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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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PM Modi’s Houston reception sold out, 50,000 to attend

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — “Howdy, #Modi!”, the community event in Houston next month featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sold out, with more than 50,000 people registering for the program. This community summit will be at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team. The expected crowd will be the largest for a foreign leader in the United States other than for Pope Francis.

The Indian government has begun to ease restrictions in most areas of Kashmir, with barricades being lifted to allow more freedom of movement of people and traffic. Markets remained shut and phone and internet services are still suspended. Large security measures are also still in place. Students are being asked to return to school, but most classrooms are still mostly empty.

With a lot of narratives online about what’s going on in Kashmir, we asked Indian Counsel General in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda, to give context and sort out fact from fiction.

Fire Eye, an American-based cyber security firm says hackers broke into a leading India-based healthcare website, stealing nearly seven million records containing patient and doctor information. Fire Eye did not publicly name the website, but says the cyber criminals are mostly China-based and are selling the stolen data underground.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump to talk Kashmir with Modi at G7

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump says he will discuss Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they meet at the G7 Summit in France over the weekend. He’s had conversations with Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan over the past week, emphasizing he’s helping the situation.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is changing rules that would now allow migrant families to be held indefinitely, ending a procedure requiring children to be held no longer than 20 days. Under the new system, immigrant families could be held for the duration of their court proceeding, which officials claim runs about three months. The rule change will likely be challenged in court.

And microloan provider Tala, led by CEO and Founder Shivani Siroya announced a $110 million Series D fundraise, with backers that include Softbank, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Feinstein urges Trump to resolve India trade tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a letter to the Trump administration, California Senator Dianne Feinstein, asked to resolve trade tensions with India as quickly as possible. Feinstein explained trade with India had grown dramatically since 2000, with India importing goods worth more $6 billion from California in 2018 alone.

Changes in America’s new H1B visa process could have an impact on the business of IT services, as Indian IT services companies are concerned the process of issuing visas will not be as transparent moving forward.

Tesla and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd (CATL) are interested in the Indian government’s plan to build large factories to make lithium-ion batteries. The global interest comes amid a push by the government to make India a global manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and their components.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a proposal to make ‘988’ a designated three-digit number for suicide prevention, much like 911 is for emergencies. The new ‘988’ hotline will connect callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

And we’ll take you to New York City, site of the largest Indian Independence Day in the U.S. and Silicon Valley, where the Indian flag was raised at San Jose City Hall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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