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CONTENTS Message by Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs of India H.E. Mrs. Sushma Swaraj ................................3 Introduction by High Commissioner of India ..........................4 Indian Flagship Schemes Ayushman Bharat ......................................................................6 Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna .........................................8 Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojna.................................................10 UDAAN...............................................................................................12 States in Focus The Land of the Rising Sun - Arunachal Pradesh............ 14 The Pearl of the East - Goa...................................................... 18 The Land of Gods - Himachal Pradesh................ ............... 22 The Land of History & Culture - Telangana........................ 26 India in Fiji Namaste Pacifika - The Festival of India.............................. 30 India in Fiji - Bilateral Update................................................... 32 International Solar Alliance......................................................... 36 India: A Committed Development Partner............................. 37 Hindi in Fiji....................................................................................... 42 Diaspora In Fiji................................................................................43 BAPU@150.....................................................................................44 Cultural Calendar...........................................................................47 India in News..................................................................................49 Indian Public Sector Undertakings in Fiji ...............................50 Team India in Fiji........................................................................... 52

TRANSCEND TEAM Editor-in-Chief: H.E. Mr. Vishvas Sapkal, High Commissioner Executive Editor: Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Attaché (Political & Publicity) Coordination (for Hindi and iTaukei Versions): Mr. Anil Sharma, Second Secretary (Hindi and Community Affairs) Content Contribution: Entire Team of High Commission of India, Suva Art, Design, Logistics: Ms. Sonia Khan, Asstt Programme Officer, Ms. Sereima Drotini, Assistant Publicity Officer Special Thanks to: India Tourism Singapore

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INTRODUCTION BY HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA

I am happy to present this third edition of Transcend to our valued readers as we begin the New Year with renewed enthusiasm to work towards further strengthening our long-term partnerships with Fiji and the six other Pacific Island Countries (PICs) – Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu which fall under the jurisdiction of this High Commission. If I say that 2018 was a historical year for both India and Fiji, it would be an understatement. The milestones achieved by us during the year at national and international levels made 2018 a truly memorable year. Fiji shined as a vibrant democracy after successfully holding General Election in November 2018 – the biggest peace-time exercise any country undertakes. The Government of India extended all possible cooperation to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO). India, once again, co-led the Multinational Observers Group (MOG) for Fijian Election 2018 alongside Australia and Indonesia. I take this opportunity to congratulate Honourable PM Bainimarama for his election victory, and to felicitate the Government of the Republic of Fiji on successful completion of the Election. I also congratulate all the newlyelected Honourable Members of Parliament as they embark upon a new term.

Pacific Island Leaders with Hon. Prime Minister of India 19-21 August 2015.

in March 2015 also India gave a grant of US$ 250,000 to Vanuatu as humanitarian assistance.

After a remarkable COP23 Presidency in 2017, Fiji also came out victorious in another election in 2018 at the international stage. Fiji proudly became the first Pacific Island Nation to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). India not only felicitates Fiji on this tremendous achievement but also assures its full cooperation for a successful term at the Council, which India also entered along with Fiji in October 2018. In terms of our fight against Climate Change and our efforts to promote renewable sources of energy, the year shall be remembered for the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) taking place in New Delhi on 11 March 2018. All the six eligible Pacific Island Countries (PICs) of this High Commission’s jurisdiction - Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu - have become the Founding Members of this joint initiative of India and France. We are hopeful of undertaking several joint projects to harness solar energy under ISA umbrella. President of Nauru, Prime Minister of Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu along with Ministerial delegations of Tonga and Kiribati participated in Founding Conference. The year also saw a number of other high-level exchanges through regular interactions at various forums, including several Ministerial visits and a number

of senior-official level exchanges. Government of India’s campaign “Unprecedented Outreach, Unparalleled Outcomes’, spearheaded by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Hon. Minister of External Affairs, facilitated successful Ministerial visits to Fiji, Nauru, Tuvalu and Tonga. As a committed development partner for our friends in the Pacific, India opened new avenues of development cooperation with emphasis on humanitarian assistance & disaster relief, knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and support for projects of national importance. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief remained the key area of cooperation as we saw natural calamities and harsh weather causing large-scale damage to economies and immeasurable harm to the communities affected by these unfortunate events. In March 2018, Kingdom of Tonga was hit by Tropical Cyclone Gita. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi immediately announced an assistance of US$ 1mn of which, US$ 500,000 was released as immediate relief assistance and the balance amount is for funding projects through the United Nations. Similarly, Government of India provided US$ 200,000 to the Government of Vanuatu to assist with the Vanuatu Government’s efforts for relocation and rehabilitation of the populations from Ambae Islands. Following Cyclone Pam

India continued its support to Fiji’s SME sector through the US$5mn grant assistance which was announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India His Excellency Mr. Narendra Modi during his historic visit to Fiji in November 2014. Almost entire Grant Assistance has been disbursed benefiting thousands of small businesses in Fiji. Under the newly established, ‘India-UN Development Partnership Fund’, India’s project ‘Climate Early Warning Systems in Seven Pacific Countries’ which was announced in September 2017 has taken off during the year. The Cook Islands, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Nauru, the Solomon Islands and the Kingdom of Tonga are the beneficiaries of this project. Seventeen Hydrologists from these countries have undergone hydrological training in India in July 2018. UNDP and India also organized a Workshop for journalists for climate reporting in Nadi in November 2018. Other projects of the Fund are being undertaken in Papua New Guinea, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. In Nauru, India is working on a project on Establishment of ‘Waste to Compost’ Facility at an estimated cost of US$ 1 million. Two projects in Fiji and Kiribati are also supported from the India Brazil South Africa Fund (IBSA) for Poverty Alleviation. Being fully aware of the fact that adapting to Climate Change is an expensive affair, India provided US$ 1.1 million to Kiribati for solar lighting of the South Tarawa district last year. This year, India provided US$ 200,000 to Government of Vanuatu for procurement of

LED bulbs and energy efficient equipment. Protection of vulnerable communities from sea-level rise is also one of the important focus areas for us. Therefore, India funded construction of Seawall at the Anetan District of Nauru which was completed last year and inaugurated in January 2018. The Seawall will protect the communities in this district from adverse effects of sea-level rise and coastal erosion. India is keen to support similar projects elsewhere as well. Under the continued development partnership assistance, Government of India has provided 22 Mahindra SUV vehicles worth US$ 613,000 to the Government of the Republic of Nauru during the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Summit held in Nauru in September 2018. Similarly, the Government of India has announced a grant of US$1.9mn to the Government of Tuvalu for assisting in the hosting of the 50th PIF Summit in Tuvalu. This funding will be utilized for construction of Tuvalu Convention Centre which will be used for hosting of this important regional Summit in August 2019. Cultural exchanges and enhanced people-to-people contacts remained the focus of our activities this year too. ‘Namaste Pacifika: Festival of India’, a 6-month long series of cultural events, exhibitions, seminars etc which saw Government of India mobilizing around 125 artistes from all over India to present about 55 cultural events in all the seven countries of this High Commission’s jurisdiction, reached its culmination in March 2018. The Mega Festival showcased some of the most iconic facets of Indian art, culture and heritage to the farthest corners of the Pacific and spread the fragrance of peace and harmony as the intrinsic message in all those events.

Freedom for India came after a long and arduous struggle on the basis of Gandhian values. In 2018, we started year-long celebrations commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The highlight of these celebrations included rendition of Vaishnav Jan, Gandhiji’s favourite devotional song by local artistes from Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Vanuatu. The presentation from Nauru was especially memorable as President of Republic of Nauru His Excellency Mr. Baron Divavesi Waqa himself sang the hymn as a special tribute to Gandhiji and as a personal gift to Hon.’ble Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, alongwith Nauruan High Commissioner to Fiji H.E. Ms. Kim Aroi. Like last year, we are showcasing four gems from the States of India: Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa and Telangana. I am sure the impressive presentations on each State shall inspire you to visit them in the New Year and beyond. As I complete my tenure in Fiji, I also take this opportunity to bid farewell and convey my heartiest greetings to all readers. It has been a wonderful experience representing India in Fiji and in six other Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). The love, warmth and support received from the leadership and people of these countries will always remain with me! Thank you, Vinaka Vaka Levu,

(Vishvas Sapkal) High Commissioner of India to Fiji, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu & Vanuatu


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Ayushman Bharat or “Healthy India” is a national initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the part of National Health Policy 2017, in order to achieve the vision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This initiative has been designed on the lines as to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and its underlining commitment, which is “leave no one behind”. Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection scheme, which will cover over 100 Million poor and vulnerable families (approximately 500 Million beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh (USD 6986.00) rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes – Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme. Ayushman Bharat is an attempt to move from sectoral and segmented approach of health service delivery to a comprehensive need-based health care service. Ayushman Bharat aims to undertake path breaking interventions to holistically address health (covering prevention, promotion and ambulatory care), at primary, secondary and tertiary level. Ayushman Bharat adopts a continuum of care approach, comprising of two inter-related components, which are 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTRES The first component, pertains to

This initiative has been designed on the lines as to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and its underlining commitment, which is “leave no one behind

creation of 1,50,000 Health and Wellness Centres which will bring health care closer to the homes of the people. These centres will provide Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC), covering both maternal and child health services and non-communicable diseases, including free essential drugs and diagnostic services. 2.

AYUSHMAN BHARAT YOJANA

PRADHAN MANTRI JAN AROGYA YOJANA (PM-JAY) –PM-JAY is one significant step towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goal - 3 (SDG3). It aims to provide health protection cover to poor and vulnerable families against financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) will provide financial protection (Swasthya Suraksha) to 107.4 Million poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational categories of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data (approx. 500 Million beneficiaries). It will have offer a benefit cover of Rs. 500,000 (USD 6986) per family per year (on a family floater basis). PM-JAY will cover medical and hospitalization expenses for almost all secondary care and most of tertiary care procedures. PM-JAY has defined 1,350 medical packages covering surgery, medical and day care treatments including medicines, diagnostics and

transport. Under the PMJAY as of 22nd January 2019, 13,803 Hospitals have been Empanelled, 9,13,638 beneficiaries have been admitted and 80,29,726 E-cards have been issued. To ensure that nobody is left out (especially girl child, women, children and elderly), there will be no cap on family size and age in the Mission. The scheme will be cashless & paperless at public hospitals and empaneled private hospitals. The beneficiaries will not be required to pay any charges for the hospitalization expenses. The benefit also includes pre and post-hospitalization expenses. The scheme is an entitlement based, the beneficiary is decided on the basis of family being figured in SECC database. When fully implemented, the PM-JAY will become the world’s largest government funded health protection mission. BENEFITS OF PM-JAY BENEFICIARY LEVEL • Government provides health insurance cover of up to Rs. 5,00,000 (USD 6986) per family per year. • More than 107.4 Million poor and vulnerable families (approximately 500 Million beneficiaries) covered across the country. • All families listed in the SECC database as per defined criteria will be covered. No cap on family size and age of members. • Priority to girl child, women and and senior citizens. • Free treatment available at all public and empaneled private hospitals in

times of need. Covers secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. 1,350 medical packages covering surgery, medical and day care treatments, cost of medicines and diagnostics. All pre-existing diseases covered. Hospitals cannot deny treatment. Cashless and paperless access to quality health care services. Hospitals will not be allowed to charge any additional money from beneficiaries for the treatment. Eligible beneificiares can avail services across India, offering benefit of national portability. Can reach out for information, assistance, complaints and grievances to a 24X7 helpline number - 14555

HEALTH SYSTEM • Help India progressively achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). • Ensure improved access and affordability, of quality secondary and tertiary care services through a combination of public hospitals and well measured strategic purchasing of services in health care deficit areas, from private care providers, especially the not-for profit providers. • Significantly reduce out of pocket expenditure for hospitalization. Mitigate financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes and consequent impoverishment for poor and vulnerable families. • Acting as a steward, align the growth

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of private sector with public health goals. Enhanced used to of evidencebased health care and cost control for improved health outcomes. Strengthen public health care systems through infusion of insurance revenues. Enable creation of new health infrastructure in rural, remote and under-served areas. Increase health expenditure by Government as a percentage of GDP. Enhanced patient satisfaction. Improved health outcomes. Improvement in population-level productivity and efficiency Improved quality of life for the population.


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PRADHAN MANTRI GRAM SADAK YOJANA (PMGSY)

The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) by Ministry of Rural Development, was launched by the Govt. of India to provide connectivity to unconnected Habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy. Government of India is endeavoring to set high and uniform technical and management standards and facilitating policy development and planning at State level in order to ensure sustainable management of the rural roads network. This Centrally Sponsored Scheme was introduced in 2000 by the then-Prime Minister of India Atal Behari Vajpayee. Under a survey by the State Governments have identified Core Network as part of the PMGSY programme, about 1.67 lakh (1670 hundred) Unconnected Habitations are eligible for coverage under the programme. This involves construction of about 3710 hundred km. of roads for New Connectivity and 3.68 lakh (3680 hundred) km under upgradation. The aim was to provide roads to all villages •

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With a population of 500 persons and above by 2007 In hill states, tribal and desert area villages with a population of 500 persons and above by 2003 In hill states, tribal and desert area villages with a population of 250 persons and above by 2007.

The primary objective of the PMGSY is to provide Connectivity, by way of an All weather Road (with necessary culverts and cross drainage structures, which is operable throughout the year), to the eligible unconnected Habitations in the rural areas with a population of 500 persons and above in Plain areas. In respect of the Hill States (North East, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand), the Desert Areas (as identified in the Desert Development Programme), the Tribal areas and Selected Tribal and Backward Districts the objective would be to connect eligible unconnected Habitations with a population of 250 persons and above. Grameen Sadak Yojana enhances movement between villages and towns. Thus increases the pace of rural development as follows:

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Latest Facts and Figures Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana Layerwise Length - In progress Road (Statewise) - Note: Road Length in Kms & Bridge Length in Meters.

