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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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The Indian diaspora, or the Indians living abroad are known to have very firm associations with their roots. Their respect towards Indian culture and staunch belief in Indian values can be easily observed by the many activities they organize.

Celebrating the Indian heritage and the legacy of father of our nation- Mahatma Gandhi, The India Discovery Centre (IDC), a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts, is organizing an event called “India Heritage Weekend.”

The programme will be a celebration of the centennial of Gandhi’s return to India and will consist of a planned set of activities including movies, music concert, exhibition and a lecture.

Gandhi returned from South Africa in 1915 and launched India’s nonviolent civil disobedience movement that helped gain India’s freedom. He is remembered and respected throughout the globe because, along with being the catalyst for the liberation of his own people, he also helped South Africa and many other African and Asian nations to liberate from the British Raj.

Adding to the highlights of the programme, the IDC also plans to conduct a national level essay competition. The contest will be open to all school and college students below twenty years of age. The topic is “Gandhi’s message and its influence on the world.” There will be cash prizes for the winners.

The deadline for submission of essays will be the 30th of September 2015. The results will be announced in the second week of October.

For more details: visit www.IndiaDiscoveryCentre.org  or Contact: Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi at IDCinBoston@gmail.com or by calling him at 781-248-0591.

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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company's offices in Toronto. VOA

Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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Representational Image of ‘Doodle for Google’. Flickr

From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)