#InternationalHindiDay; #IHD, #Toronto; #Hindilanguage; #DineshBhatia, #ConsGenIndiaToronto; #NationalAnthem; # BharatKoJaniyeQuiz;
Toronto, Jan 12 (Canadian-Media): Dinesh Bhatia, Consular General of India Toronto, celebrated yesterday International Hindi Day (IHD) along with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in his office at Toronto in the presence of a large Indian gathering.
His office, said Bhatia in his speech, would be celebrating both IHD and PBD that day.
He said that the first International Hindi Conference was held on Jan 10, 1975 in Nagpur, India.
IHD is celebrated all over the world since then on Jan 10 each year.
Bhatia said his office also celebrates IHD on January 10 each year.
Other places where these conferences were held were Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, and 11th PBD conference was held in Mauritius.
Another event National Bhartiya Diwas (NHD), said Bhatia is also celebrated all over India on Sept 14.
PBD which is celebrated each year on Jan 9, is also being celebrated by Bhatia that day.
The significance of the celebration of PBD, said Bhatia, was that it was on Jan 9,1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest leaders of India had come back to India from South Africa.
This event is celebrated to give tribute to Mahatma Gandhi since, added Bhatia, there was no greater Indian man than him.
Bhatia said that his office had been celebrating PBD since 2003.
Till then, 14 PBD had been celebrated, continued Bhatia and the 15th PBD would be celebrated in Varanasi, India from Jan 19, 20 and 21, 2019.
Bhatia presented before the audience Prime minister of India's invitation to one and all to Varanasi, India, for celebration of the event, continued Bhatia and added that he hoped a large number of Indians from Canada would participate in it.
He also reminded all the people present that 10th was the last of registration for this event.
Bhatia then honored the Internationally renowned Hindi scholars and that Canada was a proud recipient of several such awards.
Bhatia said that till now 11 conferences of PBD had been held around the world most of them India. Other places where these conferences were held were Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States and 11th PBD conference was held in Mauritius, 12th PBD conference would reportedly be held in Devas city, India
For many years, said Bhatia that endless efforts had been made by Indians to introduce Hindi as one of its languages in the United Nations (UN) in addition to five other languages already present.
But India had reached a milestone in 2018, reported Bhatia, when UN weekly 10-minute bulletin started appearing in Hindi language in UN, their twitter account and in our twitter account.
This was followed by an announcement by Bhatia informing all present that on 26th January his office would be celebrating the National Republic day at 10 a.m.
He then added that due to limitation of space in his office, Republic Day would also be celebrated in on February 10 in Pearson Convention Centre in large scale to accommodate larger gathering.
The participants for Hindi poetry recitals were then invited on the stage for their recitals.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
A unique opportunity to learn about the journey of some of the most successful South Asians In Ontario
#SouthAsiansInOntario; #TelevisionSeries; #SONYPicturesInternational’sSouthAsianHindiChannel; #ATN-SONY
STORIES OF SUCCESSFUL LEADERS TO BE PRESENTED ON ATN-SONY TELEVISION
Toronto, Canada (Oct 15, 2018): Some of the biggest names from South Asian community in Ontario will be available for a photo op and interviews on one platform at a launch event of a TV series on October 15, 2018 between 5:30 and 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, near Pearson Airport in Mississauga, media reports said.
Pavi Binning, President of Wittington Investments, holding company of Weston Group that owns Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, PC Financials, Holt Renfrew and more;
Steve Gupta, President & CEO of Eastons Group of Hotels
Ali Kizilbash, President and CEO of TWI foods, which owns the famous Crispy brand of food products
Lata Pada, Recipient of Order of Canada for her contribution to Indian Classical Dance
Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
Mary Ann (Domitrovic) Yule, President & CEO of HP Canada Raza Hasan, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC
Jai Kalra, Creator and Host of the Stories of Success, Kahaniyan Kaamyabi Ki, and a renowned actor from Indian Film and Television Industry who has appeared in Bollywood films and Indian television dramas, popularly known for playing the role of Vikram Shergill in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain.
These leaders as well as other renowned names from the South Asian Diaspora will be part of a 14 episode Television Series on SONY Pictures International’s South Asian Hindi Channel, ATN-SONY.