New business opportunities will emerge due to better transport. Transportation cost of agricultural goods will get reduce. This has increased connectivity to schools and hospitals. This has provided employment to poor and unemployed people. This will increase penetration of government assistance in inaccessible areas too. This will enhance the better implementation of government schemes.

Farmers now find it easier to take their produce to market in time, school enrollment is on the rise, and families’ access to health care has improved. The Rural Roads Project has also brought about a paradigm shift in the way rural roads are mapped, designed, monitored, and built. “The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has improved mobility and increased access to economic opportunities, triggering a structural transformation in rural India, a World Bank draft report says.”

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The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has improved mobility and increased access to economic opportunities, triggering a structural transformation in rural India, a World Bank draft report says.

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PRADHAN MANTRI JAN DHAN YOJANA (PMJDY)

Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana statistics as on 26 December 2018 (All figures in Million)

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government sponsored programmes, lending to the poorest of the poor, lending to the minority communities, lending to priority sectors, etc. It will enable the Government to provide social development benefits and subsidies directly to the beneficiary bank accounts, thereby drastically reducing leakages and pilferages in social welfare schemes.

Narendra Modi distributing the first five Account Opening Kit to beneficiaries of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) 2019, in New Delhi. The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence.

PMJDY is a nationwide scheme launched by the Government of India to ensure financial inclusion of every individual who does not have a bank account in India. This scheme aims at providing access to financial services, namely, Banking / Savings & Deposit Accounts, Remittance, Credit, Insurance, and Pension in an affordable manner to all. The Prime Minister of India had announced this scheme on his first Independence Day speech on 15 August 2014 and around 4 crore (400 Million) bank accounts have been opened under this scheme till September 2014. Under this scheme 1.5 Crore (15 million) bank accounts were opened on inauguration day itself. Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the biggest financial inclusion initiative in the world. This scheme is to empower citizens financially was highly needed so that everyone can reap the benefits of growth and development. WHO OFFERS THIS SCHEME: An individual can consider opening an account under this scheme with any bank branch or Business Correspondent (Bank Mitr) outlet. Further, accounts opened under PMJDY can be opened with Zero balance. However, if the account-holder wishes to get a cheque book, he/she will have to fulfill minimum balance criteria. The account holders under this scheme will be given a RuPay debit card which

can be used across all ATMs for cash withdrawal. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE PMJDY SCHEME: • The account holders under this scheme will get an accidental insurance cover of US $1397 and a life cover of US $420 – payment on the death of the beneficiary (subject to conditions). • The account holders under this scheme can avail an overdraft facility upto Rs 5,000 (US$70). This is available against one account per household. The quantum of the loan may look small but definitely is a boon to those below the poverty line and would enable them to reinvest this in more profitable avenues. • Enabling carrying out transactions through a mobile phone facilitates such account holders in checking of balance and also transferring funds with ease across India. • Account-holders can get easy access to pension and other insurance products with the PMJDY scheme • The scheme allows Direct Benefit Transfer for beneficiaries of Government Schemes. • They are not mandated to have a minimum balance in the account • The account holders would be eligible for interest on their deposits.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan yojana scheme has planned on revulutionising the traditional banking system in India by providing the banking opportunity and insurance coverage to all including the poor. It is an initiative taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who started this ambitious project to help the poor become more financially cofident through his venture and allowing every citizen the right to have their own bank account and isurance coverage which was previousy impossible for most of the population under poverty. The purpose of this scheme will definitely benefit the overall economy of the country and the scheme provides some lucrative benefits which should certainly be made available and considered. FINANCIAL INCLUSION: Is delivery of banking services at an affordable cost to the vast sections of disadvantaged and low income groups - rural customer. The Financial Inclusion Plan aims at providing easy access to financial services to those sections of the society who are deprived of it so far at affordable cost thereby bringing them into the mainstream financial sector. Implementation of Financial Inclusion is not a new concept for Bank. Financial Inclusion activities are being implemented by Bank since inception through various

Further, expanding the reach of financial services to those individuals who do not currently have access would be an objective that is fully consistent with the people-centric definition of inclusive growth which attempts to bridge the various divides in an economy and society, between the rich and the poor, between the rural and urban populace, and between one region and another. Thus, financial inclusion could be an instrument to provide monetary fuel for economic growth and is critical for achieving inclusive growth.

PMJDY IN GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS

Guinness Book of World Records - also recognised the achievements made under PMJDY. It gave the certificate stating that the “Most bank accounts opened in one week as part of the Financial Inclusion Campaign is 18,096,130 and was achieved by the Department of Financial Services, Government of India from 23rd to 29th August, 2014.”

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“UDE DESH KA AAM NAAGRIK” REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY SCHEME (UDAN-RCS) Let the common citizen of the country fly

contribute a 20% share to this fund. A Regional Connectivity Fund would be created to meet the viability gap funding (VGF). It will be used to bridge the gap between the cost of airline operations and expected revenue. All such route proposals would then be offered for competitive bidding through a reverse bidding mechanism. The successful bidder would then have exclusive rights to operate the route for a period of three years. Such support would be withdrawn after a three year period, as by that time, the route is expected to become selfsustainable. THE SCHEME HAS TWO COMPONENTS:

UDAN-RCS, UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) is a regional airport development and “Regional Connectivity Scheme” (RCS) of Government of India, with the objective of “letting the common citizen of the country fly”, aimed at making air travel affordable and widespread, to boost inclusive national economic development, job growth and air transport infrastrurture development of all regions and states of India. At the beginning of the scheme, out of total 486 airports, 406 were participating unserved airports, 27 wellserved airports out of 62 non-RCS airportsand 12 operational out of 18 participating underserved regional operational airports (Nov 2016) with regular fixed-wing scheduled flights. Scheme will add to this number by expediting the development and operationalisation of India’s potential-target of nearly 425 unserved, underserved and mostly underdeveloped regional airports with regular scheduled flights. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the scheme on 27 April 2017 by flagging off the inaugural regional flights between Delhi and Shimla, and also between Kadapa-HyderabadNanded.

The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the Prime Narendra Modi’s National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released by the Ministry of Aviation (India) on 15 June 2016. The scheme is a jointly funded by the central government and state governments. UDAN RCS will connect unspecified number of new regional routes, by operationalising 100 regional airports by the end of 2018-2019 financial year, with a target of USD1.3 million annual passenger seats, requiring annual RS. 200 crore (USD 279.5 Million) Viability Gap Funding (VGF). The frequency of flights must be minimum 3 and maximum 7 per week from the same airport. It is an innovative scheme to develop the regional aviation market. It has a unique market-based model to develop regional connectivity. The mechanism in this is that the airlines will bid for seat subsidies. This scheme will create affordable yet economically viable and profitable flights on regional routes so that flying becomes affordable to the common man even in small towns. It will be provided to airlines to fund their losses to enable them to offer airfares at Rs. 2,500 (USD 35) for an hour’s flight on half the seats under the Regional Connectivity Scheme. The partner State Governments would

FIRST COMPONENT Is to develop new and enhance the existing regional airports to increase the number of operational airports for the scheduled civilian flights from 70 (in May 2016, total 98 operational including army airports) to at least 150 airports (by December 2018) with regular scheduled flights. Initially more than 100 underserved (no more than 7 scheduled flights per week) and unserved regional airports will be developed by December 2018, for which the initial funding of Rs.45,000 million (US$630 million) for the enhancement of 50 regional airports was approved in May 2017. Out of total 70 airports included in round-I, 43 are regional airports to be newly operationalised, RCS-Udan operations have commenced from 13 regional airports and additional 12 regional airports are ready to receive flights. SECOND COMPONENT Is to add several hundred financiallyviable capped-airfare new regional flight routes to connect more than 100 underserved and unserved airports in smaller towns with each other as well as with well served airports in bigger cities by using “Viability Gap Funding” (VGF) where needed. Initially, three separate rounds of bidding for the award of routes will be concluded by the end of 2018. Union government share of “Viability Gap Funding” is from the cess applied

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to flights to popular routes to main cities and respective state governments have also offered additional benefits to the flight operators to make UDAN-RCS viable. The scheme will ensure affordability, connectivity, growth and development. It would provide a win situation for all stakeholders – citizens would get the benefit of affordability, connectivity and more jobs. Seventeen months since its launch, over 4500 people have flown on the government’s subsidised UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme where fares are capped at USD 35 per hour of flying. According to the AAI data for the 17 months (April 27, 2017, to September 23, 2018) of UDAN, a total of 15,723 flights were operated by seven airlines on about 60 routes. A total of 7500 passengers flew on these flights, of which almost 4600 took the subsidised fares with the remaining taking higher non-subsidised fares.


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Dibang and the Lohit in the plains of Assam.

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Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh.

When the sun first strikes India, it shines upon Arunachal, the name means “land of rising sun”. Arunachal Pradesh, situated in the north eastern part of India is nearly 84,000 sq km in area and has a long international border with Bhutan to the west (160km), China to the north and north-east (1,080 km) and Myanmar to the east (440km). It stretches from snow-capped mountains in the north to the plains of Brahmaputra valley in the south. Arunachal is the largest state area wise in the northeastern region. Siang, called Tsangpo in Tibet, which becomes Brahmaputra after it is joined by the Dibang and the Lohit in the plains of Assam. ITANAGAR - STATE CAPITAL The Capital of the State is Itanagar in Papumpare district. Itanagar is named after Ita fort meaning fort of bricks, built in the 14th century AD. ITANAGAR, located at an altitude of 530 meters above sea level between 93 east longitude and 27 north latitude. It was built more than three decades ago. The population of Arunachal is 13,82,611 according to 2011 census and is scattered over 26 towns and 3863 villages. Most of the tribes inhabiting the land are ethnically

similar; having derived from original common stock but their geographical isolation from each other has brought amongst them certain distinctive characteristics in language, dress and customs. ECONOMY The economy of Itanagar is basically agrarian in nature and a large section of the population depends on agriculture. Apart from agriculture, some of the other factors that contribute to the economy of the region include handloom and handicraft, weaving and tourism. The handloom and handicraft industry also contributes to a good amount of revenue to the economy of the state. The handloom and handicraft industry is one of the major small scale industries in Itanagar. The handicraft industry consists of products made of bamboo and cane. Weaving, carpet making, ornament making, wood carving, carpentry, pottery also comprise of the handicraft industry in Itanagar. Arunachal Pradesh is situated between 26o28’ and 29o30’ North latitudes and 97o30’ and 97o30’ East Longitudes covering an area of 83743 sq. km. Bio-geographically it is situated fin

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the Eastern Himalayan province, the richest bio geographical province of the Himalayan zone. The entire territory forms a complex hill system with varying elevations ranging from 50m in the foot-hills and gradually ascending to about 7000m, traversed throughout by a number of rivers and rivulets. Rainfall varies from 1000mm in higher reaches to 5750mm in the foot-hill areas, spread over 8-9 months excepting the drier days in winter. This diversity of topographical and climatic conditions has favoured the growth of luxuriant forests which are home to myriad plant and animal forms adding beauty to the landscape. Living in this incredible cradle of nature are the colourful and vibrant tribes of Arunachal Pradesh for whom the forests and the wildlife are of special significance. With staples like rice, fish, bamboo shoots, meat, and green vegetables, Arunachal Pradesh is another extension of India’s gastronomical legacy. The richness of flavours of the state is now widely visible and has made people from across the globe to drop down to explore the delicacies that use a lot of herbs, shrubs and of course the signature bamboo shoots. EXPLORING ARUNACHAL Exploring Arunachal’s magnificent

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landscape and coastline tops the list for many. If adventure is your game, there’s a long list of thrilling activities to get your blood racing. Or if it’s a relaxing holiday you’re after, hot pools, vineyards and cultural attractions will keep you entertained. It is a land of lush green forests, deep river valleys and beautiful plateaus. The land is mostly mountainous with Himalayan ranges along the northern borders criss-crossed with mountain ranges running north-south. These divide the state into five river valleys: the Kameng, the Subansiri, the Siang, the Lohit and the Tirap. All these rivers are fed by snows from the Himalayas and countless rivers and rivulets except Tirap which is fed by Patkai Range. The mightiest of these rivers is Siang, called Tsangpo in Tibet, which becomes Brahmaputra after it is joined by the

Arunachal Pradesh cuisines.

PEOPLE The population of Arunachal is scattered over 16 districts and 3649 villages. The state is inhabited by the world’s largest variety of ethnic tribal groups and subgroups numbering over a hundred and each tribe speaking their own language and dialect. Their diverse and unique rich culture and traditional heritage constitute arts and crafts, fares and festivals, social structure, folklores in the form of songs and dances that still remain fresh and well-preserved in this state. To maintain their livelihood people in rural areas chiefly practice diverse trade and profession including Jhum and Wet rice cultivation, horticulture, fish farming, carpet making, wood carving, breeding of Mithun, Yak, Sheep and other livestock. The people in urban places comprise of educated and semi educated Arunachalees, most of them in government employment, social workers, contractors, town dwellers and traders. The blend of diverse culture and religion give ample scope for the people of Arunachal Pradesh to flourish in many respect. BIO DIVERSITY Nature has been exceedingly kind and has endowed this beautiful State of Arunachal Pradesh with diverse forests and magnificent wildlife. The richness of life forms i.e. the flora & fauna that occur in these forests presents a panorama of biological diversity with over 5000 plants, about 85 terrestrial mammals, over 500 birds and a large number of butterflies, insects and reptiles. Such an unparalleled occurrence of life forms can be attributed to the peculiar location of the State which is at the junction of the Paleoarctic, Indo-Chinese, and Indo-


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The vegetation of Arunachal Pradesh falls under four broad climatic categories and can be classified in five broad forest types with a sixth type of secondary forests. These are tropical forests, subtropical forests, pine forests, temperate forests and alpine forests. In the

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As you move toward the town of Tawang and places closer to the country of Tibet you’ll notice that dairy products are more in use. The people closer to the city are more dependent on the normal day to day products.

