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WASHINGTON, DC—Senators Mark Warner, John Cornyn, Tim Kaine and Jim Risch made Senate History by sponsoring a resolution strongly supporting a Congressional invitation for a Joint Session of Congress address by Indian Prime Minister Modi during his September 2014 visit to the United States.
By Sundaram Mishra
BURLINGTON, MA--"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress, dress impeccably and they remember the women." This is Roshani Sharma's favorite quote by fashion mogul Coco Channel. To provide that impeccable elegance, Sharma, along with Divya Salhi, are opening Elegance by Divya & Roshni, a retail store in Burlington, MA, which promises to make elegance an irresistible shopping place for Indian ethnic wear.
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA--Theorem Clinical Research and Excel Life Sciences (ELS) have formed a strategic relationship to bolster Theorem's clinical development offerings in India, including local site management expertise. ELS has long-standing relationships with more than 1,000 hospitals and research centers across 25 cities throughout India, covering a broad range of therapeutic disciplines. 
NEW DELHI: When US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns visited India recently in advance of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue. He became the highest-level Administration official to visit India since the inauguration of the new Indian Government. While in India, he talked about Prime Minister Modi's controversial visa, his discussions with the prime minister, and other bilateral issues with NDTV Anchor Barkha Dutt. Here are the excerpts from the interview. 
NDTV: This is a relationship that, especially when it comes to Prime Minister Modi, has seen its degree of friction. To start with, there was what for shorthand we call the visa issue. Mr. Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat was not able to go to the United States. It was considered a near total boycott for almost a decade. It has been pointed out the little known law to stop him from coming was actually only ever used against one politician in the world and that was Narendra Modi. Did this come up in your conversation at all this morning?

Deputy Secretary Burns: No. Our conversation this morning was very much about the future and about the promise and the opportunity in our relationship.

Chandu Shah, founder and CEO of S4 Inc., a professional services and consulting firm catering to the U.S. government, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and private entities, talks about the success of his firm, which is celebrating 15th anniversary this year. Shah is not only a successful entrepreneur, but also a poet, playwright, journalist, actor, director and film producer. He was Winner of the National Award for the Best Experimental Film in 1982. He wrote the script of a popular Gujrati film "Saptapadii," which was produced by Amitabh Bachchan and released in the United States, Canada, Australia, China and India last year.
The Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Ms. Sheryl Sandberg, called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi,. She said India is a very important country for Facebook, considering the high number of active Facebook users in India. The Prime Minister discussed with Ms. Sandberg, ways through which a platform such as Facebook can be used for governance and better interaction between the people and governments. 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a digital money transfer provider, has launched a new advertising campaign, featuring a series of television commercials with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. All three T.V. ads ("Lightning," "OM" and "Jaldi Jaldi") were produced in Mumbai, India by Bollywood movie director Shoojit Sircar and are touting Xoom's instant bank deposits to India.
ORLANDO, Fla.--Kony, Inc., an enterprise mobility company, announced the appointment of Blake P. Sallé as president of field operations and Neeraj Nityanand as executive vice president of global services and support. Sallé will focus on driving Kony's continued growth and global expansion, while Nityanand will ensure Kony delivers the highest level of value and service to its growing base of Fortune 2000 customers. 
NEW YORK, NY— This Fourth of July, Carnegie Corporation of New York, its Board of Trustees and staff, celebrated naturalized citizens whose contributions have helped to make United States vibrant and strong. And four out of 41 immigrants honored from more than two countries included Indian immigrants. As it has every year since 2006, the Corporation is honoring a group of distinguished immigrants and their achievements in its "Pride of America" full-page public service ad in The New York Times. 
WALTHAM, MA — Actifio announced that for a 2nd year in a row, it has been positioned by Gartner Inc. in the "Visionaries" quadrant of the 2014 "Magic Quadrant: Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances"report. "We're pleased to have been recognized once again as a •Visionary'," said Ash Ashutosh, Actifio Founder & CEO. "We see this as further validation of our founding premise• that backup needn't be treated as a siloed, expensive, and underutilized insurance policy against a bad outcome.
US Secretary of State John Kerry issued the following statement on the occasion of Ramadan: "As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish the millions of Muslims here at home and so many more all around the world Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is a time for peaceful reflection and prayer, a time for acts of compassion and charity -- universal values and aspiration ingrained in every human heart.
NEW YORK---Astonfield Renewables, a leading solar independent power producer across India, Eastern Africa and the Middle East, and Solesa, an international engineering and project management leader in commercial and industrial solar projects, announced a strategic partnership to deliver highly customized solar energy solutions to save fuel costs, reduce power outages and increase the cost competitiveness of industrial businesses across India and Eastern Africa. 
Everyone loves Fourth of July celebrations. The fireworks are great but those beautifully explosive displays are also the source of personal injury and property damage lawsuits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than two thirds of all fireworks injuries occur on or near July 4th each year. While most fireworks injuries aren't serious, many lead to permanent damage, loss of fingers, disfigurement, blindness and even death.
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes mental retardation, autism, and physical deformities, has no cure. However, a small clinical trial has found that a growth factor known as IGF1 can help treat some symptoms of the disease. Children who received the drug for four weeks showed improvements in mood and anxiety, as well as easier breathing, in a trial led by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. George Holding (R-NC), sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner requesting that Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, be granted the opportunity to address a Joint Meeting of Congress. Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C. in September. In the letter to Speaker Boehner, Chairman Royce and Rep. Holding write: "As you know, India is a critical partner of the United States. In every aspect — whether it be in political, economic or security relations — the United States has no more important partner in South Asia. It is not an overstatement to say that the U.S.-India relationship will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century."
BILLERICA, MA — The Patrick Administration announced that applications are being accepted for two programs aimed at growing the number of electric vehicles (EV) on the road in Massachusetts, including a rebate program for drivers purchasing or leasing a new EV and a grant program to help install charging stations at workplaces like businesses, nonprofits and state agencies with 15 or more employees.
WASHINGTON. DC—Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State on June 18, where eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram of India and Mexico, was named winner of the 2014 World Food Prize for increasing world wheat production by more than 200 million tons in the years following the Green Revolution, which has had a far-reaching impact in alleviating world hunger. Dr. Rajaram's breakthrough achievement in successfully cross breeding winter and spring wheat varieties, which were distinct gene pools that had been isolated from one another for hundreds of years, led to his developing plants that have higher yields and a broad genetic base.
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- How much commuting can you tolerate? A new study by MIT researchers shows that across countries, people assess their commutes by the time it takes them to complete the trip, generally independent of the distance they have to travel — as long as they have a variety of commuting options to chose from.
SAN MATEO, Calif.--Worldwide smart connected devices (SCD) are forecast to grow 15.6% year over year in 2014, reaching close to 1.8 billion devices according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Devices Tracker. Smartphone growth is expected to lead the charge as PC and tablet plus 2-in-1 forecasts have been lowered in light of a weak first quarter. By 2018, IDC estimates shipments will grow to 2.4 billion units.
WASHINGTON, DC—The Embassy of India and Consulates General offices of India across the United States have received public complaints alleging that applications sent to the previous outsourcing agency, M/s. BLS Services International Ltd., were not processed despite payment. The Indian Embassy is taking the complaints seriously, and urging complainants to get in touch with the embassy in order to resolve the situation.

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