Consulate Weekly Vol 07 Issue 44
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Vol. 07, Issue No. 44. December 17, 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.

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Consul General Manish attended Annual Gala and Glitz organised by Mr. Mahindra Shah,
President of Gujarati Society of British Columbia (CCBC)
(December 11, 2021)

Consul General Manish was invited by Mr. Mahindra Shah, President of Gujarati Society of British Columbia (CCBC), at their Annual Gala and Glitz event organized in Vancouver on December 11, 2021. The event saw participation of Hon Raj Chauhan, Speaker of BC Legislative Assembly and Ms. Rachna Singh, MLA, and diaspora members. Consul General spoke on the role of Indian diaspora in Canada and praised the positive contribution of Gujarati community in Canada and BC. CG called upon the members of GCBC to partner with Consulate to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on the occasion of 75th anniversary of India’s Independence. As per one statistics, there are about 300,000 members of Gujarati community in Canada and have made substantial contribution to so Io-economic development of Canada.

Consul General Manish held a meeting with Director of International Relations of
UCalgary International, Ms. Andrea Morrow
(December 14, 2021)

Consul General Manish held a meeting today with Ms. Andrea Morrow, Director of International Relations and Ms. Fayer Salins, Intercultural and Protocol Specialist of University of Calgary International and discussed issues relating to cooperation in education sector.

Consul General Manish held a meeting with Founder Chairman & Director Vijay Gupta
and Ex-Chairman & Director Deepak Arora of British Columbia (December 14, 2021)

Consul General Manish held a meeting with Founder Chairman & Director Vijay Gupta and Ex-Chairman & Director Deepak Arora of British Columbia Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Vancouver on December 14, 2021 and discussed matters relating to bilateral corporate taxation and promotion of mobility of taxation professionals and accountants between India and Canada.

Consul General Manish presented 'Recognition certificate' to Secretary General
Jobu Mathew (December 15, 2021)

Consul General Manish handed over the ‘Recognition Certificate’ to Secretary General Jobu Mathew of Kerala Association of British Columbia. This Recognition Certificate presented by High commissioner of India to Canada Ajay Bisaria to Kerala Association of British Columbia for exemplary service to the Indian community in Canada and for promoting the cause of India-Canada friendship.


Consul General Manish along with officers organised end of the year get together with friends in media (December 15, 2021)

Consul General Mr. Manish along with other officers at the Consulate were pleased to receive and welcome friends in the media for an end-of-the-year get-together at the Consulate on 15th December, 2021. In his brief address, Consul General also gave them an overview of the Consulate's activities during this year. He highlighted the streamlining of Consular services and the fact that Consulate's officers and staff worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to deliver passport, visa and other related services without disruption. Consul General also mentioned the celebration of the India@75 events under the rubric Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (#AKAM) and how the Consulate is partnering with local Indo-Canadian Associations in this regard. He also gave details of the economic opportunity that India now presents for trade and investments and how Canadian provinces should enhance their cooperation with India to strengthen and take advantage of a growing India-Canada economic corridor. The event was organized to appreciate the support that local media has always shown to the Consulate.



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World's largest tea-producing region - Assam

Highest recoverable reserves of crude oil and natural gas in India Assam Gas Cracker Project, North-East India's largest petrochemical project is being implemented by Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL). Assam, with a geographical area of 7.8 mn ha, shares its border with all North-Eastern states in India and internationally with Bangladesh and Bhutan. Six airports, two inland waterways and one inland container depot connect Assam with major cities of the country and with nearby international cities. There is also a proposal to connect Assam with the neighbouring country Bhutan by road.

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Uttar Pradesh Tourism

Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, is a sacred abode and is considered to be a significant part of Indian culture. Situated on the banks of holy river Ganges, the Jyotirlinga present here is believed to be the 12th Jyotirlinga. A state-of-the-art corridor surrounding the temple near the iconic Dashashwamedh Ghat, will be inaugurated today adding to it's rich heritage.


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Textile Designing Traditions:
Banarasi sarees
Famed across the globe for their intricate gold and silver silk woven patterns and fine texture, the Banaras Brocades and Sarees, are a must for special occasions! GI (Geographical Indication) tagged to Uttar Pradesh, they are a testimony to the state's rich textile designing traditions. Banarasi sarees are known to be the finest among silk sarees, woven with intricate motifs and embroidery. These lovely brocades are known to have started in the 17th century owing to the huge migration of Gujarati Weavers to Banaras. In the 18th and 19th centuries, they gathered a lot of fame and publicity for their richness.

