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Oracle NetSuite Open Attracts World’s Best Squash Players to Bay Area

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India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik was defeated by Malaysia’s Nicol David in semi-final competition in the 2017 Oracle NetSuite Open Squash Championships held in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Featuring the highest-caliber professional men’s and women’s squash athletes ever hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area, the 2017 Oracle NetSuite Open Squash Championships were recently held at Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero.

India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik was defeated by Malaysia’s Nicol David in semi-final competition. David is lauded as the sport’s most decorated female with eight world championship titles.

“Long-time fans will get an opportunity to see the top squash players compete at the highest level, while we continue to raise awareness of the game of squash and the importance of academics throughout local schools,” said Evan Goldberg, Executive Vice President of Development for Oracle NetSuite.

Among those competing in the event included France’s Gregory Gaultier of France, the current world No. 1 and three-time Oracle NetSuite Open champion and England’s Laura Massaro, a former world No. 1.

Reigning men’s world champion and world No. 2, Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypy and two men’s former world No. 1 competitors Nick Matthew and Mohamed Elshorbagy also competed. Elshorbagy held the world No. 1 ranking from 2015-2017.

“It is a terrific testament to the city, the tournament and the local community that the Oracle NetSuite Open gets a better draw every year,” said tournament promoter John Nimick of Squash Engine.

In addition to attracting the World’s best players, the event benefits the local community through its official charity, SquashDrive, a National Urban Squash and Education Association program. According to the non-profit’s website, “SquashDrive is an intensive after school, weekend and summer program that uses the unique combination of squash instruction, academic tutoring and community service to help Bay Area public school students reach their full potential.”

Last year, the Oracle NetSuite Open helped SquashDrive reach its $50,000 fundraising goal during the tournament to launch a new College Prep program.

The event also hosted the Latitude 38 Group Open Singles adult tournament and Oracle NetSuite US Squash Junior Gold tournament.

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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