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  • Virtual Expo 2021 for Research and Development in the field of Processed Food

    3 days ago
    The R&D virtual exhibition 2021 organized by the Ministry of Food Processing Industry for the first time in the history of the Processed Food Sector. About the Expo: ♦ The R&D virtual exhibition 2021 organized by the Ministry of Food Processing Industry for the first time in the history of the Processed Food Sector. ♦ This is an expo for Research and Development in the field of processed foods. ♦ It will showcase the results of Research and Development projects supported by the Ministry of premier Food Technology Institutions of India (such as NIFTE, IIFPT, CFTRI, ICAR, IITs). ♦ The main focus area will be to showcase Research and Development projects, which include categories such as Novel Food Products, Innovations in Food Engineering, Food Safety & Quality Evaluations, Food Packaging Solutions & Food Industry Waste Utilization.

    National Conference Of States On Logistics

    4 days ago
    The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry delivered a speech at the First National Conference of States on Logistics. Highlights: ♦ The National Logistics Policy, which is being negotiated with the National Logistics Council and the State Logistics Coordination Committee, will serve as a template to better coordinate and integrate logistics centers. ♦ Logistics consists of 5R’s: Get the Right products-under the Right conditions-At the Right place-At the Right time-to the Right customers.

    Davos Agenda Summit by the World Economic Forum

    6 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Davos Agenda Summit. The Davos Agenda Summit was organized by the World Economic Forum.  Highlights: ♦ The "Great Reset Initiative" of the World Economic Forum will be launched during the Davos Agenda Summit. ♦ The theme of the Davos Agenda Summit in 2021 is "Stakeholders Build a Cohesive and Sustainable World". ♦ US First: The US priority policy of the United States has caused a huge collapse in international agreements in the past few years. It broke several global agreements including the Paris climate change agreement. ♦ Tensions in Iran: Under the authorization of US President Donald Trump, General Qassem Soleimani was killed by US troops in a drone attack. This has exacerbated geopolitical tensions between the United States and Iran. ♦ Since the Cold War, Russia's annexation of Crimea has put greater pressure on the tensions between the United States and Russia. ♦ In 2021, the World Economic Forum proposed a new bimodal system at its Davos meeting. One of the meetings is the usual Davos Agenda Summit, and the other is the new big reset initiative.  ♦ Just like the Davos Agenda Summit, the Great Reset Initiative will convene world leaders and will mainly focus on managing the immediate consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. Basically, the big reset plan is being launched to recover the global economy from the COVID-19 crisis.

    EDUCON Conference Organized by CUPB

    15 days ago
    The Union Education Minister inaugurates Two-day Virtual International Akhand Conference 'EDUCON-2020'. About the Conference: ♦ The two-day international conference is organized by the Central University of Punjab (CUPB) in cooperation with the worldwide Educational Research Association (GERA). ♦ Envisioning Education for Transforming Youth to revive Global Peace is that the theme of EDUCON 2020 ♦ The conference is attended by academicians from across the planet.

    Trade Policy Review of India At WTO

    15 days ago
    India's 7th national trading policy Review (TPR) began in January 2021 at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Trade Policy Review (TPR): ♦ Trade Policy Review (TPR) may be a crucial mechanism under the WTO's monitoring function, which involves a comprehensive referee of the national trade policies of member countries. The last TPR in India occurred in 2015. ♦ India's Commerce Secretary stated that since the last TPR, the GOI has taken sort of measures to reform and transform the entire economic ecosystem to satisfy the socio-economic demands of all Indians. ♦ The main policy changes include the introduction of the GST, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code, labor reforms, and investor-friendly Foreign Direct Investment policies. ♦ Various national programmes include "Made in India", "Digital India", "Startup India and Skill India". ♦ India has improved within the planet Bank's Doing Business ranking from 142 to 63 in 2015 - 2019. ♦ In 2019-20, India received the absolute best ever FDI inflow of USD 74.39 billion. WTO Secretariat's Report: A comprehensive report issued by the earth Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat on the occasion recorded all major trade and economic measures taken by India within the past five years. It recognized India's strong process rate of seven .4% during the quantity under review, and gave positive comments on its reform efforts during this era. The report acknowledged that strong process has led to improvements in socio-economic indicators, like India's per capita income and anticipation.

