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  • MoD conducted the Army Commanders Conference

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    Ministry of Defence conducted the Army Commanders Conference was held on 14 October to 18 October 2019. The conference was addressed by the Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.  Conference Highlights: Indian Armies efforts: ♦ Indian Army's proved its strength in all challenges, including insurgency, borders, or even High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) duties.  ♦ It also synergized its effort with all other security agencies to meet the challenges faced in J&K.   ♦ Commanders of the Indian Army are likely to use unconventional weapons in the future.  ♦ Other efforts of the Indian Army in the Technology sector includes Niche technology, Cyber, Space, information warfare & perception management domains. ♦ Discussions also included various operational readiness of the field formation, new training programs to meet present and futuristic operational needs, issues relating to higher defence management, including aspects of organizational restructuring & reforms.

    The 11th Nuclear Energy Conclave was held in New Delhi

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    The Union Minister of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, inaugurated 11th Nuclear Energy Conclave in New Delhi on 18 October 2019. The conclave was organized by India Energy Forum (IEF). Aim: The conclave aims to promote the scientific temper in the country, especially in the Department of Atomic Energy and Space.  Theme: The theme of the 11th Nuclear Energy Conclave was Economics of Nuclear Power - Innovation towards Safer & Cost-effective Technologies.  Highlights: ♦ The discussion includes setting up of Power plant in Gorakhpur, Haryana ♦ Hall of Nuclear Energy was inaugurated in Pragati Maidan in Delhi. It aimed to educate the students and the general public about the applications of  nuclear energy ♦ The conclave had three technical sessions under the theme: 1) Growth of the Nuclear Power for Meeting Base Load Demands - Opportunities and Challenges for Manufacturing Industry 2) Use of the Nuclear Energy in Healthcare and Municipal Waste Treatment 3) Emerging Technologies for Economy and Enhanced Safety  through Small & Medium Size reactors, Passive Safety features, Molten Salt Reactors

    CII organizes the first edition of ASIA HEALTH

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    Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing the first edition of ASIA HEALTH 2019 from 16 October to 19 October 2019 in New Delhi. The conference included all the events and initiatives of the Healthcare Department.  Aim: ASIA HEALTH 2019, the mega healthcare platform, aims to bring multiple stakeholders together to deliberate or discuss the future of Health. It aims to boost the healthcare sector both in India and globally. The objective of the conference is to find innovative solutions to bring quality healthcare within the reach of every citizen.  ASIA HEALTH 2019: ♦ The ASIA HEALTH conclave provides a platform for multiple stakeholders in the Health ecosystem to discuss the future of Health.  ♦ It also developed an industry engagement with core cross-sectoral policy dialogues. ♦ It focused on capacity building workshops, bespoke B2Bs, Industry delegations, disruptor talks. ♦ It is also conducting an exhibition of the latest technologies disrupting the health sector. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII): Formed on: 1895 Headquarters: New Delhi, India President: Vikram Kirloskar Vice President: T. V. Narendran Director-General: Chandrajit Banerjee The organization works with the Government on policy issues. CII acts as a catalyst for change in India’s economic policy reforms.

    Dilli Series Seapower Seminar 2019 was held at INA New Delhi

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    The 6th edition of the annual Dilli seminar was held at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) in New Delhi. The seminar on ‘Role of Seapower in Shaping of Nations’ was held from 17 October to 18 October 2019.  Delegates including Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Admiral Madhavendra Singh, former Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, participated in the seminar. Highlights: Session Highlights: ♦ A session on Sea Power Vs. Land Power – A Historical Perspective on the topic Security Ashore: Supremacy at Sea discussed the differences between sea power and land power. ♦ Second session on Sea Power vs. Land Power: The Indian (and Indian Navy) Perspective highlighted India’s pre-occupation with land borders and the accusation of sea-blindness. It highlighted the growth of the Navy after Independence in terms of acquisitions as well as conceptual and doctrinal growth. ♦ A session on Sea Power and Geo Economics examined the relevance of geo-economics through the history of maritime in early, medieval, and modern times.

    NCRB organized 20th All India Conference of Directors of Fingerprint Bureaus

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    National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) organized the 20th All India Conference of Directors of Fingerprint Bureaus in New Delhi. Union Minister of State for Home, Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the conference on 17 October 2019. Aim: The main objective of the NCRB's conference was to highlight the importance of fingerprints in crime investigation. The 2-day conference aimed to make the fingerprinting facility more useful and accessible to investigators. The conference focused on capacity building of Fingerprint fraternity through collaboration with academic institutions and international agencies.  NAFIS: NCRB has successfully rolled out the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS). It is a network-based pan India system that records and shares the fingerprints of criminals in various crimes.  Central Fingerprint Bureau in NCRB maintains the fingerprint records of the criminals. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB): Formed on: 11 March 1986 Headquarters: New Delhi Director: Ramphal Pawar NCRB is responsible for collecting and analyzing crime data as defined by Special and Local Laws (SLL) and Indian Penal Code (IPC). NCRB functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

    Shri G Kishan Reddy inaugurates 20th All India Conference

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    Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the 20th All India Conference of Directors of Fingerprint Bureaus.  The conference attended through organizations/ States/UTs. Around 80 Fingerprint experts/delegates from across the country attended the inaugural function.  The importance of fingerprints in crime investigation in the efforts of NCRB in rolling out the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS). The Central Fingerprint Bureau in NCRB is following best practices in maintaining fingerprint records of criminals.The implementation of NAFIS will help Police in solving crime cases quickly and emphasized the need to have adequate strength in the State Fingerprint Bureaus.The deliberation of ideas in the 2-day conference to make the fingerprint facility more useful and accessible to investigators. The Joint Secretary (Woman Safety) Smt. Punya Salila Srivastava stressed upon capacity building of Fingerprint fraternity through collaboration with academic institutions and international agencies. National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS).  It is an Australian fingerprint and palm print database and matching system to assist law enforcement agencies across Australia and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to establish the identity of persons and to help solve crimes.

    Bengaluru to host the 5th Edition of World Coffee Conference

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    Bengaluru has been selected to host the 5th Edition of World Coffee Conference from 7-9 September 2020. International Coffee Organization (ICO) that functions under the United Nations. The Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, will host the 3-day event. The theme of the conference is Sustainability Through Consumption. The conference will celebrate all things of coffee in an immersive experience. The conference will be addressed by international speakers, coffee exhibition, buyer sellers meets, competitions and awards, skill-building workshops, amongst many others. Coffee: Coffee is the world’s most favorite beverage, with 2.5 billion cups consumed every single day. Coffee is produced in about 70 countries like Africa, Latin America, and Asia.  India is the sixth-largest producer of coffee in the world. It produces about 5% of the total world coffee production. Countries like India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal account for almost 33% of the world's coffee production in Asia.

