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Vol. 05, Issue No. 18. May 14, 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
Upcoming Events

Bharatiya Kala Evam Sahitya Parishad in partnership with Consulate General of India, Vancouver will celebrate Mother's Day on May 16, 2021 at 5 PM to 6.30 PM PST.
Watch live on Zoom Id - 417 392 2268, Passcode: 4rc07X

Indian Cultural Association (ICA) of Vancouver in partnership with Consulate General of India, Vancouver, is celebrating "International Day of Yoga - 2021" on Sunday, 20th June, 2021 from 08.30 AM to 10.30 AM (PST) as part of "India@75 celebration - Azadi K Amrit Mahotsav". Join us live for Online Live Yoga Session at: ( ICA Vancouver - India Cultural Association - Home | Facebook ) ".

Consulate News
Virtual Session on Consular Services (May 8, 2021)

Consulate General of India, Vancouver in partnership with Marathi Society of British Columbia, Canada organized a session on "𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧'𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐤" on 8 May, 2021. Consul General Mr. Manish brief about the procedure to available various Consular services rendered by the Consulate to Indians, Indo-Canadians & Foreign nationals as well as the new changes in the Consular Services.

Important Trade Fairs in India

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Invest India Corner
World's largest milk producing nation

New India exported USD 6.6 Bn worth of cereal in 2019-20!

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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

Vijaydurg Fort, situated 48kms south of Ratnagiri, is one of the strongest marine forts on the west coast of India. Built on a hill on the mouth of Vaghotan River, the fort was protected on three sides by the sea and on the east side by a ditch, now filled up.


Spirit of Adventure/ Allure of AdventureScale the heights of thrill, or plummet to the depths of excitement or if you're truly daring, survey gorgeous lands and waters, while suspended in the sky. All this and more awaits you as you explore land, water and sky adventures in the country. From trekking, mountain biking and mountaineering in the secluded snow-capped Himalayas to surfing, rafting, scuba diving and snorkelling, there are a multitude of options for thrill seekers.

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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates

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Press Release
PM to release 8th instalment of financial benefit under PM-KISAN on 14th May

Posted On: 13 MAY 2021 1:15PM by PIB Delhi

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will release the 8th instalment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on 14th May at 11 AM via video conferencing. This will enable the transfer of more than Rs. 19,000 crores to more than 9.5 crores beneficiary farmer families. Prime Minister will also interact with farmer beneficiaries during the event. Union Agriculture Minister will also be present on the occasion. About PM-KISAN Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs. 6000/- per year is provided to the eligible beneficiary farmer families, payable in three equal 4-monthly installments of Rs.2000/- each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. In this scheme, Samman Rashi of over Rs. 1.15 lakh crores has been transferred to farmer families so far.

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Press Release
Prime Minister reviews availability & supply of oxygen and medicines
GoI is in regular touch with the manufacturers to enhance production of medicines & extend all help needed

Production of all drugs including Remdesivir have been ramped up significantly in the last few weeks

Supply of oxygen is now more than 3 times the supply during the peak of first wave

                                                 Posted On: 12 MAY 2021 9:14PM by PIB Delhi

PM Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting to review the availability & supply of oxygen & medicines. PM was briefed that the Government is actively monitoring the supply of drugs being used in the management of Covid as well Mucormycosis.

The Minister updated PM that they are in regular touch with the manufacturers to enhance production & extend all kind of help needed. PM was also informed about the current production & stock of APIs for each such drug. It was discussed that states are being provided medicines in good quantities. PM was also apprised that the production of all drugs including Remdesivir have been ramped up significantly in the last few weeks.

PM said that India has a very vibrant Pharma sector and Government’s continued close coordination with them will ensure proper availability of all medicines. PM also took stock of the situation on oxygen availability and supply in the country. It was discussed that the supply of oxygen is now more than 3 times the supply during the peak of first wave. PM was briefed about the operations of oxygen rail and sorties by IAF planes. PM was also informed about the status of procurement of Oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders as well as the status of PSA plants being installed across the country. PM also remarked that states should be asked to operationalize ventilators in a time-bound manner and resolve technical & training issues with the help of the manufacturers.

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Office of the Premier
British Columbia aids COVID-19 response in India

British Columbia is providing relief funds to the Canadian Red Cross to help fight the current wave of COVID-19 in India.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic rages in India, its effects are being felt around the world,” said Premier John Horgan. “The relief funds from B.C. will help deliver urgently needed medical equipment and technical support for public health operations in communities across the country. For those with family in India, we stand with you during these challenging times.”

The Government of British Columbia is providing $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, which is offering support to the Indian Red Cross Society to deliver assistance to communities affected or at risk of being affected by COVID-19. “The pandemic has been devastating to people and families here in British Columbia and around the world, with India currently being severely impacted,” said Pat Quealey, vice-president for B.C. and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross. “The funding announced today by the Government of British Columbia will help save countless lives by providing essential care and supplies to assist people in India who are affected or at risk of being af

fected by COVID-19.” The aid from British Columbia is in addition to $10 million provided by the federal government to the Canadian Red Cross to support the Indian Red Cross Society. Canada’s contribution will support the procurement of essential supplies and medicines, including oxygen cylinders for clinics and ambulances.
British Columbians who want to donate to emergency efforts in India can do so by calling 1 800 418-1111 or online through the India COVID-19 response appeal: Additionally, donations to support COVID-19 relief in India will be accepted at all BC Cannabis Stores and BC Liquor Stores starting on Monday, May 17.

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57 US Congressmen urge Biden to bolster Covid-19 assistance to India

Fifty-seven US Congressmen have written to President Joe Biden, urging him to bolster America's Covid-19 assistance to India. “The sharp increase in cases has overwhelmed India's healthcare system. We must do our part to quell the virus everywhere it persists,” the lawmakers said in a letter to Biden on Wednesday.


American India Foundation raises $25 million for COVID-19 assistance to India

An Indian-American non-profit body has raised $25 million for COVID-19 assistance to India as the country battles a severe outbreak of the viral disease, its functionaries said.


Indian Army inducts first batch of 83 women soldiers

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an attestation parade was held while observing all protocols and guidelines with respect to the ongoing pandemic situation across the country. The women soldiers have completed an intense 61-week training period. They trained on all elements associated with basic military training.


Top flight: Vital ventilators headed for India from Saskatchewan

The provincial government held a news conference at the Regina International Airport on Wednesday as boxes of ventilators were loaded up for shipping to the country that is battling a surge in COVID-19 cases and a shortage of medical supplies.


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