38.73% The GSDP increased at a Compound Annual Growth 11.75% Rate (CAGR) of 14.06 per cent between 2011-12 and 2017-18. 17.19%

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DROOL-WORTHY DISHES OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH The first thing you should know about Arunachal Pradesh food is that it differs from tribe to tribe. As you move towards the eastern side of Arunachal, people are dependent on bamboo and other leafy vegetables which are strictly boiled. Fried food is not very popular as people like to

eat either boiled or smoked food.

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Economic Snapshot GSVAAdvantages composition by sector

2017-18 International Trade Opportunities • The state’s location provides opportunities for Tertiary international trade with South Asian countries such as Myanmar, Bhutan and China.

Note: *up to June 2018, ** - Including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Source: Directorate of Economics & Statistics of Arunachal Pradesh, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, DIPP - Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion

Key Government Policies and Objectives Advantages Public Private Partnership Policy 2011

High Economic Growth • State Industrial Policy 2008 • The GSDP increased at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.06 per cent between 2011-12 and • Hydro Power 2017-18. Policy 2008 North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) 2007

Small Hydro Power 2007 Policy and(SHP) FiscalPolicy Incentives

Leverage State and Central Government funds to support private investment. Huge Hydropower Potential • The hilly & abundant rivers make the state a Facilitate and promote growth ofterrain the industry, employment and investment potential powerhouse of the Northeast. in the state. • The Department of Hydropower Development, Harness hydropower potential of the state and accelerate hydropower Arunachal Pradesh, is wholly entrusted with the development design, construction, operation and maintenance of hydropower projects in the state Promote the Northeast as an attractive investment region and promoting growth in the region. Facilitate and promote growth of small plants International Tradehydropower Opportunities

The state and central governments offer huge fiscal & policy incentives for the development of important sectors.

Key Sectors

The state’s location provides opportunities for international trade with South Asian countries such as Myanmar, Bhutan and China.

Tourism Textiles and Handicrafts Agriculture and Forest Based Industries Key Government Policies and Objectives In 2017-18 (as per First Advance Estimates), total horticulture production Public Private Partnership Policy 2011 reached 210.15 thousand metric tonnes Fruits and vegetables production stood at 125.3 thousand tonnes and 14.57 thousand State Industrial Policy 2008 tonnes, respectively, during the same time Hydro Power Policy 2008

Mineral Based Industries

Major sports of interest to The state boasts of an Arunachal Pradesh has travellers travelling• to Leverage State enriching array of unique andfunds toconsiderable mineral and Central Government support private investment. Arunachal Pradesh include appealing handloom designs reserves. During 2017-18 (up angling, boating, rafting, from each of its tribes. to February 2018), the total trekking and hiking.• Tourist Facilitate and promote growth ofinthe investment Raw silk production theindustry, employment production and of crude arrivals in the state reached petroleum in the state stood at in the state. state reached 54 metric tonnes 451,152 in 2017 with 444,005 (MT) in 2017-18 and 12 MT 45 thousand tonnes domestic visitors and in FY18 (up to Mayof2018). • 7,147 Harness hydropower potential the state and accelerate hydropower foreign visitors. development

North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) 2007

Promote the Northeast as an attractive investment region and promoting growth in the region.

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To the Portuguese conquerors it was ‘Golden Goa’, the El Dorado, the ‘Rome of the East’. Such was its beauty and grandeur, that a traveller was moved to remark: ‘Whoever has seen Goa, need not visit Lisboa’-Lisbon, which was then the grand epicenter of the Portuguese dominions.

Benaulim Beach- Goa.

“GOLDEN GOA” Goa Dourada (Golden Goa), Perola do Oriente (Pearl of the East), Roma do Oriente, (Rome of the East) so as Goa been described over the last 500 years by conquerors, travellers, poets and evangelists. The Gods of the Hindu pantheon and the ancient sages had known Goa for three millennia before the dawn of the Christian era as the heart of Aparanta, a mythical province. Aparanta was what the name says in Sanskrit, a place ‘beyond the end’, exotic and beautiful, where time stands still. With a 105km coastline embracing many of the finest beaches, India can offer a wealth

of accommodation from international luxury resorts to budget beach-side guest house, a cultural background (and mouth-watering local cuisine) that draws on an enchanting fusion of Indian and Portuguese traditions, and a warm, relaxed and generous welcome, Goa has got all it takes to entice and enthrall the holiday-maker. PEOPLE OF GOA Goa is a melting pot of different cultures and it reflects in its diverse population representing Hindus (65%), Christians (30%) and other faiths mingling with

FACTFILE • Capital: Panaji • Geographical Area (sq km): 3,702 • State Language: Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese, Hindi and English • Literacy Rate: 88.7% • Key Industries: Tourism, food processing, IT & ITeS, mining, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and fishing • Exports of iron ore reached 17.64 million tonnes between September 2015 and November 2017. • In the first half of 2018, 3.16 million tourists have visited the state. • Fish production in the state reached 117.9 thousand tonnes in 2016-17.

each other and living in harmony. The Hindu community is dominant in the talukas (districts) of Ponda, Bicholim, Pernem, Satari, Sanguem, Quepem and Canacona. These areas actually form part of the Novas Conquistas, or the New Conquests, made by the Portuguese in the last stage of the expansion of their Goan empire in the eighteenth century. MAJOR BUSINESS INDUSTRIES AGRICULTURE Agriculture is one of the important economic activities in Goa. The total agricultural area is approximately 1400 sq km from which 1200 sq km is owned by the Government and remaining 200 sq km is owned privately. Rice and coconut are the staple produce of Goa. Paddy is cultivated during the monsoon from the months of June to September. MINING Mining in Goa started before 1961 when Goa was under the rule of Portuguese. The Japanese mineral prospectors had surveyed Goa and found iron ore, manganese and bauxite in the hilly region of the western ghats. The colonial government had granted 336 mining leases. Although Goa got its liberation from the colonial government on 19 December 1961. TOURISM Down the corridors of time Goa has been different things to different people.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED Although the smallest of all India’s many states, Goa is rich in attractions and history, a sublime combination of nature and terrain, climate and geography. Visitors prefer to travel to Goa by train from Mumbai, most fly in, allowing them a bird’s eye view of the forested Western Ghats, followed by contoured terraces, verdant paddy fields, white-washed churches, deeply shaded groves of coconut palms and finally the Arabian Sea, fringed with an idyllic necklace of enticing beaches. BEACHES GALORE Goa’s beaches are its crowning glory. In reality the coastline is one long, palmfringed delight – the powdery sands – usually silver, occasionally dusted golden – only interrupted from time to time by inlets, estuaries or headlands. The most popular stretch of beaches in North Goa is the triumvirate of Sinquerim (Aguada beach) Calangute and Baga forming a graceful arc extending for 7km. The road that snakes behind the beaches contains hundreds of hotels, restaurants, shops selling souvenirs and travel agencies, making the stretch the best developed infrastructurally. North of this side is Anjuna, guarded on either side of its length by a rocky promontory. Further north are the much quieter beaches of Vagator and Chapora. THE FISH, THE FOOD, THE FEASTING Among the many mantles that Goa dons, one of the most distinctive is that of a gourmet’s paradise. The coastline is a rich trove of seafood. Delectable prawns,

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oysters, lobster, crabs, squid, mussels, pomfret – the specialities abound. Each imbued with the inimitable flavours of Goan cooking – the inspired use of spices, the snap of chillies, and a truly formidable variety of curries. These flavours lend themselves to the exotic meat and chicken dishes of the land. The tingling vindaloo, the cutting sorpotel, the unique chicken cafrial and xacuti, and the succulent Goan sausages. For vegetarians, there is the delicious Konkani cuisine, as well as a multitude of South Indian restaurant that dot the towns of Goa. SHOPPING All beach towns have several shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts from all over the country. Goa’s varied handicrafts include decorative items made from seashells, palm leaves and earthenware pottery. Goa Handicraft Rural and the Small-Scale Industries Development Corporation help in the marketing of the local produce through their emporia. Goa has hundreds of shops selling everything from leather garments to Tibetan jewellery, from gems to fur coats. Supermarkets sell packets of readymade babinca, as well as pouches of ready to use powdered masalas for reichado, xacuti and cafrial. WILDLIFE SANTUARIES Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary: Situated along the northest border of Goa at Molem, the sanctuary is only 60 km from Panaji – along the Panaji-Belgaum National Highway. Rich in wildlife and birds, it is the biggest in Goa and covers 240 km of thick forest on the slopes of the Western Ghats and the Valleys. BONDLA FOREST: One of the three major wildlife sanctuaries of Goa, it is 38km from Margao. COTTGAO WILD LIFE SANTUARY: This Sanctuary is the second largest in

Goa cuisine.

Goa covering an area of 105sq. kms. Located some 60km, from Panaji on the Panaji-Mangalore National Highway, the sanctuary is covered with dense forests. SALIM ALI BIRD SANCTUARY: Spread over an area if about 2sq. km, the bird sanctuary is located on the Western tip of the island of Chorao along river Mandovi near Panaji. It is fully covered with mangrove species. CHURCHES, CHAPELS, TEMPLES… A VARIED LEGACY Perhaps nowhere are the diverse influences of Goa more dramatic than in the places of worship. It is not uncommon to come across a temple in the Maratha style, with a distinctively Christian plan and an Islamic dome! Such contradictions sum up the story of Goa, of the conquistadors and settlers who came and made it their home. They brought with them their languages, their customs, their architectural idioms, and smoothly integrated with the existing traditions. The churches of Old Goa, built in the 16th and 17th centuries, are


Note: * - up to June 2018, ^CAGR is in Rs terms

Economic Snapshot Advantages GSVA composition by sector 35.55% • •

Source: Directorate of Economics & Statistics of Goa, Central Statistics Office, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, GOA - IBP

Key Government Policies and Objectives Advantages Goa Start-up Policy 2017

Coastal Advantages • Coastline of about 104 kms and inland waterways of IT Policy 2015 about 250 km.

• Mormugao harbour, a multi-purpose general cargo Mining Lease berth Policy, 2014 in the port town of Vasco-da-Gama, situated

handles local & international maritime cargo traffic. Church of St. Cajetan Goa.

Goa Investment Policy 2014

Biotech Policy 2006

Make Goa a hub of high value start-ups and attract entrepreneurial talent . Rich labour pool Make Goa the most preferred destination for investors there by making • High rate of literacy has attracted knowledge based IT/ITeS/ESDM a vibrant industry. industries. Highest per to capita GSDP in the country and stands at Directly auction the•leases in order secure the best returns. about US$ 6,345.94 in 2016-17.

Create 50,000 jobs and investing US$ 4.2 billion in new projects in the next five years. Strong presence in mining, tourism and pharmaceuticals • Ensure accelerated growth in all areas of the biotechnology sector such as • Abundant reserves of iron ore. education, research and healthcare. • Popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty. •

Government for the industry state and an • Established baseVision for the pharmaceuticals emerging destination for knowledge-based industries.

Governance Plans to emerge as the most well-governed state in India. Goa Start-up Policy 2017

IT Policy 2015

Mining Lease Policy, 2014

Goa Investment Policy 2014

Biotech Policy 2006

Beauty and serenity Value chains to success Key Government Policies and Objectives Preserve its natural beauty at all costs and ensure vibrant • future for the habitats of the state •

Knowledge centric

Per capita GDP is twice of The state plans to be a India and the state knowledge-centric destination Make Goa a hub of high value start-ups and attract entrepreneurial talent . government aims to exceed in the upcoming years that in the next 25 years Make Goa the most preferred destination for investors there by making IT/ITeS/ESDM a vibrant industry.

Directly auction the leases in order to secure the best returns.

Create 50,000 jobs and investing US$ 4.2 billion in new projects in the next five years.

Ensure accelerated growth in all areas of the biotechnology sector such as education, research and healthcare.

Government Vision for the state

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Church of Our Lady of Rosary is one of the earliest built churches in Goa. There are more temples in Goa than churches. Important among these are Manguesh Temple at Mangueshi. Mahalsa Temple at Mardol, Shanta Durga Temple at Kavlem. There are not too many mosques in Goa – the most important is the Jama Masjid at Sanguem. Another notable mosque in Goa is the Safa Masjid at Ponda.

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Saint Cajetan Church was built in the style of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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PEARL OF THE ORIENT

Source: Directorate of Economics & Statistics of Goa, Central Statistics Office, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, GOA - IBP

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Se Cathedral is the most imposing church in Goa – its vaulted interior overwhelms the visitors by its sheer grandeur. The Church of St. Francis of Assissi has its interior illustrated with exquisite paintings.

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the Immaculate Conception held at Panjim and Margao, on 11th December, the Feast of the Three Kings, on 6th January, Ganesh Chaturthi and Dasrotsav, and Urs of Shah Abdullah (Feb). The harvest and the victory of the Ranes over the Portuguese are all so important cultural events.

