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WELLESLEY, MA—Mona Kumar, an art, film and fashion enthusiast who has been involved with Boston's Museum of Fine Arts for many years, now has her own art gallery. In February this year, she purchased J. Todd Gallery in Wellesley, MA. It is one of the largest arts galleries in New England.

Located at 572 Washington Street in Wellesley, J. Todd Gallery has been serving New Englanders for about three decades. In an exclusive interview with INDIA New England News, Kumar talks about her art journey and the world of arts.

Kumar, a resident of Boston who also works as a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in the city, says what motivates her in life is her passion for art, film and fashion. Here are the excerpts from the interview:
INDIA New England News: What type of art you yourself like? Are you a collector, too?
I have been passionate about art almost all my life and being Bengali, it comes with my heritage.

BENGALURU, India --- City-based Rajesh Exports Ltd on Monday announced acquiring Swiss gold refinery Valcambi for Rs.2,569 crore ($400 million) in all cash deal from Newsmont and a group of investors.
SYDNEY, Australia --- Four Indian-origin children, including a pair of twins, are among 50 kids who have reached the finals of the Great Australian Spelling Bee contest, media reported on Monday.
SINGAPORE --- An Indian-origin engineer in Singapore who invented an automatic one-minute roti maker machine seven years back has now fetched a second round of investment of $11.5 million from venture firms, a media report said.
NEW DELHI, India --- As many as 55 cities in 27 states and union territories are currently being developed as solar or green cities, parliament was told on Thursday.
SUVA, Fiji -- Fiji-born Indian model Pooja Priyanka has been selected to represent Australia in the 2015 edition of "Miss Universal Peace and Humanity" pageant to be held in Dubai from August 18 to 30, a media report said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON -- A community called 'ShantiNiketan Retirement Resorts' has opened in Florida (US) to offer a home for the elderly Indian-Americans in the US, media reported.
NEW DELHI, India -- To promote and develop the country's food processing sector, the government will provide financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid to eligible entrepreneurs, including women entrepreneurs, parliament was told on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON -- Two prominent Indian Americans have joined the club of 120 volunteers who have raised more than $100,000 for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, media reported.
Maryland Democrat Mahinder Tak and New York technology investor Deven J. Parekh are the first Indian Americans to have raised $100,000 each for the campaign, americanbazaaronline.com reported.

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NRI Business
BENGALURU, India-- Global software major Infosys Ltd on Monday secured shareholders' approval for buying its healthcare business subsidiary for $100 million (Rs.625 crore), a company official said.

BENGALURU, India--Many investors of global software major Infosys Ltd were up in arms against its board at the 34th annual general meeting here on Monday for various reasons.

NEW DELHI--The government of India on Monday proposed to do away with transaction charges on card payments at petrol pumps, gas agencies and for railway tickets.

Business Features
By Amit Kapoor
India, since Independence, has achieved modest success when it comes to some aspects of public health, but much remains to be done for the future.

At the time of Independence, the life expectancy at birth for an individual in India was 32 years, it has more than doubled to 66 years in 2013. Similarly, the infant mortality rate (IMR or the number of babies who die before their first birthday in a given year per 1,000 live births in that year) has gone down from 164 in early 1950s to 40 in 2013.

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