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WALTHAM, MA--Massachusetts State Cricket League (MSCL), which has 33 teams and about 800 registered players in the league, and INDIA New England News, the region's largest and oldest print and online newspaper, today announced that they have entered a multi-year agreement to promote the fast growing game of cricket in New England. Cricket is extremely popular among South Asian communities and people hailing from former British colonies.

"We are very excited about this partnership with INDIA New England News," said MSCL President Manas Sahu. "Our goal is to reach every Indian and South Asian in New England, and this marketing and promotional partnership with INDIA New England will help us achieve that goal." MSCL is one of the oldest and largest cricket leagues in the country and has 33 teams and about 800 registered players, said Sahu. There are an estimated 2,000 cricket players across New England.
CAMBRIDGE, MA-- Nisha Desai Biswal, U.S. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, visited Boston this week and outlined the vision of the United States for South Asia in her address to Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Later, she also addressed a meeting organized by TiE Boston. Here are excerpts from her speech at Harvard University: "Home to nearly two-thirds of the world's population, squeezed into one-third of the world's landmass, the countries of Asia manifest nearly every global challenge and are also brimming with opportunity. 
BURLINGTON, MA—A series of workshops at the free Health & Wellness Expo this Sunday at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA, will give the attendees a glimpse into different aspects of health and wellness and will introduce them to popular alternative medicine options, said Anu Chitrapu, workshop leader and moderator of workshops at the Health Expo. "The much awaited Health & Wellness Expo 2014 is almost here. There is a lot of excitement around the workshop sessions that are being offered this time at the Expo," said Chitrapu. "The main driver behind offering these workshops, besides the feedback the organizers received from the first Expo, is the goal to give the attendees a glimpse into different aspects of health and to introduce them to popular alternative medicine options." 
WASHINGTON--Following its annual spring meeting, the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) board of directors announced the appointments of Anand Mahindra, Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra; Ellen Lord, President & CEO, Textron Systems; and Banmali Agrawala, President & CEO, South Asia, General Electric to serve as members of the board. "Anand Mahindra, Ellen Lord, and Banmali Agrawala bring an excellent combination of both business and civic leadership experience to this position," said USIBC Chairman and MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga. "They will undoubtedly provide valuable leadership to USIBC and its members."
BURLINGTON, MA—India Association of Greater Boston has called an emergency general body meeting of its members on April 27 to discuss popular India Day celebration that have been traditionally held at Hatch Shell in Boston but were cancelled last year because of increased security costs and maintenance issues. “The primary purpose of the meeting is to get the approval of the General Body for incurring certain expenses related to holding the upcoming IAGB India Day Celebrations at the Hatch Shell,” IAGB Secretary Pravin Mundkur said in a letter sent to IAGB members. “Additional items related to the IAGB ByLaws may also be discussed if time permits.”
The month of April marked the celebration of Chaitra Navarathri at Shirdi Sai Temple in Chelmsford, MA. The devotees from all over New England and beyond came to the temple to be part of various festivities for nine days and to seek baba's blessings.  NESSP Shirdi Sai Temple located in Chelmsford, MA, celebrated its Annual Chaitra Navaratri, a Nine-Day long festival starting March 31st through April 8th. Rama Navami is one of the important Hindu Festivals, celebrating the birth of lord Rama to King Dasharatha and Kausalya.
WALTHAM, MA — The free Health & Wellness Expo, aimed at educating the Indian and South Asian community about common diseases and their prevention, is all set for this Sunday, April 20, at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. The free Health Expo, which is scheduled to start at 9:00 am, is organized by INDIA New England News, the region's largest and oldest print and online newspaper serving the South Asian community and is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Emerson Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care, Bournewood Health Systems, The Mishra Group, Inc. and the Burlington Marriott Hotel. The registration will start at 8:00 am. More than 40 speakers are scheduled to speak during the day-long conference, which will host 35 plenary medical sessions and workshops, 25 exhibitors and about 1,000 attendees. 
By Gretchen Hayden
(Ms. Hayden is a senior disciple of Pandit Chitresh Das and founder of Chhandika Institute of Kathak Dance.)

