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India@75-Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

 

 

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Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements.

 

This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in it’s evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

 

Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is an embodiment of all that is progressive about India’s socio-cultural, political and economic identity. The official journey of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” commences on 12th March, 2021 which starts a 75 week countdown to our 75th anniversary of Independence and will end post a year on 15th August, 2023.

 

To see the celebration of India@75 Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav across the globe, please visit: https://mea.gov.in/india-at-75.htm and https://amritmahotsav.nic.in/index.htm

 

Celebration by Embassy of India, Beirut

 

Embassy of India has undertaken various activities under India@75-Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The details of the events are as follows:

 

March, 2021:

 

Curtain Raiser event of celebration of India@75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

On 19 March, 2021, the Embassy of India, Beirut organized the Curtain Raiser event of celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, India@75. The event, which was organized virtually, given the local Covid-19 situation, was attended by a number of Indian community members. Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan addressed the Indian community and conveyed Hon’ble Prime Minister’s message on how the #AmritMahotsav will be celebrated across India and globally. He highlighted various themes of these celebrations and underlined that the Indian community is an important stakeholder in these celebrations. He invited the Indian community to wholeheartedly participate and also generate ideas on how to make these celebrations more participatory and also appealing for the local Lebanese communities. Ambassador also spoke about India’s global standing, vaccine maitri initiative and India’s priorities as member of the UN Security Council. Ambassador also spoke about India-Lebanon relationship and gave an overview about a number of projects undertaken by the Embassy in past 1 year to help the local communities. Ambassador also spoke about the exemplary services rendered by the Indian soldiers as part of the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) in South Lebanon. Dr. Digamber Patra, Professor, American University of Beirut and Ms. Preeti Bhatia, Teacher in American Community School spoke on various aspects of India’s achievements in 75 years after Independence. Dr. Patra spoke at length about Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan while Ms. Bhatia spoke about her life as an expatriate and how to leverage culture to build bridges with local communities.

Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1178/15

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInLebanon

 

Launch of Monthly eNewsletter "Sampark": Embassy of India, Beirut launched a new monthly e-Newsletter, Sampark on March 19, to coincide with the launch of India@75 celebrations.

Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1229/15

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInLebanon

 

April 2021:

 

Signing of MoU between Embassy of India, Beirut and Shouf Biosphere Reserve: On 16 April, 2021, Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan, Ambassador of India to Lebanon signed an MOU with President of Shouf Cedar Reserve Mr. Charles Noujim for supporting 2 important eco projects at the Reserve. The projects, funded by Government of India, envisaged under this cooperation include construction and furnishing of a reception cabin at Mrusti entrance of the Reserve and supporting reforestation of one hectare area within the Reserve by planting 800 cedar trees.  The MOU was signed at the Reserve under the shadow of majestic Cedar trees. Her Excellency, Madam Noura Jumblatt, Mr. Nasser Zaidan, Mayor of Mresti, Mr. Nizar Hani, Senior official of the Reserve and other local dignitaries were present. These projects coming during the celebrations of India@75, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, mark a new beginning of cooperation between Embassy of India and the Biosphere Reserve.

Shouf Biosphere Reserve is the largest reserve in Lebanon covering almost 5% of total land area and is home to legendary Cedar trees of Lebanon. These projects will increase tourism to the Reserve and will help in the ecological conservation of the Reserve.  “Cedar trees have lives of thousands of years. As long as these 800 Cedars stand tall, they will bear testimony to the strong India- Lebanon friendship for next thousands of years”, Ambassador said in his speech.  Dr Khan also offered the Reserve administration and local municipality to benefit from various training programmes under ITEC (India Technical and Economic Cooperation) programme of the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/pressreleases/detail/320

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInLebanon

 

Interview with Mariam TV: Ambassador had an live interview with Mariam TV on April 19, 2021 on the occasion of 75 weeks long celebrations to mark 75 years of India’s Independence. Ambassador spoke about the bilateral relations between both countries, role of Indian Battalion at UNIFIL, the projects undertaken by the Embassy, role of women etc. Interview can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/V4W0wV3vAMQ

 

Online Quiz on the life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar: The Embassy of India, Beirut, as part of India@75 celebration, conducted online quiz on the life and work of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar from April 14-20, 2021.

 

May, 2021:

 

Interview with All Seasons Magazine: On the occasion of India@75 celebrations, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan had an interview with Ms. Nidal Chehab, Editor in Chief of all seasons magazine. Ambassador spoke about India - Lebanon relations, activities done by the Embassy, ITEC program, etc. The interview was published online on May 22, 2021 on their website and facebook accounts. Links: https://bit.ly/3hO7Ex9

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/512176179121572/posts/1467896400216207/?d=n

 

Interview with Mariam TV: On May 17, 2021, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan had an interview with Ms. Joelle Aziz, Mariam TV on current situation of Coronavirus in India and India’s Vaccination Programme.

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/zQeXfuSVmtY

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInLebanon

Website Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1230/15

 

Online Quiz and Prize Distribution: On May 12, 2021, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan felicitated Ms. Lynn Tabat who won the prize in the online quiz on life & works of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar organised by the Embassy as part of India@75 celebrations.

Website Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1231/15

 

Indian Cultural Show and Exhibition by Indian Battalion at UNIFIL:  and As part of India@75 celebrations, “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the Indian Battalion at UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) organised a cultural show and exhibition on May 24, 2021. The event was attended by Charge d' Affaires a.i., Shri Jagjit Singh, Shri P. Pattabhi, Second Secretary, senior UNIFIL officers, local mayors and other dignitaries.

Website Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1208/15

 

Exhibition on India-Lebanon Bilateral Relations: As part of India@75 celebrations, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan inaugurated an Exhibition on May 31, 2021 on the activities of the Embassy at the Elite Centre in Tripoli. Ambassador interacted with faculty and guests of the Elite Centre. Ambassador also presented a plaque of appreciation to Director of the Elite Centre Ms. Imane Kamali Dernaika for promoting India-Lebanon friendship. 

Website Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/pressreleases/detail/327

 

Videos from Friends of India: Videos were received from the following Lebanese personalities and uploaded on Mission’s social media platforms on the occasion:

a. Mr. Ali Tourba, a Lebanese friend of India and one of the winners of Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz 2020-21

b. Dr. Haifa Abou Assi, Ayurveda practitioner and President of the Lebanese Chiropractic Association

 

June 2021:

 

Conference on Bilateral Trade and Investment: Embassy of India, Beirut, in association with TPCI, organized a Virtual Conference on Bilateral Trade and Investment Opportunities between India and Lebanon on June 4, 2021. The Conference was also supported by the Lebanese Embassy in New Delhi. Deputy Chief of Lebanese Embassy in New Delhi, senior TPCI officials and representatives of various Trade Bodies/Chambers in Lebanon attended the Conference. The three most important chambers in Lebanon i.e. Beirut, Tripoli and Saida chambers were represented. The Conference was addressed by the Ambassador. Ambassador spoke on the need to enhance interactions between trade bodies of India and Lebanon, exchange of delegations, sharing of database of traders of potential exporters-importers & publication of standards for imports in Lebanon. Ambassador particularly underlined that there exists untapped potential to enhance bilateral trade in the sectors like food and agriculture, pharmaceuticals, machinery etc.

