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QNL to mark new academic year with variety of workshops and events in September


Doha: Qatar National Library (QNL) is set to host an exciting lineup of events and workshops for members this September, focusing on heritage and research as well as health, education and learning to support children, parents and teachers for the new academic year. The Library will also hold a lecture on sports event management in Qatar and accessibility features for spectators with disabilities in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

On 3 September, researchers are invited to attend a one-day event dedicated to strengthening their skills through three technical workshops that give oversight of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

On 3, 10, 17, and 24 September, the Library will host its second “Young Adults Coding Camp,” in collaboration with AdStep, an EdTech start-up led by a group of engineers from Qatar University. The sessions aim to equip young adults with technical skills related to coding, robotics, gaming and design.

On 6 September, the Library will host “The Creative Writing Circle for Adults” which provides an opportunity for creative writers to come together and share their work. The group provides inspiration, feedback and encouragement in a supportive environment.

With the beginning of another academic year, children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need specific strategies and a special classroom environment that supports their learning. Teachers are invited to join this lecture on “Regulating Behavior in a Classroom Environment for Students with ADHD” on 10 September, to learn about some of these strategies and ways to put them into practice.

The Library will host a series of seminars on 11 and 17 September, where parents are invited to learn skills, tips, tricks, and habits to support children to get to the next level in their academic lives. The seminars will cover topics ranging from human psychology, neurolinguistic programming and physiology to smart ways to study, how to construct an essay and how to improve your memory.

On 14 September, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will be back at the Library to perform Schuberts Octet in F Major. This beloved titan of the chamber music repertoire comprises six movements and effuses a tender warmth of expression and lyrical beauty from first note to last.

On 15 September, the Library will host “FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Accessibility for Spectators with Disabilities,” a practical discussion guide to raise awareness about the accessibility features of FIFA 2022 to ensure that the unique atmosphere, matchday services and passion for the event can be shared and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical ability. The program will be presented by representatives from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind.

On 15 September, the Library invites teachers and parents to a workshop that discusses how to nurture and guide gifted and creative children to help them get the most out of their talents.

Then, on 18 September and with the FIFA World Cup rapidly approaching, the Library will host a lecture that will cover the historical aspects of managing and hosting large sporting events as well as the current and future implications for Qatar. Guest speakers for this event will be Dr. Danyel Reiche and Dr. Matthias Krug. Dr. Danyel Reiche is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) and an Associate Professor at Georgetown University in Qatar where he leads a research initiative on the FIFA World Cup 2022. With Paul Brannagan, he published the book Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Politics, Controversy, Change (Palgrave Macmillan 2022), and edited the volume Handbook of Sport in the Middle East (Routledge 2022). Dr. Krug is an academic and author of Journeys on the Football Carpet, the first book published about Qatars incredible football journey.

Finally, the Library, the regional IFLA Center for Preservation and Conservation in the Arab Region and the Middle East, will host a webinar on 27 September to highlight the efforts of the National Center for Manuscripts in the Adrar region of Algeria, known for its many family-held collections, which contain a vast number of manuscripts. The lecture will be presented by Belfakir Ahmed, a specialist in the preservation and conservation of manuscripts. 

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Various events to mark I-Day in U.P. capital

Various events to mark I-Day in U.P. capital

The state government is all set to celebrate the 75th Independence Day with fervour on Monday. The main function will be held between the Vidha Bhavan and the Lok Bhavan. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath will unfurl the national flag at the function. Preparations for the special event were in full swing on Sunday.

Various other functions, including “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign, are also being organised as part of the “Independence Week” (August 11-17) celebrations. On the initiation of the chief minister, Padma awardees from the state have also been invited to participate in the I-Day programme in the state capital for the first time.

They have been invited to attend the main function along with the families of freedom fighters and soldiers who attained martyrdom while fighting for the country.

Honouring India’s culture

This year’s Independence Day is special as India is celebrating “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. As part of a novel initiative by the state government, a number of people, who have worked for preserving the culture, various art forms and development of the state, are being honoured.

Padma awardees to be honoured

During the main function, the state government will also honour 12 Padma awardees who bagged the Padma award in 2021. They include Padma Bhushan awardees Rashid Khan (arts) and Vashishtha Tripathi (literature and education), Padma Shri awardees Kamlini Asthana and Nalini Asthana (arts), Shivnath Mishra (arts), Sheeshram (arts), Seth Pal Singh (agriculture), Vidya Vindu Singh (literature and education), Shivanand Baba (yoga) and Ajay Kumar Sonkar (arts). Invitations have also been sent to Dr Kamalakar Tripathi (medicine) and Ajita Srivastava (arts).

