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Vol. 03, Issue No. 41 October 18, 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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Vol. 03, Issue 41, October 18, 2019.

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Inviting Nominations of the groups for the participation in the 6th Edition of the International Folk Dance & Music Festival being organized by ICCR from 2-4 December 2019 at New Delhi. Any Folk group (maximum 10-12 members) for consideration of their participation in the above Festival would be encouraged. Preference will be given to a group which has not visited India earlier. Besides performance in the Festival in Delhi, ICCR would also explore the possibility of organizing additional performance/s of the selected group in one or two other cities in India. Depending on the performances arranged, the group could be in India for 7-8 days. The duration of the performance could be approximately 45 minutes in Delhi while the duration in other cities could be between 60-75 minutes. 2. The group could be invited under or outside the bilateral C.E.P. ICCR will provide facilitationofgrantofentry visa for India, local hospitality including board/lodging, intercity and local transportation; all costs on presentation of programmes includingvenue, technical and publicity for organizing the Festival. 3. Send your nominations to com.vancouver@mea.gov.in. Last date of nomination by Wednesday, 23 October 2019.

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Cultural Heritage - Festivals of India Diwali (October 27, 2019) Diwali, the biggest festival in India, celebrates Lord Ram and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya after Ram and monkey god Hanuman defeated demon king Ravan and rescued Sita from his evil clutches (on Dussehra). Lots of small clay lamps (called diyas) and candles are lit and placed in houses, and fireworks are let off everywhere, giving Diwali its name as "Festival of Lights".

Where: Throughout India, except in the southern state of Kerala.

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Bhandara Festival (October 28, 2019) This festival involves an astonishing amount of turmeric being thrown all over the temple premises by energetic devotees, who also sing and dance. At noon, the temple deity is taken out in procession and given a holy bath in the nearby river, which is the main highlight of the occasion. The festival happens on Somvati Amavasya. This is a new moon day that falls on a Monday. It usually occurs two or three times a year.

Where:

Khandoba

Temple,

Maharastra

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Vol. 03, Issue 41, October 18, 2019.

India News Section 1. Mahatma Gandhi, A man of all times India is commemorating 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi. Born on 2 October, 1869, Gandhi overcame the ordinary circumstances of his family, to become the leader of the national movement of India for freedom from the British rule. The man, who practically invented peaceful resistance and non-violent opposition, influenced almost every sphere of life of Indians and is an eternal inspiration not only for India but for the world. When asked what message he would like to give to the world, he said, “My life is my message.” Read more… (The Astana Times, Monday, 14th October 2019, 10:43 am)

2. UK to mark Gandhi's 1931 visit with commemorative coin Britain will commission a commemorative coin to mark the 90th anniversary of the final visit by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, its finance minister announced Thursday. Gandhi came to London in 1931 for a roundtable conference on India’s future and ended up travelling around Britain, including visiting textile workers in Lancashire. Read more… (Gulf News, Friday, 11th October 2019, 10:12 am)

3. Threefold impact in rural India It all started in 2012, when Akansha Singh was studying for her Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship. She stayed with communities in remote rural areas to experience first-hand what issues the farming communities in India face. Read more… (UN Environment, Monday, 14th October 2019, 9:33 am)

4. Mumbai-born Abhijit Banerjee wins Economics Nobel, over 5 mn Indian kids benefited from his study Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics jointly with his wife Esther Duflo and another economist Michael Kremer is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Read more… (Eleven Myanmar, Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 3:52 am)

5. Dance your dance -- Chinese, Indian Bharatanatyam lovers bridge cultures In a villa in northeast Beijing, a dozen young children danced to the rhythm of Bharatanatyam, a major form of Indian classical dance. Read more… (Xinhua, Global Times, Sunday, 13th October 2019, 9:36 am)

6. How the humble LPG cylinder is changing lives of rural women Recently I was in the Baramulla district in north Kashmir as part of the NITI Aayog’s Aspirational Districts Programme for evaluating the implementation of developmental schemes. During my interaction with the beneficiaries of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) programme, I was realised the reach of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme in the remote villages of Uri block of the district. During several interactions, people of the block told us about how the programme has benefitted their lives. Read more… (Vijayashree Yellappa, Hindustan Times, Friday, 11th October 2019, 9:49 am)