The one hour episode on these leaders will broadcast at Primetime on Sundays at 6 PM with repeat broadcast on Primetime Saturdays at 6 PM on ATN-SONY beginning November 2018.
WHAT: Launch Event of 14 episode Television Series on ATN-SONY
WHERE: Holiday Inn Toronto, International Airport, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto, M9W 1J9.
WHEN: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM– 6:30 PM
WHY: To gather on a single platform to launch the Television Series about their journey and success stories
ABOUT THE LEADERS:
1. Mr. Steve Gupta, President & CEO, Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group. Easton’s Group of Hotels operates 29 hotels in GTA under the flagship chains of hotels such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Westin and many more.
2. Mr. Pavi Binning, President, Wittington Investments which is the holding company of Weston Family that own high street brands such as Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, Holt Renfrew and many more
3. Mr. Carl Rodrigues, Founder, President & CEO, SOTI Inc., an IT company based out of Mississauga with global operations in more than 100 countries
4. Mr. Ali Kizilbash, Founder, President, TWI Foods, owns the famous Crispy Brand. It is a front runner in ethnic markets with its product lines of Crispy Naan Breads, Cake Rusks, Flatbreads, cookies and many more. They have won many recognition including one of the best export companies of Ontario
5. Mr. Raj Kothari, Vice-Chair PwC Canada is one of the first partners of South Asian origins on Bay Street. In an illustrious career, Raj is the Vice Chair of PwC Canada and sits on prestigious boards likes Aga Khan Foundation, Toronto General and Western Hospital and many more
6. Ms. Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
7. Ms. Lata Pada, Recipient of Order of Canada for her contribution to Indian Classical Dance. She was also awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman, an honor given to Oversees Citizens of India
8. Mr. Raman Dua, President & Founder of Savemax — Savemax is one o the leading real estate brokerages in Mississauga and Brampton area with sales of over $2 billion since their inception 9 years ago.
9. Mr. Gaurav Upadhya, Chief Actuary, Forestors Financials
10. Mr. Rahul Bhardwaj, CEO & President, Institute of Corporate Director, Canada and ex-CEO of Toronto Foundation
11. Mr. Surjit Babra, CEO & Founder, Skylink Capital Corp. 12. Dr. Y. Raja Rampersaud, MD, FRCS(C), Spine Surgeon and Professor, University of Toronto, Divisions of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery
About SONY SET TELEVISION:
• One of the most followed South Asian Network through Asian Television Network (ATN) amongst the South Asian Diaspora in Canada.
ATN SONY is currently available in more than 120,000* households in Canada through ATN (*estimates provided by the Network)
SONY Picture Television International and Channels include SONY Pictures Network (India), Animax, AXN, PIX, HBO Europe and SONY Movie Channel
• One of the leading channel networks with South Asian diaspora globally, especially the affluent South Asian community in American Geography. • One of the most watched channels in India and South Asian Diaspora
#InternationalDayOfTheGirl, #JustinTrudeau, #CanadaPM; #Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; #UnitedNations
Ottawa, Oct 11 (Canadian-Media): A letter written by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations (UN) Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, to girls on International Day of the Girl Child said that it was a critical time for the girls of our world, media reports said.
The letter said that it was a time for the protection and assertion of rights of the girls and women to to pay close attention to their concerns.
The girls have to act together with men and boys to determine a lived equality for all and the ending of violence against women and girls so that they raise to defend their rights.
The letter said, "We are working to shift the burden of shame to those who commit the abuse...urge all institutions, public and private, to do the same...to call on them to put survivors at the centre, upholding the highest standards of respect, with zero impunity"
National and international movements like ‘#MeToo,’ ‘#TimesUp,’ ‘#BalanceTonPorc,’ ‘#NiUnaMenos and UN Women’s #HearMeToo, read the letter, have brought momentum and we must continue to end the impunity not only of individuals but also of institutions.
The letter concluded, "Ending violence against women and girls is at the heart of our work and a central part of fighting for gender equality. On this Day, we stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future. We celebrate the strength and the potential of the 1.1 billion girls in today’s world who are challenging the status quo, raising their voices against violence, innovating technology to solve global challenges, standing up for the environment, and preparing to lead."