    SEPC launched India IP Guide in MIPCOM 2019 at Cannes, France

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    Services Exports Promotion Council (SEPC) launched India Intellectual Property (IP) Guide in 36th MIPCOM 2019 on 16 October at Cannes, France. MIPCOM 2019 is being held from 14 October to 17 October for the Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry.  The guide features a catalog of over 60 Indian IPs. It is popular in over 160 countries. It breaks the narrative of only low-end work that is being carried out in India in a comprehensive manner. Aim: ♦ SEPC aims to facilitate service exporters of India and handhold medium and small enterprises.  ♦ The IP guide aims to expand the global footprint of the entities from across the globe.  ♦ The IP Guide also illustrates the strength of the Indian content creators. ♦ Intellectual Property (IP) is vital to a large number of SEPC's stakeholders. The sector is benefitted only by the creation, protection, and expansion of IP products. Participants: Over 60 India Pavilion delegation participated in the event. Around 115 Indian companies comprise over 250 delegates at the MIPCOM 2019. Services Exports Promotion Council (SEPC): Services Exports Promotion Council (SEPC) was set up by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The apex trade body facilitates service exporters of India. It also contributes to the formulation of policies of the government and acts as an interface between the Services Industry and the Government.

    Rajnath Singh inaugurated 41st DRDO Directors Conference in New Delhi

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    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 41st DRDO Directors Conference in New Delhi on 15 October. The Chiefs of the three forces, DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was among the delegations that were present in the conference. Highlights: ♦ The discussion included efforts taken by DRDO to ensure technological advancement of the Indian forces to safeguard the country  ♦ Discussed measures to improve the higher technologies in all the three Indian forces.  ♦ Apart from the use of better technologies, integrating the technology was suggested ♦ It was suggested that DRDO can play a significant role to become a catalyst in the absorption of technology. DRDO: DRDO was formed in 1958. It is headquartered in New Delhi, India. It functions under the Ministry of Defence. The Minister responsible is Rajnath Singh. The Chairman of DRDO is G Satheesh Reddy. DRDO is charged with the military's research and development.

    Ministry of Shipping Organized the 17th Meeting of MSDC

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    Ministry of Shipping organized the 17th Meeting of Maritime States Development Council (MSDC) in New Delhi on 15 October. The Ministry Of Shipping announced that it is to introduce a plan to develop a National Grid for Ports based on a synergy between the Major and Minor ports in the country. The plan will be developed with six months. The MSDC meeting was chaired by Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) for Shipping and MoS Chemical and Fertilizers. Highlights: ♦ Among 204 Minor ports, only 44 are functional. The Ministry of Shipping plans to revive the Minor ports. ♦ Government plans to develop synergy between the Major and Minor ports. It aims to bring port-led development in the country. ♦ The government also plans to expand the port capacity through the implementation of well-conceived infrastructure development projects. This will increase the efficiency of port operations. ♦ The implementation of the project aims to eliminate the human interface and to address environment-related concerns strongly. ♦ The MInistry also aims to develop guidelines for inland waterways barges. This will permit the barges of different states to move seamlessly in coastal waters. MSDC: MSDC is the advisory body that ensures the development of the Maritime sector. It was established in May 1997. It is headquartered in New Delhi. It functions under the Ministry of Shipping. The Minister responsible is Minister responsible Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya.  It aims to integrated the development of Major and Minor Ports. It monitors the development of minor ports, captive ports, and private ports in the Maritime States.

    The 8th joint commission meeting was held in New Delhi

    October 11, 2019
    The eighth Joint Commission meeting was held between India and Thailand in New Delhi on 10 October 2019. The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of External Affairs Dr. S Jaishankar and Minister of Thailand Foreign Don Pramudwinai. In the meeting several agreements were signed to enhance the bilateral ties of the countries. Highlights: ♦ In the meeting, both Indian and Thailand sides reviewed the progress made in all areas of the bilateral relationship.  ♦ Discussion related to the political, defence and security, economic and commercial, connectivity, cultural, tourism, and people-to-people ties were held. ♦ India’s Act East policy and Thailand’s Look West policy were appreciated. ♦ The discussion aimed to enhance connectivity between the two countries in the areas of both physical and digital connectivity.  ♦ Both the countries agreed to cooperate in the field of agriculture, science & technology, space, human resource development, capacity building, information technology etc.  ♦ Views and ideas on regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest, including cooperation in ASEAN, IORA, BIMSTEC, MGC, UN and other sub-regional and international organizations were exchanged. ♦ MOU was signed between the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of India and Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs (DVIFA) of Thailand.

    The 13th CCHFW was held in New Delhi

    October 10, 2019
    The 13th Conference of the Central Council of Health and Family Welfare (CCHFW) was held in New Delhi on 10 October 2019. The conference was inaugurated by the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan. The Minister also released the National Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy Survey India 2015-19 at the conference. Highlights: ♦ The discussion aimed to increase the healthcare to spend a minimum of 8% of the States' budget, with an aim to meet the goals of National Health Policy 2017. It is expected that this would increase health spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2025. ♦ Plans were suggested to improve the Eat Right and Fit India movements. ♦ The conference aimed to build consensus on national health priorities including Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through Ayushman Bharat, eliminating TB and other priority agenda such as strengthening medical infrastructure.

    The 5th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Mexico was held

    October 9, 2019
    India and Mexico agreed to work closely together on the multilateral issues of mutual interest during the fifth round of Foreign Office Consultations between the officials of two countries in New Delhi on 7 October. The countries also agreed to conduct regular dialogue to enhance cooperation and bilateral ties. Highlights: ♦ In the meeting, both the countries reviewed the complete range of bilateral cooperation, including political, trade and economic cooperation as well as agriculture, science and technology, energy, tourism, and culture.  ♦ The officials also exchanged views on regional and international issues, including cooperation in the United Nations and G20.  ♦ Both the countries agreed to work closely with each other on multilateral issues of mutual interest Note: Both India and Mexico are candidates for the non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2021-2022. Participants: The Indian side was led by Secretary, East, in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Vijay Thakur Singh. The Mexican side was led by Julian Ventura Valero, the country's Deputy Minister for External Affairs.

