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Arts and Entertainment
Ghazal to bring blend of poetry, song to Mass.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A ghazal, most Indians will quickly affirm, is a style of song. On the other hand, in the Middle East, a ghazal is a poem.

Marathi vocalist, pianist leads jazz, folk-rock trio
BURLINGTON, Mass. — A contemporary band, the Manishamusic Beat, was one of the plum performances at a Boston-area event for India's Republic Day.

Olympic musician to kick off
MITHAS concerts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Kicking off a spring concert series of South Asian performers is a sitar player who was also set to play at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Poet's legacy bridges East, West literature
AMHERST, Mass. — When Indian-American poet Agha Shahid Ali died in Amherst recently, both the South Asian and American literary worlds lost a unique contributor, who did his best through his work and life to blend the two together.

Entrepreneurs get
hard advice: Economy won't bail them out

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Entrepreneurs will not get much help from the economy — but may get a boost from venture capitalists — was the message from speakers at last month's meeting of TiE-Boston, the area chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs.

Recession has AdAlive looking
to find buyer

WALTHAM, Mass. — Unable to attract advertisers for a planned network of wireless Internet-access points, AdAlive is seeking a buyer for the company.

Universal stays
on track as conservative start pays off

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — In one respect, Universal Software is like any other technology-staffing firm these days: revenues are down.

Electronic data security faces growing demand
The cost of electronic security breaches is rising year by year. In 2001, 186 respondents in the Computer Security Institute/FBI "Computer Crime and Security Survey" reported a total of $377,828,700 in financial losses due to computer security breaches, up from $265,589,940 in total losses reported by 249 respondents in 2000.

Global financial markets offer fuel for growth
Consider the financial markets as the heart of the global village and marketplace. If your company plans on accessing capital it will be looking to global financial markets. In these markets, investors' key concern is the bottom line, not the investment's country of origin. This means that investors in your own country are scanning the world for the best place to put their money. It also means that investors from around the world could be looking at your organization or marketplace right now.

New pricing rules effect subsidiaries in India
India has recently adopted a strict code of transfer pricing regulations. This change puts many firms with Indian subsidiaries at risk. The new regulation also underscores the need for global companies to stay abreast of transfer pricing laws in all countries where they do business.

Comedy troupe conveys message on Asian-American stereotypes
MEDFORD, Mass. — Stir-Friday Night, an Asian American comedy troupe, recently brought its mixed bag of sketches and improv to Tufts University in Medford.

Institute combats economic plight
CHARLTON, Mass. — From the long, sweeping office in his company along the Massachusetts Turnpike, M. Mahmud Awan can look out the window and watch the world roll by.

Museum talks respond to interest about Islam
SALEM, Mass. — Some Americans' first encounter with Arabic script was the Al Jazeera television captions appearing on Osama bin Laden's cave videos.

National group kicks off drive against hate-crime
In the end of January, the South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow launched a national campaign to raise awareness about hate-motivated crimes targeting South Asian Americans.

New IAGH president professes
lofty goals

HARTFORD, Conn. — After 16 years of involvement with the India Association of Greater Hartford, Ami Ashish Desai is stepping up as the new president in what she hopes will be a banner year for one of the largest Indian organizations in New England.

Executive Profile
For him
it's thrill of start

DEDHAM, Mass. — Entrepreneur Venkat Srinivasan has recently bid farewell to one company, his multimillion-dollar eCredit.com, and is already sinking his teeth into the next one. At the same time, he is looking to help others jump-start their own businesses.

Focus: Technology
Vanu Inc. tunes in to success
with software radios

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Tinkering with radios may be in Vanu Bose's family. But if he's carrying on the tradition, it's in name only. His company, Vanu Inc., designs what he calls "software radios," which are a whole different kind of "radio" than those worked on by his father, Amar Bose.

Community: People
BOSTON — Anita Varma was recently appointed a partner in the Boston-based law firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot.

Republic Day
receive call
for solidarity day

BURLINGTON, Mass. — A director of the India Association of Greater Boston called on attendees of the group's Republic Day 2002 event to take part in a planned Indo-American solidarity day in September.

Gubernatorial candidate praises Indian-Americans
BURLINGTON, Mass. — The state's high-stakes 2002 election had a prominent role at an area Republic Day event as a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Jim Rappaport, addressed the overflow crowd.

Republic Day crowd
tops 1,000

BURLINGTON, Mass. — The annual Republic Day event organized by the India Association of Greater Boston continued to surge in popularity — as about 1,000 people packed Burlington High School. People thronged the hallways, ate Indian food in the cafeteria or sat and stood in the auditorium's aisles for the Jan. 26 event, which marked the 52nd anniversary of India's Constitution. "We didn't expect this many people," said Ram Voruganti, the IAGB's president. "It means that people are really recognizing the IAGB — and they want to play a part in it." [Read more]

Rhode Island
R.I. interfaith gathering attracts 200 for peace
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — They chanted prayers in Hindi, Gujarati, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu and English. They listened, too, as a prayer from the Koran was read and again as a a minister recited a famous prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, "Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace.

Venture Capital
Sitara adds additional $23m
in venture capital

WALTHAM, Mass. — Sitara Networks landed $23 million in venture capital this month. "At a time when venture capitalists are very selective about their investments, we are fortunate to be recognized by world-class investors as a company that will succeed in the current climate," said Malik Khan, Sitara's founder and chief executive officer.

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