Issue No 8, May 27, 2022
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Issue No. 8, May 27, 2022

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The Jai Vilas Mahal, also known as the Jai Vilas Palace, is a nineteenth century palace in Gwalior, India. It was established in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the ruler of the princely state of Gwalior in the British Raj. 
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

A meeting was held on May 22, 2022 between High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and Hon. MPs Sukh Dhaliwal, Parm Bains for Richmond, Hon. Speaker Raj Chouhan MLA Jagrup Brar & Dr. Gulzar Cheema. Discussed strengthening of India-Canada & India-BC relations.

Consulate News

High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria visited on May 22, 2022 and had a useful meeting with Vancouver Community College’s President Ajay Patel, CEO Richberry Group Peter Dhillon, Burnaby Councillor Sav Dhaliwal Sav Dhaliwal & Jas Sandhu to discuss India-Canada relations on trade, education etc.

Important Trade Fairs in India

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India@DAVOS 2022

With the background of India's 75 years of Independence and 'Azadi ka Amrit Mohotsav, DPIIT has taken the initiative to have a consolidated marquee India presence at World Economic Forum, Davos to increase India's exposure and be a single point of reference for all attendees looking to explore investment opportunities in India. A dynamic delegation from the Indian side represents India's position as an important and relevant stakeholder shaping the global narrative, particularly as India assumes the presidency of the G20 in 2023. This year will also coincide with the World Economic Forum's 50th anniversary and 35 years of the Forum’s collaboration with India.


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Mountain Biking – Sikkim

Do you know what the best way to escape into the wilderness is? It’s by riding a mountain bike. If you are an avid cyclist, then you must know how much thrill mountain biking gives you. You can explore a number of trails depending upon your grade and the scenery you want. The hills of Sikkim, Ladakh, and West Bengal offer numerous exciting trails for you to raid. If you are a beginner, you can choose easier trails.


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Incredible India
Chamba Camp, Thiksey & Diskit
Aside from the palatial four-poster beds, luxury teak-clad en-suite bathrooms and spectacular setting beneath Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh, it’s really the 24/7 on-call butler that elevates The Ultimate Travelling Camp’s Chamba Camp Thiksey to unrivalled levels of luxury. Venture further into Ladakh’s extraordinary stark mountain scapes to discover Chamba Camp Diskit. As beautifully appointed as its southern sibling, it’s a privileged opportunity to experience the enchanting heart of India’s far north.

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Incredible India
Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar

The major attraction of Bhubaneswar Ram Mandir is the beautiful images of Lord Rama, Lord Lakshman, and Goddess Sita. The high rising spire of the main temple visible from many parts of the capital city is its main attraction. Built and managed by a private trust, the temple complex also comprises shrines devoted to ochre-painted marble idols of Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva, and other gods. Ram Mandir is very beautiful from outside, as most constructions in Bhubaneshwar are characteristic by one style from a first eye visitor but the place seems unique. It has been painted beautifully using sculptures on walls. A gorgeous temple located in the heart of the city, the Ram Mandir in Bhubaneshwar is known for housing beautiful images of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. This newly built temple is characterized by its large spires which can be spotted from afar and its fiery colors.


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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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Indian economy to grow at 6.4% in 2022, predicts UN report

United Nations: As the Ukraine conflict impacts the global GDP, India is projected to grow by 6.4 per cent in 2022, slower than the last year's 8.8 per cent but still the fastest-growing major economy, with higher inflationary pressures and uneven recovery of the labour market curbing private consumption and investment, according to a UN report.




OMERS to expand its bets in India’s clean energy space

Canadian pension fund Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (OMERS) is planning to expand its presence in India’s clean energy space, including wind, solar and hydrogen, said OMERS executive vice-president and global head of infrastructure Annesley Wallace and the managing director for infrastructure Delphine Voeltzel in an interview.



India exported wheat when others put curbs

India exported wheat worth $177 million in March and $473 million in April after the Russia-Ukraine conflict began late February. India shipped the food grain at a time at least eight countries - Egypt, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Kosovo, Ukraine and Belarus - imposed restrictions on wheat exports.




