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BURLINGTON, MA—More than 1,200 people attended Health & Wellness 2014, which highlighted 40 speakers, moderators and workshop instructors and covered a wide range of health issues from various perspective—ranging from traditional to alternative medicine and from yoga, meditation and dance workshops to breathing exercises. "The phenomenal success of our second annual Health & Wellness Expo 2014 confirmed our belief that our community wants and needs such quality medical educational event," said Dr. Manju Sheth, who chaired the conference. "Along with the expected success of talks on traditional medicine, we were very glad to see a great response to our introduction of health workshops, dental, alternative and holistic medicine segments also."

Dr. Sheth said organizers of the expo also received invaluable feedback and suggestions from the attendees and speakers and they all will be incorporated into the next year's Health & Wellness Expo 2015.

Founded in 1977, Gurjar has become the leading voice of thousands of Gujrati speaking families in New England. As a non-profit entity, Gurjar organizes year-round educational and entertaining cultural events, youth programs, Diwali, Navratri, Melas, scholarship, charity fund-raising, grand-parents club, drama, musical concerts, and poetry recitals, among other activities. This year, Gurjar is celebrating it 35th anniversary. On this occasion, INDIA New England News spoke with Gurjar President Eshani Shah.
On April 17, Indian Ambassador S. Jaishankar visited the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA, and gave a speech on " India and the United States : The Long View." Here are the excerpts from his address. "As the Ambassador of one nation to the other, it is my responsibility to promote these ties. That is a task which I have addressed myself to for more than three decades, twice in the Foreign Ministry and twice more at the Embassy. It was also my privilege to be associated deeply with a phase when these relations underwent real transformation. On the American side, Ambassador Burns was a key partner during that period. So, it is a special honor to be here at his invitation and to share my thoughts, with him present, on where India-US ties could be headed. 
The United States condemned the vicious attack on television journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi, the latest in a series of worrisome attacks on journalists in Pakistan. "Freedom of the press, including ensuring that journalists can safely carry out their vital mission, is of paramount importance to freedom of expression and to the healthy functioning of any democracy," the US State Department said in a statement. "As Ambassador Olson powerfully said just recently, attacks like these should be a wake-up call to all who value democracy in Pakistan. We wish Hamid Mir a speedy recovery, and urge the Government of Pakistan to bring all those responsible for these attacks on the media to justice."
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announced a Request for Proposals from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy and human rights in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. DRL invites organizations to submit proposals outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects targeting the following: DRL's goal is to support civil society's role in building an inclusive and sustainable grassroots movement for peace and reconciliation and civil society's role in resolving local-level conflicts and grievances.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption. Before running a random selection process, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the filing period which ended today. Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date on which it will conduct the random selection process.
HOUSTON--AG Global, one of North America's largest natural and organic fertilizer manufacturers with products available in retail outlets and distribution centers across North America, has signed an agreement to secure neem and neem products from Parry America, a United States-based subsidiary of EID Parry India Limited (Parry).  "After three years of in-house product development and research conducted with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Ontario) and the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (University of Guelph, Ontario), we are now ready to move forward with neem as a key component of AG Global's product offering" said Brian Iversen, AG Global CEO. 

Over 55 people from the Indian, Nepalese and Pakistani communities gathered on Sunday to kick off Saheli Boston's Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being Initiative. The event was organized and planned by Saheli to introduce the organization's new initiative on raising awareness about mental health and emotional well-being in the South Asian community. This initiative is chaired by Saheli Board member Dr. Kumkum Pareek Malik and Co-chaired by Neelam Wali. Saheli Boston is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting South Asian women, children and families in the New England area."We want the entire community to be part of this," said Dr. Malik. "Mental health and emotional well-being is a community need, and it is a key area in everyone's life. 

WASHINGTON –– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which will provide up to $10 million in funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is a competitive grant opportunity for public or non-profit organizations, which promotes immigrant civic integration and prepares permanent residents for citizenship. Applications are due by May 16.

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — The Government of Bangladesh and the World Bank launched the Municipal Governance and Service Project to improve municipal governance and basic urban services in city corporations and municipalities in Bangladesh. The initiative will benefit 3.4 million people in around 100 urban communities across the country. The project will provide financial support through the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) to the pre-selected 26 urban government bodies with high economic growth and job creation potential, located along growth corridors leading from Dhaka towards Chittagong, Rangpur, Sylhet, Mymensingh.

STANFORD, Calif.--Stanford Graduate School of Business is seeking MBA candidates, who are citizens of India and interested in contributing to the country's human and socioeconomic progress, to apply for the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai MBA Fellowship. Fellows must commit to return to India within two years, and for at least two years, in order to leverage their new skills to make an impact in the country. Applications now accepted through June 13, 2014. Initially launched in April 2008, thanks to a gift from Reliance Industries Limited, the program defrays the costs of application and attendance for promising Indian students with financial need in obtaining an MBA at Stanford. Up to five selected fellows will join the Class of 2017 in September 2015.

LONDON-- After hitting an eight month high, the Indian Rupee is experiencing a recovery in time for the elections taking place this month. The high expectations of political stability and fast economic recovery after the new government is elected, is predicted to bring bulls into market and boost the Indian Rupee, causing it to rally against the dollar, according to Mohsin Jameel , CEO of Tradenext, a London based financial provider of derivatives trading solutions to private investors and institutions. Here, Jameel offers his views on the general elections taking place in India.

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