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Vol. 05, Issue No. 13. April 09, 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.
 www.india75.nic.in

India @ 75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
Upcoming Events

Consulate News
Virtual Meeting with VATA (April 05, 2021)

Consul General Mr. Manish along with Consul Mr. Manjish Grover had a virtual interaction with Ramakrishna Vodnala (President) and Shubha Hemmige (Secretary) of Vancouver Area Telugu Association (VATA) on April 5, 2021. Mr. Vodnala gave an overview of VATA’s collaboration over the years with the Consulate in promoting Indian performing Arts and Culture in British Columbia. Consul General appreciated the efforts of VATA and its members. They also discussed how VATA and its Members can play an active roles the #IndiaAt75 – #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav celebrations to to commemorate 75 years of India's Independence.

Virtual Meeting with Hon. Bruce Ralston(April 07, 2021)
Consul General Manish had a virtual meeting with Hon. Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation and responsible for Consular Corps Relations, British Columbia. Both sides discussed issues of mutual interest, including cooperation in energy and mining sectors. Consul General gave an overview of bilateral trade and investment relations between the countries and also discussed the importance of strengthening trade and investments between India & British Columbia.

Virtual Meeting with MSBC (April 07, 2021) 
As part of community outreach programme, Consul General Mr. Manish along with Consul Mr. H. Venkatachalam had a virtual interaction with Mr. Prashant Joshi (President), Mr. Swanand Kaluskar (Treasurer), Mr. Shailesh Arora (Director) and Ms. Pragati (Director) of the Marathi Society of BC (MSBC) on April 7, 2021. After an introduction of the community by Mr. Prashant Joshi, all the other members of the Marathi Society spoke on the occasion. They highlighted the role of the Society in BC. The Consul General acknowledged their proactive role in reaching out to the other Indians in General. The Society showed its willingness to interact with the Consulate and participate in cultural activities in connection with the 75th year of India’s independence. #IndiaAt75 – #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav

Virtual Meeting with Friends of India, BC (April 08, 2021)
Consul General Mr. Manish along with Consul Mr. H. Venkatachalam and Consul Mr. Manjish Grover had a virtual interaction with the members of Friends of India, BC. Consul General brief the current state of India – Canada bilateral relations, developments in India and changes in the Consular services. Consul General specifically discussed and requested their participation in #IndiaAt75 – #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav celebrations.

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On the occasion of 71st Foundation Day ICCR has launched 'LITTLE GURU' an edutainment app to make Sanskrit learning fun, easy and interesting. Little Guru will guide you during the journey of Sanskrit learning with its interactive modules. www.little-guru.com

Invest India Corner
One District One Product (ODOP) Scheme: Uttar Pradesh Transforming at the Grassroots

Mirzapur is one of the biggest producers of hand-made carpets in Uttar Pradesh and supplies to various international & national markets.

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India Perspectives - The Flagship Magazine of MEA

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Must Visit Destinations
Ratnagiri

With a roaring sea lapping at its beautiful seashores and silver beaches, a thick cover of mangroves and verdant valleys blanketing most of its landscape, the port city of Ratnagiri is like a gem that has dropped from nature's crown. Punctuated with majestic valleys, massive creeks and marshlands, the unadulterated gorgeous beauty of Ratnagiri, lying in Maharashtra's Konkan region, would turn any city its size green with envy.

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India – A tourism destination

As bird watching has become the talk of the travel town, why not serve your eyes with this visual of Plum-headed Parakeets scatteing vibrant hues in nature to make Bandipur National Park, Karnataka look like one kaleidoscope of colours!

www.incredibleindia.org

Indian Food And Cuisine

South Indian Food
From idlis (steamed rice cakes) to dosa (crepe-like pancakes), sambar (spicy lentil stew) to rasam (world’s oldest consommé), food of South India is a culture that has developed on the principle of Ayurveda. One of many firsts, steaming as a culinary technique evolved here, and that is how the steamed idlis and pithas (rice cakes) were conceived. In addition, it was here that deep frying technique was mastered and the first fried chicken dish made.

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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates

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Message by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President ICCR, on the occasion of ICCR’s 71st Foundation Day.

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Indian Council for Cultural Relations
Azad Bhavan, I P Estate, New Delhi – 110 002

PRESS RELEASE

ICCR is launching a campaign to promote Sanskrit language among students, religious scholars, Indologists, historians across the world. As a part of its mandate to promote the vibrant cultural heritage of India, ICCR promotes Sanskrit through providing books and material to Sanskrit institutes all over the world. ICCR deputes teachers and professors to universities and institutes teaching Sanskrit.

In keeping pace with changing technology in both access as well as teaching methods, ICCR has tied up with Gamapp Sportswizz Tech. Pvt. Ltd. to launch 'LITTLE GURU', a specialized app for learning Sanskrit. Little Guru will be a gamified app based on an interactive platform which will make Sanskrit learning easy, entertaining and fun. This app will help people who are already learning Sanskrit or those who are desirous to learn Sanskrit to do so in an easy manner based on games, competition, rewards, peer to peer interactions, etc. This unique App combines education with entertainment thereby helping keep attention of the learner as well as encourage him/her to advance further.

Over the past few years, ICCR has been receiving a large number of requests from across the world both from the Indian diaspora as well as foreigners interested in Sanskrit. Many of the Buddhist, Jain and other religious texts are in Sanskrit and there has been a great demand from such countries for assistance in learning the language. Within the diaspora community the desire to stay connected with their roots as well as to access the rich literary epics and texts of India has attracted a huge demand for Sanskrit. The number of Sanskrit universities across the world have also been keen on an App which would help not only the students who are currently studying in these universities but also to act as a feeder for young scholars to learn Sanskrit before joining universities.

ICCR is confident that the launch of this App 'Little Guru' will go a long way in popularizing Sanskrit. Sanskrit continues to be a living language, being used daily in religious activities as well as by scholars accessing literary texts. This App would help create awareness not only about language but also open the doors for people to access the rich cultural heritage of India.

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09th April, 2021

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