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WOBURN, MA—More than 1,200 attendees, forty vendors and a group of singers and dancers made INDIA New England News's Diwali Mela & Fall Bridal Expo an entertaining and fun shopping event.

"To organize an event of this magnitude requires a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication," said Dr. Manju Sheth, hostess of the event and the producer of the INE's popular celebrity series Chai with Manju. "INDIA New England News team did a great job, and it was a privilege to host this event and see an engaged audience and New England's best vendors."

Diwali Mela & Fall Bridal Expo was organized and produced by INDIA New England News, the region's premier online, print and video magazine. Woburn Hilton was the platinum sponsor. Silver sponsors were Alankar Event Planners & Decorators and Boston Sound and Light Co.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation named 18 of the nation's most innovative early-career scientists and engineers as recipients of the 2014 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. Each Fellow will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. Among the winners is Trisha Andrew of Boston.
SANTIAGO, Chile—Both men and women's soccer teams from India have made to World Cup, the Homeless World Cup that is. The game kicked off this month in Chile. 54 teams paraded through central Santiago waving flags and dancing all the way to get to the Opening Ceremony of the twelfth Homeless World Cup, this year in Chile. 
Manisha Trivedi, a local mehndi artist from Boston and founder of Hennacafe, is one of the top finalists, out of hundreds of participants around the globe, of "Mehndi Contest 2014" hosted by celebrity mehndi artist Ash Kumar and Maharani Weddings. Maharani Weddings conducts an annual mehndi contest with Ash Kumar, a celebrity mehndi artist. All mehndi artists around the globe are encouraged to submit their best mehndi designs for this competition.
ACTON, MA-- SeaChange International, Inc. (Nasdaq:SEAC), a global multi-screen video software company, announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Jay Samit as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Samit will also become a member of the Board. Samit succeeds SeaChange's current CEO Raghu Rau.

WESTFORD, MA--NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT), a provider of performance analytics and operational intelligence solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Communications business of Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), comprising Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks, and certain parts of Fluke Networks. 
Outsourcing jobs to India got dragged into the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. An email from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Marth Coakley said: "If outsourcing jobs were an Olympic sport, Republican Charlie Baker would be one of the top medal contenders. Spoiler Alert: In 2008, he actually won an award for "Outsourcing Excellence." 

WALTHAM, MA—Chirag Shah, a young ambitious New Hampshire resident, goes to Mumbai to study film making and screen writing. In an exclusive video interview with INDIA New England News, Shah, a freelance screen writer and independent microfilm maker, recounts his experiences in Mumbai, Bollywood and new trends in cinema. He says that as he was not American enough in America, "In India I was not Indian enough for India."
WALTHAM, MA—The Worth magazine has named three people of the Indian origin in its list of The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. They are: Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairman, State Bank of India; Anshu Jain, Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank; and Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
WESTON, MA - The five dancers who form part of the dance-troupe, Articulate Ability, and are all legally blind, performed at the Regis College in Weston, MA on Saturday, October 11. The event was organized by Association for India's Development (AID - Boston & MIT chapters).
Handwashing. It is a simple behavior with a big impact. Given the role that hygiene can play in public health — from preventing the common cold to slowing the spread of infectious organisms like Ebola — embracing innovations in approaches, behavior change, and programming is becoming increasingly important.

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The Vatican, worldwide center of Catholic Church, sent its “message to Hindus for the feast of Deepavali”on the festive occasion of Hindu festival Deepavali or Diwali. Titled—Christians and Hindus: Together to foster a culture of "inclusion"—the Deepavali message was signed by President Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Secretary Father Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
BURLINGTON, MA--TiE-Boston announced that it is excited for the return of its Monthly Dinner next week on October 28 at the Burlington Marriott hotel in Burlington, MA. "If you have not attended a Monthly Dinner before, then this is your chance to experience the opportunities this event has to offer first-hand," TiE-Boston said in a statement.
A research project by the University of Reading could lead to more people in India receiving earlier diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) than ever before. The study, funded by Autism Speaks in collaboration with Action for Autism, translated four tests originally devised for the UK and USA to screen and diagnose ASD into Hindi and Bengali – two main regional languages of India.
LONDON--Close on the heels of the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s call for enhancing investments in India, the 24th OIFC Diaspora Engagement Meet in London centered around partnerships in manufacturing, skills and energy. The Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC), a public private partnership between the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) formed to facilitate the economic engagement of the Indian Diaspora with India.

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It seems like criticism is a part of every win. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri had to face racist tweets and comments last year and this year- the new Miss America Kira Kazantsev is being criticized for her talent. In my opinion- her singing is better than what many can do, she was confident on stage, interacting with audience, and her performance had ability to make her stand out in the crowd. The world watches to see if their favorite wins, if not, follows the critism. Be a winner anyways!

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Hosseini shows us, an Afghanistan unsullied by war. The book opens a window into Afghanistan’s soul - the people, their nature, their habits and customs. The reader’s heart goes out to Amir, yearning for the Afghanisthan of his childhood, fully knowing that he would never get it back. ‘ I didn’t remember what month that was, or what year even. I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lived had become.

Written for today's generation of cooks and food enthusiasts, the cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” by Rita Jamshed Kapadia provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine.

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