India Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome Film Festival

Co-production opportunities between India and Italy Re-energized; Mare Pyare Prime Minister: India’s Lone Entry in Rome Film Festival

India was partner country at Videocittà 2018, an event focussing on Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc. was organized along with Rome Film Festival and Mercato Internazionale dell’Audiovisivo (MIA) (the International Audio Visual Market). India’s participation at Videocittà 2018, Rome was organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and coordinated on Ministry’s behalf by FICCI.

India Pavilion at Videocittà 2018 showcased Indian films’ heritage, ease of film shooting in India, promoted film shooting locations in India, International Film Festival of India, Indian Cinema from different regions, Audio Visual Co Production between India and Italy. Daily cultural performances related to Indian classical dances, performances based Indian films, Yoga sessions, Vocal performances, screening of Indian films across regions, etc happened in the India Pavilion.

While inaugurating the India Pavilion at Videocittà, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Shri Ashok Kumar Parmar highlighted the film heritage of India and India as the largest film making country. He also said that India is not only one of the leading countries in telling stories full of different shades of life, but also emerged as one of the destination for high end services related to filmmaking. Continue reading “India Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome Film Festival”

ANOKHI MEDIA Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

— Final Attendance To Include Monika Deol & Shama Hyder
ANOKHI MEDIA, North America’s leading South Asian entertainment & lifestyle media and events company is very pleased to announce the third group of personalities that will be attending the 15th anniversary event on November 3rd, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, a milestone being marked by the EMPOWER ME Campaign in support of the not-for-profit organization, Free-Them. Full details can be seen at the event’s official website: www.AnokhiAwards.com.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
 
In commemoration of ANOKHI MEDIA’s 15 year milestone, the company is thrilled to announce the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award for the very first time in its history. “The recipient is a decorated Canadian figure who has exemplified true global leadership as well as shown by example, how to honour one’s Country and one’s culture at the highest levels, while continuing to serve with humility“, said ANOKHI MEDIA’s CEO, Raj Girn.
The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence will be presented with ‘The ANOKHI POWER Award 2018’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented For Global Empowerment In The Advancement Of Leadership’. The award is brought to you by Canada’s most awarded air cargo airline, Cargojet.
Minister Sajjan will be providing a video acceptance speech and opening the Summit during the day with a few words of encouragement around the “ANOKHI EMPOWER ME” campaign. Raj Grewal, Member of Parliament for Brampton East, will be receiving the award on stage on behalf of the Minister.  Continue reading “ANOKHI MEDIA Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient”

Pumpkin parades will light up Toronto parks on November 1

This Thursday, more than 50 parks across Toronto will emit an orange glow as local residents bid a final farewell to their jack-o’-lanterns with community pumpkin parades.

The first pumpkin parade was organized in Sorauren Park in 2004. Since then, this made-in-Toronto tradition has spread to parks across the city and inspired other cities such as Montreal and New York to start their own. This year’s event includes four more parades than last year and can be found in parks from Guildwood Village Park in Scarborough to Centennial Park in Etobicoke.

“Pumpkin parades are great opportunities for communities to come together,” said Mayor John Tory. “I am proud that the number of parades continues to expand each year so that even more people will be able to take part in the post-Halloween fun.”

The pumpkin parades are organized by community organizations as well as by local businesses and Business Improvement Areas. City park permits and disposal bins are provided to the organizers for free, making it easy to host and cleanup the pumpkins after the event. The pumpkins will be picked up by the City after the parades and processed with yard waste to create compost that can be used in City parks and gardens. The City has partnered with Park People to provide posters and social media templates to assist community organizations with their event promotions.

“I’m happy to see our parks animated with pumpkin parades each year,” said Janie Romoff, General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “Toronto’s parks are our common grounds, and this made-in-Toronto tradition is a wonderful way for residents and visitors to connect with each other.” Continue reading “Pumpkin parades will light up Toronto parks on November 1”

AMUR TIGERS RETURN TO THE TORONTO ZOO!

The Toronto Zoo is delighted to open the endangered Amur Tiger Exhibit. Amur tigers are the largest of all tigers and it is estimated there are only 500 left in the wild. The Amur Tiger Exhibit, formerly the Giant Panda Experience, is located within the Eurasia Wilds section of the Zoo and is home to two Amur tiger siblings, female “Kira” and male “Vasili”. Kira, which means “mistress or ruler” is six years-old and was born at Calgary Zoo. Vasili, which means “royal or kingly” is brother of Kira and also six years-old. Vasili arrived to Toronto from Assiniboine Park Zoo, but was born at Calgary Zoo.

