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Consulate General of India, Vancouver Indian Students Annual Day Special Vol. 01, Issue No. 17 December 29, 2017.

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Vol. 01, Issue. 17, December 29, 2017.

Consulate News Indian Students’ Get Together / Annual Day Celebration (22 December, 2017) Consulate General of India, Vancouver, organized a year end get-together for Indian Students studying in various universities in its consular jurisdiction on 22 Dec 2017 at the Consulate premises. About 80 students participated in the event. Mrs Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General addressed the students and interacted with them along with officers of the Consulate. Students were encouraged to register in the MADAD portal. CGI had also invited Mrs Ranjana Sinha, Branch Manager, State Bank of India, Vancouver, to brief the students regarding some special student related schemes of the SBI.

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After the astounding success of the past three editions of Global Exhibition on Services (GES), the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are organising the 4th Global Exhibition on Services from 15th - 18th May 2018 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. GES event is targeting participation from 100 countries and will also host 30 knowledge sessions and thousands of B2B & B2G meetings. 2. An annual flagship event of India, the first GES was inaugurated in 2015 by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The subsequent editions were inaugurated by then President of India in 2016 and 2017. GES 2017, was a huge success with participation from over 573 companies from 73 countries (including India) and more than 5000 structured meetings. 3. GES 2018-Mumbai proposes to focus on Services sector excellence in India and expanding our global footprint. It will feature the following services sectors - IT & Telecom, banking & financial services, education, energy services, environmental services, exhibition & event services, facility management, healthcare, logistics, media & entertainment, next gen cities, printing & publishing, professional services, railway services, retail & e-commerce, skills, space, sports services, starts-ups/SME, tourism & hospitality and wellness. 4. The buyer’s nomination is purely on first cum first basis. Selected buyers will get return economic class air fare and hotel. The last date of registration for “Foreign Buyers” is 1st March 2018. You may register your confirmation to Mr Rajesh Wadhwa at Tel: 91-124-4013875 / 4014060 or visit Visit for more information and click here to read the GES brochure.

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Celebrating Karnataka as the hub of Next Gen Smart foods, the Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka is organizing the ‘Organics & Millets 2018 International Trade Fair’ at Bengaluru Palace, Bengaluru during 19 th – 21st January, 2018. The Fair will address all aspects of the value chain, from farm to shelf, in organic and millet segments. It aims to create/enhance new markets and opportunities in organics and millets. 2. The International Trade Fair and conference offers opportunity for the organic and millet stakeholders to meet and promote business. The objective is to connect the local farmers to global value chains wherein they derive benefits of expanding organic and millet food markets. The ‘Organics and Millets 2018 International Trade Fair’ will host an international conference and an exposition. It will be a platform for domestic and international companies, farmer groups from different states and Central/State bodies in organic or millet promotion to connect with opportunities in agri-horticulture, processing, machinery, technology and marketing in global and domestic markets. 3. Detailed information with options for registration to the ‘Organics and Millets 2018 International Trade Fair’ can be accessed at the website 4. Please click here to download the brochure.

National Teachers’ Congress foundation MIT Campus S. No-124 Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune-411038 (January 10 – 12, 2018)

The MIT World Peace University, Pune is organising the second National Teachers Congress in Pune from January 10 – 12, 2018. The event has the support of Government of Maharashtra. 2. The National Teachers' Congress (NTC) has been conceptualized with an objective to inspire teachers of Higher Education (under-graduate and post-graduate colleges) from across the nation. Through extensive deliberations and dialogues of 3 days, NTC aim to ignite the spirit of over 8,000 teachers every year so that they continue to look beyond the commercial temptations for creating deeper and wider impact on the society through this noble profession. 3. Over a thousand teachers from India and teachers/professors of Indian origin teaching in foreign universities are expected to participate in the event. The event will provide an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas with their contemporaries in India. 4. Contact details are as below for registration and more information: Phone: +91 88888 15424/25 Email: & Website:

BHEL tender for "Supply & Commissioning of Fiber plate Ni-Cd Type Batteries for UPS & 24V DC charger to Ennore (2x660 MW) project (Tender Ref: SBA0000297) BHEL has floated open tender for "Supply & Commissioning of Fiber plate Ni-Cd Type Batteries for UPS & 24V DC charger to Ennore (2x660 MW) project (Tender Ref: SBA0000297)". Please visit any one of the following websites to download the tender Documents and other details. 3|P a g e

