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Consulate General of India, Vancouver

Vol. 01, Issue No. 13 December 01, 2017.

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Consulate News Public Lecture on Indian Cultural Values in the Contemporary Business Context (SFU Beedie School of Business) Lecture and reception organized by SFU Beedie School of Business for Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ Visiting Scholar (ICCR chair in SFU), Dr. Kanika Bhal - at the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies on Monday, November 27, 2017. Mrs Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General delivered the special welcome address and Mr Andrew Petter, President SFU gave the opening remarks. Dr. Bhal delivered a lecture on “Belief Systems and Business: Indian Cultural Values and Their Interpretation in the Contemporary Business Context”.

Brahma Kumaris’s Special Program on Developing Focus with Ken O’Donnell Brahma Kumaris, Vancouver organized a special program on Developing Focus with Ken O’Donnell on Friday, November 24, 2017 (6:30PM-8:30PM) in Surrey. Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General of India, Vancouver graced the occasion. Ken O’Donnell, director of the Brahma Kumaris for South America and a dynamic, stimulating speaker & widely experienced consultant talked about "Developing Focus- How to create a sense of focus in a group or organization." 1|P a g e

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“Third Anniversary Conference” and “Annual Show Case Event” by BC Chapter of ICAI The British Columbia Chapter of ICAI celebrated its “Third Anniversary" and “Annual Show Case Event” on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at Fraser view Banquet Hall, 8240 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5X 3X6. Mrs Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General inaugurated the event along with Mr. Deepak Arora, Chairman, British Columbia Chapter of ICAI and other Board members. She congratulated the Chapter on their third anniversary and commended them for the remarkable work being done by the BC chapter of ICAI in terms of its outreach and showcasing the strengths of Indian professionals in the field of accountancy. The Chapter serves as a hub for professionals from India and Canada and is contributing significantly to the community of accountants with their professionalism. The event successfully ended with cultural entertainment and a delicious dinner.

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E-tender for Item- Supply and I&C for Balance of Systems for 5MW Solar PV Plant BHEL Haridwar (RFQ SPKSCPV006 Dt. 28.11.2017 Due Dt. 12.12.2017) Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Electronics Division, Bangalore has the requirement above mentioned item. In this regard, BHEL has floated an open tender on 28.11.2017. 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 - , click on advanced search, type the RFQ no. in keyword, click search, list will appear and click on the RFQ no. for tender details.

Tender Name: Supply and I&C for Balance of Systems for 5MW Solar PV Plant BHEL Haridwar Kindly note that the tender is due on 12.12.2017, 13:00:00 Hrs. Please submit your offer on e-tender portal

Global Notice for Expression of Interest Notice No. CT/IM/LWR/RSM (Dev) Government of India, Ministry of Railways, Research Designs and Standards Organisation (Manak Nagar, Lucknow (INDIA) -226011) Ministry of Railways, Research Designs and Standards Organization (R.D.S.O.), Lucknow, India is interested in ‘Exploring the availability of the manufacturers/suppliers of the equipment/system for non-destructive measurement of Rail Stresses and Determination of Stress Free Temperature of LWR/CWR’. Firms having requisite equipment or having facilities to develop the above equipment/system and possessing ISO certificate, are requested to see the details on RDSO’s website at HOME PAGE under ‘EOI’ appearing in RED and may contact Director Standards/Track DesignI, RDSO, Lucknow on Telephone No. +91-522-2465766 or/and email: on any working day for further clarifications, if any. The firms are requested to submit details in the prescribed format by 11.12.2017 (15:00 hrs) to Director Standards/Track Design-I, Anusandhan Bhawan, Track Design Directorate, RDSO, Manak Nagar, Lucknow –226011, Uttar Pradesh, (INDIA).

Uniform Garment and Home Textile Expo - January, 2018 Uniform Garment & Home Textile (Towels & Bedsheets) manufacturer’s fair will be held between 27th and 29th January, 2018 by Solapur Garment Manufacturer’s Association. This fair will be organized at Balaji Sarovar Premier & it’s ground, Solapur city (Maharashtra, India) The fair presents blends of all types of uniforms, garments, handloom & home textiles manufacturers who will display their products under one roof. The details of the exhibition are available on website 3|P a g e

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Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB) and MSME Department, Govt. of Rajasthan, India jointly organizing IIF 2018 and it’s their great pleasure and honors to invite SME ENTREPRENEURS OF CANADA to join International pavilion & showcase opportunities for Indian MSME’s business owners & Investors at the 5th edition of India Industrial Fair, 2018; the Official Exhibition & Conference run under the patronage of LUB and MSME department, Government of Rajasthan. 2. India Industrial Fair is one of the largest industrial trade show in Rajasthan. IIF offers participating companies unique, never before platform to exhibit products & services. In Rajasthan after the resounding success of IIF 2014 & IIF 2015 at jodhpur (Rajasthan), IIF 2016 at Jaipur (Rajasthan) and IIF 2017 at Rajkot (Gujrat), Laghu Udyog Bharati has decided to organize its fifth edition of India Industrial Fair IIF 2018 at the JECC, Sitapura, Jaipur (Rajasthan). 3. IIF 2018 is organized by Department of Industries (Govt. of Rajasthan) and Laghu Udyog Bharti. Department of Industries promote small scale industries and marketing of their products. The Department also promotes handicraft & handloom products, encourages production of salt and caters to the welfare of the artisans, also registers those Small-Scale Industries (SSI) units which are functioning under various schemes of the Government of India. Laghu Udyog Bharati is a 23 years old National level organization dedicated to serve micro and small industries of the country. Please visit for more information. Online registration:

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.

