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WALTHAM, MA--The four nightingales from Women of the World, an all-women music group born at Berklee College of Music, will perform at Saheli-Boston fundraiser gala this month, organizers of the event said.

Saheli, a non-profit community-based organization that is dedicated to empowering South Asian women and their families, will host its fundraising gala on Sept. 18 at Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA.

Boston-based Women of the World was founded in 2008 by Ayumi Ueda from Japan. She was joined later by Annette Philip from India, Giorgia Renosto from Italy and Deborah Pierre from Haiti.
NEW DEHLI -- India with its $2 trillion economy, its large workforce coupled with the government's 'Act East' policy and 'Make in India' initiative deserves to be at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) table, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd said on Wednesday.

Rudd said the forum of 21 Asia-Pacific economies was missing out much in not including India as a member.
By Aparajita Gupta
NEW DEHLI -- The frenzied reactions of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters on social media against anyone strongly critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his policies are not organised by the party, says the cyber czar of BJP.

Arvind Gupta, BJP's IT cell chief, who is called an "innovation evangelist" by his office, says his job is to give out correct information. "How a particular person takes that information and communicates it is completely his or her own take. We can't control that," Gupta said in an interview to IANS.
NEW DEHLI -- Pria Kataria Puri is set to organise a fashion show in Geneva to celebrate the decade-old existence of Heart For India foundation (HFI). The designer says the intention is to spread awareness among the privileged and encourage them to contribute towards a noble cause.

HFI, founded by Princess Francoise Sturdza, helps in turning orphanages into stable, nurturing and loving homes for children, where they can thrive and transform their lives. Puri is the Indian promoter and ambassador of the foundation.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is challenging Louisiana's Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal's attempt to terminate Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, a non-profit providing reproductive health and maternal and child health services, from the state's Medicaid programme.

Republican presidential contender Jindal's effort to terminate Planned Parenthood was launched following the release of a series of undercover videos by abortion opponents that have raised questions about clinic operations.
MERRIMACK, NH - Fall is just around the corner, and let's not be ashamed to admit one simple fact: constipation is high. According to PDRHealth.com, "...eighty percent of people experience constipation at some point in their lives." Fall is the time of year when traditional Chinese remedies are in demand, and Ayurveda (pronounced •eye-your-vay-da') is the perfect go-to resource for this common health issue.
WASHINGTON -- Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and singer Hariharan will perform at George Washington University in Washington, US, on September 4, a media report said.

The two renowned musicians will perform several shows during their Hazir USA Tour 2015.
NEW DEHLI --  In her own way through the wide-reaching platform of cinema, successful and acclaimed Indian actress Vidya Balan has been pushing the idea of a strong, independent and woman-with-a-voice through invigorating roles in "Kahaani" and "No One Killed Jessica". She says empowerment is a cause which must be "personal" for every woman before it is regarded as a "national issue".

"I think we have a long way to go before every woman in the country feels empowered. But I do think that with each passing day, some woman is discovering her own power... so, women empowerment is not just a national issue.
By Alok Gupta
INDIA New England Health Columnist
Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the development of male reproductive tissues, increased muscle and bone mass and growth of body hair. The production of this hormone naturally increases at puberty and decreases as men age. Some men can develop symptoms of this decrease in testosterone, known as Late Onset Hypogonadism (LOH).
NEW DEHLI -- Anil Kapoor, who starred in and produced "24", the Indian adaptation of the eponymous show, is geared for its second season, and says viewers will be treated to some new cast members.

Anil, who has starred in a season of the American "24", brought a 'desi' version of the show to Indian TV screens with the same title via Colors in 2013. It was a refreshing change not just in terms of the concept and production values, but also had an impressive line-up of actors like Shabana Azmi, Tisca Chopra and Mandira Bedi.
MUMBAI -- Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, who will next be seen in the upcoming episode of talk show “The Anupam Kher Show - Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai”, considers 2011 World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as his “inspiration” for staying happy.

Raina will be the first sports personality to appear in the second season of the show.

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NEW YORK -- If Cupid's arrow has hit you finally, it is still better to express your feelings via an e-mail than leaving a voice message or a WhatsApp post with the girl you are in love with, says an interesting study.

According to researchers from Indiana University (IU), in this digital age, an email can be more effective in expressing romantic feelings than other platforms.
NEW YORK -- In situations where transplanted organs may not be a perfect match, marijuana may be used to delay rejection of an incompatible organ, new research has found.

