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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD— Vanya Shivashankar, a 13-year-old speller from Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, a 14-year-old speller from Chesterfield, Missouri, were declared co-champions of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

This year's event made history in two ways: It was the second year in row two spellers won, and one speller, Shivashankar, is the sibling of a past champion. The declaration of co-champions came after round 20, when Shivashankar correctly spelled "scherenschnitte," which is defined as "the art of cutting paper into decorative designs." Shivashankar's sister, Kavya, is the 2009 Bee champion.
At 69, Niranjana Parikh is a sports fanatic. But those who know her say that they have never seen someone with as much dedication to her community as Niruben as she is known. She is heavily involved in volunteer work for non-profit Satsang Center, a community advocacy organization for the South-Asian population. She has given thousands of hours of her time over many years to organize the cultural events for children and to raise funds for relief efforts following severe earthquakes and flooding in her native India.
An overwhelming number of Indian-American students from across the country, including New England, have been named Coca-Cola Scholars, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation announced this month. Each scholar will receive a $20,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The application for this scholarship will reopen in August 2015 when it will begin the 2016 program cycle.
MARLBOROUGH, MA--Hindi Manch is back again with one of its hit events, "Baal Evam Yuva Manch" this weeekend on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Maynard High School from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, organizers said in a statement.

This event is for the children between 5 and 20 years of age. It's a talent show in Hindi for the kids and performed by the kids, a fun way to help our children to understand the richness of our native language, the •Dialects'.
Dr. Sunita Pereira, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, is a true champion of neonatal and maternal care. India has the highest burden of neonatal and maternal deaths in the world. In March this year, Dr. Pereira was the lead organizer of the American India Foundation-led neonatal summit in Boston. The Maternal and Neonatal Survival Initiative (MANSI) Summit was the first of its kind gathering of experts and community activists and leaders to discuss this issue
Dr. Kavita Navani was passionate about being a doctor since her childhood. When she was ten years old, her father became very ill in the small Indian town where her family lived; and then she promised herself that she would become a doctor to take care of others.

After completing my MBBS and MD in OB-GYN in India, Navani decided to come to the United States for further studies. " After finishing training in Internal Medicine at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA, she has enjoyed taking care of families for the last 20 years in Central Massachusetts.
BOSTON--Dr. Madhusmita (Madhu) Misra, MD, MPH, is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology, at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also serves as Director of Pediatric Endocrine-Sports Endocrine-Neuroendocrine Research. Dr. Misra specializes in neuroendocrinology and disorders of low bone density.
BOSTON—Dr. Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, became Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) in February this year. As Commissioner, she is responsible for spearheading the state's response to the opioid crisis, as well as leading the Department's implementation of health care cost containment legislation, reducing health disparities, finding public health solutions for health care reform, finding innovative solutions using data and evidence-based practices, and other health care quality improvement initiatives.
CAMBRIDGE, MA--Keerthana Krishnan received her B.Sc. in microbiology from the University of Madras in India, and her M.Biotech and Ph.D. degrees in cancer genomics from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her graduate work focused on studying the role of miRNAs (molecular switches) in breast cancer. She is currently the Co-Director of the Sequencing Core at Forsyth Research Institute.
Amritha Mangalat is a graduate of Northeastern University. She has trained in Bharatanatyam, Carnatic vocal music, and Veena for nearly two decades. She has studied Mohiniattam and has taught and choreographed Bollywood and hip-hop dance, and continues to perform. She is currently a student-teacher for her classical dance guru. She serves as Alumna Advisor for Delta Phi Omega Sorority, and is a life member of both the Chinmaya Mission Boston and the India Association of New Hampshire. Mangalat regularly volunteers with these organizations.
By Sunayana Kachroo
Special to INDIA New England News
NEW YORK, NY: "You need more than guts to be a good gangster, you need ideas" - City of God. A film industry that churns out prescription based hits and where tried-n-tested formulas ring the box-office registers, it takes more than just guts and intelligence to create meaningful cinema and attain commercial success. YOU NEED IDEAS! National award winner Director, Writer, Lyricist and Composer Vishal Bhardhwaj has somehow skillfully managed to do just that.

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Something may be missing as high school seniors across America accept their diplomas this graduation season. Those years of K-12 learning likely provided them opportunities to learn about historic figures, find Canada on a map and dissect a frog.
But superintendents at most school districts across the country have failed to include required classes in the core curriculum that would help ensure the teenagers are prepared to handle money wisely after they graduate.
HOUSTON, MA--A recent University of Houston (UH) study suggests that long-term exposure to news may negatively influence racial bias towards social groups.
Temple Northup, assistant professor at UH’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, studied the influence of news coverage on an individuals’ unconscious attitudes towards social groups. His study “Effects of Long-Term Exposure to News Stereotypes on Implicit and Explicit Attitudes” recently was published in the International Journal of Communication.
BURLINGTON, MA-– India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB) will celebrate India’s Independence Day 2015 on Aug. 16 at Boston’s Hatch Shell. The family event is scheduled to be held from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission is free. IAGB hosts this annual event in collaboration with its affiliate Saheli, a support group for South Asian women.
Govt. Launches Five Major Highway Initiatives
The Government has launched five major highway initiatives, including the auctioning of public-funded roads, establishing radio traffic advisories for drivers, allowing developers to exit projects, the building of an ambitious east-west highway and the establishment of a road-assessment regime.
LONDON---Eros International, Plc (NYSE:EROS) (“Eros”), a global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced that it will appoint Mr. Prem Parameswaran Group Chief Financial Officer of Eros International, Plc and President - North America, a newly created position, in the coming weeks following a brief transition period. Mr. Parameswaran will succeed Mr. Andrew Heffernan as Group Chief Financial Officer who will be taking a leave of absence from the Company in June.

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