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Vol. 05, Issue No. 11. March 26, 2021

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Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements.
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India @ 75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
Upcoming Events

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Holi Celebrations with Bharatiya Kala evam Sahitya Parishad (March 20, 2021)

Celebrating India’s Rich Cultural Heritage Holi with Indian diaspora members in Vancouver as part of AzadiKaAmritMahotsav Festival of Colour celebrated with beautiful songs dedicated to colourful Holi 2021, welcoming the spring.

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Consul General's Interview on 600 AM Sher-E-Punjab Radio (March 22, 2021)
Consul General’s interview to 600 AM Sher-e-Punjab Radio today to brief about the launch of India@75 celebrations.

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Virtual Meeting with Officials of Sri Guru Ravidas Sabha and Chetna Association of Canada (March 23, 2021) 
The newly elected President of Sri Guru Ravidas Sabha, Mr. Rajesh (Rick) Toora and Mr. Jai Birdi, General Secretary of Chetna Association of Canada had a virtual meeting with Consul General of India Mr. Manish, who was accompanied by Consul Shri. H. Venkatachalam and Consul Shri. Manjish Grover. The Consulate congratulated and welcomed the new President and discussed continued cooperation between the Consulate, Guru Ravidas Sabha and Chetna Association of Canada.

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Virtual Meeting with Team Srijani Global (March 24, 2021)
Consul General Mr. Manish along with Consul Mr. Manjish Grover had a virtual interaction on 24 March with the founders of Srijani Global - Ms. Prachi Randhawa, Dr. Shipra Shilpi, Ms Archana Panda, Ms. Sweta Sinha and President of Indian Cultural Association of Vancouver, BC – Mr. Neeraj Kumar. Consul General appreciated team Srijani Global and India Cultural Associationof Vancouver  for their initiatives of promoting Indian culture and contributing back to India. They also discussed promoting IndiaAt75 – AzadiKaAmritMahotsav to commemorate 75 years of India's Independence through various collaborative events and competitions.

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Virtual Meeting with University Canada West, Vancouver(March 25, 2021) 
Consul General Mr. Manish and Consul Commerce Mr. Manjish Grover had an introductory virtual meeting today with Mr. Brock Dykeman, President, University Canada West, Vancouver. Mr. Dykeman gave a brief overview of the University and about the International students from India at UCW. They discussed, inter alia, exploring the possibility of partnering in various events like #IndiaDay and IndiaAt75 - AzadiKaAmritMahotsav celebrations.

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Important Trade Fairs in India

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Invest India Corner
India has 5th largest media and entertainment market in the world

New India is among the top 5 media & entertainment markets globally!

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India Perspectives - The Flagship Magazine of MEA

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Forts and Palaces
Agra Fort

Built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, Agra Fort is a majestic sandstone built as an ode to the magnificence of the Mughal empire. Encompassing within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls a stunning imperial city, the fortress is shaped like a crescent, its eastern wall flanked by River Yamuna.

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Must Visit Destinations
Bengaluru

A city catering to almost all the creature comforts of a metropolitan, a pleasant year-round weather and a bustling shopping and culinary scene, Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, is the perfect destination to mix work with pleasure. Once famous as an ideal city for senior citizens looking for a relaxed life after retirement, today it's popular as the information technology hub of India, drawing young technocrats from across the country.

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India – A tourism destination

Asia's largest brackish water lagoon and World's largest coastal lagoon Chilika Lake in Odisha is a mesmerizing brackish blue lagoon with a stretch of 1100sq km.

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Indian Arts

Dance Forms 
Dance is an eloquent form of expression. From classical and traditional to folk and tribal, there are various dance forms in India. The most popularly recognised classical dance forms are eight, which find themselves steeped in a rich mythological and religious history and have been mentioned in the ancient Hindu text of Natya Shastra.

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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates

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Advisory on travel with OCI Cards

All non-Indian citizens holding foreign passports, with OCI cards, are hereby advised to carry their current passport, previous passport and the current OCI card, all together, while travelling to India on a direct flight, as well as while transiting through a third country. If the foreign passport holder has renewed his passport and the old passport number appears on the OCI card, they are at the risk of being off loaded at any transit point. Therefore, in order to ensure easy transit, it is essential to carry all the three documents together.

Announcement of 100 Scholarships under ICCR Scholarship Scheme for Indian Culture. Study of Indian Culture including Dance, Music, Theatre, Performing Arts, Sculpture, Indian Languages, Indian Cuisine etc. for academic year 2021-22

ICCR is pleased to announce 100 scholarship slots under the FCCR Scholarship Scheme for Indian Culture (A12O9) at Indian Universities/Institutes in the academic year 2021-22. This scholarship scheme was known until last academic year as "Scholarship scheme for Dance and Music". ICCR is now expanding the scope of the scholarship scheme by renaming it as "ICCR Scholarship Scheme for Indian Culture" encompassing wider facets of Indian culture not just limited to dance and music but also to performing art, theatre, sculpture, Indian cuisine, etc. The scholarship will also provide international airfare to students. There are 100 slots available under this scholarship. The admission applications from interested students for academic year 2O2l-22 will be invited online through ICCR'S A2A Scholarship portal: http://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in.

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India setting stage to attract international students: Education Ministry

The Ministry of Education is chalking out plans to increase the number of international students coming to India for higher studies. The changes will be done through 'Study in India'-- a programme being run by the central government with aim to attract international students to higher education institutions in India. Select 117 institutions are partners under the programme that was launched in 2018.

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Committed to globalization of Ayurveda says MoS Muraleedharan

India will soon become the world leader of integrative medicine with the rich medical heritage ready to adapt to new situations and to take up any challenges. This will be made possible with the constant efforts by the central government to make Ayurveda the way of life, said Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan.

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A mission of hope and happiness for Indians stranded abroad

Vande Bharat Mission, India’s massive repatriation programme triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic has brought back over 67.5 million people from abroad till now.

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'Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain' campaign to be launched by PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain’ campaign on World Water Day on Monday March 22.

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Bolivia receives ‘Made in India’ Vaccines

Bolivia had signed a contract with Serum Institute of India for 5 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine.

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India to be the third largest economy by 2031: Report

India is likely to emerge as the world’s third largest economy in 2031, suggests a recent report by BofA Securities, and should touch Japan's nominal GDP (in USD) that year.

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Strengthening migration management frameworks essential in post Covid-19 world: MEA Secretary

In the post Covid-19 situation, shifting global economies and emergence of new technologies have made it necessary to strengthen migration management frameworks in order to improve labour migration opportunities for aspiring Indian migrants, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary CPV&OIA on Tuesday said.

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Covid-19 update: India’s recovery rate crosses 95 percent

With national recovery rate over 95 percent, India continues to give good fight to the deadly coronavirus across the country. In the last 24 hours, 26,490 recoveries were registered. Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat account for 78.49% of the daily deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (95). Punjab follows with 39 daily deaths and Chhattisgarh reported 29 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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