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Celebrating 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak…

Consulate General of India,

“Emotional attachment to Maya is totally painful, this is a bad bargain.”

Guru Nanak


Vol. 03, Issue No. 10 March 08, 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 10, March 08, 2019.

Consulate News Inviting 'Expressions of Interest' for Namaste Canada - 2019

Greetings from the Consulate General of India, Vancouver. 2. The Consulate is inviting 'Expressions of Interest' from all Indian Associations/Societies who wish to perform/partner in ‘Namaste Canada 2019’. The following may please be noted in this regard: •

Only dance and musical performances [preferably in group] will be accepted for Namaste Canada 2019;

Only one item per Association, which has not been performed earlier, with duration of 5-7 minutes will be accepted;

3. All Indian Associations/Societies wishing to perform in NC 2019 may please submit their preferred 'Form of Performance' [at least two or three forms] latest by 15 April 2019. Click on “Expression of Interest” to submit. (Please do not send submission through email as it will not be considered). Associations/Societies that have not partnered with the Consulate earlier also need to fill up “Proforma for participating organisations” form and send to IndiaCulsec@Telus.Net.

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ICCR World Sanskrit Award – 2018 The prestigious ICCR 'World Sanskrit Award' was presented by the External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj on March 06, 2019 at New Delhi to an eminent Sanskrit scholar from Vancouver, Canada, Prof. Ashok Narhar Aklujkar to recognize his outstanding contribution to Sanskrit language and literature. Prof. Ashok Narhar Aklujkar is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Consulate General of India, Vancouver congratulates him for his prominent achievement.

National Indian Students Societies Conference - NISSC 2019 (March 02, 2019) Consul General Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi attended the National Indian Students Conference (NISSC – 2019) which was organized by University of Victoria on march 02, 2019.

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Consul General Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi met Ms. Prem Gill, CEO of Innovate BC on March 07, 2019 at Vancouver and discussed about strengthening the mutual business relationship between India and British Columbia in Creative Industry.

Transforming India Initiative by Government of India

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BHEL Tender for supply of Sag Rod FOR 75MW GIPCL and 10MW GSFC SPV, CHARANKA, GUJARATH (RFQ No. BKC000024) Ref.- RFQ No. BKC000024 Dt.04.03.2019 Due Dt. 11.03.2019 (E-tender) Item- SUPPLY of Sag Rod FOR 75MW GIPCL and 10MW GSFC SPV, CHARANKA, GUJARATH. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Electronics Division, Bengaluru has the requirement above mentioned item. In this regard, BHEL has floated an open tender on 04.03.2019. The complete tender document (comprising of technical specification, forms to be filled up, terms / conditions, instructions for tender submission etc.) has been uploaded to BHEL EPS website - Click on search, type the RFQ no. in keyword, click search, list will appear and click on the RFQ no. for tender details. Kindly note that the tender is due on 11.03.2019, 13:00:00 Hrs. (IST) Please submit your offer on e-tender portal

KMRC Tender - International Competitive Bidding for Underground Electrical & Mechanical (E & M) Work of Phase -II inclusive of Fire Protection System. An International Competitive Bidding (ICB) for Underground Electrical & Mechanical (E & M) Work of Phase -II inclusive of Fire Protection System of Kolkata Metro East West Line Projects has been initiated for the work “Detailed Design Verification, Detailed Engineering, Manufacturer, Supply, Delivery and Storage at Site, Laying, Installation, Testing and Commissioning (Including Integrated Testing and Commissioning), Training of Personnel, Demonstration of Performance of System, / Equipment of Electrical and Mechanical (E & M) inclusive of Fire Protection System of System of Kolkata Metro East West Line Projects (Phase – II). The tender documents and Notice are available on KMRC's website The last date of submission is 18.03.2019 at 14:30 hrs. 3|P a g e

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Cultural Heritage - Yoga with Hon’ble PM Modi

Cultural Heritage - Festivals of India International Women’s Day (March 08) International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, worldwide. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is a time to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. IWD has been observed since the early 1900's. The theme of IWD 2018 is: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives” IWD 2018 is an opportunity to transform the global movement about women’s rights, equality and justice into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential. Visit for more information...