    India International Cooperative Trade Fair to be held in New Delhi

    October 9, 2019
    A 3-day India International Cooperative Trade Fair has been scheduled to be held in New Delhi from 11th October. The trade fair is first-of-its-kind. It is expected that this will be India’s first and the largest international cooperatives trade fair. It will evolve a conducive environment for co-operative trade in the global Aim: ♦ The fair is aimed to promote cooperative to cooperative trade within India and abroad leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity.  ♦ The event will provide a huge opportunity for the industry and business companies from India and abroad to build an alliance. ♦ It will also provide business networking, product sourcing, and interaction with primary producers of a wide range of products and service providers. Participants: Over 150 cooperative societies and 35 countries including, Australia, Japan, China, Brazil, the US, UK, Germany, and Iran are expected to participate in the Trade fair.

    Nagpur to host the 5th international conference on sleep disorders

    October 7, 2019
    The fifth international conference on sleep disorders is being hosted in Nagpur from 12 October to 13 October 2019. The conference is held under the aegis of the Southeast Asian Academy of Sleep Medicine(SEAASM). Co-organized by: The 5th international conference on sleep disorders is conducted by the Department of Respiratory, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine & Interventional Pulmonology at Getwell Hospital & Research Centre at Chitnavis Centre in Nagpur. Participants: Experts in sleep medicine from the US, the UK, France, Australia, and Sri Lanka will be participating in the two-day international conference on sleep disorders Discussions: ♦ In the conference, the delegations will share valuable insights on how to sleep better.  ♦ Skill enhancing workshops will also be organized during the conference for doctors on polysomnography, pediatric sleep medicine, dental sleep medicine and non-invasive ventilation where experts in the field will guide the participants on hands-on workstations to enable them to learn new skills in their field.

    GMC 2019 was held at Goa

    October 5, 2019
    The Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC) 2019 was held at Goa from 3 October to 4 October 2019. The conclave was inaugurated by the National Security Advisor, Shri Ajit Kumar Doval. The conclave was conducted by the Naval War College, the National Security Agency (NSA). During the occasion, the 31st edition of the Naval War College Journal was also released by the NSA. Theme: The theme for the 2019 conclave is Common Maritime Priorities in IOR and the need for Regional Maritime Strategy. The meeting focused on capacity building among Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IOR) Navies to tackle emerging maritime threats. The discussing also included cooperative strategies to enhance interoperability among partner maritime agencies.  Host and Participants: The event was held at hosted by Admiral Karambir Singh at Hotel Taj Fort Aguada, Goa. In the event Chiefs of Navies and senior representatives from 10 Indian Ocean littoral countries participated/ The countries included Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri-Lanka, Seychelles, Maldives, and Mauritius.

    India Economic Summit was held in New Delhi

    October 4, 2019
    The India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF) was held in New Delhi on 4 October 2019. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina and Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal were present in the summit. Summit highlights: During the summit, two Government to Business (G2B) MoUs were signed between Startup Bangladesh and Tech Mahindra and Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority and Adani Ports and SEZs. Over the last decade, bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh has grown steadily over the last decade. India's exports to Bangladesh for the financial year 2018-19 (April-March) stood at $9.21 billion and imports from Bangladesh for the same period stood at $1.22 billion.

    WEFs 33rd India Economic Summit to be held

    October 1, 2019
    The World Economic Forum's 33rd India Economic Summit is to be held from 3-4 October in New Delhi, India. The theme of the WEF's 33rd India Economic Summit is Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World.  Participants: Bangladesh's PM, Singapore's Deputy PM and more than 800 leaders from 40 countries including policymakers from the Indian government and senior government officials from India and South Asia will be participating in the event.  Organized by: The two-day event will be jointly organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and industry body CII.  Discussion: The leaders and officials will be discussing the emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and drones, environmental reforms, infrastructure, gender parity, start-up unicorns, education, and South Asia's economic outlook.

    The 9th India-China Financial dialogue was held in New Delhi

    September 27, 2019
    The 9th India-China Financial dialogue was held in New Delhi on 25 September 2019. The meeting discussed wide-ranging issues of mutual interest to strengthen cooperation in the financial sector. A high-level Chinese delegation led by Ms. Zou Jiayi, Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, People's Republic of China interacted with the Indian delegation led by Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. Aim: The India-China Financial Dialogue is a mechanism between the two countries with an aim to promote cooperation in the financial sector. Both the countries had an in-depth exchange of views on macroeconomic situation & policy, cooperation in a multilateral framework, bilateral investment and financial cooperation during the dialogue. India-China bilateral relationship: In April 2018, Indian PM Modi met China's President in an informal summit. This historic meeting has strengthened the bilateral relationship between India and China.

    PM addressed the 3rd edition of Bloomberg Global Business Forum

    September 26, 2019
    The third edition of Bloomberg Global Business Forum was held in New York, USA. Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the meeting on 25 September. PM invited the global business community to invest in India. India’s skill-set can accelerate global economic growth. Key highlights: PM spoke about the growth story of India. India is built on  Democracy, Demography, Demand, and Decisiveness - the 4 pillars.  The Indian economy has benefited from the climate of political stability in the country. The successful reforms introduced by the Government has gained global recognition of the country. Bloomberg National Brand Tracker 2018: India rankled top as the top-performing Asian economy in the Bloomberg National Brand Tracker 2018 survey. It attracted global investment. Out of 10 indicators of the report, India topped India has been ranked at the top position. The 7 indicators were India topped are political stability, currency stability, high-quality products, anti-corruption, low cost of production, strategic location and respect for IPRs. Bloomberg Global Business Forum: Bloomberg Global Business Forum was initiated in the year 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies. It was founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The first event took place in New York.

    PM announced USD 150mn to the Pacific Island nations

    September 26, 2019
    India-Pacific Islands Developing States (PSIDS) Leaders’ Meeting was held in New York, US on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  In the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a $150 million line of credit to the group of Pacific island nations. The grant will help to undertake solar, renewable energy and climate-related projects based on their requirement. PM Modi also announced a total allocation of $12 million to the member states that aims to implement the high-impact developmental project in the area of their choice. This is PM Modi's first time to have met the leaders of the PSIDS on the margins of UNGA in a plurilateral format. India and Pacific Island nations: The evolution of Act East Policy has deepened India’s relationship with Pacific Island nations. This relationship has lead to the setting up of the Forum for India-Pacific Island Cooperation (FIPIC). Participants: The Heads of delegation of Fiji, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau,  The Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu and Republic of Vanuatu participated in the meeting. Line of Credit: Line of Credit is a type of credit facility that is extended by a bank or other financial institution to an individual, business or government through which the customer can withdraw the facility when the customer needs funds.