    World Of Coriander Webinar For High-Quality Production

    17 days ago
    Webinar on World of Coriander was happened to improve the high-quality products and also to enhance the export of Coriander Highlights: ♦ The Spices Board of India and therefore the DBT-SABC Biotech Kisan Hub together with ICAR-NRCSS, Rajasthan State Agricultural Marketing Board (RSAMB) and Kota Agricultural University. ♦ The South-East Rajasthan’s Hadoti region and the Guna district, Madhya Pradesh is known for the production of coriander i.e., Coriandrum sativum L., which contributes a major share in coriander export from the country. ♦ The Hadoti-Guna region has great potential for exporting whole coriander and other processed products such as coriander split (daal), powder and essential oils.

    National Metrology Conclave To Be Held

    20 days ago
    The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) in New Delhi is organizing the National Metrology Conference 2020. About the Conclave: ♦ The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) in New Delhi is organizing the National Metrology Conference 2020. ♦ The theme of the conclave is "Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation". ♦ The Prime Minister will also dedicate the National Atomic Timescale on the occasion of the National Metrology Conclave. ♦ The National Atomic Time scale generates Indian Standard Time (IST) with an accuracy of 2.8 nanoseconds.

    Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan Review Meeting Was Undertaken

    27 days ago
    The Minister of State for Tourism & Culture has undertaken a review meeting of the Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan Project. This is a joint effort of the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Culture, Archaeological Survey of India and the State/UTs Government. Adopt a Heritage Project: ♦ Adopt a Heritage project was launched by the President of India on the occasion of World Tourism Day on 27th September, 2017. ♦ It aims to develop tourism amenities at heritage/ natural/ tourist sites spread across India for making them tourist-friendly, in a planned and phased manner. ♦ The project aims to encourage companies from the public sector, private sector, trusts, non-governmental organisations, individuals and other stakeholders to become "Monument Mitras". ♦ The successful bidders selected for adopting heritage, natural, tourist sites/monuments by the Oversight and Vision Committee shall be called as Monument Mitras. ♦ The Private and Public Sector Companies, Trusts, NGOs and Individuals are eligible for adopting heritage sites/ monuments under this project. Significance of the Project: This is a well-conceived initiative by using CSR, and the project will help provide basic amenities such as cleanliness, safe drinking water, light and sound in the lesser-known monuments. It stipulates that stakeholders should bear the responsibility of developing and upgrading basic and advanced tourist facilities in heritage sites based on their interest and viability in the sustainable investment model under CSR. The goals of the project are: -    Develop basic tourism infrastructure in and around heritage sites, monuments, natural sites and tourist sites. -    Develop facilities and amenities to improve the tourist experience at heritage sites, monuments, natural sites and tourist sites. Enhance the country's cultural and heritage value and develop ways to increase awareness of the country's heritage/natural/tourist attractions. -    Develop and promote sustainable tourism infrastructure and ensure its proper operation and maintenance. -    Develop employment opportunities and support livelihoods of local communities at the heritage, natural and tourist sites.

    Agricultural Scientists Meet in IISF

    29 days ago
    Agricultural Scientists Meet is a significant event of the India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020. It provides a common platform for agricultural scientists, innovative farmers, teachers and students. Highlights: ♦ Scientists Meet is an essential event for the India International Science Festival 2020. ♦ It provides a common platform for agricultural scientists, innovative farmers, teachers and students to actively participate in and discuss various emerging topics, such as synergism and trade-offs in sustainable agriculture, Natural ♦ Resource Management (NRM)— Challenges and policy frameworks, precision agriculture technologies and agricultural production systems, data-driven technologies in agriculture and its management, and innovation and agriculture. ♦ This activity aims to reduce weather changes in agriculture and make agriculture a reliable income-generating activity for marginal stakeholders. ♦ Experts recommend that they emphasize big data analysis and artificial intelligence for a decision support system for farmers.

