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Vol. 05, Issue No. 12. April 01, 2021

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Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements.

Consulate News
Virtual Meeting with Small Business BC(March 30, 2021)

Consul General Mr. Manish and Consul Commerce Mr. Manjish Grover had useful virtual meeting with Mr. Thomas Conway, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Josh Ludgate, Chief Operating Officer of Small Business BC. They discussed, inter alia, the opportunity to renew collaboration between the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) India and BC Small Business. Both organizations have signed an MoU to collaborate in promoting bilateral trade in the MSME sector between India and British Columbia.

Virtual Meeting with the Officials of Gujarati Society of British Columbia (March 31, 2021)
On March 31, 2021, Consul General Mr. Manish along with Consul Mr. Manjish Grover had a virtual interaction with Mr. Mahendra Shah, President, and Mr. Jay Joshi, Vice-President, of Gujarati Society of British Columbia. Mr. Shah gave an overview about the society and their support to new immigrants and promote Indian culture in Canada through various cultural activates. Gujarati Society of British Columbia also provides scholarship to deserving students from the community. Consul General appreciated the efforts of GSBC. They discussed, inter alia, exploring the possibility of partnering in various events promoting India@75 – Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate 75 years of India's Independence.

Virtual Meeting with Destination Auto Group, Burnaby (April 01, 2021) 
Consul General Mr. Manish and Consul Commerce Mr. Manjish Grover had an introductory virtual meeting today with the proprietors of the Destination Auto Group, Burnaby. Managing Director Mr. Adil Ahamed gave a brief overview of their various businesses. They also expressed interest in business collaboration and investment in India.

Virtual Meeting with Triveni Arts, Vancouver (April 01, 2021)
Consul General Mr. Manish along with Consul Mr. Manjish Grover had a virtual interaction today with Mr. Kumar Varma from Triveni Arts, Vancouver. Mr. Varma gave an overview of Triveni Arts’ collaboration over the years with the consulate in promoting Indian performing Arts in British Columbia. They discussed, inter alia, exploring the possibility of partnering in various events promoting #IndiaAt75 – #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav to commemorate 75 years of India's Independence.

Important Trade Fairs in India

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Invest India Corner
Oil & Gas
India is the 2nd largest refiner in Asia

New India's oil refining capacity is projected to reach over 400 MMTPA by 2025!

Discover the investment potential of the sector http://bit.ly/II-OilGas

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India Perspectives - The Flagship Magazine of MEA

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Cathedrals And Basilicas
India boasts many architectural marvels, including cathedrals and basilicas that are recognised the world over for their beauty.

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Must Visit Destinations

Perched atop a rocky ridge, with snow-clad Dhauladhar mountains and rolling emerald valleys adding to its natural beauty, Dalhousie, in Himachal Pradesh, is a quaint hill town perfect for a relaxing holiday.

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India – A tourism destination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one is a bestselling novel! The perfect shot capturing the perfect hunt!

Little cormorant, Berhampura Nature Camp


Indian Food And Cuisine

North India Cuisine
From parathas (stuffed flatbreads), puris (deep-fried bread), chaats (savoury snacks), gucchi pilaf (rice with morel mushrooms) to kebabs (cooked meat dishes), niharis (slow-cooked stew of mutton), daulat ki chaat (an avant garde version of milk skin), jalebi (deep-fried sweet pretzel) and the famous raan (a mutton-dish) , north India scores beautifully on vibrancy of cuisine.

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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates

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Relaxation in OCI guidelines till 31 December 2021

1. The following OCI guidelines have been applicable since 2005;

• OCI card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years.
• OCI card is required to be re-issued once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age.
2. The Government of India has decided to grant further extension of time till 31st December 2021 to get the OCI cards re-issued in accordance with above guidelines.

3. The requirement of carrying old and new passport, along with the OCI card, has been done away with. Henceforth, an OCI cardholder traveling on the strength of existing OCI card bearing old passport number is not required to carry the old passport. However, carrying the new (current) passport is mandatory.

31 March, 2021.

During the 75th episode of Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi reflected back on some various subjects that been been discussed till date and thanked the people for contributing their insights for the programme. PM Modi spoke about India's fight against Covid-19 and the ongoing vaccination drive. He appreciated the increasing participation of women in every field as well as applauded several individuals across length and breadth of the country for their efforts.

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Modernization in agriculture is the need of hour, says PM Modi

‘Adopting new alternatives, new innovations, along with traditional farming, are equally important to create new opportunities for employment in the agriculture sector’: PM Modi


India’s engineering graduates, bridging communication gap through AI, intend to hit SE Asian markets

Based in Bengaluru, the two engineering graduates are empowering the country’s thousands of non-English speaking population through Artificial Intelligence.


India's quick response to Covid-19 leading to V-shape recovery: FM Sitharaman

India had supplied 63.9 million doses of made-in-India COVID vaccine to 80 countries, Nirmala Sitharaman said.


PM Modi, among other 40 leaders, invited by US President for climate change summit

To be held in a virtual format, the summit will take place on April 22-23 and will mark return of the US in the global action against climate change.


COVID-19 crisis showed rise of India is good for world: FS Shringla

India is working with partner countries to create secure, resilient and sustainable supply chains, FS Shringla said.


Cabinet approves Rs 10,900 crore PLI scheme for food processing industry

It will cover manufacture of ready to cook/eat foods, processed fruits and vegetables, marine products and mozzarella cheese.


Womenometrics: The long-overdue rise of women startups in India

As the Government, along with private sector – incubators, accelerators, universities, associations, and industry bodies increasingly come together to support Indian women in their start-up journeys, it may well be time for women startups to go mainstream in the country.


Good year for cotton farmers

Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, CMD, Cotton Corporation of India, says that the cotton season of 2020-21 was pretty fruitful for the corporation and that cotton farmers have gained despite the pandemic. He says that during the said period, CCI obtained 92 lakh bales under MSP operations.


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