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Compassion, Solidarity Mark Kerala Flood Benefit at Canada House

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Sept 27: Compassion and solidarity marked the Kerala Flood Benefit at the Canada House, residence of High Commissioner Nadir Patel, here on Monday last. Dr Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament; Dr Yasmin Haque, UNICEF Representative in India, a group of dedicated volunteers and businesses graced the occasion.

Dr Shashi Tharoor, who is also Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, thanked High Commissioner Nadir Patel and his wife Jennifer Graham for throwing open their house for such an important cause.

Giving details of the enormity of Kerala flood tragedy, Tharoor, Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram, said it was worst floods since 1924. The intensive damage was done not only by the rainfall that was not only 250 per cent more than the normal rain, but by the intensity of the rainfall that came over in three days. It was 957 per cent more than the expected amount of water per day.

He said 10 out of the 14 districts were affected. The enormity has been so high that in one district alone 39,000 houses were damaged. Over 80,000 km of roads and 39 bridges have been damaged or destroyed. Large areas of agriculture land was damaged destroyed and crops were washed away. Over 500 lives were lost. Over two million people were displaced.

Dr Tharoor touched upon now famous extraordinary story of poor fishermen who rescued hundreds of people during the first few days of the Kerala calamity. He also dwelled upon how the relief camps were superbly organized.

He said now the challenge was on rebuilding and reconstruction. He called for an independent international agency for need assessment. In the light of global warming, he said there was need for flood line mapping to avoid future damages during such disasters. He also asked the government to call for International Kerala Rebuilding Congress.

Dr Tharoor criticized the Central Government for refusing to accept aid from foreign nations. He pointed out that the US’s per capita income is more than 23 times that of India. However, when Hurricane Katrina hit it, the US accepted foreign aid without shame or embarrassment. “I wonder why we are living in arrogance and false pride. And this has no place as far as human beings are concerned. The Central Government’s stand is unworthy and unforgivable,” he added.

He said “compassion and solidarity are human responses. Like Jennifer and Nadir Patel have opened their home for a good cause. That’s human nature.”

Dr Yasmin Haque, who had visited Alleppey and Thiruvananthapuram, said the solidarity was the hallmark at the relief camps. A lady had told me that this was the best Onam in the camps. Every evening local artist would sing and dance. She stressed on the need for building flood resistance toilets and cost effective waste system.

The young volunteers raised about Rs 500,000, including pledges, during the evening for Rasta, a non-governmental, not for profit organisation, working tirelessly in Kerala. Purnima Menon represented Rasta as the President his team were busy working for the good cause on ground zero in Kerala.

Zachariah Jacob and Tomas Fenn, Partners of Mahabelly restaurant, contributed sumptuous food during the evening.

National Day of the Slovak Republic Celebrated

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Sept 17: Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to India Ivan Lancaric held a state reception here today on the occasion of National Day of the Slovak Republic (1st September, Constitution Day) in presence of representatives of Indian government, members of diplomatic corps, business, academia and science partners, media and Slovak citizens living in India.

Honorary Consuls of the Slovak Republic from Indian Bangalore and Nepalese Kathmandu also attended the reception.

Ambassador in his speech reminded the history of the independent Slovak Republic and assessed the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between India and Slovakia by underlining the ambition to move Slovak-Indian friendship to partnership with focus on economic cooperation.

He informed, that the carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will launch its operation in Slovakia in coming weeks. By this investment of the Indian mother company - TATA Motors, Slovakia becomes the hub of the Indian investments in Central and Eastern Europe. Union Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar was the chief guest to the Slovak National Day Reception. M. J. Akbar visited Slovakia in May 2018.

Canada’s top 13 Business-Schools to tour India for the 2018 EduCanada MBA Showcase

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Sept 11: Thirteen of Canada’s leading business schools will be on a multi-city tour in India to present MBA opportunities during the 2018 EduCanada MBA Showcase. Scheduled for nine days beginning September 17, the representatives from these prominent Canadian universities will visit the cities of Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai.