 

Inauguration of Red Cross Building, Govt of India project: On June 6, Ambassador accompanied by HOC, Shri Jagjit Singh visited South Lebanon and inaugurated the newly constructed, GoI funded, Red Cross Building at Chebba municipality in the area of operation of Indian Battalion in UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). The Quick Impact Project (QIP) was completed in March, 2021. The inauguration was organized by the UNIFIL and local municipality jointly. The event was attended by Mr. Mohd Saab, Mayor of Chebaa & Head of Al Arqoub Union, Brigadier General Javier Mur Lalaguna, Commander Sector East UNIFIL, Mr. Kasim Hashim, Member of Parliament of the local area, Sheikh Ismail Dalli, Judge of local area, Col Mohver Singh Grewal, Sena Medal, Commander Indian Battalion, representative from Lebanese Armed Forces, Senior Red Cross officials and a number of local dignitaries.

 

Celebrations of IDY 2021:

 

Curtain Raiser event on IDY: A special yoga session under the theme “Yoga for Wellness” was organised at the Embassy on June 14 in association with Art of Living, Lebanon. The session focused on boosting immunity and respiratory health in fight against Covid-19/other respiratory illnesses and was led by Lebanese Yoga instructor Dana Shamseddin.

 

Celebration of International Day of Yoga: Embassy organized IDY 2021 main event at prominent Sanayeh Park in Beirut on June 20. Yoga as per Common Yoga Protocol was conducted by the instructors from Art of Living and Isha Foundation. Also, other yoga schools in Lebanon participated in the event. In light of Covid-19, the participation was restricted to invitees only. Chief of Protocol of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Dr. Abeer Ali representing Her Excellency Ms. Zeina Akar, Vice President of Council of Ministers, Minister of Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and Mr. Mohamad Itani, representing HE Mr. Hani Chemaitelly, Secretary General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and Mr. Haytham Sayad, Adviser, representing HE Judge Marwan Aboud, Governor of Beirut attended the event. The event was attended by approximately 100 persons.

 

Launch of Little Guru App: Embassy launched Little Guru App on the occasion of IDY.

 

Celebration of International Day of Yoga by Indian Battalion in UNIFIL: Ambassador attended the celebration of IDY organized by Indian Battalion in UNIFIL in South Lebanon on June 21. The event was attended by a large number of local yoga enthusiasts. Also, fellow peacekeeping contingents from Spain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Serbia, Kazakhstan, etc. participated in the event.

 

Celebration of International Day of Yoga by Elite Center: Elite Center of Culture & Education, Tripoli organized a Yoga Session in association with the Embassy, Tripoli Municipality, Tripoli Touristic Association, Isha Foundation and Art of Living on June 27. This was the 4th event organised by the Embassy this year as part of IDY. This is the first time when Yoga Day was celebrated in Tripoli, the 2nd most populous city in Lebanon. The event was inaugurated by the Ambassador, head of Tripoli Municipality, Dr. Riad Yamak and President of Elite Center, Dr. Imane Kamali. Head of Tripoli Touristic Association, Dr. Mounzer Kabbara also graced the event. The event was attended by a large number of Lebanese yoga enthusiasts.

 

Signing of MoU between FIEO and Association of Shouf Industrialists: Embassy facilitated signing of an MoU between FIEO & ASI (Association of Shouf Industrialists), Lebanon on June 24 in presence of Ambassador, DG & CEO FIEO, Dr. Ajay Sahai and President ASI, Mr Nabil Ghossaini. They also exchanged views for expanding/diversifying bilateral trade.

 

July, 2021:

Tourism Promotion: As part of India@75, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and in line with State promotion activities, the Embassy of India, Beirut organised a tourism event “Incredible India – Your favourite Touristic Destination” focusing on States of Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan on July 16, 2021 in hybrid mode with the participation of State Tourism Promotion Board of Madhya Pradesh, State Tourism Promotion Board of Rajasthan, Association and Travel and Tourism Agents in Lebanon (ATTAL) and with the support of India Tourism Office Dubai. Ambassador made welcome remarks and gave an overview of touristic landscape of India. On behalf of the Tourism Promotion Board of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh gave opening remarks. Later, the team from Tourism Promotion Board of Madhya Pradesh made a detailed presentation. The Tourism Board of Rajasthan, represented by Ms. Gayatri Rathore, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Rajasthan showcased the state of vibrant folk dance and music, gigantic forts and palaces, spicy food, colourful and large turbans, extensive golden sand desert, camels and rich handicraft. The event was attended by Mr. Antoin Assi, Director, Ministry of Tourism of Lebanon, Mr. Jean Abboud, President of Association and Travel and Tourism Agents in Lebanon (ATTAL) and Ms. Myriam Shouman, Member of Association for Development of Lebanese Indian Relations (ADLIR) and by several tour operators based in Lebanon. The event was widely covered by the local media including in India.

 

Business Meet and Gala Dinner under the theme “India@75: An Incredible Growth Story” on August 6, 2021

As part of ongoing activities related to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and on the occasion of upcoming 75th Independence Day of India, Embassy of India organized a Business Meet and Gala Dinner under the theme “India@75: An Incredible Growth Story”. The Meet was attended by representative of various Chambers of Commerce and other top businessmen from Beirut, Saida, Bekka, Choufeiat and Mount Lebanon. Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan in his remarks spoke about India’s incredible growth story, strong fundamentals of Indian economy and various measures taken by Government of India during past 6 years to make India a favorite destination for investments and doing business. Ambassador also spoke about post -covid economic recovery in India and informed that India is already emerging fast from the Covid related slow down and is on the path to be again one of the fastest growing economies in the World. He also spoke about Indian economy reaching 5 trillion-dollar mark in next few years. Ambassador invited Lebanese businessmen to expand their business ties with India and look at “Import Substitution” by moving their source markets for their import needs to India. He said India could be source of large number of import requirements in Lebanon particularly in Engineering Goods, Food and Allied products and Drugs and Pharmaceuticals. He said Indian products are not only World class but also very cost-efficient which will bring down import bill of Lebanon. He also recognized successful business presence in India of the Lebanese companies, Future Pipes, Dar Al Hindasa and Khatib wa Alamy.

