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Toronto, Oct 27 (Canadian-Media): It was reported by the Consulate General of India Toronto Office that it would be organizing Consular Camps for issuance of Life Certificate in November 2020 with the following schedule
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Toronto, Oct 22 (Canadian-Media): There has been further relaxation of rules by the Government of India regarding visa and travel restrictions to India during COVID 19 situation, Consulate General of India, Toronto office reported.
The travel relaxation apply to certain categories of foreign nationals for travel by water routes or by flights, including under Vande Bharat Mission or Air Bubble (bilateral travel arrangements or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India.
All Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country, including Canada; all foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except on Tourist Visa; All existing visas, except electronic visas [e-Visa], Tourist Visa and Medical Visa, stand restored with immediate effect.
Since previously held medical visas are under suspension, fresh medical visa [including Medical Attendants] in emergencies has to be obtained from the Consulate; In case any foreign nationals (including those of Indian origin who do not have OCI/PIO) not covered by categories mentioned above, who require to visit India urgently due to any family emergency, they should apply for Entry Visa (X-Misc). Such applicants will be issued single entry visa for 3 months.
2. The condition of obtaining a visa will not be applicable to dependent family members of foreign diplomats/officials who are eligible for visa exemption in terms of bilateral visa exemption agreements or visa specific agreements entered into by India with various countries.
3. Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to visit to India from any country, including any third country.
4. In respect of quarantine and other health/COVID19 related matters, guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare shall be strictly adhered to. Applicants for travel and quarantine guidelines to India may also refer to New Delhi Airport website - https://www.newdelhiairport.in/
5. How to apply for visa for India:
Duly filled in Regular/Paper Visa Application form at the given link - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ may be submitted along with required documents and fee in person at the BLS Brampton office (20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5).
Only emergency visa requests in cases of death and hospitalization of family members in critical condition may be submitted at the Consulate (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4) along with required documents, fee (payable by debit card or bank draft in the name of Consulate General of India, Toronto), confirm air ticket, etc, one or two days in advance.
Prior appointment for visit to the Consulate may be taken from – firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that due to COVID19, there are restrictions on entry to the Consulate building, applicants visiting Consulate without prior appointment will not be entertained. 6. Applicants are also requested to go through the Consulate’s website before referring queries – www.cgitoronto.gov.in.
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Toronto, Oct 20 (Canadian-Media): The Life Certificates to the pensioners will be issued from the Consulate General of India, Toronto.
As per Office Memorandum of Department of Pension dated 11 September, those pensioners who are above 80 years of age may apply and get their life certificates 1st Oct onwards, while other Pensioners will be issued life certificates effective 1st November 2020.
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LIFE CERTIFICATE IN PERSON AT BLS: Life certificates will also be issued by the Consulate from BLS Brampton office situated at 20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5 with effect from 19th October 2020 with prior appointments.
After registering on the link provided on Consulate’s website, applicants would be informed by email of a particular time to visit BLS office or the Consulate to get the Life Certificate issued.
The documents required are Duly filled in updated application form (click here) in duplicate; copy of passport; and proof of address.
Applicants will be required to bring these documents to the BLS office in Brampton, where the applicants would be provided on the spot service. Given the Covid situation, the need to maintain social distancing and face masks are mandatory. In order for the Consulate to serve you better, public are required to fully cooperate. The Consulate also appeals to the public to visit the respective offices with competed documents while also adhering to the slot prescribed by the Consulate.
Life Certificate by Postal Means: The Life Certificate requests may also be sent by Post/Courier to the Consulate at 365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4 along with required documents given below and self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of documents. For postal applications, applicants are requested to provide local whatsapp number for video chat for verification purpose.
Drop-Off Facility: Pensioners may also utilize the drop-off facility for issuance of Life Certificates, be provided by the Consulate at BLS Brampton (20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5) and CGI, Toronto (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4). The applicants will be required to drop-off their duly filled in application forms in duplicate (providing local whatsapp number for video chat) along with copy of the passport, proof of address and self addressed pre-paid envelope of Canada Post or any courier company to facilitate return of the service documents, in a sealed envelope. Life Certificate will be issued only after verification of the applicant through video chat.
Consular camps: As in the past, Consular camps will also be organized by the in November – December 2020 for issuance of Life Certificates at various places under its Consular jurisdiction.
