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CAMBRIDGE, MA — EdX, the nonprofit online learning initiative, has appointed edX President Anant Agarwal to the position of Chief Executive Officer and has appointment Wendy Cebula as the company's president and chief operating officer.  Cebula will assume the day-to-day management and oversight of the nonprofit's operations, while Agarwal will become edX's CEO, focusing on its strategic direction, growth and partnerships. The appointment of Ms. Cebula, a former Vistaprint executive, comes as edX continues to grow, expanding users, courses and partners. Cebula will help to build out and scale operations to accelerate edX's next phase of growth. The company currently provides a world-class destination site for learning and an open sourced platform, embraced by countries, institutions and companies around the world. 

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.
Amid last month's Women's History Month, an event that highlights the contributions of women in historical and contemporary society, it's painful to concurrently reveal that "at the current rate of change, it will take until the year 2085 for women to reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country." This staggering estimate, just reported by the Center for American Progress (CAP), persists despite "over the past two decades, a considerable body of research has emerged to lend incontrovertible proof to the idea that when women thrive, organizations thrive—and nations thrive too. From that research, there is now a consensual view that women's leadership is not just a matter of fairness, but also has the potential to move companies, governments, and societies in new and better directions."
WASHINGTON—South Asia needs to spend as much as $2.5 trillion on infrastructure by 2020 to bring its power grids, roads and water supplies up to the standard needed to serve its growing population, a World Bank report says.  The report, "Reducing Poverty by Closing South Asia's Infrastructure Gap", is the first analysis of the region's infrastructure needs by the World Bank. It says the region, which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, could address its "enormous" infrastructure needs by tapping private and public sector funds as well as by introducing reforms. "Many people in South Asia remain unconnected to a reliable electricity grid, a safe water supply, sanitary sewerage disposal, and sound roads and transport networks," said Philippe Le Houérou, Vice President for the South Asia Region at the World Bank. 
BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) graduate Salman (Sal) Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization that provides online videos on a wide array of subjects to students and other learners of all ages around the globe, will give Harvard Business School's Class Day keynote address to members of the MBA Class of 2014 on Wed., May 28, as part of a student-led ceremony held the day before Harvard University's Commencement exercises.
NEW YORK — Aereo, Inc., which offers live broadcast TV and DVR over the Web, released the following statement from its Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia regarding the company's response brief filed last week in the U.S. Supreme Court: "Last December, we decided to not oppose the broadcasters' petition for certiorari before the United States Supreme Court. Today, we filed our response brief setting forth the basis for our steadfast conviction that Aereo's cloud-based antenna and DVR technology falls squarely within the law. We have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer's right to access local over-the-air television using an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice.

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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.

The world is eager for news about the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. So eager, in fact, that scammers are taking advantage of our curiosity, according to Better Business Bureau. Don't fall for click bait teasers promoting exclusive footage of found passengers. It sounds like a sick April Fool's joke, but it's a real scam. How the Scam Works:  You are on Facebook, and a post catches your attention. "Video of Malaysia MH370 Plane Found in Bermuda Triangle. Passengers alive," it teases. Another popular version promises: "[NEWS FLASH] Missing Plane Has Been Found!"

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