 

Flag Hoisting on Independence Day 2021

75th Independence Day was celebrated with utmost joy, enthusiasm and pride at the premises of Embassy of India, Beirut on 15 August, 2021. On account of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in light of various guidelines issued by the local authorities, the physical participation in the Flag Hoisting Ceremony on the occasion of 75th Independence Day of India was limited. This was however first time the Indian Community could participate in the Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Embassy, in-person, after January 26, 2020. About 50 members of the Indian community attended the ceremony. The undersigned hoisted the national flag on the occasion. After unfurling of the National Flag, Hon’ble President’s Address to the Nation was read. 2. On the eve of the Independence Day, Embassy building was lit up in Tricolour. Indian Battalion at UNIFIL also lit up various icons at its base in Tricolor on the occasion. 3. Prominent Lebanese Pianist, Ghida Knio recorded a rendition of National Anthem on the occasion which was posted on the Social Media accounts of the Mission.

 

Seminar on the theme, "India@75: A Glorious History of People, Culture & Achievements"

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Embassy of India, Beirut organized a Seminar on the theme, "India@75: A Glorious History of People, Culture & Achievements" on the evening of August 15, 2021. Guest Speakers (i) Dr. Digambar Patra, a prominent member of Indian Diaspora and Professor at American University of Beirut (AUB) (ii) Prof. Bassam Lahoud, Professor at Lebanese American University (LAU) and ICCR-sponsored Fellowship Professor in 2017 and (iii) Ms. Lynn Tabet, Friend of India, spoke on the occasion about achievements of India in 75 years of its Independence and about their experience in India, Indian culture, cuisine, languages and diversity of India. Ms. Amal Mansour, Advisor to Minister of Culture, a number of local dignitaries & members of Diaspora attended the event. Ambassador also felicitated all the Speakers with Shield of Appreciation. Ms Sara Chreim, the First Winner of Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz 2020-21 was also honoured with Gold Medal and a Certificate of participation. The Seminar was followed by a reception.

 

National Day Reception to commemorate 75th Independence Day of India on August 20, 2021

Embassy of India, Beirut organized National Day Reception to commemorate 75th Independence Day of India on August 20, 2021.

 

Embassy of India, Beirut organized National Day Reception to commemorate 75th Independence Day of India. The reception was part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the mega festival which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi 12th March this year from Sabarmati Ashram in the state of Gujarat in India. It was on this day, 12th March in 1930 and at the same place, Sabarmati Ashram, that Mahatma Gandhi, the leading light of our freedom movement, started Civil Disobedience Movement against the British Rule. This mega festival of India’s independence celebrates India’s Freedom Struggle as well as 4 other pillars, what Prime Minister Modi has said i.e. Ideas @75, Actions@75, Achievements @ 75 and Resolves @75.

 

A number of local dignitaries attended the event. Prominent among the attendees were, H.E. Ali Oserian, Member of Parliament and part of Lebanese- India Parliamentary Friendship Committee, Mr Salam Al Ashkar, Acting Chief of Protocol in the Foreign Office who was representing both H.E. Zeina Akkar Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and Secretary General of Foreign Office H.E. Hani Chemaittelly, Mr. Haythem Sayad, who was representing Governor of Beirut, Brigadier General Ghassan Abboud who was representing Commander of LAF, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon H.E. Joanna Wronecka, Commander of UNIFIL Gen Stephano Del Col, and Head of World Bank Mr Saroj Jha. A number of Ambassadors and representative of UN bodies also attended the event.

 

Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan welcomed the guests and spoke about importance of the occasion. He underlined that India is the largest democracy in the World and that in last 75 years, Indian democracy has not only survived but also thrived and became stronger and stronger. He also said that the Indian democracy is deeply rooted in India’s age-old value system based on ideals of Satyamev Jayte, i.e., truth always prevails, Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam, i.e., the World is one family and on the principles of Unity in Diversity and Non-Violence. He also added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now given the motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas i.e. together for everyone’s development. Ambassador also spoke about India’s march towards becoming a 5 trillion-dollar economy in next few years with guiding principle of Atamanirbhar Bharat i.e., Self- Reliant India. He also highlighted a how India was able to make a spectacular recovery from the Covid-related slump and is already on the path of being one of the fastest growing economies in the current financial year. He also recalled how India has been a leading country providing medicine and vaccines to the World in fight against Covid-19. Ambassador Khan also spoke about India’s priorities of its membership of the UN Security Council as encapsulated in the 5- S approach i.e Samman meaning Respect, Samvad meaning Dialogue, Sahyog meaning Cooperation, Shanti meaning Peace and Samriddhi meaning Prosperity for all.

 

Ambassador termed India -Lebanon relations as cordial and spoke about the contribution of Indian battalion in the UNIFIL. He also said that India stood by Lebanon in its hour of need when it provided relief material after the tragic Beirut blasts last year and provided PPEs to the Ministry of Health in its fight against Covid-19 pandemic. He urged various ministries and government departments in Lebanon to benefit from ITEC training programmes and also urged youth to benefit from various scholarships and opportunities to study in India.

 

Mr. Haytham Sayad conveyed a message from the Governor of Beirut on the occasion congratulating India for the 75th Independence Day and also highlighting excellent bilateral relations between India and Lebanon.

 

Ms Tara Maalouf, famous Lebanese opera singer presented Hindi songs.

 

Speech of Ambassador H.E. Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan is available on youtube: https://youtu.be/zPQNJdH2zjQ

 

Bollywood Song 'Aisa Desh Hai Mera' performed by Ms. Tara Maalouf: https://youtu.be/1mT4NSZcHyg

 

Patriotic Song 'Vande Mataram' performed by Ms. Tara Maalouf: https://youtu.be/u_1ynuX0ZfY

 

Seminar,"India@75: Unity in Diversity & a Thriving Democracy" on Aug 23, 2021

The Embassy organized a Seminar,"India@75: Unity in Diversity & a Thriving Democracy" on Aug 23, 2021 at Tripoli. Guest speakers included Dr Imane Kamali, President Elite Center, Bahaa Harb, President Order of Engineers,Tripoli & Prof. Rami Abboud, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Balamand University.

 

 

Webinar on the theme “Modern Teaching Techniques and Methodology” on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on 6 Sept, 2021.