    Ministry of Power conducted a National Conclave in MSME sector

    September 24, 2019
    Ministry of Power conducted the National Conclave on Enhancing Energy Efficiency in MSME sector in Delhi on 23 September. The conclave was jointly inaugurated by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Shri RK Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy. The centre is taking various efforts for the development of MSMEs with an objective to transform the sector through green and sustainable initiatives towards high growth. It is expected that the Energy efficiency measures would reduce MSMEs’ power bills and make them competitive in the international market. Organized by: The two-day national Conclave is organized by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Aim: The aim of the conclave is to create a platform for pooling the knowledge and synergizing the efforts of various stakeholders. Various strategies will be set up to promote energy efficiency. It will also include discussion on key issues like technical and financial capabilities of MSMEs, capacity building and awareness programme. Participants: The conclave witnessed the participation of MSME entrepreneurs, Industry Associations, technology and service providers, sectoral energy experts. Also, Senior officials from the Ministry participated in the conclave. Highlights: ♦ The Ministers also inaugurated an Exhibition displaying Energy Efficient Technologies for MSME Sector ♦ They also released an Energy Conservation Guidelines for MSMEs ♦ They launched the Knowledge Management Portal SIDHIEE under the BEE’s MSME Programme. The portal will host useful information for early adoption of energy-efficient technologies. The information includes 50 videos of multimedia tutorials for MSMEs ♦ An MoU to enhance energy security in MSMEs was also signed between the Development Commissioner, MSME and Shri Abhay Bakre, Director General (DG) of BEE. The MoU aimed to develop a long term roadmap to enhance energy efficiency and security for the MSME Sector through focused intervention. The agreement includes the area of cooperation for comprehensive energy mapping of MSMEs across India, development of appropriate schemes and programs to improve the energy security of MSMEs

    PM launched CDRI at UNSG Climate Action Summit

    September 24, 2019
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) at the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Climate Action Summit which is being held in New York. The summit is hosted by UNSG Mr. António Guterres. The summit aims to ramp up climate actions worldwide. PM Modi presented the country's practical approach and roadmap to mitigate climate change in the summit. PM invited the UN Member states to join CDRI. CDRI: The proposal to set up CDRI was initially approved by the Prime Minister on 13 August 2019.  The supporting secretariat will be set up in New Delhi, India. The memorandum and regulations of the CDRI society will be prepared by the National Disaster Management Authority. It aims to bring together the largest number of state heads to generate commitments to combat the effects of climate change and resulting disasters. India has announced Rs.480 crore to the CDRI for the next 5 years. It will help fund technical assistance and research projects, setting up of offices and covering recurring expenditures under the initiative.

    The 7th meeting of the UAE India High Level Joint Task Force on Investments was held

    September 23, 2019
    The 7th meeting of the UAE-India High-Level Joint Task Force on Investments was held on 22 September 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The meeting aimed to review and maintain the significant progress made to enhance bilateral trade and investment between the two countries. The meeting was co-chaired by Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry and Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court. Highlights: ♦ The meeting aimed at promoting bilateral trade and investments.  ♦ The leaders and the officials discussed issues related to the tax treatment of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) wholly owned subsidiaries at the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).  ♦ India has agreed to give an early consideration and mutually beneficial solution to the issue to facilitate ADIA’s investments in India. ♦ They also discussed the bilateral judicial cooperation through the recognition and enforceability of court judgement in both the civil and commercial cases. The Task Force: The Task Force was initially established to promote economic ties between the UAE and India. The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 2017. The Task Force will now promote and facilitate investments between the two countries and in addressing mutual concerns.

    The 63rd IAEA Conference is being held at Vienna

    September 19, 2019
    The 63rd Annual Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference is being held from 16 September to 20 September 2019 at Vienna, Austria.  Participants: The Indian delegation to the conference was headed by Dr. K N Vyas, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy. Other high-ranking officials and representatives from the IAEA Member States are participating in the conference. India-IAEA: India maintains significant participation in the IAEA. The 27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC-2018) was held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on October 2018. It was a forum for discussions on key physics and technology issues.  Apart from this, India conducted 8 programs jointly with the IAEA. It aimed to reinforce India’s collaboration with IAEA in capacity building. India has planned to build nuclear power generation capacity aiming to achieve an additional capacity of about 15,000 MWe. Currently, there are 21 reactors under the stage of construction and planning. IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was formed on 29 July 1957. It is headquartered at Vienna, Austria. There are 171 members states in the IAEA. The international organization aims to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. It also takes initiatives to inhibit the use of nuclear energy for military purpose, including nuclear weapons.

    UNCCD launched drought toolbox in 14th Conference of Parties

    September 12, 2019
    On the 10th day of the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a drought toolbox.  Drought toolbox: The Drought toolbox is a knowledge bank which can be used by vulnerable countries to reduce drought risk. It aims to boost the resilience of people and ecosystems to drought. It is a web page which will provide the stakeholders to easily access the case studies and other resources to support action on drought preparedness. Using the toolbox, vulnerable countries, including India, can be better prepared and effectively respond to it. COP14: UNCCD was established in 1994. There are 197 countries participating in the convention. It aims to improve the living conditions of people in drylands. It also works toward maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity and to mitigate the effects of drought. UNCCD collaborated with two Rio Conventions namely the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    ANGAN, an international conference, was held in New Delhi

    September 11, 2019
    An international conference Augmenting Nature by Green Affordable New-habitat (ANGAN) was held from 9-12 September in New Delhi. The conference focus on Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector.  The conference was inaugurated by Shri Raj Pal, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Power and Shri Abhay Bakre, DG, BEE. Aim: The conference aims to provide a platform to deliberate on the interdependence between organizations, systemic sustainability and feedback loops for better resource efficiency. It also aims to improve the efficiency in high energy consumption sectors at a reasonable cost. It will also provide thrust to address the challenges faced by the stakeholders. Organized by: The Conference was organized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power in collaboration with GIZ under the Indo German Technical Cooperation. Participants: Delegates from 16 countries participated in the international conference. The participant includes Technology providers and Experts, Policy Makers, Speakers were included.  Highlights: ♦ The conference will discuss various alternative options and technologies in the field of design and construction of energy-efficient Commercial and Residential Buildings. ♦ It will suggest effective ways of implementing the proposed suggestions and ideas through policies and programmes.  ♦ It is estimated investment for the construction and building energy efficiency activities is Rs.2000 billion. ♦ The implementation of the proposal would save a cumulative savings of 388 billion units of electricity for the next ten years with a payback of about 2 years.

