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Natasha Subhash and Pranjala Yadlapalli begin U.S. Open play with victories

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian-American teenager Natasha Subhash and Indian national Pranjala Yadlapalli each emerged victorious in their opening matches of the 2016 U.S. Open Junior Girls Championship, the former defeated 12th-seeded Ukrainian Katarina Zavatska and the latter Wiktoria Kulik of Poland.

The 15-year-old Subhash showcased a relentless attack, coming from behind to defeat Zavatska 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday. She entered the tournament after receiving a Wild Card from the U.S. Tennis Association last year, likely a reward after she reeled off three straight victories over higher-ranked opponents.

This year is her second trip to the Open. Her inaugural campaign last year made her the youngest Indian American to have ever played in a Grand Slam tournament.

Subhash is currently ranked in the top 60 amongst singles and doubles players, and is currently the No. 1 ranked girl under the age of 16 in the country. Earlier this year, she played the French Open and the Italian Open, losing in the qualifying rounds. She was entered to play the main draw of Wimbledon, but couldn’t participate because of personal reasons, and didn’t participate in the qualifiers of the Australian Open.

She faces further tournament restrictions from the International Tennis Federation because of her age.

Her opponent, Zavatska, has garnered the reputation of being one of the hardest-hitting girls in the game. However, Subhash managed to manipulate the match with her own trademark, her all-court presence. Despite getting break points in successive games of the first set, Subhash failed to convert. That, combined with early serving issues, which included more than one double fault, resulted in the slow start for Subhash.

She flipped the script on the match when it mattered most. Suddenly, everything began working for Subhash — cross court shots and volleys resulted in points and her stellar defense along the net served to only grow her lead further.

Subhash ran away to an early 3-0 lead in the decider, before some errors let Zavatska crawl back to level at 3-3. She ultimately capped off the two-hour plus contest with a overhead smash for the victory.

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Trump becomes first U.S. President to be impeached twice

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” He is the first President to be impeached twice, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to vote for the removal of the President, whose term ends January 20th. But the Senate will not convene until January 19th to hold a trial for the president.

A full week after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters, President Trump released a video saying he condemned the mob violence that left 5 people dead and threatened the lives of members of Congress. Trump took on a solemn tone and did not address being impeached, nor acknowledge his successor President-Elect Joe Biden.

After months of massive nationwide protests by India’s farmers, the Indian Supreme Court has put three contentious farm laws on hold until further notice. The court said the decision to suspend the laws “may assuage the hurt feelings of the farmers and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with confidence and good faith.” The farmers argue the new laws passed in September would privatize land and undermine their livelihoods by giving more power to corporations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Impeachment moves ahead despite limited GOP support

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democrats in the House are moving ahead with the second impeachment of President Trump over accusations Trump incited supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. Despite tepid Republican support, the vote will be held Wednesday. Vice President Pence said he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump before his final day in office January 20th.

Indian Prime Minister Modi praised the Indian diaspora around the world for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Modi says Indians have gone above and beyond with their giving and generosity, especially medical workers on the front lines. He also thanked temples, gurdwaras and other social service agencies for being there for everyone without discrimination.

India authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for use, putting it’s massive manufacturing capacity in the spotlight.  The Serum Institute of India is the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume. It will likely provide almost all the vaccines in India and ship to many other places around the world later this year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Rioters face criminal charges, Capitol Police chief resigns

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Federal investigators are looking to bring criminal charges on everyone involved in the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol and they are also looking at the role President Trump had in inviting his supporters to interrupt the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s win. 15 criminal cases have already been filed, including one against one man who brought a military semi-automatic rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails. Capitol Police are also under fire for how the building was breached in the first place, leading to the resignation of their police chief. The House & Senate Sergeant at Arms are also being replaced.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are leading the calls for the 25th Amendment to be invoked against President Trump. The 25th Amendment states in part the vice president and a majority of the cabinet can decide that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office.

Several White House officials resigned in the aftermath of violence at the Capitol. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced their resignations, the first to leave President Trump’s Cabinet since the attack. Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, top European and Russian official on the National Security Council Ryan Tully and First Lady Melania Trump’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham have also quit.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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