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Sushant Singh Rajput Cast to Play The Great Khali in Wrestler’s Biopic

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Sushant Singh Rajput (right) who portrayed cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, will reportedly be playing the role Indian-American professional wrestler The Great Khali in a pending film.

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Sushant Singh Rajput, who portrayed cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, will reportedly be playing the role Indian-American professional wrestler The Great Khali in a pending film.

The biopic is on the life of wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, known The Great Khali in the WWE. The studio has spoken to the Punjabi wrestler and he has given them the rights to make a film on his life. Sushant has been approached to play the role and agreed in principle to do the film, a report indicated.

Khali is 7-foot-1 and weighs over 350 pounds, therefore many believe that special effects will be utilized to make Rajput look convincing as Khali.

Rajput’s stars in an upcoming film on Paralympic gold medalist Murlikant Petkar.

The actor is now preparing for his role as an astronaut in Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s space adventure film Chanda Mama Door Ke. For that role, he did specialized training at NASA’s Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Himachal Pradesh-born Khali served the Punjab Police. He started training in India, then was selected to pursue advanced professional wrestling training in the U.S. His professional wrestling career saw him initially with the ring character Giant Singh. Khali was the first Indian professional wrestler to sign a contract with WWE. The Houston resident became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2014.

Khali also appeared in various television shows and movies, including “The Longest Yard,” starring Adam Sandler.

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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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