This fifth edition of the EduCanada MBA Showcase will provide an excellent opportunity for young professionals, entrepreneurs and students aspiring to obtain a globally recognized management degree, meet with representatives of Canadian institutions and learn about their MBA programs. During the course of each event, attendees can take part in interactive sessions on a range of subjects such as admissions, visa procedures, and career opportunities.

The delegation will be touring the following five cities: New Delhi: September 17; Hyderabad: September 20; Chennai: September 21; Bengaluru: September 23; and Mumbai: September 25.

The EduCanada MBA Showcase is an annual marque event organised by the High Commission of Canada in India, in association with, the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC).

The participating universities include: Lakehead University, Memorial University, Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management, Saint Mary's University — Sobey School of Business, University of Alberta – Alberta School of Business, University of Calgary — Haskayne School of Business, University of Manitoba - Asper School of Business, University of New Brunswick- Fredericton, University of New Brunswick- Saint John, University of Windsor-Odette School of Business, University of Winnipeg-Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE), Vancouver Island University- Faculty of Management, York University - Schulich School of Business.

Participation is free but registration is mandatory. To register please visit:

Canada is internationally recognized for a competency-based teaching approach with credentials that are globally recognized for providing a world-class education. The delegates representing Canada’s elite MBA programs as well as representatives from the High Commission of Canada in India will be available to interact with MBA aspirants.

Indian students are increasingly seeing Canada as a top destination for a high quality education at an affordable cost, in a safe, welcoming and multicultural environment.

In 2017, 83,540 or approximately 26% of study permits were issued to Indian nationals (out of a total of 317,670 permits issued worldwide). Approximately 124,000 Indians held a valid Canadian study permit as of December 31, 2017.

Gurgaon Tax Bar Association invites CJI Dipak Misra, says its President Naveen Gupta

By Deepak Arora

GURGAON, Sept 2:

President of the District Taxation Bar Association of Gurgaon, Naveen Gupta, on Saturday invited the Chief Justice of India, Mr Dipak Misra, to address the Gurgaon Bar Association.

Advocate Naveen Gupta met the Chief Justice on the sidelines of a symposium on the "Role of Legal Education in Nation Building".

The Chief Justice was very positive and asked him to a formal invite so that his office could consider the request to address the Gurgaon Bar members, according to Naveen Gupta.

Society of India Law Firms (SILF) and Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training (MILAT) held the symposium in New Delhi on Saturday to celebrate the 10th Law Teacher's Day.

The event was supported by the Bar Council of India.

Later in the afternoon, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was the chief guest at the award function.

President of the District Taxation Bar Association of Gurgaon, Naveen Gupta, also met the Vice President on the sidelines of the award function.

In his inagural address, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the implementation of rule of law in a nation depends on the quality of legal education in a country.

Justice Misra said law schools are the hatcheries supplying legal professionals who act as sentinels for the implementation of rule of law.

He also said legal education is a science which inculcates in law students a sense of maturity and understanding of the society and moulds them to emerge as protectors of citizenry liberties.

Justice Misra appreciated the functioning of National Law Universities and said the institution has turned out to be the most successful exercise for enhancing the quality of legal education in the country.

“The introduction of five year law course has made legal education quite coveted in India. It has become imperative for law schools to take in account the changes taking place across the world as well as the contemporary issues in the society.

“Law schools must focus on developing amongst its students critical reflectiveness of the social, moral and political outlooks embedded in law,” Justice Misra said.

The CJI said it was the duty of all stakeholders to enhance the legal education by registering the importance of law schools and lauded Professor N R Madhava Menon, saying he has been influenced by the octogenarian in a subconscious way and his passion towards the discipline of law should be inculcated by everyone.

Prof Menon said the law schools were a neglected lot. He said even though there are 23 national law universities across the country and India need to do more for the legal education.

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu presented South Asia Legal Education Excellence Award 2018 to a representative of Tribhuvan University School of Law, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Bar Association of India and Society of Indian Law Firms President Lalit Bhasin was present on the occasion. Besides others, also present was Advocate Sandeep Kumar, member of the Gurgaon Tax Bar Association.

This year, the prestigious SILF-MILAT Prof N R Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award was bagged by Prof R Venkata Rao of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.



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