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International Malala Day 2023: From history to significance, inspiring quotes by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai

I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.

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International Malala Day was observed today and has been celebrated every year on July 12 since 2013, honouring the birthday of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. The incident that got her into global prominence occurred on October 9, 2012, while she was on a bus in Pakistan’s Swat district after taking an exam, shot in the head and the neck by Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt targeting her for her activism.

The Pakistani activist shared a few pictures on Twitter from her iconic speech at the United Nations, expressing gratitude for the incredible journey she has lived through since then. Malala commemorated the 10th anniversary and said it has been hard to believe that tomorrow will be her 26th birthday ten years since she spoke at the United Nations.

She added that the 16-year-old self had no idea what would happen next, the amazing people she would meet, the places she would go. She was just determined to continue her fight for girls’ education.

Since that momentous day, she made a commitment to spend her birthday with girls, a tradition that has brought her to Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil, and Ethiopia, and to refugee camps in Lebanon, Rwanda, and Iraq, Malala further added.

She also said that while the pandemic put a brief pause on travel, she has been thrilled to celebrate again in person with her sisters this year. She couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this anniversary, she added.

The United Nations first celebrated International Malala Day on July 12, 2013. The day called on world leaders to ensure free and mandatory education for children from around the globe. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown addressed the meeting, who was then serving as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

International Malala Day has been commemorated to pay tribute to Malala and to all girls who are aspirational towards education. The day serves as a reminder to emphasize the importance of educating girls worldwide.

The activist has been an inspiration for many across the globe. She has delivered powerful speeches on various issues. Here are some inspirational quotes by Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Malala said I raise up my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.

Another quote, I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.

Third, let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

Her powerful quote is, If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?

She also said, education is the power that can bring change to the world.

The activist said we realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

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Poland Minister Wladyslaw T Bartoszewski says India is a superpower, should play role in World affairs

The Polish Minister said it is time to take the relations between the the two countries to a higher level. He said India has developed into a phenomenal country and is the 5th largest economy in the world. The minister said the Polish economy has also developed and both the countries have much more to offer each other.

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Secretary of state at the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Poland Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski on Monday said that India should play a bigger role in global politics. He said India is a superpower now and hence India should play a role that fits superpower at the global scale. He said the relations between Poland and India have been extremely good. He said they have not had any problems.

The Polish Minister said it is time to take the relations between the the two countries to a higher level. He said India has developed into a phenomenal country and is the 5th largest economy in the world. The minister said the Polish economy has also developed and both the countries have much more to offer each other.

He said the Polish government wants India to play a more active role in World Politics. He said India is the largest democracy in the world and shares values with Poland as to how the world should be organised. The Polish Minister said he is looking to partner with India. He said Poland is looking at potentially creating the India-Central Eastern European Forum to discuss amongst a few countries.

He said there are a lot of topics and Poland wants to partner with India to play its role in the world affairs. Bartoszewski highlighted the remarkable economic growth India has made under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said Warsaw would like to work in closer co-operation with New Delhi. India and Poland share strong bilateral ties.

After the Ukraine war began, Poland helped in India’s Operation Ganga by aiding in the evacuation of Indian students from the war struck country in 2022.The Polish minister commented on the Russia-Ukraine war which has been going on since the last two years. He said the war will end if immediately if Russian President Vladimir Putin withdraws his forces from neighbouring Ukraine.

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71st Miss World contestants visit Raj Ghat and pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

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Miss World contestants, accompanied by Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss world Organisation, visited the Raj Ghat, also known as the Gandhi memorial, on Monday, where they paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi. The 71st Miss World participants also visited the Gandhi Museum.

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss World Organisation said in a statement that her love of India is no secret and having the 71st Miss World Festival in this country means a lot to her. She thanked Jamil Saidi for his herculean efforts to make the return of the event to India a reality. She said the Miss World Organization has assembled the best team for the 71st edition.

The 71st Miss World will end with a dazzling grand finale at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. India last hosted the international pageant in 1996. Manushi Chhillar was the most recent Indian to win the pageant, having bagged the crown in 2017. Previously, Reita Faria Powell, Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas have also won the competition.

India is currently hosting Miss World 2024 in Delhi and Mumbai after 28 years. The competition will begin on  Februray 18, with the grand finale scheduled  on March 9, the 71st Miss World Pageant will feature 120 contestants from 120 countries and territories, which includes India and will feature various competitions and charitable initiatives. The 21-day fashion and beauty event will feature a variety of events that will empower young women as change agents and future leaders.  

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates first BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, UAE

The BAPS temple is the first stone Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi which has been built using ancient architectural methods with scientific techniques. The temple has been built with over 300 high-tech sensors to measure temperature and monitor seismic activity.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandir- first Hindu Temple – in Abu Dhabi, UAE. On reaching the grand temple complex, the Prime Minister was greeted by the members of the Indian community. Many celebrities including Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and actor Dilip Joshi also attended the opening ceremony of the temple.

The BAPS temple is the first stone Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi which has been built using ancient architectural methods with scientific techniques. The temple has been built with over 300 high-tech sensors to measure temperature and monitor seismic activity.

Similar to Ayodhya’s Ram Temple, in BAPS temple also, no metal has been used in the construction and instead fly ash has been used to fill up the foundation. The grand temple has been built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha on a 27-acre site in Abu Mreikhah, near Al Rahba off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway, at a cost of around Rs 700 crore.

The Temple authorities said it has been built according to an ancient style of construction and creation mentioned in the Shilpa and Sthapathya Shastras, Hindu scriptures which give a detailed description about temple design and construction.

The architectural techniques have been joined with scientific methods. About 300 high tech sensors have been installed at every level of the temple to measure the temperature, pressure and seismic activity. The sensors will provide live data to research.

Swami Bhrahmaviharidas, head of international relations for the BAPS said if there is an earthquake in the area, then they will be able to detect it and will be able to study it. No metal has been used in the construction of the temple and fly ash has been used to fill up the foundation which has replaced 55% of cement in the concrete mix.

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