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BOSTON—About 15,000 people of Nepalese origin living in Massachusetts are devastated by the earthquake at their home country on Saturday and are trying to raise funds and support to help their family, friends and countrymen.

News reports say that the death toll has climbed to about 4,500 people with about 8,000 others injured. While rescue and relief efforts are picking up pace in Nepal, aid groups are also encountering steep problems in distributing aid in the devastated country in the high Himalayas, according to news reports.

Milan Kumar Karki, treasurer of the Greater Boston Nepali Community, told INDIA New England News that the death toll is likely to rise to about 10,000 because data is not yet available from remote areas and still there are a number of people under collapsed buildings and houses.
BOSTON—Indians from New England and all across the United States expressed shock and disbelief at the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal and in the neighboring part of India.

Nalini Sharma, a resident of Sharon, MA and a local philanthropist who has recently visited Nepal, saddened by the tragedy.

"I am deeply saddened by the immense loss of life and destruction in Nepal and India and the other regions affected by the devastating earthquake," Ms. Sharma told INDIA New England News.
BOSTON—Boston, the prominent monthly magazine that has been in publication for more than four decades and has been named among the three best city magazines in the nation seven times in the last eight years, has named two Indians among its list of The 50 Power Players.

Published in its May issue, included the magazine’s prestigious list are: Niraj Shah, Chief Executive Officer and co-Chairman and co-founder of Wayfair, and Atul Gawande, professors of surgery at Harvard Medical School.
ANDOVER, MA—Chinmaya Mission’s monthly reading of Sundarkand marks 5th anniversary this weekend. On the occasion, the organizers are holding a 24-hour reading of Ramcharitmanas at the Chinmaya Mission in Andover, MA.

Ritu Gaind, who initiated the reading of Sundarkand at Chinmaya Mission five years ago, said that Akhand Ramayan, or 24-hour reading of Tulsi Ramayan, will start at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 1, 2015.
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.

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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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