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, Embassy of India, Beirut, organized a webinar on the theme “Modern Teaching Techniques and Methodology” with participation of Indian and Lebanese teachers in different institutions in Lebanon on September 6, 2021 at 3:30 PM. Cd’A a.i., Shri Sandeep Grover and other officers from the Embassy participated in the event. Guest speakers included (i) Dr. Imane Kamali, Director of Elite Center for Culture and Education, Tripoli (ii) Prof. Bassam Lahoud, Senior Instructor, School of Architecture, Lebanese American University (LAU), (iii) Dr. Digamber Patra, Professor at American University of Beirut (AUB), (iv) Ms. Preeti Bhatia, Teacher in American Community School (ACS). Ms. Rima Saab, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Head of Fine Arts Department of Lebanese University (LU) sent a video message on the occasion which was screened in the webinar. Apart from these speakers, many Lebanese students attended the event virtually from Elite Center, Tripoli.

 

 

2. Cd’A a.i., Shri Sandeep Grover made the welcoming remarks and spoke on the occasion. Cd’A stated that teachers inspire us in many ways to do well and succeed in life by giving us a purpose eventually making us a good citizen of the world. Among other things, Cd’A stated that technology has helped a great deal during ongoing Covid pandemic where students and teachers have moved to online classes and not attending the schools in person. This has encouraged everyone to explore more into ways to impart education through audio-visual means. Cd’A stated that Schools, Universities and colleges are around the world are collaborating to design and invent newer techniques to impart education. In order to promote and develop new ideas, the exchange of students and teachers among different schools, universities and colleges of the world play a major role.

 

 

3. In her speech, Dr. Imane Kamali presented an adequate and comprehensive study on the newly adopted teaching techniques and methods, which are all activity-based and centre the learners, involving them entirely into the process of learning. She also proposed, based on a study undertaken by Professor Randi A. Engle from the University of Pittsburgh and Professor Faith R. Conant from the university of Cambridge, a four-principled model for fostering productive disciplinary engagement in a community of learners Classroom. Dr. Kamali added that during the past two years, we have witnessed a transformation in learning, which occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic, as learning changed from face-to-face learning to virtual learning, in addition to the corresponding transformation in the use of technology, media, designs, models and assessments used in distance learning. She concluded that education is the need of the hour and as all fields of life have changed, education has also witnessed, due to the introduction of technology along with innovative teaching ways, a drastic revolution.

 

 

4. Prof. Bassam Lahoud, Senior Instructor, School of Architecture, Lebanese American University (LAU) shared his experience in India, Indian culture, cuisine, languages and diversity of India while he was ICCR-sponsored Fellowship Professor in 2017 in Kolkata.

 

 

5. Dr. Digamber Patra, Professor at American University of Beirut (AUB) spoke about modern education techniques and methodologies that have changed with technology and social structure. Dr. Patra stated that among new tools, online teaching, youtube, clickers, Moodle, Power points, Simulation, etc. are widely being used in modern instructing medium. Dr. Patra stated that traditional teaching was largely one way where instructor was giving information and theories, however, modern teaching methods encourage multiple ways of participation, where students argue, debate and study in different prospective. Dr. Patra stated that liberal education is one of the key techniques in modern college and university education where understanding philosophy of humanism, social order and scientific rationality are emphasised in a cross-discipline approach. Dr. Patra stated that modern teaching techniques give enough scope for innovation, research, creative writing, ethics, developing special skills, etc where student can explore cross discipline and easily switch over to another track that he/she finds more interesting and joyful, similarly, possibilities of various interactive learning such as group learning, project-based learning, cooperative learning, collaborative learning, research-based learning, gamification etc. make modern teaching more skilful and ethically enriching.

 

 

6. Ms. Preeti Bhatia, Teacher in American Community School (ACS) along with her colleague, Ms. Madhumita, teacher in ACS showed a presentation in the webinar which included Reggio Emilia Philosophy - a research based early childhood education approach. Among other things, she also spoke about Rabindranath’s Philosophy.

 

ITEC Day on September 23, 2021

The Embassy of India, Beirut celebrated ITEC day in Beirut on September 23, 2021 at the Haigazian University campus.

ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation) is a major developmental assistance programme for capacity building offered by the Ministry of External Affairs, India to a large number of friendly countries across the World and is being offered to Lebanon for a long time. A large number of Government officials and defence personnel from Lebanon have benefited from the training programmes offered under ITEC.

Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan in his speech highlighted the importance of the event and stated that ITEC is a major pillar of the bilateral relations. He urged various ministries and government departments to make use of the training slots made available under ITEC . He also said that depending upon the local requirements the training programmes can also be tailor-made.

Members of Parliament and members of the Lebanese Indian Parliamentary Friendship Committee, H.E. Mr. Ali Osseiran and H.E. Mr. Anwar El Khalil graced the event. The event was also attended by Mr. Dany Gadaoun, Director General, Ministry of Industry, Mr. Amine Thebian, acting Director General Ministry of Tourism and members of ADLIR (Association of Development of Lebanese -Indian Relation). H.E. Anwar Khalil and Mr Dany Gadaoun also shared their thoughts with the audience.

Over 70 ITEC alumni participated in the event and shared their memories about their visit to India and their training experiences.

Famous Lebanese Opera singer Tara Maalouf presented Indian songs during the event. Links of the videos are as follows: 

https://youtu.be/v02c6xHxYGw 

https://youtu.be/zT55JF0W1v4

 

The event was followed by a reception where Indian delicacies were served.

 

 

Business Seminar on the theme "Exploring Business Opportunities, Diversifying Business" on September 28, 2021

A Business Seminar on the theme "Exploring Business Opportunities, Diversifying Business" was organized by the Embassy in association with Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Sidon and South Lebanon on September 28, 2021. Intense and productive discussions on enhancing India-Lebanon trade & diversifying the trade basket. Lots of local businessmen are looking forward to diversify their import substitution,opening opportunities for Indian exports and achieving mutual goals.

 

Celebration of 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, 2nd October 2021
On the occasion of 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan & all staff members of the Embassy paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2021 & pledged to rededicate themselves to the Gandhian ideals of truth, non-violence, swachchta and sarvodaya. 

On the occasion of 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, staff members of the Embassy, Smt Sushma Chawla and Shri Ritesh Kumar presenting favourite Bhajan on Mahatma Gandhi - Vaishnav Jan to.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNM5dtDGe3U

 

Celebration of 152th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at UNIFIL on October 3, 2021

Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan paid tributes to #MahatmaGandhi at UNIFIL.

Head of Mission/Force Commander of UNIFIL, Amb Khan & Chief of INDBATT Col Mohver Singh Grewal led the celebration of the International Day of Non-Violence at the Mahatma Gandhi Park at Ebl Al Saki in South Lebanon.

To Spread the message of peace & non-violence, doves and balloons were released during the event.

The Event was organized by the Indian Battalion. It was also attended by Mr Samih El Bekai,Mayor of Ebel El Saqi, officials of Lebanese Army & other local dignitaries. Ambassador also presented copies of Autobiography of #MahatmaGandhi to the attendees.