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India ranks Asia's fourth most powerful country in latest ranking

India is ranked the fourth most powerful country in Asia. The latest ranking was released by the Lowy Institute Asia Power Index 2021. The annual Asia Power Index was launched by the Lowy Institute in 2018. The rankings are measured on the basis of resources and influence to rank the relative power of states in Asia. The project maps out the existing distribution of power as it stands today, and tracks shifts in the balance of power over time.


India to supply 20% more power to Bangladesh

India will supply 20 percent more power to Bangladesh as the two countries renewed the contract for another five years, officials said on Sunday. Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL) will supply 192 MW power to Bangladesh, an increase from the earlier 160 MW it supplied, as per the renewed agreement.


Govt rolls out $10 bn red carpet for chipmakers (

The government approved a $10 billion incentive plan to establish chip and display industries in India as it seeks to become an electronics manufacturing hub and cut reliance on supplies from China, with which it has fraught relations. The production-linked incentives (PLI) will be offered to companies over six years, the government said after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. It expects to attract investments worth ?1.70 trillion for more than 20 units.


President Kovind arrives in Bangladesh for 50th Victory Day celebrations

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday arrived here on a maiden three-day State Visit during which he will hold talks with his counterpart and attend the golden jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh's 1971 independence from Pakistan.


RIL, Abu Dhabi firm to invest $2 billion in UAE petrochem unit

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC Ltd have proposed to invest $2 billion in a petrochemical production facility in the UAE.The new joint-venture will construct and operate a Chlor-alkali, ethylene dichloride (EDC) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production facility, with an investment of more than $2 billion.


IOC renews deal to buy up to 2 MT of oil from Russia's Rosneft

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the nation's largest oil firm, has renewed a deal to buy up to 2 million tonnes of crude oil in 2022 from Russia's Rosneft, the Russian oil producer said. IOC had in February 2020 signed a deal with Rosneft Oil Company to import up to 2 million tonnes of oil via the port of Novorossiysk.


We jointly celebrate foundations of 50 years of India-Bangladesh friendship: PM Modi (

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India and Bangladesh jointly recall and celebrate the foundations of India-Bangladesh friendship. He said he looked forward to continue working with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to further expand and deepen New Delhi-Dhaka ties.


Covid-19 vaccination: 50% of India's eligible population now fully vaccinated with two doses (

India has crossed a major milestone in its Covid-19 vaccination campaign with 50% of the country's eligible population now fully vaccinated. According to the dashboard on the CoWIN portal, 1,28,58,89,756 vaccine doses had been administered till about 4 pm on Monday. The total number of persons who have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine stood at 48,23,57,346 (over 482 million).


India and Russia set a target of achieving $30 billion trade by 2025 (

India and Russia on Monday appreciated the resumption of the positive trajectory of bilateral trade, with trade registering an increase of about 38% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020 despite the pandemic-related restrictions. They positively assessed the overall increase of bilateral trade in 2019-20 compared to the previous year.


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High yielding maize varieties developed by agricultural scientists in Rajasthan offer hope to farmers

Vast swathes of farmland in several districts in Rajasthan are devoted to the cultivation of maize in both the rabi and the kharif season. Now, after years of research, ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research has developed two new varieties of maize that promise better yield per hectare. Divisional Director, Research (now retired) Pramod Rokadia developed the maize varieties called PRHM 1095 for the kharif season and PRHM 1010 for the rabi season.


UAE-based Lulu Group to invest Rs 2,000 crore in Gujarat for shopping mall

UAE-based retail giant Lulu Group will invest Rs 2,000 crore in Gujarat to set up a modern shopping mall which will create employment opportunities for over 5,000 people, the company announced here on Saturday. The announcement was made after Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel met NRI businessman and Lulu Group Chairman and Managing Director Yusuffali MA in Dubai. Patel led a delegation in the UAE this week to promote the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit to be held in January 2022, and make a strong pitch to global investors to capitalise on the state's ease of doing business.


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