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Company seeks answer to problem-solving biz
BEDFORD, Mass. — Everyone knows it's not always easy to find the right answer to a question. But for Ashok Boghani and his business partners, it's a trial they endure all the time.

Finalists represent broad slice of technology industry
BOSTON — Finalists in the $50,000 Business Plan Contest organized by OPEN, the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America, represented a range of industries, from telecommunications products to corporate software and business-information systems.

Indus Stars 2002 award winners
• Nishith Acharya, president of the Boston chapter of the Network of South Asian Professionals

Indus Stars shine bright at awards ceremony
WALTHAM, Mass. — About 270 people came out to honor some of the key contributors to the region's Indo-American community as INDIA New England News presented its first major public event.

Kenetec releases new product features
NAUGATUCK, Conn. — After landing $12 million in venture capital last summer, Kenetec has released new features for its communications product and delivered them for tests with potential customers.

Mass. company a finalist at Pakistani conference
BOSTON — A Boston-area company took third prize as finalists were judged last month during the conference sponsored by the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America, or OPEN.

Mass. doctor has cure for India training need
BOSTON — Dr. Dinesh Patel recently fulfilled a dream when he helped bring together a global corporation, the Indian government and medical experts from several countries to open a first-of-its-kind teaching center in Ahmedabad, India.

OPEN contest highlights top Pakistani start-ups
BOSTON — A Toronto company took the top prize while a Boston-area one earned third place in the first-ever $50,000 Business Plan Contest organized by OPEN, the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America.

Pakistani conference impressive in debut
BOSTON — About 160 people attended the first-ever conference held last month by the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America, or OPEN.

Professors examine computing future
ANDOVER, Mass. — Aside from having leadership positions at a hot new semiconductor start-up, two area academics have outlined, in a new book, what they see as the future of computing.

Asset allocation key to strengthening portfolio
If there ever was a stock market period that demonstrated the importance of diversification, this was it! Asset allocation — not investment selection or market timing is one of the most important factors in determining the success of your portfolio. A lasting lesson from this market debacle is that diversification is one of the most significant aspects of successful investing.

Retirement plan decisions difficult but important
If you participate in a defined benefit pension plan, a key decision you must make as you approach retirement is how to collect you pension benefits.

Taxes crucial in financial planning
To paraphrase a famous saying, there are two things you can be sure of in life-death and taxes. When it comes to estate planning, taxes will play an important role.

Women should look at personal financial plans
Ten things women should know about financial planning:

Filmaker screens new documentary about activist, author
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Boston chapters of the Association for India's Development and Asha for Education recently hosted a movie screening and discussion with documentary filmmaker Shashwati Talukdar.

Gujarati group hosts Kutch artists for U.S. visit
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Just over a year since the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, most of the Gujarati Association of New England's rebuilding projects are on the way to completion — but the group continues to help out in creative ways.

Orissa Society readies for Saraswati service
SOUTHBORO, Mass. — At a time when the world could use some wisdom and equanimity, the Orissa Society of New England is preparing its annual prayer ceremony for Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of wisdom, learning and music. The New England chapter of the Orissa society was started in 1983.

Rock music duo featuring India-native slides into Boston for TV appearance
BOSTON — Red Velvet Slide, a rock music group that features India-native Parul Vakini, was recently showcased on BNN TV 9's "It's All About Arts."

Sadhu Vaswani followers have center of attention
DRACUT, Mass. — Area followers of Vaswani do yoga, practice vegetarianism and perform traditional Hindu rituals. But Dracut's Sadhu Vaswani Center defies easy categorization as simply a religious temple. On busy Bridge Street not far from the Lowell city line, the L-shaped building appears to be a modern commercial center, complete with blue awnings advertising a gym and business offices. But it also includes the religious center. Leasing space to businesses allows the Vaswani followers to keep a large part of the building for theirs and other religious groups to use. This includes four spacious carpeted suites, five classrooms, a large primary sanctuary area and a large kitchen and dining room on the first floor. It has become a regional center for devotees of several Eastern sects, including Swami Narayan and Dada Bhagwan. [Read more]

Executive Profile
For Padukone, it's in the genes
WOBURN, Mass. — Nandan Padukone finds the business of genes a good fit for Silico Insights, his software and medical-research start-up.

Letters to Editor
SmartEnergy founder questions story about company’s sale
To the Editor: Sensationalism, not journalism, seems to be the driving theme in your article about SmartEnergy in the Jan. 15, 2002 edition of India New England.

Community: People
BOSTON — The Boston chapter of the Network of South Asian Professionals has recently selected its executive board for 2002.

Your Money
Mass. man turns savings into business success
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Since coming to the United States, Gurprakash Jaggi has set his sights on having his own business. After saving up money for years, his dream has come true with the opening of his store — India Grocers.

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