Centenary Celebrations of Women’s Indian Association (WIA)
- Was set up in May 7, 1917 in Adyar, Madras
- India’s first major feminist organization which was set up by a group of women
- Annie Besant and Smt. Sarojini Naidu had played a leading role in the foundation of the Indian Women’s Association
About WIA – Achievements so far
- WIA has battled against the social evils such as education of girls, child marriage, and the denial of voting rights.
- The WIA has taken active part in the political movements during the independence struggle of the time
- The WIA published a monthly journal in English named ‘Stri-Dharma’ (was edited by freedom fighter Muthulakshmi Reddy from 1931 to 1940)
- WIA was the first women’s association in India to present a memorandum to the Round Table Conference on Women’s Franchise and their Constitutional rights
- It was the first to initiate All Asian Women’s Conference
India-Canada Trade and Investment Relations
- The ministers of both countries discussed on expanding bilateral trade and investment between the Countries. Both the Ministers agreed to expedite the conclusion of Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) and Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
- Both the Ministers agreed that the present trade which is in the range of $ 8 billion is much below its potential and there is a need to conclude CEPA in a time bound manner for ensuring higher levels of trade in goods and services