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Vol. 05, Issue No. 15. April 23, 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
Ugadi 2021 Celebrations  (April 17, 2021)

Consulate cooperated with Vancouver Area Telugu Association (VATA) to celebrate Ugadi 2021. The event was graced by Hon Raj Chauhan, Speaker of Legislative Assembly of BC and Consul General. Both conveyed greetings to community members on the happy occasion of Ugadi. The virtual celebrations saw cultural performances by children and adults. Ugadi is a celebration of new beginning of life and primarily celebrated as spring festival in Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Karnataka.

Virtual Interaction with 600 AM Sher-E-Punjab Radio  (April 21, 2021) 

Consul General explained the procedure for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) without standing long hours in the queue.

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Virtual Meeting with Canada India Foundation (April 21, 2021)
Consul General had a virtual meeting with Board members of Canada India Foundation (CIF) on April 21, 2021. The CIF team was led by their Chair Mr. Satish Thakkar and other members which included Mr. Ritesh Malik, Ms. Sunita Vyas, Mr. Girish Kekre, Ms. Hema Bhatt and Dr. Pawan Chankotra. CIF Chair briefed on the aim, activities and programmes of the Foundation and highlighted the role played by CIF to foster and strengthen Canada-India partnership. He also noted that CIF wishes to cooperate with Consulate in Vancouver in order to expand its activities in Western Canada. Consul General thanked CIF team for the briefing and appreciated their positive contributions in strengthening India- Canada relationship through their various programmes and policies. He agreed to work with CIF to organize activities in Western Canada. In this connection, CG offered to partner with CIF to organize events to commemorate #IndiaAt75. Noting that there are immense opportunities to enhance trade and economic cooperation both sides agreed to organize events to promote bilateral trade and economic relations in various sectors including agriculture, IT, mining, clean technology etc.

Virtual Meeting with SBI Canada (April 23, 2021) 

Consul General Mr. Manish had a virtual meeting today with Ms. Ranjana Sinha, Senior VP & Branch Head, SBI Canada and her successor Mr. Abhishek Kumar Thakur who will be taking charge of the Vancouver branch soon. Mrs. Sinha briefed about the growth in bank’s operations during her tenure and introduced Mr. Thakur. Consul General congratulated Mr. Thakur on his appointment and conveyed best wishes to Mrs. Sinha for her new assignment. He also appreciated Mrs. Sinha’s efforts in expanding the retail banking services of SBI among Indo-Canadians and support extended to Consulate. Consul General also discussed ways and means to partner in promoting bilateral trade and investment. In the past, SBI Canada has partnered with the Consulate in supporting various commerce and culture related event. They also 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
India has 5th largest media and entertainment market in the world

New India's media & entertainment industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 13.5% between 2019-2024!

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India Perspectives - The Flagship Magazine of MEA

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Must Visit Destinations

A quaint hill town, perched against the backdrop of Doddabetta (2,637 m), the highest peak in the Nilgiris, Ootacamund, in Tamil Nadu, is lined with traditional and colonial-style buildings, which make it the perfect fusion of the new and the old. Clear blue skies, lush green hills, deep verdant valleys and pleasant weather culminate to make this gem of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) one of the most attractive tourist destinations in South India.

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India – A tourism destination

Diu’s Naida caves have been regarded as one of the most magnificent natural attractions since primeval times. These caves vary in shape and size and have natural openings into the ground.


Indian Food And Cuisine

East Indian Cuisine
Food in the eastern part of India is believed to be one of the oldest cuisines in the country. The food ecosystem of this region, which primarily consists of the states of Bihar, Bengal, Odisha and parts of Andhra Pradesh, is an interesting mix of regional cuisine and international influences. Interestingly, the Indian version of Chinese food that is relished in every nook and corner of the country, was developed in the Tangra area of erstwhile Calcutta.

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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates

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Extension of last date for ICCR admissions to 30 May 2021

Important Announcement: Last date for submission of applications for ICCR SCHOLARSHIP through Admission2Alumni(A2A) portal has been extended till 30th May, 2021. Visit ICCR website for further updates: https://www.iccr.gov.in/.

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Join Live: Mann Ki Baat on 25th April

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‘India has emerged as good platform for global production:’ EAM Jaishankar

The world today is comfortable to see more production out of India, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar observed while highlighting that Covid-19 has cemented India’s place as a good platform for global production.


Govt calls for ramping up testing, infrastructure in Union Territories

With Covid-19 active cases increasing, the Centre has stressed on the need for ramping up testing, hospital infrastructure and adherence to strict Covid appropriate behavior.


Amid Covid-19 surge, PM Modi urges top pharma leaders to ensure seamless supply chains

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the top pharmaceutical industry leaders to increase seamless supply chains. He assured that the government will facilitate logistics and transportation whenever required.


‘Understand India’s pharma requirements,’ US on raw material needed for vaccine productions

The US administration has conveyed to India that it understands India's pharmaceutical requirements and promised to give the matter a due consideration.


Covaxin neutralizes double mutant strain In India: Research Body ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday said that Bharat Biotech-ICMR’s COVAXIN is effective in neutralizing the multiple variants of SARS-Cov-2 as well as the double mutant strain that has been found in India.


India gets elected to three UN ECOSOC bodies

India on Tuesday was elected to three United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) bodies.


National Civil Services Day 2021: PM Modi lauds efforts of civil servants in national progress

Every year, April 21 is celebrated as Civil Services Day in India and marked as an occasion for the civil servants to rededicate themselves to the cause of citizens and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.


India and US agree for climate action and clean energy under 2030 agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joseph Biden on Thursday agreed to launch a high-level India-US partnership which envisages bilateral cooperation on strong actions in the current decade to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.


‘For humanity sake, concrete action against Climate Change is needed’: PM Modi

To combat Climate Change, India has taken action at a high speed, on a large scale and with a global scope, said the Prime Minister


India’s vaccine diplomacy reaches Taiwan

India has provided Covid-19 vaccination shots to more than 90 countries and one of them is Paraguay, which received 100,000 doses of India’s Covaxin vaccine last month.


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