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FESTIVALS OF GOA Goans seem to thrive on festivities. In a year, approximately 9 months are devoted to celebrations mostly woven around religious occasions. Some of the most important festivals of Goa are the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goans, on 3rd December, the Feast of

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basically in the baroque Renaissance style with some Gothic touches. But the insides are all derived from European as well as Indian elements. The Se Cathedral, largest church in Asia, is a grand example of the form. The 80-metre long aisle is a truly imposing sight, with ornamental embellishments culminating in a magnificent gilt altar.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

The Land of Gods Himachal Pradesh - At a Glance Himachal Pradesh is essentially a mountain state - it takes in the transition zone from the plains to the high Himalayas. Its pleasant summers make it a popular holiday resort. The Kullu Valley, with the snow-capped Himalayas as a backdrop and the sparkling Beas River running through it, has a welldeveloped, tourist-oriented economy. The high altitude regions of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur bear a striking resemblance to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The predominant influence here is Tibetan Buddhism and there are some spectacular gompas (monasteries) here. HIMALAYAS ‘Himalayas in Himachal’ or one must say Himachal in Himalayas. ‘Him’ in Hindi literally means ice or snow and ‘alaya’ means home, which makes Himalayas ‘The Home of Snow’ and from there Himachal gets its name meaning ‘Land of Snow’. The Himalayas affect the climate of Himachal as well. Huge variations in the elevations of mountains (from 450m to 6500m) cause big differences in climatic conditions. From the underground waters to the peak of mountains, Himalayas has blessed Himachal with great natural riches.

For tourists coming to Himachal Pradesh, there is plenty to see and do. The monasteries, temples and forts speak volumes of a rich historical and cultural heritage. On the other hand, mountains, passes, valleys, lakes, springs, waterfalls and wildlife destinations are the natural gems of the state. For lovers of art and craft, Himachal has much to offer. Woven craft, wooden craft, stone craft, jewellery, metal craft and paintings of the state will instantly capture your imagination. SHIMLA - THE CAPITAL The little village of Shimla, a retreat for British officers, soon grew to become the

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glamorous summer capital of the British, in India. A narrow-railway line links Kalka with Shimla. This important rail-link was built in 1924 and its “toy trains” still ply between the two stations, passing through 105 tunnels and beautiful railroad stations. Situated in the North-West Himalayas, the climate of Shimla varies from a maximum of 10-11 degrees in winter to a maximum of 25-26 degrees in summers. During the monsoon, we see some of the best sunsets in the world. Winter in Shimla is known as the season of “Long moon-night”.

Capital: Shimla Geographical Area (sq km): 55,673 State Language: Hindi and Pahari Literacy Rate: 82.8% Key Industries: Textiles, pharmaceuticals, food procurement and processing, light engineering, IT and electronics, cement, tourism and hydropower Himachal Pradesh is one of the fastest growing states in India. At current prices, the Gross State Domestic Product of Himachal Pradesh reached Rs1.36 trillion (US$21.13 billion) in 2017-18 The state’s per capita GSDP in 2017-18 was Rs186,777.57 (US$2,898.02). GSDP increased at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 11.02% between 2011-12 and 2017-18. Himachal Pradesh accounts for 25.9% of the country’s total hydro power potential. All the villages of Himachal Pradesh were electrified. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows worth US$1.47 billion during the period April 2000 to June 2018 Agriculture is the main occupation and the major source of employment in the state, as 89.96% of the population lives in rural areas. The tourism sector of Himachal Pradesh contributes to 6.6 per cent in the state GDP.

MANALI 40km away from Kullu to the north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath-taking. One sees well-defined snow-capped peaks. The Beas river with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur & Leh. Manali also has excellent facilities for skiing and other winter sports. CHAMBA Perched like some medieval Italian village fortress, on a flat mountain shelf, overhanging the rushing torrent of the river Ravi, Chamba has few rivals for its scenic beauty. AGRICULTURE Himachal Pradesh is predominately an agricultural State where Agriculture provides direct employment to about 71 percent of the total population. The Agriculture sector contributes nearly 30 percent of the total state domestic product. Unlike many of the other great mountains of the world which have been treated in popular lore as the homes of demons and evil spirits, the Himalaya and Himachal have always been considered benign and life-giving. These are places of solace and sanctuary. With just the

woods and snow and icy winds for company, to these heights retreated the great sages of yore and their wisdom gave India the spine of much of its identity. CULTURE Culturally and geographically, the state has three fairly well-defined zones. The ‘tribal belt’ that holds the districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti is largely Buddhist and the language belongs to the Himlayan belt of Tibeto-Burmese. The mid-belt hugs this close and is characterized by forested hills and cultivated valleys – with hamlets, farms and orchards interspersed over the slopes. Himachal’s sub-mountain dwellers practice cultivation and this is the area that has traditionally held the greatest concentration of population. RELIGION In Himachal, the freshest of leaves are nurtured by roots that go centuries deep – and the nourishment has come from scores of different strands. South of the Greater Himalaya, the presence of Hinduism is strong. In the mid-hills, pastoral presences appear in the worship or numerous local ‘devtas’and ‘devis’. In the Trans Himalaya, Buddhism has thrived for over a thousand years. The presence of Christianity came with the arrival of the British and the state has over a dozen churches spread over its area. Similarly, there are several places across the state that are held sacred by

the Sikhs. Islam registers its presence in and around Nahan and in some larger towns. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS Most of the fairs and festivals of Himachal are a celebration of life, or have religious or agrarian roots. Practically every major festival of North India is celebrated in Himachal – and each one has its own special touch. One of the most spectacular festivals, with nuances that are special to Himachal is the Dussehra celebration in Kullu in the month of October. This commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king, Ravana – an event that has come to symbolize the triumph of good over evil in indian tradition. MANALI WINTER CARNIVAL Much gaiety and fanfare marks the 5-day long national level Winter Carnival that is held in the popular tourist township of Manali in the month of January every year. HALDA Around New year comes Halda in Lahaul, which is a more private celebration of the event. Along the valleys of Chandra and Bhaga rivers, a few members of every household step out with lighted cedar twigs to a west oriented place selected by the ‘lamas’. These slender branches form the first flames of a bonfire which is then dispersed. DECHANG In tribal Spiti, Dechhang is celebrated at


‘Thoda’ from the hinterlands of Himachal Pradesh is a dance form that derives origins from martial arts. Also known as the dance of archery, Thoda is performed by two teams, descendants of Kuaravas and Pandavas respectively. HANDICRAFTS Himachal’s diverse cultural and historical influences have produced a variety of handicrafts and arts. Some were created for household use – and then there were a few court crafts, like the fine miniature paintings and the Chamba rumal, the handkerchief. There are fine skills in the spinning and weaving of wool – the delicacy of the pashmina shawl and the thicker, more functional, brightly patterned

In addition, there are forts, palaces, temples, monasteries and residences that follow a much older tradition, to be found all over the state. The thousand year old Buddhist monastery of Tabo in Spiti with its fine wall-paintings and stucco statues has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The village of Pragpur with its age-old and well preserved architecture and cobbled streets has been declared a ‘Heritage village’. Many of Himachal’s forts, palaces and residences are privately owned, and naturally, the discretion of their use rests with their owners. FLORA & FAUNA Along with this diversity, comes a vast range of flora and fauna. The outer fringe of Himachal is formed by the Siwalik Hills which are characterized by shallow dips and low dense scrub. The extravagance of the Indian sun mellows as the hills climb higher and tropical vegetation

SPECTACULAR PHEASANTS – WESTERN TRAGOPAN & MONAL Himachal Pradesh is home to several breeds of pheasant. These roly-poly birds are visually stunning and have a rare plumage. The best known among them are the Monal, the Khalij, the Koklas and the Great Western Triagopan. The bird finds mention as an ‘endangered species’ in the Red Data Book of the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is also a Schedule I species in India’s Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The Western Tragopan is found across the Western Himalaya from Northwest Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and further east, in Himachal Pradesh and in the Tehri Garhwai and the Kumaon regions of Uttaranchal. DELICIOUS APPLES Apples account for the mainstay of Himachal’s rural-agrarian economy and annually, thousands of crores worth of this temperate fruit enter the market from the orchards of Himachal Pradesh.

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Pharmaceuticals and food processing hub

Tourist paradise

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Has a rich heritage of handicrafts, including woollen and pashmina shawls, carpets, silver and metal ware, embroidered chappals, grass shoes, Kangra and Gompa style paintings, horse-hair bangles and many more. FY13

The state has a large base of skilled labour, making it 2011-12 2017-18 • a favourable destination for knowledge-based Primary Secondary Tertiary sectors. US$ billion Rs trillion • Himachal Pradesh has a strong hydropower base, with aChandigarh, potential capacity of 27,436 MW. Note: * - Data for FDI includes Punjab and Haryana, ^ - CAGR in Rs, ** - Upto June 2018 •

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18.78 1.26

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FDI* Inflows in Himachal Pradesh April 2000 – June 2018 (US$ millions)

FY00-FY19**

GSDP of Himachal Pradesh at current prices

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Key Government Policies and Objectives Advantages Eco-Tourism Policy 2017

HimachalTourist Pradeshparadise Solar Power Policy, 2016 •

Known as the Land of Gods, is famous for its

Preserve and protect natural, both flora and fauna, and cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh, attract tourists and visitors to the state

Increase the portionPharmaceuticals of renewable energy totalprocessing energy consumption by the andinfood hub state. • Agriculture plays a significant role in the state’s economy. Himachal Pradeshindustrial has a robust food Achieve environmentally sustainable and balanced growth leading processing sector. to more employment opportunities

topographic diversity & pristine natural beauty. Industrial Policy 2013

Himachal Pradesh State Water Policy 2013

Rich labour pool and infrastructure support IT Policy 2009 • The state has a large base of skilled labour, making it a favourable destination for knowledge-based sectors.

Ensure the planning, development and management of water resources Heritage Action plan to harness potential benefits offered by the IT sector • Has a rich heritage of handicrafts, including woollen and pashmina shawls, carpets, silver and metal ware, embroidered chappals, grass shoes, Kangra and Gompa style paintings, horse-hair bangles and many more.

Key Sectors

Himachal Pradesh has a strong hydropower base, with a potential capacity of 27,436 MW.

Tourism

Agriculture and Allied Industries

Pharmaceuticals

Key Government Policies and Objectives

Agriculture is a key livelihood for the people of Himachal Pradesh and holds a significant share in the state’s During 2017-18, the yield for Eco-Tourism Policyeconomy. 2017 food grains is estimated at 2.09 metric tonnes and horticulture production is estimated at 2,423 metricPower tonnesPolicy, (1st advance Himachalthousand Pradesh Solar 2016 estimates).

Industrial Policy 2013

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Shimla, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh has some of the world’s finest examples of British-colonial architecture.

Locally called ‘buransh’, this is a tree that normally grows to a height of 20 to 25 feet – though there are numerous cases where it has shot beyond twice that height. Crowded on large corymbs, the flowers are displayed on a platter of oblong leaves that are up to five inches long. With ten stamens, the corolla is bell-shaped. The rhododendron arboreum grows between 6,000 and 8,000 feet and seems to have struck a symbiotic relationship with the oaks and normally shares the forest slopes with this other remarkable tree.

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DANCE AND MUSIC Himachal Pradesh is a land of festival and dances that form an inherent part of its culture. Dances are notably performed at festivals and other special occasions like weddings, lending color and variety to everyday monotony. ‘Chham dance’ is one of the most colourful and splendid dance forms of Himachal. It is performed by a sect of Buddhists – usually monks and lamas in monasteries on special occasions and festivities. Dancers dress up in monstrous appearances and embody the evil spirits that are supposed to bring natural disasters and disease to mankind. According to legend, the dance form is pious and performing it is known to ward of evils and spirits.

HERITAGE Himachal has an enormous range of Heritage properties. These range from ancient forts that breathe of tumultuous past, colonial mansions that speak of an age of leisure and graciousness. There are palaces that belong to a time when opulence marked the lifestyles of India’s princes – and there are century old hotels that are maintained in a pristine glory, which have been painstakingly restored. This spectrum offers a range of decor and ambience – and a richly varied experience.

17.16%

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41.99%

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2013-14

BASANT PANCHMI Basant Panchmi marks the arrival of spring in the lower areas, and every town seems to keep a reserve of color for the occasion and the skies are filled with a medley of kites.

THE GRACIOUS RHODODENDRONS The word ‘rhododendron’ comes from the Greek rhodon, rose and dendron, tree. Of the bushes and trees of this species that grow in Himachal Pradesh, the most common is the rhododendron arboreum.

US$ billion

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To make this wonderful time of year all the more attractive, Himachal Tourism offers special discounts and packages in its wide network of hotels.

CUISINE Himachal Pradesh offers a range of culinary delights to tourists. There is a wide range of lip-smacking and savory food items available to choose from. Himachalis are known for their simple lifestyles and are very hardworking. In their daily and regular routine, most of them prefer simple dishes that are easy to make and tasty to eat. One of the most important food items of the people of Himachal is dal or lentil and chawal or plain rice.

parts to woods of scented pine – which merge into forests of oak and flowering rhododendron. The mid-ranges have the majestic Himalayan cedars (the almost legendary ‘deodar’), and spruce. Then close to the snowline, come stretches of fir, alder and birch. The chil pine which gives the tasty kernel – the ‘Chilgoza’ and huge elms tiling and horse-chestnuts, make cameo appearances.

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PHAGLI On a mid-night towards the end of Paush (December-January), Phagli begins in Lahaul’s Pattan valley with snow being packed in a conical basket – kilta. This is upturned on the roof, this resembles a Shivalinga.

woollen shawls. Wood makes its presence felt in carvings, walking sticks, furniture and bowls. Bamboo and grass mats, leather products and the little dolls of Himachal are both souvenirs and utility items.

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the height of winter in January, while the Lahaul area reserves it for early April. At Paonta Sahib (Sirmour) the major focus is on Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday.

