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Consulate General of India, Vancouver

Vol. 01, Issue No. 04 September 28, 2017.

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Vol. 01, Issue. 04, September 28, 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.

A set of 11 commemorative postage stamps on “Ramayana” were released by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi on September 22, 2017 at Varanasi during his visit to the historic Tulsi Manas temple. Please visit for more information.

"DIWALI INDIA CANADA: JOINT ISSUE" The first ever joint stamp issue between India Post and Canada Post "DIWALI INDIA CANADA: JOINT ISSUE" was held in Toronto on 21.09.2017. The event at Toronto City Hall saw participation by many prominent leaders of the Indo-Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area, and prominent Canadians from all walks of life. High Commissioner Mr. Vikas Swarup joined Toronto Mayor Mr. John Tory; Hon’ble Member of Parliament for Brampton Ms. Ruby Sahota; and Canada Post CEO, Mr. Deepak Chopra in unveiling the joint stamps. The stamps can be viewed at

2ND BC-INDIA PARTNERSHIP SUMMIT HOSTED BY C-IBC On September 18-19, the C-IBC held its second summit in Vancouver featuring a unique mixture of participants from the Province's digital media and entertainment companies and prominent Indian corporates such as Reliance Entertainment and Education and the ZEE North American team. The Canada-India economic relationship is at an important juncture and the scope to grow is significant. The Summit provided both a glimpse as well as specific opportunities in the new India, an India that is becoming digital and a young aspiring India that is thirsting for quality and niche programs. The Province has emerged as a key global venue for Indian companies to seek like-minded partners from BC's thriving industry. The Summit marked a remarkable collaborative effort between the Council, the provincial government, BC Creative and key Indian global companies to focus on the opportunities for business and educational partnerships in the distinctive digital and entertainment sectors. Mr Fazil Mihlar, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology, Govt of BC and Ms Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General spoke on the occasion.

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BC-India Business Network’s 3rd Annual Grand Diwali Gala MORE than 300 businessmen, dignitaries, community leaders and representatives from political parties attended the BC-India Business Network’s 3rd Annual Grand Diwali Gala at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on September 22. Among those who attended were Carla Qualtrough, federal Minister of Civil Supplies and Procurement; Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology; Harry Bains, Minister of Labour; Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General of India; Randeep Sarai, MP; Ed Fast, former federal minister; Stockwell Day, former federal minister; Herb Dhaliwal, former federal minister; James Howey and Serge Corbeil from Air Canada; Kathy Kinlock, President of BCIT; and Dr. Lane Trotter, President of Langara College. The occasion became even more celebratory when Qualtrough and Joshi unveiled a special stamp jointly released by Canada Post and India Post on the occasion of Diwali. President of BC-IBN, Catherine Sas, welcomed the audience to the Diwali Gala and thanked everyone for being so engaged with the organization. Ralston said that the Government of British Columbia was committed to furthering trade with India and emphasized that he would work proactively with organizations such as BC-IBN to further improve trade. The audience were kept entertained throughout the evening with a host of scintillating dance performances and were also treated to a delicious Indian buffet. Air Canada were the sponsors of two pairs of premium economy tickets from Vancouver to India that were won by two of the guests present. BC-IBN is a networking organization whose mandate is to facilitate trade between BC and India. They have organized a number of networking events which have been highly successful. Their next big project is a joint concert by famous Indian Composer Ricky Kej and his Team of Grammy Award winners along with a leading philharmonic orchestra from B.C. in July 2018. (

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Advantage Health Care India 2017: Promoting Services Exports from India ‘An International Summit on Medical Value Travel’ 12-14 October 2017, Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru

We are pleased to share that after two very successful editions of ‘Advantage Health Care India (AHCI), we are now organizing the third edition – AHCI 2017, an International Summit on Medical Value Travel with the aim of ‘Promoting Healthcare Services Exports from India’, scheduled from 12 - 14 October, 2017 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru. 2. AHCI is an initiative of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Service Export Promotion Council (SEPC). The event is being supported by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, NABH, EEPC and PHARMEXCIL. The main features of the Summit are - Exhibition, B2B Meetings, Regional Forums, Conference Sessions as well as Hospital Visits. 3. The medical value travel industry has emerged as one of the fastest growing segment of tourism industry despite the global economic downturn. According to the FICCI – IMS Report, India is one of the key MVT destinations in Asia with over 500,000 foreign patients seeking treatment. MVT can be a 9 billion USD opportunity by 2020 through adequate focus and effective execution. 4. Our endeavor, through the “Advantage Health Care – India 2017” is to showcase India and its immense pool of medical capabilities as well as create opportunities for healthcare collaborations between the participating countries. For registration and more information please visit

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. 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: and 3|P a g e

Vol. 01, Issue. 04, September 28, 2017.

