90th Anniversary of Canada Japan Diplomatic Relations with visit from Her Imperial Highness Princess

Last week, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visited Mississauga to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Canada and Japan’s diplomatic relations during the Japan Festival CANADA held at the City’s Celebration Square. Her Imperial Highness was hosted by Mayor Bonnie Crombie at a gathering of local business and cultural leaders to celebrate the occasion.
“It is an honour and pleasure to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, Consul-General Takako Ito and Japan’s Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane, to Mississauga. Our relationship with Japan is one that Mississauga is very proud of. Over the years, we have developed rich cultural and economic ties with Japan. In fact, our only sister-city relationship is with Kariya, Japan – a 38-year-old friendship that we value deeply. We are also proud to be home to the highest concentration of Japanese companies in Canada,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I have had the honour of visiting Japan on several occasions and look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with Japan in the years to come. Today’s visit by Her Imperial Highness highlights the importance of our relationship with Japan and signals a bright and promising future ahead for our two countries.”
Mississauga is home to more than 100 Japanese companies including MUFG Fund Services (Canada) Limited, Mitutoyo Canada Inc., MHI Canada Aerospace and the recently expanded Takara Company Canada Ltd.

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“Howdy, Modi!” to host 50,000 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas

A record crowd gets ready to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate Indian-American success at “Howdy, Modi!”  Over 50,000 registered; Free parking onsite at the stadium

A history-making audience of over 50,000 Indian-Americans has registered to turn up at NRG Stadium for the “Howdy Modi” community summit on Sep 22 to see the visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Filling the giant stadium to capacity, they will come to celebrate the tremendous success of Indian-Americans in the US and the deepening US-India economic and political ties.

The crowd turnout is expected to be the largest for any Indian Prime Minister to address in North America and the largest for a democratically elected foreign leader in America. In expectation for this, the Texas India Forum will be providing free parking onsite at the stadium for all attendees.

The event, titled “Shared Dreams, Bright Future”, will showcase the strength and clout of the Indian American community, dubbed as “model” immigrants in the US as they are considered by policy experts to be the most highly educated and successful community in America. Continue reading ““Howdy, Modi!” to host 50,000 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas”

“Change Your Lifestyle, Make Fitness a daily Routine” – PM Modi urges India

“Fitness is part of our historic legacy:” PM of India
“A healthy Individual, a healthy family and a healthy society are the essentials to make New India a Fit India:” PM

The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi launched the Fit India Movement at a ceremony in New Delhi today on the occasion of National Sports Day. The Prime Minister urged the people of the country to make fitness their life style.

Launching the people’s movement on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Major Dhyanchand, India’s sports icon who enthralled the world with his game and techniques. He also congratulated the young sportspersons of the country who are keeping the tricolor afloat on the world stage through their efforts.

“Their medals are a not only the result of their hard work but reflection of a new zeal and new confidence of a New India”, the PM said.

The Prime Minister said that ‘Fit India Movement’ should become a national goal and its aspiration. In an effort to inspire the nation, the Prime Minister said that Fit India Movement may have been started by the government but it is the people who have to lead it and make it a success.

“Success is related to fitness, success stories of all of our icons from any field of life have a common thread- most of them are fit, have a focus on fitness and are fond of fitness”, the PM added. Continue reading ““Change Your Lifestyle, Make Fitness a daily Routine” – PM Modi urges India”

‘Mission Mangal’ wins hearts all over: Critics call it the ‘Best Film of the Year’

India’s first space film Mission Mangal has received a unanimous thumbs up from the Indian media. The film that is based on India’s first interplanetary mission – the Mars Orbiter Mission – has opened to glowing reviews, with film buffs branding the film as the best film of 2019, with some critics even calling it Akshay Kumar’s best film to date! The film has received rave reviews for the incredible performances by the entire cast and the brilliant direction by debutant Jagan Shakti. The climax of the film has found a special mention with the gripping screenplay grabbing eyeballs. Some critics have even predicted that the film has the potential to be Akshay Kumar’s highest grossing film so far. The film has patriotic undertones as it narrates a tale of ordinary people doing extraordinary things making the nation proud.

After tales of heroism that were untold such as in films ‘Airlift’, ‘Rustom’ and ‘Kesari’, extending his fem-force messaging in films such as ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Pad Man’, in ‘Mission Mangal‘, Akshay Kumar celebrates the power of women scientist and their achievements.

Announcing the failed launch of GSLV-F06 on December 25, 2010, due to a small mistake by Project Director Tara Shinde, Rakesh Dhawan, a fellow scientist working with her, takes the blame for her, in the opening scene. As a result, he is relocated to work on Mangalyaan as punishment. The MoM (Mars Orbiter Mission) is thought of as an impossible mission by his coworkers due its aim of reaching Mars with its tight budget.

