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Welcome to the June 2017 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

India's $1.6 trillion stock market broke new ground last month, with the benchmark index hitting an all-time high as confidence builds that the government's reform agenda will strengthen growth and corporate earnings. India-focused equity funds have attracted net inflows of $6 billion this year, compared to $3.8 billion registered during the entire 2016 year.

Explore the origins of yoga ahead of International Yoga Day on June 17.
'Digital India' Gets a Boost From Oracle Cloud      
Oracle's Cloud Platform is headed to India to work with India Stack, allowing developers to work with government, businesses and startups to utilize digital infrastructure to deliver secure, paperless and cashless service delivery. In line with the "Digital India" initiative, the move helps developers use Oracle Cloud to create and test next-gen cloud applications.  Oracle also offers Startup Cloud Accelerator programs in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai.

Indian-American Student Wins National Geographic Bee   
Pranay Varada, a 14-year-old Indian-American student from Texas, won the 2017 National Geographic Bee competition and its $50,000 prize. He won the competition when he correctly identified the Kunlun Mountains as the 1,200-mile range that separates the Taklimakan Desert from the Tibetan Plateau. Varada is the sixth Indian-American student to win the competition in as many years and, after finishing as runner-up last year, he was "absolutely sure" he could win the challenge. 

Embassy Hosts Reception for Indian-American Physicians        

The Embassy of India in Washington, DC, last month welcomed leaders of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and the Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GWAPI). Along with Ambassador Reenat Sandhu, charge d'affaires, Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and other guests attended the reception.

NBA Launches Elite Training Center in India
With more than 1.3 billion people, India has the potential to be "the next China for the NBA," NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said as the organization opened an elite training center in Delhi.  
Ladakh, a beautiful landscape filled with mountains and monasteries, was once a getaway for travelers to escape the crowds, but today it has become a popular tourist destination. Still, the cold deserts of Ladakh have plenty of unexplored places to visit that remain relatively untouched by the influx of tourists and travelers. Tucked between valleys, on top of steep hills and along frozen glaciers, Zamskhang Palace, Hanle (shown above from Flickr user Prabhu Doss), DrangDrung Glacier, Riasi Fort and GurudwaraPathar Sahib - commemorating Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism - are among the few hidden gems to visit in Ladakh.