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STONEHAM, MA--Philanthropy has rightly been called a bridge to hope, especially when the mission is food and education for millions of children. It has direct effect on improving the quality of life of an entire nation and future generations to come.

In this special edition of Chai with Manju, we talk to two well-known philanthropists: Desh Deshpande, chairman of Akshaya Patra USA, and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe and director of the Red Sox Foundation and Liverpool Football Club Foundation.To view the video interview, click here.
Henry will also be the chief guest at the upcoming Akshaya Patra's 2015 Annual Boston Gala on Saturday, June 13th at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA. The event will also feature Kevin Negandhi, anchor of ESPN's SportsCenter, and Tom Ashbrook of NPR on Point.
By Martin J. Walsh
(Editor's note: Martin J. Walsh is Mayor of Boston.)
Nearly one third of Bostonians are foreign-born. The legacy of immigration in Boston is as old as the City itself. As our ancestors and our families settled into their communities, their experiences as immigrants have been woven into the fabric of our City. As a result, our diversity is central to Boston's identity.
TEWKSBURY, MA—Vantage Builders Inc., a general contracting and construction firm announced that the firm completed a corporate headquarters build-out for Altiostar at 200 Ames Pond Drive, Tewksbury, Mass., in the Ames Park Corporate Center.

Tewksbury-based Altiostar Network is founded by veteran tech entrepreneur Ashraf Dahod. The firm raised $50 million in new equity funding earlier this year.
Anjali Arora is the Global Vice President of Software Development responsible for worldwide engineering for Oracle Health Sciences Global Business Unit. Her portfolios of products span all life sciences and healthcare products at Oracle. Her team is spread across the globe with multiple locations in the United States, Europe, and India.

She joined Oracle from Allscripts where she served as the Vice President of Software Development for their Revenue Cycle Management portfolio, overseeing a large team spread across locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and India.
By Sunayana Kachroo and Chandrakant Shah
Poet Participants
CAMBRIDGE, MA--South Asia is a region of diversity with a peculiar synthetic cultural unity. Rich in history, languages, literature and philosophy, the region has explored the signature of humanity in man through religion, art, monuments, food, music, dance and human conduct. So, what is the identity of a person belonging to South Asia living far away from the native land? Thirty poets of the South Asian origin explored "Identity" in the Nineteenth India Poetry Reading session hosted by the South Asia Institute and the Department of South Asian Studies of Harvard University.
STAMFORD, CT— AmeriCares is delivering $13 million worth of medicine and supplies to Kathmandu this month to resupply damaged hospitals and clinics providing essential health services to earthquake survivors. The shipments include medicine to manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as treatments for diarrheal and respiratory diseases.
Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read. She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the United States, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number of pets. Although she's dabbled in finance, business analysis, and fostering shelter animals, her first love is writing. She is the author of Red Turban White Horse (Scholastic India 2013), and Starcursed (Red Turtle/Rupa & Co 2013).
BOSTON—In an effort to further the advancement of women leaders worldwide, Harvard Business School (HBS) has launched the Gender Initiative to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promotes gender equity in business and society. The new Initiative will be headed by Robin Ely, the School's Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community.
Fear, insecurity, self-doubt and the like can be the biggest obstacles many of us face in life. In order to overcome that negativity, many people turn to unhealthy behaviors, such as overeating or alcohol abuse.
"Compulsive or addictive behavior may temporarily numb that negativity, but it won't put you on a healthy and wholesome path," says Darlene Hunter, a renowned speaker and author of "Win-Ability, Navigating through Life's Challenges with a Winning Attitude."
BOSTON -Mayor Martin J. Walsh yesterday joined the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMF) to release Addiction and Recovery Services in the City of Boston, a Blueprint for Building a Better System of Care, a report on the current status of substance abuse and addiction in the City of Boston. The findings of the report will serve as a road map for the Mayor's Office of Recovery Services (ORS), the first-ever municipal-based office to focus on this issue. The Mayor also announced that Jennifer Tracey, a highly respected and experienced recovery expert, will head ORS.
LEXINGTON, MA-- LEHER, a Boston-based live South Asian band, will host "Tarang — Leher Unplugged", a fundraiser music concert that promises to bring a flavor of Eastern and Western music. LEHER's goal through this concert is to fundraise to help over 200 underprivileged blind people in India and enable them to get the gift of vision.

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Coal India to Invest $20 Billion Over 5 Years
Power Minister Piyush Goyal said the Government will invest $20 billion to increase coal production to one billion tons by 2019. The investment will upgrade technology, equipment and existing infrastructure, the minister said.
WASHINGTON, DC--Piyush Goyal, India's Minister of State of the Ministries of Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, visited Washington, DC on Thursday, after attending the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) conference in New York on May 19-20, 2015. In Washington, Goel chaired an investment round-table organized by the U.S. India Business Council (USIBC), and met with prominent members of the U.S. administration.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported which municipalities in Massachusetts experienced the largest increases in population last year.

The municipality gaining the most people in Massachusetts between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, was Boston whose population rose by 5,967 over the period. Boston was followed by Cambridge (1,962), Everett (1,121), Watertown (997) and Chelsea (980). Massachusetts also gained 8,591 housing units during the year ending on July 1, 2014.
Memorial Day is a time to honor our service men and women, and unfortunately, it has also become an opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. As Memorial Day approaches, Better Business Bureau Serving E. MA, ME, RI and VT is alerting the military community and the public to malicious tactics that scammers use to steal money and identities.
MARLBOROUGH, MA- Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) of America, held its annual Hindu Heritage Day on May 16 in Marlborough, MA. The event is organized by VHPA every year in an effort to unite Hindus around the world and instill devotion to the Hindu way of life, cultivate self-respect and respect for all people, and establish a truly global Hindu network, organizers said in a statement.

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