BURLINGTON, MA—About a dozen past presidents of the India Association of Greater Boston, known as IAGB, attended the organization's Sunday elections at Burlington Public Library in Burlington, MA, and said it was a historic event. INDIA New England News asked some of the past IAGB presidents about their reaction to the election, which for the first time in more than 20 years saw a real contest between the two candidates.
Jaya Voruganti, who served as director of the organization in the previous executive committee, defeated IAGB Vice President Vikram Udeshi by 29 votes. Voruganti, who will serve for two years, won 69 votes as compared with 40 votes for Udeshi. She replaces Anil Saigal. Praveena Naduthota was elected as Vice President unopposed. Also elected unopposed were Pravin Mundkur as Secretary and Sanjay Gowda as treasurer.
Nannaji Saka, former president of IAGB who still remains very active in the organization, said election process was absolutely fair and that the future of IAGB is in good hands.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
The music album of "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" -- which brings together Bollywood's once indomitable team of Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya after 16 years -- will be unveiled on October 10, says T-Series head Bhushan Kumar.
"The full music album of 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' will be unveiled on October 10," said Bhushan, chairman and managing director of T-series, at the trailer launch of the film here on Thursday.
BOSTON—An Indian-American teenage actress is needed for a short film to be filled in Boston. The film will be produced by Gautam Chopra, a local filmmaker and teacher.
Chopra is a professor of filmmaking at Boston College and Emerson College. He is producing a new dramatic short film about high school students set in Massachusetts, and is looking for a talented, teenage Indian-American actress.
NEW DELHI-- Picking the right lip colour that complements your skin tone, especially during festivities, is no ordinary task. Go for fine wine or ditch the bold colours for pink, but choose hues that flatter your skin tone, says an expert.
Aakriti Kochar, beauty and make-up expert, Oriflame India, lists out some colours for the festive season and skin tone they will go with.
By Paras Ramoutar
The world needs a paradigm shift towards universal peace.
The collapse of our civilisation demonstrates that we have lost the "reverence for life" and values. Ethical, moral and spiritual values have been replaced with violence, militarism, greed, anger, hate, terrorism and psychological and emotional warfare.
Getting your people to contribute more to your organization while simultaneously establishing stronger talent retention must cost a pretty penny, right? Not really, says corporate coach Maxine Attong.
"You don't necessarily need to add expensive new ingredients to the stew, you just have to know how to use your ingredients better," she says. "A talented chef — or in this case, corporate or organizational leader — knows how to let an ingredient speak for itself, perhaps with just a touch of seasoning, or guidance."
WASHINGTON -- Top trade negotiators of the US and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, which covers about 40 percent of global economic output, the media reported Monday.
Senior officials announced the deal at a closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, after wrapping up the round-the-clock TPP ministerial meeting that lasted for about five days but was under negotiation for five years, Xinhua news agency reported.
TORONTO -- Taxi drivers and some Sikhs in Canada have raised 15,000 dollars (US $11,400) for a new spiritual centre at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) in British Columbia.
The funds were handed over to the hospital at an event organised at the Okanagan Sikh Temple in Rutland on Sunday, The Daily Courier reported.
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.
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."
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.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Micro blogging site Twitter's co-founder and interim chief executive officer Jack Dorsey on Monday said that he would become permanent CEO of Twitter and Square.
"Hello! We have some news to share! We are naming @adambain (Adam Bain) COO (chief operating officer) of Twitter, we're working to change the composition of our Board, and I will serve as CEO of Twitter and Square," Dorsey tweeted.
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.
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 DEHLI -- India on Friday pledged to cut its emission levels by 33-35 percent over the next 15 years in what Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar termed an ambitious, fair and balanced commitment to protect the environment, married to the country's own agenda for sustainable development.
Ahead of the crucial 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change due in Paris from November 30 to December 11, India made a 38-page submission under what is called the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
Loughborough University is joining forces with The Chopras to provide an exciting new cricket tournament for some of India’s leading colleges.
Bringing together colleges in Delhi’s National Capital Region (NCR) from 5th to 7th October, the Indian College League tournament aims to provide young Indian students with an exciting sporting opportunity, similar to the experiences many Loughborough students benefit from.
WASHINGTON -- A malfunctioning enzyme may be behind why people who love to binge drink on weekends or at parties are at a higher risk of alcohol addiction, scientists from Stanford University reported.
The scientists identified a previously unsuspected job performed by the enzyme named "ALDH1a1" in mice.
LONDON -- Your chances of suffering from cancer are higher if you are tall, irrespective of your gender, says a large long-term study carried out in Sweden.
The study found that for every 10 cm of height, the risk of developing cancer increased by 18 percent in women and 11 percent in men.
NEW DELHI - In response to the recent killing near Delhi of a man accused of slaughtering and eating a cow, Humane Society International/India issued a statement condemning violence.
N.G Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, said: “The very foundation of the animal protection movement is to reject violence in all its forms. This is a movement built upon compassion and feeling for all who live and breathe, and any act of violence toward people undermines the core ahimsa (non-violence) ethic we espouse."
NEW YORK--Ever wondered why you do not find your twin or cousin's crush attractive? That's because the uniqueness of an individual's face preferences is predominantly based on experiences, not genes, according to a new study.
The study found that the impact of such unique personal experiences is so deep that even identical twins don't agree.
NEW YORK -- An engaging mobile app can significantly boost your purchase activity, according to a new study which concludes that the more engaging an app, the more customers will spend.
"It could be a total game changer if a company provides an app that's well functioning and offers some consumer benefit," said lead author of the study Su Jung Kim from Iowa State University.