Weekly Newsletter Issue No. 03 April 22, 2022
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Issue No.3, April 22, 2022

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Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu Navaratna temple located at Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
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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Vaisakhi celebrations at KDS Ross Street Gurudwara

 Consul General Manish joined the Vaisakhi 2022 celebrations at KDS Ross Street Gurudwara in Vancouver and conveyed his greetings. Founded in 1906 it the oldest and largest Gurudwara in North America providing great service to the community based on teachings of Sikh Gurus.

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Celebration of Ugadi 2022

Vancouver Area Telugu Assoctiation (VATA) celebrated Ugadi 2022 as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with the participation of diaspora community on 15 April 2022. Consul General Manish was delighted to be a part of Ugadi celebration organized by VATA and extended his warm greetings to all on the occasion of Ugadi 2022 Hindu New Year. Hon'ble Raj Chouhan, Speaker of Legislature Assembly of BC and Hon'ble Mike Hurley, Mayor of City of Burnaby also attended celebration of Ugadi and conveyed their greetings to all. Children of Diaspora presented dance performances.

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Celebration of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Jayanti

On the occasion of birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar on 14 April, 2022, the following dignitaries proclaimed 14 April as “Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Equality Day”:
i Hon'ble Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of BC , Government of British Columbia
ii. Hon'ble Mike Hurley, Mayor of City of Burnaby,
iii. Hon'ble Doug MaCallum, Mayor of City of Surrey 

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Tribute to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

 Consulate General of India, Vancouver, in collaboration with Chetna Association of Canada, organized a ceremony and paid floral tributes to the bust of B.R.Ambedkar on the occasion of AmbedkarJayanti2022. The ceremony was held in Library, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus. Consul General Manish spoke on Babasaheb’s monumental contribution for social justice & writing of the Indian Constitution and paid floral tribute to the bust of Babasaheb Ji. General Secretary of Chetna Association of Canada in his speech highlighted Babasaheb’s many contributions for equality and paid tribute to him. Dr. Deanna Redder of English Department and Indigenous Studies (SFU), Ms. Moninder Lalli, Librarian(SFU) and Mr. Harsh Tahokre of Thakore Charitable Foundation, and leaders of other community associations and Diaspora also paid floral tributes to Babasaheb. The Bronze Bust of Dr. Ambedkar was installed at Simon Fraser University in 2004.

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Consulate General Manish interacted with Indo Canadian business community in Victoria, a very progressive and hard working Indo Canadian community contributing to India Canada friendship.

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 Consul General Manish visited KDS Sikh Temple in Victoria on April 12, 2022 met the board members and  conveyed greetings on the occasion of Vaisakhi. Consulate General Manish also  presented a special edition of book on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life and teachings. Foundation stone laid on 21 May 1912, it is one the oldest Sikh Temple in BC.

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 Consul General Manish visited the Sikh Temple in Nanaimo on April 11, 2022 and interacted with the board members and discussed issues of mutual interest.

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 Consul General  Manish visited Camosun College on April 11, 2022  and discuss the opportunities for collaboration in education and  skill sectors between India and Canada.

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 Consul General Manish met Hon'ble Leonard Krog, Mayor of Nanimo on April 10, 2022 and had a conversation on economic recovery of the city; growth in real estate sector; the role of Indian diaspora in economic activities and their contribution in lumber industries among other issues.

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 Consul General Manish  attended the community reception on April 10, 2022 organized by Mr Jeet Sandhu, an Indo-Canadian living in Nanaimo. During the interactive session, he informed the community about developments in New India, India-Canada relations, Amrit Mahotsav plan and answered queries on consular matter.

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 Consulate General Manish had a productive visit to Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo and had detailed discussion with Vice-Chancellor and her team on opportunities in Education & Skill sector in India. Mr. Manish  presented and pitched that Vancouver Island University should work with invest india team. CG also interacted with Indian students in Department of Management and briefed them on various program and policies of Consulate general of India, Vancouver.

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Adventure
Chadar Trek in Ladakh

Experience the walking over the frozen river facing various challenges. Chadar Trek in Ladakh is the thrilling experience one can have. Open only during the winter season, i.e. – January- February, the trek takes place at the Zanskar River which gets freezes and gets covered with thick blanket of snow. During the trek, one can enjoy the canyon shape valleys bestowed with thick blanket of snow.

 

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Stolen artefacts to be returned to India from Scotland museum

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People in Sri Lanka express gratitude to India for helping in need of hour 

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India ready to supply food stock to world if WTO permits: PM Modi

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We should take textiles exports to $100 billion by 2030: Goyal

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India now sets sights on free trade agreement with Gulf countries

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India's exports up 37% at $18.79 billion till mid-April, shows data

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India tops milk production, turnover higher than wheat and rice: PM Modi

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Antique items brought back from Australia, US exhibited at Delhi's Purana Quila

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India will give another $500 million in fuel aid: Sri Lanka foreign minister

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