Guyana: President of Guyana- Dr Irfaan Ali, ushered in Raksha Bandhan celebrations after receiving rakhis from sisters from the Brahma Kumaris and from representatives of the Indian High Commission.
Rajnie Narine and Ahalia Geer from the Brahma Kumari; and Sunita Tyagi, Savitri Dutt, Sanyukta Singh and Pammi Kaushik from the Indian High Commission visited President Ali at the Office of the President on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, where they tied the rakhis on his wrist ahead of the day of celebration on Thursday.
The representatives from the Indian High Commission were accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, HDr K J Srinivasa.
Raksha Bandhan is observed on the full-moon day of the Hindu month of Sravana during July or August and celebrates the love of a brother for his sister. On this day, sisters tie rakhi bands on the wrists of their brothers to protect them against negative influences. In return, sisters are presented with gifts and a promise that their brothers will protect them from harm.
Earlier, Dr Irfaan Ali swore in five new land surveyors at State House this morning and charged them to work with competence, dignity and discipline.
He told Mr Elijah Persaud, Royston Washington, Tedwin Roach, Marc Nicholson and Terron Roberts to ensure that they have a fundamental understanding of the geography and landscape of the areas they will ply their trade.
The Head of State also announced that his Government would be examining the opportunities for land surveyors to advance their education by allocating a number of scholarships to them annually.
After the ceremony, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations handed over more than US$30,000 of land surveying equipment to the Guyana Technical Institute (GTI) to support its land surveyors’ programme.
Minister of Education Priya Manickchand, CEO of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission Enrique Monize and other Government officials, were also at the event.
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