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Vol. 01, Issue No. 08 October 27, 2017.

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Vol. 01, Issue. 08, October 27, 2017.

Consulate News Invitation to join the Consulate General of India in commemorating the 142nd Birth Anniversary of Sardar Patel on 31 Oct 2017.

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Important Notice regarding Consular Camps for Life Certificate The Consulate General of India will be conducting Consular Camps at the places and dates mentioned below for signing of Life Certificates, and other consular services [where there is no BLS centre]. The Consulate will not provide any attestation of ‘Life Certificate’ services at the Consulate during November and the general public may please approach the local contacts given below as regards the venue and timing of the camp.




Local organizer



Saturday 04.11.17

Mr. Kuldip Singh Thandi, President, Ross St. Gurdwara Ph: 604 719 6800 Email:



Saturday 04.11.17

Col. Santokh Singh Hundal, Indian Ex-Servicemen Society, Surrey 201-8212-128 Street Ph: 604 501 3939 Email:



Sunday 05.11.17

Lakshmi Narayan Temple, 8321-140 St. Surrey Sh Satish Goel, President. Email:,



Sunday 05.11.17

Sh Bhajan Singh Toor, Vice President, Heritage Gurudwara, Abbotsford Ph: 604 864 7700 Email:,



Sunday 12.11.17

Sh Nish Prasad Ph: 306 533 0977 Email:



Sunday 12.11.17

Sh Amit Shukla, India Canada Cultural Association, Saskatoon Ph: 306 717 3880 Email:



Sunday 19.11.17

Col Rattan, President Indian Ex-servicemen Immigrant Association Ph: 403 835 2257 Email:



Sunday 19.11.17

Sh Chander Sheikhar, President, CISE Email:,


Prince George

Sunday 26.11.17

Sh Sardul Singh Toor, VP, Guru Gobind Singh Temple Association, 443 Kelly St. South, Prince George Ph: 250981 9872 Email:



Sunday 26.11.17

Sh Kulwinder Singh Kular, President, Sikh Cultural Society, Ph: 2503 768 285, Email:

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The 15th Edition of Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) is scheduled to be held from 28th January to 3rd February 2018. MIFF is a biennial documentary, short fiction and animation film festival organized by the Films Division under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. In the past, the MIFF has been attended by documentary and animation film-makers from all over the world; and it has become one of the flagship events in India. It may be noted that the Golden Conch, the prestigious top award of MIFF amounting to approximately INR 60 lakhs, recognizes the best talent in documentary & animation film making. 2. Documentary films, short fiction (up to 45 minutes), and animation films produced between September 1st, 2015 to August 31st, 2017 are eligible for entry in the relevant category. The last date for submitting entries is November 15, 2017. 3. Details about the event, including entry form, rules & regulation, and other contact details are available on the website The contact person from the Films Division is Ms. Swati Pandey, Director, Films Division, Ministry of I&B, Mumbai. She could be approached on the email ID and telephone number +91-2223524095.

Global Notice for Expression of Interest Notice No. CT/IM/LWR/RSM (Dev) Government of India, Ministry of Railways Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) 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 Design-I, 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).

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 ( ). 3|P a g e

Vol. 01, Issue. 08, October 27, 2017. 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.

International Solar Alliance Founding Conference – 8th December 2017 The Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance (ISA) is going to be held on 8th December 2017 in Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. It will be graced by the Prime Minister of India, the President of French Republic and Heads and Ministers from prospective ISA member countries.

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International Solar Alliance (ISA) was jointly launched on 30th November 2015 by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France in the presence of H.E. Mr. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of United Nations at the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris. The ISA has been conceived as a unique international platform for cooperation among 121 solar resource nations, with the aim to massively ramp up solar energy by aggregating markets, and taking solar power applications to scale to improve energy access. The ISA creates an economically conducive environment which would lead to job creation, investments resulting in profitability, competitiveness among various sectors, filling up the gaps in power supply, enhancement of manufacturing sector, all this whilst protecting the environment and ultimately making solar a buyers’ market. The ISA is considered a significant step in making solar resource rich countries self-reliant in energy. The ISA Event will witness a series of activities, not only conferences and exhibition, but actual projects and agreements signing, thereby walking the talk. ISA Pavilion is being put up to showcase new inventions and technologies; Models and statistics of irrigation pumps, drinking water pumps and mini grids. A dedicated space would be allocated in the Pavilion for B2B meetings. The detailed Agenda/Programme of the Foundation Ceremony is available at 4|P a g e

Vol. 01, Issue. 08, October 27, 2017.