Investment Opportunities in Canada

Village Clinton in British Columbia is diversifying and is looking for small investors. Its Mayor, Mr. Jim Rivett accompanied by his Councilors, Mr. Wayne Marchant, Ms. Susan Swan, and Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. Monika Schittek visited the Consulate and met the Consul General, Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi on 28 September 2017.







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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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Vol. 01, Issue. 04, September 28, 2017.

News from India 1. Nooyi, Kochhar, Shikha on Fortune’s most powerful women in business list Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma have been ranked among the most powerful businesswomen outside of the United States by Fortune magazine. Two Indians — Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma — have made it to the rankings of most powerful women in business outside the United States drawn up by the Fortune magazine while Indra Nooyi featured in the top three on the US edition list. The Most Powerful Women in Business Outside the US list, which was topped by Banco Santander group executive chairman Ana Botin, placed ICICI Bank’s Kochhar at the fifth spot while Axis Bank’s Sharma has been ranked 21st. PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi came in at No. 2 on the US Most Powerful Women in Business list, led by General Motors chairman and CEO Mary Barra. Lockheed Martin chairman, president and CEO Marillyn Hewson took the third spot. On Kochhar, managing director and CEO, ICICI Bank, Fortune said she has “led India’s largest private lender for eight years, and under her stewardship ICICI Bank has thrived”. The 50 global businesswomen represent 17 countries and many industries and had 11 newcomers this year. The methodology involved four criteria: the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career (resume and runway ahead), and social and cultural influence. The US list comprised 26 CEOs controlling $1.1 trillion in market cap, seven newcomers, one returnee, and nine women in the technology industry. (Live Mint, Thu, 28 Sep, 03:49pm)

2. India becomes largest generator of energy from renewable sources India became the largest generator of energy from renewable sources, generating 10.2 billion units in June, according to latest available data. This includes electricity generated from solar, wind, biomass and small hydroelectric units. This is 26 per cent more than 8.1 BU of energy generated in June 2016, and 17 per cent more than the 8.6 BU of energy generated in May 2017. The data was obtained from the Central Electricity Agency between August 2015 and June 2017. The total installed solar energy generation grew three-fold to 13,652 MW in the last two fiscal years, the report said. According to officials, power generation from renewable sources grows in the three months from June to August due to higher solar radiation and higher wind speeds. Solar power generation grew at 95 per cent to 1,797 MU in June against the year-ago period. Wind power generation increased by 24 per cent to 7,229 MU in the same period. (Deccan Chronicle, Fri, 22 Sep, 02:51pm)

3. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission completes 3 years in Martian orbit India’s rendezvous with the red planet continues as its celebrated Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completes three years in orbit. The scientific analysis of the data received from the Mars Orbiter spacecraft is in progress, ISRO public relations director Deviprasad Karnik told PTI. The country had on 24 September 2014 successfully placed the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft in the orbit around the red planet, in its very first attempt, thus breaking into an elite club. ISRO had launched the spacecraft on its nine-month-long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on 5 November 2013. It had escaped the earth’s gravitational field on 1 December 2013. On the occasion of completion of three years of MOM in its Martian orbit on 24 September 2017, the space body on Monday released MOM second year science data from 24 September 2014 to 23 September 2016. The space agency had earlier launched MOM announcement of opportunity (AO) programmes for researchers in the country to use MOM data for research and development. Citing surplus fuel, ISRO had in March 2015 announced that the spacecraft’s life had been extended for another six months. The Mars Colour Camera, one of the scientific payloads onboard MOM, has produced more than 715 images so far, ISRO had said. During its journey so far, the mission went through a communication ‘blackout’ as a result of solar conjunction from 2 June 2015 to 2 July 2015. An orbital manoeuvre was also performed on MOM spacecraft to avoid the impending long eclipse duration for the satellite, ISRO said. The government had in November last said the space organisation was seeking scientific proposals for Mars Orbiter Mission-2 to expand inter-planetary research. (Asian Age, Tue, 26 Sep, 03:44pm)

