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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Indian High Commission organized a four day international conference to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the arrival of East Indians in Trinidad and Tobago.

At the opening ceremony of the International Indian Diaspora Conference, Clement Sankat, principal of the St. Augustine  Campus, University of West Indies, said on Tuesday, “The Indian diaspora must move beyond culture, heritage and traditions into present day areas of sustainable development.”

“We must build a new impetus towards a direction for sustainable development that is mutually beneficial to India and its global diaspora,” he added.

The first voyage of East Indians started in the year 1844. Around 238 people, mainly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, boarded the steam ship “Fatal Razack” from Calcutta Port on August 27, 1844. They reached the Port of Trinidad and Tobago on May 30, 1845. The British government brought these people here to enhance the decaying agricultural capacity in cocoa, coffee and sugarcane.

The government of Trinidad and Tobago declared May 30th as a public holiday in the year 1992.

“Through scholarship and conferences, the Caribbean could develop a Caribbean civilization, and this must enrich a global civilization,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Dookeran.

Dookeran said that the approach to search the pathway for Indian diaspora in the country started from the 1975 conference.

Indian High Commissioner, Gauri Shankar Gupta, praised the Indian diaspora for their strength and resilience in the global community. He added that the names of the people of this extraction are found at all levels of society, politics, culture, religion, academic and sports.

The four day conference ends on Friday. The delegates from several countries such as Fiji, Suriname, USA, UK, the Netherlands and, of course, India are taking part in this program.

The conference mainly focuses on Indians in the Caribbean, literary representations of the Indian diaspora, religion and spirituality in the Indian diaspora, historiography of the Indian diaspora, cross cultural exchanges, art, music and aesthetics.

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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