Issue no 12, July 15, 2022
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Issue No. 12, July 15, 2022

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 Magnificent building built in Indo-Saracenic architectural style, Albert Hall Museum (Central Museum) is located in Ram Nivas Garden.
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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Consulate News

As part of Consulate Aapke dwar initiative, India in Canada (Consulate General of India, Vancouver) organized consular camp at Holliday Inn, Regina, on 9 & 10 July, 2022 and more than 300 consular services were rendered to PIOs, Indo-Canadians, Indian citizens and Canadians

Consulate News

During his official visit to Saskatchewan, Consul General Manish visited Prince Albert on 25 June 2022 and met with Dr Lalita Malhotra and Police Chief of Prince Albert Jonathan Bergen. Dr Malhotra is popularly called ‘Angle of the North’ for her work among the community in and around Prince Albert, specially among women and children. Dr Malhotra and other doctors showed CG and his spouse the newly created NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) at Victoria hospital in Prince Albert. Dr Malhotra made a generous contribution of $800,000. Police Chief of Prince Albert Jonathan Bergen gave a tour of the the police headquarter and explained the functioning and the role of the police in managing law & order in the city.

Consulate News

Consul General Mr. Manish along with Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum inaugurated the Spirit of India dance show organized on 8 July 2022 to celebrate #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav. The event was organized by Mr. Glen D’Mellow of Shiamak Vancouver. Over 100 members of Indian diaspora participated in the dance show.

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Invest India
India - A global FinTech Superpower

India is amongst the fastest growing Fintech markets in the world and there are 6,636 FinTech startups in India. Indian FinTech industry’s market size is $50 Bn in 2021 and is estimated at ~$ 150 Bn by 2025. India’s payment landscape over the last decade has developed into the most advanced payment system with regards to digital payments by volume (CAGR 50%) and value (CAGR 6%). The Fintech transaction value size is set to grow from US$ 66 Bn in 2019 to US$ 138 Bn in 2023, at a CAGR of 20%.

 

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Adventure
 Roopkund Trek – Uttarakhand 

A heaven for trekkers, but with a horrific twist as you head to the glacial Roopkund Lake. Yes, the path of this trek actually has hundreds of human skeletons scattered all over, especially near the edge of the lake. Now that’s what they call walking with the dead – a one of its own among all other adventure trips in India. With so many treks, Uttarakhand boasts as one of the best adventure sports destinations in India.

 

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Incredible India
 Garden of Silence - Chandigarh
At a distance of 7 km from Chandigarh Bus Station, Garden of Silence is a meditative place located at the end of the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. It offers serene view of Shivalik Range and is one of the must visit places in Chandigarh. The garden features a seated Buddha amidst concentric circular stairs. The garden is financed by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and developed by Chandigarh Administration. This is the latest tourist attraction in Chandigarh. Chandigarh is known as the city of gardens that are lush green and have some amazing features but this garden of silence is a bit different. This garden has been specially built for meditating purposes, as surrounding areas are very peaceful and full of greenery which makes it a perfect place for meditation.

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Incredible India
Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim

Recognized as an extension of Khangchendzonga in the East Sikkim, Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to a large species of mammals and avian fauna. Spread in an area of 51 sq km that has an elevation ranging between 1524 to 2749 metres, the sanctuary also comprises of hamlets including that of popular tourist attraction, Mangan. Fambong Lho is ideal for birdwatching as it shelters birds species like endangered rufous-headed hornbill and laughingthrush. The sanctuary is also rich in animals like red panda, barking deer, yellow-throated marten, and Himalayan brown bear, and in flora with abundance of rhododendron and orchids.

 

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PM Narendra Modi to participate in first I2U2 Summit along with Israel, UAE and US on July 14

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in the first Leaders` Summit of I2U2, along with leaders of Israel, UAE and the US on July 14 virtually. According to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement, "Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be participating in an I2U2 Summit, along with Prime Minister of Israel Yair Lapid, President of the UAE Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and President of the USA Joseph R. Biden." Zee Media Bureau, Zee News, , Wednesday, 13th July 2022, 2:52 am .

 

 

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India focusing on ways it can help Sri Lanka economically: Jaishankar

Reiterating India's support for Sri Lanka, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said that the situation in the island nation is very sensitive and New Delhi is focusing on ways it can help Colombo economically at its time of need.

 

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Maiden West Asian Quad Summit to focus on infra, tech & food security

The Maiden West Asian Quad or India Israel US-UAE Summit expected to be held on Thursday in hybrid format during US President Joe Biden's Israel visit is expected to focus on infrastructure and technology related projects besides food security amid the current geo-political developments.

 

 

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India attends G20 Sherpa meet, reaffirms support to Indonesia

India took part in the G20 Sherpa meet in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, (July 10th and 12th). It was led by India's G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant.

 

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Rajnath Singh calls for tapping AI potential in defence sector

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Monday launched 75 artificial intelligence products at a symposium on ‘AI in Defence,’ with the products covering areas such as robotics, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber security, human behavioural analysis, simulators and lethal autonomous weapon systems, even as he called for tapping the potential of AI in the defence sector, the defence ministry said in a statement.

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Modi's focus on inclusive development to be reflected strongly in G20: Stern

Eminent economist Prof Nicholas Stern, who led the 2006 'Stern Review' on the Economics of Climate Change, discussed diverse issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi this week. He has tweeted saying that next year's G20 in India will be a 'turning point'.

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Indian tech sector hired 200K Americans, helped US generate $103 bn in 2021

The Indian tech industry generated $103 billion in revenue and directly employed 207,000 people in the US last year, with an average wage of $106,360 -- witnessing a 22 per cent employment growth since 2017, a new Nasscom report showed on Wednesday.

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M&M open to investing in EV battery cell maker to secure supplies: CEO

India's Mahindra & Mahindra could consider investing in a battery-cell company to meet future electrification needs, its CEO said, after the company raised funds for its new electric vehicle (EV) unit at a $9.1 billion valuation.

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I2U2 summit: UAE to fund agri parks in India with support from Israel and US private sector

The government of the United Arab Emirates and the private sector of the United States will invest in a $2 billion project to set up agricultural parks in India with technical support from Israel. The project is likely to be announced at the first I2U2 summit which will be held later on Thursday. The summit will see the leaders of India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States exploring joint initiatives to contribute to food security around the world amid disruptions in the global supply chain for agricultural products due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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I2U2 Summit: India, Israel, US, UAE aim to jointly invest in 6 important areas including food, transport

India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States will on Thursday announce a joint initiative to contribute to food security around the world amid disruptions in the global supply chain for agricultural products due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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