75 people from various fields to be feted

One of the highlights of the celebrations would be felicitation of 75 people from various sections of the society. Apart from this, people representing 16 trades, including bank “sakhis”, factory workers, farmers and anganwadi workers will also be a part of the event. Amrit carnival is also being organised in Hazratganj. It will commence at 7 pm onwards. Additional chief secretary SP Goel will inaugurate the event.

Programme for ITBP personnel

Indo-American Chamber of Commerce has organised a special programme to honour jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The programme “Ek Sham ITBP Ke Naam” is being organised at a city hotel in which noted poets like Santosh Anand, Sarvesh Asthana , Balram Srivastava and Raviraj will present their compositions.

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Begalka: Events mark military milestones, past and present

Begalka: Events mark military milestones, past and present

It’s special to find a direct descendant of the Revolutionary War with ties to McHenry County, but Sunday will be a special day.

That is when the Kishwaukee Trail Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter will place a bronze marker next to the worn headstone of Phebe Ashley Mead Weed in a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in old Marengo City Cemetery at 101-199 N. East St.

“In the life of a chapter, it is rare to be able to celebrate and mark a grave of a daughter of a patriot,” said event spokeswoman Claudia Edwards. “Phebe will be the 43rd marking of a daughter of a patriot in the entire state of Illinois. This is rare because so many have already been marked and because so much of the lineage is lost. Women marry and their maiden names are lost or not traced.”

Phebe is related to Fox River Grove native Kathy (Welisek) Hartke. As a child, she accompanied her mother, Betty, and grandmother Marjorie Long, to the Marengo City Cemetery to place flowers on the graves of relatives. About 2007 or 2008, Hartke became interested in finding out more about her forebearers.

Her great-great-great-great-grandmother Phebe, was the daughter of Phebe Howe and Revolutionary War soldier William Ashley. Details remain sketchy, but she learned he enlisted in July or August 1775. Ashley, born in 1758, was a member of the Vermont militia and one of Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys who fought under the command of Gen. Benedict Arnold. He assisted in the evacuation of Fort Ticonderoga in the face of superior British forces.

Hartke is descended from the daughter of Phebe’s first marriage to Amasa Mead in the Forestville area of New York. Hartke’s great-great-great-grandmother Catherine is one of their six children. Phebe later married John Weed and had three more children.

While in New York, Catherine married Frederick Webb. The couple moved to Marengo in the 1850s. Sometime after her second husband died, Phebe moved to Marengo, as well.

Phebe is the third person in McHenry County honored by the DAR with a direct connection to the Revolutionary War. The others are Major Watson and his daughter, Clarissa Watson Down, both buried in the Linn-Hebron Cemetery.

In 2015, Hartke and her husband traveled to Poultney, Vermont, to search for records, but she began “actively” working on this project in 2019. Stops included visits to McHenry County Historical Society’s Research Library, with assistance from DAR member and librarian Arlyn Booth.

“We’ve had a lot of help from all the members of the DAR. It is a very exciting project,” Hartke said. “The more you know, the more you want to know.”

After Sunday’s brief ceremony that includes a color guard dressed in Revolutionary War-period uniforms, light refreshments will be served.


The American Veterans Traveling Tribute comes to Harvard from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8to 11 at Milky Way Park, 300 Lawrence Road. This nationally recognized traveling tribute honors veterans from every major conflict dating to World War I. Harvard is bringing the entire tribute, which consists of of 212 panels and 58,300 names. An 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the wall measures almost 400 feet long. It also includes smaller tribute panels honoring American sacrifices in conflicts through the 20th and 21st centuries, including WWI, WWII, 9-11, Afghanistan and Iraq.

“I have a huge military presence in my background,” Harvard Chamber of Commerce member Crystal Musgrove said. Her husband, father-in-law, son, brother, father, stepfather and nephew either served in the military or currently are on duty.

“I’ve wanted to do this for 15 years, to bring something like that here out of respect for those who served from here,” Musgrove said.

The schedule includes school tours, library-led crafts, an appearance by Harvard historical reenactor Ed O’Brien and performances by Joe Cantafio and country singer Austin Edwards. In 2020, Edwards was part of a duo that claimed first runner-up fame on “America’s Got Talent.”