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Himachal Pradesh is one of Tourism is one of the most the fastest-growing regions in important sectors for the state • Preserve and protect natural, both flora and fauna, and cultural heritage of the pharmaceutical industry economy in terms of foreign Himachal Pradesh, attract tourists andDuring visitors2017-18, to the state in India. exchange earnings and exports of drug formulations creation of employment • IncreaseInthe portion of renewable energy in total consumption by the and biologicals fromenergy the state opportunities. 2017, state. stood US$ 702.87 million. domestic tourist inflows in During 2018-19*, the exports the state reached 19.13 • Achieve environmentally sustainable and balanced industrial growth leading stood at US$ 268.10 million million while foreign tourist arrivalstoreached 470,992. opportunities more employment

Himachal Pradesh State Water Policy 2013

Ensure the planning, development and management of water resources

IT Policy 2009

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presentation is interspersed with leaps and jumps, it gained the name of Chindu Bhagavatam. Most of the stories narrated are from ‘Bhagavatam’.​ Qawali, Ghazals and Mushairas evolved under the patronage of Qutub Shahi and the Asafjahi rulers in and around the capital city of Hyderabad.

Trilokinath Temple Mandi.

TELANGANA Telangana, refers to the word Trilinga Desa, earned due to the presence of three ancient Shiva Temples at Kaleshwaram, Srisailam, and Draksharamam. A more historical reasoning is that during the reign of Nizams, the region was known as Telugu Angana to differentiate it from the areas where Marathi was spoken. The Telangana region was part of the Hyderabad state from 17 Sept 1948 to 1 Nov 1956, until it was merged with Andhra state to form the Andhra Pradesh state. After decades of movement for a separate State, Telangana was created by passing the AP State Reorganization Bill in both houses of Parliament. Telangana is surrounded by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh in the North, Karnataka in the West and Andhra Pradesh in the South and East directions. Major cities of the state include Hyderabad, Warangal, Nizamabad and Karimnagar. CULTURE​ ‘South of North and North of South,’ Telangana State has long been a meeting place for diverse languages and cultures. It is easily the best example for

Amaravati, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

India’s composite culture, pluralism and inclusiveness. Located on the uplands of Deccan plateau, Telangana is the link between the North and South of India. It is thus no surprise that the region on the whole came to be known for its Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb and the capital Hyderabad as a ‘miniature India!’ Geography, Polity and Economy of the region determined the culture of Telangana. Satavahanas, the earliest known rulers of the region sowed the seeds of independent and self-sufficient village economy, the relics of which can be felt even today. In the medieval times, the Kakatiya dynasty’s rule, between the 11th and 14th centuries with Warangal as their capital, and subsequently the

Qutub Shahis and Asafjahis, who ruled the Hyderabad state defined the culture of the region. ART FORMS Some classical art forms received the royal patronage and attained finesse. However, the art forms of the innumerable communities spread across the length and breadth of the State give Telangana its distinct identity. ​ A variant of Yakshagana, Chindu Bhagavatham is performed widely across Telangana. It is a theater art form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form. The word ‘Chindu’ in Telugu means ‘jump’. As their

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BIDRI CRAFT The unique art of silver engraved on metal. Black, gold and silver coatings are applied on this. It involves various several stages like casting, engraving, inlaying and oxidizing. The name of this art form is derived from a town called Bidar (currently part of Karnataka) of the erstwhile Hyderabad state.

DOKRA METAL CRAFTS Dhokra or Dokra is also known as bell metal craft and is widely seen in Jainoor Mandal, Ushegaon and Chittalbori in Adilabad district. The tribal craft produces objects like figurines, tribal gods, etc. The work consists of folk motifs, peacocks, elephants, horses, measuring bowl, lamp caskets and other simple art forms and traditional designs.

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ARTS AND CRAFTS Telangana is a great place for arts and crafts with many astounding handicrafts.

BANJARA NEEDLE CRAFTS Banjara Needle Crafts are the traditional handmade fabrics made by Banjaras (the tribal Gypsies) in Telangana. It is a form of embroidery and mirror work on fabrics employing the needlecraft.

NIRMAL ARTS The renowned Nirmal oil paintings use natural dyes for depicting themes from the epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. Also, the wood paintings and other wooden articles, has great aesthetic expression. The origin of the Nirmal craft is traced back to the Kakatiya era. The motifs used for Nirmal craft are floral designs and frescoes from the regions of Ajanta and Ellora and Mughal miniatures. BRONZE CASTINGS Telangana is famous world-wide for its amazing Bronze castings. While using solid casting of icons, the mould is created using several coatings of different clays on a finished wax model. This process then imparts fine curves to the cast image. STATE SYMBOLS The Telangana government has announced the following four icons for the new State: 1. The State Bird - Palapitta (Indian

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Capital: Hyderabad Geographical Area (sq km): 114,840 State Language: Telugu, Hindi and English Literacy Rate: 66.5% Key Industries: Information technology, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, tourism, textile, mines and minerals Telangana, the 29th state of India, was formed on 2 June 2014, with Hyderabad as its capital. The state was formed as a result of the split of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state. The state is land locked by (new) Andhra Pradesh to the south and east, Maharashtra and Karnataka to the west, and Odisha and Chhattisgarh to the north. Telangana’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) expanded at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.10% (in Rupee terms) to Rs7.52 trillion (US$116.72 billion) between 2011-12 and 2017-18. The capital city of Hyderabad (also the capital for earlier larger Andhra Pradesh state) is a hub for information technology (IT) and pharmaceutical sectors. Hyderabad also accounts for approximately 20% of India’s total pharmaceutical exports. According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), cumulative FDI inflows in Telangana from April 2000 to June 2018 totalled US$ 16.487 billion.

Roller or Blue Jay). 2. The State Animal - Jinka (Deer). 3. The State Tree - Jammi Chettu (Prosopis Cineraria). 4. The State Flower - Tangedu (Tanner’s Cassia). These icons reflect the culture and tradition of Telangana state and three of them - Tangedu flowers, Blue Jay and Jammi Chettu - are associated with the popular festivals of Batukamma and Dasara. While Tangedu flowers are used in stacking of Batukammas, spotting the Blue Jay on Dasara is considered a good omen and people worship Jammi Chettu on that day. FESTIVALS OF TELANGANA In Telangana, one can clearly witness the composite, pluralistic and inclusive culture and traditions. Be it Bathukamma, Sankranthi, Ramzan, Moharram, or Christmas, the region is a beacon of secular traditions and festive glory. Bathukamma is a colourful and vibrant floral festival of Telangana, celebrated by women, with flowers that grow exclusively in each region. The festival is the pride of Telangana’s cultural identity. Batukamma celebrates the inherent relationship between earth, water and man. Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra or Navaratri is an important Hindu festival celebrated in Telangana. The festival which symbolizes the victory of good over evil, is celebrated with traditional fervor, devotion and gaiety across Telangana. Bonalu is a Hindu Festival where Goddess Mahakali is worshiped. It is an annual festival celebrated in Telangana state, especially in the twin cities of

Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The festival falls during Ashada Masam in July/August. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is observed with fervor by Muslim brethren in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana. The biggest congregation is witnessed at the historic Mecca Masjid near Charminar. Sammakka Saralamma Jatara or Medaram Jatara is a world renowned tribal festival. The Jatara is celebrated annually at Medaram in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district. FOOD Telangana region and in particular, Hyderabad are known for their unique cuisines. The city, which was once the capital for Marathas, Kannadigas, Muslims and Telugus as well, represents a unique blend of cuisines, beverages and eating habits. Dum Ka Biryani, Qurbani Ka Meetha, Hyderabadi special biryani, Irani Chai, Sakinaalu, Sarva Pindi are among those specialities that others savor in Hyderabad. The hinterlands of Telangana offer a much more cuisine experience with the local flavors and spices going into the making of these dishes. The cuisine of Hyderabad is famous from a small tea stall to grand banquets in five star hotels. Hyderabadi Haleem is not just savored in the region but is also exported by some of the leading brands in the city. The people of Telangana are known for mixing a variety of spices for making dishes out of jaggery, rice flour, wheat flour, maida, chillies, dal and other condiments. Brand Hyderabad towers proudly when it comes to the one-of-itskind food items. Mughlai cuisine easily blends with Nawabi cuisine and inturn with the delicious Telangana pappu and


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Source: Directorate of Economics and Statistics of Telangana, Telangana Socio Economic Outlook 2018, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Government of India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India

scores of branches, one cannot see the main trunk of the tree. The country is home for three great Banyan Trees and Pillalamarri is one among them.

The historic Mecca Masjid is located adjacent to Charminar in a southwest direction. The construction of this mosque started in the year 1614 by Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah and was Aurangzeb completed in 1693. Built with local granite, it finds place among largest mosques in India and is the most important and largest one in the city. The St.Mary’s Church at Secunderabad, Hyderabad is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the city. This fascinating Church was built in Indo-Gothic style and was sanctified in 1850. The St.Mary’s Church, dedicated to the revered Virgin Mary is a magnificent landmark in the city. It is praised for both

Gayatri waterfalls, a less known water body is situated on Kadam River. The river is a tributary of the grand Godavari River. Away from the human eye, the waterfalls found its habitat in a very secluded place inside a deep forest.

Major multinational companies have production base

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Key Government Policies and Objectives Advantages •

• Telangana State Food Processing and Preservation Policy Availability of readymade capital Gaming and (IMAGE) • Animation Easy access to capitalPolicy along2016 with infrastructure which

is benefiting the state •

Quality of life of people Effective implementation of Telangana Excise Policy 2017-19 welfare schemes and make Hyderabad a slum free city

Standardise the process of collection of certain fees from suppliers and Rich labour pool others Create a vibrant e-Waste refurbishing and recycling ecosystem assist the • Prominent educational universities and and institutions highly unsafe unorganised sector intoproviding the organised sectorpool through located intransition Hyderabad, a massive of various initiatives. labour Create an enabling environment in order to encourage investments in downstream processing activities and encourage units across the valueto • The state government hasnew announced scholarships chain. attract more youth to these institutions Develop capacity for processing major commodities up to international standards and build clusters with collaboration between government, industry and academia. Make Hyderabad the most favoured destination for investment in Policy and Institutional Support Animation, Visual effects, Gaming & Comics sector and set up a “Center of • Three new policies in 2016, namely, Telangana IT Excellence” with state-of-the-art facilities. Policy, 2016, Telangana Electronics Policy, 2016 and Telangana Innovation Policy, 2016

Government Vision for the State

Major multinational companies have production base in Hyderabad

Key Government Policies and Objectives Power Agriculture Become a power surplus state • in the next three years. •

Textile and Apparel Incentive Scheme 2017

Gaming and Animation (IMAGE) Policy 2016

Governance

Ensure people centric, Technological advancement Standardise the process of collection of certain fees from suppliers and in agriculture with more transparent and corruption others research in agricultural free development Create a vibrant e-Waste refurbishing and recycling ecosystem and assist the universities To take to eradicate highly unsafe unorganised sector transition intosteps the organised sector through Waiver of agricultural loans corruption. various initiatives. up to Rs 1 lakh. Create an enabling environment in order to encourage investments in downstream processing activities and encourage new units across the value chain.

Develop capacity for processing major commodities up to international standards and build clusters with collaboration between government, industry and academia.

Make Hyderabad the most favoured destination for investment in Animation, Visual effects, Gaming & Comics sector and set up a “Center of Excellence” with state-of-the-art facilities.

Telangana State Food Processing and Preservation Policy

Charminar.

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E-Waste Management Policy 2017

Ramappa Temple.

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2010

2017-18 Secondary Sector Policy and Institutional Support • Three new policies in 2016, namely, Telangana IT Policy, 2016, Telangana Electronics Policy, 2016 and Telangana Innovation Policy, 2016

• Growing economy E-Waste Management Policy and 2017improving infrastructure • Telangana’s GSDP grew at a CAGR of 12.60 per cent • (in Rupee terms) between 2011-12 and 2017-18. Textile and Apparel Incentive Scheme 2017

Ramoji film city.

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Telangana Excise Policy 2017-19

Devarakonda which is as Mandal Headquarters, is a tiny village situated in Nalgonda district. The Devarakonda village is home to one of the most astonishing forts found in Telangana. The village attracts many tourists from over the world. There was a time when the fort stood high in place flaunting the glory of the village, but now due to negligence, the fort is in ruins. The great Banyan trees called Pillalamarri is one such artistry stoke of Mother Nature. The tree attracts many people. It is approximately 700 years old. It earned its name Pillalamarri because it is spread into a lot of branches. Because of the

19.54%

Prominent educational universities and institutions located in Hyderabad, providing a massive pool of labour

63.80%

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The Ramalingeswara Temple which is popularly known as the Ramappa temple is one such amazing piece of art that stands as a testimony of the royal Kakatiyas. The temple got its name Ramappa because of its chief sculptor Ramappa. It’s probably the only temple in the country to be known by the name of its sculptor.

CHARMINAR Charminar is a monument and a mosque, which is synonymous with the history of Hyderabad, India. The majestic structure was completed in 1591 CE and is not only a landmark building of Hyderabad but also a famous monument of India. It is believed that Mohammed Quli Qutb Shahi, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty had built the monument to commemorate the end of a deadly plague menace that had gripped the city then.

NATURE DISCOVERY If you think nature is invincible, then so is Mother Nature’s creation! Situated at around 25 Kilometers from Hyderabad, the man made beauty, Ramoji Film City is spread over 2000 acres. It is a theme park created for film shootings. The place is a splendor and a popular family getaway.

