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Teen in India has developed world’s smallest satellite for NASA

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A NASA launch on June 21 will feature the world’s smallest satellite, developed by Indian teenager Rifath Sharook.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launches the world’s smallest satellite, named KalamSat, on June 21, it will be the first mission in history to pilot the experiment by an Indian student.

Eighteen-year-old Rifath Sharook from Tamil Nadu’s town of Pallapatti developed the satellite, which weighs a mere 64 grams.

Named after India’s former president and nuclear scientist APJ Abdul Kalam, the satellite will be launched from a NASA facility on Wallops Island in Virginia. Sharook’s project, the first to be manufactured via 3D printing, was selected by the U.S. space authority in its “Cubes in Space” competition program. The project aims to take the performance of new technology to space.

Sharook said the launch will send the satellite into a sub-orbital flight, the mission will last an estimated 240 minutes. KalamSat will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space. “The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3D-printed carbon fiber,” he told the Times of India.

“We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth,” Sharook said. “The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown to space which would fit into a four-meter cube weighing 64 grams.”

Sharook’s project received its funding from an Indian program named “Space Kidz India.” He said he became inspired and curious in outer space from an early age, and that he was a subscriber of Nasa’s Kids Club.

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India’s tariff upsets Washington state’s apple cart

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (Diya TV) — Washington State’s apple industry is upset after India hiked duties on their fruit, saying it’s hard to sell products to other markets when losing reliable and established markets like India.

The U.S. told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for countries that force foreign companies to store data locally, widening the two countries’ posturing over tariffs and trade.

The Indian government said they will not allow foreign companies to operate multiple brands in the same sector to preclude predatory pricing.

Facebook may not launch Libra in India, their new cryptocurrency offering because current regulations in India do not permit the use of the nation’s banking network for blockchain currency transactions.

And the South Asian Bar Association National Convention is underway in Atlanta. Diya TV is a proud sponsor of this annual event that brings legal scholars from around the country to network and embolden the community.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Indian IT companies curb H-1B premium processing

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MUMBAI (Diya TV) — Indian IT services companies are not racing to use a H1-B visa premium processing option as in years past due to a changing business model and higher rejection rates.

Google announced a $1 billion commitment to help alleviate Silicon Valley’s housing crisis, saying they will add about 20,000 homes. While the housing plan is welcomed, many critics are upset that Google is able to do this because they exploit tax loopholes to shelter billions of dollars in revenue.

PG&E, the California public utility blamed for igniting several wildfires caused by downed power lines that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes, agreed to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments.

Laxman Narasimhan will becoming CEO of consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser this fall.

He was Chief Commercial Officer at PepsiCo.

And India’s lunar lander will launch this July for the moon, and will launch its first mission to study the sun in 2020. ISRO is also planning to have a space station for India by 2030.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Deaths of Indian American family in Iowa ruled murder-suicide

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Diya TV) — Iowa police say the shooting deaths of an Indian American family in West Des Moines, Iowa was a murder-suicide. Police said autopsies determined 44-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara’s death was a suicide. And the deaths of his wife, 41-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, and their two boys, aged 15 and 10, were homicides.

Top diplomats from the U.S. and India are meeting later this month to continue trade negotiations.

India said this week they will increase tariffs on US exports effective immediately, impacting items like apples, almonds, lentils and several chemical products.

The tax has raised the ire of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who blamed the situation on President Trump. California almond exports to India are worth more than $650 million a year.

21-year-old Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, who authorities say was the head of a group of Indian college students who cheated more than 20 people out of nearly $1 million in a tech support telemarketing fraud scheme, received a five year sentence to prison in Rhode Island.

And we’ll introduce you to the pioneering broadcasters who called the NBA Finals in Punjabi for the very first time.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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