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Vol. 01, Issue No. 01 September, 2017.

India in Vancouver Weekly Newsletter

Consulate General of India, Vancouver

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Vol. 01, Issue. 01, September, 2017.

Consulate News Deadline for conversion of PIO card to OCI card is extended to 31st December, 2017. All PIO card holders are advised to convert their PIO cards in to OCI cards at the earliest without waiting for the deadline of 31st December, 2017. Indian Davis Cup Team will play in Canada in Edmonton 15-17 September 2017! Be there to cheer for them. Your help is requested in spreading the word and support for the Team. Tickets available at Ticketmaster – alberta/event/110052CAC6DA1888?artistid=846620&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=31&bba=1

Namaste Canada 2017 Celebration The Consulate General of India, Vancouver in cooperation with over 20 Indian-Canadian Associations and cultural societies in B.C. hosted a mega-cultural event "Namaste Canada 2017" on Sunday-Monday 3-4, September 2017. The objective of the event was to bring together the Indian Diaspora around a common platform annually to celebrate India's rich cultural heritage and the flourishing ties between India and Canada. The event was organized at the Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. The 1 ½ days-long event showed glimpses of India's culture, music, dances and much more... was inaugurated by chief guest The Honourable Harry Bains, M.L.A. Minister for Labour, Government of B.C. along with Smt Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General, CGI office, Vancouver and guest of honours Ms. Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services, Bruce Ralston, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, B.C., Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal, MP, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Mr. Raj Chauhan, MLA & Dy. Speaker, Legislative Assembly of B.C, Mr. Jagrup Brar, MLA, Legislative Assembly of B.C., Mr. Garry Begg, MLA, Legislative Assembly of B.C., Ms. Rachna Singh, MLA, Legislative Assembly of B.C. The closing ceremony was graced by the presence of chief guest Mr. Tom Gill, Councillor, City of Surrey, B.C. and guest of honour Mr. Jati Sidhu, MP, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada. The programme had been put together by artistes, mostly local, who would be performing on a voluntary basis. More on 050462/

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EIMA Agrimach 2017 7-9 December 2017 at New Delhi Although India is one of the top countries in agricultural production, the current level of farm mechanization, which varies across states, averages around 40%. The agriculture equipment market in India is presently valued at 6.5 billion USD and has enormous potential for further growth. Morbi Ceramics Associations (MCA), Gujarat, representing the EIMA Agrimach India 2017, is the only business to business event of its kind offering a single venue interface between Indian and global players in the Agri-machinery sector. It is the most important trade show in India on agricultural machinery with visitor numbers reaching 40,000.

Organised jointly by

FICCI, FederUNACOMA in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the event is inspired by EIMA International, the second largest

2nd largest Ceramics Cluster of the world with more than 700 ceramic tiles and sanitary ware manufacturers under its banner, contributing to about 90 % of the Indian ceramic exports and 12.9 % to the world exports along with Octagon Communications Pvt. Ltd. Are organizing the 2nd edition of Vibrant Ceramics Expo and Summit 2017. The expo is scheduled to take place from 16-19 November, 2017 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

exhibition and conference on farm mechanisation in the world. 2. Vibrant Ceramics Expo and Summit is slated to be a global The fourth edition of EIMA Agrimach India organized in 2015 got a brilliant opening and received an overwhelming response. The exhibition witnessed participation from over 400 Indian and International companies including Country Pavilions from Italy, Japan, Spain and Turkey and direct participation from USA, Australia and Turkey.

event in the world ceramics calendar and to get maximum participation at the Vibrant Ceramics Expo and to promote trade and investment between Indian ceramic industry and the ceramic industries across the world, the organizers are promoting this expo to more than 65 countries across the world by participating in various ceramic and related expos and by organizing various road shows with the support of the Indian

For Brochure, pls. visit the Notice Board of the Consulate’s website

Embassies in each of these countries. For more event-related information and queries pls. contact: Shri Jasmeet Singh, Head, Agriculture, FICCI; Tel. No. 00911123487503; Mobile No.

Visit for more information.

9818724323; E-mail id:

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – 6-28 October 2017 India is hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 in October 2017 in Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata and New Mumbai. The Opening Ceremony of this event will be held in New Delhi on 6 October 2017 while the final match will be held in Kolkata on 28 October 2017. Hon’ble Prime Minister will be presiding over the Opening Ceremony of this event. The teams from following countries will be participating in the event: USA, Colombia, Ghana, Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey, Iran, Guinea, Gurmany, Costa Rica, Korea DPR, Niger, Brazil, Spain, Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France, Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England.

