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NEW DELHI-- In a major departure from the past, the government on Tuesday announced a "paradigm shift" in the format of the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), its engagement with the diaspora, with the mega jamboree to be held every alternate year and an event "focused on outcomes" to be held every other year.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is also minister of overseas Indian affairs, announced the changed format of India's engagement with its diaspora at a press conference here.

Sushma Swaraj said that in January 2016, a much scaled-down event will be held with the participation of just 150 specially invited foreign delegates.

By Maneesh Shrivastava

Author Owens Lee Pomeroy says "Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!". When was the last time you were nostalgic about your past, old golden days back in India, neighborhood friends, a chase down the by-lanes, summer vacations in grandma's house, and above all, "The Doordarshan Era".
Music aficionados and Bollywood fanatics will soon witness the life and times of renowned ghazal and thumri singer Begum Akhtar on the big screen in "Ae Mohabbat" and if things go as planned, actors Irrfan Khan and Kangana Ranaut could be seen together onscreen for the first time.

Shri Anup Jalota Productions and Ae Mohabbat Productions on Tuesday announced the film on the life and times of Begum Akhtar, also the recipient of Padmabhushan and an icon of Indian classical music.
NOIDA, India-- Consume quinoa, a full of protein, nutritious, easy to digest and gluten-free food item, either plain or as an ingedient in a grain salad, an expert suggests.

Executive chef Vijayant Rawat of Mosaic Hotels here has shared five easy ways to include more quinoa into your every day eating:
By Sneh Jaisingh
INDIA New England News Columnist
How many times have we heard, "Ghee is bad for your health, it is a saturated fat that will clog the arteries and make you fat" I am often asked this question, weather the ancient wisdom of using ghee for cooking is correct or the doctor who asked me not to consume it anymore?
By Sudeshna Sen & Rathin Sinha
WALTHAM, MA—(Editor's note: Prabasi , Greater Boston based non-profit Bengali organization whose membership includes over 500 families of Indians and non-Indians alike, is getting ready to hold its annual Durga Puja festival on Oct. 24-25 in Waltham, MA. The article below is written by two Prabasi volunteers: Sudeshna Sen and Rathin Sinha.)
BURLINGTON, MA--India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB) also held election for its 15-member Board of Director who along with the four office bearers, serve as the decision-making Executive Committee. This was also the first time in many years that open elections for the all the posts of the board were held.
IAGB Directors elected (number of the voted they received):
BURLINGTON, MA—The recent Indian Association of Greater Boston (IAGB) elections made history in many ways: for the first time in more than two decades there were two contestants for the post of president; for the first time in many years elections were held for all board of directors; for the first time in many year over 100 people voted; and for the first time ever the counting of the votes was finalized in a public parking lot.
NEW DEHLI -- Despite new challenges in the digital space, the Indian technology and services industry is on-track to reaching its goal of $225 billion in revenue by 2020 and further $350 billion by 2025, Nasscom chairman B.V.R. Mohan Reddy said on Monday.

"The industry is well on track. We will achieve the target of $225 billion revenue by 2020 and $350 billion by 2025," Reddy told reporters at a press meet here.
Well-known filmmaker Subhash Ghai has revived his proposal to set up world-class film institute in Hyderabad.

The producer-director, who had suffered setback in 2010 with the court quashing land allotment for his acting school Whistling Woods International Limited (WWIL), called on Telangana Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao and discussed his proposal.
By Kavyashree Mallanna
FRAMINGHAM, MA--It was a dream come true for Boston Kannadigas when the NAVIKA team announced the Rasamanjari program with Kannada film super star 'Upendra" - fondly called by his fans as "Uppi". Super star Upendra is a renowned Actor, Director, Lyricist and Producer. Uppi's salient style of dance, dialogue, music and story has created a new sensation and novel thinking amongst the movie goers.
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By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON -- Growing faster than other major emerging market economies, India's growth is expected to strengthen from 7.3 percent this year and last year to 7.5 percent next year, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"Growth will benefit from recent policy reforms, a consequent pickup in investment, and lower commodity prices," the IMF said in latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) released Tuesday ahead of the World Bank-IMF annual meetings in Lima (Peru).
NEW YORK -- Researcher, including one of Indian-origin, have discovered an immune system gene associated with higher rates of amyloid plaque, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

The research found that a variant in the IL1RAP gene was associated with greater amyloid plaque accumulation over two years and had an even stronger effect than the well-known APOE e4 allele which is notorious for its association with the development of Alzheimer's disease.
NEW YORK -- In a study based on inputs from among the world's most dangerous places like Iraq and Pakistan, US rating agency Moody's has said that terror attacks weaken the economy causing long-lasting effects on the economy.

