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Consulate General of India, Vancouver

Vol. 03, Issue No. 31 August 02, 2019.

India Perspectives

India Perspectives is the flagship publication of the Ministry of External Affairs. Richly illustrated, this magazine provides our readers with an insight into India’s culture and tradition along with elements of contemporary India. Click here to read more‌. Ministry of External Affairs, India

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Community Reception in honour of High Commissioner Mr. Vikas Swarup (27 July, 2019) A Community Reception was organized by Friends of India in honour of High Commissioner Mr. Vikas Swarup and Mrs. Aparna Swarup on 27th July, 2019 in Surrey. Hon’ble MPs Sukh Dhaliwal, Randeep Sarai, John Aldag, Ken Hardie, Jatti Sidhu and BC Minister Jinny Sims graced the reception amongst several members from the Indo-Canadian community. Representatives of several Sikh and Hindu temples, cultural associations and members from vast cross section of the Indian diaspora and media organizations attended the event. High Commissioner apprised the gathering of the ongoing outreach initiatives of the government to work closely with the diaspora in building stronger and deeper bilateral India-Canada relations.

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Celebration of 550th Prakash Parb of Guru Nanak Dev ji (27 July, 2019) 550th Prakash Parb of Guru Nanak Dev ji was celebrated by Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Gurdwara in Burnaby on 27 July 2019. President Bill Basra and members of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha welcomed High Commissioner Mr. Vikas Swarup and Mrs. Aparna Swarup, Consul General and members of the Consulate on the occasion. In his address to the sangat, High Commissioner remembered the life and legacy of Guru Nanak Dev ji and highlighted the ongoing programs of the government to commemorate the momentous occasion in a befitting manner. Minister Jinny Sims, MLA Katrina Chen, MP Peter Julian, Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley and Councillor Sav Dhaliwal attended the event. BC Legislature presented a plaque in commemoration of the 550th birth anniversary to the gurdwara. Prior to the event, members of Chetna Association led by their president Surinder Ranga and Secretary Jai Birdi felicitated High Commissioner for his contribution to strengthening India-Canada relations and for his literary work.

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Visit of High Commissioner H.E Vikas Swarup to Vancouver (24–28 July, 2019)

Meeting with Gordon Fyfe, CEO, and Lincoln Webb, Vice President of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.

In conversation with Mr. Vikram Vij at the Terminal City Club.

Meeting with top entrepreneurs in British Columbia, hosted by Martin Thibodeau, Regional President of RBC.

Meeting with Ms. Sandra Stewart, CEO of HSBC, Canada.

Meeting with Mr. Paul Arora, CEO of Gagan Foods International.

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Cultural Heritage - Festivals of India Tuluni Festival 2019 (July 08, 2019) The Tuluni Festival of Nagaland is commended around the second seven day stretch of the long stretch of July.The most noteworthy celebration celebrated by the Sumi Naga clan of Nagaland is the Tuluni Festival. This celebration is commended to cheer the most bounteous and productive period of the year in Nagaland. The Sumi clan in Nagaland praises the Tuluni Festival with magnificence and greatness. Amid the Tuluni Festival there are petitions and contributions that are given to Litsaba, who is the god of productivity who gives life and insurance to the crops. During the Tuluni Festival in Nagaland , a flagon is made with the leaf of plantain, to serve the rice lager. Tuluni is the name of this wine is devoured by the Sumi clan. "anni' is another name for 'Tuluni' which means the period of plenteous harvests. Visit for more information...

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Nehru Trophy Boat Race (August, 2019) Held every year on the second Saturday of August, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race that sees huge, iconic snake boats engaged in a fierce and colourful contest, has turned into one of the state’s most popular and renowned tourist attractions. Since 1952, Punnamada Lake, Kerala – India’s lengthiest lake – is where teams in long, black canoes compete against each other in a commemoration of Kerala’s maritime past. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is part of an old tradition that reflects the rivalry between nations over the monopoly of the trade in spices. Called chundam vallams or snake boats, the canoes carry 100 to 150 expert oarsmen and are up to 38 metres long, holding the record of biggest water vessels in sports. Although it is the most popular one, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is not the only boat race being held in that period. The whole region attracts thousands of spectators during this time, coming to watch other boat races too (see below) in addition to decorated boats, spectacular floats and ceremonial water processions that are also part of the festivities. Visit for more information...

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News from/of India 1. Five incredible facts about India’s fast-growing economy A thriving nation with a population of around 1.37 billion people, India is one of the world’s largest economies. It seeks to achieve an ambitious target of becoming a $5 trillion economy in the next five years. Read more… (RT, Sunday, 28th July 2019, 10:47 am)

2. Indian Scientists Just Discovered 28 New Stars In The Milky Way India has already made it big in the aerospace world with the grand launch of Chandrayaan-2. Now, Indian scientists have also taken a giant leap in astronomical observations. A team of researchers at Aryabhatta Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital have identified 28 new variable stars in the halo or the outer part of our Milky Way galaxy. The stars spotted are nearly 60,000 light years away in the constellation, Coma Berenices, which is usually visible in the northern night sky. Read more… (Mashable India, Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 10:02 am)

3. India's first 'garbage cafe' to offer meals for plastic Hungry, but don't have cash? No problem, bring plastic waste and get a free meal, said the mayor of an Indian city where the country's first "garbage cafe" will open next month. The small restaurant in the eastern city of Ambikapur will provide hearty food to homeless and poor people and encourage citizens to keep their streets clean, said Mayor Ajay Tirkey. "Everybody is welcome to donate plastic. The cafe will be mainly run by women. ... Preparations are in full swing!". Read more… (The Guam Daily Post, Friday, 26th July 2019, 10:15 am)

4. Meet a battalion of women entrepreneurs When women are given opportunities to learn and innovate, they blossom and take charge of their own lives. There could be no better example than the story of Aasiya Gawandi from Agar village of Kolhapur district, Maharashtra. The internet beckoned her to learn many skills, start an enterprise, become a mentor and leader in her community. Read more… (Business Line, Saturday, 27th July 2019, 11:31 am)

5. Punjab: India state launches 'gun for plants' scheme Guns and plant saplings are an odd combination - but in India's northern Punjab state, the two are now linked. Read more… (BBC, Monday, 29th July 2019, 8:05 am)

6. Meet the 6 women entrepreneurs who want to drive change with their sustainable living startups According to the United Nations, we have less than 12 years to implement strong and strict courses of action to control the damage done to the environment over time. Unless individuals and nations work together and take climate change seriously, we are headed towards certain irreversible doom. Read more… (Your Story, Wednesday, 31st July 2019, 10:28 am)

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