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Udit Raj, top designers to present Khadi fashion show at Indonesian embassy

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, April 11: Ministry of Textile in association with Indonesian Embassy and New Delhi Social Work association has showcased and promoted the fabric of India at Atul grove, Janpath. Dr Udit Raj, MP and in partnership with KHADI - KVIC & Ministry of Textile will promote KHADI & SILK at global level.

This is first of its kind work done in Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY) and KVIC - KHADI and Ahimsa Silk to be displayed in Indonesian Embassy. Countries leading designers like Varun Bahl, Rina Dhaka, Charu Parashar, Pallavi Singh and Diksha Khanna have lent their full support besides participation and mentored the women of the villages.

This association has enhanced the presence of Indian fabric to the globe. This will foster many designers to support the initiative that will generate employment to the women at the village.

Khadi is actually the National Fabric of India and has always been the guiding and uniting factor for us through the struggle for freedom and led us to independence. This is the best of the organic fabric and has the global appeal; we just need to provide it a global platform. That is why our endeavour to Showcase the Khadi and Ahimsa Silk through Fashion Shows at different embassies to give it a global platform.

This Fashion Show is the best way to showcase the power and appeal of Khadi by bringing in the very-abled disabled designers and the leading designers like Varun Bahl, Rina Dhaka, Charu Parashar, Diksha Khanna and more to create some very contemporary and stunning designs and dresses.

This Show is celebrated on the occasion of Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti on 14th April at the Indonesian Embassy. Dr. Udit Raj has taken up this initiative in association with New Delhi Social Workers’ Association. Under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Dr. Udit Raj has been working towards providing skill training and employment especially to the disabled designers.

Dr. Udit Raj said “This is the time for elites and designers to outreach the villages to empower the women in particular and I am happy there are a few designers like Charu Prashar, Varun Bahl, Rina Dhaka among others have a heart to get involved in philanthropy and promotion of skill training in rural India. I have adopted 3 villages namely Jaunti, Khampur and Salahpur Mazra under the Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana. People of the villages are trained in different skill but that will hardly be of any use if it doesn’t turn into a good earning. Not only the ideals of Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna(SAGY) were implemented but true women empowerment targets have also been fulfilled. As all villages are planned and developed by women namely Smt. Rekha Vohra, Ms. Yogita & Ms. Lehar Sethi and to encourage these ideals the only NGO namely The New Delhi Social Worker Association has come forward to showcase above objectives at its cost."

Gaurav Grover, president of NDSWA, said “This association will give Khadi & Silk a platform to present India in an international market,also that will encourage designers to work with this fabric. It will give immense pleasure to NDSWA to get associated with such initiative and make familiar Indian fabric to the global market.”

Happy Easter and Happy Passover

By Bobby K. Kalotee

Bobby KaloteeNEW YORK, April 1: Happy Passover to all the people who believe in this special day. I like to wish Happy Easter to all. God Bless you all with good health and Prosperity. We might choose to celebrate these special days differently there is no doubt as a Humanitarian we are one family. Wish you all the best Peace on in our Universe.

For Christians as well as Jews, Passover – beginning at sundown Friday and ending at sundown on April 7 – is a particularly important holiday.

You say that Christians don’t celebrate Passover? But of course we do. Easter is Passover.

Most modern languages bear witness to this and use similar words to describe both the Jewish and Christian holidays. The words are taken from Pesach, the Hebrew name for Passover. Spaniards call Easter Pascua. Italians call it Pasqua. And the Dutch say Pasen. In Zulu it’s IPhasika.

Only a few languages – English, German, Polish – give the Christian holiday a name unrelated to Passover. We call it “Easter,” though it loses much in that translation.

In ancient Israel, Passover was a sacrificial feast of massive proportions. The first century historian Josephus tells of one year when 255,660 lambs were slaughtered in the Jerusalem Temple. Other sources tell us that the city’s streams ran red with blood from the sacrifices.

It was a holy day of obligation. The Book of Exodus (23:14–17) required all Israelite males to celebrate three feasts in the holy city, and Passover was chief among the three. At Passover a family would share a meal tightly scripted with prayer, known as the seder. They’d share the sacrificial lamb along with unleavened bread and four cups of wine.

Bobby KaloteeJesus’ Last Supper had a Passover setting and character, and so it was a solemn, sacrificial banquet. But his offering was not an ordinary lamb. It was rather the person made known in the Gospels as the “Lamb of God.” It was Jesus himself.

