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Indo-Canadian girl bags youth award

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Toronto: A 17-year-old girl from Canada’s Welland city has been honoured with the ‘Youth Citizen of the Year’ award sponsored by the Welland-Pelham Chamber of Commerce, a media report said.

Vritti Patel, a grade 12 student from Eastdale Secondary School, received the honour on Friday during the Ruby Awards ceremony held at Pelham’s Lookout Point Golf Club, wellandtribune.ca reported on Sunday.

Patel, a student council president and student senate representative on the District School Board of Niagara, balances three jobs, is on five sports teams, is a member of the school band and maintains a 96 percent academic average, the Canada-based news website said.

“Honestly, I’m really speechless right now because every other youth nominated was really deserving for the award, and I’m just really honoured,” Patel was quoted as saying.

She said that involvement in so many different things gives her a rounded perspective and a platform to allow her voice to be heard.

“I think it’s really necessary to speak up for yourself and also for every other youth, and getting involved is the best way to do that,” Patel said.

The Indo-Canadian aims to become an optometrist after graduating from secondary school.

Named after one of the key founders of the Welland-Pelham Chamber of Commerce, the Ruby Awards are presented annually to individuals in areas of local business, community involvement and youth enrichment.

(IANS)

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Justin Trudeau’s Government Selects Indo-Canadian Rana Sarkar as Consul-General to San Francisco

The Indo Canadian is also a member of the team that is negotiating NAFTA

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August 05, 2017: Rana Sarkar, an Indo-Canadian who was until recently national director for high growth markets at the Toronto-based multi-national KPMG, has been named by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government as Canadas Consul-General to San Francisco.

Simultaneously, Sarkar has also been named a member of the high-profile Canadian official team for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the US and Mexico.

The Indo-Canadian community is elated over this very high profile appointment:

“Rana Sarkar (previously President of Canada-India Business Council) brings an impressive array of skills to his new position as Consul General in San Francisco,” says Kasi Rao, currently President of Canada-India Business Council and Vice-President of Asia-Pacific Foundation. “First, Rana is a global Canadian and has operated in multiple geographies – Canada, UK, and India. Second, he has brought individual networks and made them into institutional ones.

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“Rana has maintained an abiding interest in the ideas and innovation space and therefore will be adept at positioning the Canadian advantage in a critically important global city of San Francisco.”

Gary Comerford, who till recently was President of C-IBC, says in an interview that Sarkar “will be a very strong addition to the Canadian-US trade team. His knowledge and considerable expertise in the areas of international trade will be invaluable as the NAFTA agreement is modernized.”

Sarkar was also a Liberal Party candidate for the federal riding of Don Valley North (in Toronto) in 2014 but was not successful and he later became a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s team of advisers.

Sarkar was earlier visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science and more recently Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Appointment of Sarkar in this high profile position is amongst a series of appointments of Indo-Canadians made by the Justin Trudeau government. They include four Indo-Canadian federal ministers: Amarjeet Sohi (Minister for Infrastructure and Communities); Bardish Chagger (Minister for Small Business and Tourism and House Leader); Harjit Singh Sajjan (Minister for National Defense); and Navdeep Bains (Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development).

More recently Trudeau named Anil Arora as Canada’s Chief Statistician. Two other high profile appointments include Sabi Marwah and Ratna Omidvar as Senators. There are 19 Indo-Canadian Members of the House of Commons, 18 of whom are Liberals. (IANS)

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Indo-Canadian found dead in car

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Toronto: The man found dead in an accident in the Newton area of the city is an Indian-Canadian man who was allegedly involved in the local drug trade, police in the Canadian city of Surrey said.

Police found Lucky Dhanoa on March 11 in a car that hit a tree. Dhanoa was allegedly involved in the local drug trade and was found with drugs and money at the time of his death, The Link reported on Saturday.

The incident took place in a residential area in the Newton area of Surrey in British Columbia on March 11.

Police found Dhanoa inside the vehicle with injuries “inconsistent with a car crash,” the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said in a release Saturday.

Police said that fatal injuries of the deceased were “inconsistent” with a car crash and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was looking into the ‘suspicious’ death, CBC News reported.

“We are in the evidence gathering stage at this time,” Sergeant Stephanie Ashton said last week.  (Inputs from Agencies)

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Indo-Canadian Lilly Singh gearing up for YouTube FanFest in Mumbai

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Mumbai: Becoming a part of the YouTube FanFest, the popular Indo-Canadian online personality Lilly Singh, also known by her YouTube username IISuperwomanII, will be flying down here on March 18 and entertaining with her bundle of talent.

YouTube along with Branded Ltd announced the return of the festival, which brings together established and emerging YouTube stars from India and around the world with fans, to Mumbai via a statement on Thursday. The fest is coming back to India for the third time.

It will be held at Dome @ NSCI, SVP Stadium here.

The line-up features over 35 popular YouTube stars from around the world, including Lilly, Connor Franta, All India Bakchod, SANAM, Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath, East India Comedy, Bryden-Parth Music, Abish Mathew, Kaushal, Kenneth Sebastian, and Kurt Hugo Schneider.

Along with the entertainment factor, over 5,000 fans will get a chance to meet the stars.

Schneider is “pumped” about coming back to Mumbai for “the third YouTube FanFest. The fans are some of the best in the world and I’m excited to perform for them again”.

Franta said: “This will be my first time taking part in the YouTube FanFest in India and I am beyond excited. If the energy is the same as the other FanFests, it’s going to be an amazing evening”.

Gautam Anand, director of content and operations, YouTube Asia-Pacific, said: “We’re delighted to host YouTube FanFest again in India for the third time to celebrate this new generation of YouTube stars and welcome some of our most popular global YouTube stars back to India.” (IANS)