Issue no 19, September 9, 2022
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Issue No. 19, September 9, 2022

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The Gol Gumbaz, also known as Gol Gumbadh, in Bijapur is one of the largest single structure chambers and it encloses the largest space in the world covered by a single dome.
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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Onam Celebrations

Consul General Shri Manish participated in the Onam 2022 celebrations organized by Phoenix Richmond Malayalee Association on 27 August, 2022. He conveyed greetings to all the community members on the occasion of Onam.

Celebrating 50 years of Jagannath Rath Yatra

Consul General Shri Manish participated in the Jagannath Rath Yatra festival & Festival of India  organized by ISKCON Vancouver on August 27, 2022. This was 50th year of Rath Yatra in Vancouver led by Temple President Shri Manu Dasa.

Visit to Mahalakshmi Temple, Vancouver

Consul General Shri Manish visited the newly renovated Mahalakshmi Temple in Vancouver on
August 28, 2022 & interacted with the Chief Priest and devotees. Supported by the Indian diaspora in Greater Vancouver Area, the temple provides religious, spiritual, cultural & social needs.

Namaste Canada

The 5th edition of Namaste Canada was celebrated successfully by the Consulate General of India in Vancouver on Saturday, 3rd September 2022 at Massey Theatre, New Westminster, British Columbia, as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on 75th Years of India’s Independence. Namaste Canada is the biggest Indian Cultural event organised by Consulate General of India, Vancouver. This year, 26 Indo- Canadian associations representing different regions of India presented Classical, folk and fusion dance and music performances on stage.

Important Trade Fairs in India

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Invest India
Renewable Energy - Creating a Sustainable World

India ranks 3rd in renewable energy country attractive index in 2021 and 3rd largest energy consuming country in the world. The country has set an ambitious target to achieve a capacity of 175 GW worth of renewable energy by the end of 2022, which expands to 500 GW by 2030. This is the world's largest expansion plan is in renewable energy. India was the second largest market in Asia for new solar PV capacity and third globally (13 GW of additions in 2021). It ranked fourth for total installations (60.4 GW), overtaking Germany (59.2 GW) for the first time. India’s installed renewable energy capacity has increased 396% in the last 8.5 years and stands at more than 159.95 Giga Watts (including large Hydro), which is about 40% of the country’s total capacity (as on 31st March 2022). The installed solar energy capacity has increased by 19.3 times in the last 8 years, and stands at 56.6 GW as of 1st June 2022. The installed Renewable energy capacity (including large hydro) has increased from 76.37 GW in March 2014 to 159.95 GW in May 2022, i.e. an increase of around 109.4%.

 

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Incredible India
Dal Lake, Srinagar

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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Incredible India
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang is a beautiful district in Arunachal Pradesh which has gained extensive popularity for its captivating sightseeing spots. From Gorichen Peak to Madhuri Lake, Nuranang Waterfalls and Sela Pass, the list of touristy places in Tawang is endless. Besides being famous for its natural splendour, Tawang is known for its 400-year old monastery, i.e., Tawang Monastery. It is a Buddhist Monastery and a prominent pilgrim centre among the locals. Another reason for the popularity of Tawang is its rich culture and traditions. A single visit to this place will introduce you to the old-age rituals of the local tribes.

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SPIRITUAL ESCAPES IN INDIA
Amritsar

 Founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, Amritsar is 32 kilometres east of Lahore, and is considered as the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion. A day in this divine city starts with the blessings of Guru Nanak. The splendour of this city is enhanced by the Golden Temple which stands tall as India’s most serene and humbling sights. Believed to have been rebuilt in 1764 by Maharaja Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, the golden structure has been a meditation retreat for sages and seers since time immemorial. In the temple one gets to see the resplendent central shrine sparking in the centre of the tank, the Amrit Sarovar. This awe inspiring and beautiful sight brings an infinite calmness that is most memorable to a visitor. Every year millions of devotes and pilgrims flock this divine abode in pursuit of peacefulness, with the blessings of God.The place is great for history buffs too; whether one is looking forward to a soul-enriching Jallianwalah Bagh trip or an excursion to the Partition Museum. A major attraction of visiting this pristine town is witnessing the beating retreat—a flagship ceremony conducted by Indian and Pakistani forces since 1959.

 

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PM Modi commissions India's first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning commissioned the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant in a ceremony at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi. Ahead of the commissioning, PM Modi received the Guard of Honour at the Shipyard received a Guard of Honour as he arrived for the Commissioning ceremony.

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India, UAE to sign MoU in field of education

Union Cabinet approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India’s Education Ministry and the Ministry of Education of the Government of the United Arab Emirates on cooperation in the field of education.

 

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India, US agree to further strengthen bilateral ties

India and the US on Wednesday agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relationship to support a free, open, connected and secure Indo-Pacific region.

 

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India, Bangladesh to start negotiating free trade pact this year

India and Bangladesh have decided to start negotiations this year on a bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement—a free trade agreement in goods, services, investments and other related areas—aiming to implement the pact by the time Bangladesh graduates out of its LDC status in 2026.

 

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Rajnath Singh holds bilateral talks with Mongolian counterpart in Ulaanbaatar

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday held a meeting with his Mongolian counterpart Saikhanbayar Gursed in Ulaanbaatar and had in-depth deliberations on adding momentum to India-Mongolia defence cooperation.

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Nepal confers honorary title on Gen Manoj Pande

Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari conferred the title of Honorary General of the Nepali Army to the Indian Army chief, Gen Manoj Pande, at a special ceremony here on Monday, continuing the seven-decade-old tradition reflecting the close ties between the two countries.

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Six MoUs signed between India, Australia at Bengaluru Space Expo

As many as six space industry memorandums were exchanged between Australia and India on Monday, at the Bengaluru Space Expo (BSX) 2022, including two with Bengaluru-based companies.

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Goyal launches initiative to connect Indian startups with US investors

Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal has launched an initiative -- SETU (Supporting Entrepreneurs in Transformation and Upskilling) -- here to connect startups in India to US-based investors.

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Over 45 new data centres to come up in India by 2025, says report

India is on the cusp of a data centre (DC) revolution. Once a small, fragmented industry, colocation DCs are fast transitioning into a large, potentially consolidated industry. Buoyed by the growing demand, plans have been drawn up for over 45 DCs spanning 13 mn sq ft and 1,015 Mw of IT capacity that will come up in India by end-2025, reveals the ANAROCK-Binswanger report, Under the Lens: India’s Data Centre Explosion.

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India may surpass Germany, Japan to become the third largest economy by 2029: Report

A report authored by State Bank of India's (SBI) chief economic adviser Soumya Kanti Ghosh has stated that India is likely to become the third largest economy by 2029, largely due to the structural shift since 2014.

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Strong US-India ties will make world a safer place, says US Consul General

Strong ties between the US and India would make the world a safer and prosperous place, US Consul General (Southern India) Judith Ravin, said on Friday. Addressing a roadshow connecting Kongu and American Business, organized by Indo - American Chamber of Commerce in Coimbatore, she said trade ties between the two countries have to be enhanced further through bilateral commitments.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Student Wins 2 Prestigious UCF Scholarships

Nandhini Raju ’21MS, a UCF mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate, recently won two prestigious scholarships for her work at UCF. She has been awarded the Dr. Subrato Chandra Memorial Scholarship from the College of Engineering and Computer Science for the 2022-2023 academic year and the Elisabeth M. and Winchell M. Parsons Scholarship from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) chapter at UCF for the 2022-23 academic year in recognition of her contributions to the field of research.

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