The findings suggest that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, might prove to be a useful anti-rejection therapy.
NEW DEHLI -- While we are busy celebrating festivals, our bodies work overtime to digest the heavy festive food. They might be delicious, but they put pressure on our liver and digestive system. Control your diet from now on to enjoy the festivities.
NEW DEHLI -- Normal life was hit in many states on Wednesday as millions of industrial and blue collar employees struck work in the first nationwide protest since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power more than a year ago.

Leaders of central trade unions which called the day-long strike claimed "unprecedented success" as banks, insurance companies and state-run as well as private factories shut across the country. Transport unions and traders too joined the protest in many places, leading to the closure of educational institutions and thin attendance in government offices.
NEW DEHLI -- Bringing a world of artificial intelligence and robots from the canvas of cinema, a three-day Artificial Intelligence Film Festival will be held here from September 17.

The festival, being held in collaboration with Cinedarbaar, will show six science-fiction films that bring stories of robots and technology which will be followed by interactive sessions and robotic workshops at the American Center Auditorium (US Embassy) here, read a statement.
NEW YORK -- Helping your toddler understand and express emotions may reduce behavioural problems later on, says a new study.

"Our findings offer promise for a practical, cost-effective parenting strategy to support at-risk toddlers' social and emotional development and reduce behavioural problems," said lead investigator of the study Holly Brophy-Herb, professor at Michigan State University in the US.
By Nishant Arora
NEW DEHLI -- As more Indians surf for online pornography, despite efforts to ban it, experts caution that excessive exposure to explicit sex on the net may result in some of them turning into porn addicts and hypersexuals.

"Obsessive porn viewing can turn some into hyper-sexuals and addicts. This may later lead to porn dependence or even promiscuity, leading to relationship break-ups," says Dr Manish Jain, senior consultant (psychiatrist) at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi.
NEW YORK - While sun protection is often associated with hot summer days, harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are present year-round and can be just as dangerous on the schoolyard as they are at the beach. Because UV rays are associated with about 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers, children must be diligent about sun protection when they head back to school.
By Nivedita
NEW DEHLI -- He was adopted by a French couple during their visit to Pondicherry and was discovered by designer Jean Paul Gaultier that made his mark on the international fashion scene. But Satya Oblette, who has fronted campaigns for luxury fashion houses like Kenzo, Gio Ferrari and Dolce & Gabbana, says he had trouble getting work initially because of his "long black hair and complexion".

"Modelling was not at all my thing... It actually started as a challenge between my friend and me... The start was very difficult for me as I had long black hair and people commented about my complexion and after a while I stopped getting work.
By Gurmukh Singh
TORONTO -- based Bhim D. Asdhir ranks among Indo-Canadians whizkids who have scripted super success stories in the Canadian financial sector.

Asdhir, whose family comes from Ludhiana in Punjab, is the founder of Excel Funds which was Canada's best performing mutual fund last year.
NEW YORK -- The Fijian Indian community in California organised a multi-cultural “Diwali Festival” attended by more than 500 people from various communities, a media report said.

The festival, held by the Norfolk Sports Cultural Events, was organised at the Hayward High School, Hayward, California recently, India West reported on Monday.
WASHINGTON -- In a first, a team of electrical engineers has demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body.

The new technology could offer a low-power and more secure way to communicate information between wearable electronic devices, providing an improved alternative to existing wireless communication systems.
NEW YORK -- Researchers have discovered a gene that causes myopia in people who spend at least an hour each day in childhood reading or doing other "near work."

Using a database of approximately 14,000 people, the researchers found that those with a certain variant of the gene - called APLP2 - were five times more likely to develop myopia in their teenage years if they had read an hour or more each day in their childhood.
LONDON -- Drinking too much carbonated beverage can increase the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease, or out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) of cardiac origin, says a study.

The study analysed the impact of various beverages per person between 2005 and 2011 in the 47 prefectures of Japan.

LONDON -- Inspired by roadside dhabas dotting the national highways in India, an Indian-origin chef has opened a Bollywood-themed restaurant in Britain, a media report said.

Called Papadoms, the restaurant is offering Indian street food at High Street West complex in the city of Sunderland, Sunderland Echo news portal reported on Tuesday.

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