Governor of Haryana Shri Bandaru Dattatraya and Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal inaugurat the 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela


Governor of Haryana Shri  Bandaru Dattatraya and Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal inaugurated the 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela today in the august presence of Shri Kanwar Pal, Minister of Tourism Forests, Hospitality and Art, Education, Parliamentary Affairs, Haryana and His Excellency Mr. Dilshod Akhatov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan Embassy, Smt. Seema Trikha, M.L.A, Badkhal, Shri. Krishan Pal, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Power & Heavy Industries, Government of India,  Shri. Mool Chand Sharma, Minister of Transport, Mines & Geology, Skill Development & Industrial Training and Elections and Shri Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India along with other dignitaries and Senior Officials of the Central Government &State Governments. 




 




During the inauguration session, Shri Bandaru Dattatraya, Governor of Haryana in his address pointed out the importance of art and crafts in the development of civilization and culture. He also praised the Ministries of Central Government & State Government of Haryana for organising the Crafts Mela as this gives an opportunity to the artisan from India and as well as participating countries to present the rich legacy of arts & crafts of their respective countries.


 




Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal stated that the Suraj Kund Crafts fair helps thousands of craftsperson from across India to showcase their arts and products to a wider audience. Thus, the Mela has also helped in reviving the heritage crafts of India. He further said that this years’ Suraj Kund Crafts Mela is special as organized when we are celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Mela was first organized in 1987 and this is the 35th Crafts Mela organized this year and it is a stage not only for the artisans from Haryana but also from all over India giving opportunity to showcase their talent and encourages to preserve our rich heritage & culture.


 




Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India Shri Arvind Singh while addressing at the Surajkund Crafts Mela , Faridabad, stated that the 35th  Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2022 is being held after  a long gap due to the Covid 19 pandemic which did not allow us to organise this much awaited crafts event in the year 2021. However, this year the Surajkund Mela comes with a promise of a bigger event with renewed energy’. He also praised the efforts & hard work of the Haryana Government for organising & implementing the Crafts Mela this year and stated that how it will help to boost the tourism in India.




Shri M.D. Sinha, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Government of Haryana stated the Mela ground is spread over 43.5 acres of land and houses 1183 work huts for crafts persons and a multi-cuisine Food Court, which is immensely popular with visitors. The ambiance of the mela will carry ethnic vibes with motifs and decorations such as Mahua, Nargis, Panchjanya and along with it the 75 years of independence theme with motifs and replicas of independence medals, Tri Coloured buntings and commemorative stamps. He further added that ‘the Surajkund Mela is now a tourist event with immense popularity overseas and we hope to make this event even more grand with new innovations in the coming editions’. 




The Surajkund Crafts Mela was hosted for the first time in 1987 to showcase richness and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms, and the cultural heritage of India. Jointly hosted by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs and Government of Haryana, this festival has come to occupy a place of pride and prominence on the international tourism calendar for its display of crafts, culture & cuisine of India in aesthetically created ambience. Keeping in pace with the times, online tickets are made available through portals like Paytm Insider, to help visitors easily enter mela premises without the hassles of long queues.  Special buses will run from various points to carry visitors from the surrounding areas to the fair site.




Jammu & Kashmir is the ‘Theme State’ of the 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2022, which is showcasing its unique culture and rich heritage through various art forms and handicrafts from the state. Hundreds of  artists from Jammu & Kashmir will be performing different folk arts and dances. From traditional dances art forms to exquisite crafts, there is a bouquet of heritage and culture from Jammu & Kashmir to enthrall the audience.  Replicas of Vaishno Devi temple, Amar nath temple , Apna Ghar representing architecture from Kashmir,  live demonstration of House Boat and Commemorative  gate ‘Mubarak  Mandi – Jammu’     promises to be the main attractions of this year’s Mela.




A benchmark was set in the history of Surajkund Crafts Mela as it was upgraded to an international level in 2013. In 2020, more than 30 countries from Europe, Africa and Asia participated in the Mela. This year More than 30 countries will be a part of the Mela, which includes the Partner Nation – Uzbekistan. There will be enthusiastic participation from Latin American Countries, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia, Sudan,  Nigeria, Equitorial Guinea, Senegal, Angola, Ghana, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran, Maldives and many more.




To enliven the visitors’ mood, scintillating performances will be presented by international folk artistes from the participating foreign countries including Artists from across the States of India.




