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EASTON, MA—Author Uma Hiremath is executive director of the Ames Free Library in Easton, MA. Since it first opened its doors in 1883, this historic library has gone through a complete transformation, has been named one of must-visit places in Massachusetts and one of the top small libraries in the United States.

Hiremath is co-author of "Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century (now in its 4th edition), and was recently invited by the US Department of State under its Public Diplomacy program to visit Uzbekistan where more than 800 copies of her book were distributed in this Central Asian country.

In an exclusive video interview with INDIA New England News, Hiremath talks about her journey from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi to the world of library sciences and the historic Ames Library. To view the interview, click here.
NEW DELHI--Do you feel apprehensive about using frozen foods thinking they are not nutritious? Now put your doubts to rest about frozen food in cold storage. Frozen food brand McCain Foods India has elucidated on the IQF technology to help users get over their inhibitions, said a statement.

There are 12 stages before a vegetable or fruit is frozen. First is the reception of the raw produce (actually a misnomer because the product which is perfectly ripe is brought to the factory for freezing). That is because the produce will not ripen any further once it is frozen and therefore it is best to harvest the crop at its ripest.
LAS VEGAS--Ten-year-old Indian golfer Shubham Jaglan has won the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas, his second consecutive IJGA title.

The youngster shot a three round score of 106 to win by a five-stroke margin in the boys 9-10 years category title at the Angel Park on Thursday. He had earlier won the Junior World Golf Championships at the Welk Resort Fountain Course in California last Sunday. He expressed his delight at the feat and identified his success as a consequence of hard work.
MUMBAI, India--On legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi's 35th death anniversary on Friday, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor remembered his body of work.

The 85-year-old singer paid tribute to Rafi, with whom she sang duets like "Teri bindiya re", "Jo wada kiya woh" and "Haye re haye", and posted on Twitter: "Aaj bahut hi guni gayak Mohammed Rafi sahab ki punyatithi hai. Main unhe shraddhanjali arpan karti hun.
By Anu Chitrapu
INDIA New England Columnist
BELMONT, MA--In the old days there were only two types of desi marriages — arranged marriage or love marriage. Now there is a third type — internet marriage. And it gets more complicated because an internet marriage could be arranged by parents who are online savvy or it could be self arranged where the boy finds himself chatting online with a "friend" who then becomes more than a friend. Put all the combinations and permutations together and you can find many shades of desi marriages!
By Vikas Datta
His first notable performance was singing in the chorus as the legendary K.L Saigal warbled "Mere Sapnon ki Rani" ("Shahjehan"), but Mohammad Rafi soon himself became Bollywood's most recognised playback singer. Blessed with an amazing versatility in bringing to life everything from soulful ghazals to exuberant qawwalis to heartfelt bhajans to romantic songs - both understated and jaunty, laments on human deceptions, classically-tinged songs and patriotic works, he would have gone much further had his over three-decade-long career not abruptly ended this day in 1980.
HARTFORD, CT—A comedy show by comedian-actor Kapil Sharma that scheduled to be held in Hartford, CT, today (Friday, July 31) has been cancelled, a sources familiar with the program said. Amit Jaitly, one of the key organizers of the event, could not be reached for comment.

