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11 November 24, 2017 CITY VIEWS – that’s all you need to know By StaffWriter -CHICAGO, IL A t a sold-out event, the Association of Indian Pharmacists held its annual banquet and a Business Expo Nov. 11, at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, strengthening network opportunities, celebrating Diwali and the holiday season with members and their families. The event included a social hour, speeches by guests and executive commit- tee members of AIPHA, a gourmet dinner and raffles, and entertainment by Babra and party, according to a press release from AIPHA. Harish Bhatt, lifelong president of AIPHA officiated over the event. Encouraging entrepreneurs to set up new manufacturing plants in India, Debandhu Bhati from the Indian Consulate pointed to the expected high annual growth of the pharmaceutical industry which could be further influenced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ‘Made by India’ goal. Rupesh Manek, AIPHA executive director and board mem- ber of the National Indian Pharmacist Association (NIPA), encouraged all phar- macists in Illinois get involved and become members of NIPA. Nineteen states in the U.S. are already in the NIPA fold, he added. Bhatt elaborated on the achievements of AIPHA, and thanked members for con- tributing to strengthening the organiza- tion. Other notable attendees included Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D- Illinois; Nikki Budzinski, senior advisor to J.B. Pritzker, Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, among others. Bhatt argued against "over-regulation" of the industry, contending that "Insurance com- panies have been given freedom to create regulations outside of already existing state-level requirements, manufacturing a new fleet of limitations." He dwelt on other issues confronting the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacies. The Association of Indian Pharmacists of America is an organization dedicated to increasing cultural awareness and promot- ing diversity through various pharmaceuti- cal services, promotional, and social events, the press release said. By StaffWriter -CHICAGO, IL he Sikh Religious Society hosted a two-day Mool Nanakshahi Calendar Implementation Conference in Palatine, Illinois, Nov. 11 and 12, attracting speak- ers and guests from various Sikh organiza- tions in the United States, Canada, India, and Australia. The focus of the conference was how to preserve the unique Sikh heritage and pre- pare the Panth for the next millennia, according to a press release from Asian Media USA. Knowledgeable speakers explained the history and importance of the Mool Nanakshahi Calendar. Sardar Pal Singh Purewal, the brain behind the Calendar, spoke about the practicality of the calendar and emphasized how impor- tant it is for next generations to adopt it. Bibi Jasbir Kaur of Ohio, threw light on the need to pass on the heritage to the next generation to secure Sikh identity; the importance of kids to understand Gurbani and apply it in their daily life. Other speakers at the conference were S. Sarabjit Singh of Sacramento, Prof. Niranjan Singh Dhesi, S. Surinder Singh of Talking Punjab, and Harkirat Singh Ajnoha from Australia. Speakers stressed the role of the over- seas Sikh community in accomplishing this mission. One presentation explained how the Calendar works and helps main- tain the consistency of Sikh observations like Gurpurabs, Vaisakhi and so on. Accurate recurrence of these Sikh histori- cal dates and preservation of Gurbani's relevance has profound implications for future generations, speakers observed. The Mool Nanakshahi Calendar forever fixed drifting Sikh historical Bikrami dates and synchronized these dates with the Common Era (CE) tropical calendar. The resolutions passed at the confer- ence entailed that, in 1999, the Sikh schol- ars and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, SGPC, introduced the Mool Nanakshahi Calendar on the 300th anniversary of Khalsa's Saajna conform- ing to Gurbani. Many Sikh organizations have already been following the Nanakshahi Calendar for many years, except for the three dates of Guru Nanak's Gurpurab, Bandee Chhorrd Divas, and Holla-Muhalla. The Chicago conference emphasized that everyone fully adopt and forever follow The Mool Nanakshahi Calendar and its methodology to observe Sikh historical events on the following fixed dates for the three occasions: 1. Guru Nanak's Parkaash Purab on April 14th (1-Vaisaakh), Vaisaakhi 2. Bandee Chhorrd Divas on February 12th (1-Phaggan) 3. Holla Muhalla on March 14th (1- Chet), Mool Nanakshahi NewYear Day Heeding the call of the conference for unity, many Midwest gurdwaras also adopted these resolutions simultaneously, according to the press release. Sikh Religious Society Holds Two-Day Conference T Association Of Indian Pharmacists In America Celebrates Annual Banquet And Business Expo Photos:Asian MediaUSA Photos:Asian MediaUSA