Musgrove is working to line up additional acts, as well as a cadre of volunteers to oversee this free event. She also is seeking sponsors to help underwrite the cost of bringing the etched aluminum panels to McHenry County, as well as light them and keep the memorial secure. If you can help, call the Chamber at 815-943-4404 or email Musgrove at

“It’s very cool and pretty powerful,” she said. “Our freedom is not free. There is a lot of cost in human life.”


Join Ernest J. Varga project/design engineer with the McHenry County Division of Transportation, as he explores the origins of road names across McHenry County. “A Road By Any Other Name” begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the county history museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. Admission, which includes free museum access, is $5 for society members and $8 for nonmembers. For information visit

Kurt Begalka is administrator of the McHenry County Historical Society & Museum. He may be reached at

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Variety of events to mark 75th anniversary of Independence

The harrowing sequence of events from a father

The government has rolled out several programmes to mark the culmination of year-long celebrations of the 75th Independence anniversary.

A 100-ft national flag, the “Wall of Sacrifice” (memorial for freedom fighters) on the Goubert Ave beachfront and mass distribution of national flags for the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign are among the government-led programmes.

The Tourism Department is also hosting several events running up to Independence Day.

The Azadi Flea Market near the Le Cafe joint on the beach is one such initiative that will be on till August 16 to showcase products of local bakers and vendors.

The department has also devised long-weekend tour packages to destinations such as Neyveli and Chettinadu, a ‘navagraha tour’ of temples and a ‘hills tour’ that extends to Coimbatore.

The Central Prison joined the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav mood by initiating art and rehabilitation projects for the inmates led by Inspector General of Prisons, Ravideep Singh Chahar, and Superintendent of Prisons V.Baskaran.

As part of a collaboration with Sri Aurobindo Society and NGO Sharana, city artist Christina Joseph undertook a prison beautification drive.

“As part of the outreach, we also trained some of them in various painting methods,” she said.

Four prisoners, including under-trials and convicts, worked on wall murals inspired by the Gond tribal, spanning over 200 feet of the prison walls.

In addition, two Khadi handloom banners with motifs and collages painted by hand will feature on the entry facades.

“The inmates found this a great source of enjoyment, relief and a way to discover and hone skills that can hold them in good stead when they complete their terms and return to society”, Ms. Christina said.

Future plans include holding art therapy sessions, workshops and group activities for interested inmates.

Tagor Government Arts and Science College on Friday organised an awareness programme on the national flag that was led by Sasi Kanta Dash, principal.

Aurodhan, an art and culture centre, has also been hosting a series of events to celebrate the Sri Aurobindo sesquicentennial and the 75th Independence anniversary.

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Thailand organises series of events to mark 75 years of diplomatic ties with India

Thailand organises series of events to mark 75 years of diplomatic ties with India

India and Thailand Monday celebrated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and in tune with the same a series of events and activities have been planned throughout this year to reflect the multi-faceted cooperation between both sides.

To celebrate the 75th year of relations between both sides, the Royal Thai Embassy has organized a series of celebratory events all throughout the year.

These include the textile seminar and exhibition in Varanasi, Kolkata and Delhi last month, and the painting exhibition at the Lalit Kala Academy in August, which have been supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The Embassy also plans to bring young entrepreneurs from the North Eastern Region of India to visit Thailand in September. The Thai Consulate-Generals in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, as well as Team Thailand offices, have also initiated various activities to celebrate this special occasion.

India and Thailand have historical and cultural roots dating back more than thousand years before the establishment of diplomatic relations.

The relations on the political side are closer and friendly at all levels. There have been regular visits from the Royal Thai family, exchanges of visits between head of governments, ministers and high-level officers from various agencies paving the opportunities for a closer cooperation in all areas such as military, security, trade and investment, culture, education, etc.

The ties between the two sides also extended to sub-regional, regional and multilateral levels, including Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, BIMSTEC and ASEAN-India.

The military and security relations are also constructive with regular high-level meetings and joint training and exercises between Army, Navy and Air Forces from both sides.

The sixth Thailand-India Foreign Office Consultations was convened in New Delhi earlier in April. This will be followed by the ninth Joint Commission meeting to be held in Bangkok later this month. Both high-level meetings will help to lay down ways forward to further enhance the dynamic cooperation and joint mechanisms in all areas.

Despite the great challenge posted by Covid-19 pandemic during the past two years, the friendship and cooperation between the two countries remain strong and resilient.

