Issue No. 25, October 28, 2022
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Issue No. 25, October 28, 2022

Are you ready for a journey of a lifetime?
Embark on an Incredible ride across India and savour the exciting moments at each new destination.

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 its people, culture and achievements.



Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: A Supreme Leader with Exemplary Qualities

Consulate General of India in Vancouver will be premiering live a talk titled ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: A Supreme Leader with Exemplary Qualities’ by Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, internationally acclaimed speaker on to commemorate National Unity Day & 147th Birth Anniversary of Sardar Patel on Monday, October 31, 2022, at 3 pm.

Watch live on Consulate Facebook Page

To pay tribute to this legend, presenting Digital exhibition "Sardar Patel - The Architect of Unification", on the life and contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.



As part of the ongoing Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav, which celebrates 75 years of India’s independence, the Consulate General of India in Vancouver organized an exhibition of twenty paintings by artists of Indian sub-continent titled ‘PUDUCHERRY BLUE” from 18-21 October 2022 at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

This collection of paintings by emerging artists, including from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka, was created at a retreat organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) of the Ministry of External Affairs at the picturesque coastal town Puducherry on Bay of Bengal.
 The gathering was aimed at promoting cultural connectivity and sharing an atmosphere of bonhomie and friendship among the countries of the Indian sub-continent through the medium of art.
A closing reception was hosted by Acting High Commissioner Shri Manish on 21 October 2022, which was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, officials from the provincial government, artists, Indian community leaders and media persons. The discerning art loving audience appreciated the fabulous works on display and were impressed with the diverse range of themes and yet the unique bonding of the artists.

The Consulate General of India plans to take this exhibition in others parts of Greater Vancouver Area.



The Consulate General of India, Vancouver partnered with the World Trade Center Vancouver (WTC) and the BC-India Business Network to organize a Conference on BC - India Trade and Investment Opportunities on Wednesday, 26th October, 2022 at KPMG Vancouver. The conference was attended by the member companies of the World Trade Center Vancouver.

Manjish Grover, Consul (Commerce) at the Indian Consulate gave the keynote address in which he gave a detailed overview of the Indian economy, its growth prospects, the current investment environment in India including policy reforms and ease of doing business. He also gave an overview of the broader economic relationship between India and Canada and talked about the synergies between the two countries that should be leveraged to propel this relationship forward. He also identified some key sectors that Canadian business can focus on to invest in India and gave an overview of the Invest India and the services they offer.

Other speakers included David van Hemmen, Vice President, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Vivek Savkur, Founder & President Emeritus of BC-IBN, David Tsui, Director, GAC/Trade Commissioner's Office, William Hoyle, Acting Executive Director Intl. Trade & Investment, Govt. of BC and Karan Meherchandani, DSV Logistics. The event ended with a panel discussion with representatives of Canadian companies doing business in India. The panel was moderated by Sobhana Jaya Madhavan, President of BC-IBN and panelists were Sharan Oberoi, CEO of OnActuate, Venki Krishnababu, SVP Global Technology Services, Lululemon, Neelam Toprani, CEO of Sewanti and David Tsui, Director at Trade Commissioner's Office. The conference provided a great opportunity to showcase India's growth story and investment opportunities.


Invest India booth at the DRDO pavilion at Def Expo 2022


Team Invest India has set up a booth at the DRDO pavilion at Def Expo 2022, Gandhinagar. The Technology Development Fund Scheme aims to provide up to INR 50 crore in funding to Indian industries to develop indigenous defence technologies!

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Incredible India

Neelakurinji Blossoms


The Neelakurinji blossoms across Kallippara Hills of Idukki in Kerala, turning it into a purple paradise. The flowers bloom once in 12 years converting the green pastures of the Western Ghats to a scenic landscape.

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Himachal Pradesh - The Land of Gods

Deotibba Hampta Pass

The Deo Tibba trek is one of the most beautiful, offbeat treks in Himachal Pradesh. The treks begin from Jagatsukh, about 10 km away from Manali, and takes you through pristine forests, sweeping meadows, and beautiful high altitude pastures, while the majestic peak of Deo Tibba chaperones your magical journey.

Kareri Lake Trek

Hiking through the narrow passes, challenging terrains, evergreen forests and rugged trails, you can witness the magical beauty of the Kareri Lake in Himachal Pradesh. Standing at a towering height of 10,863ft, a trek to the Kareri Lake will introduce you to the pristine and untouched beauty of the Himalayas.

Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek

The Kinner Kailash Parikrama trek takes you into a deep wilderness of the Kinnaur region. The most scenic and remotest region of Himachal, located close to the Indo-Tibetan border, Kinnaur is home to the sacred Mt. Kinner Kailash. With Kinnaur as the origin, this strenuous trek reaches a height of 17,257ft and takes around 15 challenging days to complete.

Rising from the Shivalik ranges and moving higher into the mid-Himalayas, Greater Himalayas, and beyond, into the trans-Himalayan vast expanse of western Tibet, Himachal Pradesh is a land of grand diversity. This highest mountain chain in the world has been revered and worshipped down the ages as the abode of the Gods. Many peaks and mountain lakes in Himachal are considered sacred where believers, braving storms and snow, trek for an annual pilgrimage.

Sheltered by the ranges, rivers and their feeding tributary streams have carved out some of the most serene, scenic and fertile valleys. The high mountain desert valley of Spiti, the scenic Sangla valley of Kinnaur, the charming Beas valley of Kullu-Manali and Mandi, the indulgent land of Kangra valley, the aesthetically cut out Chamba valley and Lahaul valley, crowded with some of the biggest glaciers in the entire Himalayas, is the backdrop of Himachal Pradesh, a geography as exciting as it can get.

From sweet and therapeutic spring waters to healing hot springs, Himalayas has blessed Himachal with great natural riches.


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India Is A Digital Finance Leader And Poised For Explosive Growth

For India, digitization is a part, although a large part, of the country’s ambitious modernization program.

“India is building a digital country and I think that’s what is going to serve it well over the next decade,” wrote Ajay Krishnan, lead portfolio manager for the $425 million Wasatch Emerging Markets Select Fund, in a report released in May 2022

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ISRO scripts history with successful commercial mission LVM3-M2

ISRO's heaviest rocket LVM3-M2 on its maiden commercial mission successfully placed 36 broadband communication satellites of a UK-based customer into the intended orbits

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‘I support Ayurveda’ campaign gets support from more than 1.7 cr people

The 7th Ayurveda Day was celebrated on Sunday on a magnificent scale in India and at the international level.The day was celebrated with the theme “Har Din Har Ghar Ayurveda” so as to propagate the benefits of Ayurveda to the larger and grass root community.

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India an important manufacturer of vaccines for world: White House

India is an important manufacturer of vaccines for the world, the White House said, acknowledging the crucial role the country played in supplying vaccines against COVID-19 globally.

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IIT Guwahati develops AI assisted model to predict bone repair outcomes

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati develop an artificial intelligence (AI) based simulation model that can predict the healing pattern of thigh bone fractures after surgery.

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Indian American International Chamber of Commerce launches Mid-Atlantic chapter

The Government of the District of Columbia has identified India as one of its key partners for trade opportunities, said its Director of International Trade and Commerce, Andres Hayes, on October 20, 2022, at the Marion Barry Building.

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After 28 years, India to chair key air transport panel

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India's textiles sector eyeing $100-billion exports in 5-6 years: Piyush Goyal

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Indian-American Cardiologist Dr Avinash Gupta Honoured For COVID-19 Relief Work In India, US

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