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Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will adjust processing fees for some services. The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for nonimmigrant visas largely remain the same. The fee for processing an application for Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship is increasing to reflect the true cost of providing this service.

The Department seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services through the collection of consular fees. The Department regularly reviews these costs and adjusts fees as necessary to reflect the cost of service.

Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees will remain the same, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) will decrease and the fee for K visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens) will increase. The fee charged for Border Crossing Cards for Mexican citizen minor applicants under the age of 15 will increase by $1.
Mahmud Jafri, CEO of Dover Rug & Home, announced that Dover Squash & Fitness is partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to provide coaching, training and development for their squash team. Under the guidance of the legendary Thierry Lincou, who recently joined with Dover Squash and Fitness as a coach, this partnership gives the "Engineers" the opportunity to further develop their skills in the area's only state-of-the art squash facility. 
PROVIDENCE, RI--Vivacious and scintillating, these are the two words that aptly describe Rhode Island’s India Day Event. For the first time ever, Rhode Islanders witnessed the tri-colored Indian Flag flying high on the State Capitol building of Rhode Island alongside the American flag, to celebrate India's 68th Independence Day. What a sight! The Governor of Rhode Island, Mr. John Chafee proclaimed August 16 as India Day.
CHANDLER, Arizona — Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP), a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, which is headed by Steve Sanghi, announced that it has had preliminary mutual discussions with CSR plc regarding ways in which its relationship with CSR could be advanced, including possibly an acquisition of CSR, a leading provider of AV, connectivity and location technology. 
By Anu Chitrapu
(Editor's note: We are pleased to introduce a new monthly column to our readers: O Desi! My Desi! by Anu Chitrapu. Anu is Senior Vice President and Executive at Bank of America. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Her column will appear on last Friday of each month.)
 
It is that time of the year again when we desis head back home to enjoy the hot sun with our families. And that is what we did too. Of course the pre-trip Costco run had to be done first where absolutely essential items like almonds (yes really!), chocolates (which are now available on every street corner in India), Splenda (the nation is getting diabetic), flashlights by the dozens (power cuts you know), ziploc bags (to distribute goodies) etc. needed to be purchased.
Did you know that India is home to 90 percent of trafficked prostitutes? Film producer Casey Allred is fighting this statistic with his crowdfunded documentary, "Stolen Innocence." Allred has chosen to fund his documentary through Kickstarter in order to empower people to join the larger movement against human trafficking.
MUMBAI--Ranveer Singh is all set to appear in his most mouth-watering role to date! The star, known for his adventurous approach to choosing movies and creating memorable cinematic characters, has been signed on as the brand ambassador for Ching's Secret. Ranveer will soon be seen in a music video for the brand titled - My Name is Ranveer Ching! Directed by Shaad Ali with music composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics by Gulzar.
By Ilina Shah
Few things in this world are as ancient, diverse, comprehensive, culturally rich, and enticingly beautiful as Indian Classical Dance. Combined with heavily explored rhythmic and musical structures, facial expressions, stylized movements, and deep artistic philosophy, the Ancient Indian classical dance forms stand the test of time and prove that they have a whole universe to offer in the chaos of modern time. 
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Indian culture is alive in Indianapolis, Indiana. And everyone can experience it on Sept. 20. With music and dance, Christel House, and Anita Lerche and Gregory Hancock, will bring India's vibrant culture to Indianapolis audiences. It all happens at "An Evening Celebrating Christel House India" at the Athenaeum on Sept. 20, 2014.
Indian American filmmaker Chandu Yarram's début feature film - The Distance Between Us was awarded the "Best Narrative Feature Film" by The World's Independent Film Fest (TWIFF) at San Francisco, Silicon Valley, CA. The award winning ceremony will be at the Red Carpet Event on Sept 19, 2014.
WAYNE, PA--LiquidHub, a digital integrator that partners with businesses to improve customer engagement and drive growth, announced the appointment of Sean Narayanan as Chief Business Officer (CBO). LiquidHub has experienced rapid growth, doubling its revenues over the past three years. 

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ARLINGTON, MA—AID Boston will hold its annual Milan fundraising dinner on Sept. 13 where it will provide updates about the grassroots work AID and its partners are doing in India. The keynote speaker at the event is the founder of AID, Dr. Ravi Kuchimanchi and Jeevansaathi Aravinda.
With children and young adolescents owning cell phones, receiving calls from scammers is definitely a risk. In this day and age, it’s very important to be aware of the types of calls or texts children might receive. Better Business Bureau is warning parents and guardians of cell phone solicitations now targeting children.
NEW DELHI--The U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) led a delegation of medical device executives from Abbott, Baxter, Boston Scientific, Covidien, GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic to meet with the new government in New Delhi, India.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Born into the upper class of the Indian caste system, Archana Mishra is part of the 25 percent of Indians who represent the country around the world. Even though she has been able to travel, attain an education and gain a global perspective, Mishra thinks something is not quite right.
You may be trying to forget about the harsh winter of a few months ago, but you probably remember your high heating bills. Well, now’s the time to insulate yourself from a similar fate – with next winter not all that far away. “Exterior caulk and insulation can provide a formidable defense against the cold,” says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute.

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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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