Thailand stood by India during the second Covid wave in April last year with the delivery of medical supplies, including oxygen cylinders and concentrators, from Their Majesties the King and the Queen of Thailand.

Likewise, India also supported Thailand with the same in times of crisis.

On the economic front, India is Thailand’s largest trading partner in South Asia and the 11th worldwide. The trade volume in 2021 reached almost 15 billion USD, recorded as an all-time high.

Currently, there are around 38 Thai companies investing in India in the fields of infrastructure, housing, agro-processing and automotive.

People-to-people connectivity between Thailand and India is also much stronger. Both countries, through their Tourism Authorities, have put efforts into utilizing their full potentials of “Amazing Thailand” and “Incredible India”.

Thailand remains India’s favorite travel destination as it only took five years, from 2015 to 2019, for the number of Indian tourists heading to Thailand to be doubled, from 1.03 million to nearly two million.

India ranks first among international air travelers to Thailand during the first of half this year.


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Events to mark first centenaries of Guru Ka Bagh Morcha, Saka Panja Sahib begin

Events to mark first centenaries of Guru Ka Bagh Morcha, Saka Panja Sahib begin

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 12

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today commenced the events dedicated to centenaries of Guru Ka Bagh Morcha and Saka (massacre) Panja Sahib with the inauguration of a painting workshop here today.

A peaceful non-violent morcha (agitation) of Guru Ka Bagh was launched for emancipation of Gurdwara Sahib from the stronghold of Mahant Sunder Dass in August 1922, which ended on November 17, 1922, after the demands were conceded.

Saka Panja Sahib, the heroic event took place at the Hasan Abdal railway station in Pakistan close to the sacred shrine of Panja Sahib on October 30, 1922. Around 200 Sikhs stopped a train carrying Sikh prisoners to offer them food. Some of them attained martyrdom in the incident as they laid on the track to stop the train.

Around 30 artists from different places will depict these incidents on canvas during the workshop that has been organised at the administrative block of the SGPC office till July 17 under the supervision of historian Harwinder Singh Khalsa.

President, SGPC, Harjinder Singh Dhami said during both these centenaries different samagams would be organised.

“With this workshop, the history related to both these events will be highlighted through paintings and these will be brought before the sangat through exhibitions at different places,” he added.

The SGPC President announced that video documentaries of the paintings would also be produced so that the new generation could be connected to the history of both these centenaries.

Meanwhile, the families of the martyrs of these sakas are also being approached as the SGPC wants to honour them during the centenary programmes. He added that events dedicated to the Guru Ka Bagh Morcha centenary would be organised from August 6 to 8. Similarly, preparations are underway for the events related to the centenary of Saka Panja Sahib, which is to be observed on October 30.

SGPC releases logo dedicated to centenaries

The SGPC President on Tuesday released the logo dedicated to Shaheedi Saka Panja Sahib and Guru Ka Bagh Morcha prepared by the Dharam Prachar Committee of the SGPC. The logo depicts the Sikh history chapter that took place 100 years ago. It also depicts a 100-year symbol, besides Khalsa’s Nishan Sahib. Dhami said booklets on both centenaries would also be released soon.

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‘We missed the mark’: Vancouver craft beer event organizers apologize after guests report disastrous experiences

'We missed the mark': Vancouver craft beer event organizers apologize after guests report disastrous experiences

Lengthy lines, tech meltdowns, and limited access to water (for a fee) were a few of the many complaints

A month ago, organizers of the popular Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) festival sent out a media release spotlighting how the 2022 event promised to set itself apart from past iterations of the beloved tasting.

“With an ambitious new ownership team at the forefront, VCBW returns bigger and better than ever before with a number of new and expanded features,” it begins.

This weekend, after some accounts of ticket-holders having a disastrous experience, organizers of “the Lower Mainland’s largest craft beer festival” are issuing statements and apologies. 

Attendees of the Saturday tasting event on the PNE grounds reported a massive line-up for entry, as well as lengthy line-ups at the beer vendor stands. 

Guests were required to purchase RFID wristbands and pre-load them with a $50 deposit in order to purchase beers (on top of the admission cost). Organizers explained the cashless wristband system was put in place “due to logistical and health reasons,” and described the process as “easy peasy.”

‘Wasn’t as seamless as we had hoped it would be’

However, some attendees cited problems with the wristband system, including long waits to add funds, being charged multiple times, and usage problems. One frustrated ticket holder said the system was “barely working” in their post-event rant on Reddit. 

