Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize Conferred on HWPL Chairman
By Deepak Arora
GYEONGGI (South Korea), July 19: Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) was honored with the “Mahatma Gandhi Prize for Non-Violent Peace” at the Peace Palace here on Tuesday. Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Chairman of Mahatma M.K. Gandhi Foundation for Nonviolent Peace, and Secretary-General Dr. Jyoti Mohapatra came to Korea for the prize award ceremony. Chairman Patasani is also a Parliament member of the 16th Lok Sabha (House of the People) of India.
Mahatma Gandhi Prize for Nonviolent Peace, officially registered as an international award on the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, has had many renowned laureates including Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, S D Sharma etc.
Along with Chairman Lee, Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and Dr. Alexander Kim, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Sakha, Republic of the Russian Federation received the Gandhi Prize.
“The greatest peace prize is peace on Earth and this is the legacy that we should leave to our future generations. This will become the peace prize that will pave the way to the peaceful lives of humanity. I would like to accept this prize as a lesson that keeps me going for the work of peace,” said Chairman Lee during his acceptance speech.
Chairwoman Kim said, “Mahatma Gandhi was not only a leader of India but also a peace activist who awakened the whole world. I would like to extend my word of gratitude to the foundation named after him for bestowing this prestigious award. I would like to share my joy of receiving this meaningful award with the IWPG members and 3.6 billion women of the world. When the light of HWPL and the light of the Gandhi foundation meet, I believe that we will be able to overcome any obstacles before our goal.”
Two Chairpersons were recognized for their great contributions to the reconstruction of human society and world peace by spreading the noble spirits of “Non-Violence, Universal Brotherhood, Service, and Unity of all Religions & Excellence in the field of all related peace work.”
Chairman Patasani of Gandhi foundation gave a congratulatory message: “I would like to welcome the laureates to this ceremony, which is held to honor the laureates for their outstanding contributions in the field of peace work. On behalf of Mahatma M.K. Gandhi Foundation for Nonviolent Peace, I salute and honor the greatest peace lovers, Mr. Man Hee Lee and Ms. Nam Hee Kim, for their achievement following Gandhi’s philosophy and knowledge to promote world peace and development of humanity.”
As a preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India, Mahatma Gandhi inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Chairman Lee and HWPL’s initiatives for peace have been comprehensively expanding Gandhi’s vision for nonviolence through peace law campaigns and alliance of religions meetings, thus bringing forth world peace and the cessation of war. The organization has pioneered various peace activities with IWPG and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).
Canada supports campaign to end child marriage
By Deepak Arora
JAIPUR, July 18: Acting High Commissioner for Canada to India Jess Dutton today participated in the launch of a campaign to end child marriage in Rajasthan. The event in Jaipur was jointly organised by the Government of Rajasthan, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The Government of Canada has granted $3.25 million to UNFPA’s activities in India focused on ending child marriage. This is part of a $20 million grant to UNFPA for its efforts to end child marriage in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. In addition, Government of Canada has provided $20 million to UNICEF for efforts to end child marriage in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Yemen and Zambia.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dutton said: “Canada has made preventing child, early and forced marriage both a foreign policy and a development priority. Canada feels strongly that gender equality is not only a human rights issue, but an essential component of sustainable development, social justice, peace and security.”
FICCI Welcomes Brazil as the 76th Member of the ATA Carnet System
By Deepak Arora
NEW DELHI, July 18: The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) welcomes Brazil as the 76th member of the ATA Carnet System. Brazil joins the system as of 28 June 2016 ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics. The ATA Carnet System, which is administered worldwide by the World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC), ICC, Paris has been successfully functioning for more than 50 years, includes at present 76 countries.
ATA Carnet is an international customs document, which replaces customs declarations and allows a simplified and accelerated clearance of temporary import and export of goods for holding exhibitions and fairs, as well as of commercial samples, professional equipment and some other categories of goods. The system gives a number of advantages to businessmen seeking new opportunities on foreign markets.It can benefit Business travelers/sales executives, Fair Exhibitors, Film and TV crews, Artists, Engineers, Educationalists, Entertainers, Sports teams and many more during their overseas trips.
ATA Carnet is the simplest method of exporting goods on a temporary basis. Carnets are like passports for goods replacing normal Customs documentation enabling fast trouble free importation into member countries without having to pay duty/tax. The key benefit is that it can be used for multiple trips throughout the period of its one year validity. It allows a reduction of delays and a standardization of procedures that are vital in today’s economic world.In addition, it significantly cut the amount of customs paperwork.
FICCI, which administers the ATA Carnet System in India, informs the sport organizations/teams, journalists and T.V. Broadcasters to make use of this unique facility to carry their goods for display and news coverage at Olympics 2016 in Brazil and reap the benefits.
13-year-old flute player Suleman wins India’s Got Talent 7
NEW DELHI, July 9: With just a flute, a 13-year-old boy from Amritsar had both Bollywood and the national audience following his tune. Suleman emerged the winner on the seventh edition of India Got Talent on Saturday night after being voted as the best by viewers.
The latest season, which began airing on April 30, was presented by comedian Bharti Singh and actor Siddharth Shukla. Filmmaker Karan Johar, and actors Kirron Kher and Malaika Arora Khan were on the judges panel.
In the grand finale, Suleman had to compete against season favourites Incredible Mallakhamb, Akash & Atharva and Antara and Papai.
“I am so happy I finally won India’s Got Talent. It is a huge achievement for me. I guess Antara and Papai, too, deserved to win. Their performance was beautiful,” an elated Suleman said.
The youngster’s musical proclivity comes from his parents; both his mother and father are professional musicians. While Suleman takes after his father, a flute player, his sister took after his mother, who plays the harmonium. Taking to the wind instrument at the age of three, he now trains under Pt Hariprasad Chaurasiya.
Though he cited AR Rahman and singer Arijit Singh as his idols, his best moment from the show was meeting Salman Khan during the actor’s promotion of his latest film Sultan.
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“I did not get the time to talk to him individually but meeting him in person was a great achievement for me,” he said.
So any showbiz plans in the offing? The young teenager said he wanted to finish his studies before entering the industry.
After learning flute he started performing in programs in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, and Ahmedabad.