 A variety of day performers will enthral the visitors like at the Bhangra from Punjab, Bihu from Assam, Barsana ki Holi, Lok Niritya From Haryana, Jamakda from Himachal Pradesh,  Lavni from Maharashtra, Live Demonstration of Hath Ki Chakki  and the ever famous Behrupiyas, who will keep the crowds entertained with their enchanting talent and showmanship within the Mela ground.




Enthralling evening cultural performances during the Mela fortnight will entertain the visitors to the hilt. Enjoy eclectic performances from bands like Rehmat-e-Nusrat, resonating Ghazals by Rinku Kalia, enthralling dance performances, soulful sufi performances, Rythms of India by Maati Baani , besides foot tapping dance & song shows of Jammu & Kashmir, Uzbekistan and other international artists. Catch all the action and excitement at the Chaupal from 7.00 pm onwards.




        A family from Haryana is going to live in specially-created ‘Apna Ghar’ to showcase the authentic lifestyle of the state. ‘Apna Ghar’ gives a chance to the visitors to experience the lifestyle of the people of the state and provides them a chance to interact and learn about their culture. Apna ghar will show case traditional earthenware, utensils etc and craftsmen will give live demonstration of these traditional crafts. 




       Both Chaupals (amphitheatres) have been given a new look inspired by the elements of the participating state and partner nation to make the perfornaces come alive for the audience along with the use of traditional props.




The Mela is open from 19th March  to 4th April, 2022, daily from 12.30 pm-9.30 pm.


        Major highlights of the 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2022


⦁    Uzbekistan will participate as the partner nation for this year’s Mela.


⦁     Keeping pace with the Information Technology (IT) advancements, the Mela entry tickets can be booked online Through Paytm Insider


⦁     Hassle Free parking through technological innovations


⦁     Virtual tour and craftsperson information available on the website : ⦁   www.surajkundmelaauthority.com


⦁   Art and  culture department will showcase traditional and cultural artists like Kacchi Ghodi, Stick walker, Kalbelia, Behrupia from      rajasathan, Kangri Nati from Himachal, Pihu from Assam, Bhangra, Jindua, Jhoomer from Punjab, Chapeli from Uttarakhand, Barsana ki Holi from Uttar Pradesh, Wangia from Meghalaya, Sambhalpuri Odisha, Badhai from Madhya Pradesh, Lawni from Maharashtra and much more.


⦁   As a corporate social responsibility initiative, the Surajkund Mela Authority provides 50% rebate on the entry tickets to the differently-  abled   persons, senior citizens and serving defense personnel and ex- servicemen.


⦁     Renovated ‘Apna Ghar’ of Haryana will enthrall visitors in a new avatar.  


⦁     A number of competitions to be organised for school students.


⦁    Exporters and Buyers Meet is organised during the Mela fortnight that offers a ready support system for craftspersons to access and tap the export market.


⦁   To beef up security arrangements more than 100 CCTV Cameras have been installed in the Mela ground along with the Night Vision Cameras. A large number of security personnel, including women guards, are deployed in the Mela premises to prevent the occurrence of any untoward incident or mishap.


⦁    Use of NPR Technology for e-Surveillance to capture number plate recognition of vehicles entering the mela parking


⦁     Introduction of crowd counting technology


⦁     Check on intrusion entry of trespassers entering mela


⦁      2-3 acres of addition parking space created at Khori Land of MCF just adjacent to Silver Jubilee gate


⦁      Fire Brigade team and medical teams will be available for any emergency throughout the Mela.


⦁      Disaster Management Plan/ Evacuation Plan is in place with state-of-the-art medical, fire and disaster management facilities at all crucial points.


⦁     Bank, dispensary, Mela police control room & CCTV control room are located at a centralized location so that visitors and participants can have easy access to these essential services.


⦁      Improved facilities for the differently-abled persons.


⦁      A complete ban is imposed on the plastic/polythene bags within the Mela premises.




History of Surajkund


  Surajkund, the site of popular Surajkund International Crafts Mela is located at a distance of 8 km from South Delhi in Faridabad. Surajkund derives its name from the ancient amphitheatre, meaning ‘lake of the sun’ constructed here in the 10th century by Raja SurajPal, one of the Tomar chieftains.  ‘Suraj’ means ‘Sun’ and ‘Kund’ means ‘pool/lake or reservoir’.  The place is built against the backdrop of the Aravalli Mountain range.                                  


