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Vol. 04, Issue No. 06 February 07, 2020.

Do you know? Driven by the expanding middle-class population, increasing disposable incomes, growing urbanization, & changing lifestyles, India is expected to be the 3rd largest consumer economy by 2025. It is the right time to #InvestinIndia! Learn more: http://bit.ly/II-why_india

India Perspectives India Perspectives is the flagship publication of the Ministry of External Affairs. Richly illustrated, this magazine provides our readers with an insight into India’s culture and tradition along with elements of contemporary India. Click here to read more‌. Ministry of External Affairs, India

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Consulate News Asian Studies Day 2020 (February 04, 2020) The Consulate General of India participated in the annual event Asian Studies Day 2020 organized by Langara College, Vancouver, on February 4, 2020. The Consulate set up kiosk to showcase India and distributed cultural & tourism material to the visitors. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Lane Trotter, President of Langara College, welcomed all the Consulates, who participated at the Asian Studies Day. Consul General of Philippines thanked the College on behalf of the Consular Corps for the opportunity to showcase their respective countries. Langara College has a large and thriving student body from India.

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Traditional Embroideries Craft of Kachchh KACHCHH is world renowned for its mirrored embroideries. Most of these were traditionally stitched by village women, for themselves and their families, to create festivity, honor deities, or generate wealth. While embroideries contributed to the substantial economic exchange required for marriage and fulfilled other social obligations which required gifts, unlike most crafts, they were never commercial products. Embroidery also communicates self and status. Differences in style create and maintain distinctions that identify community, sub-community, and social status within community. The “mirror work” of Kachchh is really a myriad of styles, which present a richly textured map of regions and ethnic groups. Each style, a distinct combination of stitches, patterns and colors, and rules for using them, was shaped by historical, socio-economic and cultural factors. Traditional but never static, styles evolved over time, responding to prevailing trends The Main Styles of Embroidery in Kachchh The Sindh-Kachchh regional styles of suf, khaarek, and paako, and the ethnic styles of Rabari, Garasia Jat, and Mutava. Click here to know more…

Pharmaceutical Exports from India THE INDIAN PHARMACEUTICALS market is the third largest in terms of volume and thirteenth largest in terms of value. It has established itself as a global manufacturing and research hub. A large raw material base and the availability of a skilled workforce give the industry a definite competitive advantage. The Indian pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.4 per cent to touch US$ 55 billion by 2020. The Indian Pharmaceutical market is dominated by generic drugs which constitutes nearly 70 per cent of the market, whereas Over the Counter (OTC) medicines and patented drugs make up to 21 per cent and 9 per cent respectively. EXPORTS AND ADVANTAGE INDIA •

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Pharmaceutical export from India stood at US$ 19.13 billion in 2018-19 and reached US$ 9.36 billion in 2019-20 (till October 2019). It is expected to grow by 30 per cent to reach US$ 20 billion by the year 2020. In 2018-19, top importers of India’s pharmaceutical products were USA (US$ 119.18 million), Russia (US$ 10.33 million), UK (US$ 9.83 million), South Africa (US$ 3.63 million) and Nigeria (US$ 1.71 million). India is expected to rank amongst the top three pharmaceutical markets in terms of incremental growth by 2020. India is the largest supplier of generic medicines globally (20 to 22 per cent of global export volume) India has one of the lowest manufacturing costs in the world. It is lower than that of USA and almost half of Europe.

The Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (PHARMEXCIL) was established in 2004 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, to promote pharma exports.

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Cultural Heritage - Festivals of India Jaisalmer Desert Festival (February 7-9, 2020) This exuberant desert festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the sandstone city of Jaisalmer at its magical best. A parade of camels and fancily dressed locals, camel races and polo matches, turban tying competitions, competitions for the finest facial hair, acrobats, puppeteers, and jugglers are all part of the festival. Read more... Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/february-india-festivals-and-events-guide-1539400

Thaipooyam Mahotsavam (February 8, 2020) Thaipooyam Mahotsavam, Kerala's version of Thaipusam, is held in honour of Lord Subrahmanya (another name for Shiva and Parvati's son, Kartikeya). The highlight is the performance of the kavadiyattam ritualistic dance by devotees carrying kavadis. They twirl and spin in a trance-like manner to the beat of drums please the lord. Read more... Where: Thrissur, Kerala.

Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/february-india-festivals-and-events-guide-1539400

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India News Section 1. Andaman islands featured in No 1 trending places to go in 2020 by National Geographic “The Andaman Islands have a new lease on life,” says Greaves Tours president Carole Cambata of the scuba diving destination in the Bay of Bengal between India and Myanmar. “Due to local regulations, dive boats were limited to two miles offshore. There is now one dive boat certified to reach even the farthest dive sites, with a second due in January. The result is enforced conservation with dive sites not having been visited for two-plus years.”. Read more… (JESSICA FLINT, National Geographic, JANUARY 29, 2020)

2. Indian scientists develop SPACE BRICKS for future construction on the Moon In what could be an important leap for lunar exploration, Indian scientists claim to have produced special bricks made from a material simulating the Moon’s surface, based on samples brought back by NASA missions. The Indian Institute of Science (IIS) teamed up with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to produce what they call “space bricks.” The invention, they say, as quoted by local media, will facilitate future construction projects on the Earth’s satellite, including those that require the use of resources found on-site. Read more… (RT, Friday, 31st January 2020, 2:18 am)

3. Indian researchers develop new way to determine cancer stages Researchers from a Pune-based start-up have demonstrated a new staging method to determine the stage of cancer based on cancer cells found in blood. The earlier system was based on tumour size, Dr Jayant Khandare, Chief Scientific Officer of Actorius Innovations and Research, said. Read more… (The Week, Saturday, 1st February 2020, 10:17 am)

4. Students develop ‘Safety Drone’; traces girls in distress Displaying their ingenuity, talents and skills, the students at Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Basar (RGUKTBasar) come up with mind blowing innovations which was seen at the 3-day national level India’s biggest rural technical festival Antahpragnya 2020 being held at Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Basar (RGUKT-Basar), 180 kms aways from State Capital Hyderabad. Read more… (Mohammed Hussain, The Siasat Daily, Monday, 3rd February 2020, 7:32 am)

5. India’s 2020 budget to boost local tech sector Among these investments, which are key to the Narendra Modi government’s target of turning India into a $5tn economy by 2025, the Rs 80bn (US$1.12bn) outlay over five years in quantum computing was significant, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. Read more… (Aaron Tan, Computer Weekly, Monday, 3rd February 2020, 10:57 am)

6. Robotic cleaning of solar modules gaining traction in India amid water scarcity Water is a scarce commodity in a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, and the use of water in energy generation is a big concern. The rise of solar and wind generation is significant as they not only curb air pollution but also tend to use less water compared to thermal generation. That said, solar projects do use some water primarily for cleaning panels. Cleaning of solar modules is a big challenge for developers, especially in arid and dry zones where water is scarce, particularly water that is suitable for cleaning solar modules. Read more… (Rakesh Ranjan, Mercom India, Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:32 am)

7. 'Women with Wheels' In what is first such initiative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Sakha Consulting Wings has tied up with GMR at the IGI airport to provide women driven cab service for women travellers. Women passengers travelling alone now have a safer commuting option from the airport. Read more… (The Hans India, Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 12:23 pm

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Vol. 04, Issue 06, February 07, 2020. BHEL tender for Procurement of supply of LT AC power cable- 1.1 KV,1Cx400 sqmm Al, XLPE Un-Armoured black cable for GSECL :100MW Raghanesda-1 ,100 MW Raghanesda-2 and 75MW Dhuvaran SPV Plants (RFQ No. AKPBOS0009) Ref.- RFQ No. AKPBOS0009 dt 04.02.2020 Due Dt. 17.02.2020 (E-tender) Item- Procurement of supply of LT AC power cable- 1.1 KV,1Cx400 sqmm Al, XLPE Un-Armoured black cable for GSECL :100MW Raghanesda-1 ,100 MW Raghanesda-2 and 75MW Dhuvaran SPV Plants Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Electronics Division, Bengaluru, India has the requirement above mentioned item. In this regard, BHEL has floated an open tender on 04.02.2020. The complete tender document (comprising of technical specification, forms to be filled up, terms / conditions, instructions for tender submission etc.) has been uploaded to following websites: 1. 2. 3.

BHEL EPS website - https://bhel.abcprocure.com/ , click on search, type the RFQ no. in keyword, click search, list will appear and click on the RFQ no. for tender details. Event ID is 40409 http://www.bhel.com/tender/view_tender.php?tenderid=51522 In https://eprocure.gov.in/epublish/app the tender ID is 2020_BHEL_515673_1

Kindly note that the tender is due on 17/02/2020 (DD/MM/YYYY), 13:00:00 Hrs. (IST) Please submit your offer on e-tender portal https://bhel.abcprocure.com/

More Tenders‌ Ministry of Finance Press Release on Clarification regarding Proposal in the Finance Bill 2020 Posted On: 02 FEB 2020 4:20PM by PIB Delhi The Finance Bill, 2020 has proposed that an Indian citizen shall be deemed to be resident in India, if he is not liable to be taxed in any country or jurisdiction. This is an anti-abuse provision since it is noticed that some Indian citizens shift their stay in low or no tax jurisdiction to avoid payment of tax in India. The new provision is not intended to include in tax net those Indian citizens who are bonafide workers in other countries. In some section of the media the new provision is being interpreted to create an impression that those Indians who are bonafide workers in other countries, including in Middle East, and who are not liable to tax in these countries will be taxed in India on the income that they have earned there. This interpretation is not correct. In order to avoid any misinterpretation, it is clarified that in case of an Indian citizen who becomes deemed resident of India under this proposed provision, income earned outside India by him shall not be taxed in India unless it is derived from an Indian business or profession. Necessary clarification, if required, shall be incorporated in the relevant provision of the law.

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