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ANNOUNCEMENTS 2009

 

*August 9-21, Lucknow, Kolkata, and Pune, India: AUGUST KRANTI DAY 2009
 
9th - Receive and reception of Pakistani Delegates (P.D.) at Lucknow, they will attend August Kranti Divas at Lucknow organised by B.B.P.P.F. Reception of delegates at Jawhar foundation, Aminabad.

10th – Interaction with Student and various groups will be held at Lucknow University and Islamia College.
 
11th - Sightseeing program for foreign delegates.

12th - Reception of Bangladeshi delegates at Howrah Station. In the afternoon, interaction program with youths organized by All India youth League.

13th - Delegates will visit Murshidabad, the Capital of the independent Nawab Siraj Ud Doullah of Bengal Bihar and Orissa in 1757.

14th - Joint independent day is proposed to be observed at ’0’ hour in suitably place as sanctioned by Kolkata Police.

15th - Road show in Kolkata

16th – An interactive seminar on “Two nation-one vision” at Indian Association Hall, Kolkata. Pakistan Delegates and part of Bangladesh Delegates leave for Pune.

17th - In Train

18th – 20th program at Pune and in adjoining areas.

21st - Delegates depart for Delhi on their way to Pakistan and Bangladesh.
 
More info from Manik Samajdar m_samajdar@yahoo.co.in

*August 14, Surrey, B.C., Canada: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL along with some music, poetry recitations and few speeches to celebrate Independence Days of Pakistan and India as PEACE DAYS, at 7:30 pm, Holand Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd, across King George sky train station.

Fraser Valley Peace Council, Tarksheel Cultural Society of Canada, strongly supported by Pakistan Action Network, Siraat Collective and Peoples Forum and other peace loving individuals and various South Asian communities living in the Greater Vancouver area has taken an initiative this year to celebrate the independence of both countries together.

They decided to mark these dates as a Peace Days and will gather to remember those who laid their lives in the process of one of the biggest and unkind migration of modern mankind.

They want to raise their voices to send a clear message to both governments that the people of Pakistani and Indian origin living abroad and a vast majority of people from sub-continent living there want nothing but PEACE.

Through this event they will demand that instead of focusing on differences between India and Pakistan, let’s concentrate our energies and strengths on what we have in common, because what we have in common is the bond that will hold us and bring us together like peaceful neighbors and even across the borders we can live in peace and behave like "Children of common mother".

More info from 604.613.0735 or 604.728.7011

*August 14 & 15, Amritsar & Wagah Border, Punjab: INDEPENDENCE DAYS CELEBRATION.

Pak-India groups will celebrate independent days of both countries on Wagah border on August 14 and 15. Seminar, play and musical concerts will be held in Amritsar city and on Wagah border to be participated by delegates from Pakistan and India and people from India.

An important meeting of thirty six Indian organizations chaired by renowned columnist Kuldip Nayar was held in Amritsar on Sunday and finalized the programme of celebrations.

A delegation from Pakistan comprising journalists, lawyers, social workers, singers and human rights activists will arrive in Amritsar to attend the celebrations.

Kuldip Nayar, President of ‘Hind-Pak Doosty Munch’ which will organise all these celebrations told APP that the seminar on “Pak- India relations,” will be addressed, among others by Ex-Indian Foreign Secretary Salman Haider, Seema Mustafa and delegates from Pakistan including former Minister Iqbal Haider.

He said some resolutions will be adopted on the occasion. In one resolution Prime Ministers of both countries will be congratulated on issuing joint statement in Egypt to move forward on Pak-India relations.

Candles will be lit on the night of August 13 and 14 on Wagah border, Kuldip Nayar said adding, thousands of people from India will Participate in this important celebration. People of Pakistan will also join this celebration from their side of the border.