As the historians tell us, this area fell under the domain of the Tomar clan. Raja Suraj Pal, one of the chieftains of the clan of sun worshipers, had a sun pool built in this area. It is believed that a temple also stood in its periphery. Archaeological excavations have revealed existence of a Sun temple here based on ruins that can be seen even now. During the Tughlaq dynasty rule of FerozHYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feroz_Shah_Tughlaq” Shah Tughlaq (1351–88), the reservoir was refurbished by rebuilding the steps and terraces with stones in lime mortar.




The Mela is indeed a tribute to the richness and diversity of the cultural heritage of India, organised in the backdrop of this magnificent monument.




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Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo to the Rescue

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QUEENS, N.Y.Nov. 23, 2021PRLog — Ejike waited until the meeting was over, and then the host brought plates of jollof rice spiked with stew-soaked chickens, mostly drum sticks and shoulders.

“I am so happy that Mr. Soludo became the Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria,” Ejike said, directing his gaze at Iyke. Shifting his massive frame from the middle of the sofa closer to the edge, Iyke responded, “Oh, yes.” Ejike could see from Iyke’s eyes that he was fully engaged. “The State of Anambra, Nigeria, unlike Imo State, Nigeria,” Iyke continued, “has benefited from good governors.”  Flashing thoughts of the last Imo State megalomaniac governor, with a thousand of his rotten and decrepit statues, impassable roads, and ruins crossed Ejike’s mind. He replied with a tone drenched with jealousy, “You know, Iyke, you are right.”

Taking a sip of Remi-Martin from his wine glass, Ejike said, “Even though I am not from Anambra state, I hope Soludo does an excellent job.” A moment later, Iyke scooped a spoonful of jollof rice. He chewed with leisure, then with an air of certainty often reserved for army captains, firmly stated, “He will. He was the best central bank governor in the world.”http://www.prlog.org/”That may be true,” Ejike said, “but is Soludo tough enough to govern the people of Anambra State, Nigeria?”http://www.prlog.org/”Tough as nails,” replied Iyke as he completely swallowed the jollof rice. He chased it down with a gulp of stout beer and a burp, which got Chuk’s attention as he tore a chicken drum stick with a plastic knife and a fork.

Ejike knows it. There is no way Iyke could know whether Soludu is tough or not. The closest Iyke would have seen Soludo was when he debated one of the Uba’s in the debate leading to the election. However, he did appear tough in that debate. In fact, he took the debate hard to the Uba guy and accused him of lying about his school credentials.

Partly to not disappoint Iyke and partially to not reveal his anxiety about what Soludu’s governorship would look like, Ejike abruptly disengaged in further dialogue with Iyke, retreating instead for an internal conversation with himself.  For all you know, Soludo might not live up to the expectations. No one person could solely do the job that confronts him. It would be impossible for him to tackle the garbage that had overrun the city of Onitsha, let alone other towns in the state. What about gutters and fearless mosquitoes damaging everybody’s kidneys? What about electricity and darkness? What about safety issues and people murdered in broad daylight? What about poverty and children starving day in and day out?

Governor Soludo would need a dedicated team who would carry his vision for the state. How much excellence he expects from his team will determine the outcome of his governorship. What he does about opposition and people that benefit from a corrupt system, who would fight him nail and fist, will determine the outcome of his governorship.  Igbos hate oversight. It is a cultural thing. Our motto is “Give us the money and get the heck out of the way.” Please, Governor, do not succumb to this cultural predisposition. Demand accountability and be ready to root out operators who would not consent to proper oversight. Good luck. My friends and I pray for you to succeed.

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker proclaims May as Lupus Awareness Month

Proclamation inspires thousands in the lupus community to celebrates Lupus Awareness Month.

CHICAGOMay 3, 2021PRLog — On April 23, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed the May is Lupus Awareness Month Proclamation inspiring thousands in Illinois’ lupus community.

Research has shown that most Americans know little or nothing about lupus and its devastating impact. An estimated 65,000 Illinois residents live with lupus and thousands more support Illinoisans living with this often devastating disease.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that often mimics other diseases resulting in late diagnosis.  Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms can be wide-ranging and happen over long periods of time. The body essentially begins attacking healthy cells and does not discriminate; the brain, skin, lungs, and kidneys – all parts of the body can be at risk. Ninety percent of people with lupus are women, however, anyone at any age can develop the disease.