    National conference on crop residue management 2019 was held in New Delhi

    September 11, 2019
    The National Conference of Farmers on crop residue management 2019 was held in New Delhi.  Aim: The National Conference was held with an aim to address concerns of farmers and State Governments.  Organized by: The national conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Participants: Farmers from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi participated in the conference. Around 1000 farmers participated in the conference. Highlights: ♦ The national conference proposed to intensify In-Situ Management of Crop Residue to stop the straw burning.  ♦ During the conference, 20 farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were honoured for their contribution in managing the crop residue by using identified agricultural machinery. ♦ The straw burning incidents in 2018 have reduced by 15% and 41% as compared to that in 2017 and 2016 respectively. ♦ CHC Mobile App: In the conference Custom Hiring Centre (CHC) Farm Machinery, a multilingual Mobile App, was launched for the farmers. The app will connect the farmers with Custom Hiring Service Centres in their area. Note: Earlier, the Department of Agriculture launched Information Education Communication (IEC) activities to educate farmers about the ill-effects of paddy straw burning.

    PM Modi to address Annual UNGA session

    September 9, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the 74th annual high-level UN General Assembly (UNGA) session on 27 September 2019. He will also be holding a series of bilateral and multilateral discussion with his counterparts. Pakistan Prime Minister will also address the Assembly in the session. Earlier in 2014, PM Modi has given his maiden address to world leaders at the UN General Assembly. This will be his second time to address during the session.  Other event plans: On September 22, he will visit Houston where he will address the Howdy, Modi!, the Indian-American community summit. The summit is to be hosted by Texas India Forum. PM Modi will also be hosting a special event Leadership Matters: Relevance of Gandhi in the Contemporary World on September 24 in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in New York, USA. The event aims to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He will also deliver his speech in the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on 25 September.

    The 7th RCEP is being held in Thailand

    September 9, 2019
    The 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting is being held from 8-10 September 2019 at Bangkok, Thailand.  Participants: In the meeting 10 members of ASEAN countries, their six free trade agreement (FTA) partners. India will be represented by the Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways Piyush Goyal. After RCEP, he will be holding bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Russia, Japan, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand.  Highlights: The meeting discussed the global uncertainties that have added to the urgency to conclude the mega free trade agreement between the participating nations.  A joint statement was issued after the meeting. The statement said that the 16 negotiating partners agreed not to lose the long-term vision of deepening and expanding the value chains in the RCEP. RCEP: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was established in November 2012 at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia. It is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the 10  Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and its 6 FTA partners.  10 ASEAN Countries: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines 6 FTA Partners: India, China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand.

    The 6th India China SED was held in New Delhi

    September 8, 2019
    The 6th round of India-China strategic economic dialogue is being held in New Delhi. The three day event will be held on 7-9 September 2019. The dialogue will discuss various issues, including infrastructure, energy and pharmaceuticals.  Event: The dialogue includes events like round table meetings of joint working groups (JWG) on infrastructure, high-tech, energy, resource conservation, pharmaceuticals and policy coordination. Participants: In the dialogue, the Indian side will be led by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar and the Chinese side by Chairman of National Development and Reforms Commission (NDRC) He Lifeng. Senior representatives from industry, policymaking and academia from both countries are participating in the dialogue. Previous SED Meetings: At the second strategic economic dialogue (SED) meeting the countries decided to constitute 5 standing joint working groups for strengthening cooperation in these fields. The 2nd SED was held in November 2012 in New Delhi. The fifth SED was held in Beijing on 14 April 2018 before the informal Wuhan Summit between the leaders of both countries. The 6th joint working group on pharmaceuticals was constituted after the 5th SED.

    IAF Commanders Conference was held in New Delhi

    September 8, 2019
    The Western Air Command, Commanders Conference was held in 5 and 6 September 2019 at New Delhi. The conference was chaired by Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa. The conference discussed the importance and pivotal role of this crucial Air Force unit in all future conflicts and aid to civil power. Participants: Air Officers Commanding Station Commanders of all Air Force Stations under Western Air Command participated in the conference.  Events: The conference aims to keep the necessity for the development and maintenance of operational infrastructure and continuous orientation of human.  It revised the operational plans and various exercises and recent operations. It also aims to ensure the ground defence of the airbases in the existing security scenario. The conference also included reviews and discussion that were targeted on critical operational readiness and coaching to reinforce the high utility of combat assets.

    The 8th 2019 Seoul Defense Dialogue was held in Seoul

    September 7, 2019
    The Seoul Defense Dialogue 2019, an annual international security forum, was held in Seoul. It was hosted by the Ministry of National Defense, Seoul. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the dialogue during his 3-day visit to Republic of Korea (ROK). The dialogue had four plenary sessions. Theme: The dialogue aimed to discuss the international security issues such as the overall development of the peace process on the Korean Peninsula and improvement in Northeast Asia's security environment. The theme of Seoul Defence Dialogue 2019 is Building Peace Together: Challenges and Vision.  The themes of the four plenary sessions are:  ♦ Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula and International Cooperation ♦ Peace in Northeast Asia: Challenges and Tasks ♦ International Peacekeeping Operations and Humanitarian Assistance ♦ National Strategy and Crisis Management in Cyberspace Highlights on Defense Dialogue 2019: Defence Minister addressed: Defense Dialogue 2019 discussed the numerous security challenges to safe from terrorism.  The dialogue called for a collective international action to check perpetrators who promote terrorism. It also suggested strong measures against those who support and finance terrorism and provide sanctuary to terrorists. About Defense Dialogue 2019: The Seoul Defense Dialogue was launched in 2012. The dialogue aimed for talks on Asia-Pacific cooperation and peace on the peninsula. Defense officers and specialists from around fifty countries and five international organizations except the U.S. representative attended the Dialogue.

