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Vol. 05, Issue No. 16. April 30, 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.

India @ 75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
Upcoming Events

Consulate News
Virtual Meeting with Indo-Canadian Hindu Association, Edmonton (April 23, 2021)

Consul General Mr. Manish along with Consul Mr. Manjish Grover had an introductory meeting with the members of Indo-Canadian Hindu Association, Edmonton. Mr. Sanjay Soni gave an overview about the society and their support to new immigrants and promote Indian culture in Canada through various cultural activates. Other members introduced themselves and spoke on the occasion. Consul General appreciated the efforts of Indo-Canadian Hindu Association and briefed them on developments in India, Indo-Candian relations, consualr services provided by the Consulate. They also discussed exploring the possibility of partnering in various events promoting #IndiaAt75 – #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav to commemorate 75 years of India's Independence.

Annual Vegetarian Banquet (April 24, 2021) 

Consul General Mr Manish participated in the virtual celebration of the Annual Vegetarian Banquet organized by the Hindu Society of Saskatchewan (HSS), the managing body of Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Saskatoon on 24 April 2021. In his video message, H.E. Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India congratulated HSS on the occasion and lauded the work of HSS in promoting Indo-Candian friendship through community work and promoting Indian heritage and culture. Consul General in his remarks briefed the community members on the various programmes and policies of government for the community; information on the consular services provided by the Consulate and informed them about the celebration of #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav to commemorate #IndiaAt75. The banquet was also attended by the Mayor of Saskatoon Charlie Clark and Mrs. Jaya Muzumdar of Chinmaya Mission. This is the 35th anniversary of the banquet, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual banquet has served as a significant event highlighting contributions made by the Indian community in the province of Saskatchewan and also as a showcase for Indian heritage and culture.

Hindi Story Time for Children (April 25, 2021)
As part of #IndiaAt75 celebrations, Consulate in partnership with Ganesh Hindi School, Burnaby and Manasvini organised Hindi Story Time for children on April 25th, 2021 in the age group 5-11 years. The event was attended by Consul General Mr. Manish, Hon'ble Minister Ms. Anne Kang and Principal Mr. Rajesh Khare. The event was organized to convey the role of story telling among children and the diaspora of mother tongue (#mathrubhasha). Consulate partners with various associations to promote Hindi including Ganesh School Burnaby.

Consular Corps Meeting (April 28, 2021) 

Consulate in cooperation with Consular Corps of British Columbia and Heartfulness Canada & Heartfulness Vancouver organized a workshop on mediation for members of Consular corps. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Aravindhan Ravindran MD at Fraser Health, BC. We appreciate the efforts of all partners in spreading the important message of #meditation and #yoga #yoga4unity. This is a series of programme under the #InternationalDayofYoga to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing #yoga #meditation #wellness #IDY2021 #InternationalDayofYoga2021 Yoga4unity - Free 90 day challenge of yoga and meditation. All are welcome to join. The group sessions run from Sunday to Friday/6 days of the week *via zoom*. The link below is the zoom link to join the session for today and all 90 days. Meeting ID: 912 3802 8089 Password: yoga4unity Time: 6-7pm PDT

Meeting with Teck Resources Ltd. (April 30, 2021)
Consul General Mr. Manish today held a virtual meeting with Mr. Ralph J. Lutes, VP Asia of Teck Resources Limited, a diversified resource company responsible for mining and mineral development in Canada. During the meeting, both discussed opportunities of enhancing bilateral cooperation in mining & minerals and energy sector. Mr. Lutes gave an overview of their collaboration with Indian entities and their India operation.

CG's Interview on Voice News Paper

CG Manish gave an interview to the English newspaper Voice, on 23 April 2021. CG talks about India-Canada relations including with British Columbia, providing consular services during COVID 19 pandemic, significance and celebrations of India@75, his life and experience of living in Vancouver.

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Important Trade Fairs in India

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Invest India Corner
India has the world's largest rail network in terms of passenger traffic

New India's media & entertainment industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 13.5% between 2019-2024! Indian Railways envisages a prospective investment of USD 190 Bn in the next 5 years.