In an initial statement shared online following Saturday’s event, VCBW organizers said: “Our goal was to simplify the process at the event removing tokens and ensuring all guests would be refunded anything they didn’t spend. We worked with a third party vendor for months, but unfortunately this process wasn’t as seamless as we had hoped it would be.”

On top of lines and payment issues, the biggest complaint was access to water, with attendees outraged they were not permitted to bring in empty bottles for filling with water, and only had the option to buy bottled water at $3 a piece. Many noted the water for purchase – when it was available – was warm Dasani. 

“The event doesn’t provide free, accessible water. This is unacceptable for my health. Especially on a sunny day with minimal cover,” said a ticketholder in an email to organizers shared with V.I.A.

“They refuse to let you bring water bottles, and then they charge you for water, the absolute f’ing gall,” described Reddit user arrbos.

“One of my main gripes is with water – in the past attendees could bring a refillable bottle and there were water stations around the event. To limit ticket holders to $3 bottles of water ONLY is ridiculous for a liquor event. Water should be free and free flowing, especially with the heat we had yesterday. Every time we went looking for water there wasn’t even anyone at any of the marked water stations on the map. Incredibly shortsighted in my opinion,” commented Erin Searle (@von_rockinon) on Instagram. 

‘Half our workforce didn’t show up’

VCBW attributed some of the issues to staffing problems. “Half of our workforce didn’t show up,” organizers said in a second statement issued late Sunday

Many, however, felt like the organizers were not adequately taking responsibility, in particular for the no-show volunteers. “If it was due to staff being sick, they shouldn’t throw them under the bus for the issues with their event, citing excuses for atrocious lines with ‘staff that didn’t show up.’ They should instead take ownership for the piss-poor planning and organization. They could have anticipated this, after all, being in a pandemic for 2+ years,” said a Reddit user named f*ckyduck.

“Volunteers are not a ‘workforce.’ You failed to organize volunteers and failed on almost every other aspect. Depriving people of water is inhumane, monstrous behavior. You are greedy, unapologetic monsters,” said Beatriz Rod (@bettyrm90) on Instagram.

Some guests were more understanding. “Though I’m one of the people who was frustrated on Saturday, I am grateful to the volunteers who did show up and the breweries and their staff that kept the beer flowing as fast as they could to serve as many people as they could. I met some lovely folks on Saturday and the overcrowding, line, and lack of water was not their fault!” said Noelle (@dunworrybehoppy) on Instagram.

VCBW organizers said they now know that being understaffed and having wristband tech issues got in the way of showing guests a good time. “Unfortunately, we missed the mark,” they said, inviting feedback to be sent to them via email. 

For some, though, the 2022 VCBW was the end of the road. “Never again,” avowed Reddit user caw___caw. “There [aren’t] chill vibes anymore like the previous year. It just feels like a chore having to run line to line to get your next beer. Chasing your buzz.”

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UP BJP to organise series of events to mark PM Modi’s 8-year rule

PM Narendra Modi addresses a gathering after inaugurating a 200-bed multi-specialty hospital at Atkot town in Gujarat

Uttar Pradesh’s BJP unit has planned a slew of programmes from May 30 to June 15 to mark the completion of eight years of the government at the Centre.

The focus of the events will be “service, good governance and welfare of the poor”, party leaders said on Sunday.

Elaborating on the plans, UP BJP’s general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal said under the ‘Report to Nation’ campaign, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state unit president Swatantra Dev Singh, deputy chief ministers Keshav Maurya and Brajesh Patha, will talk about the achievements of the central government on June 1.

On June 2 and June 3, party MPs, district presidents, district in-charges, ministers and MLAs will release the booklet of achievements of eight years of governance in the districts.

Bansal also said that ’75 ghante booth per’ (75 hours at the booth) campaign will run from June 4 to June 14.

Under this, BJP MPs, MLAs and other public representatives, officials of the state, region and district and divisional level will join the campaign.

Bansal said after June 10, Union ministers will visit various districts of the state and talk about the 8-year rule of Modi.

He also said that on the occasion of World Yoga Day on June 21, yoga sessions will be organised at 25,000 places.

“On May 30, assistance will be given from PM CARES Fund to help the children who have lost their parents to coronavirus infection. On May 31, Modi will release the next installment of Kisan Samman Nidhi to farmers from Shimla. The programme will be broadcast in all the districts,” the UP BJP said in a statement issued here.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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