Growing economy and improving infrastructure 16.09% 52.85% • Telangana’s GSDP grew at a CAGR of 12.60 per cent (in Rupee terms) between 2011-12 and 2017-18. 74.96 3.59

HERITAGE SITES The confluence of two distinct culture streams - South India and North India with rich heritage spots reminiscing the ancient glory and ethos.

its architectural excellence and incredible history. In the days when the church was the Vicariate of Hyderabad, it was widely known as St. Mary’s Cathedral. The most striking features of this church are its curved arches and buttress.

Investment intentions in terms of IEMs filed, LOIs/DILs issued in Telangana (US$ million)

CAGR^

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Bhathukamama.

other Andhra delicacies brought by the migrants. Truly, the capital city represents a coming together of various food habits.

GSDP of Telangana at current prices

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Manipuri - Chief Guest Hon Attorney General & Minister for Economy Aiyaz Saiyad Khaiyum delivering speech during Holi.

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Chief Guest Assistant Minister for Women Hon Veena Bhatnagar addressing audience on 16th Feb 2018.

Avishkar Group at Kshatriya Hall in Suva on 16 February 2018.

NAMASTE PACIFIKA A Festival of India

The year started with an absolutely mesmerizing act by Dr. Yashoda Thakore. She performed a classical dance form from Southern India called Kuchipudi. This dance form was showcased in three different locations in Fiji namely, Suva, Sigatoka and Lautoka on 12,13 and 14 January respectively. The second group to perform under the Namaste Pacifika banner was a Bollywood Dance group called “Centre Stage”, led by Rishi Sharma. Centre Stage delivered mesmerizing performances in 5 different venues in the Pacific, namely Suva, Nadi, Lautoka, Nauru, and Tuvalu from 26 January to 05 February 2018. Still reveling from the lively and energetic Bollywood dance group, the High Commission brought in the Avishkar group. The 14-member group showcased the richness, diverse, and vibrant colors of Gujarat to the audiences

in Suva, Ba and Lautoka. On 01 March 2018, the High Commission of India brought an 11-member group to Fiji led by Bimbavati Devi, who introduced a unique dance form from Manipur, India. They performed in Labasa, Suva, Nausori and Lautoka. The last show for Namaste Pacifika was a Folk Band named Aarug led by Anuj Sharma, from Chattisgarh in Central India, who performed 3 shows in Fiji in Labasa, Ba and Suva from 15 – 19 March, 2018. Anuj Sharma’s voice, stage performance and conduct were exemplary and the audiences showed a great appreciation for his singing capability. The Namaste Pacifika Festival would not have been complete without the Girmit Conference which was held in Suva and Lautoka from 30 – 31 March, 2018, to underline the importance of

Girmit history and the contribution of Girmitiyas to Fiji. Namaste Pacfika: A Festival of India was a successful 6-months long event which was well received by people from all six Pacific Island countries under the High Commission’s jurisdiction.

Bollywood Dance Group centre stage at Republic Day Celebration at Novotel Suva on 26th Jan 2018.

Kuchipudi - Dr. Yashoda Thakore during one of her performances in Suva 12.01.18.

Manipuri - Bimbavati Devi.

Anuj Sharma from Aarug at Jai Narayan College in Suva on 16 March 2018.

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HC with Dy PM of Tuvalu Hon. Maatia Toafa on 11 May 2018.

Hon. Prime Minister of India H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi poses for a selfie with Fiji PM Nov 2014.

BILATERAL UPDATE The historic visit of Hon. Prime Minister of India H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi to Fiji on November 2014 was a watershed moment not only for India’s relations with Fiji but all the Pacific Island Countries(PICs). The visit facilitated the first-ever Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC-I), which was held in Suva on 19 November 2014.

Sopoaga) and Vanuatu (PM Hon Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas). From Kiribati, Hon. Ruateki Tekaiara, Minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy and from Tonga, Mr. Semisi Fakahau, Minister of Agriculture attended the Conference. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Leaders also had an opportunity to hold cordial bilateral discussions.

The momentum created by FIPIC-I was further boosted by FIPIC-II, which was hosted by Hon. Prime Minister of India in Jaipur in August 2015. These two Summits, coupled with the India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference (IPISDC) held in Suva on 25 May 2017 in the presence of Minister of State for External Affairs General (Ret’d) Dr. V.K. Singh, have put our relationship with our friends in the Pacific into a much higher growth trajectory.

Throughout the year, both sides have been maintaining steady flow of high-level exchanges through regular interactions at various forums. Among other visits during the year, India and the seven PICs of this High Commission’s jurisdiction saw a number of high level exchanges, including several Ministerial visits and a number of senior-official level exchanges.

The Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) held in New Delhi on 11 March 2018 provided yet another opportunity to renew that momentum and our commitment to tackle Climate Change by promoting solar energy through this global initiative jointly launched by India and France in COP22 in November 2016. So far, 71 countries have become the signatory of this Alliance. All the six eligible Pacific Island Countries (PICs) of this High Commission’s jurisdiction – Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu - have become some of the first Founding Members of the ISA. There was overwhelming support from all the six countries to this initiative which saw President/Prime Minister-level participation from four of them - Fiji (PM Hon. Frank Bainimarama), Nauru (President Hon. Baron Divavesi Waqa), Tuvalu (PM Hon Enele

In line with Government of India’s campaign “Unprecedented Outreach, Unparalleled Outcomes’, spearheaded by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Hon. Minister of External Affairs, first-ever Ministerial visits took place to the Republic of Nauru and Tuvalu. These visits include: (i) Dr. Subhash Bhamre, Hon. Minister State for Defence to Nauru on 1618 May 2018 and (iii) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Hon. Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare to Tuvalu and Fiji on 29-31 May 2018. Dr. Satya Pal Singh, Hon. Minister of State for Human Resource Development visited Fiji to attend the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Nadi on 19-24 February 2018. In addition, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Hon. Minister of State for Roads, Transport, Highways, Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilizers visited Tonga and Fiji on 25-26 April 2018.

Among visits to India, Hon. Faiyaz Koya, the then Fijian Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism visited India from 31 January to 2 February 2018 to attend “South Asia’s Travel and Tourism Exchange” in New Delhi. During the visit, Hon. Minister also met Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon. Minister of Commerce and Industry and Shri K.J. Alphons, Hon. Minister of State for Tourism of India. Attorney General and Minister of Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service, Communications and Education Hon. Mr. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum visited India on 1517 February 2018 to attend the World Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi. During the visit, Hon. Minister also had meetings with Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon. Minister of Railways of India and Dr. Harshvardhan, Hon. Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. During the visit, Fiji Government signed Declaration of Partnership with TERI.

once again proved to be a reliable first responder in times of crisis. Hon. Prime Minister of India announced assistance of US$1 million for Government of Kingdom of Tonga when Tropical Cyclone Gita struck Nuku’alofa in march 2018. US$ 500,000 was announced in immediate relief assistance and balance US$500,000 to be utilized for funding projects through the United Nations. Similarly, in Vanuatu, when the volcanic eruptions and bad weather forced populations out of Ambae Islands, India gave assistance of US$ 250,000 to assist Vanuatu Government’s efforts for evacuation and rehabilitation of the affected populations. India provided all possible support to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) in successful conduct of General Elections 2018 in Fiji through donation of vehicles for use by FEO and indelible ink used during the voting. India also co-chaired the ‘Multinational

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MOS (HRD) Hon. Dr Satya Pal with Education Minister of Tonga on 21 Feb 2018.

Observers Group for Fijian General Election 2019’ alongside Australia and Indonesia. As you could recall, in October 2017, High Commission of India in Suva inaugurated a six-month long cultural bonanza Namaste Pacifika: A Festival of India in Fiji and six other Pacific Islands Countries from October 2017 to March 2018. This historical grand Festival which was formally inaugurated by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote on 28 October 2017 concluded on 31 March 2018 after Performances by over 125 artistes from 12 renowned group from all over India. The Festival also saw a Food Festival of India held in Suva on 26-30 October 2017. After a successful six-month long run in all the seven Pacific Island Countries, this historic cultural fest concluded its journey on 31 March 2018. The Festival reached hundreds of thousands of audiences and in many

countries introduced Indian art and culture for the very first time. The Festival was very well received and appreciated by all. International Day of Yoga has now become an important engagement in the calendar of events in all the seven PICs. Like last year, India celebrated the Fourth International Day of Yoga in Fiji and the six other PICs with great zest and fervour. The celebrations saw enthusiastic participation from people of all walks of life. In 2018, the celebrations were based on the theme of “Fighting Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) through Yoga”. All events saw high-level attendance from host governments including Heads of State/Government, Ministers, Members of Parliament and other dignitaries.

In pursuance to the discussions held with Hon. Minister of Railways, a team of three experts from M/s. RITES Limited visited Fiji on 27 February to 2 March 2018 to prepare a preliminary report on the assessment of the Fijian rail link and suggest a Plan of Action for its revival. The report was submitted to the Fijian Government and further detailed study is under process. In recognition of India’s growing relations with Fiji, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sahayadri visited Port of Suva on 14-16 August 2018. The visit resulted in fruitful cooperation between the Indian Navy and Fijian Navy and Defence establishment. During the visit, the on-board doctors in collaboration with Fijian Ministry of Health also conducted a free health screening. In the following pages, we have provided an update on India’s role as a Committed Development Partner. During the year, India

HC with Ms. Meagan Fallone, CEO Barefoot College india with Fijian Solar Mama 23 Oct 2018 Suva.

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INS - Sahayadri Visits Fiji

MOS (Defense) Hon. Dr Subhash Bhamre with the President of the Republic of Nauru H.E Mr. Baron Divavesi Waqa during his Nauru visit. Hon. Josaisa Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji on-board INS Sahayadri, 15 Aug 2018.

Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Hon. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey enjoying light moments with the Prime Minister of Tuvalu H.E Mr Enele Sopoaga.

Sandalwood planting by INS and Fiji Military officers at Homes of Hope, Wailoku.

MOS Hon. Shri Marsukh Lal Mandaviye (Road Transport, Highways, Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilizers) with Hon. Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Tonga, Tongatapu 25 April, 2018.

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INS and RFMF officers after the volleyball match.

Hon. Aiyaz Sayed - Khaiyum Attorney - General and Minister of Economy, Civil Service and Communications Republic of Fiji meeting Hon. Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Coal, India.

School-children visit INS Sahyadri.

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INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE There is no specific body in place to address the specific solar technology deployment needs of the solar resource rich countries located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Most of these countries are geographically located for optimal absorption of the sun’s rays. There is a great amount of sunlight year-round which can lead to cost effective solar power and other end uses with high insolation of almost 300 sunny days in a year. Most of the countries have large agrarian populations.

the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.It will not duplicate or replicate the efforts that others (like International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), International Energy Agency (IEA), Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), United Nations bodies, bilateral organizations etc.) are currently engaged in, but will establish networks and develop synergies with them and supplement their efforts in a sustainable and focused manner.

Many countries face gaps in the potential solar energy manufacturing eco-system. Absence of universal energy access, energy equity and affordability are issues common to most of the solar resource rich countries. International Solar Alliance (ISA) is conceived as a coalition of solar resource rich countries to address their special energy needs and will provide a platform to collaborate on addressing

The Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) held in New Delhi on 11 March 2018 provided yet another opportunity to renew the momentum and our commitment to tackle Climate Change by promoting solar energy through this global initiative jointly launched by India and France in COP22 in November 2016. So far, 71 countries have become the signatory

PM with Nauru President H.E. Mr. Baron Divavesi Waqa during ISA Funding Conference, New Delhi 10 March 2018.

PM with Tuvalu PM H.E. Mr. Enele Sopoaga during ISA Funding Conference, New Delhi 9 March 2018.

of this Alliance. All the six eligible Pacific Island Countries (PICs) of this High Commission’s jurisdiction – Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu - have become signatories and ratified the Framework Agreement of the ISA and some of these are first Founding Members of the ISA. There was overwhelming support from all the six countries to this initiative which saw President/Prime Minister-level participation from four of them - Fiji (PM Hon. Frank Bainimarama), Nauru (President Hon. Baron Divavesi Waqa), Tuvalu (PM Hon Enele Sopoaga and Vanuatu (PM Hon Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas). From Kiribati, Hon. Ruateki Tekaiara, Minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy and from Tonga, Mr. Semisi Fakahau, Minister of Agriculture attended the Conference. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Leaders also had an opportunity to hold cordial bilateral discussions.

PM with Fiji PM H.E. Mr. Frank Bainimarama during ISA Funding Conference, New Delhi 10 March 2018.

PM with Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai during ISA Funding Conference, New Delhi 9 March 2018.

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INDIA: A Committed Development Partner

HC handing over US$ 33915 to PS PMO for one Mahindra SUV for FEO 26 Feb, 2018.

