#PriyankaChopra, #NickJonas, #Diwali
Mumbai/Los Angeles, Oct 27 (Canadian-Media): Dressed in traditional attire, actress Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas celebrated Diwali together this year.
Image: Priyanka Chopra Instagram page
Hindus across the globe are celebrating the festival on Sunday.
Priyanka shared an image of her Diwali celebration with her husband on the social media for her fans.
She captioned the image as: "Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating. From mine to yours... दीपावाली की शुभकामनाएँ। #diwaliincabo #peaceandprosperity."
Priyanka could be seen wearing a gold printed saree in the image.
The couple is celebrating the festival in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Just a few days ago, the couple celebrated Karwa Chauth.
Priyanka and Nick married last year.
In the world of her works, Priyanka's Bollywood comeback movie The Sky Is Pink released this month.
#Diwali, #DonaldTrump, #USPresident
Washington, Oct 27 (Canadian-Media): US President Donald Trump on Sunday wished people of the Hindu community on the occasion of Diwali.
Donald Trump Twitter page video grab
In his message, Trump said: "As Diwali commences, Melania and I wish those observing the Festival of Lights a blessed and happy celebration."
"For many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists in the United States and around the globe, this sacred period is an opportunity to commemorate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Throughout this holy time, members of these faiths engage in prayer, light diyas and lanterns, and partake in traditional feasts and other festivities with friends and family," he said.
As Diwali commences, @FLOTUS Melania and I wish those observing the Festival of Lights a blessed and happy celebration! #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/LGXkUzMJiI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2019
He said: "The observance of Diwali throughout America is an important reminder of the significance of one of our Nation’s core tenets—religious liberty. My Administration will continue to defend the rights enshrined in our Constitution that enable people of all faiths to worship according to their beliefs and conscience."
Hindus across the globe are celebrating Diwali on Sunday.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights though it is celebrated by other communities too in many parts of the nation.
The day of Diwali is also an official holiday in India.
It is celebrated in honor of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshama and their return from Lanka.
In most parts of the country, houses are cleaned and decorated with flowers, garlands and lamps. Many communities wear new clothes on this day.
Making of sweets and savories for sharing during Diwali is also another aspect of the festival.
#TheTemiAutumnFestival2019, #Sikkim, #Temi
Gangtok, Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): The Temi Autumn Festival 2019 will be held on Nov 8, 9 and 10 at the Temi, south Sikkim.
Temi Autumn Festival 2019. Image credit: www.sikkimtemitea.com
A one of its kind carnival, the Cherry Tea Festival aims at promoting the natural beauty of cherry blossoms and organic tea produced at the famous “Temi Tea Estate” located 51 km. off Gangtok in South Sikkim.
The festival is a major draw for countless nature lovers who throng here to immerse their souls in ethereal beauty of the place that gets covered in the veil of blooming Cherry Blossoms, providing a spectacle sitting against the backdrop of the Kanchenjunga peak.
Adventure activities, photography competitions and cultural programs too are an integral part of this annual fiesta that surely leaves all adventure buffs and cultural aficionadas basking in its wonderful memories for a number of days.
The festival provides for a spectacle of blooming cherry blossoms, which by far is its biggest highlight, especially for nature lovers; one is free to take short walks around the region and soak in its unprecedented natural beauty that is painted in vibrant hues of pink all around.
The Eco Adventure Resort has at present a facility of 5 rooms along with 7 cottages, a viewing deck, lounge, with future expansion plans for a spa.
United Nations, Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): In his annual message for UN Day this Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres issued a reminder of the role the Organization should be playing, focusing on the the real problems of real people, as a “shared moral anchor” amid “stormy global seas”.
UN Day 2019. Image credit: unausa.org
The Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945, the founding document of the Organization, which, when ratified by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, officially brought the United Nations into being.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.
“We are working for a fair globalization and bold climate action”, said the UN chief. “We are pushing for human rights and gender equality – and saying ‘no’ to hatred of any kind. And we are striving to maintain peace – while bringing life-saving aid to millions caught up in armed conflict”.
Traditional concert highlights 'shared humanity'
The Day is marked by celebrations at UN offices and missions around the world: a concert, live-streamed and available on demand at UN Web TV, took place at UN headquarters in New York, in the General Assembly Hall. The 2019 guest musicians are the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, with the participation of Dana Al Fardan, the country’s only female contemporary composer, pianist and composer Hala Al-Emadi, and singer Aisha.
The UN chief thanked Qatar for bringing the orchestra to UN Headquaters, describing the musical event as a traditional highlight, and "an opportunity to remind ourselves, through music and art, of our shared humanity and the values we hold in common."
"At a time when inequality, discrimination and dehumanization are growing around the world", he added, "celebrating our diversity and recognizing how much we share with our fellow women and men is more important than ever."
Celebrations around the globe
This year, events were also scheduled to take place at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), including a conference on sustainable cities.
In Lebanon, the UN Mission, UNIFIL, marked UN Day with a ceremony, involving high-ranking military personnel, including Force Commander Stefano del Col, to pay tribute to the more than 300 peacekeepers who have died whilst serving for peace in the south of the country.
And, in Bhutan, Natalie Kanem, head of the UN agency for family planning, UNFPA, took part in a tree-planting ceremony, which, she said, represented the planting of the seeds for a “future of rights & choices, health & dignity, peace & prosperity, for all”.
In his video message, Mr. Guterres looked ahead to next year’s 75th anniversary of the Organization, which he described as a milestone, and a “critical moment to shape our future, together”.
The commemoration of the 75 years will begin in January 2020, with dialogues held around the world, with the aim of involving the global public in a large and inclusive conversation, on the role of the UN in building a better future for all.