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Global Food & Beverage Show of India January 18-19, 2018, India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida

Trade Promotion Council of India with the support of Dept. of Commerce, Govt. of India is organizing the flagship international food show cum Reverse Buyer Seller Meet – “Indus Food” at India Exposition Centre, Greater Noida India. The is the largest of its kind food export promotion event organized in India with supported by Department of Commerce with over 400 plus Indian Food & Beverage Manufacturers and Exporters exhibiting and over 500 pre-screened hosted buyers invited from across the world. Indus Food shall be the most significant and vital platform for global food buyers to source, network & connect with Indian Food & Beverage industry with a large and diversified choice. The event zone wise segregation for the exhibitors to specifically participate and show case their products of their respective segments covering all 12 product segments from consumer food, dairy products, marine, meat & poultry to Indian ethnic Food all under one roof. Interested members may kindly contact: For Exhibitor Participation: Deepak Vohra | +91 9205883437 | For Strategic Partnership & Sponsorship: Sandip Das | +91 9205883429 | For Buyer Nomination: Rohan Chopra | +91 9205883430 | Also visit for more information.

News from India 1. India to overtake Britain, France to become 5th largest economy in 2018 The CEBR projections give India the fifth spot a year ahead of the IMF estimates, which move it up in 2019. India will "leapfrog" Britain and France to become the world's fifth largest economy in 2018, ahead of an oncoming major global economic shift towards Asia, according to a British research organization. The World Economic League Table (WELT) 2018 released on Monday by Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said that in dollar terms, India will rise from its seventh rank to overtake those European economies next year despite the stumble of demonetization and the introduction of Goods a Services Tax. (The News Minute, Thu, 28 Dec, 02:42pm)

2. India’s Digital Payments System Rated Higher Than China, UK and Japan In the past few years, the Indian government has made a concerted effort at making digital payments ubiquitous. For those living in the big cities, the proliferation of digital payments has reached significant proportions. This progress is reflected in a global report published by the US-based financial services technology giant Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), which has rated India’s digital payment systems above the ones prevalent in China, Japan and the UK. (Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk, The Better India, Thu, 28 Dec, 12:41pm)

3. India set to become first country to predict tsunami inundations in real time! India will soon be the first country to develop a system that predicts the extent of deluge caused by tsunamis in real time. Scientists claim that this would be a ground-breaking system that will take the work of the Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC) a step further. ITEWC is a department of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Sciences, Hyderabad which is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. ITEWC had already proved its worth when it correctly detected an 8.6 magnitude earthquake on the western coast of Aceh in Northern Sumatra and accurately predicted that it would not generate tsunami waves. Its work can be further enhanced by setting up the supercomputer that calculates a tsunami wave’s flooding. (Tanvi Patel, The Better India, Thu, 28 Dec, 12:51pm)

4. Government imposes 30% import duty on chana, masoor To protect the interest of farmers, the government on Thursday imposed 30% import duty on chana and masoor as their production of is expected to be high during the forthcoming Rabi season. "Cheap imports, if allowed unabated are likely to adversely affect the interest of farmers. Taking these factors into consideration and to protect the interest of the farmers government has decided to increase the said import duty," the government said in a statement. At present, tur attracts 10% import duty. Further, Government has recently imposed 50% import duty on yellow peas. Other pulses, however, attract zero import duty. There has been a record production of pulses in the current year.

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Vol. 01, Issue. 17, December 29, 2017. 5. IITH researchers develop "e-skin" that mimics human skin The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) today said that its researchers have developed a low cost, artificial electronic skin (e-skin) which mimics the functionality of the human skin. It stated that this “e-skin” is beneficial for acid attack and burn victims in cases where the skin is permanently damaged and loses functionality. (Business Line, Fri, 22 Dec, 03:52pm)

6. Karnataka: Newly launched digital bird guide soars high India’s first birder to complete one ‘Big year’ and record 1,128 species of birds from across India in 2015, Shashank Dalvi, has now brought out a digital bird guide in the form of an mobile application called Vannya. Launched about a month ago, the free app that is available on Android and IOS already has over 3,000 downloads from across 15 countries. (Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror, Fri, 22 Dec, 02:10pm)


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