    India - Japan SAMVAD Conference Was Held

    32 days ago
    The Sixth SAMVAD Conference between India and Japan was held. Highlights: ♦ The Samvad Conference revolved around the need to build the future of Asia under the positive influence of traditions of non-violence and democracy in Asia. ♦ The first Conference of Samvad-I was held in Bodh Gaya, New Delhi in 2015. ♦ During Samvad I, famous scholars, religious leaders, academics and politicians exchanged views on conflict avoidance and environmental awareness. ♦ In this edition, Mr. Modi proposes to establish a library of traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures, adding that India is happy to provide hosting for the facility and provide it with appropriate resources. ♦ The government must make "humanism" the core of its policy. Tribute to the promotion of the Buddha's ideas and ideals, especially the great work done among the youth was done.

    Virtual Summit Held Between India-Vietnam

    32 days ago
    The Prime Minister of India held a virtual summit with his Vietnamese counterpart. Highlights: ♦ The two countries' leaders exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. They put forward the "Joint Vision for Peace, Prosperity, and People" to guide the India-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership's future development. ♦ The prime ministers of the two countries expressed satisfaction with the successful implementation of the High-Speed Guard Boat (HSGB) Manufacturing Project for Vietnam Border Guard Command under the US$100 Defence Line of Credit extended by the Government of India to Vietnam, and the handing over of completed HSGB to Vietnam, the launch of HSGBs manufactured in India and the keel laying of HSGBs manufactured in Vietnam. ♦ Both the countries signed a memorandum of understanding in defense industry cooperation, UN peacekeeping, atomic energy, petroleum, clean energy, and health. ♦ Also announced the launch of the bilateral project for Encyclopedia on India – Vietnam Civilizational and Cultural Interactions.

    Indonesia - India Virtual Bilateral Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation

    36 days ago
    The 4th Bilateral Joint Working Group - JWG meeting between the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), India and the National Narcotics Administration (BNN), Indonesia was held. Highlights: ♦ Shri Rakesh Asthana, Director-General of the Indian NCB, emphasized that the trafficking of Heroin and Amphetamine Type Stimulant(ATS) in India through land and sea routes, especially Golden Triangle. ♦ The Golden Triangle is the place where the borders of Thailand, Laos & Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers. ♦ The new challenges of dealing with drug trafficking through the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea was highlighted. ♦ The Indian side emphasized the emerging trends in the production and trafficking of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and the use of dark markets. ♦ During the pandemic, the drug trade through couriers and packages has increased. ♦ The Indian side pledged to coordinate and cooperate with Indonesia in combating drug trafficking. ♦ PujiSarwono, Deputy of Legal Affairs and Cooperation, BNN, Indonesia highlighted the growing threat of trafficking of Methamphetamine in Indonesia, ♦ The development of frequent information exchange between two countries on drug trafficking and precursor smuggling activities at each level. ♦ The two countries accepted to exchange information on illegal entry and exit points for illegal drug trafficking along the Indonesia-India border, as well as information on technologies used to stop drug trafficking.

    Minister addresses Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

    36 days ago
    The Union Health Minister addresses event by Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI): ♦ In September 2019, Prime Minister Modi launched CDRI at the UN Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit in New York, USA. ♦ The fledgeling partnership has a secretariat in Delhi and is supported by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) to promote knowledge exchange, technical support and capacity building. ♦ The mission of CDRI is to rapidly expand the development of resilient infrastructure and transform existing infrastructure to enhance resilience and achieve a measurable reduction in infrastructure losses. ♦ The partnership works in the areas of governance and policy, emerging technologies, risk identification and estimation, recovery and reconstruction, resilience standards and certification, finance, and capacity development. ♦ CDRI brings together developed and developing countries to establish synergies to achieve the goal of disaster-resistant infrastructure. ♦ The World Bank and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) expressed support for CDRI and pledged to work closely with their secretariat in Delhi. ♦ The establishment of the Coalition is the result of the efforts of India and UNDRR. ♦ Other founding members of CDRI: Australia, Bhutan, Fiji, Indonesia, Italy,  Japan, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, The UK

    IMS Organized TROPMET-2020

    39 days ago
    The Indian Meteorological Society (IMS) and the North Eastern Space Application Center organized a 4-day virtual seminar on Tropical Meteorology, called TROPMET-2020. Highlights: ♦ The theme of the event is "Weather and Climate Services over Mountainous Regions". ♦ During the symposium, well-known scientists will give several speeches and lectures, including a special speech by the Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization. ♦ This is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development of meteorology and related sciences. ♦ It is committed to disseminating knowledge in the field and applying meteorology and related sciences to various constructive human activities, such as agriculture and land use, irrigation and power development, maritime and air navigation, engineering technology, medicine and public health, etc. ♦ Hold lectures, symposiums, etc., and publish books and journals, etc on meteorology North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC): North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) was established as a joint initiative of the Department of Space (DOS, GOI) and the North Eastern Council (NEC) and came into being in 2000. The center helps expand the development process of the region by providing advanced space technology support. It uses space and technology to provide services to the northeastern states of India. It is located in Shillong, Meghalaya.

