Issue no 11, July 08, 2022
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Issue No. 11, July 08, 2022

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Located in the heart of old Jaipur, the City Palace is a spectacular example of the amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal architecture
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 during his visit to Saskatoon on June 23, 2022 interacted with Indian diaspora and students. Saskatoon has a diverse group of Indo-Canadians acting as a bridge between India and Saskatchewan. 

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On behalf of India in Canada (Consulate General of India, Vancouver) Consul Manjish Grover paid homage to the memory of victims of Air India Flight 182 and expressed solidarity and sympathy with bereaved family & friends. He called for mutual cooperation & resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism on June 23, 2022.

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Thank you Global Institute for Food Security for hosting Consul General Manish on a tour of your facilities and to share the innovation happening here and its contribution to sustainable food security. Productive discussions were held on areas for cooperation between India and Canada.

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Consul General Manish signed a MOU with University of Calgary on behalf of ICCR-Indian Council for Cultural Relations on 29 June, 2022 to set up a Chair of Indian Studies at Faculty of Arts. From University of Calgary, Dr. William Ghali, Vice President (Research) signed the MoU. University of Calgary became fourth University in Canada to have an India Chair. The establishment of ICCR Chair of Indian Studies will further deepen educational cooperation & academic exchanges between India and Canada. Hon. Mr. Prasad Panda, Minister of Transport of Alberta; Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President International from UCalgary; Ms. Andrea Morrow, Director International Relations from UCalgary; and Indian community leaders attended the MoU signing ceremony.

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Consul General during his visit to Saskatoon inaugurated the Saskatoon Super League Cricket 2nd edition tournament organized by ICCA Saskatoon on 26 June 2022. Five teams from Saskatoon participated in the Cricket tournament.

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Consul General Manish along with Mayor of Saskatoon Hon Charlie Clark and diaspora members in Saskatoon paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhiji.

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The members of Consular Corps of BC (CCBC) had an interactive session with City of Vancouver Mayor, Councillors and city officials on 28 June, 2022. Hon Mayor Kennedy Stewart addressed the gathering and outlined the priorities of the City. As Acting Dean of CCBC, Consul General Manish delivered remarks appreciating City of Vancouver’s outreach with Consular Corps for mutually beneficial relationship.

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The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development participated in an interactive session organized by BC-India Business Network (BCIBN) on 5 July 2022 at Vancouver. The event was attend by Mr Manish, Consul General of India, Board Members of BCIBN, business leaders and officials. Mr Vivek Savkur, Founder & President Emeritus of BCIBN welcomed the Minister and the guests attending the event. Consul General gave an overview of the State of Indian Economy, which is the fasted growing economy in the world; overview of the Canada-India bilateral Economic relations and role of British Columbia in the bilateral trade with India. Hon Minister gave an overview of her visit to India on 11 March 2022 for the 5th Ministerial Dialogue with her counterpart Hon Shri Piyush Goyal and the agreement to re-launch the negotiations for India-Canada Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). She also highlighted the ongoing discussion between India and Canada to complete the Early Progress Trade Agreement (EPTA).

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Invest India
Investment and Innovation Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

The MoU between Invest India and Investment and Innovation Bureau, Global Affairs Canada provides a framework for cooperation in enhancing investment promotion activities between India and Canada.

 

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Adventure
 Flying Fox Adventure-Kerala 

Travel above the high hills, valleys and rivers in Kerala during a captivating adventure sport called Flying Fox. Looks like a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie – you’re tied to a high lying rope that’s tied to the two opposite mountain tops. You swing from one end and reach the other and bingo! You’ve saved the world :P This sport will surely make your vacation extremely adventurous. You may also enjoy trampoline, mountaineering and a few waters sports in Kerala. These and some more makes Kerala one of the best adventure destinations in India.

 

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Incredible India
Hirwa Van Garden - Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Hirwa Van Garden, a man made forest, is a tourist attraction near Khanvel, literally meaning Green Forest, this name is a perfect description of this place. It lies on the Silvassa-Dadra Road in Piparia. It is a popular picnic spot that has beautiful waterfalls. The striking features of the Hirwa Van Gardens are its twin arches and stone walls. The whole area is covered with grass and decorated with flower beads, shrubs and kiosks. It is ideal for camping and other outdoor activities. The majority of the area is owned by a local tribal society. The visitors are fascinated with the sight of colourful shrubs, criss crossing footpaths and kiosks for the sitout. The children play section offers variety of play equipments. The centrally located garden is popular with the visiting.