“Governor Pritzker’s proclamation has inspired the lupus community,” said Mary Dollear, President of the Lupus Society of Illinois, the organization requesting the proclamation.  “By highlighting Lupus Awareness Month, the lupus community is even more committed to increasing awareness and educating our communities about lupus.”

“Many people don’t understand how serious lupus is because we don’t look sick,” says Kay Mimms of Matteson, IL.  “My diagnosis almost came too late.”

Mimms, author of the book “Fighting Lupus Battles: Hope for a Cure” about lupus, suffered for years with joint pain, swollen muscles, and chest pain until age 59 when she was diagnosed with lupus.  Right after her diagnosis, Kay was in intensive care for 65 days followed by months of physical, occupational, and speech therapy before finding a “new normal” with her lupus diagnosis.

“Kay’s story is not unique – many people suffer with lupus for years before getting a proper diagnosis,” said Dollear.  “This May, with help from Governor Pritzker’s proclamation, we are hoping to increase awareness about lupus and make that diagnosis time shorter.”

Among LSI’s suggested awareness opportunities this Lupus Awareness Month are:

  • Participate in the Virtual run Walk ride for Lupus (click (https://lupusil.salsalabs.org/2021lupusrunwalkride/index….) for more)
  • Change your Facebook status to “LUPUS AWARENESS!”
  • Hang a Lupus Awareness poster (https://lupusil.salsalabs.org/2021lupusrunwalkride/index.html) in your front window or at your workstation!
  • Hand out Lupus Awareness Month stickers (https://www.lupusil.org/get-involved/lupus-awareness-month/) to everyone you see!
  • Share a lupus fact a day on social media!  
  • Take an “I fight for lupus because” (https://www.lupusil.org/wp-content/uploads/final-fight-for-lupus-final.pdf) selfie!

The public can learn more about lupus and ways they can get involved in improving awareness of lupus this May by visiting the LSI’s Web site at www.lupusil.org.  Tools, free of charge, are available at click here (https://www.lupusil.org/wp-content/uploads/final-fight-for-lupus-final.pdf).

About the Lupus Society of Illinois

LSI promotes lupus awareness and complements the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research. We support research and conduct education programs so everyone affected by lupus can have an improved quality of life; provide information to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease; and conduct activities to increase awareness of lupus, rally public support for those who are affected by lupus, and advocate on their behalf.

Contact the LSI for more information at info@lupusil.org or call (312) 542-0002. Follow us on Facebook ((20+) Lupus Society of Illinois | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LupusSocietyofIllinois)), Twitter (Lupus Society of IL (@LupusIL) / Twitter (https://twitter.com/lupusil?lang=en)).

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan inaugurates photo exhibition as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ in Warangal Regional Outreach Bureau organises 4 exhibitions in Telangana

Telangana Governor Smt. Tamilisai Soundararajan inaugurated the ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ celebrations in Warangal today. She also inaugurated the photo exhibition of the freedom struggle and Dandi march organised by Regional Outreach Bureau, Hyderabad. Speaking on the occasion, she said that the Dandi march played an important role in the freedom struggle. She recalled that many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for our independence. 

The Governor said ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ is not only an occasion to remember our freedom fighters and cherish our achievements, it is also a right occasion envisaged by our Prime Minister as it gives an opportunity to vision & plan for India at 100 years celebrations of independence. As our PM said we did not get the chance to die for the country’s freedom but we have a chance to live for country’s progress. As our glorious past inspires us, let us resolve to build strong, developed and self reliant India that shows the way to peace, unity, knowledge & prosperity, she added.

The Governor also visited the COVID awareness vehicles and advised the people to follow the COVID appropriate behaviour.
Sri S.Venkateswar, Director General-South, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said as per the guidelines of Government of India, various activities including exhibitions are planned as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ celebrations across the country on the occasion of the 75 years of Independence. The Photo exhibition organised here depicts the mile stones in our freedom struggle. Dr. Manas Krishna Kant, Assistant Director of The Regional Outreach Bureau, ROB officers Sridhar Suruneni, Ardha Srinivas and others participated in the event. 
As part of Azadi Ka Amruth Mahotsav exhibitions depicting the freedom struggle are also being organised in three other places in the state including Hyderabad, Nalgonda & Nizamabad.