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Vol. 03, Issue No. 35 September 06, 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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Vol. 03, Issue 35, September 06, 2019.

Consulate News Namaste Canada – 2019 (August 31, 2019) Namaste Canada 4th edition was held at Massey Theatre, New Westminster on August 31, 2019 with the participation of 26 Cultural Associations and Societies. Hon’ble Minister Mrs. Jinny Sims, Minister Mr. Bruce Ralston, Minister Mr. Harry Bains, MP Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal, MP Mr. Peter Julian, MLA Mr. Jagrup Brar, Councilor Mr. Sav Dhaliwal participated in the event. Consul General Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi welcomed the gathering. Mr. Kumar Varma gave the Vote of Thanks. Certificates and mementos were distributed to the Participants, Associations, MC’s, Volunteers and Committee Members who participated and contributed in Namaste Canada 2019. CGI, Vancouver expresses sincere gratitude to all the elected Representatives, Associations, Participants, Committee Members, Volunteers, MCs, Media and Distinguished Guests for their presence. A notable highlight of this year's Namaste Canada event was the launch of Namaste Canada Theme Song on which Dr. Ajay K. Garg and Mr. Kumar Varma collaborated as writer and producer respectively.

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Condolences and Tribute to Mr. Sahib Meera & Mr. Pritam Singh Deo Mr. Sahib Meera, one of the founding members of Malayalee Samajam BC and Kerala Islamic Association of BC who passed away on 22 August 2019 in Surrey BC. Sahib was an ex-serviceman in the Indian Navy and a senior physiotherapist in his latter career who provided a healing touch to so many. He was a philanthropist and a great humanitarian who believed in the oneness of mankind. A tribute paid to Sahib Meera and one-minute silence kept in Namaste Canada 2019 opening ceremony.

Mr. Pritam Singh Deo, aged 102 years, passed away on 25 August 2019 in Surrey BC. He was a World War II veteran. After the war, he moved to western Europe, then to UK and finally settled in Canada. He was a prominent member of the Ex-Servicemen’s Association of Surrey. Funeral was held in Surrey on 01 Sep 2019, followed by a prayer meeting at the KDS Gurdwara at Ross Street on the same day. His son, Mr. Sohan Singh Deo has been the past President of KDS Gurdwara of Ross Street from 2012-15. The funeral was attended to by nearly 1,000 persons including Mr. Harjit Sajjan, Defence Minister, members of Royal Canadian Legion (representing war veterans), members of the Ex-Servicemen’s Association (of India) and Mr H. Venkatachalam, Consul (POC), CGI Vancouver. The Legion sounded the last post on bagpipes to honour Mr. Deo.


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Vol. 03, Issue 35, September 06, 2019.

Cultural Heritage - Festivals of India Ganesh Chaturthi Festival (September 2-12, 2019) The spectacular 11-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival honors the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The start of the festival sees huge, elaborately-crafted statutes of Ganesh installed in homes and public podiums, which have been beautifully decorated. The statues are worshiped everyday throughout the festival. On the last day, they're paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then submerged in the ocean. The best place to experience it is in Mumbai. Visit for more information...

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Onam Festival (September, 2019) The festival of Onam is celebrated throughout the state of Kerala. Kerala during Onam is marked by happiness, excitement and enjoyment among all sections of people. Onam is celebrated as an outcome of reasons that have to do with mythology as well as old agrarian practices. If one is to go by the myth, then King Mahabali or Maveli was a generous and virtuous ruler, who had once ruled Kerala. During his rule, the kingdom became so prosperous that devas (gods of the Heaven) felt jealous about this and also for the reason that King Mahabali was an asura - a member of the demon clan - who were the enemies of devas. Visit for more information...

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Vol. 03, Issue 35, September 06, 2019.

India News Section 1. India's PM Narendra Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor during a visit Saturday to the oilrich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslimmajority region of Kashmir. Read more… (U.S. News & World Report, Saturday, 24th August 2019, 10:38 am)

2. IIT-H researchers produce collagen for stem cell-based tissue engineering Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad researchers have derived collagen from waste eel skin and shown that tissue scaffolds built using such collagen allow growth and proliferation of stem cells. The practical applications of this research can lead to utilizing eel fish skin-derived collagen as a promising alternative to animal derived collagen, which are expensive and associated with pathological diseases. Read more… (The Hans India, Tuesday, 27th August 2019, 8:22 am)

3. PM Modi’s French trip a win-win for India and Macron When Narendra Modi landed in Biarritz and went for dinner with the G7 heads of state, he enjoyed his third meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in the space of three days. For, just a couple of days earlier, Modi had met Macron for an extensive bilateral meeting near Paris. The positivity in their relationship could be seen in Biarritz as well as in Chantilly, a chic town about 60 kilometers north of Paris, where Macron had hosted the Indian prime minister. Read more… (Arab News, Thursday, 29th August 2019, 10:32 am)

4. Indian woman makes aviation history with solo Pacific and Atlantic crossings Mumbai girl Aarohi Pandit, currently on a global flight in a small plane, on Wednesday created history by becoming the first woman pilot to cross both Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft. Flying from Alaska’s Unalakleet city across the Pacific Ocean’s Bering Sea, she landed safely at the Anadyr Airport in Russia’s Far East region of Chukotka at 01.54am after a stopover at Nome (Alaska). After landing, Aarohi, appearing a bit weary but cheerful, posed for a photo before her LSA and waved the Indian tricolor. Read more… (Gulf News, Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 11:00 am)

