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Daily EDITION : News from INDIA New England | Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Why 2016 Could See More Indian-Americans Elected To Congress


By Ronak D. Desai
The Indian-American community is often hailed as one of the most successful ethnic groups in the United States. According to census data, its members have obtained income and education levels far above the national average. Read More

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Wayfair.com Mobile App Surpasses 2 Million Downloads

BOSTON-- Wayfair Inc. (NYSE:W), one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and d├ęcor, announced its Apple iOS and Android mobile apps have surpassed 2 million downloads and the majority of its mobile app shoppers are repeat customers at more than 67 percent.

Wayfair also revealed strong momentum in the third quarter of 2015 with 35 percent of all orders placed on mobile devices. Read More



MIT Professor helps develop first chip that uses light for communication

CAMBRIDGE, MA-- Engineers, one of them a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have successfully developed a single-chip microprocessor - a landmark development that opens the door to ultrafast, low-power data crunching. Read More

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Indian Business Briefs: Google CEO, Foreign Investments, Intel Bets on Indian Data Center


Google CEO: India Poised To Become Silicon Valley of the East
On his first visit to India after taking over as CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai met with the Indian leadership, including Prime Minister Modi. During his visit, Pichai said that India will be a larger market than the US for Google by 2016 and India is well-positioned to become the Silicon Valley of the East. Read More



2015 in Review: Start-ups, Digital India dominated IT growth

By Fakir Balaji & Sharon Thambala
BENGALURU-- Even as disruptive technologies rolled out game-changing products and software majors vied for more outsourcing, the start-up revolution and the government's Digital India initiative dominated the Indian IT industry landscape in 2015.

The software services and product-driven industry have been on track this year to register again a double digit (12-14 percent) growth in fiscal 2015-16. But the surge in start-ups and the Digital India plan have redefined the rules of the game"... Read More

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Mohit Suri in New York to Scout Location for 'Half Girlfriend'


NEW YORK-- Director Mohit Suri is scouting a location here for his next film titled "Half Girlfriend", an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's book by the same name. Read More



Couldn't have asked for better debut: Wamiqa on 'Maalai Nerathua'


CHENNAI-- Actress Wamiqa Gabbi, who is making her Tamil debut with forthcoming romantic-drama "MaalaiNerathu Mayakkam", says she couldn't have asked for a better launch for her career. Read More



Mirza Ghalib still homeless in his birth place


AGRA-- Though Mirza Ghalib's contribution to 'Urdu Adab' is considered as significant as Shakespeare's to English, the mansion in Agra where he was born on this day in 1797 bears no memorial to the great poet till date. Read More

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Indian art, photos, textiles on display at Philadelphia museum


NEW YORK--The Philadelphia Museum of Art has put on display masterful drawings from Indian royal courts, works of contemporary photographers and woven textiles of the Zo people living along the India-Myanmar border in three separate exhibitions focused on India. Read More



'Disappointed' Gizele wants to work with Salman

MUMBAI--Actress Gizele Thakral says she is very disappointed as her stint at "Bigg Boss Nau" turned out to be a brief one. But she hopes to share screen space with the show's host and superstar Salman Khan, even if it's just for a single scene. Read More



Indian long distance runner Lalita Babar trains six hours a day

By Debdoot Das
KOLKATA-- Indian long distance runner Lalita Babar believes athletes can win medals only if they are given the best of facilities to train on.

"For your athlete to win an Olympic medal, you ought to give the best facilities," Babar told IANS in an interview.

She complained that there are only a few synthetic tracks in the country and none of them is of world class. Read More

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Ninth edition of annual EDM festival Sunburn kicks-off in Goa


PANAJI-- Sunburn Goa 2015, the ninth edition of the annual Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival, witnessed a gush of Indian and foreign tourists in the coastal state as the fest kicked-off with a lot of energy and high-octane music. Read More



Bollywood's roller-coaster year 2015: Only six surpassed 100 crore mark


By Sandeep Sharma and Uma Ramasubramanian
NEW DELHI-- Star power sells, but content is the original king. This stood true for Bollywood's roaster-coaster 2015, a year full of films with strong and unique storylines making their small presence felt in a big way. Read More



Indian foreign policy initiatives: Lahore the showstopper


By Aroonim Bhuyan
NEW DELHI-- A dramatic stopover in Lahore by the Indian prime minister on his way home from Afghanistan to meet his Pakistani counterpart on Christmas day has become the showstopper of Indian foreign policy initiatives in 2015. Read More

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Veteran actress Sadhana cremated; B-Town bids adieu

MUMBAI-- Veteran Bollywood actresss Sadhana Shivdasani, who passed away on Friday morning after a long battle with cancer, was cremated on Saturday afternoon at the Oshiwara Electric Crematorium here in the presence of her family and a handful of members from the Hindi film fraternity.

She was 74 and a widow, and is survived by her foster daughter. Read More



With 5,500 tons of gold, Tirupati temple seeks amendments to gold scheme

TIRUPATI-- The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, which manages the Sri Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala, wants the central government to make some amendments in the Gold Monetisation Scheme so that it can invest its huge gold reserves.

The investment committee of the TTD, which met here on Saturday, felt that the amendments should be made "for at least charitable and religious institutions, respecting the sentiments of devotees, keeping the main corpus intact". Read More

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