Vice President visits Statue of Equality, calls for imbibing Acharya Ramanuja’s teachings for a ‘New India’


The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that Sri Ramanujacharya’s teachings of ‘equality for all, welfare of all’ must become the guiding light in the endeavour to build a ‘New India’. He suggested that ‘we must strive to build a more egalitarian and equitable post-pandemic economic order in line with the teachings of Bhagavad Ramanuja.’


Calling upon the youth to take inspiration from Sri Ramanujacharya’s life, the Vice President said they must become key partners in building a society free of discrimination. ‘Let us rededicate ourselves to follow the path shown by Sri Ramanujacharya and strive to alleviate the suffering of humanity by following the great Sage’s dictum – ‘Serve All Beings as Service to God’’, he added.


Shri Naidu visited the ‘Statue of Equality’ in Hyderabad – a 216-feet tall statue of the 11th century Bhakti saint Sri Ramanujacharya, who promoted the idea of equality before God and engendered many social reforms in his time.


Praising Sri Ramanujacharya for his untiring efforts to end the disparities of caste, class and gender, Shri Naidu said that even though the saint had lived over a thousand years ago, his vision for peace and harmony remains eternally relevant. He observed that his philosophy of Vishistadwaita argued that there is “no room for discriminating against people on the basis of caste and community.”


The Vice President noted that Sri Ramanujacharya, through his message of Bhakti and love unified Indian society and nation. “With his great wisdom, sagacity and foresight, he synthesised seemingly opposite thoughts of Jnana and Bhakti, Dvaita and Advaita. As a social reformer and a spiritual leader, he left an indelible mark on society”, Shri Naidu observed.


Highlighting schemes of the government such as the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, rural sanitation and other initiatives, Shri Naidu said that all these programs are inspired by the philosophy of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas’ which resonates with Sri Ramanujacharya’s teachings.


Referring to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Shri Naidu said that the need of the hour is to change the mindset of people and ensure that no girl is discriminated against. Noting the ‘encouraging trend’ of improved Sex Ratio at Birth by 19 points at National level from 2014-2021, the Vice President urged people to ‘join the campaign for gender equality and turn it into a mass movement’.


On the occasion, Shri Naidu appreciated the efforts of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram in conceptualising the statue and all those involved in the project. 


Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Governor of Haryana, Shri Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Shri Ashwini Choubey, Union Minister of State, Shri Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Minister for Home, Telangana, Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swami, Dr. J. Rameswar Rao, Main Trustee, Shri Chiranjeevi, film actor, Shri K.V. Chowdary, President, Divya Saketham, Shri G.V. Bhaskar Rao, President, SRSB (Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi) and others were present on the occasion.


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Mirabai visits National War Memorial, urges every Indian to visit the epitome of sacrifice and valour


India’s ‘Silver Girl’ Saikhom Mirabai Chanu visited the National War Memorial in New Delhi which has been built to honour the courage, valour and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces.



Speaking about her visit to the 40 acre open landscaped memorial Mirabai said, “My stays in Delhi have usually been for tournaments but this time I kept this visit on my itinerary as this place bestows the essence of pride, not only for the armed forces but for every Indian,” said the Olympic Medallist.


Depicting the glorious war history of India since 1947, the memorial is a gestation on the idea of rebirth of those unsung heroes through their stories, journey and struggles translated as spatial expressions.



Walking through the semi open corridor and gallery holding the brave stories of significant historic battles in Indian history of the Army, Navy and Air force, Mira said, “I am mesmerised with how the concept of building this memorial is inspired by the historic ‘Chakravyuh’ formation and the walls decorated with bronze murals depicting the battle scenes fought by the sons of our soil.”


“After coming here, I deeply feel that every Indian should visit this place at least once in their life,” added Mira.


      


The Indian Weightlifter also paid tribute to martyr Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, who is awarded with the highest peace time gallantry award Ashok Chakra and hailed from her native state Manipur.


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Hong Kong – S for IT visits Hong Kong Health Code mobile support stations (with photos)

S for IT visits Hong Kong Health Code mobile support stations (with photos)

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     The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Alfred Sit, visited Hong Kong Health Code mobile support stations located at various MTR stations today (December 25) to better understand how the outreach teams assist citizens in need to make applications for the Hong Kong Health Code.

 

     Mr Sit viewed the operation of various mobile support stations at Tai Po Market, Ngau Tau Kok and North Point MTR Stations. He also took the opportunity to chat with members of the public to listen to their views on the outreach service, which is tasked to facilitate the orderly processing of application for the Hong Kong Health Code and foster a caring and inclusive society.

 

     The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) has arranged outreach teams at various MTR stations to assist citizens in need to register for a Hong Kong Health Code account and download or update the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app from 9am to 6pm every day. Mobile support stations are located at 10 MTR stations in the first phase to provide outreach services. They are Siu Hong, Tai Po Market, Tung Chung, Tsing Yi, Kwai Fong, Kai Tak, Ngau Tau Kok, Tiu Keng Leng, Wong Chuk Hang and North Point Stations. The number of mobile support stations will be increased to cover 25 MTR stations in the next phase, with 15 support stations commencing services in early January. They are Long Ping, Sheung Shui, Wu Kai Sha, Tai Wai, Tsuen Wan West, Nam Cheong, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Prince Edward, Kowloon Tong, Wong Tai Sin, Ho Man Tin, Sai Ying Pun, Wan Chai and Shau Kei Wan MTR Stations.  

