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Shawna Pandya Clarifies NASA Rumors: Not going to Space

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — One day after media reports began buzzing that Shawna Pandya was slated to become the third woman of Indian-origin to go to space, the young woman commented herself on the reports, saying they are false.

Earlier, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams were chosen for separate NASA space missions.

“There has been no new announcement, flight assignment or selection of missions with respect to my work as a citizen-scientist astronaut with Project Possum or The PHEnOM Project,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “I am no more or less likely to fly than any other member of than these projects than I was 24 hours ago.”

Earlier reports had indicated that Pandya was one of two candidates shortlisted from the more than 3,000 that make up the Citizen Science Astronaut program. She would be a candidate to fly with eight other astronauts for a mission in 2018, reports said.

Pandya also clarified the Canadian Space Agency astronaut selection was ongoing and that she was not part of it.

Pandya is currently working as a citizen-scientist astronaut at Colorado-based Project Possum, where she studies and educates “the public about noctilucent clouds (night clouds) in the upper mesosphere.” She is also currently working at the Sea Space Exploration & Research Society where she is training as an “extreme environment scientist with a focus on extreme environment medicine and life sciences.”

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Indian Amb. Sandhu greets USIBC in Washington

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — New Indian ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu held court with business leaders involved with the U.S.-India Business Council and gave a preview of what to expect when President Trump meets with Prime Minister Modi later this month in India.

The annual Harvard India Conference takes place this weekend and Diya TV is a proud media partner for this event that will host a slew of well known Indian tycoons, political figures and folks working on social change.

With this large student-run India-focused conference taking place this weekend, the host city of Cambridge, Massachusetts became the second town in America to pass a resolution asking India to repeal the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and stop the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

And with the college baseball season about to start, we will take you back to what some say is the greatest performance in college baseball history. Indian American student athlete Kumar Rocker at just 19 years old, pitched a 19 strikeout no hitter to save Vanderbilt’s season on their way to winning the 2019 College World Series. Rocker is now a sophomore and is considered one of baseball’s top pitching prospects.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Accused Mumbai terror ‘mastermind’ gets 5 year sentence

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Diya TV)  — A Pakistani court sentenced the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the regions most notorious militant groups, Hafiz Saeed, to five and a half years’ prison in a case related to terrorism financing.

Saeed also stands accused of being the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people, a charge he denies. 

Saeed faces six additional anti-terrorism charges. 

His conviction comes days before Pakistan faces a possible blacklisting by the International Community for harboring terrorism and criminal financing that could isolate Pakistan’s economy from the international banking system.

The Indian Consulate in San Francisco & TiE Silicon Valley welcomed a delegation from the Indian State of Chhattisgarh, led by their Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. We go in depth with the Chief Minister about why he felt it was important to tell Indian Americans about investment opportunities in his State and how it compares with other Indian states looking for the same support.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Sri Srinivasan becomes Chief Judge of D.C. Circuit Court

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Judge Sri Srinivasan is now the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is regarded as the second most powerful court in America outside of the Supreme Court. He replaces Merrick Garland, who at 65 years old by rule, can no longer hold that position. The 52 year old Srinivasan becomes the first Asian American ever to serve as chief judge for a circuit court in the United States.

Manga Anantatmula (“Aa-nanta-moola”) announced she is running for Congress as a Republican, vying for the 11th Congressional District in Virginia, a seat that’s long been a Democratic stronghold. Anantatmula (“Aa-nanta-moola”) is a federal government defense contractor, who is known for battling discrimination of Indian Americans by Ivy League schools, claiming 25% more Indian American students were admitted in 2019 as a result of her efforts.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi won a resounding 62 out of 70 seats in local Legislative Assembly elections, securing another term in office for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal. While the BJP won eight seats, five more than the last election in 2015, the AAP win is seen as a rejection by many analysts of Prime Minister Modi’s policies in the city where he resides. The Congress Party, which ruled Delhi government from 1998 to 2013, failed to win even one seat.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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