 

 

Celebration of International Day of Non-Violence on October 5, 2021

The Embassy of India, Lebanon, with the cooperation of Association for the Development of Lebanese-Indian Relations, ADLIR celebrated the International Day of Non-Violence on October 5.

 

The International Day of Non-Violence falls every year on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, after the UN General Assembly unanimously approved this commemoration in June 2007.

 

Her Excellency Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon was the keynote speaker for the event. Other speakers included Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan, Ambassador of India to Lebanon, Her Excellency Dr Manal Abdel Samad, Former Minister, Mr. Melhem Khalaf, Head of Beirut Bar Association, Mr. Haitham Sayyad, Advisor and the Representative of Governor of Beirut Judge Marwan Abboud and Ms. Maryam Schuman, representing ADLIR.

 

Other dignitaries who attended the event included, Her Excellency Ambassador Caroline Ziade, Director International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representative of His Excellency Dr Abdallah Bou Habib, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Major General Stefano del Col, Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL, Ambassadors of Srilanka, Bangladesh and Turkey and representatives of various embassies, International organisations, Lebanese civil society and Indian diaspora.

 

The speakers recalled the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi of Truth and Non-Violence and underlined its continued relevance in today’s World.

 

An announcement was also made on behalf of the Governor of Beirut that a public space in Beirut will soon be named after Mahatma Gandhi.

 

The event was shifted to the Embassy premises from the previously planned venue at the Lebanese American University due to an electric fault at the University Campus.

 

Business Seminar in Zahle on October 13, 2021

The Embassy of India and the CCIAZ (Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture of Zahle & Bekka) organized a Business Seminar on October 13, 2021 in Zahle. Discussions on exploring new business opportunities and identifying common grounds to enhance trade between India and Lebanon took place. The Seminar was addressed by Amb Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, Vice President of the Chamber Mr. Mounir Teeny & senior office bearer, Mr. Tony Tohmeh. The event was attended by many top businessmen representing the sectors like food, machinery, renewable energy, wood, textile etc.

 

Vigilance Week on October 26-November 01, 2021

Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from Oct 26-Nov 01, 2021 with the theme "Independent India @ 75: Self Reliance with Integrity". Embassy staff took the Vigilance Pledge today. Ambassador Dr. Khan also emphasized the importance of transparency, honesty & accountability in public life. Two posters spreading awareness regarding provision of complaints under Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) have been displayed in Consular Section of the Mission. Embassy staff members also took online e-pledge available for citizens on website www.cvc.gov.in.

 

Business Seminar at Aley on October 28, 2021

The Embassy organized a Business Seminar in Aley on the theme, “Exploring Business Opportunities, Diversifying Business” in association with Aley Commercial Association. In-depth discussions took place on exploring new areas of business between India & Lebanon during the Seminar. Association President Mr Samir Shehayeb & Vice President Eng Ghassan Saab shared useful insights and ideas. Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan gave an overview of the Indian economy & ease of doing business. He also listed the sectors where there is scope of enhancing Indian exports to Lebanon. Businessmen from machinery/food/solar energy/construction/ textile & chemicals sectors attended the Seminar.

 

Nation’s Day Festival on October 29, 2021

The Embassy participated in the Nation's Day Festival organized in Beirut Downtown. Many embassies participated in this cultural / food festival. The Embassy set up a stall displaying tourist material on India and also displayed items recently received from TRIFED. Popular Indian snacks were also offered. A large number of locals visited Indian stall. They were also informed about the re-starting of tourist visas in India and were encouraged to visit India.

 

 

Inauguration of Tribes India Aatmanirbhar Corner on October 31, 2021

Tribes India Aatmanirbhar Corner was inaugurated at the Embassy depicting amazing tribal products from Tribes India during the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas event on October 31, 2021.

 

Celebration of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on October 31, 2021

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Special Week, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was observed at the Embassy on October 31, 2021, the birth anniversary of Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with the Indian community participation. A documentary on the life & message of Sardar Patel was screened. Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan spoke about life & message of Sardar Patel. HOC Shri Sandeep Grover spoke about the Freedom Movement & recited the poem ‘Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna’, the favorite poem of Shaheed Bhagat Singh & his companions.

 

 

Webinar on ‘Ayurveda for Poshan’ on November 1, 2021

An Ayurveda Webinar organised on November 1, 2021 on the theme, "Ayurveda for Poshan". Guest speakers included Dr Haifa Abouassi, President Lebanese Chiropractic Assn, Dr Jackie Maalouf, President Dia Lab & Ms. Dana Shamseddin, Art of Living.

 

 

Ayurveda Food Festival on November 2, 2021

As part of the Special Week celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Embassy organized an Ayurveda Food Festival on November 2, 2021. A sumptuous and healthy authentic 5-course Indian vegetarian meal based on the principles of Ayurveda was served. Several dignitaries attended the event. H.E. Joanna Wronecka, UN Special Representative for Lebanon, H.E. Abeer Ali Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors of Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia and Serbia, Head of UNRWA, senior diplomats from the Embassies of Tunisia, USA, Algeria, Russia etc. attended the event in addition to prominent members of the Lebanese civil society.

 

Cultural Evening at Tripoli on November 3, 2021

A cultural evening was celebrated at Elite Centre, Tripoli with Director General at the Ministry of Culture Dr Ali Al Samad as the Chief Guest.

Part of the Cultural evening was a Seminar on "Exploring Civilizational Linkages & Cultural Similarities between India & Lebanon ".

 

Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, in his speech, spoke about historical linkages, multicultural societies, democratic traditions, food, music, languages, yoga etc. He also spoke about connections between Rabindranath Tagore & famous Lebanese poet Khalil Jibran. He also mentioned about various cultural activities being organized by the Embassy, specially those in connection with the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

 

Ms Imane Kamali of Elite Center spoke about friendship & love between India and Lebanon. Dr Ali Samad spoke about Mahatma Gandhi and his ideals of truth and non - violence. He also spoke about readiness of the Ministry of Culture to collaborate with the Embassy in undertaking various cultural activities.

 

Another attraction of the evening was the live painting made by famous Tripoli Painter Omran Yassin on India - Lebanon Friendship Theme. He started as the event started & completed it with the event. He presented the Painting to Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan as what he said, a mark of love from Tripoli.

 

Ambassador also distributed certificates to the participants, from the Elite Centre, in the online course on Gandhian Philosophy conducted in October by Dr Shobana Radhkrishna.

 

The event was attended by a number of local dignitaries, lawyers, university professors and young students.

 

Re Majeur Music School Tripoli presented Indian and Lebanese tunes on Keyboard. The Centre was decorated with Indian textiles and handicrafts. Indian and Lebanese food was served.

