Issue No 7, May 20, 2022
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Issue No. 7, May 20, 2022

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Shri Ram Tirth Temple is located near Amritsar city and was built to honor the birthplace of Luva - Kusha, twins of Rama and Sita.
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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On 16 May, 2022, Department of Science and Technology of India, DBT and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) renewed their MoU to continue India-Canada research projects under IC-IMPACTS. Signing of the MoU precedes the 7th India-Canada JSTCC meeting in Ottawa on 18 May.

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Cruise Tourism in India: Cruise traffic has potential to grow 10 times by next decade

The vision of the government is to make India a significant player in the global cruise market, for both river and ocean cruises. Driven by the rising demand and disposable incomes, the market has the potential to grow by 10X over the next decade. With the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, India has enhanced its focus on the Cruise sector by actively promoting cruise tourism for infrastructure development, vast economic impact and the potential to create lots of jobs. The Union Minister for ports, shipping and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal recently said that the Indian cruise traffic has the potential to grow 10 times due to India’s growing economy and higher disposable income. After two years of pandemic-induced slow-down, the global cruise shipping business would stage up to make a comeback. The cruise business had grown 35 per cent year-on-year to 0.4 million in 2018-19, where around 200 ships had visited India that year but suffered serious financial setbacks during the pandemic.


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Flyboarding – Goa

You go to Goa and don’t head for some water fun – it sounds weird. Goa is one of the best places to do adventure sports in India. But water sports have taken a huge leap here with launch of internationally popular ‘Flyboarding’. Remember Hrithik Roshan steering across waves in the movie Bang Bang on a Flyboard? You too can repeat the crazy stint at Baina beach in Goa.


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Incredible India
Silvassa Vasona Lion Safari-Dadar and Nagar Haveli
About 10 km from Silvassa is the Vasona Safari Park, an alternate abode of the Asiatic lion. The 20-acre land is part of the Dadra & Nagar Haveli Wildlife sanctuary. It is best to take a ride in vans fitted with a mesh screen for your safety to explore the park and spot lions in their natural habitat.

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Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, Solan

Just half an hour drive from Solan, the Mohan Shakti Heritage Park is an ultimate place to visit. Mohan Shakti Heritage Park is North India's first ever ancient heritage park. National Heritage Park is located at Shakti Sthal on NH 22 between Kalka and Shimla. The picturesque park is supplemented with many unique structures. The park is still under construction and is believed to be the largest heritage park in Himachal Pradesh. Here, tourist can enjoy exploring a heritage park, pass through grasslands, indulge in bird watching, catch glimpses of archaeological sites, and gorgeous landscapes of peaks, clouds and sunshine.


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India, UAE agree to strengthen skills-based cooperation

India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday agreed to develop and strengthen a comprehensive institutional framework for engaging all relevant stakeholders to scale up skills-based cooperation between the two nations.




Talks planned for India to restructure $1.3 bn credit line to Sri Lanka

India will hold talks with Sri Lanka for restructuring the island nation’s $ 1.3 billion line of credit (LOC), seeking to assist its southern neighbour battling a weeks-long economic crisis. India’s government backs the LoC from Export Import Bank of India's (India EXIM Bank).



PM Narendra Modi calls for WHO reforms at 2nd Global Covid Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (May 12) called for building a more “resilient global health security architecture” during the second US-hosted global virtual summit on Covid-19.




'India-UAE trade pact to create job opportunities, boost economy': Goyal

The comprehensive trade agreement between India and the UAE will help in creating huge job opportunities and boost growth of the domestic economy, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday.



UAE telecoms group e& buys 9.8% stake in Vodafone for $4.4 billion

Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC, now known as e&, has acquired a 9.8% stake in Vodafone for $4.4 billion, it said on Saturday.


Sri Lanka to receive 65,000MT of urea from India

India has assured Sri Lanka to immediately supply 65,000 metric tonnes of urea to avoid any disruption in paddy cultivation in this country, as it faces the worst economic crisis in its post-independence history.


Kovind becomes first Indian President to visit Jamaica

President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived in Jamaica for a state visit, the first by any Indian President to the Caribbean country, during which he will hold talks with his counterpart Governor-General Patrick Allen and Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the entire gamut of the multi-faceted relationship between the two countries.


President Kovind Inaugurates 'India-Jamaica Friendship Garden' in Kingston

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday inaugurated an 'India-Jamaica Friendship Garden' at the Hope Gardens, Jamaica and planted a sapling along with the First Lady Savita Kovind.


Abu Dhabi's IHC completes Rs 15,400 cr investment in three Adani companies

International Holding Company PJSC (IHC) of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday completed its Rs 15,400 crore investment transaction in three Adani companies -- Adani Green Energy (AGEL), Adani Transmission (ATL) and flagship, Adani Enterprises (AEL), a statement from Adani said.


India to export urea, DAP to Nepal, Sri Lanka

Coming to the help of its neighbours, India will export 1.7 lakh tonnes of urea and Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) this year to Nepal and will also supply 65,000 tonnes of urea to Sri Lanka under the existing $1 billion Indian line of credit.


Cabinet approves amendments to National Biofuel policy

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wednesday approved amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels advancing the target of 20 per cent ethanol-petrol blending by five years to 2025.


India ready to partner with Jamaica and share its technical skills & expertise: President Kovind

India is ready to partner with Jamaica and share its technical skills, knowledge and expertise which could transform the Caribbean country's education and businesses, President Ram Nath Kovind has said, expressing confidence that convergences and complementarities between the two nations will be mutually beneficial.


ISRO successfully tests solid rocket booster for Gaganyaan programme

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully carried out the static test of the HS200 solid rocket booster, taking the space agency one more step closer to the keenly awaited Gaganyaan human spaceflight mission.


This 8-Yr-Old Child Prodigy Holds Several Records For Solving Advanced Math Problems

Raguram Raghulan, an 8-year-old curious young boy, has some extraordinary talents that rarely anyone of his age possesses. Born in Chennai and currently living in Minnesota, USA, Raguram is making India proud with his exceptional talent in maths and memory. The young kid can solve high-level advanced math problems, recite 1000 digits of Pi blindfolded, and tell the day of the week for any date (be it in the 19th or 21st century), besides having other unique abilities. Understanding his grasp on maths, memory and other activities, his parents ensured his participation in not only Olympiads but also extracurricular activities, and he didn't disappoint them in either. Thereby, leading to setting the world records and winning many accolades.


IISc Scientists Develop Tiny Robots That Can Deep Clean Teeth Using A Magnetic Field

Nano-sized robots manipulated using a magnetic field can help kill bacteria deep inside dentinal tubules, and boost the success of root canal treatments, a new study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and IISc-incubated startup, Theranautilus, shows. Root canal treatments are routinely carried out to treat tooth infections in millions of patients. The procedure involves removing the infected soft tissue inside the tooth, called the pulp, and flushing the tooth with antibiotics or chemicals to kill the bacteria that cause the infection.


Indian American Bakul Patel to lead Google’s global digital health strategy

Tech giant Google has hired Bakul Patel, a former Indian American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leader as its new senior director of global digital health strategy and regulatory. Patel spent over a decade at the FDA and most recently was the chief digital health officer of global strategy and innovation. “I am excited to announce that I am joining Google Health to be part of an incredible mission – ‘To Help Billions of People Be Healthier,’” he wrote in a Linkedin post Monday announcing the move.


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