WALTHAM, MA—Sounds of India, Greater Boston's first radio show that began broadcasting more than 40 years ago, goes off the air on Oct. 1 under the leadership of its founders Harish Dang and his wife, Bini. Sanjay Jain, a local theater actor and community activist, and Pradeep Shukla, founder and president of Waltham, MA-based LearnQuest Academy, will take over the weekly radio station.
"This will not be any part of Learnquest Academy. We will be taking it as a small group of few individuals including Dr. Pradeep Shukla Ji, myself and possibly some more," Jain told INDIA New England News.
Shukla was in India and could not be reached for comment, but Jain said his group may change the name and format of the radio show.
WASHINGTON-- An Indo-Tanzanian-Canadian jazz singer, Alysha Brilla, led hundreds of topless women in a rally organised in Ontario to advocate women's right to be topless in Canada, a media report said.
Alysha Brilla's two sisters, Tameera and Nadia, joined her to raise awareness about the issue in a peaceful "Bare With Us" protest, RT.com reported on Sunday.
NEW DELHI--The Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015 ended on a grand note on Sunday with some of the country's finest garment designers showcasing their creativity on the ramp. But the five-day extravaganza left a big question mark about whether the Indian fashion industry will ever go beyond bridal when it comes to couture.
The event, which started on July 29, showcased a wide array of collections from designers through 11 shows. But what primarily sparkled was bridal wear.
While designers admit that the wedding market in India is "huge", they beg to differ that couture is only about bridal wear.
WASHINGTON-- The current craze of grabbing the latest mobile phone may soon be replaced by a desire to own a drone, according to Indian-origin scientist Parimal Kopadekar from NASA.
In five to 10 years from now, every home may have a drone, Kopadekar said at a conference on Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management hosted by Nasa and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International last week.
MUMBAI-- Taking a dig at the inaccessibility of porn sites over various internet service providers in the country, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma said "depriving consenting adults" of watching porn is equivalent to what "Taliban and ISIS is doing to freedom".
As per reports, most internet service providers -- including Vodafone, MTNL and BSNL -- are showing blank pages instead of porn sites. The matter came to the limelight late on Saturday, when a number of internet users across the country could not access pornographic websites.
MUMBAI, India--Filmmaker Nishikant Kamat's thriller drama film "Drishyam", starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Shriya Saran in pivotal roles, managed an opening weekend collection of Rs 30.03 crore.
The film is running successfully on positive word of mouth publicity at the box office, read a statement from the production banner. “Drishyam”, which is an official remake of the Malayalam film of the same name, collected Rs.8.05 crore on its opening day.
WASHINGTON-- An Indian American electrical engineer from the Stanford University has developed a technique to make brain-controlled prostheses more precise.
The thought-controlled device developed by Krishna Shenoy and his team analyses the neuron sample and makes dozens of corrective adjustments to the estimate of the brain's electrical pattern -- all in the blink of an eye.
"Brain-controlled prostheses will lead to a substantial improvement in quality of life," Shenoy said.
CANTON, MA--Mangadhara R. Madineedi, MD, FACP, an internist/geriatrician practicing in Brockton and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the society of internists. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine, the specialty of adult medical care.
LONDON-- The lack of inclination among Bengalis to become entrepreneurs was a result of "intellectual arrogance," said Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, a member of Britain's House of Lords who is of Bengali-origin.
Bhattacharyya, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, is an engineer, educator and government adviser, who famously persuaded the Tatas' to purchase a then ailing Jaguar Land Rover, which has now become one of the most profitable companies in Europe.
CHENNAI, India--Actor-filmmaker Prabhudheva on Monday announced that he will be producing three yet-untitled Tamil films under his home banner Prabhudeva Studios. One of these projects will be with veteran filmmaker Priyadarshan.
"I'm really proud to be associated with filmmaker Vijay's Think Big Studios for Priyadarshan sir's next film. I'll be co-producing the film with Vijay," Prabhudheva told reporters.
MUMBAI, India--On legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi's 35th death anniversary on Friday, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor remembered his body of work.
The 85-year-old singer paid tribute to Rafi, with whom she sang duets like "Teri bindiya re", "Jo wada kiya woh" and "Haye re haye", and posted on Twitter: "Aaj bahut hi guni gayak Mohammed Rafi sahab ki punyatithi hai. Main unhe shraddhanjali arpan karti hun.
QUINCY, MA--The Saheli Men Against Violence Initiative, a men's group within Saheli Boston, is hosting an event on Aug. 15 in Quincy, MA, to raise awareness about domestic violence against women.
Saheli Men Against Violence Initiative has been invited by Ragu Vaduka on behalf of the Corporate Cricket League to make a presentation on this issue to members of the league.
