18th ASEAN-India Summit (October 28, 2021) and 16th East Asia Summit (October 27, 2021)

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will attend 18th ASEAN-India Summit to be held virtually on October 28, 2021 at the invitation of Sultan of Brunei. The Summit will be attended by Heads of State/Government of the ASEAN Countries.

The 18th ASEAN-India Summit will review the status of ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership and take stock of progress made in key areas including Covid-19 & Health, Trade & Commerce, Connectivity, and Education & Culture. Important regional and international developments including post pandemic economic recovery will also be discussed. ASEAN-India Summits are held annually and provide opportunity for India and ASEAN to engage at the highest level. Prime Minister attended the 17th ASEAN-India Summit held virtually in November last year. 18th ASEAN-India Summit will be the ninth ASEAN-India Summit to be attended by him.

ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership stands on a strong foundation of shared geographical, historical and civilizational ties. ASEAN is central to our Act East Policy and our wider vision of the Indo-Pacific. The year 2022 will mark 30 years of ASEAN-India relations. India and ASEAN have several dialogue mechanisms which meet regularly, including a Summit, Ministerial meetings and Senior Officials’ meetings. External Affairs Minister, Dr S. Jaishankar attended the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in August 2021 virtually. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Smt. Anupriya Patel attended the ASEAN Economic Ministers + India Consultations held virtually in September 2021 where the Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen economic cooperation.

Prime Minister will also attend the 16th East Asia Summit to be held on October 27, 2021 virtually. The East Asia Summit is the premier Leaders-led forum in the Indo-Pacific. Since its inception in 2005, it has played a significant role in the strategic and geopolitical evolution of East Asia. Apart from the 10 ASEAN Member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russia.

India, being a founding member of the East Asia Summit, is committed to strengthening the East Asia Summit and making it more effective for dealing with contemporary challenges. It is also an important platform for furthering practical cooperation in the Indo-Pacific by building upon the convergence between ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative (IPOI). At the 16th East Asia Summit, Leaders will discuss matters of regional and international interest and concern including maritime security, terrorism, Covid-19 cooperation. Leaders are also expected to accept declarations on Mental Health, Economic recovery through Tourism and Green Recovery, which are being co-sponsored by India.

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PM to visit UP on October 20 and inaugurate Kushinagar International Airport

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on 20th October, 2021. At around 10 AM, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport. Subsequently, at around 11:30 AM, he will participate in an event marking Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple. Thereafter, at around 1:15 PM, the Prime Minister will attend a public function to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects in Kushinagar.

Inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport

The inauguration of the Kushinagar International Airport will be marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka, carrying Sri lankan delegation of over hundred Buddhist Monks & dignitaries including the 12-member Holy Relic entourage bringing the Holy Buddha Relics for Exposition. The delegation also comprises of Anunayakas (deputy heads) of all four Nikatas (orders) of Buddhism in Sri Lanka i.e Asgiriya, Amarapura, Ramanya, Malwatta as well as five ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka led by Cabinet Minister Namal Rajapakshe.

The Kushinagar International Airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore. It will facilitate domestic & international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana sthal of Lord Buddha and is an endeavour in connecting the Buddhist pilgrimage holy sites around the world. The airport will serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is an important step in boosting the investment & employment opportunities in the region.

Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple

Prime Minister will visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, offer Archana and Chivar to the reclining statue of Lord Buddha and also plant a Bodhi tree sapling.

Prime Minister will participate in an event, organised to mark Abhidhamma Day. The day symbolises the end of three-month rainy retreat – Varshavaas or Vassa – for the Buddhist Monks, during which they stay at one place in vihara & monastery and pray.  The event will also be attended by eminent Monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Nepal, Bhutan and Cambodia, as well as Ambassadors of various countries.

Prime Minister will also walk through the exhibition of Paintings of Ajanta frescos, Buddhist Sutra Calligraphy and Buddhist artefacts excavated from Vadnagar and other sites in Gujarat.

Inauguration & laying of Foundation Stone of development projects

Prime Minister will participate in a public function at Barwa Jangal, Kushinagar. In the event, he will lay the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar which will be built at a cost of over Rs 280 crore. The Medical college will have a 500 bed hospital and provide admissions to 100 students in MBBS course in academic session 2022-2023. Prime Minister will also inaugurate & lay the foundation stone of 12 development projects worth over Rs 180 crore.

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In Honor of October 2021, National Bullying Prevention Month, Author and Educator Dr. Elana Ashley Relaunches “Big Bully Holly Howler”

Dr. Elana Ashley is a highly inspiring, multifaceted woman who is especially fond of children and art. She is the President of Dream Image Press, LLC, an interactive educational organization that includes the writing and publication of books and other written works, the creation and exhibition of original artwork, and the presentation of educational and entertaining programs/events for both children and adults. Dr. Ashley uses her background as an educator, author, artist, storyteller and ventriloquist to deliver an important lesson on bullying in her children’s series Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker. She relaunches her second book Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler.
 
Dr. Ashley and her puppets take us on a lesson-filled adventure that teaches us to be nice to everyone, including those who may not be nice to us. The story opens with Ellie Elephant who is very upset with a new student at her school. Holly Howler is acting badly with everyone – shoving other children to get ahead in the lunch line, grabbing the basketball when children are playing at recess, taking property that belongs to other kids… In a nutshell, Holly is a bully! However, Detective and Peacemaker Splunkunio Splunkey’s advice to Ellie leads to Holly’s change of heart.
 
