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PM Harper and Former President of India to confer Mr. Sam Pitroda with CIF Chanchlani Award

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2008

PM Harper and Former President of India to confer Mr. Sam Pitroda with "CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award" from $1 million endowment at April 18 Gala

TORONTO, Canada - The Canada India Foundation (CIF) Annual Gala Dinner on Friday April 18, 2008 at 6:45 p.m. at the Liberty Grand in Toronto will focus on Indo-Canadians, and promoting closer ties between Canada and India.

CIF is pleased to announce The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada will deliver the keynote address.

His Excellency, Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India (July 25, 2005 - July 25, 2007) will speak about Canada-India relations.

Prime Minister Harper and Dr. Kalam will join CIF in presenting the first "CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award" to Mr. Sam Pitroda, along with a prize of $50,000 to be directed to charity. Mr. Pitroda was selected as the recipient of the "Global Indian Award" for his role as Chairman of the Knowledge Commission in India, his innovations as the holder of over 100 patents, and for his immense contribution to revolutionizing India's telecommunications industry.
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For further information: Manoj Pundit (416) 367-6577 Canada India Foundation ("CIF") is a national not for profit organization established in 2007