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VASTRA- An International Textile & Apparel Fair 2017

India Pharma 2018 & India Medical Device 2018.

Indian textile industry is the second largest manufacturer and exporter in the world.

Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India, in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), will be organizing the 3rd edition of International Exhibition & Conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Industry – INDIA PHARMA 2018 & INDIA MEDICAL DEVICE 2018 - at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka from February 15-17, 2018.

Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO), a Government of Rajasthan undertaking, with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), is organizing the 6th annual edition of International Textile and Apparel Fair "VASTRA- An International Textile & Apparel Fair 2017" (VASTRA-2017) from 21st to 24th September, 2017 at Jaipur (Rajasthan). Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India is supporting the event. A brochure of the fair is available on our website More details of the at





VASTRA, is a comprehensive trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel. The products on display range from Fibre to Fashion - covering the entire textile value addition chain. VASTRA, primarily a B2B trade fair where foreign buyers and Indian Buying Houses participate, has emerged as an important trade fair in the calendar of international event on Textiles and Apparel in India. In the last edition VASTRA-2016 held in October, 2016, 179 exhibitors and 85 foreign buyers participated. Quality importers of textile products and textile associations may contact Mr. B. K. Nayak, Dy. Director, FICCI (Mail ID Mob. No. +91 9945790735). It may be mentioned that foreign buyers will be hosted in VASTRA-2017, and the level of hosting / hospitality would vary from buyer to buyer, depending upon their business profile and other details.

2. The events would comprise of an International Exhibition and a Conference along with a series of concurrent events, such as CEOs Forum, Investors Meets, International Drugs Regulatory Meet, Buyer-Seller Meet, etc. 3. The 2nd edition of the event held in February 2017 witnessed over 275 exhibitors from the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Device sectors and hosted Buyers from over 24 countries. International Drug Regulators from 8 Countries and 29 Embassy/High Commission officials apart from 10,000 Business Visitors visited the event during the 3 days. Government of Karnataka participated as the Host State while the Government of Chhattisgarh was the Partner State in the last event 4. The 3rd edition will have the following components: • Exhibition • Conference • Reverse Buyer Seller Meet • International Regulators Meet • Investors Meet • CEO’s Forum with the Hon’ble Minister • India Pharma & India Medical Device Awards For further information on the events, you may refer to event website:

12th International Railway Equipment Exhibition- Global Platform for Railway Technology & Services, (11-13 October 2017, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi)

The 12th International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE 2017) is being organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the Ministry of Railways, Government of India from 11-13 October 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. 2. IREE is the largest event for the Railway Sector in India with active participation of India Railways in the Exhibition, Conference and networking initiatives. IREE 2015 witnessed a large number of Indian Railway production units displaying the future requirements and offerings from Indian Railways. Senior officials from these units of the Indian Railways were also present for discussions and networking throughout the exhibition period. 3. As technological up-gradation is the top priority of Indian Railways and many areas have been thrown open for private sector participation, IREE 2017 will facilitate partnerships, joint ventures, technology transfer initiatives and create an ideal platform for manufactures and service providers. 4. Detailed brochure on IREE 2017 is available on our website For more information about the exhibition, please visit 3|P a g e

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Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Government of India launched a scheme called “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC), in the academic year 20062007, for the children of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes. Under the scheme financial assistance for specific undergraduate courses in Professional and Non-Professional courses (except Medical and related courses) is provided towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services. Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) for the academic year 2017-18 has been launched on 17th July, 2017. The online portal for the scheme is The last date of submission of applications online is 30.09.2017. SPDC is applicable to Children of NRIs/PIOs/OCIs in 66 countries [Canada is one of them] for undergraduate programmes. The scheme is applicable to the following four categories: a) Children of Persons of Indian Origin b) Children of Non-Resident of Indians c) Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries studying abroad & d) Children of Indian workers in ECR countries – studying in India Of 150 scholarships under SPDC, 50 are reserved for category (c) and (d) above. The complete guidelines have been uploaded on our website’s notice board

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Canada's Premiere Indian Classical Music and Dance event, the 6th Annual Mushtari Begum Festival, is taking place once again on Saturday, September the 30th 2017at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster, with Cassius Khan, Amika Kushwaha, Ustad Amarjeet Singh, Abhishek Iyer, Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan, Prajakta Trehan, Sharanjeet Singh Mand, Disha Mehta and many more, such will be the passion and enchantment they create, intoxicating the soul with ancient melodies and rhythms, that undoubtedly, your ears will begin to see and the eyes listen.