The source, who asked not be identified, however, said that organizers will refund the money to those who have already purchased tickets. The Hartford event, which was scheduled to start at 8:30 pm tonight at One Civic Center Plaza in Hartford, was organized by Jaitly's Sai USA Inc. in association with Aapka Colors. The reason for cancellation was not immediately known.
NORTH ANDOVER, MA— Vision-Aid's annual fundraising dance show this year raised $31,300, exceeding its original goal of $31,000, organizers said. The event, dubbed as "Samprati— Beyond Time" was held on July 18 in North Andover, MA. The funds will used to expand its programs for the visually impaired in three new locations.
"This is truly an amazing achievement for all of us at Vision-aid and we thank our New England community for putting their time, energy, talent and money towards this cause. As we are all volunteers, every dollar raised immediately goes to work for the benefit of the visually impaired," said Syed Ali Rizvi, president of Vision-Aid. 
WASHINGTON-- A startup founded by three Indians and a German student at the Mississippi State University (MSU) has received $100,000, setting a record for private investment in a student-run startup at the university, a media report said.
CampusKnot, founded by Rahul Gopal, Hiten Patel, Perceus Mody and Katja Walter, is an online educational hub designed to increase collaboration among faculty and students, the Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported.
MUMBAI, India--With "Silsila" clocking 34 years since its release, Amitabh Bachchan fell short of words to describe his memories associated with the 1981 movie.

"'Silsila' 34 years...Khuddar...And it all comes back with such detail that a narration of it would require the space of a space mission...but...it must be done some day...here, there wherever...it must•before, as many predict, I lose my brains," Big B posted on his blog.
MUMBAI, India-- Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan believes that Indian women are beautiful in their own right.

The face of Craftsvilla Miss Ethnic will crown the finalists of the contest, to be held on September 11 here. Women across the country, regardless of their age and marital status, can participate in the contest. "Every Indian woman is unique and beautiful in their own right. Through Craftsvilla Miss Ethnic, we are looking for those who believe in themselves," Kareena said in a statement.

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WASHINGTON-- A Sikh organisation will observe the annual day of seva (service) in 14 US cities on August 1 in the memory of those who were killed in the 2012 Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting. The Sikh Coalition -- a community-based organisation that works toward the realisation of civil and human rights -- will mark the third anniversary of the Oak Creek Gurdwara massacre in which six people were killed and several others were injured.
NEW YORK--Ever wondered why you get more physically exhausted when certain issue keeps you worried? This could be because brain work accelerates the development of physical fatigue, says a new study by Indian-origin researchers. The study showed that when we attempt mental tasks and physical tasks at the same time, we activate specific areas, called prefrontal cortex (PFC), in our brain.
NEW DELHI-- Twitter on Friday said that it has added four more Indian languages - Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil - taking the count of supported languages to six.

Hindi and Bengali have been available for a year now, the social media company said in a blog post. According to Twitter, these four languages were partially translated by a community of Twitter users via the translation centre.
WASHINGTON--An Indian-American woman is one of the nine people who were chosen for American cable television network HBO's writers' fellowship programme. Prathiksha Srinivasan, along with writing partner Joshua Levy, was chosen out of 2,000 submissions for an eight-month-long HBO's fellowship programme.
MUMBAI, India--Mass media company Viacom Inc on Friday announced that it has acquired a 50 percent interest in Prism TV Private Limited, a regional network, for Rs.9.4 billion (approximately $153 million). Prism TV operates various regional entertainment channels in India like ETV Marathi, ETV Kannada, ETV Bangla, ETV Oriya and ETV Gujarati, all of which were earlier re-branded under the Colors umbrella.
WASHINGTON-- In a historical moment for the Sikh community in the US, a foreclosed building that used to be a Baptist church will be renovated as the first Sikh temple in Rockford, Illinois, media reported on Thursday. The building on Kishwaukee Street and 3rd Avenue in the Forest City will be renamed as Nanaksar Sikh Temple.
By Chaitanya Mallapur & Devanik Saha
NEW DELHI-- A death sentence – such as the one handed to Yakub Memon, lone convict of the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings – is common in India, with 1,303 such verdicts between 2004 and 2013, according to this National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) prison statistics report. However, only three convicts were executed over this period, one each in West Bengal (2004), Maharashtra (2012) and Delhi (2013). India saw an execution-free period of seven years between 2004 and 2012.
NEW YORK--When it comes to watching porn online, women are slowly bridging the gap in India with as much as 30 percent of women in India now regularly visiting porn websites, says a new study.

Last year, 26 percent Indian women were online searching for porn.

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