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Incredible India
Bishnupur, Baluchari Sari

The Baluchari’s legacy is one of resilience. The heritage weave has been preserved by a steadfast community of weavers for centuries, the secrets of its craft passed on from one generation to the next to save it from oblivion. The Baluchari silk sari received a GI tag in 2012 and boasts a unique design heritage. In the last few years, homegrown labels have woken up to the uniqueness of this handloom weave, which has been around for centuries. But despite its revival, the craft faces new challenges in the post-pandemic market.

 

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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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HSBC to reenter private banking business in India

HSBC Holdings PLC plans to relaunch its India private banking business within a year, its India CEO told Reuters on Thursday, after the Asia-focused lender has identified the country as a key strategic market for growth.

 

 

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UAE investors sign up USD 2.76 billion worth of investment in Odisha 

UAE investors have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) worth USD 2.76 billion with India’s state Odisha, after meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Dubai.

 

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India, Japan discuss cooperation in 5G technology

Cooperation in 5G telecom technology figured prominently in the India-Japan cyber dialogue held virtually on Thursday. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said both sides discussed important areas of bilateral cyber cooperation and reviewed the progress achieved in the areas of cybersecurity and information and communication technologies.

 

 

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India delivers another consignment of medical aid to Afghanistan

India on Thursday delivered another batch of aid comprising six tons of essential medicines to Afghanistan as part of its humanitarian assistance to the war-ravaged country.

 

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China's Great Wall Motor shelves $1 billion India investment plan: Report

China's Great Wall Motor has shelved plans to invest $1 billion in India and fired all employees of its local unit after failing to obtain regulatory approvals, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

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'Commerce Min looking to release new foreign trade policy before Sept'

The Commerce Ministry is working to release the new five-year foreign trade policy (FTP) before September this year and Districts as Export Hubs scheme would be part of that document, which aims at promoting exports and job creation, an official said.

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Tejas aircraft emerges as top choice for Malaysia’s fighter jet programme

India’s light combat aircraft, Tejas, has emerged as the top choice for Malaysia as the Southeast Asian nation looks at replacing its ageing fleet of fighter jets and the two sides are holding negotiations to take forward the procurement process.

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India gifts 75 ambulances, 17 school buses to Nepal

India on Sunday gifted 75 ambulances and 17 school buses to Nepal as a part of its ongoing efforts to build on the “robust and longstanding” partnership between the two countries and help the Himalayan nation bolster its infrastructure in healthcare and education sectors.

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Shares gain on finance, consumer boost after overnight oil selloff

Indian shares posted their best session in two weeks on Wednesday as finance and consumer goods stocks gained, with an overnight slide in crude prices soothing some inflation worries. The NSE Nifty 50 index rose 1.13% to 15,989.8, while the S&P BSE Sensex climbed 1.16% to 53,750.95, with both indexes marking their best session since June 21.

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Reliance to bring back US fashion brand Gap to India

Reliance Retail on Wednesday announced its long-term partnership with Gap and plans to bring back the iconic American fashion brand to India. "Through a long-term franchise agreement, Reliance Retail has become the official retailer for Gap across all channels in India," the two said in a joint statement.

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Oregon State University Gets The First Woman Indian-American President

The Board of Trustees of Oregon State University approved Jayathi Murthy as the institution’s next president FREMONT, CA: Jayathi Murthy became the first woman to hold the position of dean at the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science, where she currently holds the position. She also lectures in the UCLA department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. She will hold the position of president of Oregon's largest public institution for the first time as a woman of colour. Murthy is glad to join the university and expresses her gratitude to the university’s outstanding faculty, staff, and leaders, as well as their dedication to inclusive excellence, student success, and extensive experience and leadership in online education. 

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Scientists discover material that can convert infrared light to renewable energy

Scientists have discovered a novel material that can emit, detect and modulate infrared light with high efficiency, making it useful for solar and thermal energy harvesting as well as for optical communication devices. The discovery has significant potential in the strategic arena of defence and space as well as the power sector. “Researchers discovered a material called single-crystalline scandium nitride (ScN) that can emit, detect, and modulate infrared light with high efficiency,” according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology on Tuesday.

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