7. Meet the empowered single women of India who refuse to be invisible About 30 years ago, Sarju Bai, a resident of Lohagarh in Rajasthan, lost her husband to chronic alcoholism. Sarju, a mother of four, was merely 25 then. Uneducated and unskilled for decent livelihood options, she resorted to menial jobs and daily-wage work to feed her family. Having faced the struggle of an uneducated and underprivileged single woman trying to battle economic and social agonies, she decided to sensitize the society towards the apathy single women like her who are either unmarried, widowed, abandoned or divorced are forced to endure. Read more… (Poorvi Gupta, She The People, Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 10:05 am)

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Vol. 03, Issue 41, October 18, 2019. 8. Kamal Ranadive, The unsung scientist who made science accessible to all women The Better India always strives to bring out little-known stories of India’s unsung heroes, and today we pay our tribute to the eminent scientist, Dr Kamal Ranadive. Read more… (Sayantani Nath, The Better India, Thursday, 10th October 2019, 10:46 am)

9. The connect between the Chemistry Nobel Prize and a tiny Odisha village The 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded jointly to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. Interestingly, Odisha has at least two connections to this. One, through a key associate of Goodenough, and the other ahis invention of the lithium ferro-phosphate (LFP) batteries. Read more… (The Citizen, Tuesday, 15th October 2019, 10:47 am)

How to File Quality Complaints / Trade Disputes to DGFT? BHEL Tender for Supply of MMS Superstructures for 1.7 MWp Solar PV Power plant at Sukhi Sawaniya, Bhopal for Indian Railways (RFQ No. AKPBOS0003) Ref.- RFQ No. AKPBOS0003 Dt. 17.10.2019 Due Dt. 30.10.2019 (E-tender) Item- Supply of MMS Superstructures for 1.7 MWp Solar PV Power plant at Sukhi Sawaniya, Bhopal for Indian Railways Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Electronics Division, Bengaluru, India has the requirement above mentioned item. In this regard, BHEL has floated an open tender on 17.10.2019. The complete tender document (comprising of technical specification, forms to be filled up, terms / conditions, instructions for tender submission etc.) has been uploaded to following websites 1 2 3

BHEL EPS website - https://bhel.abcprocure.com/ , click on search, type the RFQ no. in keyword, click search, list will appear and click on the RFQ no. for tender details. Event ID is 35764 http://www.bhel.com/tender/view_tender.php?tenderid=49409 In https://eprocure.gov.in/epublish/app the tender ID is 2019_BHEL_484899_1

Kindly note that the tender is due on 30/10/2019 (DD/MM/YYYY), 13:00:00 Hrs. (IST) Please submit your offer on e-tender portal https://bhel.abcprocure.com/

BHEL Tender for SUPPLY OF BALANCE OF SYSTEM ITEMS (BOS), INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING AND OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF 50MW (AC) SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC GRID-CONNECTED POWER PLANT AT KAUDGAON, MAHARASH (RFQ No. TGPBOS0044) Ref.- RFQ No. TGPBOS0044 Dt. 16.10.2019 Due Dt. 30.10.2019 (E-tender) Item- SUPPLY OF BALANCE OF SYSTEM ITEMS (BOS), INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING AND OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF 50MW (AC) SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC GRID-CONNECTED POWER PLANT AT KAUDGAON, MAHARASHTRA Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Electronics Division, Bengaluru, India has the requirement above mentioned item. In this regard, BHEL has floated an open tender on 16.10.2019. The complete tender document (comprising of technical specification, forms to be filled up, terms / conditions, instructions for tender submission etc.) has been uploaded to following websites 1.

BHEL EPS website - https://bhel.abcprocure.com/ , click on search, type the RFQ no. in keyword, click search, list will appear and click on the RFQ no. for tender details. Event ID is 35558

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http://www.bhel.com/tender/view_tender.php?tenderid=49388

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In https://eprocure.gov.in/epublish/app the tender ID is 2019_BHEL_484479_1

Kindly note that the tender is due on 30/10/2019 (DD/MM/YYYY), 13:00:00 Hrs. (IST) Please submit your offer on e-tender portal https://bhel.abcprocure.com/ 5|P a g e


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