April 14th is the birthday anniversary of the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan— guru of my husband, George Ruckert. We are remembering him fondly, respectfully and with immense gratitude—for his unique contributions to the world as a brilliant musician; for his untiring dedication as a teacher; for the role he played in establishing Hindustani music in the United States and globally; and for bringing a young Chitresh Das to develop a Kathak dance program at his Ali Akbar College of Music (San Rafael, California) in 1971. 
Pandit Chitresh Das was trained by his Guru, Pandit Ram Narayan Misra, in the traditional guru-shishya parampara. Here are the nine principles adhered to by Pandit Das and his students. 1: "Sadvyavhar aur Tehzeeb" - Attitude and Etiquette: One must approach the study of Kathak with humility, an open mind, and respect for oneself and for the Guru.  "My Guruji was more concerned with how I walked into the dance class than with how I danced." - Pandit Chitresh Das.
By: Durga Krishnan
Several Carnatic and Hindustani instruments such as the veena, violin, sitar, saxophone, tabla, mridangam, kanjeera, ghatam, guitar and harmonium and aritsts such as Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Sri Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and his sister Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Prof. Trichy Sankaran, Sri V.K. Raman, Pt. Kushal Das and many more will be show cased at the 9th Annual Music Conference organized by LearnQuest Academy from April 18th through the 20th at Regis College in Weston with a special veena and sitar jugalbandhi performance and lecture demonstration by Smt. Durga Krishnan on the veena and Sri Vinayak Sharma on the sitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the afternoon of April 18th. 
Last year, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) announced that the US birthrate fell to "another record low" in 2012, following a long, steady slide since the Baby Boom after World War II. The U.S. fertility rate was 63.0 births per 1000 women aged 15-44. That was down from 63.2 in 2011, the previous all-time low. In addition to this statistic, also for the second year in a row, 40.7 percent of the babies born in the United States in 2012 were born to unmarried mothers. In comparison to numbers from 1980, the percentage of American babies born to unmarried mothers has more than doubled. At the year of 1980, only 18.4 percent of the US babies were born to unmarried mothers. 

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The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announced a Request for Proposals from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy and human rights in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. DRL invites organizations to submit proposals outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects targeting the following: DRL’s goal is to support civil society’s role in building an inclusive and sustainable grassroots movement for peace and reconciliation and civil society’s role in resolving local-level conflicts and grievances.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US State Department announced the FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for global innovation programs to help the humanitarian community better prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) in the protracted phase of refugee and conflict-related displacement. The Proposal submission deadline is Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT.  All applicants must submit proposals through the website Grants.gov. Proposed program start dates: August 1-September 1, 2014.
WASHINGTON, D.C — Shahid Siddiqui, the former MP and editor of Nai Duniya newspaper, today called on Narendra Modi, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, to set up a judicial commission within first 100 days of his government, as a bold confidence building measure if he wins the election. Addressing an audience of the Indian American community, and American think tanks, and investors, organized by the Washington, DC based US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), Siddiqui said, “Such a commission can immediately and efficiently investigate all pending cases of past five years involving terrorism and related.
Thirty-seven Indian men seeking asylum have begun a hunger strike in a detention center in El Paso, Texas. This falls on the heels of immigration detention hunger strikes in Tacoma, Washington and Conroe, Texas, National Immigrant Youth Alliance said in a statement. Mohammad Abdollah, an organizer of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, said there about 50 Indian immigrant in the El Paso detention center, but only 37 are participating in the strike.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— DISH Network L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation announced that it has reached an agreement for carriage of Hearst's television stations in 25 markets, including Boston and other New England cities and towns. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Hearst stations in the following markets will be available to DISH subscribers effective April 9. 

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