has enrolled himself in a multitude of tournaments this summer to further polish his game before arriving at Harvard. He’ll begin practicing with his new university teammates on Aug. 29, and believes he has a legitimate chance to crack the starting lineup.

“I think if I am playing my best golf, there’s a good chance I will be in the top five,” said Patel, who chose Harvard over Yale and Columbia universities and the University of Pennsylvania.

Harvard’s own coaches are fairly eager to see what Patel can do for the Crimson.

“He would be a strong prospect for any school in the country,” said Fred Schernecker, Harvard’s director of golf. “His golf career has been top-notch. He has done extremely well in events, but also qualifying for the premier events in the country.”

Schernecker said Patel’s biggest meal ticket is his demeanor, it just so happens to be what he covets most in his golfers.

“Ninety or 95 percent of what we look for is how they carry themselves on the golf course,” he said, “whether they are in control of their emotions, how they approach their game and react to shots. That’s really what impressed us about Rij.”

His coach, Wright Abbot, concurs, and said Patel is the best golfer he’s had the pleasure of working with during his 31-year career.

“He’s been an extraordinary golfer in the MIAA (Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association),” the coach said. “But if you ask other league coaches, the first thing they will say is that he is a better human being and how much respect they have for him. He never loses his temper. The Loyola coach [William McLean] said he has been teaching 40 years and never has seen anybody like him.”

 

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US and India to hold military drills near the China-India border

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The U.S. and India are preparing for mountain top drills near the Chinese border. It’s a move that’s sure to attract the attention of leaders in Beijing and comes during heightened tension between all the countries, especially after China recently launched missiles over Taiwan in a show of force. Last year’s joint high altitude exercise between the U.S. and India was in Alaska.

A top Pakistani militant who had a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head has been killed along with three others in Afghanistan. Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khurasani, was killed in an explosion Sunday while traveling by car.

Diya TV was this year’s media sponsor at the Indiana India Business Council annual gala. This non-profit remains focused on generating economic growth, and strengthening ties between both countries. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Afghan man arrested over murders of four South Asian men in New Mexic

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Diya TV) — The Islamic community is breathing a sigh of relief after one of their own is now under arrest for the murders of four Muslim men. 51 year old Mohamed Syed is denying any involvement in the slayings and will face a judge later this week. Three of the victims are from Pakistan while the other is from Afghanistan. Authorities say Syed knew all the men but the exact motive is unclear at this time. Some outlets are reporting this could be fueled over issues in the Sunni and Shia Muslim community. 

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Hindu temple in New York City vandalized in suspected hate crime

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Assemblywoman Jennifer Rajkumar held a press conference to denounce a suspected hate crime targeting a Hindu temple in Queens. Authorities say three people toppled a Mahatma Gandhi statue on the property at the Shri Tulsi Mandir. The Indian American elected official says she’s trying to remind everyone that the core tenets of Hinduism are about inclusivity and mutual respect towards one another. This latest incident comes after another Gandhi statue was desecrated in Union Square and other parts of the world.

The list of Indian American executives tapped to lead tech companies continues to grow. Data protection technology developer Cohesity announced Sanjay Poonen is its new CEO. Poonen was VMware’s former Chief Operating Officer.  

The White House, Department of Justice and FBI are still not saying why former President Trump’s residence was raided. On Monday, the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents that may have been brought there.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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