In the Upper Room, Jesus made an offering of his “body” and “blood.” He spoke of the action as his memorial (another synonym for sacrifice). Echoing the Passover Haggadah (the prayer book and guide used to conduct the seder, still used today) he told those who attended to repeat the action they had witnessed.

The sacrifice offered at the Last Supper was consummated on the cross. The sacrifice that took place “once for all” was extended to all peoples by its re-presentation in the meal that Christians call the “Lord’s Supper” or “Eucharist.” In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul called Christ “our paschal lamb” who “has been sacrificed” (5:7).

It was Jesus’ action at the Last Supper that transformed his death from an execution to a sacrificial offering. At the Last Supper he gave his body to be broken, his blood to be poured out on the “altar” of the cross.

Because he did so, his death on Calvary was not simply a brutal and bloody execution. Jesus’ death had been transformed by his self-offering in the Upper Room. It had become the offering of an unblemished Passover victim – the self-offering of a high priest who gave himself as a victim for the redemption of others. “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).

Christians came to understand this event – Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection — as the Paschal Mystery. It is the mystery of Passover, foreshadowed from the dawn of creation by the blood of Abel, the murdered shepherd. It is the mystery of Passover, prefigured by Abraham’s offering of his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. It is the mystery hidden in Israel’s deliverance amid the final plague visited upon Egypt.

All of these mysteries found fulfillment in Jesus’ Passover, which the early Christians understood as a “once for all” sacrifice (Hebrews 7:27, 10:10).

It was a supremely important event. As Jews renewed their covenant through the Passover sacrifice, so Christians renewed their “new covenant” through the offering of the body and blood of the Lamb of God. They marked every Sunday as the Lord’s Day by re-presenting the once-for-all sacrifice. And Passover – Pesach – was the first feast the Christian Church celebrated annually.

We still celebrate Passover every year. In our country we might call it by a different name, but the reality remains the same as it ever was. Don’t let it pass you by without a keen awareness of its deepest meaning. — with Gudumac Alla and 81 others.

Pope calls for peace in Syria and across the Middle East

ROME, April 1: Pope Francis has called in his Easter address for an end to "carnage" in Syria and "reconciliation" in the Middle East. He also named several other nations, including Yemen and DR Congo, as needing the "fruits of peace."

Pope Francis on Sunday used his traditional Easter message to call for peace across the world, giving special mention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Syrian civil war.

Francis told the tens of thousands of people listening in a flower-bedecked St. Peter's Square in the Vatican that the Middle East conflict did "not spare the defenseless," calling for "reconciliation for the Holy Land."

His remarks come two days after more than a dozen Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers at the Israeli-Gaza border.

The pontiff also begged for peace "for the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria, whose people are worn down by an apparently endless war."

In the course of the address, he mentioned Yemen, the wider Middle East, Ukraine, Venezuela, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Korean Peninsula as regions and countries in crisis.

The listeners were urged to work to end "so many acts of injustice," two days after the pope said in another address that he was "ashamed" of the state of the world.

The Urbi et Orbi (To the city and to the world) address on Sunday brought to an end a full schedule of Easter ceremonies for the 81-year-old Francis.

On Saturday, he celebrated a nighttime Mass in St. Peter's, during which he baptized eight adults, including a formerly undocumented Nigerian migrant beggar who became a national hero when he disarmed an Italian thief wielding a cleaver.

The pope has in the past often spoken out in defense of refugees coming to Europe to escape conflict or poverty in their home countries.

He also presided over the Via Crucis procession at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday.

Security has been tight in Rome amid reports that Islamists might carry out attacks in the city. Some 10,000 police have been deployed to boost security in the Italian capital.

10 sales job interview questions to prepare for

As a candidate for sales position, chances are you will be asked many questions related to the job. Some of these will be around sharing ideas and vision for future. Unfortunately, if you can’t convey that vision in a simple, direct and concise manner during the job interview, a hiring manager won’t perceive you as credible.

Before you apply for a sales job, make sure you’re prepared to answer these common sales job interview questions.

Q.) What are the most important sales skills?

Q.) Are you uncomfortable making cold calls?

Q.) Have you consistently met your sales goals?

Q.) How much flexibility does the salesperson have in negotiating price with the customer?

Q.) Sell me this pen?

Q.) What do you least like about being in sales?

Q.) What interests you most about this sales position?

Q.) What is more important, a quality product or excellent customer service?

Q.) What makes you a good sales person?

Q.) What percentage of employees exceed their quota?



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