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WALTHAM, MA—The Massachusetts chapter of the Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) executive committee is mulling over to appoint IAFPE Treasurer Neena Mohanka as its Interim President after Anupam Wali resigned from its presidency yesterday.

Wali's resignation came soon after Executive Committee member Radha Jalan resigned. "Due to the lack of commitment and due to the lack of professionalism, I resigned," Jalan told INDIA New England News. Another IAFPE Executive Committee member, Hirak Shah, had resigned soon after joining the committee in March. His position was never filled. The organization's website, which has not been updated since before March elections, still has the names of previous executive committee members.

Wali, who was elected president in early March of this year for a two-year term, could not be reached for comment.
Rajiv Shah, one of the highest ranking officials of Indian origin in the Obama administration, has resigned as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Shah led the efforts of nearly 10,000 staff in more than 70 countries around the world to advance USAID’s mission of ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies.
WESTWOOD, MA--Dr. Maria Menezes, a psychiatrist in Quincy, MA, who received her medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Manipal and has been practicing medicine for 40 years, died of metastatic breast cancer on Dec. 16. She was 63 years old. She is survived by her husband Melvyn A.J. Menezes and daughter Andrea M.G. Menezes of Westwood, MA. 
BOSTON —TiE-Boston recognized five Boston-based entrepreneurs whose companies have recently had highly successful acquisitions or Initial Public Offerings (IPOs.) These entrepreneurs are also TiE Charter Members, who have been active in the startup scene for a number of years and have helped draw attention to Boston being a hotbed of innovation.
By Rajashree Ghosh
INDIA New England News Columnist
Earlier this week, regular television programing was interrupted with President Obama declaring that diplomatic relations with Cuba are being reinstated. This is a historic shift in U.S. policy that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity.
BURLINGTON, MA--Shankar Mahadevan Academy and Academy of Creative Arts have teamed up to share the "Joy of Music" and bringing it closer to the New England families. Burlington, MA-based Creative Arts Academy will hold an Open House this Saturday/Dec. 20 at its office in Burlington from Noon to 2:00 PM. 
The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January. Please see the list below of Massachusetts locations for blood donation. National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.
By Nikhil Gokhale and Lata Kumar
ASHALND, MA—Amidst a great display of lighting, glitter, stage décor and enthusiastic participation on Saturday in Ashland High School auditorium in Ashland, MA, Boston Sargam held its annual Bollywood Dance and Music Competition. The event was graced by Bollywood singer Minu Purushottam, who sang in Daag and Taj Mahal movies.
PUERTO AYORA, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR -- The International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) recently announced that it has launched an emergency fundraising campaign on behalf of the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) that faces a year-end budgetary crisis potentially impacting the organization's efforts to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands.
By Tanya Somanader
Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know about our next Surgeon General:

What does the Surgeon General do?
The Surgeon General's chief responsibility is to protect, promote, and advance our nation's public health. He or she provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve our health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.
BOSTON-- Namita Dodwadkar made history this past weekend by winning the nation's first ever Mrs. India USA pageant. In an exclusive interview with INDIA New England News, she talks about her pageant journey which started in India in 2006 when she contested in Miss University 2006. Currently, she is a Senior Scientist at Novartis where she is working towards the goal of developing drug delivery systems to cure cancer. 

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BOSTON—Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) John Polanowicz announced the MassHealth Children’s High-Risk Asthma pilot, which will allow primary care providers to offer additional and more coordinated services to improve the health of children with high-risk asthma.
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories announced that it has closed the acquisition of Habitrol brand (an over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy transdermal patch) from Novartis Consumer Health Inc. following issuance of the proposed consent order from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on November 26, 2014.
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Stress from upcoming holidays and recent events with National Football League players’ personal lives and how the NFL handles related employment issues have brought much attention to this very tough subject that affects people, mostly women and children, in all walks of life, according to Washington, DC-based Workplace Fairness.
Are you feeling extra stressed this holiday season? If yes, you are not alone. A recent study by Lantern found that women are, on average, 11% more stressed and 16% more anxious than their male counterparts. So is the pressure of meeting in-laws, buying presents, and cooking elaborate meals really causing extra mental anguish?

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union’s long-term lending institution, has granted a second tranche of EUR 45 million to the State Bank of India (SBI) for on-lending to private businesses in the country. A first tranche of the loan of EUR 55 million was signed on 25 June 2014. Of the EUR 200 million loan approved, a total of EUR 100 million has been provided so far.


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