 

 

Business Seminar at Tripoli on November 4, 2021

As part of ongoing activities related to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and in an effort to enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation, the Embassy of India organised a Business Seminar in Tripoli, the Economic Capital of Lebanon, on November 04, 2021 in association with CCIAT (Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon). Tripoli is the second largest city in Lebanon and is a very important economic hub.

More than 30 participants attended the Seminar.

 

The Seminar was co- haired by Chamber President Mr. Toufic Dabbousi and Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan. Mr. Dabbousi provided insights and ideas about Tripoli that is poised to play a major role in the region. Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan in his presentation, highlighted the incredible growth of India, Indian economy and the measures taken by the Government under the leadership of Hon'ble Prime Minister to make India a favourite destination for investment and conducting business. Ambassador spoke on how India has risen in the ranking for "Doing Business" over the past few years and highlighted India's march towards a US$ 5 trillion economy. He spoke about post-COVID economic recovery in India.

 

On the bilateral trade potential, Ambassador spoke about exploring new areas of cooperation. He spoke about sectors such as Gems and Jewellery, Pharma, Food and Engineering Goods, Solar Panels, Textiles and Machinery sectors. Ambassador emphasized that increasing imports from India would be beneficial for Lebanon in this hour of crisis as Indian products are more cost-effective and will bring down their overall import bill. Ambassador also welcomed Lebanese exporters to explore Indian market.

 

He encouraged them to participate in the upcoming trade exhibitions in India like Indus Food, Stone Mart etc. Ambassador also informed them that businessmen in India are very keen to expand their business in Lebanon. Ambassador also assured them to provide business visas expeditiously.

 

 

Participation at Cedar plantation drive at Shouf Biosphere Reserve on November 5, 2021

Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, HOC Shri Sandeep Grover & the Embassy team participated in the plantation drive at Shouf Biosphere Reserve On November 5, 2021. They were joined by Mr Charles Noujeim, Head of the Board, Mr Faisal Abou Izzeddin, Board member & Mr Nizar Hani, Manager. The Embassy is supporting the afforestation efforts of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve by planting 800 Cedar & other related plant species.

 

Cedars have lives of hundreds of years & as long as they will survive they will bear testimony to love & friendship between India & Lebanon.

 

 

Diwali celebration on November 5, 2021

Diwali celebration were organised by the Embassy. The event was attended by the Embassy staff, their families and many members of the Indian community.

 

Celebrating the Indian Peacekeepers - Documentary on INDBATT in UNIFIL on November 13, 2021

As part of #AmritMahotsav / India@75 the Embassy brings a short documentary on role, life & routine of Indian Soldiers at the UNIFIL in association with Noursat English and senior anchorwoman Ms Joelle Antoine Aziz. Currently 19 Madras Battalion Group is serving as Indian Battalion at UNIFIL.
On November 13, Noursat English TV crew, along with the Embassy team visited the Indian Battalion HQ and interviewed CO Col Mohver Grewal. The TV Crew also visited nearby Mahatma Gandhi Park and spoke to Mayor of Ebl el Saki who fondly spoke about community connect of the Indian Battalion over past 22 years. The Crew also visited the Medical and Vet clinic run by the Indian Battalion.
The Documentary will be telecasted on Noursat English shortly.

 

Business Outreach Meeting on November 15, 2021


The Embassy organized a Business Outreach Meeting with the Gems & Jewelry importers & producers in Lebanon under the aegis of Syndicate of Jewelers led by its President Mr. Boghos Khurdian. Intense discussions took place on enhancing cooperation and bilateral trade in this sector. Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan gave an overview of the Gems and Jewelry sector from India and spoke about complementarities between India and Lebanon in this sector. Gems & Jewelry is one of largest exports of Lebanon. However, all the raw material, including gold, other precious metals, precious and semi- precious stones are imported. Lebanese producers are now looking at import of materials and also machinery from India in this Sector.

 

Kashi Utsav on November 16-18, 2021

 

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Kashi Utsav was widely publicized in Lebanon by posting links on Mission’s social media platforms and the Mission’s website. Appropriate hash-tags were used on the postings on the social media. Diaspora was encouraged to engage with various activities by disseminating information among Indian Diaspora through the officer dealing with the community affairs in the Mission. Information and links to the online movies made available by IGNCA on this occasion were also prominent shared on the Mission's social media accounts. As part of one of the themes of Kashi Utsav of promotion of Rajbhasha, Hindi poetry recitation was organized by the Embassy by diaspora children during the Children Evening on November 18 at the Embassy.

 

 

Ek Shaam Bachchon Ke Naam- Children's Evening on November 18, 2021

 

As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Embassy organized a fun-filled & informative evening at the Embassy with the participation of Diaspora & Lebanese children on November 18, 2021. Master Srijan Khawas, Ms. Anika Chandel and Master Ashmit Chandel recited following poems in Hindi: Prakriti Ki Seekh; Bulbul aur Bagula and Sooraj Aaya. Children also enthusiastically participated in a Quiz, Aao Jane Azadi Ke Stambh Prashno Ke Sang and received prizes from Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan. Shri Sandeep Grover, HOC, spoke on the theme of nutrition and growth in Children. Children also enjoyed the Magic show, Bubble show and other fun activities.

 


 

Commonwealth Remembrance Day on November 21, 2021

 

On November 21, Ambassador of India to Lebanon Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, along with Second Secretary Shri Sandeep Grover, joined Commonwealth ambassadors & other dignitaries at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Beirut to attend the Remembrance Day. Ambassador laid wreath at the memorial and paid respects to the soldiers who lost their lives in the two World Wars. A total of 447 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the two World Wars are laid to rest in various cemeteries in Lebanon.

 

Constitution Day Celebrations on November 26, 2021

 

Embassy of India, Beirut celebrated the Constitution Day on 26 November 2021 with a number of activities.

 

Reading of the Preamble:

In the morning of November 26, all members of the Embassy, led by Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, read the preamble of the Constitution. Pictures and news of the activity were uploaded on the social media account of the Embassy and also uploaded on the Amrit Mahotsav Website. Indian soldiers at the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon, UNIFIL and number of Indian diaspora members also read the the preamble.

 

Online Quiz and Reading of the Preamble:

Two portals developed by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs - Portal for reading Preamble and Portal for Online Quiz on Constitutional Democracy were publicized in the social media platforms of the Embassy for participation by Indian diaspora, members of the Indian contingent in UNFIL and families of India based members of the Mission. Members of the Indian Embassy also read the Preamble of the Constitution online, in their own mother tongues. Certificates of participation were put up on social media accounts of the Embassy. Members of the Indian Embassy also participated in the online quiz.

