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Vol. 03, Issue No. 18 May 03, 2019.

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

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Make in India (April 26, 2019) Consulate General of India organised ‘Make in India’ event in association with the Canada India Global Forum, BC on April 26, 2019 at the Consulate premises in Vancouver. Consul General Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi made a presentation on Make in India initiative and how India has emerged as a manufacturing hub in recent years. Mr. Aditya Tawatia, President of Canada India Global Forum, BC; Mr. George Chow, Minister of State for Trade, BC; Mr. Stewart G. Beck, President & CEO of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Former Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India, spoke on the occasion. Three Canadian companies showcased their interest in India viz Mr. Bernard Armani and Mr. Sudhir Sharma from BIOIQ Diagnostics; Mr. Ian Kent, President & CEO of NOMAD Micro Homes and Ms. Chloe Dubois, Co-founder & President of Ocean Legacy Foundation. They gave presentations on Bio-Medical Diagnostics, Affordable Housing and Waste Recycle respectively.

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Consul CPV Mr. H. Venkatachalam visited University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford and presented a set of books on Indian History, Culture and Philosophy as part of "Bharat Ek Parichay- India Corner" for their library on 3rdh May, 2019.

VMS Vishu – Easter Celebrations (April 28, 2019) Consul CPV Mr. H. Venkatachalam attended Vancouver Malayalee Samajam Vishu - Easter Celebrations at North Delta Secondary School on 28th April, 2019. Click here to see more pictures‌

Cultural Heritage - Festivals of India Akshaya Tritiya (May 07) Akshaya Tritiya is a very popular festival that the Hindus and Jains celebrate every year. It is considered as one of the most important days for Hindu community as it is the day of the birth of the Lord Parasurama. The Hindu community considers this day as a lucky day and believes that any venture such as a business or the construction of a building started on that day will follow betterment and prosperity. Akshaya Tritiya is a one day event celebrated in late April or early May. Hindus celebrate this day because, according to them, Akshaya Tritiya is the day when the great God of Wisdom, God Ganesha, started writing the epic work called "Mahabharata". It is believed that when the Pandavas were in exile the Lord presented them a bowl which was named Akshaya Tritiya. That bowl was never empty and produces an unlimited amount of food on demand. Visit https://www.calendarlabs.com/holidays/india/akshaya-tritiya.php for more information...

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Vol. 03, Issue 18, May 03, 2019.

News from/of India 1. Government and IIT-Delhi to set up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies New Delhi: To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) have come together to bring the best of science and technology to implement waste management in India. Read more… (Press Information Bureau: May 03, 2019)

2. Indian pharma exports hit US$ 19.14 bn, report double-digit growth after 3 yrs Hyderabad: Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil)'s year-end report has pegged the total pharma exports from India at $19.14 billion for 2018-19 with a growth of 10.72 per cent over $17.28 billion in pharma exports last year. The double-digit growth has returned to pharma exports after three years of flat-to-marginal export growth, driven by formulations exports to North America among other destinations, according to the report. Read more… (Business Standard: May 03, 2019)

3. IOC's R&D centre patent filing crosses 1,000-mark New Delhi: State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Tuesday said its research and development centre at Faridabad has become the first public sector oil and gas company to cross the milestone of filing 1,000 patents. The Centre filed the 1,001st patent this week, the company said in a statement here. Read more… (PTI: May 01, 2019)

4. Representing India for a greater cause: Indian Women’s Association Bazaar The Indian Women’s Association (IWA) Bazaar had a humble beginning driven by a bold dream. The first ever installation of the bazaar in 2007 featured just 15 vendors at Pinetree Club, paving the way to the building of one of the biggest platforms in Singapore for Indian women entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their products. Read more… (Kareyst Lin, Connected to India, Friday, 26th April 2019, 10:15 am)

5. This 7-year-old girl from Manipur will represent India at a UN conclave on disaster management She may be only seven years old, but Licypriya Kangujam from Manipur is all set to attend the sixth session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019, being held in United Nations headquarters Geneva, in Switzerland. Read more… (Your Story, Friday, 26th April 2019, 10:08 am)

6. Gender no bar: How 5 Indian villages are challenging stereotypes If you think that progressive societies are the sole preserve of urban areas, then we have news for you. Over the years, it’s not from cities, but from Indian villages that some of the most inspiring stories have emerged. While this may come as a surprise to many, but it’s true that India’s villages have time and again proven what Mahatma Gandhi had once said - ‘The future of India lies in its villages’. Read more… (The Quint, Friday, 26th April 2019, 10:23 am)

7. Pak allocates 70 acres for Guru Nanak int’l varsity Pakistan’s Punjab province government has allocated 70 acres for setting up an international university named after Guru Nanak at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of the first Sikh Guru. Read more… (Tribune India, May 3, 2019, 7:18 AM (IST))

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Vol. 03, Issue 18, May 03, 2019. 8. Stories from Kashmir Series - Iqrar Dev Youngsters who are courageous as well as intelligent find a way to overcome the obstacles and speed breakers even before they come in the way. Iqrar Dev from central Kashmir did something like this.

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