Vancouver hosts first ever Times of India Film Awards:
Check out Bollywood flair in Vancouver, Canada, as Indian film celebrities descend on the city for the inaugural edition of the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA). Beginning with a musical extravaganza on April 4, technical awards for film production on April 5 and the main event on April 6. The fiesta also includes the screening of Indian films across the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Indian students win BlackBerries:
The High Commission of Canada in India organised a unique “100 Words…!”contest through the Canada in India Facebook page inviting contestants to share in 100 words or less why they considered Canada to be a great destination for higher education and research. Another contest, “Design-a-Logo,” by the India-Canada Alumni Network (ICAN) was aimed at promoting the Canadian alumni network in India. In addition to presenting prizes of the contests, Stewart Beck, High Commissioner for Canada to India, launched a new mobile app for the India Canada Alumni Network (ICAN) website, with information on studying in Canada at an alumni reception in Delhi on March 21.
Holi celebrations at the High Commission commemorate Canadian Arctic expedition:
Guests at the Holi celebrations at the High Commission of Canada in Delhi on March 22 included prominent Canadian Arctic scientists Dr. Louis Fortier and Dr. David J. Scott, key High Commission contacts and members of the Indian media. The colourful event, with a Northern Lights theme, also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first Canadian expedition to the Arctic. India has a three-decade-long history of research in the Antarctic and has recently opened a research station in the Arctic region of Svalbard, Norway. With Canada assuming the Chair of the Arctic Council in May 2013, the visit by Dr. Fortier and Dr. Scott to India promoted Arctic research partnership opportunities through meetings with scientists and researchers from the Indian National Centre for Antarctic and Oceanic Research. The scientists also met with journalists, local schools and universities and think tanks.
Canadian mining company joins hands with UNICEF to save children’s lives in India:
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Canada and the Canadian mining company Teck Resources launched a new $5 million program on April 3, which will save over 150,000 children’s lives in India. Launched under the Zinc Alliance for Child Health, the program aims to scale up the use of zinc supplementation and oral rehydration salts (ORS) to treat diarrhoea while strengthening health care systems across India. The new partnership will concentrate on Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh - three states with the highest burden of childhood diarrhoea in India.
CIDA amalgamated to form the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development:
“CIDA in Nepal: The Legacy of Forty Years of Cooperation” marks the conclusion of 40 years of the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) bilateral development cooperation with Nepal. The book was launched by Jim Nickel, Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India, during his visit to Nepal. As part of the Federal Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013, CIDA has been amalgamated with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In his statement, Julian Fantino, Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation stated, “The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation and humanitarian support.”
EDC signs USD 600 million of new business in India:
On April 4, Export Development Canada (EDC) reported signing USD 600 million in new transactions that will facilitate new export business between Canadian companies and Indian multinationals. EDC is Canada's export credit agency, a Crown corporation offering innovative financing, insurance and risk management solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business.
Canada Open for Business to Start-Up Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs will now be able to apply for Canada’s new Start-Up Visa Program, the first of its kind in the world, aimed to provide sought-after entrepreneurs with permanent residency and access to a wide range of business partners.