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News from/of India 1. National Mineral Policy, 2019 approved by Cabinet New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved National Mineral Policy 2019. Benefits: The New National Mineral Policy will ensure more effective regulation. It will lead to sustainable mining sector development in future while addressing the issues of project affected persons especially those residing in tribal areas. Read more… (Press Information Bureau: March 01, 2019)

2. Cabinet clears Rs 10,000 crore FAME II scheme New Delhi: With an eye on promoting electric and hybrid vehicles, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Thursday that the Union Cabinet has cleared a Rs 10,000-crore programme under the FAME-II scheme. The scheme will be implemented over a period of three years with effect from April 1, 2019. It is the expanded version of the present scheme FAME India I (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) which was launched on April 1, 2015, with a total outlay of Rs 895 crore, an official statement said. Read more… (PTI: March 01, 2019)

3. Cabinet approves "Pradhan Mantri Jl-VAN yojana" Financial support to Integrated Bioethanol Projects using lignocellulosic biomass and other renewable feed stock. New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the "Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN (Jaiv Indhan- Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran) Yojana" for providing financial support to Integrated Bioethanol Projects using lignocellulosic biomass and other renewable feedstock. Read more… (Press Information Bureau: March 01, 2019)

4. Suresh Prabhu inaugurates 'Aviation Conclave 2019' with theme of "Flying for All" New Delhi: Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation has said that aviation sector has the potential to add to the growth of Indian economy. Inaugurating the Aviation Conclave 2019 with an overarching theme of “Flying for All” here today, Shri Prabhu said a growing aviation sector can carry along many other sectors to spur up the GDP. Read more… (Press Information Bureau: February 28, 2019)

5. 33 honoured with India’s most-coveted science prize Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave away the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize — India’s most coveted science and technology award — to 33 winners of past three years on the occasion of National Science Day in Delhi on Thursday. Dr Aditi Sen De of Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, is the only woman among the 33 scientists who were awarded for the year 2016, 2017 and 2018. Read more… (HT, Updated: Mar 01, 2019 01:44 IST)

6. Ola Electric raises Rs 400 cr in funding round led by Tiger Global, Matrix India New Delhi: Ride hailing major Ola Friday said its EV business - Ola Electric Mobility (OEM) - has raised Rs 400 crore in a funding round led by Tiger Global and Matrix India. "OEM, a company backed by Ola, has raised a sum of Rs 400 crore led by several of Ola's early investors, Tiger Global and Matrix India and others, as part of its first round of investment," a statement said. Read More… (PTI: March 01, 2019)

7. Joining the Dots: IIT-D builds low-cost Braille laptop for the visually-impaired Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi have developed a Braille laptop called DotBook, which can be useful for the visually impaired. The laptop has got important conventional applications such as email, calculator, and web browser. Third party apps can also be added in case needed. Read More… (The Better India, Sat, 02 Mar, 04:50pm)

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Vol. 03, Issue 10, March 08, 2019. 8. 73-YO man turns 200 acre land into organic farm, saves 2 Cr litres of water/year! It has been 11 years, and 73-year-old Jayachandran’s routine has not changed. He travels 675 km from his home in Chennai to his farm once every week. He spends four days working there before returning home. It was upon retiring from a 40-year-long career in the sugar industry that K. Jayachandran decided to choose a road many would not take. Read More… (Jovita Aranha, The Better India, Wed, 06 Mar, 04:17pm)

9. This hospital run by women for women Visitors to Femcity, a multispecialty hospital for women and children are in for a surprise. Right from security in charge, front office staff, executives, housekeeping staff, nurses, reception, pharmacists, anesthetist, technicians and operations manager are women. The 50-bedded facility started in June 2018 has 65 doctors on board out of which 90% doctors are women. Read More… (The Hans India, Sat, 02 Mar, 04:44pm)

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