Kuldip Nayar said a proposal will be floated to set up a joint museum on partition to be managed by both countries on Wagah border.

http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82852&Itemid=1

*August 14 & 15, Washington, D.C., USA: OH JAMIA HI NAHIN JINAIN LAHORE NAHIN WAYKHIA, a play by Asghar Wajahat, about the 1947 Partition, will be staged by the Washington-based theatre group, Phoenix Rising Media at the Kennedy Center. Produced by Pushpa Dashottar will have a cast drawn from India as well as Pakistan.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\07\22\story_22-7-2009_pg3_3

*August 16, Rockville, MD, USA: MUSHAIRA-KAVI SAMMELAN to be organized by the Aligarh Alumni Association of Metropolitan Washington (AAA) in collaboration with the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), to celebrate independence of the Indian subcontinent, starting at 3:00 p.m., at the Executive Building, 1, Monroe Street. Following Urdu and Hindi poets are participating A. Abdullah, Abulhasan Naghmi, Akram Mahmood, Astha Naval, Aziz Qureshi, Baqar Zaidi, Dhanajay Kumar, Gulshan Madhur, Habib Bajwa, Madhu Maheshwari, Mohammad Anwar, Narendr Tandon, Naseem Farogh, Noor Memon, Qamar Kazmi, Rahman Siddiqi, Rakesh Khandelwal, Razi Raziuddin, Rekha Maitra, Saroj Joshi, Satyapal Anand, Shakeel Azad, Suman Shukla, Tahira Rida, V. Thaker, Yusuf Rahat and Zaheer Parvez.

In addition to poetry recitation, the program will includes presentation of articles on contribution of Ganga-Jamuni culture to the independence movement.

More information from Zafar Iqbal, Ph.D., Coordinator (301-540-POEM or aabta.india@gmail.com), Rafat Husain, Ph.D., President, AAA (301-869-8780), or Renuka Misra, Ph.D., President, GOPIO (301-330-5098).

*September 27-October 1, Chandigarh, Punjab, India: 4th INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PEACE FESTIVAL. To promote peace, equality and living in harmony with nature.the Festival  (including a Peace Parade, Carnival games, Make and take crafts, Multi-cultural performances, Peace Talks & Peace Stalls, Magic Shows & Face Painting, Film Shows & Music to UNITE, Nature trails & discussions of Environmental issues, Clowning & Fancy Dress Cat-walk, One Sky One World kite fly) will be organized by Yuv Satta, in association with COVA, and other organizations. Student community across the world is invited to participate.

The last date for registration is 30th July 2009. To register mail to yuvsatta@gmail.comyour brief profile with age, gender and a comment on why you want to participate

All logistics support in Chandigarh http://chandigarh.nic.in/ (including boarding, lodging, food, refreshments, sight-seeing, travel) will be provided by the organizers.  The participants have to arrange for their travel to and from Chandiarg at their own expense.

More information from Parmod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta, R. No. 12, 16, Karuna Sadan, Sector 11, Chandigarh, India - 160 011, Cell: 91-9872609816  e-mail: yuvsatta@gmail.com, Website: www.yuvsatta.org

*October 2, New Zealand to Argentina:WORLD MARCH beginning in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Nonviolence” by the United Nations,  will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. This 90-day March will pass through many countries having all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia. A permanent base of a hundred people of different nationalities will complete the journey.

*October 2-8, Pune, Maharashtra, India: 4th INDO-PAK STUDENTS PEACE CAMP, at JP Naik Centre. To promote the spirit of peace, non-violence, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood, CYDA, in collaboration with CYDA-India, intends to organize for students and/or youth of 17-25 years. A number of mixed group activities shall take place; no lengthy and boring lectures would be made. Last date for registration is July 30, 2009.

Detailed information will be available on the CYDA website (www.cydapakistan.org). For more  info send an email to info@cydapakistan.org and cydapakistan@gmail.com 

*October 16-18, Islamabad, Pakistan: NATIONAL INTEGRATION YOUTH CAMP 2009. CYDA will organize this 3-day residential seminar-cum-workshop to promote peace and harmony between the youth of Pakistan irrespective of their gender, religion, location or province.

Detailed information will be available on the CYDA website (www.cydapakistan.org). For more  info send an email to info@cydapakistan.org and cydapakistan@gmail.com