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BRAINTREE, MA--New England Office Supply (NEOS) has acquired Universal Gold, Inc., a premier supplier of janitorial, industrial, paper, rags, wipers, safety and packaging products located in East Providence, RI.

"We are proud to partner with Universal Gold and look forward to working together. With locations in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we will be able to offer many more options to our customers" said Indira Patel, President of NEOS.

The Universal Gold's East Providence location will join NEOS' Braintree, MA and Auburn, MA locations adding a strengthened presence in Rhode Island as the company expands operations at this location. 
Last year, Patel was listed in the Boston Globe Magazine's Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts — a prominent list featuring notable companies such as Goodwin Procter, The Princeton Review, and BJ's Wholesale Club, among others.

Patel, who was ranked #32 on Globe Magazine's list, previously graduated from the MBA programs at Simmons College in Boston back in 1983. Until she became a business owner, Patel worked predominantly in the healthcare field. 
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School has appointed Farah Pandith and Jairam Ramesh as fall 2014 Fisher Family Fellows.  Pandith will be in residence in September and will teach a series of study groups on shifting national security paradigms since 9/11 and the language and tools of extremism.
SILICON VALLEY, Calif— In 2014, 172,500 people applied for H1B visa. Out of those 51% were rejected through a lottery process. Another 1/4th of the applicants will be denied due to lack of documents or improper filings, according to USICS and National Foundation for American Policy. 
CAMBRIDGE, MA--The sublime sitar virtuosity of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan meets the musical tabla talent of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in concert together at Harvard University this Saturday, Sept. 20. The on-stage chemistry of the artists takes the performance art of Indian Classical music to new heights. 
By Priyanka Subash
(Editor's note: Priyanka Subash shares her personal experience growing up as a South Asian American. She was raised in Mansfield, MA, a small suburban town. Her peers were predominantly Caucasian, and her primary exposure to South Asian culture was through her family, bi-annual trips to India, Bollywood films, and weekly Indian Classical Dance lessons. She says that growing up as a South Asian American teen can be described in two words, a balancing act. "Balancing expectations of both cultures is a very challenging feat, and I can say to this day, I still have not mastered the art!" 
LAWRENCE, MA — The Merrimack Valley Sandbox announced that Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) will be the organization's new name. This announcement was made to nearly 200 people at the 2014 EforAll Summer Accelerator Awards at the Everett Mills in Lawrence, MA. The name change occurred for multiple reasons including: 
GURGAON, India---GoDaddy, the world's largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, announced the completion of its second year of operations in India this week. The company has already exhibited phenomenal success in the market. Providing stellar customer care is at the core of GoDaddy's global strategy. 
By Rajashree Ghosh
INDIA New England Columnist
Labor Day was a lot warmer, almost an extended summer day around here. It gave us all more reason to gather around or take a trip to the beach or hike a mountain and soak in the outdoors. It was also a time to take breather and think about labor — jobs, those working in the farms, factories, roads, offices, wages, collective bargaining and so on.
And just in time for Child Passenger Safety Month, Kinsights' brings families the best child travel products with recommendations based on research and parent feedback. It's Child Passenger Safety Pack includes 13 of Kinsight's top picks for parents. Kinsights is a new, smarter kind of parenting site helping to bring you closer to the answers you need. 
CAMBRIDGE, MA — Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, biomedical engineer and professor at MIT, is the recipient of the 2014 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The Lemelson-MIT Program is now seeking nominations for the 2015 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Please contact the Lemelson-MIT Program at awards-lemelson@mit.edu for more information or go to www.lemelson.mit.edu/awards/lemelson-mit-prize.
By Dr. Lipi Roy, MD
Labor Day marked my three-year anniversary as a primary care physician serving Boston's homeless men and women. It was my first job out of residency — and the learning curve was steep. In addition to geographic changes, North Carolina to Massachusetts, and the accompanying change in accents, I also had to learn three different electronic medical record systems. And a 3-year dissertation on addiction • 

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GREENVILLE, S.C.--Clemson University’s first Bosch fellow is an automotive engineering graduate student who shares her knowledge of engines and love of learning from the classroom to the NASCAR track. And Vismita Sonagra was named Bosch fellow in a celebration at the Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).
U. S. businesses are increasingly looking to emerging markets for export growth in both the short and long term, according to the latest U.S. HSBC Global Connections Trade Forecast. Even though U.S. exports are expected to grow by about six percent per year through 2030 and advanced economies will continue to play a dominant role in U.S. trade, the forecast predicts that China and India present the best trade prospects, with U.S. export growth to average nine percent a year to each country through 2030.
Under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (FRAA), the US President is required each year to notify Congress of those countries he determines to be major illicit drug-producing countries or major drug-transit countries that “significantly affect the United States.” A country’s presence on the list does not necessarily reflect its counternarcotics efforts or its level of cooperation with the United States on illegal drug control.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, Inc. has called upon people to make donations to help the victims of floods in Kashmir. The flood situation has worsened in Jammu and Kashmir as more areas have submerged in the waters leaving a trail of death and destruction.  The death toll has reached more than 200 due to floods in Jammu-Kashmir area. Thousands of families are still stranded and awaiting help in their homes across the valley, VHPA said.
SEATTLE – A Seattle-based firm that steadily created one of the largest hospital systems in Southeast Asia and India announced plans to invest another $150 million to expand its network to 34 hospitals and one clinic by 2018. Columbia Asia, part of Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Management, has 27 facilities across Malaysia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia, and plans for 8 new hospitals by 2018.

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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!

Please join us for this half hour discourse followed by a 45 minute consideration of an article in the magazine - प्रहरीदुर्ग (Watchtower)

Hosseini shows us, an Afghanistan unsullied by war. The book opens a window into Afghanistan’s soul - the people, their nature, their habits and customs. The reader’s heart goes out to Amir, yearning for the Afghanisthan of his childhood, fully knowing that he would never get it back. ‘ I didn’t remember what month that was, or what year even. I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lived had become.

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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