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued today the following statement where he said: "In Canada and around the globe, girls are changing their communities and shaping their societies for the better. They show us that when girls have the support and opportunities to achieve their highest potential, they transform our world."
Today Trudeau shared an image of her daughter Ella-Grace Margaret on social media on the occasion of the international day of the girl where Ella is seen sitting on a chair, probably which belongs to her father, while Trudeau is standing at a corner.
Trudeau tweeted as follows:
"Yet even in 2018, girls across the board face higher rates of violence, poverty, discrimination, and other systemic barriers that hold them back. It’s long past time for that to change. The activists on the frontlines of that fight are girls – demanding their rights be respected and that their voices be heard."
Trudeau also emphasised how "women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of growth in recent decades".
His statement reads, "In Canada, women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of growth in recent decades – but we need to do more to increase girls’ access to career guidance, mentorship, and networks they need to transition from school to work.
"The Government of Canada is expanding training and education programs for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and helping girls enter careers in skilled trades through the new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women. These measures will help reduce gender gaps and build a more prosperous future for all Canadians."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ottawa, Oct 4 (Canadian-Media): World Animal Day (WAD), observed annually on October 4, is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare, media reports said.
World Animal Day logo/Wikipedia
An atmosphere of new culture of respect and sensitivity towards animals, should be created through increased awareness and education, to make this world a fairer place for all animals.
World Animal Day idea was originated by Heinrich Zimmermann, the German writer and publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog.
He organized the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 in Berlin and moved it to 4 October for the first time in 1929.
Initially WAD was followed only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia.
After tirelessly advocating the promotion of WAD, finally in May 1931 at a congress of the world’s animal protection organizations in Florence Italy, Zimmermann's proposal to make 4 October World Animal Day universal, was unanimously accepted.
As publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog with new issues every two weeks and used the magazine to promote the welfare of animals under the general public and established a World Animal Day Committee.
WAD was chosen to be on 4 October as it is the day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, including animals and the founder of the Catholic Franciscan order.
According to legendary belief, Saint Francis was able to talk to animals. He died on the eve of 4 October, which became his patron saints day.
Observance of WAD, unites the animal welfare movement and mobilising it into a global force to embraces all animals in every country which feeds into legal reform and social progress in creating a world where animals are recognised as sentient beings and their welfare are fully cared for.
WAD has already brought about a significant and lasting contribution towards advancing animal welfare standards, and its influence will only continue to grow.
Heart-warming messages regularly from people keen to tell us about how they were able to motivate general public regarding awareness of animal welfare throughout the world.
There are other important days linked to animals such as: World Day for Laboratory Animals on 24 April and World Wildlife Day on 3 March.
However, World Animal Day is the one day of the year that embraces all animals and the unique concerns of each, in every country.
In 2003, recorded 44 events being held in 13 countries and this has now grown to an estimated 1000 events in around 100 countries.
On this day we can learn about animals through open days at sanctuaries.
This day is also an opportunity to remember that many animal species are in danger due to the cruelty of human beings.
Pandas, brown bears, elephants, rhinoceroses, dolphins, orang-utans, tigers and may more are having a very hard time right now and it is our duty to protect these endangered animals on every day of the week, and not just WAD.
Helping to enhance the visibility of WAD is the need of the hour.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ministers Bennett and Philpott Issue Joint Statement on Orange Shirt Day
From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 30, 2018) – The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, and the Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, issued the following statement today:
“On September 30th, we encourage all Canadians to participate in Orange Shirt Day and the events happening across Canada. We will be wearing orange to honour the thousands of survivors, and to encourage all Canadians to learn about the tragic legacy of the residential school system.
Orange Shirt Day was inspired by the childhood story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a residential school survivor. As a special gift for her first day at St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential School, Phyllis’s grandmother bought her a new, bright-orange shirt to wear. When she arrived, her new shirt was forcibly taken from her as Indigenous children were not allowed to keep any clothes or keepsakes from home. Phyllis describes losing her sense of dignity and self-worth as a result of this unjust treatment. She recently published a book titled “The Orange Shirt Story” in which she shares her personal story to help further educate Canadians about the harsh truth of what took place at residential schools and how it has impacted generations of Indigenous children and their families.
