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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.
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. 
HARTFORD, CT—With approval from Guinness World Records, London , and support from University High School of Science and Engineering, Hartford and Hartford Public Schools , Deepika Ravichandran, a resident of East Hampton, CT, and a Junior at UHSSE, is attempting to become the fastest to complete the "GWR Hasbro puzzle" This is her second attempt. Ravichandran, 15, missed by 30 seconds during her previous attempt but is confident of breaking the record this time. UHSSE ( University High School ) is hosting her attempt at 9:40 am on May 9 in the Media Center at the UHSSE, Mark Twain Street , Hartford , CT. 
Ekal Vidyalaya, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing education and village development in rural India, announced that it will hold a math contest in order to create an opportunity for children of grade 2 - 11 to participate in MATH BEE and also help spread the light of education to the under-privileged in rural and tribal India. This Math Contest is open to children of grades 2 — 11 and will be held in 2 separate locations at the same time on May 3rd, 2014. 
WALTHAM, MA—The organizers of Health & Wellness Expo 2014 have added a segment called—"Ask the Doctor"—at the upcoming health expo on Sunday, April 20, at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. "This is a great segment where expo attendees can come to the Ask the Doctor Booth and ask designated doctors any health related questions," said Dr. Manju Sheth, Chair of Health & Wellness Expo 2014. "As always we recommend that attendees should consult their own physicians. Our goal will be to provide some basic information and guidance reagrding medical issues." Doctors participating in this segment include: Dr. Niranjan Dudani, Dr. Tapasya Srivastava, Dr. Madhavi Challagulla, and Dr. Lipi Roy. 
WALTHAM, MA—Dr. Neela Gandhi of Rofe Dental Associates, who will be speaking on "Oral Health is Overall Health" will also provide free oral cancer screening at the upcoming Health & Wellness Expo 2014 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA, on Sunday, April 20. "More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year, and general dentists act as the first line of defense against this deadly disease," said Dr. Gandhi. "To help raise awareness and promote the active screening of dental patients, we will host FREE oral cancer screenings during the the Health Expo.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Tax evasion is widely assumed to be an eternal problem for governments — but how widespread is it? For the first time, a new study, co-authored by an MIT professor, has put a cost on a particular kind of tax evasion, known as "round-tripping," that the U.S. government has been trying to thwart. In round-tripping, U.S. investors move funds to offshore tax havens, then invest in U.S. equity and debt markets with these "foreign" funds. In essence, the U.S. investors are disguising themselves as foreign investors, who are not subject to the same tax rates on capital gains and interest income. 

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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.
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.
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. 
Pakistan Federal Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar met with U.S. Deputy Secretary William J. Burns and Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Catherine Novelli to discuss a range of strategic and economic issues.  As part of these discussions, Minister Dar and Under Secretary Novelli co-chaired the U.S.-Pakistan Economic and Finance Working Group in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

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