India is a committed development partner for our friends in the Pacific. As a developing country herself, India has always ensured that we share our development experience with our friends for our mutual progress and prosperity. In this spirit, during the year we strived to collaborate with our friends in the Pacific for achieving our common goals of peace and prosperity for our peoples. Some of the major areas we have been extending our cooperation are as under: SUPPORT TO FIJIAN SME SECTOR India has been supporting Fiji’s SME sector through a US$5mn grant assistance which was announced by Honorable Prime Minister of India His Excellency Mr. Narendra Modi during his historic visit to Fiji in November 2014. The first phase of this assistance amounting to US$ 2.2mn had been fully disbursed to 4752 Fijian beneficiaries by Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism in 2017. On 27 February 2018, the High Commissioner of India to Fiji Mr. Vishvas Sapkal and Hon. Faiyaz Koya, the then Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources of Fiji signed the Memorandum of Assistance (MoA) to implement the release of the remaining US$ 2.8mn. Under this MoA, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Hon Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare of India visited Fiji and handed over a cheque of US$840,000 (F$ 1.7mn) to Attorney General & Minister of Economy Hon. Aiyaz Syed Khaiyum on 31 May 2018. Further, on 10 December 2018, High Commissioner handed over the next tranche of US$ 980,000 (F$ 2.04mn) to Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Hon. Premila Kumar. The final tranche of US$ 980,000 will also be released shortly. The Government of Fiji is utilizing this grant to fund its Small and Micro Businesses Grant (MSBG) Facility,

an initiative of the Fijian Government designed to provide grants to startups for micro and small businesses as well as assistance to existing micro and small businesses. The Grant covers applicants from a vast range of activities such as canteen businesses, poultry, bee keeping, livestock farming, market vending, bakery, sewing, roadside stalls, tailoring and handicraft businesses etc. amongst others by providing them FJ$1000 each to start these activities. HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DISASTER RELIEF (HADR) India has also been quick to come to our friends’ assistance in times of need. As many would recall, after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji in February 2016, Indian

relief assistance worth US$ 3mn reached Fiji on the seventh day after the Cyclone hit Fiji. India also contributed US$ 1mn to the Fijian Prime Minister’s Rehabilitation & Relief Fund and also participated in Fiji’s ‘Adopt a School’ Programme. US$ 1.3mn was donated to Fiji for repair of 20 schools in February 2017. Renovation of seven schools have been completed. In 2018, unfortunately our friends in Tonga and Vanuatu suffered major losses on account of natural calamities. In March 2018, Kingdom of Tonga was hit by Tropical Cyclone Gita. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi immediately announced an assistance of US$1mn for the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga; US$ 500,000 was released as immediate relief assistance and balance US$500,000 is utilized for funding projects through the United Nations. During the visit of Minister of State for Road Transport, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilizers H.E. Mr. Mansukh L. Mandaviya to Tonga in April 2018, the assistance of US$500,000 was handed over to Hon’ble Prime Minister of Tonga H.E. Mr. Akilisi Pohiva. The displacement of the habitants of the Ambae Island in Vanuatu due to volcanic eruptions has been a major source of distress to the populations in that area. Government of India provided US$ 200,000 to the Government of Vanuatu to assist with the Vanuatu Government’s efforts for relocation and rehabilitation of the populations from Ambae Islands in July 2018. Following Cyclone Pam in March 2015 also India gave a grant of US$ 250,000 to Vanuatu as humanitarian assistance.

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COOPERATION IN AGRICULTURE & SUGAR INDUSTRY Indian Naval Ship Sumitra visited Fiji in October 2016 and five tons of vegetable seeds worth US$ 1.2mn carried by INS Sumitra were handed over to Minister of Agriculture, Government of Fiji. These seeds were distributed to farmers whose crops had been damaged during TC Winston. The farmers have appreciated the high yields from these vegetable seeds. India has approved US$ 70mn Line of Credit (LOC) for the ‘Co-generation Power Plant at Rarawai. Earlier, India extended US$50.4 million Line of Credit in July 2005 for up-gradation of sugar mills in Fiji. Another fresh LOC of US$ 5.38mn for Up-gradation of sugar industry has been approved. Government of India has also supported the Agriculture sector in Fiji in general and the Fiji Sugar Industry in particular through grant assistance of FJ$ 2,172,576.35 (US$ 1.06mn) for Fiji Sugar Corporation’s strategic plan to revitalize the sugar industry in Fiji and specifically for procurement of agricultural equipment and vehicles to service cane growers’ needs in harvesting, haulage, planting and cultivation. After ten mill engineers from Fiji Sugar Corporation completed a thirty weeks training at the Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI), Pune, Maharashtra (India) in December 2017, another 20 FSC officials have now travelled to India for training under ITEC at the VSI, Pune. CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION India has established the India-UN Development Partnership Fund at the United Nations in New York. A Commonwealth window to the Fund was added in 2018 during the CHOGM Summit in April 2018 in London. India will provide a total of US$150 million for development partnerships under the Fund and its window during the next 10 years. The Fund has established a vibrant development partnership with the PIF countries. More than US$5.69 million have been committed in 12 countries for 11 projects. Under this India-UN Development Partnership Fund, India has announced in September 2017, ‘Climate Early Warning Systems in Seven Pacific Countries’. The Cook Islands, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Nauru, the Solomon Islands and the Kingdom of Tonga are the beneficiaries of this project. Seventeen weather officials from these countries have undergone hydrological training in India in July 2018 under this project. UNDP and India also organized a Workshop for journalists for climate reporting in Nadi in November 2018. Other projects of the Fund are being undertaken in Papua New Guinea, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. In

MOS HRD Dr Satya Pal Inaugurated New School Complex Rabulu Sanatan, Tavua 23 Feb, 2018.

$200,000 USD to Vanuatu President for LED Bulbs.

CDAC-MEA Delegation with President of Nauru August 2018.

Indian High Commissioner and Hon’ble Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Government of Fiji signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for Government of India’s assistance of $5.9mn (US$ 2.8mn) to Fijian SME Sector.

Nauru, India is working on a project on Establishment of ‘Waste to Compost’ Facility at an estimated cost of US$1 million. Two projects in Fiji and Kiribati are also supported from the India Brazil South Africa Fund (IBSA) for Poverty Alleviation. India is aware of the fact that adapting to Climate Change is an expensive affair. We have been supporting our friends in the Pacific through grant assistance to procure energy efficient equipment. Last year, we provided US$1.1 million to Kiribati for solar lighting of the South Tarawa district. This year, India provided US$200,000 to Government of Vanuatu for procurement of LED bulbs and energy efficient equipment. Protection of vulnerable communities from sea-level rise is also one of the important focus areas for us. Therefore, India funded construction of Seawall at the Anetan District of Nauru which was completed last year and inaugurated in January 2018. The Seawall will protect the communities in this district from adverse effects of sea-level rise and coastal erosion. India is keen to support similar projects elsewhere as well.

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING Under ‘Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)’ India has been organizing one of the largest capacity building programmes since 1964. Every year, hundreds of training slots are offered to candidatures for training in premier institutions in India which are fully-sponsored by Government of India. Scholarships are also available for Graduation/Post-Graduation/Doctoral courses in renowned Indian Universities and academic institutions. Students also take advantage of the scholarships offered by Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) to pursue higher education in premier Indian institutes. ESTABLISHMENT OF MAHATMA GANDHI CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN IT India’s accomplishments in the field of IT are well-known. We are committed to sharing this know-how in IT with our friends. In order to effectively deliver on this commitment, we are in the process of establishing four Centres of Excellence in IT in our partner countries - Fiji, Cook Islands, Nauru and Vanuatu. Under this initiative, India is providing cutting-edge IT training infrastructure and expertise

for these Centres. Master Trainers from these countries are undergoing training at the most prestigious IT institute of India – Centre for Development of Advance Computing (CDAC). These Master Trainers, on returning from India, will help establish and eventually run these Centres. India is also providing two Indian experts in each Centre for a period of two years to help with initial setting up of the Centres. Once fully functional, these Centres will act as hub for implementation of advance tele-medicine and tele-education Pan-Pacific Island Countries Network which could executed online from India connecting the partner countries with the leading Medical and Educational institutions in India.

Elections are celebrations of democracy and Parliament is the Temple of Democracy. We also congratulate all the newly-elected Honourable Members of Parliament. India has been a firm supporter of Fiji in all spheres of development and we have stood shoulder to shoulder with our Fijian brethren in this biggest peace-time operation any country undertakes. Government of India has extended all possible cooperation to the Fijian Election Office in the election process. We have also proudly co-led the Multinational Observers Group (MOG) for Fijian Election 2019 alongside Australia and Indonesia.

SUPPORT TO FIJIAN GENERAL ELECTIONS Fiji successfully held its General Election 2018 in November 2018. We take this opportunity to congratulate the Government and the People of the Republic of Fiji on successful completion of General Elections 2018.

SUPPORT TO NAURU FOR PIF SUMMIT Under the continued development partnership assistance, Government of India has provided 22 Mahindra SUV vehicles worth US$ 613,000 to the Government of the Republic of Nauru during the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Summit on 2 September 2018. These

vehicles were used for the Leaders during the PIF Summit in Nauru. SUPPORT TO TUVALU FOR NEXT PIF SUMMIT Government of India has announced an assistance of US$ 1.9mn to the Government of Tuvalu for assisting in the hosting of the 50th PIF Summit in Tuvalu. This funding will be utilized for construction of Tuvalu Convention Centre which will be used for hosting of this important regional Summit. Apart from the specific assistance projects mentioned above, Government of India has increased Grant-in Aid to all Pacific Island Countries to US$200,000 annually to be rolled over to provide a wider scope for development cooperation. We are undertaking several community development projects under this budget in all the countries of this High Commission’s jurisdiction including in Cook Islands.


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Cooperation in Fiji Elections Fiji successfully held its General Election 2018 in November 2018. We take this opportunity to congratulate the Government and the People of the Republic of Fiji on successful completion of General Elections 2018. Elections are celebrations of democracy and Parliament is the Temple of Democracy. We also congratulate all the newly-elected Honourable Members of Parliament. India has been a firm supporter of Fiji in all spheres of development and we have stood shoulder to shoulder with our Fijian brethren in this biggest peace-time operation any country undertakes.

HC Handing Over Indelible Ink to Supervisor of Election Mr Mohammed Saneem, FEO worth US$ 130,167 (F$ 260,334) 10 May 2018.

Government of India has extended all possible cooperation to the Fijian Election Office in the election process. We have also proudly co-led the Multinational Observers Group (MOG) for Fijian Election 2019 alongside Australia and Indonesia.

17 officials of Seven PICs Visit India for hydrology training 19 June 2018.

The cooperation between India and Fiji and the other six Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) in the field of Human Resource Development and Capacity Building envisages training of eligible candidates in premier Indian institutes through Government of India sponsored training programmes conducted under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC).

universities of India under the various scholarship schemes offered the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Details can be obtained from: itec. suva@mea.gov.in Web: indiainfiji.gov.in

Every year hundreds of training slots are made available to Fijian and other PIC candidates. Scholarships are also available for higher education in premier educational institutions and leading

HC Handing Over Indelible Ink to Fijian Elections Office 0 May 2018.

Nauru vehicles handover-PIF Summit

Under the continued development partnership assistance, Government of India has provided 22 Mahindra SUV vehicles to the Government of the Republic of Nauru during the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Summit on 2 September 2018.

2HC Handing Over 22 Mahindra SUV Vehicles to President of Nauru H.E. Mr. Baron Divavesi Waqa 2 Sept 2018.

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41st Know India Programme (KIP) Participants.

HC Felicitating Bhart Ko Janiye Quiz Winner from Fiji Ms. Priya Payal Prasad.

Release of the book of Anil Sharma, S.S (Hindi & Community Affiras) Pravasi Lekhan, Nai Jamin, Naya Aasman, Diaspora writing, New land, New Sky by Hon’ble Minister of Education, Art and Hertiage.

46th KIP Participants. Felicitation of Mr. Nemani Bainivalu by Hon. Minister of Education, Govt of Fiji, who was felicitated with ‘Vishva Hindi Samman’ in the World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius from 18-20 August, 2018.

Mr Nemani Benivalu receiving Vishva Hindi Divas Samman in World Hindi. Conference.

Hon. Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, India speaking at the World Hindi Day celebrations organised on 22 February 2018 at the High Commission of India.

Hon. Satya Pal Singh, Min. of State for HRD, India at HCI with the awardees who contributed to promotion of Hindi in Fiji, Mr Viren Lal, Mr Saimone Vuatalevu, Mr Bimal Chand.

First PIO Parliamentarians Conference Seven out of nine Fijian PIO Parliamentarians participated in the First PIO Parliamentarians Conference at New Delhi on 9 January 2018. Ruling party MP Mr. Ashneel Sudhakar presented Fiji’s Statement during the Conference.

First PIO Parliamentarians Conference January, 2018.

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CELEBRATION OF 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MAHATMA GANDHI of Mahatma Gandhi was held at the ICT Hall, University of South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. H.E. the President of Fiji, Major General (Rtd) Jioji Konrote graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The High Commissioner of India Mr. Vishvas Sapkal while welcoming the guests conveyed various aspects of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his contribution to the humanity. The President of Fiji launched the video of “Vaishnav Jan” hymn sung by the President of Nauru H.E Mr. Baron Waqa and Ms. Natalie Raikadroka, popular Fijian singer. The President also released the commemorative Indian Postage Stamps in honor of Gandhiji. Also present were Minister for Health & Medical Services H.E Rosy Akbar, Minister for Postage stamp launch.

BAPU@150 The High Commission of India organized Bapu@150, Celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October 2018 at MGM Primary School, Vatuwaqa, Suva. The High Commissioner of India Mr. Vishvas Sapkal graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Indian High Commission officials and MGM School Principal, Teaching and Non-Teaching Faculty and more than 500 students participated in the celebration of Bapu @ 150. In the evening, celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary

Mahatma’s bhajan ‘Vaishnava Jan To’ goes global As part of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, artists from over 124 countries have contributed musically in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi through his favourite bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye’. The famous Gujarati hymn was penned by the 15th century poet Narsinh Mehta and was one of the favourite bhajans of Mahatma Gandhi who included it into the roster of prayers routinely sung before his meetings. High Commission of India in Suva identified local artistes/group in Fiji, Nauru, Tonga, Vanuatu and Kiribati to record the bhajan in the run-up to Gandhi Jayanti. The result is an eclectic, colourful and rich rendition of the hymn infused with the local flavor of the region. Amongst the star performers is H.E President Baron Divavesi Waqa of Nauru. President Waqa’s gesture was not just a special tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary but was also a personal gift from him to the Hon. Prime Minister of India, H.E Mr. Narendra Modi. Hon. Prime Minister Modi wrote a personal letter of thanks to His Excellency the President of Nauru for this grand gesture. H.E Ms. Kim Aroi High Commissioner of Nauru to Fiji joined His Excellency the President of Nauru to sing the hymn in Gujarati language.