Kira can be described as having a more discernible personality, different from Vasili, and Wildlife

Care has worked diligently to earn her respect. Kira’s favourite enrichment activity is anything that is placed within a tube. She enjoys throwing the tube around her exhibit to see what Keepers have hidden inside for her! Vasili is best described as a smart tiger with a relaxed personality. He readily engages with daily training sessions with Wildlife Care Staff and thoroughly enjoys playing hard and destroying all of his enrichment items on a regular basis!

With the arrival of these two siblings, the Zoo will again be an active participant in the Amur Tiger SSP. Even though neither of our tigers will be breeding in the near future, housing them here will give their home zoos more space to breed their tigers again.And, our new tigers could each potentially be candidates for breeding with non-related individuals in the future. The Amur Tiger SSP, aims to establish and maintain healthy, genetically diverse populations, and overall conservation efforts to save this incredible species. Continue reading “AMUR TIGERS RETURN TO THE TORONTO ZOO!”

CANADIAN LEADERS GATHER ON A SINGLE PLATFORM TO SHARE SECRETS OF SUCCESS

A unique series narrating the trials, tribulations and successes of South Asian leaders on ATN-SONY

Canadian leaders congregated on a single platform in Mississauga to launch the upcoming Television Series about their journeys and success stories on ATN SONY Television. The event, that took place at the Holiday Inn, on
October 15, had an impressive turnout where each leader narrated the key ingredients for achievement, triumph and success. From optimism to hard work, confidence to integrity, each leader had something significant to say.

“Whatever we have achieved it is important to share that with the next generation. There is no definite formula for success. However there are several key factors including hard work, putting in that extra degree of effort, surrounding yourself with the right people and sacrifices made along the way,” said Steve Gupta, President & CEO,
Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group, who is being profiled in the upcoming
series.

As a risk taker, Pavi Binning began his career in the UK, only to move to Canada and began the arduous journey of making his mark here. “I believe it’s the strong foundation of good governance principals, integrity and respect for
individuals that forms a very important base in an organization,” says Binning, President of Wittington Investments, holding company of Weston Group that owns Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, PC Financials and Holt Renfrew. “Family values and the importance of talent management have helped to develop and grow employees.” Continue reading “CANADIAN LEADERS GATHER ON A SINGLE PLATFORM TO SHARE SECRETS OF SUCCESS”

A Musical Celebration of Lights & Life

The Indo-American Arts Council announces the Music of Lights and Life Concert on November 3 2018 7:30PM at the magnificent Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Symphony Space. Maestro Amjad Ali Khan will be joined by Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash on the Sarod. Accompanying them will be Amit Kavthekar and Anubrata Chatterjee on the Tabla.

Maestro Amjad Ali Khan needs no introduction with NYTimes calling him “The most charismatic performer of Indian Ragas….”  and The Guardian declaring him to be “the finest living exponent of the sarod” . He is India’s most celebrated classical musician and an undisputed master of the Sarod, a stringed instrument used in classical Indian music. He is the seventh generation of musicians playing the same instrument, being heir to a long and distinguished musical lineage. He gave his first performance at age six and has since performed his own compositions with the finest orchestras and ensembles in venues around the world, including an acclaimed performance at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway.  The Grammy-nominated musician has won many prestigious awards including the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum, UNICEF’s National Ambassadorship, and India’s prestigious awards, the Padma Vibhushan and the Sangeet Natak Academi award for music.

Based on his belief that music transcends all, he has broadened the appeal of Indian music and its spirit throughout the world, transcending race, region and generation. In the current political climate, there is even more reason to find commonality and feel inclusive. Continue reading “A Musical Celebration of Lights & Life”

Safety first when using or in possession of recreational cannabis!

With the legalization of recreational cannabis as of today, October 17, 2018, the City of Brampton is asking residents to put safety first when using or in possession of recreational cannabis.

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services data shows that 31 per cent of fatal fires in the home over the past five years were caused by improperly discarded smoking material. Smoking of cannabis will be regulated the same as tobacco, and cannabis users need to be responsible for safe use to protect themselves, their families, minors, pets, and property.

Fire safety
Cannabis users are advised not to cook while under the influence. Residents are also reminded not to grow beyond the legal limit of four cannabis plants per household, and not to make any modification to their electrical system or use high heat lamps as they pose a serious fire risk.

Where cannabis is prohibited  
Smoking of cannabis is prohibited in the same places where the smoking of tobacco is prohibited, e.g. enclosed public places/workplaces, within 20 metres of children’s playgrounds and play areas within parks, public sporting areas (e.g., splash pads, soccer fields) and in all bars and restaurant patios.