Vidya Balan, who is the Project Director is always bubbling with energy and ideas and she is the one to life up Akshay Kumar’s spirits with crazy ideas. Her motto is simply “Anything is possible.” The temporary scrapping of the then Chandrayan 2 mission takes Vidya Balan to experience a Eureka moment.   Mocked upon by their over-ambitious dreams, Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan are assigned a team of juniors comprising rookie scientists Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu and Nithya Menon.  The hardships faced by Akshay Kumar and his team and how they chose to overcome it is the crux of the story.

The MoM satellite is finally launched on PSLV on November 5, 2013, and is named Mangalyaan (Sanskrit: Mars-Craft) and is successfully inserted into Earth’s orbit. Scientist Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar) and his team celebrates the successful launch. After spending 298-day transit to Mars, MoM satellite is inserted into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014, making India the  4th country  in the world to do so and the first country to do it in the first attempt.

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Prime Minister Trudeau concludes productive G7 Leaders’ Summit in France

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau,  concluded his participation at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France yesterday.

In discussions on the global economy with G7 leaders, Prime Minister Trudeau stressed the need for leaders to work together to build economies that work for everyone and strengthen the middle class. He underscored the importance of the rules-based international order in supporting growth and opportunities for people around the world to share in a better future.

The G7 leaders also agreed to Prime Minister Trudeau’s initiative to task their Finance Ministers to report back to their leaders on the state of the global economy, so countries can take concerted action to address signs of risk and ensure stable, sustained growth for people.

G7 leaders agreed to work in partnership with African leaders to support transformation, growth, shared prosperity in Africa. The Prime Minister announced several initiatives, including funding in support of the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa initiative to help women entrepreneurs succeed by providing them with access to financing to start their own businesses.

During the Summit, leaders discussed the importance of advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Canada joined the Biarritz Partnership on Gender Equality which highlighted the progress being made by Canada on policy and legislative measures needed to further address inequalities in Canada and abroad. Leaders agreed to concrete actions in response to the recommendations of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, which was launched for the first time by Canada in 2018, and continued by France in 2019. Continue reading “Prime Minister Trudeau concludes productive G7 Leaders’ Summit in France”

10 New Properties Join Nat Geo Unique Lodges of the World

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World has added 10 new handpicked lodges to its growing collection of world-class hotels in extraordinary destinations around the world. These new properties have each demonstrated their dedication to sustainable practices and to protecting natural and cultural heritage while simultaneously providing an intimate and exceptional guest experience.

From a safari camp in South Africa’s Madiwke Game Reserve to a 19th-century estate in Sicily and a remote island sanctuary in Vanuatu, the new additions epitomize National Geographic values of authenticity, enrichment, and a dedication to preserving our planet’s diversity.

Each of these properties has been chosen with sustainability in mind. A National Geographic sustainable tourism expert has spent time at each lodge ensuring that they incorporate innovative sustainability practices into their everyday operations, support natural and cultural heritage, and engage with the local community in tangible ways.

“We’re excited to expand our collection of Unique Lodges to these destinations that are truly making meaningful strides in sustainability. These new properties embrace National Geographic’s values and are making a positive impact on both a local and global scale.” -HeatherHeverling, Senior Vice President of Product Management, National Geographic Expeditions. Continue reading “10 New Properties Join Nat Geo Unique Lodges of the World”

Enjoy all the tastes the Ex has to offer!

There are many tasty treats to enjoy at the 141st Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, also known as the Ex), Toronto’s most iconic summer celebration. Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) food safety inspectors are working on site, behind the scenes, from opening day to Labour Day to inspect all food establishments to help ensure that residents are kept safe from foodborne illnesses.

The way food is produced, stored, handled and consumed affects the safety of food. DineSafe is TPH’s food safety program that inspects all establishments serving and preparing food in the city. TPH’s food safety inspectors’ work helps to make sure that residents and visitors can dine out in Toronto confident that food has been prepared in safe and healthy environments. For special and large-scale events like the Ex, TPH plans ahead and works with organizers to ensure that food safety is top of mind.

From now until closing day at the Ex, TPH will conduct food safety inspections of all food and drink stands, carts, kiosks and trucks on the midway and in the buildings so people can enjoy their food and beverages knowing that the places where they eat and drink are providing safe and healthy food options.

Similar to other food establishments in Toronto, all locations where food is sold at the Ex are required to post their food safety inspection results in a visible location. Continue reading “Enjoy all the tastes the Ex has to offer!”