Fisheries H.E Semi Koroilavesau along with Diplomats, Scholars and Indian Diaspora. The second part of the programme had three invited guest speakers from three major religious organization in Fiji; Mr. Hafiz-ud Dean Khan, President, Fiji Muslim League, Rev. James Bhagwan, Fiji Methodist Church and Swami Tadananda, Ramakrishna Mission and President of Fiji, who presented their Satya-Varta speeches on the theme “GANDHI - A SYMBOL OF PEACE & HARMONY”. The event received huge appreciation all over Fiji. Later, in November 2018, the High Commission of India in association with ‘Fiji Posts’ launched four stamps on Mahatma Gandhi.

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The Fijian version of Vaishnav Jan bhajan was sung by Ms. Natalie Raikadroka who is one of the most popular emerging singers of Fiji. She has won Best New Artist in the Musical Award of Fiji Performing Rights Association. Natalie was chosen for this song as she is gifted in singing in foreign languages. Recently, she sang a song in Chinese language which was well received. Natalie trained for hours to get the Gujarati accent. During the rehearsals, Natalie was coached by High Commissioner, Shri Vishvas Sapkal to master the pronunciation of difficult words in Gujarati. The Fijian version of Vaishnav Jan showcased the Fijian heritage through its traditional dance with typical traditional dresses and featuring traditional Fijian sailing boat, Uto ni Yalo. A special drone footage was prepared of the Suva City covering the Parliament building, Grand Pacific Hotel and world famous coral beaches in Fiji. The Fiji and Nauru version of Vaishnav Jan and Commemorative Postage stamp of Mahatma Gandhi was

International Solar Alliance, India.

launched on 2nd October 2018 by the President of Fiji His Excellency Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote. The youngest artist out of the five versions was Masita Joseph Campbell aged 15 years from the beautiful Island of Kiribati. A year 9 student of Sacred Heart College in Suva, Masita was part of the Kiribati Talent Quest and won first prize for his enthralling voice. Masita’s parents are his role models, as they have been very supportive towards his singing career. The music video features some of the iconic places in Kiribati. It also showcased the recent International Day of Yoga and Odissi Dance group performance under the Namaste Pacifika festival of India. The beautiful Vanuatu version was sung by Esther Peter, student at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. She started her musical journey from year 13 and joined Music Club Choir. Esther is inspired by local artiste from Vanuatu Ms. Vanessa Quai and World renowned singer Ms. Celine Dion. The music video features some of the iconic places in Vanuatu and its traditional way of living. The unique and mesmerizing Tongan version of Vaishnav Jan was sung by two siblings Ms. Ro Asela Lydia Taukafa and Mr. Fakasi’i’eiki Captain Monu Taukafa. The lead singer is Ro Asela accompanied by her brother Fakasi’i’eiki. The music video features some of the iconic places in Tonga and its Kingdom’s festivals and culture.

The entire Vaishnav Jan project under High Commission of India in Suva was composed by Seru Serevi and team. Seru is a musician and recording Artist with 9 recorded albums and many singles that are played widely in Fiji and Pacific Region. Director of Fiji Performing Rights Association affiliated to more than 100 countries around the world looking after Performing Rights and licensing of music users in Fiji. Seru was accompanied by Adriu Saranuku a skilled music composer with over a decade of experience followed by Mr. Benjamin Seniroqa and Ravinesh Roshan who added special effects to the video. The other three versions of Vaishnav Jan Tonga, Kiribati and Vanuatu were launched on 70th Republic Day of India in the presence of the President of Fiji His Excellency Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Fiji Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Chief Justice Hon. Anthony Gates, Fijian Cabinet Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Diplomats. Hon. EAM Ms. Sushma Swaraj has written personal letters of appreciation to all the singers.


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High Commissioner of Nauru, Ms Kim Aroi.

Ms Ro Asela Lydia Taukafa & Mr Fakasi’i’eiki Captain Monu Taukafa

Esther - Vanuatu .

Ro Asela - Tonga.

Natalie - Fiji.

Suva, Chief Guest Hon. Alex O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Govt of Fiji.

Cook Islands IDY 2018.

Suva, IDY 2018.

Pre-Christmas Celebration, SVCC Students, Suva, Dec 21, 2018.

Suva IDY 2018.

Milad Un Nabi, Director, SVCC @ Labasa, Nov 19, 2018.

Vanuatu IDY 2018.

Hindi Diwas Celebration, Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts distributes award of appreciation, Dec 24, 2018

Masita- Kiribati.

Nauruan President H.E. Mr Baron Divavesi Waqa.

Fakasi’i’eiki - Tonga.

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Hon’ble MOS (Family Health & Welfare) Shri. Ashwini Choubey with Hon’ble Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and others on 31 May, 2018.

Chief Guest, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Iowane Naivalurua, Republic Day 2018.

Tapasya Dance group performance on board of INS Sahyadri, August 15, 2018.

High Commission of India family @ Independence Day Celebration Aug 15, 2018.

Bapu@150, The President of Fiji released the commemorative Indian Postage Stamps in honor of Gandhiji, Suva, Oct 02, 2018.

Bapu@150, The High Commissioner of India @ MGM School, Suva, Oct 02, 2018.

Environment Friendly Diwali Celebration, SVCC students performance, Nov 10, 2018

Fiji’s Masti Bhara Diwali Mela, Fijian Traditional Dance, Suva, Nov 24, 2018.

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Authority and Water Authority of Fiji and providing consultancy services in Water, Waste water, Road, Port and Harbour sector. Currently, WAPCOS Limited is providing its Consultancy Services in following Project:1.

Professional Services Client Representative for project Contract Works

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S3, Nausuri- Suva 4 lane corridor.

for Water Authority of Fiji in which total 18 Nos of project scattered in different location.

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Review of existing Jetty and Bridge in Central /eastern, Western and Northern region for Fiji Roads Authority.

Providing Consultancy Service for Kinoya Waste Water Upgradation Work for Water Authority of Fiji.

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Upgradation of Government Shipping Services sea wall at Walu Bay area, Suva.

Providing Consultancy Service for Nasrup

The bank continuously attempts to adapt to the dynamic economic environment, while engaging in the long term relationships to provide superior customer services, which offers the key advantage to its customers, among many others.

Bank of Baroda Team receiving Fiji Business Excellence Award 2018 From H.E. Hon'able President of Fiji.

Bank of Baroda (“The Bank”) established on July 20, 1908 is an Indian state-owned banking and financial services organization, headquartered in Vadodara (earlier known as Baroda), in Gujarat, India. Bank of Baroda is one of India’s largest banks with a strong domestic presence spanning 5,546 branches and 9,661 ATMs and Cash Recyclers supported by self-service channels. The Bank has a significant international presence with a network of 101 overseas offices spanning 21 countries. The Bank has wholly owned subsidiaries including BOB Financial Solutions Limited (erstwhile BOB Cards Ltd.) and BOB Capital Markets. Bank of Baroda also has joint ventures for life insurance with India First Life Insurance and for asset management with Baroda Pioneer Asset Management. The Bank owns 98.57% in The Nainital Bank. The Bank has also sponsored three Regional Rural Banks namely Baroda Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank, Baroda Rajasthan Gramin Bank and Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank. Bank of Baroda is a pioneer, providing

banking services for over 111 years in India and over 59 years in the Fiji. It offers the entire gamut of banking and financial services encompassing all segments. The bank has a presence in major financial centres including New York, London, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Besides the strong global presence, dedicated and professional work force and transparent and reliable dealings have been the hallmark of its functioning that appeal and attract customers the most. The bank has emerged as a key market differentiator in the banking landscape of the FIJI. It is one of the major connecting forces between the Fiji and India in facilitating and promoting bilateral trade. Bank of Baroda offers multi-faceted products and services through the network of its-8- branches and network of 17 ATMS and interchangeability with 110 ATMs of BSP and also extends to its customers EFTPOS facility in technical collaboration with Bank of South Pacific .

In its endeavour to offer more innovative products and services to customers, Bank of Baroda has started mobile-banking services, Remittance to India through its ATMs and internet banking for easy, instant and hassle free remittance, MPassBook Mobile App to generate account statement. Bank of Baroda acts as a banking bridge and is truly aligned to the economy of these two nations. The bank takes pride in playing critical role as a vehicle for channelizing the flow of investment between the Fiji and India. It has achieved substantial progress in technology and is continuously integrating multiple platforms to generate synergy. The bank continuously attempts to adapt to the dynamic economic environment, while engaging in long-term relationships to provide superior customer service.

the segments of the population. Every calendar year it completes around 10,000 New Policies and in the year 2018, a record 11272 new policies have been completed, and now it has a total of 65,496 policies in force as on date. The most important aspect of LICI in Fiji has

WINNER FIJI BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD-2018 Our bank has been awarded “Fiji Business Excellence Prize” on 3rd November 2018 by His Excellency the President of Fiji, Major General (Retd) Mr. Jioji Konusi Konrote, in Fiji Business Excellence Awards (FBEA) which is a highly prestigious national award designed to improve productivity and quality of organizations in Fiji. The banks constant endeavour to delight its customers, which is built on its strong fundamentals will make it stronger, more resilient and enable to achieve its vision to be the “Most Admired Bank.”

WAPCOS Operations In Fiji

During the year 2018, NIA has extended its support to HCI in following activities:

The New India Assurance Company Limited (NIA) was established in 1919 by Sir Dorab Tata in Mumbai, India. With wide range of policies NIA has become the largest non-life insurance company not only in India, but also one of the leading insurers in the Afro-Asian region.

WAPCOS has completed following contracts in last 3 years.

2- Rakiraki Bridge Assessment for Fiji road Authority.

1- “Professional services – Clients representative for design and build contract – upgrading water and waste water pipe network – Central/Eastern and Western urban Centres” from Water Authority of Fij

With In built capacity to provide Multidisciplinary project teams comprising of its own core group of professional and speciality WAPCOS is now associated with Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji Road

As an Organization LICI’s commitment expands beyond life insurance policies. LICI’s had taken a step to adopt a school (by paying F$ 40,000 through Government of Fiji) which was affected by Cyclone.

our efforts through High Commission of India (HCI), Fiji to foster the cultural ties of Indians and Fijians especially Indian descendants.

Centenary celebration group photo 23 July, 2018.

WAPCOS Ltd (A Govt. of India Undertaking) is a Global Leader in Consultancy, Engineering, procurement and Construction (EPC) providing integrated and customised solutions for sustainable development of Water, Power and Infrastructure Projects. In December 2015 WAPCOS has entered in South Pacific region by getting “Professional Services – Client representative for design and build contract in Fiji Island from Water Authority of Fiji. Initially started its operation with Water Authority of Fiji; WAPCOS now bagged several contract in other government authorities of Fiji. With successful compilation and handing over of 18 different projects with quality and within time in central and western region for Water and Waste water pipe line networks, WAPCOS has firmed its position in South pacific Region.

The Life Insurance Corporation of India started operations in India and Fiji in the same year viz 1956 and has completed 62 years of service. LICI is the market leader in Life Insurance, with a market share of above 70%. LICI has 19 Products on sale catering to all

been its consistent and high level of bonus declared year after year. It paid out over F$ 73 million as Policy payouts during 2018, and the bonus declaration of F$ 11.11 million for the year 2018. LICI has an asset base of over F$ 641 million, and has contributed handsomely in the development of the Fijian economy with an investment of over approx F$ 587 million, till date, mostly in the infrastructure sector of the economy.

The global operations of New India started as early as 1920 with the establishment of their London office. Today NIA is operating in 28 countries. NIA has the largest Branch Network in Fiji amongst all General Insurers and has its branches at Suva, Nadi, Lautoka and Labasa. NIA is the largest General Insurer in Fiji Total Asset-wise and Assets and Solvency Surplus are highest in Fiji. NIA is the only General

Insurers in Fiji who enjoys ‘A’ – (Excellent) credit rating by A.M. Best Company of USA. NIA's strong financial base and consumer friendly products has led it to become a largest general insurance company in Fiji now. NIA is majorly dealing with Property, Automobile and Liability insurances and has been always a first preference for Industry, Trade & Commerce and General Public at large. We always stand by insuring fraternity of Fiji in their bad periods of catastrophe events which struck Fiji in 2016 and previously. Saluting the resilient capacity of Fiji after TC Winston in 2016, NIA Fiji contributed to almost 40% of the total cyclone claims which local insurers received. Being a Government of India Undertaking, it has been always our pleasure to channelize

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Inaugural High commission of India Business Meet in March 2018 in Suva

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4th International Yoga Day celebration on 23.6.2018

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Best of India Show hosted by HCI in October 2018

Also played a vital role in formation of Indo Fiji Friendship Forum to strengthen cultural ties of both the countries. We also helped IFFF in organizing Holi and Diwali events in 2018. NIA Fiji has been also fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibility with spirit of altruism. Class Room donated to Urdu Students as St. Andrews School in Nadi is one of the examples. Also in pursuit of sustainable climate change mission of Fiji Government, sponsoring Green Conscious Award hosted by FBD Bank to encourage SME sector and also extended our patronage in hosting Sustainable Development Conference in Fiji hosted by Government of India in May 2017. It has been always NIA’s privilege to associate our activities with HCI and look forward to more fruitful interactions in time ahead.


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Hon Prime Minister inaugurating Statue of Unity, Gujarat 31 October 2018.

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