    IWIS Organized By The National Mission For Clean Ganga NMCG

    39 days ago
    The 5th India Water Impact Summit (IWIS) organized by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies  (cGanga) has held virtually. Key Facts: ♦ The India Water Impact Summit 2020 is a five-day summit. Experts and scholars from all around the world participate in the meeting to discuss and debate issues related to water conservation, water security and river rejuvenation. ♦ Theme: Focus on the comprehensive analysis and overall management of local rivers and water bodies in Arth Ganga- river conservation synchronised development. ♦ At the event, the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomyand cGanga signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a sludge management framework in India. National Mission for Clean Ganga - NMCG: NMCG is the wing of the National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection, and Management of River Ganga also known as national Ganga Council (in 2016; which replaced the NRGBA). NMCG was established in 2011 and is a registered society. It has a two-level management structure, including Governing Council and an Executive Committee. The goals & objectives of NMCG: ♦ In order to ensure effective control of the Ganges River pollution and rehabilitation, a river basin approach is adopted to promote inter-departmental coordination for comprehensive planning and management. ♦ To maintain minimum ecological flow in the river Ganga with the aim of ensuring water quality and environmentally sustainable development. ♦ In 2014, ‘NamamiGangeProgramme’ was launched as an Integrated Conservation Mission, to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation, and rejuvenation of National River Ganga. Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga): It was established in 2016 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IITK) in Kanpur. The centre is a centre of excellence for collecting data, creating and disseminating knowledge and information for the sustainable development of the Ganga River Basin. The centre provides a comprehensive think tank for the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) with its established goals and objectives for the Ganges River Basin.

    Opening Ceremony Of the 12th GRIHA Summit

    39 days ago
    The opening ceremony of the 12th Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Summit was organized virtually. Highlights: ♦ Theme: Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats. ♦ Purpose: As a platform to discuss innovative technologies and solutions, this will help in creating robust mechanism to develop sustainable and resilient solutions for the benefit of the entire community. ♦ Launching the event: During the event, the Vice President of India released the "SHASHWAT" magazine and the book "30 Stories Beyond Architecture". ♦ Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) is the national rating system of India for any completed building construction. ♦ GRIHA is recognised as India’s own green building rating system in India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions(INDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).   ♦ Created By: It was conceived by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and developed jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

    TWG Meeting Held Among India, Iran, And Uzbekistan On Chabahar Port

    39 days ago
    The first Trilateral Working Group (TWG) Meeting between India, Iran and Uzbekistan on the joint use of Chabahar Port was held. Highlights: ♦ The meeting was co-chaired by the Secretary (Shipping), Government of India, the Deputy Minister of Transport of Uzbekistan and the Deputy Minister of Transport of Iran. ♦ During the meeting, participants discussed the joint use of Chabahar Port for trade and transit purposes and to enhance regional connectivity. ♦ All parties also welcome India’s proposal to hold a "Chabahar Day" during the International Maritime Summit scheduled to be hosted by India in January 2021. ♦ The meeting was a follow-up to the decisions made during the virtual summit between the Prime Minister of India and the President of Uzbekistan.