5. Delhi Engineer Turns Urban Kisan, Earns Rs 40K/Day from Organic Farming! Walking around in a lush green field, dressed in sweatpants, a T-shirt and sneakers, Abhishek Dhamma from Delhi’s Palla village, hardly fits the typical image of a farmer. “People assume that lack of jobs or pressure from my family forced me into farming,” Abhishek tells The Better India. “My own family stared in disbelief when I told them about my decision.” Read more… (The Better India, Saturday, 31st August 2019, 10:50 am)

6. Indian Boxer Mary Kom Named Asia’s Best Female Athlete KUALA LUMPUR — Ace India boxer Mary Kom and South Korean football star Son Heung-Min and have been named the Best Asian Female and Male Athletes, respectively, at the first-ever ‘Awards for Asia’ ceremony Aug. 27 organized by the Asian Sportswriters Union. The Chief Minister of Selangor, Y.A.B. Tuan Haji Amirudin Shari, gave away the trophies to the winners' representatives from various countries. AIPS Asia, the organization representing sportswriters in Asia since 1978, announced the winners at the end of the Selangor International Sports Summit which was a collaboration with the state of Selangor, located on the west coast of Malaysia. Read more… (India West, Friday, 30th August 2019, 10:48 am)

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Vol. 03, Issue 35, September 06, 2019.

“Incredible India Photography Contest” for Know India Programme In order to promote the Know India Programme among the diaspora and create greater awareness about India among the foreign nationals, the Ministry has decided to hold an “Incredible India Photography Contest” wherein the visiting KIP participants can click their pictures at different heritage places during their tour across India and post them on their Twitter/Facebook pages with the caption “55th KIP Incredible India Photography Contest”. Under the banner of Incredible India, best 10 winning photographs will be selected and those selected 10 winners will be conferred prizes during the Valedictory session with the EAM. The guidelines for the Photography contest are as below:

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Celebrated at: Surajkund, District Faridabad Celebrated during: 1st Feb to 17th February Main attractions: Rich showcase of regional and international crafts and traditions A splash of colours, rhythm of drum beats and joy de-vivre merge at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana during the first fortnight of each February. The curtains go up on the acclaimed annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela from 2nd February onwards, a celebration of Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage. Occupying a place of pride on the international tourist calendar, more than a million visitors throng the Mela during the fortnight including thousands of foreign tourists. The Surajkund Mela is unique as it showcases the richness and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India, & is the largest crafts fair in the world. The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. For the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019, the state of Maharashtra has been chosen to be the Theme State. At least 20 countries & all the states of India will be participating in the Mela. A large number of renowned national and international folk artistes and cultural groups present day performances at both the Chaupals, the open-air theatres, located in the Mela premises. Also enthralling cultural evening programmes are held at the main Chaupal during each of the Mela evening. The Mela is indeed a custodian of the heritage crafts involving use of traditional skills that are fading away due to cheap machine made imitations, and a special section is earmarked for showcasing of these heritage crafts. The multi-cuisine Food Court provides ethnic cuisines from all over the world, which are immensely popular with visitors. There are designated places for amusement, adventure sports and joy rides to make it a must visit event for the young. Please visit for more details.

Engaging with Indian diaspora professionals in Science and Technology Non-Resident Indian professionals in Canada working in the STEM field, scientific and technical experts are invited to participate and register in the Science Diplomacy Project. Please click here for more details. 6|P a g e

Vol. 03, Issue 35, September 06, 2019.

India Mobile Congress 2019 (14th-16th October at Aerocity, New Delhi) The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) under aegis of Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Govt. of India is organizing the 3rd edition of the India Mobile Congress 2019 scheduled from 14th-16th October at Aerocity, New Delhi. 2. India Mobile Congress (IMC) is South Asia’s largest digital technology forum. The event is expected to attract over 75,000+ visitors, 5,000+ delegates, 300+ partners & exhibitors, 200+ start-ups, 250+ speakers, 200+ live demos & product launches, 1000+ media representation in a total area of more than 65,000 sqm. 3. The event will bring together industry leaders, international experts, global policy makers and academia to discuss, deliberate and showcase the latest industry technology trends around major themes such as 5G, Intelligent Edge, Immersive World, Privacy & Ethics, Autonomous Things, Smart Spaces, Augmented Analytics, Inventive Unicorn, mHealth and Future Logistics.

4. Event USP and Benefits for Country Partners: IMC is a global knowledge sharing & business platform supported by industry & government stakeholders providing Networking possibilities with 5000 international CXOs & top government officials. IMC is a destination for new product launches & announcements, new technology demonstrations, experiential showcase, etc IMC is becoming a hotbed for 5G Innovations. IMC has helped better understand the adoption of future technologies like AR, VR, AI, IoT. More details are available on

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Know India Programme LOGO Design Contest-2019 The contest opens to all PIOs irrespective of their age, nationality, gender, generation etc. The winner will be awarded with a prize of 25 days fully sponsored tour to India as a KIP participant. The contest begins on September 01, 2019 and the entries accepted till October 15, 2019. Further details are available on

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Vol. 03, Issue 35, September 06, 2019.

39th World Congress of Poets, 2-6 October 2019, Bhubaneswar, Odisha The 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) will be jointly hosted by the World Academy of Arts and Culture (WAAC), a US-based organization and the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India from 02-06 October 2019. The Congress will take place at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India with the theme “Compassion through Poetry�. More than 1000 poets and writers including Noble Laureates from 75 countries and 2000 delegates from India are expected to participate in the Congress. 2. It may kindly be noted that the registration fee is US$50 and the fee for publication of Anthology of Poems is US$50. Contribution for annual membership of the WAAC is US$100. Thus, total amount to be paid comes up to US$200. Interested delegates are requested to register for attending the Congress on the website ( The aforesaid payments may be made online at the time of registration. For any queries with regard to the Congress, registration and related matters, the organizers may be contacted at email address More information is available on

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