 

High -level Seminar:

The Embassy of India in Lebanon organized a high-level Seminar on November 26, 2021, on the occasion of Constitution Day of India. Judge Jean Fahed, Former President of the Supreme Court & Former President of the Supreme Judicial Council of Lebanon and eminent lawyer Rima Fawaz Husseini were the main speakers along with Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan. A documentary on the Constitution of India was screened and Second Secretary Mr. Sandeep Grover read the preamble of the Constitution.

Ambassador Dr. Khan, in his speech paid homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Father of the Indian Constitution and remembered all those who contributed to drafting and making of the Indian Constitution. He focused on the working of the Indian Parliament and the election process in India in context of the constitutional provision. He also spoke about judicial independence, independence of the Election Commission of India, robustness of the electoral process in India, separation of powers between various bodies of the state , cooperative federalism and rights and duties of the citizens. Judge Jean Fahed spoke about the Judicial independence in India and the Constitutional provisions which guarantee the Judicial independence. He also spoke about the role of Indian Judiciary as the protectors of citizens' rights, guardian of the Constitution and an instrument of positive interventions for the socio-economic betterment of lives of common man. Lawyer Husseini spoke about the Contribution of Dr Ambedkar in drafting the Constitution. She also highlighted the nation building process in the early years of Freedom of India where more than 500 different princely states were merged to make India a unified and strong entity. She spoke about the importance of free and fair elections in a democracy and complimented the Electoral body in India to carry out the largest electoral exercises in India with full transparency and fairness every time.

Judge Meddy Moutran, Judge of the Court of Cassation (Supreme Court) of Lebanon and Judge Maya Karam also graced the occasion. The event was also attended by prominent members of the Beirut Bar Association, media personnel, members of the Lebanese civil society and Indian Diaspora.

 

India participates in Asia-Oceania Judo Championship on December 5, 2021

 

Indian teams participated in Asia-Oceania Judo Championship, Junior & Cadet levels in Lebanon & won many medals in different categories. Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan & Second Secretary Shri Sandeep Grover met with the Indian team & cheered them up. They also watched many matches. Ambassador also met Mr Obaid Al Anzi, Vice President International Judo Federation, Mr. Munawar Anzar frm India, International Judo refree & jury for this championship & other officials. Ambassador congratulated Lebanon for organizing the Championship in these challenging times.

 

Meeting with Energy Minister on December 6, 2021

 

Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan met with H.E. Dr. Walid Fayad, Minister of Energy & Water of Lebanon on December 6, 2021. They discussed number of issues of mutual interests.

 

 

Observance of Mahaparinirvana Divas on December 6, 2021

 

As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Embassy of India organised the Mahaparinirvana Divas on December 6 at the Embassy to commemorate the occasion of 65th Death anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar. The event commenced with the garlanding of the portrait of Baba Saheb by the Ambassador of India to Lebanon Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan. The Ambassador was joined by Mr. Ram Swarup, an eminent dignitary of the Indian diaspora in Lebanon in paying the floral tributes. It was followed by screening of a documentary named “Mooknayak” based on the life, ideas and ideals of Baba Saheb. Mr. Ram Swarup addressed the gathering where he spoke on the life of Baba Saheb and his contributions to the nation. The Ambassador shared his insights at length on the life and philosophy of Ambedkar and his remarkable contribution in the making of the nation, social reforms in India and the making of the Indian Constitution. Many members of the Gurudwara Committee of Beirut graced the event. The event was also attended by other members of the Indian diaspora.

 

 

Visit to Jiyeh Thermal Power Plant on December 10, 2021

 

Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan Suhel Ajaz Khan, along with Second Secretary Mr P. Pattabhi visited Jiyeh Thermal Power Plant located in south of Beirut on December 10, 2021. The Plant is operated & managed by a Joint Venture involving Indian firm, OEG, & a local firm Middle East Power (MEP).

 

 

Indian Community in Lebanon observes Mahaparinirvan Diwas on December 12, 2021

 

Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan, along with Second Secretary Shri Sandeep Grover & other staff of the Embassy joined the Indian community at Gurudwara Sant Ravidas Ji in Beirut on December 12, in observance of Mahaparinirvan Diwas in the memory of Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav activities.

Ambassador was joined by Gurudwara Prabandhak, Ram Swaroop Ji & others in offering floral tributes & prayers to Dr Ambedkar. A special aarti was performed in the fond memory of Dr Ambedkar.

Ambassador also addressed the Indian community & briefed them about Embassy's services to the Community & activities of the Embassy under Amrit Mahotsav. In his speech Ambassador spoke about ideals of Dr Ambedkar and his contributions in the social reforms in India and his role in drafting the Indian Constitution. Ambassador also encouraged the Indian community to participate in various activities under Amrit Mahotsav.

 

Meeting with Agriculture Minister on December 13, 2021

 

Ambassador Dr Suhel Khan met with Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Dr. Abbas Hajj Hassan on December 13, 2021 . They discussed a number of issues including Lebanon's food security, bringing Indian agriculture technologies to Lebanon, training programmes & enhancing trade in food & agri products.

Ambassador briefed the Minister on the interest in the private sector in Lebanon to enhance food imports from India and to deal directly with the exporters from India without going through intermediaries. Ambassador also informed that India is now the largest food exporter to the Arab countries. Ambassador also informed the Minister that various training programme can be offered to Lebanese officials and scientists under ITEC programme as per their needs.

Ambassador also invited the Minister to send a strong, officially-led business delegation to IndusFood, an important business exhibition in the food and agriculture technology sectors in India to take place in January.

The Minister was very forthcoming in responding to all these suggestions. He termed India as a strong and dependable partner.

 

Webinar and B2B meeting in the Pharma and Healthcare Sectors on December 14, 2021

 

The Embassy team along with the Pharmaceutical importers from Lebanon joined the Webinar and B2B meeting on December 14 with Pharmexcil and Pharmaceutical representatives from India, Zambia & Madagascar on new opportunities in Pharma and Healthcare Sectors.

Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan gave an overview of opportunities for enhancing trade & introducing new products in the Lebanese market. Mr Hisham Fawaz from the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health gave a presentation on the registration process for medicine in Lebanon & welcomed Indian Pharmaceutical companies to enhance their presence in Lebanon.

The Lebanese importers voiced their readiness in exploring further business and trade opportunities with their counterparts from India.

 

Screening of Bollywood Movie 'Manikarnika' on December 18, 2021

 

As part of AmritMahotsav, and to commemorate the First War of Independence of 1857, the Embassy organised a special screening of movie Manikarnika, a movie celebrating patriotism & bravery of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi on December 18, 2021.