    The 1st Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics was held at New Delhi

    September 6, 2019
    The first National Conference on Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics was held at CBI Headquarters in New Delhi on 4-5 September. The two-day conference was inaugurated by the CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla. Aim: The conference aimed at creating a platform where the investigators, forensic experts, academia and lawyers can discuss challenges related to cybercrime and ways to find solutions. It also aimed to create capacity building and to create a pool of competent investigators, digital forensic analysts, prosecutors and judicial officers who are digitally aware. The platform will also share good practices to learn from experiences of various State police and Law Enforcement Agencies.   Highlights: ♦ The conference included lectures and presentations on various topics of law enforcement.  ♦ Discussion on Cyber Forensics included Social Media, Mobile/Digital Forensics, online harming including child sexual abuse, establishing standard formats for data exchange between service providers and LEAs and Intermediary liability. ♦ The conference covered the CBI mandate which is to investigate crimes with inter-state and international ramifications.  ♦ He said that cybercrimes pose unique challenges to law enforcement officers and such crimes are complex and require certain skills and forensic skills for detection. ♦ Several complex cases of cybercrimes that require specific skills and forensic skills for detection that poses challenges to law enforcement officers were also discussed. Participants: In the conference, around 50 officers including Director general of police (DGPs), Additional Director General of Police (ADGPs), and SPs dealing with cybercrime, officials and academia participated. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was formed in 1941. It is headquartered at New Delhi. CBI is the premier investigating agency of India. It operates under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. CBI is headed by the Director-General Rishi Kumar Shukla.

    India Africa Partnership in a Changing Global Order was held in New Delhi

    September 6, 2019
    The India-Africa Partnership in a Changing Global Order on Priorities, Prospects and Challenges National Conference was held in New Delhi. The conference was composed by research organizations, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). It was organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressed the conference. India confirmed and renewed its goal to achieve $5 trillion economy by 2024-25 as outlined in the economic survey-2019. The discussion included India's cooperation with Africa in every aspect including Trade, security, capacity building, maritime cooperation, and food security. India and Africa relationship: India and Africa have a natural partnership for over several centuries. India is engaged with African nations at Bilateral, Regional and Multilateral levels. The bilateral trade between India and Africa is about $60billion in 2017-2018.  India has hosted more than 36 leaders from Africa and 6 additional missions on the welfare of Africa. The official platform for the African-Indian relations is the India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS). The Forum Summit happens once every three years since 2008. There are about 40,000 Africans in India. Developmental challenge: India and Africa have a development challenge on agriculture, making digital Africa with the help of India. It also extends to other areas like education and health, public services, finance, etc. Indian investments plan to expand and diversify towards broad range in Africa. Currently, Indian investments are restricted to traditional sectors of investments.

    Fourth South Asian Speakers Summit organised in Maldives

    September 4, 2019
    Fourth South Asian Speakers Summit on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) held in Malé, the Maldives from September 1-2, jointly organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the People’s Majlis(the single legislative body of the Maldives). The summit attended by Secretary-General of the IPU, Martin Chungong and senior lawmakers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Indian delegation was led by Om Birla, 17th Lok sabha speaker and the RajyaSabha’s Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh. The Malé declaration rejects Pakistan’s Kashmir issue concerns:  The Malé declaration ignored Pakistan delegate QasimSuri’s concern on bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh into Union Territories(UT), raised during the summit citing the reasons that the issue wasn’t part of the summit’s agenda. The agenda for the summit was on equal pay, youth employment, nutrition, food security and delivering the Paris agreement on climate change.The summit hold discussions on the themes Promoting equality at work including equal remuneration and creating jobs for young people Achieving SDGs 2 and 3 – Nutrition and food security as drivers of maternal, child and adolescent health in the Asia-Pacific region Catalyzing the global agenda on climate change overcoming challenges and utilizing opportunities to strengthen the regional agenda for delivering on the Paris Agreement. The previous/3rd summit was held by the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 2018.

    ECI hosts 4th General Assembly of Association of World Election Bodies

    September 3, 2019
    Election Commission of India (ECI) is hosting the 4th General Assembly of Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB) for the term 2019-21 at Bengaluru on 3rd September 2019. On 4 September, an International Conference on Initiatives and Challenges of Social Media and Information Technology in Elections will also be held during the AWEB meeting. AWEB Centre: At this conference, India announced that it is to set up an AWEB Centre at the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management, New Delhi. This centre will be used for documentation, research, and training. It will facilitate to share the best practices and capacity building among the members EMBs of the Association.   Participants and appointments: Around 50 countries across the globe will be participating in the meeting at Bengaluru. The from 2nd to 4th September 2019. Executive Board members: In the conference EMBs from Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Bosnia, and Herzegovina were added to the Executive Board.  Oversight and Audit Committee: EMBs from Burkina Faso, Mauritius and Samoa have been admitted to the Oversight and Audit Committee.  New members: EMBs from countries like Cambodia, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Political Parties Registration Commission of Sierra Leone, Indonesia and Mauritius joined the A-WEB family as Members and the Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) as an Associate Member. Shri Sunil Arora assumed as Chairman of AWEB: In this conference, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora took over the Chairmanship of Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB) for a tenure of 2 years from 2019 to 2021. He was nominated at the last General Assembly which was held at Bucharest in 2017. Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB): AWEB, the largest association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide, was established on 14 October 2013. The permanent secretariat of A-WEB is located in Seoul. It aims to foster efficiency and effectiveness in conducting free, fair, transparent and participative elections worldwide. It aims to identify the latest trends, challenges, and developments in democratic electoral management and electoral processes. The main objective is to strengthen the electoral democracy worldwide which will facilitate the appropriate exchange of experience and expertise among members.

    Rajnath Singh co chaired the Japan India Defence Ministerial Meeting

    September 3, 2019
    The Japan–India Defence Ministerial Meeting was held in Tokyo on 2 September. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired the meeting along with the Defence Minister of Japan Takeshi lwaya. The meeting was held during the two-day visit of Rajnath Singh to Japan. The talks were held to strengthen bilateral arrangements. Focus: The meeting focused on various issues of mutual concern to strengthen the existing bilateral co-operative arrangements and adopt new initiatives towards achieving peace and security in the region. The importance of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the countries in addressing regional peace, security and stability were also discussed.  It also discussed the preference of India for a rules-based order along with centrality of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and inclusiveness and security for all. The Japanese companies were invited to participate in the biennial arms exhibition Defence Expo 2020 which has been scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

    COP 14 is being held in India

    September 3, 2019
    The 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) was inaugurated to UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The 12-day event has been scheduled to be held from 2 September to 13 September.  Inaugurated by: The conference was inaugurated by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Mr.IbrahimThiaw, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on 2 September. Host: India is hosting the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) 2019. It has taken over the COP Presidency from China for the next two years till 2021. Also, the Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar has been elected COP President for next two years. As a host. India will highlight its skills in navigating the land management agenda at a global level. It will also provide a stage to mainstream sustainable land management in the country’s national development policies. Participants: Delegates from 197 parties are participating in the conference. The participants include scientists and representatives of national and local governments, global business leaders, non-governmental organization (NGOs), gender-based organizations, youth groups, journalists, and faith and community groups. The delegates will discuss and share their expertise to achieve their goals at the Conference.  Focus: The COP 14 will discuss the existing programmes in the field of agriculture, forestry, land, water management, and poverty alleviation. These areas will cater the need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and India's vision to double the Farmer’s Income by 2022.

