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WALTHAM, MA--Massachusetts State Cricket League (MSCL), which has 33 teams and about 800 registered players in the league, and INDIA New England News, the region's largest and oldest print and online newspaper, today announced that they have entered a multi-year agreement to promote the fast growing game of cricket in New England. Cricket is extremely popular among South Asian communities and people hailing from former British colonies.

"We are very excited about this partnership with INDIA New England News," said MSCL President Manas Sahu. "Our goal is to reach every Indian and South Asian in New England, and this marketing and promotional partnership with INDIA New England will help us achieve that goal." MSCL is one of the oldest and largest cricket leagues in the country and has 33 teams and about 800 registered players, said Sahu. There are an estimated 2,000 cricket players across New England.
WALTHAM, MA—Dr. Neela Gandhi of Rofe Dental Associates, who will be speaking on "Oral Health is Overall Health" will also provide free oral cancer screening at the upcoming Health & Wellness Expo 2014 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA, on Sunday, April 20. "More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year, and general dentists act as the first line of defense against this deadly disease," said Dr. Gandhi. "To help raise awareness and promote the active screening of dental patients, we will host FREE oral cancer screenings during the the Health Expo.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Tax evasion is widely assumed to be an eternal problem for governments — but how widespread is it? For the first time, a new study, co-authored by an MIT professor, has put a cost on a particular kind of tax evasion, known as "round-tripping," that the U.S. government has been trying to thwart. In round-tripping, U.S. investors move funds to offshore tax havens, then invest in U.S. equity and debt markets with these "foreign" funds. In essence, the U.S. investors are disguising themselves as foreign investors, who are not subject to the same tax rates on capital gains and interest income. 
Ekal Vidyalaya, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing education and village development in rural India, announced that it will hold a math contest in order to create an opportunity for children of grade 2 - 11 to participate in MATH BEE and also help spread the light of education to the under-privileged in rural and tribal India. This Math Contest is open to children of grades 2 — 11 and will be held in 2 separate locations at the same time on May 3rd, 2014. 
WALTHAM, MA—The organizers of Health & Wellness Expo 2014 have added a segment called—"Ask the Doctor"—at the upcoming health expo on Sunday, April 20, at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. "This is a great segment where expo attendees can come to the Ask the Doctor Booth and ask designated doctors any health related questions," said Dr. Manju Sheth, Chair of Health & Wellness Expo 2014. "As always we recommend that attendees should consult their own physicians. Our goal will be to provide some basic information and guidance reagrding medical issues." Doctors participating in this segment include: Dr. Niranjan Dudani, Dr. Tapasya Srivastava, Dr. Madhavi Challagulla, and Dr. Lipi Roy. 
WALTHAM, MA—Two of the area's leading Indian diet and nutrition experts, Dr. Sailaja Reddy and Sangeeta Pradhan, will talk about how healthy food choices and lifestyle modifications can control chronic diseases at the upcoming free Health & Wellness Expo 2014 on April 20 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. "If we take control of our health and eat right, most of the chronic diseases we see in the current world can by controlled or even cured," Dr. Reddy said. "Please come and illuminate new avenues to nourish your body and soul." 
WALTHAM, MA—New England's four leading dental experts specializing in overall dental health, oral cancer, orthodontics and aesthetics will hold the region's first dental panel discussion catered to the Indian and South Asian population at the upcoming free Health & Wellness Expo 2014 on April 20 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. Dr. Mina Paul, DMD, MPH, who is Chair of the Board of Registration in Dentistry and President-Elect of the American Association of Dental Boards, will moderate and lead the dentist panel at the expo. 
Siraj Khan, who has organized a number of musical shows in Boston and overseas, is planning to organize Gul-o-Gulzar night to showcase the multiple facets of Bollywood Living Legend Gulzar in Boston on Dec. 6th, 2014. The Gul-o-Gulzar event will be organized by a new non-profit called FOURTH WORLD, which is founded by Khan with a focus on building cross-cultural bridges through music, arts, literary and cultural activities. Khan also serves on the Board of OP Nayyar Memorial Trust in Mumbai which supports senior musicians, singers and dancers in their twilight years. 
Akshay Kumar was one of many the stars who walked the ramp at the Shabana Azmi's NGO Mijwan Welfare Society's annual event Mijwan Fashion Show 2014, organised in support of the empowerment of women. The NGO was founded by the late poet Kaifi Azmi to empower rural India with a focus on the girl child and women. Of late, Akshay has shown his commitment to this cause, one which is close to his heart, and was also present at the L'Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards very recently.
BURLINGTON, MA--Choonri Collections and Khanak's fashion show at INDIA New England Wedding Expo received an overwhelming response, leaving the crowd raving and wanting for more. Both the brands brought their talents together to showcase a very special theme called the Dancing Peacocks. They said that they chose this theme because a peacock's plumage is so inspiring and has such amazing colors, and they wanted to bring all those colors together for the spring fashion show. Seema Kapoor of Choonri Collection and Roopam Arora of Khanak's worked together on this theme for over three months and the biggest challenge for them was keeping this a secret. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C — Shahid Siddiqui, the former MP and editor of Nai Duniya newspaper, today called on Narendra Modi, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, to set up a judicial commission within first 100 days of his government, as a bold confidence building measure if he wins the election. Addressing an audience of the Indian American community, and American think tanks, and investors, organized by the Washington, DC based US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), Siddiqui said, “Such a commission can immediately and efficiently investigate all pending cases of past five years involving terrorism and related.
Thirty-seven Indian men seeking asylum have begun a hunger strike in a detention center in El Paso, Texas. This falls on the heels of immigration detention hunger strikes in Tacoma, Washington and Conroe, Texas, National Immigrant Youth Alliance said in a statement. Mohammad Abdollah, an organizer of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, said there about 50 Indian immigrant in the El Paso detention center, but only 37 are participating in the strike.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US State Department announced the FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for global innovation programs to help the humanitarian community better prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) in the protracted phase of refugee and conflict-related displacement. The Proposal submission deadline is Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT.  All applicants must submit proposals through the website Grants.gov. Proposed program start dates: August 1-September 1, 2014.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— DISH Network L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation announced that it has reached an agreement for carriage of Hearst's television stations in 25 markets, including Boston and other New England cities and towns. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Hearst stations in the following markets will be available to DISH subscribers effective April 9. 
Pakistan Federal Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar met with U.S. Deputy Secretary William J. Burns and Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Catherine Novelli to discuss a range of strategic and economic issues.  As part of these discussions, Minister Dar and Under Secretary Novelli co-chaired the U.S.-Pakistan Economic and Finance Working Group in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

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