Wheat Crisis: India Says it is Committed to Ensure Impact on Food Security is Effectively Mitigated

Amid the "sudden spike" in global wheat prices in the wake of the Ukraine conflict, India said on Thursday that it was committed to ensuring that adverse impact on food security is effectively mitigated and the vulnerable are cushioned against sudden changes in the global market. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, participating in the UN Security Council Open Debate on Maintenance of International Peace & Security - Conflict and Food Security' organised by Council President the US, also underlined that the issue of energy security needs to be addressed through "greater sensitivity" to other countries energy mix and import requirements.



India exported wheat worth $177 million in March, $473 million in April

India has exported wheat worth $177 million in March and $473 million in April even after the Russia-Ukraine conflict started in late February to help other countries overcome food crisis, sources said.


Ship with relief materials from India for Lanka to reach Colombo on Sunday

An Indian ship laden with urgent relief supplies like rice, medicines and milk powder for the people of crisis-hit Sri Lanka is scheduled to reach Colombo on Sunday, the Indian High Commission said here on Friday.


India, US sign pact to facilitate $4-bn investment

India and the US on Monday signed an investment incentive agreement, which will supersede an earlier agreement and enable the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to continue with its investments in this country.


Drones to save lives by providing urban-grade healthcare in India's remote villages

A new experimental programme has shown how drone technology can be used to bring quality healthcare to people living in the remotest areas of India. Healthcare professionals delivered vaccines, COVID-19 testing samples and medical products to a population of over 300,000 people represented by eight district health facilities in the Vikarabad district of the southern state of Telangana. The district was chosen because it includes communities living in the dense forests of the Anantagiri hills. The trial involved over 300 drone sorties in a 45-day period.


NIT-R alumni innovate robotics solution for underwater inspections

For a country like India, inspection and operation of underwater infrastructure including dams, bridges and port structures continues to be challenging in the absence of effective technological solutions. Two young alumni of the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NIT-R) and three of their batchmates are trying to bridge this technology gap by innovating affordable solutions in the underwater robotics domain. Debendra Pradhan and Biswajit Swain, both aged 27, founded Coratia Technology Pvt Ltd (CTPL) six months back to change the dynamics of underwater civil infrastructure inspection with faster and safer outcomes. Under the startup, they have developed an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) by employing advanced technologies like sonar scanning, bathymetry, 3D mapping and other AI-based technologies.


Baljeet becomes first Indian to scale 4th 8000er mountain in single season

An Indian woman climber scaled Mt Everest this morning making her 4th summit of the 8000m peak this season. According to Babu Sherpa, Managing Director at Peak Promotion Pvt Ltd, Baljeet Kaur has successfully scaled Mt Lhotse on Sunday becoming the first Indian to have summited four eight-thousanders in a single season. She summited world's fourth highest peak with her guide Mingma Sherpa, Sherpa added. This is her 4th 8000m+ mountain in this spring season, according to Sherpa.


India’s One Million All-women ASHA Volunteers Honoured by WHO

India’s one million all-women ASHA volunteers were honoured by the World Health Organisation on Sunday for their crucial role in providing direct access to healthcare facilities in rural areas and their indefatigable efforts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Accredited Social Health Activists — or ASHA volunteers — are Indian government’s affiliated health-care workers who are the first point of contact in rural India.


Modi@8: Eight world leaders who PM Modi left impressed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre is all set to complete its eighth year in office on 26 May. Besides carving out an image for himself as a global leader, Modi has also enhanced India's position in the world since 2014.


Quad vows $50 billion investment in Indo-Pacific to counter China clout

The top leaders of India, the US, Australia and Japan on Tuesday vowed to extend more than $50 billion in infrastructure aid and investment in the Indo-Pacific over the next five years, amidst China's growing clout in the region.


Paper exports from India jumps 80% to all-time high of Rs 13,963 cr in FY22

Exports of paper and paperboard from India jumped nearly 80 per cent in FY 2021-22, touching a record Rs 13,963 crore, according to industry body IPMA. The export growth has straddled across different grades of paper, said a statement from Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA) while citing data released by Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics (DGCI&S)..


India, the world’s largest sugar producer, has imposed export restrictions

Just days after banning wheat exports, India has decided to restrict the sale of sugar on international markets. To keep prices in check, the Indian government announced on Wednesday that it will limit sugar exports to 10 million tonnes for the marketing season, which runs until September. Between June 1 and October 31, sellers must obtain “special approval” from authorities before exporting sugar.




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