Weekly Newsletter Issue No. 02, April 08, 2022
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Issue No. 2, April 8, 2022

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Govind dev Temple is one of the major temples of Vrindavan. It is a Hindu temple located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, Vrindavan.
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

 Consul General Mr. Manish visited Richmond City Hall  and met Mayor Malcolm Brodie on April 5, 2022. Both sides exchanged ideas for deepening economic & cultural engagement and partnering in diaspora led events. Richmond is home to a growing Indian community.

Important Trade Fairs in India

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Invest India
SAHYOG-Social Impact Initiative

SAHYOG, the Social Impact Initiative of Invest India, endeavours to ensure that the Invest India team is an active, positive contributor to society. By undertaking philanthropic projects that aim at creating awareness about social issues and impact at the grassroot level, we ensure that Invest India remains a socially conscious organisation.


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Giant Swing in Rishikesh

Enjoy the enigmatic view of Rishikesh valleys, enchanting weather, clear skies and gushing rivers that are perfect for giant swing activity. The jump height is of approx. 83 meters; it is India’s fixed platform and is the highest jumping site.After the Giant Swing, jumpers are lowered down to a drop zone in the river which has only 2 feet of water.


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Incredible India

Amidst the wondrous destinations of Sikkim, Gangtok- the capital holds some magnificent places to visit. No, not just that, Gangtok operates some excellent examples of modern and traditional resorts and hotels as well. Besides, an exploration to a new and old stops around the city you can rest assure that your stay to some of the most impressive hill hotels will be a top notch one. From each window you will be able to see the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga or the wide spread of tea estate that is covered in mist every winter morning, it is truly mesmerizing. The main attractions in Gangtok are Tsomgo Lake, Phurchachu Hot Springs, Do Drul Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Hanuman Tok, Tashi Viewpoint and much more. A visit to this Sikkimese state is never the same; there is constant change on every visit, new people, climate, view and ambience, of course new luxury dwellings.

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Incredible India

Waterscapes - this exotic backwater resort, on the shores of Vembanad Lake is located inside the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which draws migratory birds from as far away as Siberia. It is the only resort in the destination located inside the bird sanctuary and is noted for its independent huts that stand on stilts and is a place teeming with mangrove vegetation. It offers its guests uninterrupted access to the backwater life of Kumarakom. It is also an interesting location for eco tourists who are interested in mangrove ecosystem and birds related ecosystem.


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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates

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India Perspectives - The Flagship Magazine of MEA

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India donates 10,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan under new agreement with WFP

India has signed the second agreement with the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) under which it will donate another 10,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan.




India an important trade and strategic partner: US Trade Representative

India is an important trading and strategic partner of the US, a top Biden administration official has told American lawmakers, asserting that despite some sharp differences, the two countries have agreed to work together on various issues, including the market access commitments.



40,000 MT diesel from India reaches crisis-hit Lanka as it struggles to mitigate power outage

A consignment of 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel from India reached Sri Lanka on Saturday, the fourth such assistance from New Delhi, to mitigate the spike in power cuts in the island nation, which is facing an unprecedented economic and energy crisis caused due to shortage of foreign exchange.




India, Australia sign accord to double trade in 5 years

India and Australia on Saturday signed an Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) that seeks to almost double bilateral trade in the next five years to $45-50 billion from $27 billion now.



India, Turkmenistan sign 4 MoUs, agree to expand bilateral trade

India and Turkmenistan signed four agreements, including in financial intelligence and disaster management, as President Ram Nath Kovind met his Turkmen counterpart Serdar Berdimuhamedov here on Saturday and agreed to expand bilateral trade and energy cooperation to further strengthen the multifaceted partnership.


India's exports rise to record high of $418 billion in FY22

India's merchandise exports spurt to a record high of USD 418 billion in the 2021-22 fiscal on higher shipments of petroleum products, engineering goods, gem and jewellery and chemicals, according to official data released on Sunday.


Ambani to Tatas, Akshay Kumar to SRK– Saudi Prince Bin Salman’s aide flies in to India to meet biz & film royalty

The man who stunned the art world with his multi billion dollar buys of some of the priciest paintings of Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, David Hockney and Leonardo da Vinci, wants to bind India and Saudi Arabia through commerce and culture, moving beyond oil.


HDFC to merge with HDFC Bank in India's biggest-ever M&A

In the biggest merger in Indian corporate history, the boards of HDFC and HDFC Bank on Monday cleared a $40 billion amalgamation of the parent housing finance company with its banking arm.


Assam boy designs sensor-enabled shoes for visually impaired people

In a bid to help visually impaired people, a young boy from Assam's Karimganj district has designed a sensor- enabled smart shoe. Ankurit Karmakar, a 9th standard student from Rowland's Memorial High School in the Karimganj district has designed the smart shoe that allows visually impaired people to stay safe from obstacles that come along their way while walking.




IIT Guwahati develops technology to standardise electric vehicles for Indian drive cycle

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, have developed a one-of-its-kind technology that rates the motors and batteries of Electric Vehicles (EVs) based on Indian drive cycles. According to officials, the Electric Vehicles currently available in the market do not take into account the different climatic conditions in India, and the drive cycles developed are not focused on rural and urban drive cycles. A drive cycle is typically represented by a series of data points that plots vehicle speed against time. Driving cycles are produced to assess the performance of vehicles in various ways, including fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.



IIndia now sets sights on free trade agreement with Gulf countries

After inking trade pacts with the UAE and Australia, India is set to begin deeper engagements with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as early as May-June to finalise a free trade agreement (FTA) with the group of nations, people aware of the matter said.


India Provides 36,000MT Petrol, 40,000MT Diesel To Sri Lanka; Overall Supply At 2,70,000MT 

As part of the credit line that India has offered to Sri Lanka, as of Wednesday, a total of 2,70,000 metric tonnes of fuel has so far been delivered to the island nation to assuage the unprecedented power crises and economic uncertainties. This is after the dispatch of a consignment of 36,000 MT petrol and 40,000 MT diesel in the past 24 hours. The consignment is a part of the US 500 million oil line of credit extended by India to Sri Lanka.


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