United Nations, Oct 20 (Canadian-Media): The International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) in 2019 would be observed 20 to 26 October, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint, United Nations reports
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019. Image credit: unenvironment.ca
According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in 2017 lead exposure accounted for 1.06 million deaths and 24.4 million years lost to disability and death due to long-term effects on health, with the highest burden in developing regions.
Role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children is of particular concern. Even though there is wide recognition of this problem and many countries have taken action, exposure to lead, particularly in childhood, remains of key concern to health care providers and public health officials worldwide.
During the campaign week, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint aims to: Raise awareness about health effects of lead poisoning; Highlight countries and partners' efforts to prevent particularly childhood lead poisoning.
#GlobalizationBenefitsAllChildren; #InternationalDayfortheEradicationof Poverty
New York, Oct 17 (Canadian-Media): A sustainable future for all is unlikely unless globalization benefits all children, their families and communities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on Friday, United Nations reports said.
Children sit in front of their new school made out of recycled plastic bricks in Sakassou, in the Center of Côte d'Ivoire. ©UNICEF/Frank Dejongh
Observed each 17 October, it acknowledges the effort and struggle of the more than 700 million people worldwide living on less than $1.90 a day.
“Ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the world’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build a sustainable future for all. But success in leaving no one behind will remain elusive if we do not target the people who are farthest behind first,” the Secretary-General said.
Mr. Guterres noted that the focus of this year’s commemoration is on “acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty” as it falls during the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
He said children are more than twice as likely to live in extreme poverty than adults, condemning them to “lifelong disadvantage” while also perpetuating “an intergenerational transfer of deprivation”.
Additionally, children today will live with what the UN chief described as “the devastating consequences of climate change” unless action is taken now.
Mr. Guterres pointed out that girls are at particular risk, but they are also a force for change.
“For every additional year a girl remains in school, her average income over a lifetime increases, her chances of being married early decrease, and there are clear health and education benefits for her children, making it a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty,” he said. Ending poverty is the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which world leaders adopted in 2015.
The UN Secretary-General said addressing household poverty is one of the keys to lifting children out of the condition.
He underlined that although access to quality social services must be a priority, nearly two-thirds of children lack social protection policies. Parental leave, flexible working arrangements and other family-oriented policies also are indispensable.
Mr. Guterres ended his message with a call to action: “On this International Day, let us recommit to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1 and a fair globalization that works for all children, their families and communities.”
United Nations, Oct 16 (Canadian-Media): World Food Day (WFD) observed on Oct 16 every year is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. On this day people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime, media reports said.
World Food Day. Image credit: Pinterest
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations was founded in 1945. The member countries of the FAO established WFD in November 1979 at the organizations 20th General Conference and called for the observance of World Food Day on 16 October, 1981. Since 1981, WFD has been held every year.
According to FAO, 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys of the age group 5 to 18 years are obese and 40 million children under 5 are overweight. Around 820 million people suffer from hunger.
World Food Day 2019's theme is “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World". It focuses on tackling global hunger. Several organisations which are concerned with food security like International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Program, etc observe WFD to generate awareness globally for those who suffer from hunger with their main focus on that food is a basic and fundamental human right.
Ottawa, Oct 14 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences that 2019 Nobel Prize for economics would be shared Mumbai-born Abhijit Banerjee of the US, his French-American wife Esther Duflo, a former advisor to ex-US president Barack Obama, and Michael Kremer of the US for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty, media reports said.
Image: The Nobel Prize for Economics. Twitter handle of The Noble Prize
Officially known as the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, the prize wasn't created by the prize founder, but is considered to be part of the Nobel stable of awards.
Duflo, 46, is the second woman and the youngest person to be awarded the prize.
At present, Abhijit Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT.
Banerjee was born in Kolkata and received his education from South Point School and Presidency College in the city.
In 1983, he completed his M.A. in economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and in 1988 did his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard.
United Nations, Oct 1 (Canadian-Media): The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on Oct 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence, UN reports said.
The “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd on display at the UN Visitors’ Plaza. Courtesy: UN Photo/Fan Xiao
"This International Day of Non-Violence marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the renowned global icon of peace. His vision continues to resonate across the world, including through the work of the United Nations for mutual understanding, equality, sustainable development, the empowerment of young people, and the peaceful resolution of disputes." — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence".
Introducing the resolution in the General Assembly on behalf of 140 co-sponsors, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Anand Sharma, said that the wide and diverse sponsorship of the resolution was a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and of the enduring relevance of his philosophy. Quoting the late leader’s own words, he said: "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man".
#CanadaभारतIndia Show; #ITPO
Toronto, Oct 1 (Canadian-Media): For the first time ever, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), a Government of India Enterprise, with the support of the Consulate General of India in Toronto, brings to Canada, भारत – India Show, at Hall No. 3, The International Centre, Mississauga from 10-13 October 2019.
Over 40-50 exhibitors from India will display a range of products including handicrafts, giftware, textiles, home furnishings, carpets, gems and jewellery, leather goods, organic foods, spices, tourism and hospitality and several other ethnic goods during the four day FREE exhibition open daily from 10am to 8pm for visitors.
The exhibition will also feature a four-day India Fashion Utsav organized by Liza Productions and Management as the official Fashion Partner for ITPO. Leading fashion designers from India will showcase their latest designs from India. Amongst them are renowned designers Rina Dhaka, Charu Parashar and Dinesh Ramsay as well as other well-known local designers from GTA.
The India Show, with the array of products on display and live fashion and cultural shows, will recreate glimpses of India that is not seen in Canada. It will also give an opportunity to the Indian exhibitors to connect and network with visitors for building valuable synergies for enhancing trade between the two countries.
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Charu Parashar designs/Courtesy: Charu Prashar