Dr. Rohit Chandra said that domestic violence, and excessive control and power over one's spouse in general, are problems which do afflict the South Asian-American community but are frequently hidden by shame, the hope that the partner will change, and a wish to avoid dishonoring the family.
WASHINGTON--A US-based Sikh organisation observed an annual day of seva (service) across 18 cities to comemorate the 2012 Wisconsin gurdwara shooting.
Six people were shot dead at the Oak Creek city gurdwara in Milwaukee county, Wisconsin, on August 5, 2012. The gunman was later killed and the incident was deemed a hate crime.
NEW YORK-- With ageing comes a broader understanding of the factors that influence the quality of life and psychological well-being among the elderly and sexual activity is a crucial part of this, researchers say.
The findings suggest that aspects of sexual behaviour and quality of life are positively associated in older adults.
NEW DELHI-- "The Path of Zarathustra", a movie that touches upon the Parsi community and their faith Zoroastrianism, will hit the Indian screens in September.
The movie is set to release under the PVR Director’s Rare banner on September 4. Directed by Oorvazi Irani, the movie will see a release in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi/NCR, Bengaluru and Surat.
By Darryl D’Monte
NEW DELHI--India will overtake China as the world’s most populous nation by 2022, says a new UN report that revises its previous estimates, which put the date around 2028.
In 2015, India had 1.311 billion people, according to the UN’s new estimates, against China’s 1.376 billion, a difference of 65 million.
YARDLEY, PA– The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Global Systems Technologies, Inc. (GST) of Yardley, PA, a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement with a ceiling of $100 million. Under this Professional Engineering and Logistics Support Services , GST’s Arlington, VA, office will support six divisions of TSA’s Office of Security Capabilities (OSC) with seven initial BPA Orders.
NEW DELHI-- Twitter on Friday said that it has added four more Indian languages - Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil - taking the count of supported languages to six.
Hindi and Bengali have been available for a year now, the social media company said in a blog post. According to Twitter, these four languages were partially translated by a community of Twitter users via the translation centre.
WASHINGTON--An Indian-American woman is one of the nine people who were chosen for American cable television network HBO's writers' fellowship programme. Prathiksha Srinivasan, along with writing partner Joshua Levy, was chosen out of 2,000 submissions for an eight-month-long HBO's fellowship programme.
MUMBAI, India--Mass media company Viacom Inc on Friday announced that it has acquired a 50 percent interest in Prism TV Private Limited, a regional network, for Rs.9.4 billion (approximately $153 million). Prism TV operates various regional entertainment channels in India like ETV Marathi, ETV Kannada, ETV Bangla, ETV Oriya and ETV Gujarati, all of which were earlier re-branded under the Colors umbrella.
NEW YORK--Ever wondered why you get more physically exhausted when certain issue keeps you worried? This could be because brain work accelerates the development of physical fatigue, says a new study by Indian-origin researchers. The study showed that when we attempt mental tasks and physical tasks at the same time, we activate specific areas, called prefrontal cortex (PFC), in our brain.
WASHINGTON-- A Sikh organisation will observe the annual day of seva (service) in 14 US cities on August 1 in the memory of those who were killed in the 2012 Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting. The Sikh Coalition -- a community-based organisation that works toward the realisation of civil and human rights -- will mark the third anniversary of the Oak Creek Gurdwara massacre in which six people were killed and several others were injured.
NEW YORK--When it comes to watching porn online, women are slowly bridging the gap in India with as much as 30 percent of women in India now regularly visiting porn websites, says a new study.
Last year, 26 percent Indian women were online searching for porn.
By Chaitanya Mallapur & Devanik Saha
NEW DELHI-- A death sentence – such as the one handed to Yakub Memon, lone convict of the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings – is common in India, with 1,303 such verdicts between 2004 and 2013, according to this National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) prison statistics report. However, only three convicts were executed over this period, one each in West Bengal (2004), Maharashtra (2012) and Delhi (2013). India saw an execution-free period of seven years between 2004 and 2012.
WASHINGTON-- In a historical moment for the Sikh community in the US, a foreclosed building that used to be a Baptist church will be renovated as the first Sikh temple in Rockford, Illinois, media reported on Thursday. The building on Kishwaukee Street and 3rd Avenue in the Forest City will be renamed as Nanaksar Sikh Temple.
LONDON-- A young couple of Indian origin from Chicago have devised a multi-functional jacket that can carry everything from an iPad to a small blanket. Ideal for a traveller, the prjoect has raised $3 million by crowd-funding so far. A seasoned traveler, 29-year-old Chicago-based Hiral Sanghavi was fed up of long flights as he was unable to carry all of his essentials.