News from India 1. Indian scientists find a rare, 157 million years old dinosaur fossil in Gujarat's Kutch desert Scientists in India have made a groundbreaking discovery, that of an ichthyosaur fossil in Gujarat. It’s the first time a complete fossil of this now extinct creature has been found in the country. The ichthyosaur (Greek for “fish lizard”) was a marine reptile that lived between 157 to 152 million years ago. The fossil was discovered inside rocks dating back to the Mesozoic Era, in the Kutch desert, making it the first Jurassic sea monster discovered in the region. What's the significance of this discovery? Prof Guntupalli VR Prasad, who led the expedition, said the 5.5m-long specimen was almost complete, with only parts of the skull and tail bones missing. "This is a remarkable discovery not only because it is the first Jurassic ichthyosaur record from India, but also it throws light on the evolution and diversity of ichthyosaurs in the Indo-Madagascan region and India's biological connectivity with other continents in the Jurassic," Prasad told the BBC. The team composed of scientists from India and Germany, came across the fossil south of the village of Lodai in Gujarat last year. Since then, they’ve been studying the fossil to determine if there was ever an ocean channel between India and South America. (GWYN D'MELLO , India Times, Fri, 27 Oct, 11:20am)

2. International Children's Peace Prize 2017: Know The 10 nominees from India Little did anyone know that these kids in the age group of 12-17 years will make it to the nomination list of International Children's Peace Prize 2017, an award presented every year 'to a child who fights courageously for children's rights. The nominees of 2017 demonstrate that children are changemakers.' This year 10 Indian kids have been nominated for the prestigious award. On 4 December 2017, Kids Rights Foundation (the founder) will award the International Children's Peace Prize 2017. Last year, UAE based Indian teen, Kehkashan Basu had won the award. Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai had won the award in 2013. Abraham M. Keita won the award in 2015 for his fight against violence to children. The first International Children's Peace Prize was won by Baruani Ndume from Tanzania. The young crusader against child marriage and child labour, Shailendra (17 years old) has been successful for bringing 33 children back to schools, saving them from the clutches of child labour. He has also prevented 5 child marriages in his village. Nidhi has a similar story. The 15-year-old girl from Bihar is the leader of a children's group which deals with children's rights issues. Sumitra from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Odisha has made it to the nomination list along with 9 other children. A rugby player, Sumitra, has been training her junior since the Touraid Under 13 Girls International Rugby Tournament in London where she led the team to victory. (Maitree Baral, NDTV, Mon, 23 Oct, 01:25pm)

3. Kavita Devi becomes the first Indian woman wrestler to be signed by WWE An Indian wrestler from Haryana, Kavita Devi, has created history by becoming the first female wrestler from India to be signed by World Wrestling Entertainment. Devi, who has won a developmental contract with WWE, will receive opportunities to train to become a ‘WWE Superstar’, according to the company. An accomplished powerlifter who won gold while representing India at the 2016 South Asian Games, the five-feet nine-inch wrestler also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring, participating in the Mae Young Classic women’s tournament in August 2017. Having learned her ring skills from her mentor, former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali, Devi is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, in January 2018. Although she is relatively inexperienced compared to some of her counterparts in the Classic, WWE believes that Devi has the physical tools to go a long way. She was a part of WWE’s historic Dubai tryout in April 2017 and caught the attention of the WWE scouts. Devi will join a roster of international talent at the WWE Performance Center who hail from a variety of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the U.K. (India West, Wed, 25 Oct, 04:16pm)

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Vol. 01, Issue. 08, October 27, 2017. 4. Bihar girl wins international award for educating lower caste kids Heroes are born in every nook and corner of India. This time a 20-year-old girl from Bihar has made her native Bhojpur District proud by winning international acclaim for her efforts to uplift the Musahar community, considered one of the lowest and most downtrodden in the state’s caste-ridden society. Choti Kumari Singh, hailing from an impoverished upper caste Rajput family, has won Women's Creativity in Rural Life Award from the Switzerland-based Women s World Summit Foundation. Choti started helping with social and educational work among Musahars in her own village of Ratanpur in 2014, after joining a programme run by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math of the spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). The programme aimed at adopting 101 villages across the country to make them self-reliant models of sustainability, according to a release issued by the Math. Choti is the youngest person to receive the USD 1,000 (Rs 65,000 approx.) award since it was instituted in 1994 to honour women around the world exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment to the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities. Mostly working as landless labourers, the Musahar community suffers from poverty, near-total illiteracy and lack of personal hygiene. Child marriages are rampant and school attendance is negligible. When the programme was introduced at Ratnapur in 2014, Choti started offering free after-school tuition classes for children. Choti initiated self-help groups wherein every woman saves Rs 20 a month, which is deposited in a common bank account for starting home-based activities. The tuition classes proved to a huge success with 108 children enrolled. This is no mean task in a village with a population of less than 1,000 people. Initially, the Musahar villagers were hostile. They used to drink, gamble and verbally abuse me. However, once they started observing the positive changes brought by our work, the situation became relatively favourable, Choti recalls. (, Wed, 25 Oct, 04:30pm0


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Weekly news report 27 10 2017  
Weekly news report 27 10 2017