    India-Uzbekistan Virtual Summit Was Held

    41 days ago
    In a recent virtual summit, India and Uzbekistan have deliberated on expanding bilateral relations, aiming to expand cooperation in the fields of new and renewable energy, digital technology, cybersecurity and information sharing. These agreements also include cooperation on connectivity projects in Afghanistan and its peace process, trilateral dialogue with Iran, and combating terrorism. Highlights: ♦ India & Uzbekistan have agreed to work towards an early conclusion of the "Bilateral Investment Treaty" to promote investment promotion and protection and to improve trade and economic cooperation further. ♦ The Indian side confirmed the approval of a 448 million US dollar Line of Credit which India will expand to use for Uzbekistan’s four development projects in the fields of road construction, sewage treatment and information technology. ♦ The Indian side reiterated its commitment to deepen further the development partnership between India and Uzbekistan, including within the framework of the dialogue between India and Central Asia. ♦ Uzbekistan expressed its desire to explore the possibility of implementing priority development projects in Uzbekistan as part of the one-billion-dollar Line of Credit that India provided to Central Asian countries at the second meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue. ♦ The two sides agreed to cooperate in responding to threats and challenges to national and regional security. They also agreed to strengthen further cooperation between law enforcement agencies and special service agencies of the two countries under the framework of the Uzbekistan-India Joint Anti-Terrorism Working Group. ♦ The leaders strongly condemned terrorism in all forms and manifestations, and reiterated their country’s determination to combat this threat by destroying terrorist’s safe havens, networks, infrastructure, and financing channels. ♦ They also emphasized that every country must ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks against other countries. The two sides also called for the finalization of the "Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism" as soon as possible. ♦ The leaders pointed out that the establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan is vital to the security and stability of the entire region.  ♦ The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in the United Nations and other international and regional organizations, including through mutual support. They called for a reform of the United Nation (UN) agencies, including the Security Council, and expansion of two types of membership.  ♦ Uzbekistan reiterated its support for India’s candidacy for permanent membership of the UN Security Council. ♦ Previously, India and Uzbekistan signed 9 agreements and memorandums of understanding covering various fields, including solar energy, digital technology and high-impact community development projects (HICDP).

    Union Jal Shakti Minister inaugurates 5th India Water Impact Summit - IWIS

    43 days ago
    The 5thIndia Water Impact Summit (IWIS), organized by the National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga). The theme is the comprehensive analysis and overall management of local rivers and water bodies, with the focus on Arth Ganga- river conservation synchronised development. Highlights: The India Water Impact Summit is an annual event where stakeholders gather to discuss, debate and develop model solutions to some of the country's biggest water-related problems. The 5th IWIS will strengthen the interaction between investors and stakeholders in the water sector, and promote international cooperation in water and river management between India and many other countries.  It will bring various stakeholders together to discuss, debate and develop model solutions to some of the most significant water-related issues in the country. As part of the Gyan Ganga project, it has witnessed interactions with scientists and researchers at the national and international levels. The summit will try to discuss and solve the problems of agriculture, urban and rural human settlements, tourism, energy and flood management on both sides of the river. This summit aims to work hard to implement the Prime Minister's vision of Arth Ganga on the ground. Some people say that river protection itself is an economic activity that provides employment opportunities for many people and contributes to GDP.

    Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, Addresses ASEAN Defence Minister Meeting

    45 days ago
    Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh participated in the 14th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus organized online in Hanoi, Vietnam. Highlights: ♦ ADMM Plus is an annual meeting of Defense Ministers of 10 ASEAN countries and 8 partner countries, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States. ♦ This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ADMM Plus Forum. ♦ India emphasized the key role of ASEAN-centric forums in promoting dialogue and participating in the establishment of a diversified cooperative security order in Asia. ♦ India emphasized that, in particular, the Indo-Pacific region faces many traditional and non-traditional security threats. ♦ The Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) initiated by the East Asia Summit last year (2019) can be regarded as an open global action plan, which draws on the existing regional cooperation structures and mechanisms. ♦ It focuses on seven main pillars around Maritime Security, Maritime Ecology, Maritime Resources, Capacity Building and Resource Sharing, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation, and Trade Connectivity and Maritime Transport. ♦ India calls on the Indo-Pacific to establish an open and inclusive order based on respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes through dialogue, and compliance with international rules and laws. ♦ India has always expressed support for the freedom of navigation and overflight for all persons in international waters under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

    PM Addresses The India Mobile Congress

    46 days ago
    The Prime Minister addresses the India Mobile Congress 2020. India Mobile Congress(IMC) is the largest digital technology forum in South Asia. India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2020: ♦ IMC is organized by the Department of Telecommunications of India (DoT) and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). ♦ IMC has established its own leading platform, gathering industry, government, academia and other ecosystem participants to discuss and showcase the latest developments in the technological world. ♦ This is also India's largest social event in the field of digital technology. Activities include exhibitions and international conferences. ♦ The theme of IMC 2020 is "Inclusive Innovation-Smart, Secure and Sustainable".

