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SAN FRANCISCO---MUFG Union Bank announced that Policy Making Officer and Head of Transaction Banking for the Americas, Ranjana Clark, has been named to American Banker Magazine's annual list of the "Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking." She leads the bank's Treasury Management and Global Trust and Custody businesses, and the company-wide digital channels. Based in San Francisco, Ms. Clark is also a member of MUFG's Executive Committee for the Americas, the primary policy-making group for the bank.
"All of the women in our rankings — Ranjana included — are leaders at their companies and are truly exceptional at their jobs," said American Banker executive Editor Bonnie McGeer. "Ranjana is also active in the industry, and in her community. Our hope is that by calling attention to such outstanding women, we can help amplify efforts by the industry to diversify its still largely male-dominated senior ranks."
MUMBAI -- Yesteryear actress Zarina Wahab is in shock after hearing of the demise of music-composer and lyricist Ravindra Jain. The mother of actor Sooraj Pancholi says that artists like him are irreplaceable.

Jain passed away at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai at 4.10 p.m on Friday. He was 71.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Bihar voters have made up their mind to punish those who ruined the state.

At a rally in Bihar's Sasaram town, district headquarters of Rohtas, he also questioned Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad for not contesting the polls. The first phase will be held on Monday.
MUMBAI -- Renowned music director Ravindra Jain, an exponent of Rabindra Sangeet, died following prolonged illness at a private hospital here on Friday, an aide said.

He breathed his last at Lilavati Hospital in Bandra around 4.15 pm on Friday. He was 71.
By Arvind Padmanabhan
NEW DEHLI -- Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon has described President Pranab Mukherjee's upcoming visit to Jerusalem, the first by an Indian head of state or government, as a "landmark" one and said it showed that both countries were "coming out of the closet".

He said the ties between the two countries today stood de-hyphenated from Palestine.
NORTH ANDOVER, MA--Indian Association of Merrimack Valley (IAMV), a community organization that works to preserve and promote Indian culture, fellowship and fraternity among members of the Indian community in Merrimack Valley, will hold its Diwali Mela on Oct.  17 at North Andover High School in North Andover, MA.
MUMBAI-- The cancellation of Pakistani renowned ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali's performance here has snowballed into a controversy, with celebrities from both the countries criticising the development.

Distinguished Indian personalities like actor Shabana Azmi, designer Wendell Rodricks and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said music knows no boundaries, while Pakistan's censor board chief hoped that the Indian government will handle the issue "responsibly".
MUMBAI -- Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra on Thursday invited renowned Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali to perform in Delhi after he cancelled his Mumbai concert following threats from the Shiv Sena.

"Sad that Ghulam Ali is not being allowed in Mumbai. I invite him to come to Delhi and do the concert. Music has no boundaries," Mishra tweeted.
LEXINGTON, MA— The six-member SAKHI band led by Kaushiki Chakraborty, India's top vocalist of the modern generation, arrived in Boston Wednesday night and is ready to entertain Boston audience at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA, on Friday, Oct. 9, organizers said. Registration start at 6:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 and program starts sharp at 7:00 pm.

By Smita Bharadwaj

SHARON, MA— The Indian American Association of Sharon celebrated Navratri at Sharon Middle School in Sharon, MA, on Oct. 3. The event was attended by about 300 residents from Sharon and neighboring towns such as Franklin, Grafton, Billerica, Walpole and Norwood.

Navratri, a festival celebrated by Hindus with great devotion, last for 9 days followed by Dasheera the 10th day of liberation.
The Telangana government has exempted, from entertainment tax, Telugu movie "Rudhramadevi", which is set to hit the screens on Friday.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao made the announcement when the film unit called on him here on Thursday.
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WASHINGTON -- A convenience store owned by an Indian-origin woman was robbed by three armed men in the US town of Madison Heights in Virginia, a media report said on Friday.

The robbers held Sarla Patel, the owner of Du Drop convenience store, at gunpoint around 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday before fleeing with cash, gun cartridges, shoes, a textbook and some office supplies, wset.com reported on Friday.
LONDON -- A British official on Friday ruled that there would be no inquest into the death of British-Indian businessman Shrien Dewani's wife who was murdered while honeymooning in South Africa in 2010, a media report said.

