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Indian Arabic Magazine ‘Satwul Hind’ to Publish its 500th Edition in July

Indian embassy celebrates as the Indian Arabic magazine 'Sawtul Hind' reaches 500th edition

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  • The Arabic magazine ‘Sawtul Hind’ published by the Indian embassy reaches a milestone next week as it publishes its 500th edition
  • The launch of the 500th commemorative issue of the magazine will be celebrated in Cairo
  • A photo exhibition will be featured as the celebration of Sawtul Hind’s 500th issue from July 17 to 20 at The Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation

New Delhi, July 12, 2017: The Indian Arabic magazine ‘Sawtul Hind’ published by the Indian embassy in Egypt for the past six decades is going to witness a milestone next week as it publishes it 500th edition depicting the strong bond and vibrant cultural exchanges between India and Egypt.

The launch of the 500th commemorative issue of the magazine will be celebrated by the Indian embassy at the Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation in Cairo on Monday, mentioned PTI report.

The first edition of ‘Sawtful Hind’ was published in 1952 and continues to be an interface between India and Egypt by collating information on the political, economical and cultural relationship between the two countries.

Sanjay Bhattacharya, India’s Ambassador to Egypt, wrote an editorial in the commemorative issue saying when a journal reaches its 500th edition, in a journey over six momentous decades, it becomes a “chronicle of history”.

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“Sawtul-Hind came to light as our nations emerged out of the shackles of colonialism as independent countries. India and Egypt were actively engaged in promoting South-South cooperation, growth of Non-Aligned Movement and encouraging regional and multilateral cooperation,” added Bhattacharya in the latest edition that will be released during the celebration on Monday.

The magazine is committed to continue its efforts to “feature the rich diversity of India, a nation with the confidence of a rich heritage and the optimism of a dynamic future,” said the ambassador.

A photo exhibition will be featured as a part of the celebration of Sawtul Hind’s 500th issue, displaying Sawtul Hind’s journey over the past six decades, through various covers of the magazine. The exhibition will be open for the visitors from July 17 to 20 at the hall of the Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation.

The launch ceremony will witness the performance of an Oriental Music group from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Egyptian Minister of Culture Helmy El Namnam is going to be the Chief Guest of the event.

Being one of India’s most important trading partner in the African continent; having mutual political understanding based on cooperation on bilateral, regional and global issues; India and Egypt, two of the world’s oldest civilizations have shared a history of close relationship from ancient times.

Three streets in Cairo are named after Indian leaders namely, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and Dr. Zakir Hussein.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel. Twitter: goel_samiksha

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‘Super 30’ Founder Anand Kumar Urges Indians in Canada to Join Hands for Country’s Progress

Anand Kumar runs the ‘Super-30’ programme in India for talented students from underprivileged background and provides them free mentoring

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Vancouver, Sep 05, 2017: ‘Super 30’ founder and mathematician Anand Kumar has urged Indians in Canada to contribute to their native country’s progress in whatever way they could.

“With such a large number of successful Indians in different fields here, India can bank on it and hope to use this vast expertise for its progress,” Kumar said.

He was speaking at the grand finale of ‘Namaste Canada’ programme, organised by 20 big Indian groups in association with the Indian Embassy, on Monday.

He said distance would not matter in this digital era, but passion and commitment would.

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He said there were abundant opportunities in the fields of education, healthcare and skill development in India, which had a young workforce below 35 years of age comprising more than half its total population.

In India, Kumar runs the ‘Super-30’ programme for talented students from underprivileged background and provides them free mentoring.

So far, over 400 of his students have made it to the Indian Institutes of Technology. (IANS)

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Genetic Secrets of Ancient Egypt Unwrapped: DNA from Mummies found

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Scientist Verena Schuenemann is shown examining the lower jaw bone of an ancient Egyptian mummy at the Palaeogenetics Laboratory at the University of Tuebingen in Germany in this undated photograph, May 30, 2017. VOA

DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa.

Scientists on Tuesday said they examined genome data from 90 mummies from the Abusir el-Malek archaeological site, located about 70 miles (115 km) south of Cairo, in the most sophisticated genetic study of ancient Egyptians ever conducted.

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The DNA was extracted from the teeth and bones of mummies from a vast burial ground associated with the green-skinned god Osiris. The oldest were from about 1388 BC during the New Kingdom, a high point in ancient Egyptian influence and culture.

Genomes provide a surprise

The most recent were from about 426 AD, centuries after Egypt had become a Roman Empire province.

“There has been much discussion about the genetic ancestry of ancient Egyptians,” said archeogeneticist Johannes Krause of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany, who led the study published in the journal Nature Communications.

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“Are modern Egyptians direct descendants of ancient Egyptians? Was there genetic continuity in Egypt through time? Did foreign invaders change the genetic makeup: for example, did Egyptians become more ‘European’ after Alexander the Great conquered Egypt?” Krause added. “Ancient DNA can address those questions.”

The genomes showed that, unlike modern Egyptians, ancient Egyptians had little to no genetic kinship with sub-Saharan populations, some of which like ancient Ethiopia were known to have had significant interactions with Egypt.

The closest genetic ties were to the peoples of the ancient Near East, spanning parts of Iraq and Turkey as well as Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Middle-class mummies

Egypt, located in North Africa at a crossroads of continents in the ancient Mediterranean world, for millennia boasted one of the most advanced civilizations in antiquity, known for military might, wondrous architecture including massive pyramids and imposing temples, art, hieroglyphs and a pantheon of deities.

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Mummification was used to preserve the bodies of the dead for the afterlife. The mummies in the study were of middle-class people, not royalty.

The researchers found genetic continuity spanning the New Kingdom and Roman times, with the amount of sub-Saharan ancestry increasing substantially about 700 years ago, for unclear reasons.

“There was no detectable change for those 1,800 years of Egyptian history,” Krause said. “The big change happened between then and now.” (VOA)

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36-year-old Egyptian Woman Eman Ahmed weighing 500 Kg gets Visa with help of Sushma Swaraj

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New Delhi, December 7, 2016: By External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj intervention a bed-ridden Egyptian woman weighing 500kg was on Tuesday granted visa by Indian Embassy in Cairo.

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It was due to Eman’s weight that she was prevented from pursuing her studies as due to weight gain she dropped out of school.

According to PTI, “36-year-old Eman Ahmed, a resident of port city of Alexandria, was issued the medical visa hours after a Mumbai- based bariatric surgeon requested Swaraj to help the woman travel to India for her treatment.”

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Swaraj tweeted in response to the request, “Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her.”

A few hours later, Dr Muffi Lakdawala, who is a philanthropist, tweeted that Indian Embassy in Cairo granted visa to Eman, a resident of Alexandria.

Lakdawala said,”Embassy in Cairo called Visa granted.Thank you so much for this prompt response, impressed Appreciate the help @SushmaSwaraj.”

He said Eman weighs 500 kg and has been refused the visa.

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“Ma’am , Eman Ahmed (Egypt) 500kgs requested me 2 save her pls help me get her a medical visa as refused thru normal process @SushmaSwaraj,” he had tweeted.

by NewsGram team