    NADA Organized a Webinar On Anti-Doping And Sports Science

    47 days ago
    National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) organized a webinar on Anti-doping and Sports science. NADA is a national organization responsible for promoting, coordinating and monitoring various forms of sports doping control programs in India. NADA: ♦ NADA is a national organization responsible for promoting, coordinating and monitoring various forms of sports doping control programs in India. ♦ NADA handles and implements anti-doping rules and policies which conform with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), cooperates with other anti-doping organizations and promotes anti-doping research and education. ♦ The main goal is to implement anti-doping rules in accordance with WADA rules, standardize doping control plans, promote education and research, and raise awareness of doping and its adverse effects. ♦ It was established in 2005 and it belongs to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of GOI. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA): ♦ The World Anti-Doping Agency was established in 1999. It is an independent international organization composed and funded on an equal footing by the world sports and governments of all countries in the world. ♦ Its principal activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capabilities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code (this document coordinates all sports and all countries' anti-doping policies). ♦ It is committed to leading a global cooperative doping-free campaign. ♦ The agency was established after the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sports. ♦ WADA is a Swiss private law, a non-profit foundation. ♦ Its location is in Lausanne, Switzerland, and its headquarters is in Montreal, Canada.

    National Water Development Agency Meeting Presided By Mos For Jal Shakti

    47 days ago
    The MoS for Jal Shakti presided over the annual shareholders meeting of the National Water Development Agency (NWDA). National Water Development Agency (NWDA): ♦ NWDA was Established in 1982, as an autonomous society that conducts water balance and other studies based on science and reality to make the best use of water resources in the peninsula river system for preparation of feasibility reports. ♦ This will be managed by the Central Water Commission and the then Ministry of Irrigation(now Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (DoWR, RD& GR)). ♦ In 1990, the agency also carried out similar activities for the Himalayan component of the National Vision Program. ♦ Since 2006, NWDA has also begun the task of exploring the feasibility of river connections in the state. It belongs to the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

    The Second Cancer Genome Atlas Conference Was Held in New Delhi

    49 days ago
    The Minister of Science and Technology has actually held the second TCGA-Cancer Genome Atlas 2020 conference in New Delhi. The conference brought together scientists and clinicians from all over the world to jointly establish the Indian Cancer Genome Atlas (ICGA). Indian Cancer Genome Atlas (ICGA): It aims to create an indigenous, open-source and comprehensive database to collect molecular profiles of all prevalent cancers in the Indian population. A variety of molecular mechanisms, including genetic and lifestyle factors, cause cancer, posing major challenges to treatment. Therefore, it is necessary to better understand the underlying factors of the patient. TCGA: ♦ This is a landmark Cancer Genomics Program with molecular characteristics of more than 20,000 primary cancers and matched normal samples covering 33 cancer types. ♦ Genomics aims to sequence, assemble, and analyse the structure and function of genomes. ♦ Genome defined as the genetic material of an organism and it consists of DNA (or RNA in RNA viruses). ♦ TCGA is a joint effort of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), both of which are part of the National Institutes of Health , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It started in 2006. ♦ TCGA generates a large amount of genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data. ♦ Transcriptomicstechnologies are the techniques used to study an organism's transcriptome, the sum of all of its RNA transcripts. ♦ A proteome is a group of proteins produced in an organism.  ♦ These data have led to improved capabilities in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. ♦ On similar lines, the establishment of an "Indian Cancer Genomics Atlas (ICGA)' has been initiated by a consortium of key stakeholders in India led by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Government of India in which several government agencies, cancer hospitals, academic institutions and private sector are partners.