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Vol. 01, Issue. 04, September 28, 2017. 4. Aparna Kumar becomes first Indian lady to scale Mt Manasalu ALLAHABAD: Aparna Kumar, DIG PAC has become the first woman of the country to scale Mt Manasalu. She achieved the rare feet on September 25 and has safely returned to the base camp on Tuesday, informed her husband and district magistrate of Allahabad Sanjay Kumar. After returning to the base camp, she texted me the message saying "the view is outstanding as it is the most beautiful thing, I had feeling of so much gratitude for Manasalu for allowing me, ordinary nobody to reach the summit". She further wrote, "I was happy and felt very nice climbing mount Manasalu, a very beautiful magnificent mountain." Aparna is presently DIG PAC, and she has scaled the highest peak of 6 continents of the world including Mount Everest which she scaled on May 25 2016. After scaling the Summit, she has returned to the base camp located at 13500 feet and temperature there remains minus 35degree Celsius. She stayed at the mountain and stayed at the summit for around 15 to 20 minutes and continued tracking back to the base camp for around 11 hours, reaching early to the base camp at 5 am, informed the district magistrate. In her expedition to Mount Manasulu she was accompanied by a team of 8 persons including 3 Korean and one national each of China, Korea, Iran, Australia and Canada. (Rajiv Mani, Times of India, Wed, 27 Sep, 03:03pm)

5. Cheers! Indian scientists develop TEA WINE with health benefits Great news for the connoisseurs of the stately beverage, wine! A team of five Tocklai Tea Research Institute scientists has developed wine from tea in Assam which they unveiled for the public. Tocklai Tea Research Institute Director Dr Anup Kumar Baruah said at the launch on Thursday, “The scientists from the Department of Mycology and Micro-Biology of the pioneer tea research institute developed three varieties of tea wine–CTC wine, Orthodox wine, and Green tea wine. Tea wine from the three varieties of tea so far is in the pipeline to go commercial.” Dr Prasanta Dutta, who led the team, said work was in process since late 2015 till about a week ago and it was officially launched to the public on Thursday during Tocklai Tea Research Association (TRA) annual general meeting. Dutta said it is a residue-free wine prepared from organic, pesticide-free green tea. Dutta, while explaining the benefits of drinking tea wine claimed Polyphenols present in tea wine helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases, controls sugar, fights off cold, prevents dementia, and some cancers. (News Nation, Sat, 23 Sep, 04:49pm)

6. Indian researchers develop paper-based sensors to detect drug overdose Scientists have developed a new paper-based sensor to detect overdose of drugs misused in robberies, sexual assaults, and for recreational purposes. This innovative sensor can help solve these crimes faster. The findings of this study, published in a journal called Analytics Chimica Acta, stated that a drug known as diazepam, which is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, has been misused to perform numerous criminal activities. The crimes include suicides or homicide, sexual assaults facilitated with drugs, and robbery. As per a study done in 10 states across India by NIMHANS, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and WHO in 2012, prescription drug abuse was found to be rampant in alcoholics. Pharmaceutical drugs were being used by 20 percent of the non-alcoholic population as well. Analysis of the exposure of drug is very costly and resource intensive because of the use of sophisticated instrumental techniques. Hence, the idea popped up to develop a sensor which, if miniaturized, can help these laboratories solve the mystery behind related deaths. The researchers behind this sensor are from Maharishi Dayanand University in Rohtak and Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. The sensor was designed by depositing silica-coated gold nanorods on the paper. Its efficiency to detect drugs in urine samples was then tested. The sensor has a paper chip connected to an instrument that shows current signals. The extent of intake of drug can be measured by these signals. The conventional technique used to detect drugs is gas chromatography-mass spectrophotometer, which is both expensive as well as time consuming. The method used by researchers not only saves time but also results in cheaper sensors. (Your Story, Tue, 26 Sep, 03:54pm)


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