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WALTHAM, MA—The business media is abuzz with the speculation that Waltham, MA-based privately held tech company Actifio may be getting ready for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) this summer. Actifio, the copy data virtualization company founded by Ash Ashutosh in 2009 and is currently valued at about $1.1 billion, is in talks to raise another $100 million from venture capital, paving the way for an IPO, reported Boston Business Journal.

The news was first reported earlier this week by Indian business daily The Economic Times. Ashutosh was quoted as saying that existing investors in the company such as North Bridge Venture Partners, Greylock IL, Advanced Technology Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz were likely to participate in the new round of venture funding.
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said India is pursuing reforms that could accelerate growth in its economy and this could more rapidly reduce poverty and spread prosperity to more people in the country who are marginalized and vulnerable.
ACTON, MA— Susri Anuradha Mazumdar, who wanted to open a New Hampshire branch of the Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) and was not offered the opportunity, did it—but on her own terms and with Mathnasium. Earlier this month Mazumdar opened Mathnasium of Acton, offering fun, friendly and effective after-school math programs for children in grades K - 12th.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif--Instacart, an one-hour grocery delivery service company founded by Apoorva Mehta in San Francisco, has partnered with Petco to offer One-Hour Delivery in Boston and San Francisco, the company said in a statement. “Pet food and supplies is a natural extension of grocery, and we are thrilled to welcome Petco into the Instacart marketplace as the very first non-grocery retailer as we expand our offering,” said Mehta, CEO and founder of Instacart.
IEEE Smart Village announced that an “education base” it has helped equip at a Himalayan boarding school is enabling children from remote, off-grid communities of Ladakh to develop an interest in renewable technologies and explore how various clean-energy solutions can bring lasting change to their home villages.
Globalization, technology, rampant regulation and fierce competition at every turn have made today's workplace more complicated than ever. This is causing professionals at all levels—from the mail room to the board room—to flounder as they attempt to navigate the escalating complexities, consistently perform at a high level, and achieve upward career mobility. 
BURLINGTON, MA—Thousands of Indians in Massachusetts are getting ready to celebrate India's Republic Day on Jan. 31 at Burlington High School in Burlington, MA. An array of cultural programs will be held between 3:15 pm and 8:00 pm. The event, which is themed as "Naari Shakti" or women power, is free for attendees.
The story of India's first unmanned plane is told in the new period drama HAWAIZAADA, which releases across North America on January 30. Ayushmann Khurrana headlines this moving new motion picture event which is set in Colonial India, 1895.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). 
SACRAMENTO, CA--On Saturday, January 17, the Sacramento Kings hosted their second annual "Bollywood" themed game versus the Los Angeles Clippers. The mascot and staff wore traditional Indian attire as the team celebrated Indian cinema and culture with performances by local dance groups and the Sacramento Kings Dancers.
It's finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you. You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, a giddy thrill washes over you.

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Modi's Team Outlines Path to $20 Trillion Economy
Senior Ministers have provided details of the Government's plan to elevate India from a $2 trillion economy to a $20 trillion one. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and information Technology and Information Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said they want to overhaul their respective ministries and undertake a generational leap rather than carrying out incremental changes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, said that President Obama’s visit to India needs to be about more than just good visuals. In a statement, Rep. Royce said: “President Obama’s second trip to India and his participation in India’s Republic Day ceremonies is greatly symbolic of the deep partnership between our two countries.
SINGAPORE--Antuit Holdings Pte Ltd (“Antuit”), a global, Big Data solutions company headquartered in Singapore, announced it has secured an investment of up to $56 million led by Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), a leading global investment bank, and Zodius Capital (“Zodius’), an original founding investor. The funding will support further global expansion through organic growth and acquisitions.
Their training and education make physicians highly skilled in what they do, but a hole may exist in their knowledge that has nothing to do with patient care. All those years of training don't prepare doctors to navigate the legal thickets when it's time to accept a position and sign an employment contract.
TOKYO--NTT Communications Corporation, the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group , announced that its wholly owned subsidiary NTT Communications India Private Limited will establish a branch office in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to begin offering ICT solutions in June, 2015.

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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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