"I don't have sufficient cause to resume an inquest. In these proceedings, the matter will now rest," the Daily Mail quoted Andrew Walker, senior coroner at North London Coroner's Court, as saying.
NEW YORK -- Ever wondered why we can use tools with such dexterity while nonhuman primates such as capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees can not?

Humans use what's known as a vision for action system. Visual information is integrated into planning action and guiding movements of the body in space, especially to use the hands to reach for and grasp objects and manipulate them in space, the researchers said.
NEW DEHLI -- He's an entertainer on the big screen, but off screen, Arjun Kapoor has involved himself with environmental issues as the brand ambassador of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). He says that while he does not consider himself a torchbearer for change, he believes his star power among the youth can initiate change.

He has been renewed as the WWF ambassador for the second year.
NEW YORK -- If you are looking for a simple way to burn more calories while walking, just keep changing your speed, suggests a study by Indian-origin researcehrs.

Walking at varying speeds can burn up to 20 percent more calories compared to maintaining a steady pace, the findings showed.
WASHINGTON -- Around 3.3-3.8 billion years ago, a series of streams and lakes existed on the Red Planet, filling the Gale Crater with sediment deposited as layers that formed the foundation for the mountain named Mouth Sharp, an Indian-origin scientist has revealed.

According to Ashwin Vasavada, project scientist with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the Red Planet appears to have had a more massive atmosphere billions of years ago than it does today, with an active hydrosphere capable of storing water in long-lived lakes.
NEW YORK -- Providing elementary school children with a maths-based app at home can significantly improve their performance within months, a new study finds.

Most importantly, the app was particularly helpful for children with maths-anxious parents, a demographic that tends to struggle more with the subject.
NEW YORK -- The police in East Hartford town, of Connecticut state, suspect a person of Indian-origin to be behind a variation of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam, a media report said.

The IRS is the US government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement.
By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON -- Indian-American Bhagwati Agrawal is listed among CNN's Top 10 Heroes of 2015, for bringing safe drinking water to more than 10,000 drought-stricken people in his native Rajasthan.

Each of the ten "everyday people doing remarkable things to make the world a better place" will receive $10,000 and be honoured at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," a globally broadcast event on December 6.
NEW DEHLI -- Breaking another glass ceiling, the Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, said on Thursday that women would soon be inducted as fighter pilots, making the IAF the first of three services to have women in a combat role.

"We have women pilots flying transport aircrafts and helicopters, we are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women of India," Raha said at the 83rd Air Force Day parade at Hindon air base on the outskirs of the national capital.
NEW YORK -- Indian-American groups have called for a campaign on immigration issues affecting the Indian diaspora including use of H-1B visa by technology companies from India and growing backlog of family visas.

The call was made at an immigration seminar organised by Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO-New York), South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) and the Kerala Centre in Elmont, New York recently.
MUMBAI -- The cancellation of Pakistani renowned ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali's performance here has snowballed into a controversy, with celebrities from both the countries criticising the development.

Distinguished Indian personalities like actor Shabana Azmi, designer Wendell Rodricks and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said music knows no boundaries, while Pakistan's censor board chief hoped that the Indian government will handle the issue “responsibly".
NEW DELHI--He was born with a dark complexion and has no qualms about it. In a country where people are obsessed with light skin tone, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says beauty is not about being fair.

Nawazuddin has aligned with the league of Bollywood beauties Kangana Ranaut, Anushka Sharma and Richa Chadha who have no interest in promoting fairness cream brands.
NEW YORK--The combination of social anxiety and the need for social assurance by feeling part of a group increases the risk for excessive and uncontrolled use of Facebook, a study reveals.

The excessive use of social media can in turn negatively affect school performance, work, and one's health and well-being, the study said.
By Gurmukh Singh
TORONTO -- An Indian-Canadian Sikh candidate, who was to fight parliament elections on October 19 and who claimed that homosexuality was unnatural and gays can be cured into straight people, has been dumped by his party for his views.

Jagdish Grewal was the candidate of the ruling Conservative Party from the Toronto suburban constituency of Mississauga-Malton.

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