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Consulate General of India, Vancouver www.cgivancouver.gov.in

Vol. 04, Issue No. 12 March 20, 2020.

Do you know? New India is one of the world’s fastest-growing FinTech markets. With more awareness, the demand for fintech services such as paperless insurance & automated personal wealth management advisory is rising. Learn more: http://bit.ly/II-Fintech

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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Make in India The Make in India initiative was launched by Prime Minister in September 2014 as part of a wider set of nation-building initiatives. Devised to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub, Make in India was a timely response to a critical situation. By 2013, the much-hyped emerging markets bubble had burst, and India’s growth rate had fallen to its lowest level in a decade. ‘Make in India’ recognizes ‘ease of doing business’ as the single most important factor to promote entrepreneurship. A number of initiatives have already been undertaken to ease business environment. The aim is to de-license and de-regulate the industry during the entire life cycle of a business. For more information on “Make in India” programme, please click on: http://www.makeinindia.com/home/

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Government of India is on a mission to rejuvenate and transform Indian cities. It aims to create 100 smart cities in India through several initiatives. SPVs were incorporated in all 100 cities by December 2018. Some typical features of comprehensive development in Smart Cities are described below. 1. Promoting mixed land use in area-based developments–planning for ‘unplanned areas’ containing a range of compatible activities and land uses close to one another in order to make land use more efficient. The States will enable some flexibility in land use and building bye-laws to adapt to change; 2.

Housing and inclusiveness - expand housing opportunities for all;

3. Creating walkable localities –reduce congestion, air pollution and resource depletion, boost local economy, promote interactions and ensure security. The road network is created or refurbished not only for vehicles and public transport, but also for pedestrians and cyclists, and necessary administrative services are offered within walking or cycling distance; 4. Preserving and developing open spaces - parks, playgrounds, and recreational spaces in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens, reduce the urban heat effects in Areas and generally promote ecobalance; 5. Promoting a variety of transport options - Transit Oriented Development (TOD), public transport and last mile para-transport connectivity; 6. Making governance citizen-friendly and cost effective - increasingly rely on online services to bring about accountability and transparency, especially using mobiles to reduce cost of services and providing services without having to go to municipal offices. Forming e-groups to listen to people and obtain feedback and use online monitoring of programs and activities with the aid of cyber tour of worksites; 7. Giving an identity to the city - based on its main economic activity, such as local cuisine, health, education, arts and craft, culture, sports goods, furniture, hosiery, textile, dairy, etc; 8. Applying Smart Solutions to infrastructure and services in area-based development in order to make them better. For example, making Areas less vulnerable to disasters, using fewer resources, and providing cheaper services. For more information on “Smart Cities” programme, please click on: http://smartcities.gov.in/content/

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Cultural Heritage - Festivals of India Gudi Padwa (March 25, 2020) To mark the beginning of the New Year and the harvest season in Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa is celebrated with great zeal and fervour. The word 'Gudi' refers to Lord Brahma's flag that is hoisted on this day outside homes and windows, while, 'Padwa' is a call out to day one of the phases of the moon. Gudi Padwa is celebrated under different names in various states like 'Ugadi' in Andhra Pradesh, 'Yugadi' in Karnataka and 'Bihu' in Assam. Read more...

Source: https://www.incredibleindia.org/content/incredible-india-v2/en/events/gudi-padwa.html

Mewar Festival (March 27-29, 2020) Celebrated with gusto and pomp to mark the advent of spring, the Mewar Festival is one of the most important events in the cultural calendar of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Preparations for this three-day celebration begins months in advance and on days leading up to the day, tourists, performing artistes from various parts of the state, and the country. Read more...

Source: https://www.incredibleindia.org/content/incredible-india-v2/en/events/mewar-festival.html

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India News Section 1. Researchers Isolate COVID-19 Virus, Edge Closer to Finding Cure A team of Canadian researchers, including an Indian scientist, has isolated the virus behind the global COVID-19 pandemic. The isolation of the virus by researchers from Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital, the University of Toronto, and McMaster University in Waterloo has effectively raised hopes of finding a cure for COVID-19. Read more… (IANS , The Weather Channel, Friday, 13th March 2020, 8:37 am)

2. Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY: Empowering millions of Indian women with access to essential healthcare PM-JAY, the world’s largest health assurance scheme aims to provide good quality, affordable healthcare to the poor, needy and disadvantaged sections of the society. This scheme has a strong potential to empower the poor and vulnerable women in India. Ayushman Bharat is Swasthya ke liye Vardaan- specially for women. There are many features of the PM-JAY scheme that have helped women. Families with no adult male members, is one of the deprivation criteria for identifying target beneficiaries. This will help large number of women. In this scheme, there is no cap on the size of families, and hence the women in large male dominated families will not be deprived of their benefits (which was happening in earlier cap-based schemes). Read more… (Dr. Indu Bhushan , Businessworld, Sunday, 15th March 2020, 10:53 am)

3. India’s changing women’s healthcare India’s drive to provide universal, affordable and equitable health care reflects the commitment articulated in our national health policy and sustainable development goals. Our aim is to increase equitable access to health care for women and men. In the area of maternal and reproductive health, we have seen significant advances. We have seen significant declines in maternal mortality and improved gender disparities in infant and child mortality reductions. Read more… (Preeti Sudan, Vandana Gurnani and Dr Rajani Ved , Khmer Times, Monday, 16th March 2020, 10:36 am)

4. WHO praises India for efforts against novel coronavirus The World Health Organization (WHO) has praised India for its efforts to fight against the novel coronavirus, which has killed and infected thousands in more than 100 countries across the world. India, which has reported 125 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and three deaths, has intensified efforts to halt the spread of the disease by banning gatherings, shutting down schools, colleges, gyms, nightclubs and weekly markets. Read more… (HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 10:22 am)

5. Women entrepreneurship: India, Germany trains over 100 women to set-up, grow business in these states The government programme — Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women — launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Germany’s development agency GIZ owned by the country’s government has so far trained and incubated 147 aspiring and existing women entrepreneurs so far in launching and growing their businesses. The programme is currently implemented in five states. Read more… (FE Online , Financial Express, Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 10:30 am)

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COVID-19 - Travel Advisories and Updates (Click on the headline to see the information...)

1. Additional Advisory- Press Information Bureau (March 19, 2020) 2. Advisory for Indian Students in Canada (March 18, 2020) 3. Latest FAQ on new visa restrictions -COVID -19 as on 18 March 2020. 4. Precautions to prevent COVID-19 infection 5. Additional Travel Advisory for Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID - 19) - March 17, 2020 6. Press Release- Discontinuation of walk-in consular services, including passport, at Consulate (March 16, 2020) 7. Additional Travel Advisory for Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - March 16, 2020 8. Important press release - No walk-in Consular services due to COVID-2019

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India – A tourism destination

The verdant Ananthagiri Hills is located approximately 90 km away from the city of Hyderabad. A great weekend getaway from the city, it boasts a fantastic terrain for hikes and treks.


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Consulate Weekly Vol 04 Issue 12  

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