Issue no 18, August 26, 2022
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Issue No. 18, August 26, 2022

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The Victoria Memorial Hall is India's largest and one of its oldest museum libraries located in Central Kolkata. Dedicated to art history, it has been an unalienable part of the Memorial since its foundation.
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. 










Celebration of India@75

The Indian diaspora with the support of Laxmi Narayan Temple, Surrey organized a festivity to celebrate India@75 on August 21, 2022 in Surrey. Consul General Shri Manish represented the Consulate in the celebrations. Hundreds of members of Indian diaspora from various provinces of India took part in the celebrations and displayed their culture, food and costume. A wrestling match was also organized and Consul General felicitated the winners. Mayor of Surrey and City Council members were in attendance.

Tiranga Car Rally

The Indian diaspora with the support of Canada Hindu Foundation, Laxmi Narayan Temple Surrey, Hindu Temple Burnaby organized a Tiranga Car Rally to celebrate India@75 on August 21, 2022 in Surrey and Burnaby. Consul General Shri Manish flagged off the car rally from Laxmi Narayan Mandir in Surrey. Hundreds of members of Indian diaspora from various provinces of India took part Tiranga Rally which culminated in Hindu Temple Burnaby. Consul General addressed the gathering of Indian Diaspora in Burnaby Hindu Temple.

Important Trade Fairs in India

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Tourism & Hospitality

The Tourism and Hospitality industry is one of the largest service industries in India. The tourism sector in India is an integral pillar of the Make in India programme. The tourism industry in India plays a role of significant economic multiplier and becomes critical since India has to grow at rapid rates and create jobs. India offers geographical diversity, world heritage sites and niche tourism products like cruises, adventure, medical, eco-tourism, etc. Incredible India has spurred growth in Tourists Arrivals and Employment. India aims to increase cruise passenger traffic from 0.4 mn at present to 4 mn. Economic potential of Cruise tourism is expected to go up from $110 mn to $5.5 bn in the years to come.


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Incredible India
Khardung La Pass, Leh - Ladakh

Famously known as the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok Valleys in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the highest motorable pass in the world. It is filled with tourists crossing over from Leh and stopping long enough to click some photographs. Adventure bikers from all parts of our country and across the world visit this mountain pass on their motorcycles for an adventure soaked experience. Khardung La Pass is positioned on the Ladakh range, which is 40 km from Leh, at an altitude of 18,379 ft (5602 m).


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Shivalik Fossil Park, Dehradun

A one-of-its-kind park in Asia, Shivalik Fossil Park Museum is home to about 2.5 million years old fossils of vertebrates from the region of Shivalik. Sprawled over an area of 1.5 sq km, the museum was opened in 1974. The highlights here are life-size models of extinct mammals that are made of resins and fibreglass. You can also find exhibits of limbs and skulls of tortoises, gharials, crocodiles, hippos and tusks of over 20 elephant species.

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 No spiritual journey is considered complete without a trip to this revered land in North India. Cradled on the banks of the Holy Ganges, Haridwar is Uttrakhand’s holiest Hindu city and pilgrims arrive here in droves to witness the tradition and culture dating back to the prehistoric times. As one strolls along the ghat at Har-ki-Pauri in the evening, one is greeted by the enchanting view of the flickering diyas which adds a divine aura to the atmosphere. Spread across the length and breadth of Haridwar are many small and big temples which include Mansa Devi Temple, Chanda Devi Temple, Parmeshwar Devi Temple, Pawan Dham and Lal Mata temple. These revered places attract millions of spiritual seekers from across the globe.Envisioned by the sages as the spiritual paradise, it casts an aura of its own especially during the Yatra season from May to October, when thousands of devotees descend upon the city in search of spiritual enlightenment.


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India Paraguay to continue supporting each other in multilateral fora promote rules-based international order

India and Paraguay have agreed to continue supporting each other in multilateral fora and promote a rules-based international order as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar concluded his maiden visit to the Latin American country.




US-India to play key role in tech innovation

US Deputy Secretary of Treasury Wally Adeyemo on Wednesday expressed confidence that the US and India will play a pivotal role in the next wave of technological innovation.



Dharmendra Pradhan Takes Part In 'Dialogue With Group Of Eight' In Melbourne

Union Education Minister who is on a four-day visit to Australia participated in 'Dialogue with Group of Eight' which is a research collaboration between India and Australia at University House in Melbourne today. Taking to Twitter, the Ministry of Education tweeted, "Today, Honorable Education Minister Shri @dpradhanbjp participates in 'Dialogue with Group of Eight: Building successful Australia-India research collaboration' at University House, Melbourne."



India, Vietnam seek to strengthen ties in building material sector

A visiting delegation of Indian business executives from the ceramic tile, porcelain floor, wall and decoration tile, bathroom sanitary ware, and related industries met with their Vietnamese counterparts in Ho Chi Minh City to compare notes and seek tie-ups, the Vietnam News reported.



AI, startups, Fintech & UPI could be future areas of Indo-Bangla coop: Shringla

Former Foreign Secretary and India’s G20 chief coordinator Harsh V Shringla on Tuesday suggested that future areas of Indo-Bangladesh cooperation could cover sectors including Artificial Intelligence, start-ups and venture capitalist funding, UPI, FINTECH, internet of things and space among others.


India, Mauritius sign MoUs for cooperation to boost MSME sector; discuss B2B meets, training programmes, more

Trade, import, export for MSMEs: The MSME Ministry on Thursday announced two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) signed between India and Mauritius on cooperation in promoting the MSME sector of the two countries.


Boosting India-Argentina ties a key expectation from Jaishankar’s visit

The enduring relationship between India and Argentina can be attributed to long and deep economic, political and cultural ties, shared interests, concerns relating to democracy and human rights, combating terrorism and respect for rule of law. The informal relations were established way back in 1924 when Rabindranath Tagore had visited Argentina and was hosted by the Argentine writer Victoria Ocampo, based on which he penned a series of poems under the title “Purabi.”


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds bilateral talks with his Tanzanian counterpart Stergomena Lawrence Tax

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a bilateral meeting with the Tanzanian Defence Minister Stergomena Lawrence Tax on Friday and said both sides accorded on strengthening the bilateral defence cooperation.


Indian delegations visit Israel to understand their school education model

A 24-member delegation of Indian educationists from across the country is on a five-day visit to Israel to understand their school education model and pedagogical tools, an official statement said.


India to be $18-20 trillion economy by 2047: Economist Ajit Ranade at BT India@100 summit

Ajit Ranade, Vice-Chancellor, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economy, while speaking at Business Today India@100 Summit, said that he expects the economy to get six times bigger and is optimistic for an average of 7 per cent growth going forward. "I think India will be $18-20 trillion economy by 2047, six times bigger than what it is currently," Ranade stated.


Delhi-based startup develops anti-pollution helmet

A Delhi-based startup has developed an anti-pollution helmet that can help a two-wheeler rider breathe cleaner air by filtering it. The helmet, named ‘PUROS’, is the brainchild of a startup called ‘Shellios Technolabs’ and has an air-purifying system attached to the rear of the helmet.


Indian American professor built ‘surveillance machine’ for Chinese big tech: Report

An Indian American professor at University of Maryland (UMD) allegedly built a machine-learning software “useful for surveillance” as part of a six-figure research grant from Chinese tech giant Alibaba, according to a media report.


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