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WELLESLEY, MA— Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Eric Schultz leads one of the most reputable health plans in the country that has been consistently rated among the highest-rated private plans. What has really distinguished Harvard Pilgrim is its focus on diversity, inclusion and now on alternative medicine.

In an exclusive interview with Chai with Manju at Harvard Pilgrim headquarters in Wellesley, MA, Schultz talks about his philosophy of life, values, his inspirational life journey, passions and his fascination with India and the Indian culture. He fondly talks his special Indian mentor and friend who sparked his interest in India and shaped his understanding of Indian culture and values.
LONDON--Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer of GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, commented on the conclusion of the spectrum auction in India.
 
“The Indian Government raised a record amount from the spectrum auction – almost US $18 billion. This outcome reflects the commitment of national mobile operators to invest in India, but it was also the result of pressure on operators to retain existing holdings to ensure service continuity for their customers," said Phillips.
STONEHAM, MA—The Akshaya Patra Foundation will be holding its Annual Boston Benefit Event on Saturday, June 13th. The keynote speaker for the event will be ESPN SportsCenter anchor, Kevin Negandhi. Negandhi is the first Indian American to anchor an American sports network.
 
The event will be held at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA, and will begin with a welcome reception at 6:30 PM. Over 400 business, non-profit, government, and philanthropic leaders from around the region are expected to attend.

India New England News hosted a wedding expo to kick off the 2015 wedding season at Burlington Marriott on Sunday, March 22nd. Little kids and teens from the Academy of Creative Arts were given an opportunity to perform an act that was choreographed to demonstrate different celebrations during a wedding. As we all know, weddings in India are filled with rituals and celebration that last several days. These weddings combine local, religious and family traditions. Academy of Creative Arts students gave a glimpse of few ceremonies of a traditional Indian wedding starting from the application of Mehndi to the day of the wedding that ends in seeing off the bride with the groom.
BURLINGTON, MA-- Over 200 people attended an event last weeken at Woburn Hilton in Woburn, MA, to celebrate works of Desai Foundation, a Burlington, MA-based non-profit organization that seeks to improve social and economic life in the villages of India, and to develop and implement educational programs to promote Indian culture and heritage in the United States.

"The event was to celebrate two things. First, our friends. We have had a rough couple years, and wanted to take a moment to thank our friends for their support and friendship. We are so proud that we have this community here in Boston, and as a family, we just wanted to celebrate our friends for all they do for us, and for each other," said Samir Desai, founder and CEO of Desai Foundation.
Localytics has raised $35 million in Series D funding, bringing its total investment to-date to $60 million. New investor Sapphire Ventures led the round with participation from existing investors Foundation Capital and Polaris Partners. The new funds will be used to strengthen Localytics’ predictive intelligence capabilities, which enable customers to truly personalize the user experience and improve engagement and retention in their mobile and web apps.
BURLINGTON, MA—We all have some special connection with Air India. Either the first flight we took was on an Air India plane, or we grew up watching Bollywood movies with our heroes and heronries taking off or landing in Air India planes. Air India, which pioneered the aviation in India, occupies a special place in our hearts.

Although the Indian government has ruled out any immediate plan to divest stake in Air India or bring in a partner for the loss-making national airline, there have been talks in India about privatizing Air India in recent months.


WALTHAM, MA--INDIA New England News, the region's largest and oldest print, online, video and multimedia magazine, today released a previously unseen video clip of Kathak legend Pandit Chitresh Das who died of acute aortic dissection on Jan. 4 in San Rafael, Calif. He was 70.
Some Hindus are heartbroken as moratorium on erecting new monuments on Oklahoma (USA) Capitol grounds declared by Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission (OSCPC) on December 19, 2013, continues.

Universal Society of Hinduism had planned to apply to OSCPC for permission to place a statue of Lord Hanuman in the statehouse grounds and hoped that Commission would approve it. Lord Hanuman is greatly revered and worshipped in Hinduism and is known for incredible strength and was a perfect grammarian.
BOSTON--The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston featured local dance teacher and exponent, Sunanda Narayanan, and her students of the Thillai Fine Arts Academy in Newton in two engaging Bharathanatyam lecture-demonstrations on March 15th and 18th, 2015. Each event was an in-depth 3-hour presentation of the classical dance form and it was heartening to see a large gathering of visitors including seniors, students, and young children attend and enjoy the same.
BOSTON — Sadhguru Vasudev, a realized yogi, mystic and internationally renowned thought leader is coming to Boston for the first time to warm up the hearts of beloved Bostonians and to inspire them with his wisdom, wit and piercing logic. He will be appearing in a special event at the Back Bay Events Center on Friday, May 8, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

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Foreign Investment Doubles to $4.5 Billion in Jan., Highest in 29 Months
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India more than doubled to $4.5 billion in January, the highest inflow in the past 29 months. Top sectors receiving FDI include telecom, services, automobiles, computer software and hardware and pharmaceuticals.

India Passes U.S. as No. 3 Global Steelmaker
India has overtaken the U.S. to become the third-largest steel producer in the world with a production of 14.6 million metric tons in first two months of the year. India had been the fourth-largest steel producer for the past five years, behind China, Japan and the U.S.
PITTSBURGH--For global car makers, India represents an emerging opportunity, and challenge. The Indian middle class is expanding rapidly: 267 million people in 2015-16; 547 million by 2025-26. High savings rates create a growing pool of Rupees available for luxury items such as cars, TVs, smart phones, according to AWG Research.

Like many emerging markets, India is defined by two trends. First, two-thirds of the population (a pool of 800 million) is under age 35. Second, in a country notorious for poor “wired” infrastructure, voice/data transmission is exclusively wireless. It’s estimated that in 2015 the number of Indian smart phone users, spurred by 225 million new subscribers, will surpass the US.
When it comes to painting the home exterior, aesthetics drive most decisions, but you shouldn’t ignore the math when choosing your paint. That’s the advice of the Paint Quality Institute, a leading authority on paints and painting.

“Things like cost and coverage rate should be taken into account, but some other numbers are much more important,” says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Institute. She says that – knowingly or unknowingly -- every paint job involves three key numerical decision points:
It’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you.
 
You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, a giddy thrill washes over you. But as you click the seatbelt into place, rather than sitting in awe of how lucky you are, a list of concerns begin worming their way into your consciousness..
By Kim Staflund
Last year, an epic battle played out on the North American book publishing landscape. The conflict pitted an ecommerce retailer/vanity publisher against traditional trade publishers, new ideas against old, price against value, which ultimately spawned the creation of a group called Authors United led by American author Douglas Preston.

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