However, this will be completely depending on the evolving Covid-19 situation and the norms prescribed by the Ontario Health Associations. The announcement of such Consular Camps will be made in due course.
Please note that no fee is charged by the Consulate for issuance of Life Certificate. If anybody comes across any instance of fee being charged, such incident should be brought to our notice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documents required to be submitted are:
1. Since the Life Certificate is a document which proves that the person is alive, physical verification is important. Hence, applicant should come in person to the Consulate/ Consular camp, unless it has been agreed to do the verification remotely through video chat, etc. for which the applicant should provide his/her mobile number (with whatsapp) to the Consulate.
2. Consulate will not issue any other certificate, namely, re-employment or re-marriage, as these are paid services and should be applied for separately at the Consulate, if needed by the applicant.
At Consular camps/in person at BLS and Consulate: On the spot
Same day Drop-off / Postal applications : 2-3 working days (excluding time taken in post)
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Toronto, Oct 17 (Canadian-Media): Consulate General of India, Toronto office has brought out the Issue 4 of India in Toronto Newsletter on October 16, Consulate Gen of India, Toronto reported.
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Toronto, Oct 17 (Canadian-Media): Canada India Foundation (CIF) brings out its 21st volume, 8th issue of October 2020 E-Newsletter, CIF reported.
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CIF E-Newsletter: Volume 21 Issue #8 October 2020
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Chair of Canada India Foundation (CIF),
Satish Thakkar 's Message
Ayurveda in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic
Hello friends. We are into another month of Covid19 restrictions. Just when we thought we had it under control, things start to go wrong. The numbers have spiked sending our public health authorities to issue a tighter set of rules. Let us be good citizens and follow them.
Health and wellness have always been a key part of CIF priorities. We have held two successful healthcare forums in the past with the participation of leading experts from industry, government and the medical profession. The third one, to be held in May 2021, is expected to leverage R&D in Healthcare, Biotechnology & AI to create economic opportunities and ensure better universal healthcare. The deliberations at the Third CIF Health Forum will also help shape public policy in Canada and India to provide optimum healthcare to its residents and to explore areas of collaboration and engagement. The Forum is being organized in partnership with University Health Network (UHN), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with the support of Consul General of India in Toronto. Dr. Lucky Lakshmanan, past Chair CIF, will be chairing the forum.
Ayurveda, as many of you know, is a holistic treatment system that goes back thousands of years in India. Of late, it has gained recognition outside India for its core idea of going beyond merely treating the disease to keeping individuals and whole communities well. The relevance of Ayurveda needs to be stressed in these days when the world is drowning under a mountain of debt arising out of the Covid19 crisis.
Thakkar ended his message by quoting, Sage Charaka “Life (ayu) is the combination (samyoga) of body, senses, mind and reincarnating soul. Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and the world beyond.”
There is very good news coming out of India that might have a calming influence on the entire world cowering under the Covid19 virus. Evidence has emerged after extensive studies and trials in India that intervention and prophylactic treatment using Ayush alternative medicines like Ayurveda, naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy are directly contributing to India’s low mortality rate. Actually, among the lowest in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO), encouraged by the surprising results, is sponsoring a deeper study in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India.
CIF Speaker Series
CIF-Sponsored Ayurveda Web Series Takes Off with Session on Healthy Eating
The first in a series on Ayurveda, sponsored by Canada India Foundation, took off with an impressive panel of participants and an equally impressive number of viewers keen to learn more about Ayurveda in these trying times of Covid19. CIF Chair, while introducing the panels, gave a brief outline of the new initiative, and what it means for the future of Ayurveda in Canada. “We feel, a continuous effort to bring the best of Ayurveda to Canada is needed to reach both the members of the public as well as key decision makers. During this series, we will be presenting 24 very respected Ayurveda practitioners who will not only share the wisdom of this ancient system, but also dispel some of the misconceptions regarding Ayurveda.”
Mulroney on Ford Government’s Ambitious Plan to Transform Transportation in Ontario
Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, joined the CIF Speaker Series on September 10, 2020 to talk about the many issues Ontarians face over its transit and transportation. Opening her address, she thanked the CIF team for its work, referring to the Thank You Meals program. “I want to thank you for what you’ve been doing in the past few months. What you have been doing to help the most needy and vulnerable, during the Covid19 outbreak has been truly touching. Your compassion and generosity showed the Ontario spirit, and this spirit is what will help us through this difficult period.”