    The twelfth India Security Summit was held in New Delhi

    August 29, 2019
    The 12th India Security Summit was held in New Delhi on 29 August. The theme of the summit is the New National Cyber Security Strategy. The summit focused on several problems including the protection of important national infrastructure, rising cyber threats like incidents, challenges, and responsibilities.  Organized by: The summit was organized by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). It is officially supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity is the technique of computer protecting knowledge from unauthorized access or attacks. Cybersecurity activities are to safeguard the usability, responsibility, integrity, and safety of the network.  India is the third-largest user of the web and also the cybercrime has augmented in manifold within recent years. Cyber‘s New schemes: The Ministry of Home Affairs launched a new scheme named Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) to combat cybercrime in the country. The Cyber Swachhta Kendra is also a new scheme of the Government towards Digital India under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

    Indo Pacific 2019 Chiefs of Defence Conference was held in Thailand

    August 29, 2019
    Indo Pacific  2019 Chiefs of Defence Conference was held in Thailand on 26 August. The conference was held during the 3 day-visit of Air Chief Marshal and Chairman Chiefs of employees Committee, Birender Singh Dhanoa to Thailand.  Aim & Theme: The conference was aimed to strengthen the bilateral defence relations between the two countries. The theme for the conference was Collaboration during a free and Open Indo - Pacific. The conference shed its light on the common challenges faced by the nations.  The bilateral defence relationship with Thailand has gained a momentum that resulted in India's Look/ Act East Policy together at political, economic and cultural levels. The participation of the Indian Chairman COSC would increasing defence cooperation with an Asian country for bigger interaction and cooperation in the future. India and Thailand relation: The India-Thailand defence Cooperation has been initiated in 2003. It started with seven primary areas of focus to strengthen cooperation between countries.  The focus on primary areas was re-enforced in a joint statement issued throughout Thai Prime Minister’s official visit to India on January 2012. Both countries have the firm of diplomatic relations in 2017. India is the natural partner of Siam for regional cooperative security initiatives.

    International dialogue on South-South and Triangular Cooperation addressed by Commerce & Industry Minister

    August 26, 2019
    Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Shri PiyushGoyal addressed the International dialogue on South-South and Triangular Cooperation The event is held in New Delhi. The World Trade Organisation(WTO) is the key topic addressed South-South and Triangular Cooperation organized by Research and Information System (RIS) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation(UNOSSC). The member countries of WTO to engage in rule-based, transparent, and non-discriminatory governance required for free trade in a non-discriminatory manner, keeping in mind the interests of member countries with disparate (essentially different in kind) GDP. The world economy is likely to fall into a recession followed by the member countries made of trade concession The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for the target year 2030 discussed. A recession is marked by two consecutive quarters of decline in a country’s gross domestic product (GDP).  Recession result in unemployment. The yield curve indicated the recession which financial crisis similar to the year 2008 is expected. The term South-South cooperation is used by policymakers and academics to describe the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries, also known as countries of the Global South as it is a broad framework of collaboration among countries in the south.

    First World Youth Conference on Kindness was held in New Delhi

    August 25, 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the first World Youth Conference on Kindness on 23 August in New Delhi. Aim: The conference aimed to impart critical competencies like empathy, compassion, mindfulness and critical inquiry in global youth. It aimed to inspire, empower and enable them to transform themselves and build long-lasting peace in their communities. Organized by: The conference was organized by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development. Participants: A number of youth leaders from around the world, representing over 27 countries, and young men and women participated in the first World Youth Conference on Kindness.

    The 2 plus 2 intersessional between US and India is being held in California

    August 23, 2019
    The 2+2 intersessional and the Maritime Security Dialogue between India and the U.S. officials are being held in the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. Aim: The intersessional meeting aims to strengthen the strategic partnership. The meeting will discuss ways to advance the security priorities and the cooperation on critical diplomatic between the countries including the shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Participants: The U.S. delegations will be led by Alice Wells, the Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia and Randall Schriver, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs.  From Indian side Gourangalal Das, Joint Secretary, Americas, and officials from the Indian Embassy in Washington and five officials from the Ministry of Defence, the Joint Secretary of International Cooperation and the Joint Secretary of Navy, the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (ACNS) Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence (FCI) and a one-star officer from Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) as well as the Director International Cooperation (IC) are participating in the Security dialogue. 2+2 Dialogue: The first 2+2 Dialogue was held on September 2018. After the dialogue, India and the U.S. have had intense ties in the trade, strategic and defence aspects of the relationship.

    Shri Amit Shah chairs the 24th Meeting of Western Zonal Council at Panaji

    August 23, 2019
    Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah chaired the 24th meeting of the Western Zonal Council at Panaji (Goa) The dignitaries attending the meeting includes Chief Minister Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani, CM Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, CM Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant and Administrator of the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Shri Praful Patel and senior officers from the Central and State Governments. Members of the Council The members of the Council to the 24th meeting the issues having Centre-State and inter-State ramifications will be resolved with consensus.Home Minister stated West Zone instrumental in giving impetus to the Indian economy as the States of the Zone are contributing around 24% to the GDP and 45% to the total exports of the country.  The pending issues between the States and the Centre need to be resolved on priority through the medium of Western Zonal Council.  The States in Zone have been a big exporter of sugar, cotton, groundnut and fish and contributing immensely to the economic development of the country.  The issues listed in the agenda add and discuss issues relating to law & order and administrative reforms to the development of the country.  He mentioned that the Government of India has taken an initiative to assess the damage on its own, for which Central teams have already been constituted to visit the flood affected areas without waiting for the reports from the States.The Council reviewed the progress of implementation of the recommendations made at the last meeting.  Council among others focused on the following issues: Action on the Master Plan submitted by Maharashtra Government for utilization of surplus Salt Pan Land for rehabilitation of slum dwellers was discussed at length.  State Government will send a detailed proposal in two months suggesting broad contours of a transparent financial model for involvement of slum dwellers (and utilization of remaining land as per high FSI in keeping with provisions of a scheme to be formulated as per Slum Rehabilitation Act) on a competitive basis for rehabilitation of slum dwellers & transfer of land/monetization for Government of India. Direct Benefit Transfer Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) done through IPPBs also everywhere covered by Core Banking Solution.  The enhancement of DBT Portal to include scheme/village-wise details by collecting real time information from respective portals of beneficiary-oriented schemes to give village level DBT fund transfer & benefits.  The detailed monitoring mechanism to ensure that investigation and trial of sexual offences/rape against girls below 12 years of age are completed within two months (POCSO Act and Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2018] each. Home Minister called upon the States to give their suggestions for improvements in Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code.  He urged the Chief Ministers to ensure regular monitoring at the Chief Secretary’s level of investigation and prosecution of cases in the courts in case of heinous offences such as Narcotics, POCSO Act, murders.  The States should fill the post of Director Prosecution without any further delay. He stressed on the need for setting up Forensic Science Laboratories in the States. There should also be regular monitoring of all decisions in various areas narrated above through Video Conference by the Home Secretary and Special Secretary, Inter-State Council Secretariat.

