Acts 4 Ministry Seeking Back-To-School Donations Through September 15

Shoppers During Acts 4 Ministry's 2022 Event

Shoppers During Acts 4 Ministry’s 2022 Event

WATERBURY, Conn.Aug. 3, 2023PRLog — Book bag and supply donations are being sought through September 15, 2023, by Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. in Waterbury for their 19th annual Back-to-School “Swap and Shop”. All donations will be distributed free or at low costs to low-income children throughout Greater Waterbury.

The non-profit non-denominational Acts 4 Ministry will welcome monetary donations plus new or gently worn uniform tops in white, black, gray, and blue, and bottoms in khaki, navy, black and gray. All sizes are needed, especially girl’s tops and bottoms in sizes 6-18 and boy’s bottoms in size 5, boy’s tops in sizes 8, 14, 16, and 18. Book bags and supplies for elementary and middle school-age children are needed.

Photographed during Acts 4 Ministry’s 18th annual 2022 Back To School “Swap and Shop” event were Waterbury resident Brayro Grandra with his son, Baron, age 7.

Acts 4 Ministry is a collaborative group of a volunteer board of directors, staff, and volunteers who share God’s love by meeting the comforting physical needs of others. They achieve this by collecting and distributing, free of charge to recipients, clothing, and housewares plus free furniture. Families and individuals are referred to Acts 4 Ministry by other charitable and social organizations to assist people who have suddenly lost their homes to a fire, flood, or other unexpected devastating life event.

“The organization’s vision,” explained executive director Sarah Elizabeth DiMeo-Carabetta, “is to build relationships with people with varying levels of needs while providing them with the basics of daily living while showing them Christ’s love through action. We partner with churches, social service agencies, and schools to serve people with these needs regardless of their faith, race, creed, or participation in religious activities.”

Located at 1713 Thomaston Avenue, the Acts 4 Ministry’s building features a boutique environment where people with immediate needs can select clothing, personal hygiene products, and household items at no charge plus prepare to receive furniture delivered in the ministry’s truck by volunteer delivery teams.

Annually the organization serves over 2,000 families. Appointments are necessary and provide the individual or family in need with a discrete atmosphere. The Back-to-School Program is one of several of Acts 4 Ministry’s programs to distribute resources to families throughout the area.

Through Friday, September 15th, tax-deductible donations can be brought to the Acts 4 Ministry offices and boutique shop at 1713 Thomaston Avenue Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The boutique is open to the public during those hours.

Monetary donations can be U.S. Mailed to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc., PO Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704 noting “Back to School Drive”. Donations can be made at, click Donate button, and choose “Back to School Drive” from the “Apply my gift to” donation form.

To learn more, visit, call 203-574-2287, or email

Hong Kong – Ministry of Finance issues Renminbi Sovereign Bonds through Central Moneymarkets Unit of Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Ministry of Finance issues Renminbi Sovereign Bonds through Central Moneymarkets Unit of Hong Kong Monetary Authority


The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:
     The Ministry of Finance will issue Renminbi Sovereign Bonds through the Central Moneymarkets Unit of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). Please find attached the tender notice and the tender information memorandum of the Renminbi Sovereign Bonds to be issued by the Ministry of Finance. Please also find attached the tender-related information provided by the Issuing and Lodging Agent through the HKMA.

Ministry of Commerce of Thailand endorses “Thai Food, the World’s Food” policy statement to cope up with the growing world population

Thailand, Ministry of Commerce is intent on implementing the “Thai Food, the World’s Food” policy to support the food demand of the global market that tends to grow in parallel with the increasing population by optimizing Private Sector-led policy with Government Supporting to reduce all barriers that could obstruct export activities and promote the Soft Power to make people around the world know and become fond of Thai food. He has also assigned the Department of International Trade Promotion to jointly organize THAIFEX – ANUGA ASIA 2023 with the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Koelnmesse in order to bring in more than 95,000 visitors from all over the world to be an active part of a trade negation with local Thai food and beverage entrepreneurs. This event is expected to generate a trade value of over 70 billion baht.

Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, stated that food industry definitely plays an important role in the global economy. The driving factor that mainly affects this fundamental industry is global population growth which is estimated to reach 10 billion by 2050, from today’s figure of 8 billion. Such significant increase will correspondingly lead to fast-growing food demand. For this reason, many countries become aware of possible food shortage that may arise in the future. Although they have active Food Self-Sufficiency policies on hand, it could be insufficient when considering the actual population trend.

“Thailand has maintained its real strength in the food industry due to its uninterrupted abundance. The country is a source of many important agricultural products such as rice, vegetables, fruits and cassava.  It is also well known for excellent food processing know-how, inventions of food innovation, safety standards, and sustainability concept. Moreover, Thailand is able to serve the global market’s quick changing demand and has the potential to export in such an excellent way that it has been named the kitchen of the world.  The Ministry of Commerce’s dynamic Thai Food, the World’s food policy also made Thailand the 15th biggest food exporter in the world in 2022 with an export value of 1.36 trillion baht,    a 22.7% increase from the previous year” said Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit.

He also added that part of the remarkable success in Thai food export comes from the government and the Ministry of Commerce’s cooperative policy that provides concrete support for export activities by applying Private Sector-led policy with Government Supporting. This method lets the private sectors with high expertise take the lead and the government co-assists by reducing all kinds of export obstacles, setting up a joint committee on commerce to define a concrete export strategy, work together closely to solve problems on site, and proactively find solutions for rapid accomplishment.