RE-INVEST 2017 [7-9 December 2017] The 2nd Edition of the Global Renewable Energy Investors Meet and Expo (RE-INVEST 2017) will be held in India Expo Mart, Greater Noida from 7th to 9th December 2017. RE-INVEST 2017 aims at accelerating the global efforts towards Renewable Energy. The event will enable the global investment community to connect with Renewable Energy stakeholders. The activities in the event include series of seminars covering different themes of renewables, conferences and exhibition of manufacturers, project developers, investors and other players in the renewable energy space to showcase manufacturing capabilities, latest technologies, financing options and investment opportunities. The RE-INVEST 2017 is expected to be attended by Heads of the State or Ministers from various countries, more than 600 global leaders and investors and 10,000 delegates from world over. The detailed Agenda/Programme of RE-INVEST 2017 is available at 4|P a g e

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News from India 1. Indian doctors successfully perform first ever kidney transplant in Tanzania In a major step forward in the field of medical science, the first ever kidney transplant was successfully performed in Tanzania by doctors from city-based BLK Super Specialty Hospital in partnership with Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam. "It is a matter of great honor that the first ever kidney transplant in Tanzania was performed by a team of Indian doctors," Naresh Kapoor, Executive Director, BLK Super Specialty Hospital, said in a statement. "Such surgeries are enormously complicated with significant risks. Hence, the success of this first ever kidney transplant enlivens hope for the people of Tanzania. I congratulate our team on the success," Kapoor said. The surgery was carried out on a 30-year-old Tanzanian woman who was suffering from end-stage kidney disease and was on hemodialysis for over a year. "The kidney donor was her 27-year-old brother," said HS Bhatyal, Head of Urology and Kidney Transplantation at the hospital. The doctors also acknowledged the support of a team of doctors at Muhimbili National Hospital in conducting the surgery. "Both donor and recipient are recuperating well and should return to normal activities soon. They are under our care and supervision," Sunil Prakash, Director & Head of Nephrology at BLK hospital said. With a broader aim to promote cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries, the New Delhi-based hospital established partnerships with Muhimbili National Hospital as well as other healthcare institutes in the region such as the JakayaKikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) and Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute. (Zee Media Bureau, Zee News, Tue, 28 Nov, 03:41pm)

2. Ajaita Shah wins pitch competition at GES Ajaita Shah from India has been named the 2017 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Catalyst pitch competition Grand Champion at Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Her startup, Frontier Markets, is a last mile distribution solution for energy products with a focus on solar technology that empowers women. It gives women the tools they need to teach their communities about the benefits of solar power and sell solar products, said a statement. As the Grand Champion, Shah will receive $50,000 in Amazon Web Services credits; a Dell laptop computer; admission to the 2018 Circular Summit from Alice; an exclusive virtual mentoring session with an Amazon Executive; $100,000 in Google Cloud credits; an interview for Inc. Magazine by Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Chairman of the Board of Alice; and admission to the 2018 Circular Board Accelerator cohort from Alice. She will also be designated the Cognizant “Genesis Award” Winner and receive $2,000 in cash, courtesy of Cognizant. Jainesha Sinha, founder of GyanDhan, from India; Fiona Edwards Murphy, founder of ApisProtect, from Ireland; and Vaishali Neotia, founder of Merxius Software, from India; all made to the finals for the GIST Catalyst pitch competition. As finalists, they will receive $10,000 in Amazon Web Services credits, a Dell laptop computer, a Circular Summit scholarship from Alice, and $100,000 in Google Cloud credits. Molly Morse, founder of Mango Materials, from the US, received the Women First Award from Amazon Web Services. She will receive $50,000 in Amazon Web Services credits, an exclusive virtual mentoring session with an Amazon executive, and a Dell laptop computer. Runner-ups will receive $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credits, $20,000 in Google Cloud credits and a Dell laptop computer. And each of the remaining semifinalists will receive $1,500 in Amazon Web Services credits. In total, GIST Catalyst semifinalists competed for over $400,000 in startup resources. (The Hindu, Fri, 01 Dec, 03:29pm)

3. India plans “rent a roof” policy to promote rooftop solar To support its ambitious plan to generate 40 gigawatts of rooftop solar power by 2022, the Indian government is planning to launch a “rent a roof” policy, said Anand Kumar, secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Under the “rent a roof” policy, the developer will take rooftops on rent and will offer a lease to each household, and then feed the solar power to the grid. The policy is announced at a time when India’s net-metering market is being introduced in different parts of the country. Net metering allows consumers to generate some or all of their own electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated. However, here the responsibility lies with the individual households, whereas in the case of a “rent a roof” scheme all the responsibilities such as installation and maintenance will be taken care by the developer. This policy is expected to provide a major push to the rooftop solar energy segment, which has not been so popular among the developers so far. Despite an attractive fiscal incentive, the solar rooftop sector lags way behind national targets. As of August 2017, the country has installed just 1.7 gigawatts against the 40-gigawatt target by 2022. During India’s National Solar Mission review meeting in July 2017, the committee concluded that the rooftop target is unrealistic and had asked for a revision. Similarly, consulting firm Bridge to India analyzed that reaching up to 50% rooftop targets by 2022 is also unlikely. (Saurabh Mahapatra, Clean Technica, Fri, 01 Dec, 03:56pm)


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