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BOSTON—A group local Indians recently formed a non-profit organization with the sole mission of building a $50 million, five-story India Discovery Center in Greater Boston. Led by Bijoy Misra, Praveen Sahay, Chandrika Govardhan and Sidh Patnaik, the group hopes to get corporate sponsorship for the ambitious project.

In an exclusive video interview with INDIA New England News, Sahay said the each of the five floors of the building will represent five different eras of Indian history. To watch the interview, please click here.

India Discovery Center, which was recently incorporated as a non-profit organization, will be dedicated to researching, preserving and sharing India's cultural history and evolving identity.
HELSINKI -- Here comes one-of-a-kind electric hyper car that will not only pump adequate adrenaline rush if you participate in a race but will also give you "me time" if you plan a family weekend getaway without fuel worries.

The Finnish Toroidion 1MW electric hyper car is completely electric, holding a 1,341 horse power engine with four direct drive motors -- reaching speeds of up to 400 km per hour in just 11 seconds.
WASHINGTON -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative has sparked a war of words between pro- and anti-Modi academics of Indian descent spread over major American universities ahead of his visit to Silicon Valley.

The first salvo was fired by over 100 professors "who engage South Asia in our research and teaching" asking US technology executives to be wary of supporting Modi's Digital India initiative when he visits Silicon Valley on Sep 27.
By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON -- Pulitzer Prize winning Indian-American author is one of the 10 distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, to be prsented by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on September 10.

Lahiri has been awarded the medal "for enlarging the human story", according to the White house citation. "In her works of fiction, Lahiri has illuminated the Indian-American experience in beautifully wrought narratives of estrangement and belonging."
By Radhika Bhirani
NEW DEHLI -- The tunes of Bollywood songs of 1970s and 1980s, the culinary delights and Lata Mangeshkar's voice - there were many reasons why Elijah Wood, the blue-eyed Frodo Baggins of “The Lord of the Rings”, wanted to visit India. And he says he jumped at the opportunity when it came knocking at his door.

In India on a three-city tour, he's mesmerised with the desi version of his idea of Thailand's 'tuk-tuks' and was pleasantly surprised that the “nightmarish” traffic he had heard of, wasn't “quite the reality” when he landed into Mumbai. More than that, he's loving the hospitality.
NEW YORK -- Now, your smartphone can sense if you are getting bored, thanks to a new algorithm developed by researchers at Telefonica Research in Barcelona.

The researchers said the algorithm can figure this out by looking at your mobile activity, considering factors like the time since you last had a call or text, the time of day, and how intensely you are using the phone, MIT Technology Review reported.
NEW DEHLI -- He's agile on the tennis court, but when it comes to his personal style, Spanish tennis icon Rafael Nadal says he likes it to be laidback.

"When I'm not on the tennis court, my style is quite laidback - I like comfortable, casual pieces for daytime and classic, sophisticated styles for evenings and special occasions," Nadal said in a question-and-answer routine as he celebrated the launch of brand Tommy Hilfiger's new underwear collection, read a statement.

Dover Rug & Home, in partnership with Eric M. Haydel of EMH Designs and President of ASID New England, is pleased to present Tying the Knot with Dover Rug & Home on Thursday, October 1st from 6:30PM — 8:30PM at the Dover Rug Showroom, 390 Stuart Street, Boston, MA.

BOSTON — A proposed initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts moved another step closer to the 2016 ballot Wednesday when the state Attorney General's office certified the petition in support of the measure. The attorney general is required to review all initiative petitions to ensure they meet certain constitutional requirements and must prepare a "fair, concise summary of the proposed law" to appear on petitions and the ballot.

NEW DEHLI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said climate change is a "pressing global challenge" that calls for "collective human action and a comprehensive response".

Addressing a gathering of spiritual leaders, scholars and leaders from several countries at a conference on conflict avoidance and environment consciousness, the prime minister said it was the poor people of the world who were most directly hit due to climate change.
WALTHAM, MA—Real Estate Times (formerly Boston/SF News), a sister publication of INDIA New England News and IndUS Business Journal, today announced the key panelists for its 7th annual Senior Housing Summit, which will be held on Sept. 29 at Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA. The key panelists include: Tom Grape, Chairman and CEO of Benchmark Senior Living; Peter Mullin, Co-Founder, Senior Living Residences; and Richard T. Moore, President, Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association. To register, click here.

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NEW YORK -- Girls with autism display less repetitive and restricted behaviour than boys -- and this could be the reason behind their being underdiagnosed or making it harder for them to get the most appropriate treatment, according to a new study.

The study -- conducted by a team at Stanford University's school of medicine which includes a number of Indian origin scientists -- also found that brain differences between boys and girls with autism help explain this discrepancy.
WASHINGTON -- An Indian-American associate professor has been named for the 2015 C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teacher Award for demonstrating special dedication and creativity in her teaching.

