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New York, Jan 30 (IBNS): International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) was launched yesterday United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its headquarters in Paris, media reports said.
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Discovery of the Periodic System by Russian scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev was done in 1869. 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
IYPT is an opportunity for us to develop new resources and raise awareness, to inspire people of all ages, experience and backgrounds.
The Periodic Table of Elements is a great teaching tool and probably the most recognisable thing in chemistry.
In recognition of IYPT's importance of the periodic table as “one of the most important and influential achievements in modern science, reflecting the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics, biology and other basic sciences disciplines,” United Nations (UN) General assembly two years back had decided to hold year-long events and activities all over the world.
The launch event, which was held in Paris, was inaugurated by UNESCO’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay and was attended by many scientists and representatives of the private sector including notable persons such as Mikhail Kotyukov, Russia’s Minister of Science and Higher Education, Pierre Corvol, the President of the French Académie des Sciences, and Professor Ben Feringa, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
Among the notable activities organized throughout the year include, symposiums in Paris, France, and Murcia, Spain, and an online competition to test the knowledge of secondary education students on the subject as well as to stimulate their curiosity.
Other exciting and diverse activities that would be held throughout 2019, including public lectures, teacher resources, public outreach, grants to our member networks and communities to fund IYPT specific activities for their respective communities, themed journals and books.
International symposium “Women and the Periodic Table of Elements” would be held on 11-12 of February 2019 at University of Murcia, Murcia (Spain)
An interactive exhibit was also planned at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris until yesterday.
Over the course of the IYPT, our publications will be publishing themed collections of articles relating to specific elements or areas of the periodic table. We are also sharing a list of articles on some of the rarer elements.
UNESCO will present its educational initiative, 1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry, designed to help young people in schools all over the world improve their understanding of chemistry and its numerous uses.
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Ottawa, Jan 27 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, Minister Rodriguez issued the following statement on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
Today in Canada and around the world, we honour the memory of more than 6 million Jewish men, women, and children who were murdered in the Holocaust, and of countless others who suffered the horrors and atrocities committed by the Nazi regime.
In 2005, January 27 was designated the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp, by Soviet troops in 1945.
In 2017, the Government of Canada unveiled the National Holocaust Monument, located in the heart of the nation’s capital, to honour the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi-era crimes and to salute the courage and resilience of Holocaust survivors who chose Canada as their home. We must always remember the invaluable contribution of these survivors in shaping the inclusive society we know today whose strength is built on diversity and openness.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, I encourage Canadians to assume their collective responsibility to fight antisemitism and discrimination in all its forms, and never let intolerance and hatred take root in our communities. May we reflect on the powerful lessons learned from one of the darkest chapters in human history in order that we may never forget.
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Ottawa, Jan 28 (Canadian-Media): The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 (IYIL2019) to raise global attention on the critical risks confronting indigenous languages, media reports said.
IYIL2019 is being observed today all over the world to raise awareness this event's significance for sustainable development, reconciliation, good governance and peacebuilding.
The theme of this year's IYIL is “Indigenous languages matter for sustainable development, peace building and reconciliation.”
2019 IYIL is globally being launched by United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France with support from other organizations like United Nations Department of economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the members of Steering Committee and the participation of other relevant stakeholders.
Official Global Launch Event of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
Present during the official launch of this event would be high-level governmental officials, indigenous peoples, civil society, academia, media, United Nations agencies, public language harmonization and documentation institutions and private sector bodies.
With an aim to provide a global forum for a constructive debate, many speakers and experts would address new paradigms for safeguarding, promoting and providing access to knowledge and information for the indigenous languages’ users.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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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)