    Central Waqf Council Meeting Presided By Union Minister For Minority Affairs

    49 days ago
    The Union Minister for Minority Affairs presides over the Central Waqf Council meeting. The process of establishing Waqf Boards in Jammu-Kashmir and Leh-Kargil states has begun. Central Waqf Council (CWC): CWC is a statutory body established in 1964 under the Waqf Act of 1954. CWC is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. The Central Waqf Council (CWC) is the advisory body of the Central Government, the State Government and the State Waqf Board, responsible for the proper management of Auqaf (property donation) and the work of the Waqf Council. In addition, it is implementing some of the government's plans for Waqfs. The details of the functioning of CWC are as under: -    To look into the implementation of the provisions of the Waqf (Amendment) Act 2013 by states and UT. -    Provide legal advice on the protection and recycling of Waqf attributes and the elimination of infringements. -    The national Waqf Development Corporation Ltd implements the urban Waqf property development plan and determines potential Waqf development land. -    Implement education and women's welfare programs to develop skills and empower the poor, especially women.

    Dr Harsh Vardhan virtually inaugurates the 2nd Cancer Genome Atlas 2020 Conference

    51 days ago
    The Minister of Science and Technology and Vice President of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr. Harsh Vardhan virtually inaugurated the 2nd Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) 2020 conference in New Delhi on 4th December 2020. Highlights: ♦ The conference will focus on important issues of uniformity and integrity of specimens representing different parts of India and make the Indian Cancer Genomics Atlas (ICGA) useful for clinicians throughout India. ♦ GoI aims to set a way forward in making cancer treatment accessible and affordable. ♦ The conference highlighted several large-scale mission mode projects taken by the Government such as Genome India, IndiGene Nutrition Mission, etc. TCGA: TCGA is a cancer genomics program that molecularly characterized over 20,000 primary cancer and matched normal samples spanning 33 cancer types. It is a joint effort between the US-National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute that began in 2006. Many researchers from diverse disciplines and multiple institutions get together at this conference. TCGA has generated over 2.5 petabytes of genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data, so far. This data has already led to improvements in the ability to diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer and will remain publicly available for anyone in the research community to use. Also, the establishment of an ICGA has been initiated by a consortium of key stakeholders in India led by CSIR, the Government of India in which several government agencies, cancer hospitals, academic institutions, and private sector partners.

    Opening Ceremony of India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre Was Held

    52 days ago
    The Commencing ceremony of the annual meeting of the India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Center was held on December 02, 2020. Highlights: ♦ The center was established to further deepen the cooperation between India and Sweden in the field of innovation and healthcare. ♦ The center was established after India and Sweden signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) in the medical field and the "India-Sweden Joint Declaration on Innovation Partnership for Sustainable Development". ♦ The plan is a tripartite cooperation between the Office of the Swedish Trade Commissioner, All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi - AIIMS Delhi and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Jodhpur (AIIMS Jodhpur), with the Ministry and other core partners actively participating Health and family welfare, ICMR and AstraZeneca. ♦ The overall vision of the center is to make affordable medical services accessible to all. ♦ It responds to India’s healthcare challenges by supporting start-ups and strives to achieve an open and innovative collaborative ecosystem.  

    DSTCII Technology Summit held Between India and Portugal

    53 days ago
    Curtain raiser of the 26th DST – CII Technology Summit takes place India and Portugal on December 1, 2020. The annual summit provides an important opportunity to establish and promote global technology partnerships. Highlights: ♦ The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have jointly organized technology summits for 25 years. ♦ The heads of partner countries have delivered speeches at technology summits in the past, which is an important testimony of taking science and technology as one of the world's highest priorities. Portugal is a partner country this year. ♦ The focus areas of the summit are water, agriculture, healthcare, clean technology, energy, climate change and IT/ICT. ♦ The conference and digital exhibition will also cover technical lectures and business meetings in several other technical fields. ♦ This virtual summit and exhibition provide a channel to showcase and cooperate with India and partner countries' unparalleled business and technical solutions. ♦ The digital conference will gather global innovators, technology leaders, disruptive entrepreneurs, policymakers, industry supporters and outstanding academicians from India and partner countries to share their experiences, and virtually everyone directly or indirectly related to the technology field.