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India Perspectives - The Flagship Magazine of MEA

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Must Visit Destinations

Perched on steeply-tiered hills in the eastern Himalayas, the picturesque city of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is set against the backdrop of the majestic Mt Kanchenjunga (Khangchendzonga). A tourist hotspot, it invites adventure seekers for its well-laid trekking trails and avenues for mountain biking, hiking, paragliding and river rafting. The city allows you to let loose your inner daredevil and explore the mighty Himalayas like never before.

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India – A tourism destination

The scenic Perupalem Beach is located approx. 20 km from Narasapur, a town famous for Lace making in the West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.

Indian Food And Cuisine

Northeast Indian Cuisine
Comprising seven states, known as the Seven Sisters, along with the inclusion of Sikkim, Northeast India is known for its interesting tribal cuisine and beverage culture, which hasn’t changed much since the medieval period. In fact, the Northeast not only has some interesting variations of vegetarian dishes from Manipur, but also a wide array of meat-based dishes made of pigeon, wild boar and pig meat.

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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates

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Dekho Apna Desh - Episode 87 "Stories from London of Orient- Calcutta" is being organized by Ministry of Tourism of India on 1st May 2021 (1100-1200 hrs.) which will be Presented by: Mr. Samik Ray –Regional Level Guide & awardee of National Tourism Award, 2016-17( in the category of Best Tourist Guide) and Ms. Bratati Saha – Regional Level Guide. Calcutta once the capital of India played an important role in Indian history. Many young lives came here from the west in search of their fortune. They returned after making their wealth or stayed back considering the city as their own land. Present webinar will talk about those heydays of Calcutta which still whispers in the allies, gullies, nooks and corners of present Kolkata.

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European Union expresses solidarity with India in fight against Covid-19

The European Union on Friday expressed solidarity with the people of India amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


US, UK, France among others reach out to India in Covid fight

With the second surge of Covid-19 striking hard, the US, UK, France, Australia and Germany among others have reached out to India.


COVID-19: US to assist India to ramp up production of Covishield vaccine

The United States will "immediately" make available sources of raw materials required to ramp up production of the Covishield coronavirus vaccine - of which there is an acute shortage in India; this shortage, in turn, is undermining India’s efforts to grapple with a daily caseload of more than three lakh.


India was there for us and we will be there for them: US President Biden

India was there for the American people in their hour of need and the United States will be there for the country as it meets its worst-ever public health crisis, President Joe Biden said here after his phone call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Indian American Engineer Bob Balaram Leading NASA’s Mars Helicopter Mission

Indian American Bob Balaram, the chief engineer behind the Mars Helicopter, which is riding to the Red Planet this summer with NASA's Perseverance rover, explained how the mission came to be in a NASA report.


How UPI is making India’s digital economy boom

In the pandemic when social distancing is the most critical norm, the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is like a godsend. The instant real-time payment system has turned out to be the best financial innovation post-Independence in India and has begun in earnest the process of replacing the cash economy altogether.


Indian American Scientist Spots Genes that Fight COVID-19 Infection

NEW YORK – A team of U.S. scientists, led by an Indian American researcher, has identified a set of human genes that fight SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Now brain disorder will be easier to detect, cheaper invention of 28-year-old Indian scientist

Ikram Khan, a Scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and founder of ISMO Bio-Photonics Pvt Ltd, has developed a low-cost 3D printing system to create small brain organoids.


Indian-American NGO raises USD4.7 million for COVID relief; to ship 2,184 oxygen concentrators

Washington, Apr 28 (PTI) An Indian-American non-profit body has raised nearly USD4.7 million through social media towards COVID-19 relief efforts in India as the country battles a severe second wave of the pandemic.


Amazon, Facebook, Vivo, others extend support in India's fight against Covid

Enterprises across the board -- including Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Oppo and Vivo -- are extending support in India's fight against COVID-19, donating oxygenators, breathing machines and ventilators amid the deadly second wave of the pandemic in the country.


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