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Celebrating 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak… “Like the juggler, deceiving by his tricks, one is deluded by egotism, falsehood and illusion.” Guru Nanak

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128th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Dr. B. R Ambedkar (April 15, 2019) The 128th Birth Anniversary of Babasaheb Dr. B. R Ambedkar was celebrated by the Consulate General of India, Vancouver in partnership with the Chetna Association of Canada in the Consulate premises on April 15, 2019. Consul General Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi welcomed the gathering and paid tributes to the life and achievements of Dr. Ambedkar. Mr Jai Birdi, General Secretary of Chetna Association coordinated the program. Mr. Surinder Ranga, President of Chetna association; Mr. Bill Basra, President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha; Mr. Param Kainth from Ambedkarite International Coordination Society; Mr. Virinder Bangar from Shri 108 Sant Sarwan Das Charitable Trust; Ms. Manjit Bains and Mr. Surjit Bains also spoke on the occasion. Ms. Sasha Sabharwal, young research scholar from Yale University, addressed the gathering and highlighted the role played by Babasaheb in uplifting the weaker and marginalized sections of society. The program ended with light refreshments and interaction amongst the gathered guests.

Vaisakhi Celebration at Gurudwara Nanak Niwas, Richmond (April 14, 2019) Consul General Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi attended the Vaisakhi Celebrations along with Consul CPV Mr. H. Venkatachalam at the Gurudwara Nanak Niwas, India Cultural Centre at Richmond on 14 th April, 2019. Prominent pioneer and philanthropist Asa Singh Johal and his family have contributed significantly to this Sikh temple.

Vaisakhi Celebration at Khalsa Diwan Society, Vancouver (April 13, 2019) Consul General Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi attended the Vaisakhi Celebrations along with Consul CPV Mr. H. Venkatachalam at Khalsa Diwan Society, Vancouver on 13th April, 2019.

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Cultural Heritage - Festivals of India Hanuman Jayanti (April 19) The holy Hanuman Jayanti or Hanumath Jayanti festival celebrates the birth of Hanuman as per Hindu calendar, one of the prominent heroes of the Indian super epic Ramayana. Hanuman Jayanti is observed in the Chaitra lunar month where a number of spiritual discourses are held in a majority of Hindu temples. This festival is celebrated with immense devotion by Hindus of all hues and in particular by the devotees of Hanuman or Hanuman Bhakts. The different aspects of Hanuman are remembered and worshipped on Hanuman Jayanti festival day. An ancient saying from Indian tradition says that if you want Lord Rama to terminate all your sorrows, you can reach Him only through Lord Hanuman and Hanuman Jayanti is a perfect day for this. Well, God Hanuman is immensely powerful and an absolute devotee of Lord Rama. He is the granter of happiness and destroyer of problems. It is further believed that continuous reciting of the famous Hanuman Chalisa can help one overcome all sorrows and acquire supernatural powers. As Hanuman is very powerful, so his worship has become very powerful. Visit for more information...

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Easter (April 21) Popularly called Easter Sunday, this festival is mainly a dedicated festival of the religion of Christianity. Like in other parts of India, this festival is considered to be a day of significant respect among the Catholics of Goa. In the lives of the Catholics residing in that state, this day is important for culminating an observance called Lent. This Lent is generally observed during the months of February and March. Starting from the Ash Wednesday, it stretches for 40 days and ends on Good Friday. Easter Sunday follows this Good Friday. This is one of the major annual festivals in India. Initially known as 'God's Friday', the present name of 'Good Friday' is said to have emerged during the 10th century or the 11th Century. The popular belief that Jesus Christ rose from the grave on the Sunday that followed the crucifixion day. This Sunday is popularly celebrated as Easter Sunday. Visit for more information...

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News from/of India 1. "Virtual reality centre" a reality - shall boost indigenous warship design capabilities New Delhi: Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC the Chief of the Naval Staff, inaugurated the maiden ‘state-of-the-art’ Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) at the Directorate of Naval Design (Surface Ship Group), today. This centre would provide major boost to the Indigenous warship design capabilities of Indian Navy, providing impetus to self-reliance and greater fillip to warship construction under “Make in India” initiative of the Indian government. Read more… (IBEF, April 12, 2019)

2. How food cold chains are improving lives and livelihoods in Asia and Africa Food refrigeration and cold storage equipment are finding their way into rural areas of the world that need them the most. From India to Africa, new partnerships, solar technologies and government efforts are improving people’s lives by keeping fruits and vegetables from rotting through refrigeration. Rural farmers are using these emerging cold chains — temperaturecontrolled supply chains — to grow high-value produce and access lucrative markets. Read more… (Peyton Fleming, GreenBiz, Thursday, 11th April 2019, 11:03 am)

3. India, Sweden ink pact to collaborate on solutions for smart cities, clean tech New Delhi: India and Sweden Thursday launched a joint programme that will work towards addressing a range of challenges around smart cities and clean technologies among others. The programme was co-funded by Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Swedish agency Vinnova. Read more… (IBEF, April 12, 2019)

4. West Bengal govt schemes win UN awards Two schemes of the West Bengal government for skill development and distribution of bi-cycles to students have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday. The schemes are "Utkarsh Bangla" and "Sabooj Sathi". Read more… (Press Trust of India , Business Standard, Friday, 12th April 2019, 2:47)

5. How the tech city of Bangalore became the Silicon Valley of India When you walk down the streets of the Koramangala neighbourhood in Bangalore, there are three things there’s an abundance of – bars, engineers and entrepreneurs. With a new startup mushrooming almost on a daily basis from hostel rooms and universities, Bangalore is proving to be one of Asia’s fastest-growing startup ecosystems. Read more… (Varsha Saraogi , Elite Business Magazine, Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 10:25 am)

6. Student eco-warrior invents robots for a greener UAE A young eco-warrior has invented robots to help the UAE become greener, including a cleaner bot that preserves the marine environment and another that helps minimise human labour on farms. Sainath Manikandan, a student at GEMS United Indian School, built the Marine Robot Cleaner (MBot Cleaner) and Agriculture Robot (Agribot), and he is hoping that authorities would implement his inventions on a bigger scale. Read more… (Sarwat Nasir, Khaleej Times, Thursday, 11th April 2019, 11:06 am)

7. Stories from Kashmir Series - Faizan Yousaf In Kashmir, there are a group of talented youngsters who want to make their presence felt both at national and international level. Faizan Yousaf is one of those boys who is busy in preparing for a better future.

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