There will be No Barriers for You, PM Modi to Canadian Investors
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed a gathering of Canadian investors on October 08 in a virtual session. Modi spared no words in getting the message of the advantages of investing in India to the audience. He asked, “There is one thing common to most people in the audience. It has people who take investment decisions. Decisions which assess risk. Decisions which predict return while making investment. I want to ask you: What do you think about before investing in any country? Does the country have vibrant Democracy? Does the country have political stability? Does the country have investment and business friendly policies? Does the country have transparency in governance? Does the country have a skilled talent pool? Does the country have a large market?”
Plant-based Covid19 Vaccine Phase 3 Trial Planned
Indian Girl Takes Over Canadian HC Twitter
In a great gesture to girl power, especially on the International Girls Day falling on Oct.11, the Canadian High Commission, took the unusual step of letting an Indian girl take over the HC social media in New Delhi. Empowering young women thru social media, the Deputy Commissioner, tweeted: “Canada believes in the limitless potential of all girls! This Sunday, October 11 is International Day of the Girl, High Commissioner Nadir Patel will hand over his Twitter handle to Prajitha, a brilliant young change-maker from Andhra Pradesh who will take-over as Canada’s High Commissioner for a Day.
Canada Closed to Tourists till October 31
Canada’s Minister of Public Safety recently confirmed that Canada will not admit any international tourists, including India, coming into the country till Oct.31. He didn’t clarify if there would be relaxation after that or when exactly will the ban on tourists will end. In the meanwhile, citizens and Permanent Residents are allowed to return with the proviso they have to go through a 14-day self quarantine.
Further Bad News for Indian Tech Workers in
Just days away from election day, the US authorities under President Donald Trump announced a series of new rules that make the regime even tighter than it already is. The move has filled hundreds of thousands of aspirants, most of them tech workers, with anxiety over their continued stay in the US.
India and Japan have finalised an ambitious agreement that provides for cooperation in 5G technology, artificial intelligence and an array of other critical areas as the two strategic partners vowed to further broad-base their ties including in the Indo-Pacific region. Following bilateral discussions recently, Japan agreed to be the lead partner in the connectivity pillar of the Indo-Pacific Oceans' Initiative (IPOI).
Virtual Ayurveda Speaker Series
Session - 2
Ayurvedic Management of Various Types of Arthritis
Expert speaker: Vaidya Harish Verma Guest of Honor: MPP Nina Tangri, Parliamentary Assistant
Sunday 18 October 2020
Time: 10:00 am EST
07:30 pm IST
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Toronto, Oct 12 (Canadian-Media): Life Certificates to the pensioners would be issued by the Consulate General of India, Toronto effective 19th October 2020 with prior appointments from BLS Brampton office ( 20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5 ) and its own premises in Toronto (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4 ), Consulate General of India, Toronto office reported.
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Once applicants to register on the link available on Consulate’s website, they will be informed by email of a particular time to visit BLS office or the Consulate to get the Life Certificate issued.
Applicants are required to strictly adhere to the time slot provided to them and will be required to bring duly filled in complete and updated application form in duplicate, copy of passport and proof of address to the respective location. The service will be given on the spot.
Cooperation of the public is required to maintain social distance due to Covid situation once they are at the consulate in order to ensure free flow of documents.
Depending on the evolving Covid-19 situation and the norms prescribed by the Ontario Health Associations, Consular Camps would also be organized by the Consulate for issuance of Life Certificates at various places under its Consular jurisdiction. The announcement of such Consular Camps will be made in due course.
A drop-off facility for Life Certificates at both locations, BLS Brampton ( 20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5) and CGI, Toronto (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4) would also be provided by the Consulate to enable the pensioners to get the Life Certificate issued.
The applicants will be required to drop-off their duly filled in application forms in duplicate (providing local whatsapp number for video chat) along with copy of the passport, proof of address and self addressed pre-paid envelope of Canada Post or any courier company to facilitate return of the service documents in a sealed envelope. Life Certificate will be issued only after verification of the applicant through video chat.
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Toronto, Oct 10 (Canadian-Media): Consulate General of India, Toronto's office published the 3rd issue of its Newsletter, "India in Toronto," Consulate General of India, Toronto's office reported. The highlights are given below.