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WALTHAM, MA-- Actifio, Waltham, MA-based copy data virtualization company founded by Ash Ashutosh in 2009, is now valued at about $1.2 billion, according to media reports. The valuation of the privately-held Actifio was calculated by Seattle-based venture capital research firm PitchBook, reported Boston Business Journal.

PitchBook calculates valuations using multiple sources of information including public filings, number of shares authorized for sale, issue prices, conversion ratios and stock splits. The valuations are created "using a series of calculations that rely upon assumptions, percent acquired and money raised" according to a spokeswoman quoted by Boston Business Journal.
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.
BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is reminding residents to take precautions during the hot weather forecast for this week. The Mayor will declare a Heat Emergency after temperatures have reached 90 degrees or higher for three or more consecutive days. During a Heat Emergency, cooling centers will be open across the City.

Residents can sign up for Alert Boston, the city's emergency notification system, to receive emergency alerts by phone, email or text. Sign up online: http://www.cityofboston.gov/oem/alertboston.asp.
By Bhavana Akella
NEW DELHI-- 'I was born in a mentally retarded country', he begins his book. Encompassing a broad history of the country from the Emergency era in India, Babri Masjid demolition, economic liberalisation to the Godhra riots, journalist-turned-corporate-brander, Sriram Karri, in his book constantly reads this question to his readers: 'Is India truly a mad nation?' and adds, "India is unpredictable".

In the book 'Autobiography of a Mad Nation', twenty-four-year-old Vikrant Vaidya awaits capital punishment, as Karri opens up the political history of the country before the readers, to connect it with Vaidya's hanging.
By Alan Shusterman
A record number of high school students are celebrating their hard-earned diplomas this year. The celebrations won't last.
Despite their hard work, these students will soon find that they're far from prepared for life after graduation. Academically, they're worse educated than most of their foreign contemporaries. Occupationally, they're ill-equipped for the jobs our economy needs. And emotionally, they're less healthy than any generation in recent history.
BOSTON — More than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting enough hydration—probably because they're not drinking enough water—a situation that could have significant repercussions for their physical health and their cognitive and emotional functioning, according to the first national study of its kind from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The study also found racial/ethnic and gender gaps in hydration status. Black children and adolescents were at higher risk of inadequate hydration than whites; boys were at higher risk than girls.
By Nishant Arora
NEW DELHI--Have you heard of "Holiday Heart Syndrome"? It happens when a non-drinker or a light drinker gives in to the weekend party mood and goes on a drinking spree.

If this becomes a habit then on one ill-fated evening the person may get severe chest pain, irregular heart beat and breathlessness. The blood pressure may shoot up, increasing the risk of cardiac arrest and sudden death. If this scenario scares you, then being an alcohol-lover you need to learn what responsible or moderate drinking is all about.
By Chinmaya Dehuri
PURI, India-- Prepared by 600-700 cooks and partaken by up to 50,000 pilgrims daily generating a business of Rs 8-12 lakhs, the mouth-watering "Mahaprasad" (food first offered to the deity) of the Jagannath Temple has retained its appeal among tens of millions of devotees for ages.

The Mahaprasad cooked on the premises of the temple at Ananda Bazar (abode of peace) - deemed to be the biggest open-air eatery in the world - is consumed by thousands of devotees, who purchase and eat together irrespective of their caste, creed or status.
WASHINGTON-- A 23-year-old Indian-origin student in the US has developed water-resistant socks and launched a successful kickstarter campaign that blew past its business goal within two days, a media report said.

Jaspreet Singh, a law student at Wayne State University in Detroit, came up with the idea of water-resistant socks in a public speaking class at the University of Michigan where he was supposed to pitch a business idea, The Detroit News reported on Tuesday.

After a year and a half, Singh created the 5 Water Socks brand after much research, testing and development.

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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.
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.
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.
LONDON-- A young couple of Indian origin from Chicago have devised a multi-functional jacket that can carry everything from an iPad to a small blanket. Ideal for a traveller, the prjoect has raised $3 million by crowd-funding so far. A seasoned traveler, 29-year-old Chicago-based Hiral Sanghavi was fed up of long flights as he was unable to carry all of his essentials.
WASHINGTON-- An Indian American man, facing a death penalty for a double murder, will represent himself during an appeal in the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, the media said on Wednesday. Raghunandan Yandamuri was charged with killing an Indian American 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in their Pennsylvania home three years ago.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand--The Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has identified nine Indian-origin "witch doctors" on the run after it came to light that they had duped vulnerable people, a media report said on Wednesday. Of the nine, five have already left the country, news channel 3News reported.
EDISON, NJ-- iDream Media, a South Indian digital content and entertainment company, has acquired the overseas rights of two of Hero Ram's upcoming films - 'Shivam' and 'Hari Katha'. After delivering a big hit like Pandaga Chesko, Energetic Star Ram is raring to go and interestingly both his successive upcoming films are being produced by Sravanthi Ravi Kishore under Sri Sravanthi Movies banner.
NEW YORK-- People with higher levels of the reproductive hormone testosterone and the stress hormone cortisol are more likely to repeatedly engage in cheating and other unethical behaviour, a new study suggests. First, elevated hormone levels predict likelihood of cheating. Then, a change of hormone levels during the act reinforces the behaviour, the study said.

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