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Daily EDITION : News from INDIA New England | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A first look at Chennai after floods

By Anu Chitrapu
INDIA New England News Columnist
BOSTON—(Editor’s note: INDIA New England News Columnist Anu Chitrapu writes about her experiences working on the ground in Chennai to help with relief operations. This is the first of a three-part series.) Read More

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Fusion Food Recipe: Japalpeno Poppah Aappah

By Sandhya Rege Nadkarni

INDIA New England News Columnist
Dear New Englanders,
I am excited to start this column with a nod to our favorite city and the knowledge that my Bostonian friends will agree with me that Jalapeno Poppah Aappa is a totally wicked appetizah! Read More

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Parkash of UMass Wins Funds for Agricultural Research

AMHERST, MA--Two teams of international researchers led by Om Parkash, agriculture biotechnologist at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Richard Peltier, environmental health sciences, have been awarded funding from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) to initiate global projects designed to ultimately impact millions of people in the developing world, Umass Amherst said in a statement.

Parkash will lead a Climate Resilient Open Partnership for Food Security (CROP-FS) team, which includes 12 experts from six institutions in China, India, the United Kingdom and the U.S. ... Read More

Pichai: The Future of Google

By Aparajita Gupta
Book Review

Title: Pichai: The Future of Google; Author: Jagmohan S. Bhanver; Publisher: Hachette India; Pages: 164; Price: Rs.199

Sundar Pichai has become a household name in India. He has become an inspirational figure for young dynamic Indians. This book takes us through the journey of the man from a self-driven school boy to the chief executive of search engine giant Google, a position he assumed last August.

Born on July 12, 1972, in Madurai, Sundar Pichai's childhood was spent in Chennai. His father was employed as a... Read More

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3.5 Million to Attend Peace Gathering in India in March

WASHINGTON--The Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit, education and humanitarian organization, announced that New Delhi will host the World Culture Festival, March 11-13, 2016, marking its 35th year of humanitarian service. Read More

Microsoft's Nadella gets coveted seat for Obama address

By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON--Satya Nadella, Indian-American Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, will be among the "many Americans who have inspired Barack" watching President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday from the First Lady's Box.

The 23 special guests attending Obama's annual... Read More

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Why is US turning Indian students back home?

By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON--Call it pre-election rhetoric or post Paris and St Bernardino paranoia, Indian students coming to the US have been caught in a bind, with many deported or denied entry for no fault of theirs. Read More

Irrfan Khan is Mindy Kaling's favourite actor

MUMBAI-- American actress Mindy Kaling says “The Lunchbox” star Irrfan Khan is her “favourite actor in the world”.

"You are my favourite actor in the world. Everyone follow the great @irrfan_k,” Kaling tweeted on Monday.

Replying to the creator of “The Mindy Project"... Read More


Technologies of Tomorrow conference set for Jan. 21

CAMBRIDGE, MA-- Experts from IDC, Dassault Systemes and Machine Analytics will speak at the Transformational Technologies of Tomorrow Conference, which is being organized by IIT AGNE on Jan. 23 in Cambridge, MA. The event is free to all attendees. Read More

1.2 million Indian doctors work across globe

BENGALURU--The Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) on Saturday said it was planning to bring 15,000 retiring Indian-origin doctors from Britain to provide expertise to short staffed medical institutions in India.

"With huge shortage of doctors in India, we are trying to bring in services of about 15,000 retiring doctors from the United Kingdom..." Read More

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At 77, Kathak legend Maharaj questions retirement at 60, sees more foreigners enrolling for Indian dances

By Kishori Sud
NEW DELHI--Even at 77, he's dancing away and mentoring dancers. India's famed Kathak exponent Birju Maharaj says he does not understand the government policy of retirement at 60, as he feels he has worked even more since he retired as head of the state-run Kathak Kendra classical dance school. And he is happy that more and more foreigners are appreciating and learning India's classical dance forms and 'want to learn our Indian culture".

Birju Maharaj retired in 1998. But his craft and skills have been passed on to dance enthusiasts for years even via his own Kalashram dance school... Read More

Nikki Haley a potential Republican VP pick

By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON-- South Carolina's Indian-American governor Nikki Haley's choice to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address has fuelled speculation about her as a potential vice presidential pick.

Born Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa, to Sikh immigrant parents from India, Haley at 43 the youngest governor in the country will give the Republican response to Obama's final annual address to the Congress Tuesday night. Read More

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Chhota Bheem: An exciting escapade for young audience

By Troy Ribeiro
Film: "Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure", Voices of: Jigna Bhardwaj, Rupa Bhimani, Kaustav Ghosh, Rajesh Kava, Sabina Malik and Julie Tejwani; Director: Rajiv Chilaka and Rusauro B. Adorable; Rating: **1/2 Read More

Clicking selfie more lethal than getting mauled by shark

By Nishant Arora
IANS and Wire Services
NEW DELHI—Did you know that clicking a selfie in 2015 was more lethal than getting mauled by a shark? There were at least 12 selfie-related deaths globally while only eight people died in shark attacks in 2015, according to tech website Mashable. Read More

Diaspora students offered internships in 23 Indian firms

By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON-- Indian diaspora/NRI students will be offered 60 paid short term internship positions in 23 Indian companies in major Indian cities during the summer of 2016 under a public-private partnership. Read More

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Diaspora ties deepened during Modi rule: Sushma

NEW DELHI--Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said India's ties with its diaspora have deepened greatly ever since the NDA government came to power at the centre 19 months ago. Read More


Anushka to star opposite Salman in 'Sultan'

MUMBAI-- Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma has been finalised as the female lead opposite superstar Salman Khan for the upcoming film "Sultan", said a statement from Yash Raj Films on Friday. Read More

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Yoga Zapper: A novel where East meets West

DENVER, CO--While most fantasy novels are based on Old English mythology (Lord of the Rings) or ancient Nordic traditions (Thor), The Yoga Zapper is inspired by the authentic narratives of yoga.

“I have taken a lot of care to accurately present the authentic stories from Indian mythology in the form of a compelling fantasy, with modern characters who have their own fascinating stories to tell,” says Mohan Ashtakala, author of The Yoga Zapper: A Novel. Read More

Ban or no ban, India watching more porn than ever

NEW YORK--The verdict is out. Ban or no ban, India is watching more porn than ever. In 2015, India knocked out Canada to grab the third position - after the US and Britain - in visiting one of the world’s largest adult websites Pornhub.

In its annual review of how people around the world watch porn, Pornhub found that while the US added 11 seconds to their average time spent on watching porn, India - at 9 minutes 30 seconds - recorded a higher average time with a one-minute increase in the duration of each visit. Read More


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