Preethika Kumar, who teaches electrical engineering at Wichita State University will receive the national honour on November 19 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the official news and media relations website of the Kansas-based university said on Thursday.
By Arun Kumar
WASHINGTON -- An Alabama police officer accused of using excessive force against an Indian grandfather walking in his son's neighbourhood used an improper method to subdue him by slamming him down to the ground, a US court was told.

Appearing as a prosecution witness at the trial of former police officer Eric Parker, 26, in a Huntsville, Alabama federal court Thursday Capt. John Stringer said that force is supposed to be proportional to the threat and circumstances.
NEW DEHLI -- Rejecting criticism that it was acting like a "remote control", the RSS said on Friday that the Narendra Modi government was on the right track and that three days of discussions with government leaders had been "very useful".

"Only 14 months have passed (since the government took power). There is more time and a lot more is to be done. Whatever has been done so far, the government's direction is fine, so is its dedication, commitment and thinking. Its achievements are good," RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale told the media here.
TORONTO -- Eight to nine hours of good quality sleep every night, combined with other healthy lifestyle behaviours, can reduce the negative consequences of stress in kids, suggests new research.

Getting a good night's sleep might buffer the impact of stress on kids' cortisol level, which is a hormone produced in the adrenal gland to regulate the body's cardiovascular, metabolic and immune systems.
NEW DEHLI -- In yet another crackdown on NGOs, the government on Thursday cancelled the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) for its activities which allegedly hampered country's economic growth.

Terming the action the "government's latest move in a relentless onslaught against the community's right to dissent" and "yet another attempt to silence campaigns for a more sustainable future", Greenpeace India said it will not be deterred.
NEW DEHLI -- Following up on the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India and the UAE on Thursday agreed to boost bilateral trade by 60 percent over the next five years and also enhance UAE investments in India.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan held the 11th session of the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting for Technical and Economical Cooperation here.

BOSTON  – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles today announced the availability of free in-branch WiFi service for customers performing transactions at eight branch locations across the Commonwealth.  The RMV is offering this amenity as part of its effort to enhance customer service and modernize branch operations.

“The RMV is pleased to expand access to WiFi to enhance our customers’ service experience,” said Registrar Erin Deveney.  “Customers will now have the convenience of internet access at their disposal to perform either work or other leisure activities online.”

NEW DEHLI -- India's menswear market, driven by the male desire to be well-groomed and impeccable style-wise, is attracting the country's top-notch designers to put their creative juices to use in that direction. They say men have finally realised that fashion isn't only for women.
Renowned designer Manish Malhotra, who has completed 25 years as a costume designer and 10 years of his label, showcased his debut menswear line titled 'The Gentlemen's Club' at a fashion week in Mumbai last month.
NEW DEHLI -- Even as talks with the central government's mediators continue ex-servicemen, staging a hunger strike here to seek immediate implementation of the OROP scheme, on Thursday said there was no clarity from the government's side over the issue.

Thursday was the 81st day of protest by ex-servicemen in the national capital. Thirteen retired soldiers are on indefinite hunger strike. Relay hunger strikes are being held in some 60 towns and cities.
WASHINGTON -- An exhibition of art and culture by artists of Indian origin and heritage -- "India in Focus" -- will be part of a six-week Pittsburgh Cultural Trust event to be held from September 25 to November 8.

"Zakir Hussain's Jazz: A Musical Bridge East to West" will be held on October 13 at Pittsburgh's Byham Theatre.
WASHINGTON -- An India-American doctor has been training his peers in robotics-assisted surgery as part of a programme that draws surgeons from all over the US, a media report said.

Kirpal Singh, a surgeon at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital in Illinois, has so far performed about 450 operations using the $2 million da Vinci robot.
LONDON -- Next time when you buy porridge for morning breakfast, try to look for one with rough and coarse particles as this can significantly lower blood sugar levels by letting the starch digest slowly in the gut, new research suggests.

Wheat is a good source of starch and also contains dietary fibre.
SYDNEY -- India is among the top 10 countries which have helped Australia record its strongest tourism year since the Sydney Olympics Games in 2001, according to media reports.

India was reported as one of the fastest growing source markets for the year ending June 2015, according to the latest survey report by Tourism Research Australia (TRA).
By Arvind Padmanabhan
BERLIN -- Dutch consumer and well-being electronics giant Royal Philips on Thursday launched a host of products -- from a wearable healthcare watch to air purifiers -- some of which were jointly developed at its India innovation arms in Pune and Bengaluru.

Some of these products also have a "connected" app over cloud to permit personalised diagnostics, analyses and advice to enable users take greater control of their lives, a top Philips official said at the preview of IFA Berlin, the largest consumer electronics fair in Europe.

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