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BURLINGTON, MA—INDIA New England News announced that it will honor Saheli founder Usha Vakil with its annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Vakil will receive the honor during the 13th annual Woman of the Year Awards Banquet on June 4 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, which is bestowed to a woman who has contributed to and dedicated her life and passion to community service, is sponsored by Sushil Tuli, President of Leader Bank. The Liftetime Achievement Award was inaugurated in 2014 and was conceptualized by Dr. Manju Sheth, President of INE MultiMedia, Inc., and host of INDIA New England News' celebrity series Chai With Manju.

"There are many women who are trail blazers and have followed their passions for betterment of the community, and Usha is definitely a very special trail blazer," said Dr. Sheth. "I personally congratulate her for her outstanding service to the community and for getting the Lifetime Achievement Award."
CAMBRIDGE, MA—MIT India Conference on May 2 is bringing together prominent speakers to discuss leading business and socio-economic opportunities and challenges in one of the world's largest economies—India.

The conference will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at MIT Media Lab, located at 75 Amherst St. in Cambridge, MA. On this occasion, INDIA New England News conducted an interview via email with Arita Sehgal, an MBA student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of marketing for MIT India Conference. Here are unedited excerpts from the interview:
CAMBRIDGE, MA—The Boston chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs, known as TIE-Boston, is hosting its annual TiE StartupCon conference on May 1 at Cambridge Marriott in Cambridge, MA. This year's conference puts startups at the core of the event, as TiE-Boston seeks to help early-stage entrepreneurs along their journey to launch and build their own companies.

INDIA New England News talked with Anu Yadav, Executive Director of TiE-Boston about their upcoming TiE StartupCon, previously known as TiECon.
STONEHAM, MA — Akshaya Patra will be featured in a special telecast premiere in India on the National Geographic Channel India on April 27 at 9 PM (India Standard Time). Akshaya Patra is the largest NGO-run school meal program in the world, and currently serves school lunches to more than 1.4 million children across India. The telecast, titled Akshaya Patra: Shiksha Ka Mahabhog will explore Akshaya Patra's "mega-kitchens".

CAMBRIDGE, MA—TiE-Boston has rebranded it annual flagship entrepreneurial conference as TiE StartupCon, which was previously known as TiECon East and has been recognized as the largest start-up conference on the East Coast.

In an exclusive video interview with INDIA New England News, Tie-Boston President Gaugarin Oliver talks about TiE-Boston, why the name of its flagship conference was changed and what should we expect at the TiE StartupCon on May 1 at Cambridge Marriott in Cambridge, MA. To watch the interview, click here.
INDIANAPOLIS — Angel Kumar grew up in the slums of Bangalore, but on Friday, April 17, over 150 Lilly employees gathered to hear her inspiring story. Angel's parents were day laborers who could barely provide life's necessities. "My parents somehow managed to keep me in school until third grade," said Angel, "but after that I had to quit school due to a financial crisis at home." That is when Angel found Christel House.

BURLINGTON, MA— INDIA New England News, which hosted a wedding expo to kick off the 2015 wedding season at Burlington Marriott on March 22, today released the video of a jewelry fashion show, which was choreography by Twinkle Morbia Gautam of Syna's Collections and TV Asia reporter and event manager Jharna Madan.

To watch the video, click here.
Syna's Collections presented world-class models, new collections, new styles and a variety of Indian and Indo-fusion jewelry at the Expo. This was the second time a Jewelry fashion show was organized at the wedding expo. Both were choreographed and presented by Syna's Collections.
CAMDEN, ME - As if a getaway to mid-coast Maine's most picturesque harbor town wasn't tempting enough, Lark Hotels is giving travelers another reason to venture to Camden this spring. Guests who stay two or more nights during Whitehall's first two opening weeks (May 15 - June 11) will receive 10% off a sail on the Schooner Surprise, a $20 credit at their onsite restaurant, Pig + Poet, and 30% off the room rate. Rates for the10/20/30 special are from $129 per night.
LOS ANGELES — Just in time for Mother's Day, Sperling's BestPlaces has partnered with Teleflora to announce the nation's "Top 10 Mom-Friendly Cities." San Jose, California is the clear front-runner offering the best quality of life for moms and raising a family. The survey found that the Silicon Valley city outranks all others with the most robust "mom-friendly" lifestyle offerings like readily-available child care and day care, pediatric physicians and family fun.
CHELMSFORD, MA--The Asian Art Gallery will present the second of a series of exhibitions centering on the contemporary visual expressions of South India (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh).

Ethnic Concurrence 2 will feature works by nineteen different artists from this richly creative region of the Indian subcontinent. Approximately 60 works of art—ranging in media from acrylic, oils, and drawings to watercolors, collage, and sculpture— will convey their responses to changes in India's modern society as these South Indian artists gain a voice in the rapidly-evolving field of contemporary Indian art, which has been traditionally centered in such urban centers as Mumbai and New Delhi.
Too many of the books devoured by teens and tweens are bad for them—slightly cleaned up versions of 50 Shades of Gray, which encourage the worst illusions and most self-destructive behaviors that can scar young women for life. Eternal Hearts, by Alison Berman, is a gripping and psychologically smart page-turner, with a conscience and a heart.

Berman is 24 years old, and lives in Los Angeles. She is co-creator of the app Shopfeed. This is her first book.

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The Indian Government has renamed the online visa program for travelers as "e-Tourist Visa." The Ministry of Home Affairs said that the program will be extended to more countries and airports in a phased manner.

Indian newspaper The Hindu reported that the Central Government has renamed the online visa scheme for travellers as ‘e-Tourist Visa’ (eTV). The scheme was earlier called ‘Tourist Visa on Arrival-Electronic Travel Authorisation’ (TVoA-ETA).

The Hindu quoted a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs that that the extension of the scheme to more countries and airports will be in a phased manner, in order to avoid any confusion.
Like seasonal allergies and rainy weather, door-to-door magazine scams are an annual annoyance that return each spring. Be on the lookout for scammers selling fake magazine subscriptions.
How the Scam Works: You answer your door, and it's someone selling magazine subscriptions. The seller may claim that he/she is raising money for a school or charity. The subscription prices seem steep. In fact, they are typically three times the typical price. However, the money goes to a good cause, so you purchase one anyway. Months pass, and your magazine never arrives. Turns out the magazine fundraiser is totally fake!
FM Jaitley Pitches for Low Taxes, Says No to Retrospective Tax
Promising a "modern tax system" with low and globally competitive rates, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has assured foreign investors there will be no retrospective action and said taxpayers will be seen as "partners and not as potential hostages or victims."
Big Firms Can Now Produce 20 Items Reserved for Small Industries
Big companies can now produce bread, pickles and chutneys, wooden furniture, fireworks, glass bangles and other items that had been reserved for small businesses. In keeping with the various ease-of-doing business measures, the Government said the move will encourage greater investment to upgrade technology and standards toward enhancing competition.
LONDON--Eros International Plc (NYSE: “EROS”) (“Eros”), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced the launch of a broadband movie streaming service partnership, “Broadband Movies”, between ErosNow, the dedicated online entertainment service of Eros International and Asianet Broadband, the single largest private Internet Service Provider in Kerala, India.

The streaming service will provide Asianet customers with high quality entertainment content from the ErosNow platform, including its south Indian repertoire of movies and music, on multiple smart devices.

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