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Toronto: Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier joined the Indo-Canadian community in celebrating 67th Republic Day of India at the Indian mission before leaving for New Delhi on a 10-day trade mission.

During her trade mission to Indiastarting from January 27, the premier of Ontario biggest and the most powerful province of Canada and home to over half a million Indo-Canadian community will visit New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

The provincial premier in Canada is equal to the state Chief Minister in India.

Greeting India and the Indo-Canadian community on Republic Day, Wynne said during her trade mission she is expected to sign major bilateral agreements in the areas of clean technology and infrastructure.

“During my trade mission, I will travel to New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai where I will meet with government officials, business leaders and investors and promote Ontario’s innovative infrastructure and clean tech sectors,” Wynne said.

“This is my first trade mission to India, and I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to taking in some of India’s rich cultural history and growing Ontario’s partnership with India,” the Ontario premier said.

She credited the huge Indo-Canadian community with fostering Canada’s strong relationship with India.

“Ontario boasts the largest Indo-Canadian population in all of Canada, and it’s because of these strong tieS the personal connections we have that in 1987 we were the first subnational government to open a trade office in India.”

“In those 29 years, we have grown our partnerships with both the government and business, creating jobs and growth on both sides of the Pacific, and we have unlocked new opportunities.”

Waynne said her trip to India will be “a turning point, a chance to build on the foundation, and create an even stronger relationship between Ontario and India where our expertise and our goods can support India’s growth.”

“…I want to thank everyone here today (Tuesday) for being part of the dynamic Indo-Canadian community for establishing those irreplaceable person-to-person connections between India and Ontario, and for building a province where we find strength in our diversity.”

She said even though Canada has become one of the most multicultural and diverse countries in the world, the country and the world have a lot to learn from India about diversity.

Waynne quoted Gandhi, “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”

She said “We are building a province that reaches for this unity by embracing our diversity and finding strength in the many communities that make up one Ontario. And it’s in this same vein of unity and fairness that we celebrate India’s Republic Day today (Tuesday).”

Waynne said “Sixty-six years ago today (January 26) the Constitution of India came into force signalling a new era for the entire country. It was a moment of great triumph and celebration for India, and our annual recognition serves as a reminder to strive for Gandhi’s message of unity through diversity and thriving together in harmony.”

“I will carry this powerful message with me when I visit the Rajghat close to the anniversary of Gandhi’s death.”(IANS)(Image-cbc.ca)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)