    National Conference of Tourism Ministers was held in New Delhi

    August 22, 2019
    Union Ministry of Tourism organized a one-day National Conference of Tourism Ministers in New Delhi. The meet was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture Shri Prahlad Singh Patel.  Participants: The conference was attended by State Tourism Ministers of 19 States. Aim: The meeting focused on various issues related to the development and promotion of Tourism in New Delhi. It suggested better coordination between the Centre and State to increase the number of tourists in India and work towards removing negative impressions. The Ministry aims to achieve the Prime Minister’s target of doubling the tourists, both foreign and domestic over the next five years. New incredible India: The Tourism Minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel launched the Hindi version of the New Incredible India portal at the conference. He announced that the Ministry is planning to launch the new Incredible India website in Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. IITFC: Mr. Patel also launched the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC). IITFC is a digital initiative online programme where one can learn about tourism at their own time, space, path, and pace. Night tourism: The Ministry has also decided to open 10 historical monuments till 9 PM for common visitors across the country. This move aims to promote night tourism across the country.

    EAM to participate the fifth meeting of the Nepal India Joint Commission

    August 20, 2019
    The 5th meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission is to take place from August 21 to 22, 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The External Affairs Minister (EAM) S.Jaishankar is to participate in the meeting. He will co-chair the meeting along with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.  Aim of the commission: The commission is aimed to review the overall state of bilateral relations between the countries. It will also discuss the various areas of cooperation such as connectivity and economic partnership, trade and transit, power and water resources sectors, culture, education and other matters of mutual interest. Nepal-India Joint Commission: The Nepal-India Joint Commission was established in June 1987. India-Nepal Joint Commission is a high-level bilateral mechanism to comprehensively review India-Nepal relations. The commission meetings are held alternately in India and Nepal.  The 4th meeting of the Commission was held on October 2016 in New Delhi. It was co-chaired by the Hon’ble Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minister for Foreign Affairs, from Nepali side and His Excellency Mr. M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, from the Indian side.

    Fifth Meeting Of BRICS Minister Of Environment Held In Sao Paulo, Brazil

    August 17, 2019
    Fifth BRICS Minister of Environment Meeting held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is preceded by the 2-day meeting of BRICS Joint Working Group on Environment. The Indian delegation led by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar. Prakash Javadekar stated that India achieved its Nationally Determined Contributions(NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, reduction of energy intensity by 25 %, increment of forest cover by nearly 15,000 sq km , Swachh Bharat Mission initiative, Waste Management Rules. The initiatives of BRICS countries and reaffirmed India’s support to BRICS cooperation. The BRICS Ministers delegations to join at 14th CoP (Conference of Parties ) scheduled to be held from  2 – 13 September 2019 and contribute to the efforts to combat desertification and land degradation. India free of single-use plastic campaign . The massive campaign that will be launched to make India free of single-use plastic.The Ministers of BRICS countries underlined the Partnership on Urban Environmental Sustainability Initiative (PUESI) This is used to share knowledge & experience on major issues such as waste management, cogeneration, reverse logistics, sanitation, urban air quality, urban green areas. BRICS Environmentally Sound Technology (BEST) Cooperation Platform was highlighted for innovations, knowledge sharing and capacity building It was adopted for improvement of the river ecosystem and tackling marine waste. The Ministers agreed to support the development of Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework & they urged developed countries to meet their commitment under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and its Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement to provide means of implementation of climate finance, technology development and transfer and capacity-building support. Brazil was led by Mr. Ricardo Salles, Minister of Environment. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Dmitry Kobylkin led the Russian delegation, while the Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Huang Runqiu, Vice-Minister of Ecology and Environment and the South African delegation was led by Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms. Barbara Creecy. About Brazil: Capital: Brasilia Currency: Brazilian real President: Jair Bolsonaro  

    MSDE organized the fourth edition of NEA

    August 11, 2019
    Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) organized the fourth edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards at New Delhi, India. The Ministry has also instituted in a bid to recognize and encourage outstanding Indian Entrepreneurs and catalyse a cultural shift in youth for entrepreneurship for nominations.  Aim: The fourth National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) 2019 aims to honour outstanding young first generation entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders for their exceptional contribution in entrepreneurship development. The Government will also reward the most innovative, inspiring and accomplished micro entrepreneurs to scale up their business.  The awards recognizes the businesses and businessmen to improve their marketability, and address discontinuity towards better business systems and enhanced products & services with the help of a prize money. The awards ceremony will be held in November 2019.

    Second All India Annual Conference of IIS Officers held at New Delhi

    August 6, 2019
    The Second All India Annual Conference of Indian Information Service (IIS) Officers was held at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi on 5 August. The Conference was organized by the the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The Ministry of I&B conducted a performance review of the Media units during the Conference.  Aim: The conference aimed to attain greater integration of all Media Units in order to further amplify government communication. The conference highlighted the importance of feedback along with communicating the programmes and policies of government. The sessions focused discussions on: ♦ Adoption of Integrated and Theme Based Communication Approach ♦ Expansion of Social Media regionally and use of Integrated Dashboard ♦ Adoption of Government Communication Impact Assessment Framework ♦ Roadmap for celebration of 550th Anniversary of Guru Nanak ♦ 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi ♦ 75 Years of India's Independence ♦ International Film Festival of India's  (IFFI) Golden Jubilee Edition The discussion also included the importance to shift government communication from segregated Ministry-wise approach to a thematic and holistic approach. Participants: Delegates including Senior IIS Officers from all across the country, along with officials of the Ministry of I&B, Prasar Bharati and Indian Institute of Mass Communication participated in the Conference.

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