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Max Walker dies, aged 68, after 34-Test career with Australian cricket team

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Australian cricketing legend Max Walker passed Monday.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Legendary Australian Test cricketer Max Walker died Wednesday, after a successful career as an international bowler and commentator of the sport.

Walker became a high-profile author, media personality and public speaker after an eight-year run with the Australian cricket team.

He made his Test debut in 1973 and took 138 wickets in 34 tests with his bizarre medium-pace bowling action earning him the nickname “Tangles.” Speedy players of the age such as Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson spearheaded Australia’s attack, with the ambling Walker a reliable presence at the other end.

However, Walker was no stranger either to removing batsman, as evidenced by his career-best 8 for 143 against England at the MCG in 1975.

Additionally, he played 17 one-day internationals from a period spanning 1974 through 1981. Hs handlebar moustache and knock-about style made him a fan favorite. “He was just a really down-to-earth, humorous guy. He was never lost for words. He was just good fun,” former Test bowler Bob Massie said.

Former Test team-mate Kerry O’Keeffe tweeted: “so sad…melanoma…gentle man …gentle inswingers…won Tests…won series…decent…respectful…vale T Foot!”

A native of Tasmania, Walker played in 135 first-class games, plying his trade in the Sheffield Shield for Victoria and played 85 VFL games with Melbourne, even earning a Brownlow Medal vote in 1968.

“On behalf of everyone at Cricket Australia (CA) our deepest sympathies go out to Max’s family, friends and all those in cricket who had the pleasure of dealing with him,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said.

“He was a great character, with a big smile and positive approach to life. He will be sadly missed.”

After Walker’s retirement from the sport, he began an equally successful career in commentary. In 2011 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia “for service to cricket at a national and international level as a player and commentator, and to the community through a range of youth and social welfare organizations.”

Among other philanthropic causes, Walker was a prominent face in the It’s Crunch Time campaign, which aimed to encourage people to get screened for bowel cancer.

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Modi to visit New York City, Houston in September

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be returning to the United States to attend a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. And then will take a day to visit Houston for the first time, where an event for him to connect with the diaspora is being planned.

A series of racially-charged tweets by President Trump directed at four minority female members of Congress received near universal condemnation by Democrats. Mr. Trump in the tweet said these members should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three of the four women Trump targeted were born in the United States.

In an epic championship match, England defeated New Zealand to become the World Champions for the first time in cricket history.

And in an another amazing contest — the top two seeds and tennis legends Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played the first-ever five set tiebreaker in a major Grand Slam. It was the longest match ever played at Wimbledon and Djokovic edged Federer in that tiebreaker to win his fifth Wimbledon championship.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American family of four killed at home in Iowa

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DES MOINES (Diya TV) — Investigators in Des Moines, Iowa say the Sunkara family, an Indian American family of four, were found dead in their home over the weekend. All four had gunshot wounds. There is no suspect in custody.

The 5th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated around the world this weekend. Thousands flocked to the Washington Monument in Washington DC, where yoga enthusiasts of all ages took part in the event, including representatives from the White House, US Department of State and the Ambassadors of Nepal, Mauritius and Myanmar.

The alums of the Indian Institutes of Technology gathered in Silicon Valley for their annual conference, featuring talks by Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola Cabs.

India is now 7-0 against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup games, after winning by 89 runs in a match interrupted by rain.

And we spoke to Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia after his team won their first NBA title. Nav told our Ravi Kapur exclusively he will part of the championship parade and even received a ring from the owner.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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