The book takes a unique approach to the topic of bullying and bullies. Splunkey instills in Ellie and the readers the importance of using kindness and compassion when talking and interacting with others. Everyone can change for the better when high values form the foundation for their words and actions.  In addition, Ashley’s puppet storybook characters are living the lives of real-life students – walking, talking and interacting outside and throughout the school – in the classroom, the lunchroom, the gymnasium, the hallways, the entrance to the school… The photographs are delightful expressions of everyday living and learning, which immediately grab the attention of young children.
 
Ashley’s book has been strategically relaunched during National Bullying Prevention Month (October) to open the eyes of children and adults to the reality of bullying and its adverse effects, to provide prevention strategies, and to broadcast messages of hope and meaningful transformation to people everywhere.
 
Along with her extraordinary puppet crew, Ashley combines storytelling with original poems and songs to present programs that simultaneously engage and delight audiences. The author has presented lectures and programs on the subject of Bullying – Comprehension, Prevention, Intervention and Resolution.  Her article “How I Created My Anti-Bullying Campaign and Where It Is Headed” was featured in the November 2020 issue of the magazine Northbrook Living. In 2020-2021, the Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL) nominated Dr. Elana Ashley as one of the Top 100 Visionaries in Education.
 
 
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Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler
Author: Dr. Elana Ashley
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Published Date: October 2021
Book Genre: Children’s Book

About the Author:

Dr. Elana Ashley is a multifaceted entrepreneur – educator, author, artist, actress, storyteller, poet, song writer and ventriloquist – who teaches adults and children of all ages strategies for coping with everyday issues. With the help of her thoughtful, wise and supportive puppet team, Ashley provides instructional and entertaining lectures, workshops and performances at schools, colleges, libraries, park districts, health centers and many other community organizations in the Chicago, Illinois area, as well as throughout the United States.
 

Special campaign on disposal of pendency in Government of India during the period 2nd October to 31st October, 2021 to be launched by Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh

The Prime Minister has directed that a Special Campaign for Disposal of Pending Matters shall be undertaken in each Ministry/ Department and all Attached/ Subordinate and Autonomous Bodies of Government of India, during the period 2nd October to 31st October, 2021. The Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Secretariat shall also be participating in the special campaign.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for the Ministry of Science and Technology(I/C) and Minister of State Ministry of Earth Science(i/c) and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space will launch the Campaign and dedicated portal on 1st October, 2021.

Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) has been designated as Nodal Department to monitor the Campaign. In this regard, DARPG is organising a function to launch a Special Campaign from 2nd October to 31st October, 2021. 

The Special Campaign is aimed at ensuring timely and effective disposal of Public Grievances, References from Members of Parliament, State Governments, Inter-Ministerial Consultations and Parliamentary Assurances. Government has directed that during the special campaign period, all out efforts may be made to dispose of the identified pending references.  Also, in the course of such disposal, the existing processes may be reviewed with a view to reducing compliance burden and unnecessary paper work done away with, wherever feasible. Instructions have also been issued for ensuring cleanliness in Government offices and to have a good work environment; to improve records management, review and weeding out of papers.  During this special campaign, files of temporary nature shall be identified and weeded out as per the extant instructions.    Further, redundant scrap material and obsolete items may be discarded during this campaign to improve cleanliness at work places.

For successful conduct of the Special Campaign each Ministry/Department has designated a Nodal Officer of the rank of Joint Secretary to Government of India.  The progress shall be monitored by the Secretaries/HOD on daily basis. A dedicated portal has been created in Government to update and monitor progress.

The preparatory phase of the Special Campaign was conducted from September 13, 2021 to September 30, 2021. In the preparatory phase, Ministries and Departments have identified the status of pendency. Over 2 lac cases of pending Public Grievances and 2 lac physical files for weeding have been identified for disposal in the campaign. The cleanliness campaign will be undertaken in 1446 campaign sites and 174 rules/ processes have been identified for simplification.

The inaugural function will be attended by all Secretaries to Government of India, and Designated Nodal Officers for the Campaign in addition to several Heads of Department from Attached, Subordinate and Autonomous Bodies.

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Heat Up Your October with The Atlanta Chili Cook Off ​

 The Atlanta Chili Cook Off is a fun filled afternoon of family and healthy competition. We are not sure who enjoys this event more, the competitors dressing up to serve ticket goers as they compete for the most spirited team or the diehard chefs wanting to take home one of the coveted trophies. One thing is for sure. It’s a good time for all.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 23, 2021 (12:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

Location: Brook Run Park – 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Come sample some of the best chili the region has to offer on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia. Over 75+ restaurants, caterers, amateur cooks and junior chefs competition teams will be vying for bragging rights and $5,000.00 in cash and prizes.

Want to Cook and Compete? Registration ends for competitors and businesses on September 15, 2021, so sign up your team today.

General admission & VIP tickets are on sale now if you just want to attend and try some of the amazing chili. This year a VIP ticket is available which gets a limited number of guests into the cook off one hour early starting at noon while general admission opens at 1:00 P.M. A portion of proceeds benefit Atlanta Fundraising Foundation. Please visit the website for more information on VIP & General admission packages.

Atlanta Chili Cook Off 2021

Info: www.AtlantaChiliCookOff.com

Tickets: www.bigtickets.com/e/amg/atlantachilicookoff2021

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