In the study titled "Terrorism has a long-lasting negative impact on economic activity and government borrowing costs", Moody's Investors Service said that besides hitting economic and investment growth, acts of terror hurt government expenditure and push up costs.
WASHINGTON--The Sikh Human Development Foundation, a Washington-based philanthropic organisation has raised over $210,000 for its scholarship programme for underprivileged children in Punjab who wish to pursue higher education.

Over 350 guests from metropolitan Washington area came to support the Foundation at a gala, featuring pop singer Jaz Dhami, here Sunday.
WASHINGTON -- An Indian-origin IT professional has been appointed as the chief information officer and senior vice president-operational support at USA Funds, a nonprofit corporation that offers aid to college students.

"Shital (Patel) brings to USA Funds extensive leadership experience in both the private sector and government, as well as significant expertise in aligning information technology capabilities with emerging business strategies," USA Funds chief Bill Hansen said in a statement on Monday.
LONDON -- An Indian-origin researcher from Oxford University has identified a protein used by cancer tumours to help them detect food supplies.

Initial results show that targeting the protein could restrict cancerous cells' ability to grow.
By Vikas Datta
Title: The Year of the Runaways; Author: Sunjeev Sahota; Publisher: Picador India; Pages: 480; Price: Rs.599

Can one outrun the vengeful past and escape inequality, gratuitous violence, and exploitation in a foreign land, or will these inequities stick as fast and close as a shadow no matter where one is? Is an unskilled immigrant's life any better than a one-step-ahead-of-poverty existence in one's homeland?
NEW YORK-- Do you get depressed or feel anxious or agitated post-sex? You are not alone. According to researchers, some women do suffer from postcoital dysphoria (PCD) or “post-sex blues.”

This condition is characterised by tearfulness, a sense of melancholy or depression, anxiety, agitation, or aggression following sexual intercourse.
NEW YORK-- If she is yet to respond to your email request for a date this weekend, don't get hassled. This is because you may have to wait about four minutes longer for an email response from a woman than an email response from a man, an interesting study has revealed.
WASHINGTON -- Among Asian countries, India continues to be the top country of birth for scientists and engineers who have made the US their destination for key research and development, latest data has revealed.

With 950,000 out of Asia's total 2.96 million, India's 2013 figure represented an 85 percent increase from 2003, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).
NEW YORK -- An Indian-origin ice cream vendor was shot dead inside his van by an unidentified gunman in California's Oakland city, media reported citing police.

Jasvir Singh, 45, was found fatally wounded by the residents of east Oakland's Peach Street, after they heard gunshots around 4.30 p.m. on Saturday, San Jose Mercury News reported on Sunday.
NEW YORK -- For old timers with a relaxed, laid back attitude towards life, this news will come as a fresh breeze of air. Researchers have finally revealed that face-to-face socialising with friends or family members is more powerful than making phone calls or sending emails in guarding against depression.

A team of researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that participants who regularly met in person with family and friends were less likely to report symptoms of depression, compared with others who emailed or spoke on the phone.
By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON -- India was home to the largest number of poor in 2012, but its poverty rate was one of the lowest among those countries with the largest number of poor, according to a new World Bank report.

A new methodology applied to household surveys in India also suggests that its poverty rate could be even lower, the report noted.
By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON -- An Indian-American couple has announced a $100 million gift to the New York University School of Engineering in what is believed to be the largest philanthropic gift by a member of the Indian-American community.

In recognition of Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon's generosity and their belief in the school's mission and promise, the school will be renamed the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
NEW DEHLI -- Be it Deepika Padukone's unique role in "Piku" or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's power-packed avatar in "Jazbaa", actor Irrfan Khan is happy that Indian actresses are increasingly choosing performance-oriented characters over formulaic Bollywood entertainers.

Asked if actresses today prefer doing offbeat and character roles, Irrfan told IANS: "Yes, lots of actresses today want to work more in offbeat cinema. Deepika did it in 'Piku'. Most actresses would say 'This film does not have dancing or singing, then why should I do it?' But see, Deepika is a top star and she did it beautifully."

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