The Screening saw enthusiastic participation by the Indian community and Lebanese friends of India.Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan welcomed the guests and recalled the important events of 1857. He also thanked Zee Studios who supported the screening of the Movie.

Ambassador also announced that the Embassy will organize monthly Movie Evenings for Bollywood lovers in Lebanon.

 

Meeting with Lebanese Delegation for Indus Food 2022 on December 27, 2021

 

Ambassador Dr Suhel Khan and the Embassy commercial team met on December 27, 2021 with the Lebanese delegation which is going to India for IndusFood 2022 being organized by TPCI. Mr Ahmed Ramdhan from Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture will also be part of the delegation.

 

Embassy celebrated Wishwa Hindi Diwas and Pravasi Bhariyta Diwas on January 10, 2022

 

Wishwa Hindi Diwas/ World Hindi Day was celebrated on January 10 the at Embassy. Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan read out the messages of Hon’ble Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister on this occasion. Video message of Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs was also screened. Ambassador also spoke about the importance of the day and encouraged Indian community to take part in promoting and popularizing Hindi language in Lebanon. Apart from the Indian Diaspora, a number of Lebanese Hindi lovers also participated in the event. Hindi poems were recited by Indians and Lebanese participants. Ambassador also distributed certificates to the participants. A Hindi essay competition was organized by the Embassy on this occasion.

The Embassy also celebrated Pravasi Bharitya Diwas. A Number of Indian community members participated in the event. Ambassador spoke about the importance of the event and encouraged the Indian community to contribute to the growth and development of India, specially with the aim of achieving the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. Ambassador also encouraged the diaspora to whole-heartedly participate in the Amrit Mahotsav activities. Ambassador briefed the audience on the Youth Pravasi Bharitya Diwas celebrated by the Ministry of External Affairs on January 9. Ambassador reiterated the commitment of the Embassy to continuously serving the Indian community in Lebanon.

 

 

Celebration of National Youth Day on January 12, 2022

 

The Embassy of India in Beirut celebrated National Youth Day on January 12, 2022 at the Embassy premises. Every year this is day is commemorated on January 12 on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, a great philosopher, spiritual leader and a youth icon.

On this auspicious occasion the Embassy organized a Table Tennis tournament, inspired by Hon’ble Prime Minister’s initiative of “Fit India Movement”. A number of Indian and Lebanese youth participated in the tournament. Prizes were given for the first, second and third spots in the boys and girls categories. The event was organized in association with prominent local philanthropic organization, Makhzoomi Foundation.

Ambassador also addressed the gathering and shared the ideals and message of Swami Vivekanand. Ambassador also recited the famous speech of Swami Vivekananda which he had given at World's Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893.

Youthful songs were presented by Shri Gopal Das and Shri Ritesh from the Embassy.

Earlier in the day, Ambassador and staff members of the Embassy also attended the inaugural ceremony of the 25th National Youth Festival, virtually, which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister.

Webinar and B2B meeting in the Pharma and Healthcare Sectors on December 14, 2021

The Embassy team along with the Pharmaceutical importers from Lebanon joined the Webinar and B2B meeting on December 14 with Pharmexcil and Pharmaceutical representatives from India, Zambia & Madagascar on new opportunities in Pharma and Healthcare Sectors.

Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan gave an overview of opportunities for enhancing trade & introducing new products in the Lebanese market. Mr Hisham Fawaz from the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health gave a presentation on the registration process for medicine in Lebanon & welcomed Indian Pharmaceutical companies to enhance their presence in Lebanon.

The Lebanese importers voiced their readiness in exploring further business and trade opportunities with their counterparts from India.

 

Screening of Bollywood Movie 'Manikarnika' on December 18, 2021

 

As part of AmritMahotsav, and to commemorate the First War of Independence of 1857, the Embassy organised a special screening of movie Manikarnika, a movie celebrating patriotism & bravery of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi on December 18, 2021

The Screening saw enthusiastic participation by the Indian community and Lebanese friends of India.Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan welcomed the guests and recalled the important events of 1857. He also thanked Zee Studios who supported the screening of the Movie.

Ambassador also announced that the Embassy will organize monthly Movie Evenings for Bollywood lovers in Lebanon.

 

Meeting with Lebanese Delegation for Indus Food 2022 on December 27, 2021

 

Ambassador Dr Suhel Khan and the Embassy commercial team met on December 27, 2021 with the Lebanese delegation which is going to India for IndusFood 2022 being organized by TPCI. Mr Ahmed Ramdhan from Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture will also be part of the delegation.

 

Embassy celebrated Wishwa Hindi Diwas and Pravasi Bhariyta Diwas on January 10, 2022

 

Wishwa Hindi Diwas/ World Hindi Day was celebrated on January 10 the at Embassy. Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan read out the messages of Hon’ble Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister on this occasion. Video message of Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs was also screened. Ambassador also spoke about the importance of the day and encouraged Indian community to take part in promoting and popularizing Hindi language in Lebanon. Apart from the Indian Diaspora, a number of Lebanese Hindi lovers also participated in the event. Hindi poems were recited by Indians and Lebanese participants. Ambassador also distributed certificates to the participants. A Hindi essay competition was organized by the Embassy on this occasion.

The Embassy also celebrated Pravasi Bharitya Diwas. A Number of Indian community members participated in the event. Ambassador spoke about the importance of the event and encouraged the Indian community to contribute to the growth and development of India, specially with the aim of achieving the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. Ambassador also encouraged the diaspora to whole-heartedly participate in the Amrit Mahotsav activities. Ambassador briefed the audience on the Youth Pravasi Bharitya Diwas celebrated by the Ministry of External Affairs on January 9. Ambassador reiterated the commitment of the Embassy to continuously serving the Indian community in Lebanon.

 

Celebration of National Youth Day on January 12, 2022

 

The Embassy of India in Beirut celebrated National Youth Day on January 12, 2022 at the Embassy premises. Every year this is day is commemorated on January 12 on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, a great philosopher, spiritual leader and a youth icon.

On this auspicious occasion the Embassy organized a Table Tennis tournament, inspired by Hon’ble Prime Minister’s initiative of “Fit India Movement”. A number of Indian and Lebanese youth participated in the tournament. Prizes were given for the first, second and third spots in the boys and girls categories. The event was organized in association with prominent local philanthropic organization, Makhzoomi Foundation.

Ambassador also addressed the gathering and shared the ideals and message of Swami Vivekanand. Ambassador also recited the famous speech of Swami Vivekananda which he had given at World's Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893.

Youthful songs were presented by Shri Gopal Das and Shri Ritesh from the Embassy.

Earlier in the day, Ambassador and staff members of the Embassy also attended the inaugural ceremony of the 25th National Youth Festival, virtually, which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister.

 

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