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News from India 1. India’s CSIR ranked 9th public research and development organization across the world The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) took the 9th position as a public research institution in the world. According to the Scimago Institutions ranking World Report, 2017 CSIR ranked ninth in the total of 1,207 government institutions. The ranking was based on research performance, innovation outputs and societal impact measured by their activities performed over worldwide. The development programs that reflect scientific, economic and social characteristics of institutes that come under the organization. CSIR, after getting ranked comes in the companies of globally renowned organisations namely Chinese Academy of Sciences, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France, Helmholtz Gemeinschaft and Max Planck Gesellschaft in Germany, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain, Russian Academy of Sciences, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, and Italy and Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Germany. (Ranadheer, Tech Facts Live, Sat, 02 Sep, 04:31pm)

2. 14-year-old Indian origin boy becomes youngest pilot to fly single-engine plane A 14-year-old Indian-origin schoolboy in the UAE has become one of the youngest pilots to fly a single-engine aircraft, according to a media report. Mansour Anis, a class IXth student at Delhi Private School in Sharjah, received a certificate for his first solo flight from an aviation academy in Canada last week, Gulf News reported. His solo flight was about 10-minute-long during which he taxied the aircraft from the parking bay to the runway, took off for a flight of about five minutes and landed back, the report said. Mansour, who flew a Cessna 152 aircraft during his solo flight, now has a student pilot permit. Apart from the flying test, he has also passed a radio communication test and scored 96 per cent in the PSTAR Test, an eligibility test for Transport Canada. (The Hans India, Fri, 08 Sep, 03:40pm)

3. Indian-origin scientist creates medical camera to see through body An Indian-origin scientist has led a team at a UK university to create a medical camera that can see through the human body, and he believes it has immense potential for doctors in tracking internal examinations. Kev Dhaliwal, Professor of Molecular Imaging and Healthcare Technology at the University of Edinburgh, believes that with this device doctors will no longer be required to exclusively rely on expensive scans and X-rays. The camera is designed to help doctors track medical tools, known as endoscopes, which are used to investigate a range of internal conditions. The new device is able to detect sources of light inside the body, such as the illuminated tip of the endoscope’s long flexible tube. Until now, it has not been possible to track where an endoscope is located in the body in order to guide it to the right place without using X-rays or other expensive methods. The new camera takes advantage of advanced technology that can detect individual particles of light, called photons, the team explains. Experts have integrated thousands of single photon detectors onto a silicon chip, similar to that found in a digital camera. The technology is so sensitive that it can detect the tiny traces of light that pass through the body’s tissue from the light of the endoscope. It can also record the time taken for light to pass through the body, allowing the device to also detect the scattered light. Proteus is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the latest research has been published in the journal ‘Biomedical Optics Express’. (Tribune India, Tue, 05 Sep, 03:13pm)

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Vol. 01, Issue. 01, September, 2017. 4. Researchers develop climate-based dengue forecasting model Examining what climatic factors help spread dengue in India, researchers have found that a rise in temperature from 17 to 30 degrees Celsius can increase transmission of the mosquito-borne disease fourfold. However, a further increase in temperature beyond 35 degrees Celsius is detrimental to the mosquito survival, showed the findings published in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections. The study was conducted by the University of Liverpool Britain in collaboration with the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati. The researchers evaluated the relationship of climatic factors in the spread of dengue in different climatic zones in the country through the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Kerala. The study found that Kerala being warm (temperature range 23.5-30 degrees Celsius) and wet and with short incubation period (9-14 days) experiences the highest number of dengue cases. The incubation period is the shortest during the monsoon season in most states and therefore there is an enhanced risk of dengue during this time, the researchers found. (Odisha Television Ltd., Sun, 03 Sep, 04:29pm)

5. Indian scientists develop technology for harvesting water from dew A suitably designed dew-cum-rainwater harvesting plant can potentially harvest 320- 325 mm of rainwater and atmospheric moisture during a year. A group of Indian scientists, working with experts from France, has developed technology for harvesting dew or atmospheric moisture for drinking water purposes and shown that it can be a cost-effective option in water-stressed regions like Kutch in Gujarat. India’s first potable water production plant designed to harvest atmospheric moisture and process it into drinking water has been set up at Kothara village in the Kutch region. It has a capacity to processan average 500 liters of water daily. The dew harvesting technology involves harvesting dew using specially designed condenser panels, storing raw water and putting it through filtration process. When conditions for dew formation are right – clear sky and humid coastal breeze- the panel surfaces cool to dew point temperature causing condensation to occur. Condensing water flows down sloping sides by gravity into a central channel. (Dinesh C Sharma , Down To Earth, Thu, 07 Sep, 05:38pm)


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