Phyllis’ story is one of many examples of the harm inflicted upon the self-esteem and well-being of children who were forced to attend these schools. As we continue our journey towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, we must never forget the tragic impact of residential schools and we must learn from the stories that have been courageously shared by survivors.
Today we acknowledge the denial of rights and wrongdoings of the past, we recognize its present-day impacts, including the trauma carried by thousands of survivors and their families, and we commit to moving forward on the path to reconciliation.
All Canadians have a role to play in reconciliation. On September 30th, we encourage everyone to wear orange as a symbolic gesture and to also take the opportunity to learn more, and educate others, about the legacy of residential schools and its impacts on Indigenous communities today.
Reconciliation involves all Canadians joining together to learn about past injustices and to recognize the important contributions of Indigenous peoples in the future of Canada. It is only by working together that we will be able to make lasting change.”
#JustinTrudeau; #27thAnniversaryofArmenianIndependence; #ArmenianCanadians
Ottawa, Sept 21 (Canadian-Media): Today Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement on the 27th Anniversary of Armenian Independence, media reports said
“Today, we join Armenian communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate the anniversary of Armenia’s independence.
“Armenia and Canada enjoy a special relationship – one that we are committed to strengthening. More than 60,000 Canadians trace their heritage to Armenia, and their contributions help make Canada the prosperous, vibrant, and open country it is today.
“Over the last few years, Armenian Canadians have come together to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada. They have gone above and beyond to make newcomers feel safe and welcome, reunite families, and give people a chance at a new life. Their generosity and compassion inspire us all.
“Armenia and Canada share similar visions of peace, justice, and democracy, and collaborate in international organizations such as La Francophonie.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my best wishes to everyone celebrating Armenia’s Independence Day.”
Toronto, Sep 21 (Canadian-Media): World Alzheimer's Day (WAD), observed today sends the message to the world not to forget the forgetful people who suffer from Alzheimer disease, media reports said.
WAD was launched at the opening of ADI's annual conference in Edinburgh on 21 September 1994 to celebrate its 10th anniversary and since then World Alzheimer's Day (WAD) is observed on 21 September each year.
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the global voice on dementia and raises awareness by supporting Alzheimer associations and individuals worldwide.
Everyone on this globe should play his or her part to help people with Alzheimer's disease.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#UnitedNationsGeneralAssembly; #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay; #WEAADnetworks
Ottawa, June 15 (Canadian-Media): June 15 was designated by United Nations General Assembly as a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), media reports said.
Elder abuse, a global social issue affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.
WEAAD is observed all over the world and represents the day in the year when the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations is opposed world wide.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day/Facebook
According to official reports all the countries world wide would experience growth in the aging population between 2015 and 2013 and this growth would be mainly concentrated in the developing countries.
During the past year,it was estimated that 1 in 6 older people (141 million people) experienced some form of abuse in the community which would mean that victims of elderly abuse by 2015 would grow approximately to 320 million provided the proportion of elder abuse victims remains constant.
But although the topic of elderly abuse had started to seek attention world wide but reports indicate it is one of the least addressed in the national action plans.
Elder issue affects both the health and human rights of the millions across the globe and deserves more attention.
Around 1 in 6 older people (141 million people) experienced some form of abuse in the community during the past year.
If the proportion of elder abuse victims remains constant, the number of people affected in their communities will increase rapidly due to population ageing, growing to 320 million victims by 2050.
There are WEAAD networks nationally as well as internationally. Several ideas are generated by by joining these networks and can facilitate in the improvement of the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of the ageing population in the globe.
To observe this memorable day we should learn to identify the sympoms of abuse; If you suspect something, say something; spread the word of awareness of this global burning topic through social media;
The importance of awareness of this day is because older people may not be able to advocate for themselves; seniors deserve our respect and attention; and it is a reminder for us to look out for each other.
