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Vol. 05, Issue No. 14. April 16, 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.

India @ 75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
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Consulate News
CG's interview with Red FM 93.1 Vancouver  (April 12, 2021)

Consul General Mr. Manish gave an interview on 12th April, 2021 to Red FM 93.1 radio and gave an overview of new changes in OCI card rules, Consular activities of the Consulate in the backdrop of the pandemic and an overview of the #IndiaAt75 – #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav celebrations to celebrate 75th Anniversary of India's Independence on 15th August, 2022. Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/-VuNqWt25u8

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Virtual Meeting with Kannada Kuta of BC (April 13, 2021) 
As part of our community outreach, Consul General Mr. Manish along with Consul Mr. Manjish Grover had a virtual interaction with Ms. Jayalakshmi Ravindra, Mr. Girish Chandra and Mr. Ravindra of Kannada Kuta of BC on April 13, 2021. Ms. Jayalakshmi Ravindra and other Members gave an overview of the Kannada community in BC and the work that the Association is doing. Kannada Kuta of BC has also been associated for many years with the Consulate in promoting Indian performing arts and cultural heritage and have actively participated in 'Namaste Canada' since its inception. Appreciating their long standing partnership and role as an important Indo-Canadian Association, Consul General Manish called upon the Kannada Kuta and its Members to be part of the ongoing #IndiaAt75 celebrations and partner with the Consulate in the coming months to celebrate together the #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav.

Ambedkar Jayanti Celebrations (April 14, 2021)
On occasion of #AmbedkarJayanti Consul General Shri Manish paid floral tributes to Bharat Ratna Dr. B R Ambedkar at the Consulate. A virtual Ceremony commemorating Dr #Ambedkar's birthday was organized by Consulate in partnership with Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Vancouver; Chetna Association of Canada and Ambedkarite International Mission Society, Calgary. The virtual celebrations was attended by Hon Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, British Columbia; Hon Sav Dhaliwal, Councillor, Burnaby City Council and representatives of partner organizations. Consul General welcomed the guests and highlighted the contributions of Dr B. R. Ambedkar and thanked Government of British Columbia and Burnaby City Council to proclaim 14 April 2021 as “ Dr B. R. Ambedkar Day of Equality “. All the guests highlighted the contribution of Babasaheb in fostering equality in the society and his visionary leadership which gave India its Constitution. During the virtual celebrations a short film “Mooknayak” on the life of Babasaheb was played and a video message from Mayor of Calgary Hon Naheed Nenshi was also played. The highlight of the celebration was proclamation by Province of British Columbia and Burnaby City Council declaring 14 April 2021 as “Dr B.R.Ambedkar Day of Equality”.

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Virtual Meeting with SFU (April 15, 2021)
Consul General Mr. Manish attended the virtual meeting of Simon Fraser University - India Advisory Committee Meeting held on 15 April 2021. The meeting was chaired by SFU President Dr. Joy Johnson and was attended by Committee members and officials of SFU. The committee reviewed the ongoing engagements between India and SFU in the field of higher education, research and academic exchanges. It was noted that the interest of Indian students to seek admission in SFU continues to grow. Discussion focused on organizing events related to startup sector, business and culture. The Students of SFU has planned to organize ‘India Day’ celebrations on 11 September 2021 in partnership of Consulate. The India day celebrations will be dedicated to #IndiaAt75 and will be part of #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav

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Virtual Meeting with Team Srijani (April 15, 2021) 
Consul General Mr. Manish had a follow up meeting with the TeamS rijani - Dr. Sweta Sinha, Ms. Archana Panda, Dr. Shipra Shilpi and Ms. Prachi Randhawa on April 15, 2021 regarding India@75 Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. Team Srijani came up with their plan of events to celebrate the diversity and grandeur of Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in the coming weeks in partnership with Consulate General of India.

Important Trade Fairs in India

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Invest India Corner
Healthcare industry in India is projected to reach $372 bn by 2022

New India's healthcare Industry registered a CAGR of 22.9% during 2015-20!

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India Perspectives - The Flagship Magazine of MEA

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Must Visit Destinations

Poised on the banks of the holy River Yamuna, the old city of Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh, is one of the most important religious destinations in India. A labyrinth of lanes lined by temples, ancient ghats and numerous stories of Lord Krishna, who is said to be born here, echoing throughout the streets, Mathura invites devotees from far and wide.

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India – A tourism destination

Explore the ethereal hues that the historic pink city of Jaipur, Rajasthan homes within itself! Founded in 1727, the city mesmerizes her tourists to date with an intricacy of modern as well as ancient architecture that is unparalleled!


Indian Food And Cuisine

West Indian Food
The food culture of western India, essentially Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, was initially developed by tribes (predominantly fishermen and brahmins). As the region progressed, the food culture drew influences from the merchant and trading communities, who lived here. An excellent example of this has been Parsi delicacies like dhansaak (meat curry with lentils and vegetables), altee paletee (a dish made with eggs and keema, usually had for breakfast) and akhuni, which were inspired from traditional Gujrati, Kokani and colonial cuisines.

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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates

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Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021 with PM Modi

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Global Tender for supply of liquid oxygen floated by HLL lifecare limited

The Government of India is exploring to source 50,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) of liquid oxygen from overseas to meet the domestic demand for oxygen in India. They are looking at importing liquid oxygen of minimum 99.5% purity and ISO cryogenic tankers suitable for carrying oxygen. For this purpose, HLL Lifecare Limited, a PSU under MoHFW, issued a global tender. It may be noted that the tender pre-bid meeting has been scheduled at 1500h (Indian Standard Time) on 20 April 2021, while the tender submission cut-off is 1400h (Indian Standard Time) on 28 April 2021. Other relevant details are available in the document attached. The tender is also available on HLL's website.

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'India’s vaccine strategy is based on science'

Amid questions being raised by a section of media and society over India’s vaccination drive, experts believe that the vaccine strategy adopted by India is based on “clinical trials”, data of which are available for the public to avail.


IAF Commanders' Conference to brainstorm on future operational needs

The future operational capabilities and requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be discussed at the first bi-annual IAF Commanders' Conference for 2021 which begins on April 15.


6 new unicorns in 4 days marks historic boom for India tech

It was an historic week for India’s technology industry as in the space of four days, the country minted at least six new startups with a valuation of $1 billion or more.


Within limited resources, India has tried to walk the talk in tackling pandemic: PM Modi

Addressing the inaugural session of the 6th edition of Raisina Dialogue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India “within its own limited resources, has tried to walk the talk” in tackling the pandemic which has killed millions of people across the world.


Incentivizing private sector, investment in R&D, key to improving public health: Suresh Prabhu

Indian Prime Minister’s Sherpa to the G7 and G20 Summit Suresh Prabhu has underscored the need to incentivize private sector and invest in Research and Development in order to improve public health.


PM Modi inaugurates 6th edition of Raisina Dialogue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the 6th edition of Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics which is being held in a virtual format from April 13 to 16.


Government is committed to welfare of farmers: Piyush Goyal

This will change the traditional way of carrying out business from word-of-mouth basis to become more formalized and legally binding.


Atal Innovation Mission & Bayer join hands for innovation in healthcare, agriculture

NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), has joined hands with Bayer to work towards innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across the country, particularly in healthcare and agriculture.


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