Who to contact
The City of Brampton along with Region of Peel will look into complaints about smoking on City property such municipal buildings, recreation centres, transit shelters, and in proximity to children’s play areas, including within parks. Continue reading “Safety first when using or in possession of recreational cannabis!”

Hindu temple with capacity of 7,800 people opens in Massachusetts

A magnificent two-story Hindu temple reportedly covering 40,000 square feet on a 28-acres plot, which claims to accommodate 7,800 devotees, is opening in Groton (Massachusetts) with 12-days of ceremonies ending on October 20.

New England Shirdi Sai Temple is designed in traditional style following Vastu Shastra and whose main worship hall can hold 500 congregants, will reportedly cater to about 5,000 families of the area. Ground floor of this temple, whose groundbreaking was held in 2015 and which contains three golden spires, will be used for community activities/functions. There are plans of fountain pools in the landscaping.

Temple Grand Inauguration and Pran Pratishta Mahotsav festivities; besides ancient Hindu rituals and food; are also reportedly showcasing traditional music, dance and culture. Ceremonies include kumbhabhishekam, cow worship, various poojas and aartis, 1008 kalasha-stapana, homam, archana, poornahuthi, shanti kalyanam, Mata Ka Jagaran, etc.; ending with Shej Aarti starting 10:00 pm on October 20.

It is operated by non-profit New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar formed in 2006; whose vision includes “spread the message of love, kindness, unity and make a meaningful contribution to the welfare of the mankind” and beliefs include “Faith and Patience”.

Temple opens daily at 08:30 am and besides regular worship services, also celebrates various Hindu festivals, holds yoga and pranayama classes and kids’ chess, organizes bhajans and free medical/dental checkups, etc. Continue reading “Hindu temple with capacity of 7,800 people opens in Massachusetts”

La La Way @ Las Vegas

Vegas! We were  here for a good time, not a long time!

We were on a tight schedule, and wanted maximum fun with minimum days! Vegas was our answer! Considered as the world’s most favourite destination for providing non-stop entertainment, we decided to visit this city during Thanksgiving. We discover that there’s plenty of action on the Strip, even for teetotaler and vegetarians like us!

Being  non smokers, Planet Hollywood was an ideal choice for our stay, as this Casino has a great air vent system, to extract the smoke.The casino also has a mall in it, which is perfect for this tourist town, and shoppers really enjoy it. Just like the other hotels in Vegas, PH has several pools, workout area, spa etc. In terms of location on the Strip, it is next to Paris, and a short walk to Caesars, New York  and Aria. The view from our window was awesome, all the way to the boundary of mountains with tall palm trees!

Any visit to Vegas is incomplete if you don’t watch at least one of the amazing shows that they city puts up! So what do we do? Watch a show:))

So an evening was devoted to watching ‘LOVE’ by Cirque Du Soleil at the Mirage. It was well worth it!

The landscape of ‘LOVE’ is inhabited by fictional characters plucked from the Beatles’ lyrics. Sgt. Pepper, a central figure, encounters many familiar faces, including Lucy in the SkyEleanor RigbyLady Madonna and Mr. Kite. In an exception to this stylistic choice, the “Here Comes the Sun” scene features a character resembling Krishna. Similarly, several scenes include mop-topped, dark-haired figures in black suits who resemble the Beatles. Continue reading “La La Way @ Las Vegas”

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Launch of FIFA’s first-ever global strategy for women’s football

FIFA has launched its first-ever global strategy for women’s football which charts the course for how FIFA will work with confederations and Member Associations (MAs), clubs and players, the media, fans and other stakeholders to realise the full potential that exists within the women’s game.

FIFA strongly believes that women’s football brings one very important benefit to the many young girls and women involved in the game – empowerment. Encouraging empowerment through football, growing the game, getting more girls involved in it earlier and keeping women in football longer are all key elements of FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy.

Speaking about the launch of FIFA’s global strategy for women’s football, Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “As FIFA’s first female Secretary General I am proud to launch our first-ever global strategy for women’s football. The women’s game is a top priority for FIFA and via our new strategy we will work hand-in-hand with our 211 member associations around the world to increase grassroots participation, enhance the commercial value of the women’s game and strengthen the structures surrounding women’s football to ensure that everything we do is sustainable and has strong results. Most importantly it will make football more accessible to girls and women and encourage female empowerment, a subject of great importance, now more than ever before.” Continue reading “#DareToShine”