 

     “We understand some members of the public are not very familiar with digital technologies and may need support from others and learn the skills. Various bureaux and departments are working on it and have solicited community support to foster the Hong Kong spirit of mutual care and assistance in fighting the virus together,” Mr Sit said.

 

     To mobilise community support, the Home Affairs Bureau had invited OGCIO to hold Hong Kong Health Code briefing sessions for district/clansman associations and six charity groups earlier to let them have a better understanding of the operation of the Hong Kong Health Code system so as to assist their members and service users in completing the relevant procedures. Moreover, the Home Affairs Department has also set up Hong Kong Health Code mobile support stations in the 18 districts to distribute leaflets and encourage citizens to register for a Hong Kong Health Code account.

Hong Kong – SFST visits public market to inspect use of e-payment and appeals for public participation in Legislative Council General Election (with photos)

SFST visits public market to inspect use of e-payment and appeals for public participation in Legislative Council General Election (with photos)

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     The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Christopher Hui, today (November 25) visited Smithfield Market in Kennedy Town, Central and Western District, to inspect the use of electronic payment (e-payment) by stall operators and customers there. He also took the opportunity to call on members of the public to vote in the Legislative Council General Election to be held next month.

     Accompanied by the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Joseph Chan; the Deputy Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene (Environmental Hygiene), Miss Diane Wong; and the District Officer (Central and Western), Mr David Leung, Mr Hui visited several stalls to learn about operators’ feedback and their customers’ reviews on the use of e-payment in aspects such as efficiency, transaction fee and adaptability. 

     Responding to the feedback received, Mr Hui said, “E-payment is fast and convenient, making it an irreversible trend in retail development. Under the pandemic, contactless payment is also in line with the public health perspective. The Consumption Voucher Scheme announced by the Financial Secretary at the Budget has brought multiple benefits by significantly encouraging the use of e-payment and accelerating the application of fintech in daily life.”

     With the popularisation of e-payment, Mr Hui said he believed that stored value facilities (SVF) operators will progressively reduce their fees as a result of competition in future, which will in turn benefit merchants. 

     Since the announcement on the selection of the four SVF operators to assist in implementing the Consumption Voucher Scheme in April this year, the number of consumer accounts of the four operators and the number of merchants accepting e-payment have increased by more than 3.3 million and 80 000 respectively as at end-September.

     Meanwhile, Mr Hui today called on stall operators and members of the public at Smithfield Market to exercise their right to vote on the polling day of the 2021 Legislative Council General Election on December 19. 

     “There will be competition in Election Committee, functional and geographical constituencies in the upcoming Legislative Council General Election. Therefore, the active participation of voters is of utmost importance to bring a new style of policy discussion to the Legislative Council. I strongly believe that a diverse and pragmatic legislature which cares about the well-being of the public will be conducive to Hong Kong’s future economic and financial development,” Mr Hui said.

     “Please cast your vote to elect new members with capability and aspiration for the Legislative Council to ensure ‘patriots administering Hong Kong’ under the improved electoral system.”

Canada – Minister Ien Visits Halifax to Meet with Community Leaders as well as Women’s, LGBTQ2, Indigenous and Youth Organizations 

The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, will visit Halifax on November 9 and 10, 2021. The Minister will meet with community leaders and women’s, LGBTQ2, Indigenous and youth organizations.

Itinerary for November 10, 2021

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, will visit Halifax on November 9 and 10, 2021. The Minister will meet with community leaders and women’s, LGBTQ2, Indigenous and youth organizations.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

Closed to media:

Time:    8:45 a.m. AST

Black Women’s Roundtable Discussion and Tour at Hope Blooms

Minister Ien will participate in a Black Women’s roundtable discussion with Hope Blooms about their engagement with youth in the North End of Halifax and the positive impact they have had on issues, such as food security, education, and social inclusion in the community. Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, and Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, will also be present.

Time:    12:00 p.m. AST

Meeting with Atlantic Caucus

Minister Ien will meet with the Atlantic Caucus and the Honourable Minister Seamus O’Regan, Minster of Labour and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, to discuss women’s, gender diverse people and youth issues in the Atlantic provinces.

Time:    1:30 p.m. AST

Meeting with the Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance

Minister Ien will meet with the Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance to discuss issues facing Two-Spirited and LGBTQ+ persons, as well as the organization’s work to provide equitable and safe environments for Two Spirited and Indigenous LGBTQ+ individuals to live and thrive within Wabanaki territory.

Time:    4:00 p.m. AST

Tour of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

Minster Ien will tour the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia with Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook, to listen and learn about their work, as well as African Nova Scotian Culture and Heritage.

The Minister will be available for interviews upon request. For more information, please contact:

Marie-Pier Baril

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

613-295-8123