Another highlighted policy is the promotion of Thai food Soft Power with the purpose of making people around the world know and adore Thai food with its unique charm. This will in turn lead to a higher demand for Thai products and services. The Department of International Trade Promotion has taken vigorous action in this regard and will relentlessly continue its mission.

THAIFEX – ANUGA ASIA 2023 is actually another important part of moving forward Thai food as a hub of the Word’s Food. This event repeatedly emphasizes the potential of Thailand as a leading producer and exporter of world-class quality food and is a major annual platform that allows Thai entrepreneurs to meet, do a trade negotiation and form business networks with importers around the world, increasing their opportunity to expand their export to overseas markets. The great on-site edition of THAIFEX – ANUGA ASIA is back again this year, same as before the COVID-19 pandemic, while its online edition THAIFEX Virtual Trade Show is also available to serve those who look for convenience without a need to travel”, said Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit.

In this year event, atTHAIFEX – ANUGA ASIA 2023, more than 3,000 exhibitors, including Thai and international exhibitors, are present with almost 6,000 booths from over 40 countries. More than 95,000 visitors from 140 countries with trade value over 70 billion baht for Thailand are expected.

Hilight day 1: 23 May 2023 –

Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Ministry of Textile inaugurates Jharokha : A Compendium of Indian handicraft, handloom, art and culture” today

Main Highlights:

  • The mega event under this celebration is being organized at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi from 3rd December 2022 to 10th December 2022 along with “Master Creations”.
  • A fashion show titled “Crafts of India”; was organised to celebrate traditional crafts from different states of India

Ministry of culture in collaboration with Ministry of Textile inaugurated Jharokha – Compendium of Indian handicraft, handloom, art and culture” today at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi.

On its inaugural day a fashion show titled “Crafts of India”; was organised to celebrate traditional crafts from different states of India. A cultural performance of “Korku”- Tribal folk dance of Korku community wasalso performed.

 JHAROKHA is being organized at New Delhi (Dilli Haat- INA) in the form of an exhibition from 2nd December 2022 to 15th December 2022. The exhibition includes stalls from award winning artisans as part of DC Handicrafts Master Creation and artisanal clusters from different parts of the country.

On the occasion Shri Shantmanu, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) said that Prime Minsiter Shri Narendra Modi has focussed on convergence and Jharokha represents that convergence with Ministry of Culture. He also added that this event will be beneficial for small scale industries , sellers and buyers.

Jharokha is a celebration of artists of different art forms and craftsman of different crafts. This event is organized in convergence with Ministry of Culture and DC-Handicrafts.

 The mega event under this celebration is being organized at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi from 3rd December 2022 to 10th December 2022 along with “Master Creations”. More than 15 crafts from 9 different states will be showcased in Jharokha.

Artisans, weavers, and artists who have given their significant contribution in promoting and reviving Indian handloom, handicrafts, art and culture will also be felicitated in the event.

A literary corner focused on local art, culture and festivals is setup along with food stalls celebrating local Indian cuisines.

Another highlight of Jharokha will be the cultural events. These events will continue for 10 days and will include folk dance, nukkad natak, fashion shows, singing performances by various artists.



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Ministry of Culture organizes International conference on the contributions of “J C Bose: A Satyagrahi Scientist” as part of AKAM

On the occasion of 164th birth anniversary of legendary Indian scientist Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose and as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava, Vijnana Bharati and Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India organized an “International conference on the contributions of J C Bose: A Satyagrahi Scientist”, at Inter-University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi. The conference was organized in association with Indraprastha Vigyan Bharati and Inter-University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi.

The two-day international conference was graced by Smt. Priyanka Chandra, Director, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava, Ministry of Culture, who emphasized to the students and audiences the significance and purpose of azadi ka amritmahotsava and the  importance of janbhagidari in all stratas of society and to make a stronger nation. Also gracing the event were Dr. N P Shukla, Member, CAQM, Government of India, Dr. Arvind Ranade (INSA) and eminent speakers like Dr. Archana Sharma, CERN, Switzerland, Prof. Gautam Basu, Bose Institute; Prof. C M Nautiyal(INSA), Dr. Manas Pratim Das, (AIR, Kolkata) among others.

In a first of its kind Record making activity, the conference carried out the Crescograph kit Assembly activity, simultaneously by almost 300 school students across two days. This is the first attempt across the nation of a device which proved Plants have Lives. Another activity which attracted the youngsters was Night Sky watch using three telescopes. Both these activities, attracted huge numbers.

The aim of the conference was to provide a voice to the unheard contributions of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose in the walks of the pre-independence era as a scientist and a freedom fighter. J C Bose discovered wireless communication and was named the Father of Radio Science by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was responsible for the expansion of experimental science in India. From his contribution to biophysics to his contribution to the freedom struggle, there are numerous facets of his life that are undiscovered

The conference had unique sub-themes like J C Bose as a Satyagrahi Scientist, Contemporary relevance of works of J C Bose, J C Bose vision for self-reliant India, 5mm 5G: J C Bose contributions, and Bose as a Science Communicator. There were four competitions like essay, poster, article writing and oral presentations for school, college students and teachers. In the evening, there was a mellifluous cultural performance in front of the audience.



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