#GlobalAccessibilityAwarenessDay, #GAAD, #Apple, #TimCook; #EveryoneCanCode; #invertedcolorsoniPhone; #SarahHerrlinger; #accessibilityoptions; #Google; #Samsung; #Amazon; #Alexavoiceassistant; #JohnMRafferty; #HomePodsmartspeaker; #KristyDuncan; #trulyinclusiveandaccessibleCanada; #CanadianNationalInstitutefortheBlind; #CNIB; #Aira; #BlindSquare, #Key2Acees
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) which started in 2015, is being observed today all over the world, and focuses on making technology more usable for people with disabilities,. media reports said.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day logo
On this day many technology companies highlight their contribution to people with disabilities.
Apple has been aggressive in getting its Swift programming language into more hands, including programs such as Swift Playgrounds for children.
On Thursday, Apple said that the blind and deaf communities across the US will be able to access a specially designed curriculum called Everyone Can Code for Swift in schools.
"Apple's mission is to make products as accessible as possible," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "We hope to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities."
The company worked with engineers, educators and programmers from different accessibility communities to ensure Everyone Can Code is as applicable to as many people as possible.
Apple was already out in front of GAAD, talking about its accessibility work on Monday.
Apple's creation of inverted colors on its iPhone screen for the visually impaired also proved useful for low-light reading before bedtime.
"Every year we try to add in new things. We do look at how can we make it slightly better year over year," Sarah Herrlinger, Apple's director of global accessibility policy and initiatives, said about the company's work on its iOS and MacOS operating systems.
Other tech companies have been working to build up their accessibility options, too.
Google added a variety of features to Android, including voice commands and display settings to make the screen easier to read.
Samsung created several similar controls. And Amazon provides a handful of ways for people to use its Alexa voice assistant.
Herrlinger discussed a handful of Apple's efforts around accessibility, starting with the iPhone, where the tech giant has added a long list of specialized controls, including text-to-speech that can read your emails or a grocery list, and Bluetooth pairing with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
In the kitchen, a visually impaired person can use their iPhone to find specific spices by using a camera app to read their barcodes.
They can also use a HomePod smart speaker to turn on small appliances via voice.
Kristy Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, in a statement on GAAD said,
"One of the Government of Canada's priorities to create a truly inclusive and accessible Canada—where all Canadians have an equal opportunity to succeed, have the same rights and obligations, and are equal participants in their communities and workplaces. Technology and internet are essential in day-to-day life. As such, we need to make sure that people with disabilities can fully participate in the online world.
Although technology can unlock great potential for many who live with disabilities, it is only useful if people with disabilities have access to it. Some of the tools developed to help people with disabilities use computers such as screen readers, assistive mobile applications and alternative keyboards, are truly life changing. However, the reality is that a digital divide still exists and we need to bridge that gap. We need to ensure these tools are available to those who need them and that technology is designed so that it is accessible from the start.
Whether you are part of the design, development, usability, or related industries who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use, or you want to learn more about how you can support this initiative, join the conversation on social media by using #GAAD or visit the Global Accessibility Awareness Day webpage.
Our country is at its best when everyone is included. Let's unlock the potential in everyone."
To mark GAAD, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), a non profit organization which would complete 100 years in 2018, announcied a bold ambition driven to change what it is to be blind today, is unleashing powerful technologies across Canada to make it more inclusive and accessible in the process.
"Devices small enough to fit in the palm of your hand are empowering people who are blind to explore and engage in their communities like never before," said John M. Rafferty, President and CEO, CNIB. "We need to be at the forefront of providing and advocating for these incredible tools."
To launch this ambition, CNIB reportedly announced partnerships with three innovators in the accessible technology space namely Aira, BlindSquare, Key2Acees.
Through these partnerships, CNIB will play an active role in connecting governments, businesses and public institutions with these innovative technologies to improve accessibility for blind citizens. Such relationships will be a key focus for CNIB going forward, along with other technology initiatives that signal a bold, new approach.
"This is just the beginning of what's to come," said Len Baker, Vice-President, Partnerships and Innovation, CNIB. "We look forward to partnering with other companies and groups working on barrier-smashing technologies. They are transforming the world for people with sight loss, and we want to make sure Canadians benefit."