    RE-Invest 2020 Was Inaugurated by Prime Minister

    58 days ago
    Prime Minister inaugurates Renewable Energy Investment - RE-Invest 2020. The theme of RE-Invest (Renewable Energy Investment) 2020 is "Innovation of Sustainable Energy Transition". Highlights: ♦ The 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Conference and Expo (Renewable Energy Investment 2020) is organized by the Ministry of New Renewable Energy. ♦ The theme of RE-Invest 2020 is "Innovation of Sustainable Energy Transition". The event was showcased as the largest renewable energy event in India. ♦ The three-day event includes conferences and exhibitions on renewable energy and future energy options for manufacturers, developers, investors and innovators. ♦ RE-Invest 2020 (which will be a digital global platform) aims to accelerate global efforts to expand the development and deployment of renewable energy and connect the global investment community with Indian energy stakeholders. ♦ The first such event was held in 2015, followed by the second in 2018.

    India to host next SCO Heads of Government Council

    59 days ago
    India will host the 19th Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 30th November. The first such high-level meeting of the eight-member grouping to be organized by New Delhi after its admission to the bloc in 2017. The 18th meeting of SCO’s Heads of Government Council held at Tashkent in November 2020. India was represented by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the summit in Tashkent.  Highlights: ♦ The leaders will hold in-depth discussion and exchange on deepening SCO cooperation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ♦ It is expected that they will build more consensus on cooperation and measuresto seek greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation and national development strategies and regional cooperation initiatives. ♦ Measures to enhance trade, economic, investment, connectivity, production capacity, culture and people to people cooperation, push national economic recovery will also be discussed. SCO: The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc. SCO, which has its headquarters in Beijing. India and Pakistan were admitted as full members in 2017. Its founding members included China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. SCO has four observer States, namely Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia. It has six dialogue partners, namely Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.

    President inaugurated All India Presiding Officers Conference at Kevadia, Gujarat

    60 days ago
    Two days All India Presiding Officers’ Conference has been organized at Kevadia, Gujarat. The conference was inaugurated by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on 25th November. The conference is held on the occasion of Constitution Day. Theme The theme of the 2020 conference is “Harmonious coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary-Key to a Vibrant Democracy”.  Highlights: ♦ The conference will discuss the important role played by the Presiding Officers in the country.  ♦ The Presiding Officers will provide a congenial atmosphere for a healthy debate to the people's representatives in the House and to encourage courteous dialogue and discussion.  ♦ A multi-media exhibition has been set up jointly at the Presiding Officers’ Conference by the Bureau of Outreach Communication (BOC), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with Parliamentary Museum & Archives. The exhibition traces the journey of democratic tradition in the country, right from Vedic Times through the Lichchavi period to the making of Modern Democratic India.

    First-Ever India-Luxembourg Virtual Summit Was Held

    65 days ago
    The first-ever India-Luxembourg Virtual Summit was held. In 1948, India established diplomatic relations with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Highlights: ♦ Three important agreements were signed at the virtual summit: ♦ Memorandum of Understanding between India International Exchange (India INX) and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: Provide cooperation in the financial services industry, maintain an orderly securities market, ESG (environmental, social and governance) and green finance in the local market. ♦ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Bank of India and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange: Provide cooperation for financial services in the local market, industry maintenance of orderly securities markets, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and green finance. ♦ Memorandum of Understanding between Invest India and Luxinnovation: Support and develop mutual commercial cooperation between Indian and Luxembourg companies, including the promotion and facilitation of or proposed inbound foreign direct investment from Indian and Luxembourg investors.  

    APEC Meeting was Held Virtually

    65 days ago
    Recently the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Vision Leaders Meeting was held recently. APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to take advantage of the growing interdependence in the Asia-Pacific region. Highlights: ♦ The goal of APEC is to create greater prosperity for the people in the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and safe growth and accelerating regional economic integration. ♦ APEC is a cooperative, multilateral economic and trade forum. ♦ The APEC secretariat is located in Singapore and is the core support mechanism of the APEC process. ♦ There are currently 21 member economies. It includes Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Filipinos; Russian Federation; Singapore; China Taipei; Thailand; United States; Vietnam; India is a non-member.

    G20 Leaders Summit to be On 21 November

    66 days ago
    At the invitation of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be attending the 15th G20 Summit chaired by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,  Highlights ♦ The theme of the 15th G20 Summit is "Realizing the "Opportunities for All in the 21st Century" meeting to be held from November 21 to  November 22, 2020.  ♦ The summit is to be held in a virtual format.  ♦ The upcoming summit will be the second G20 summit in 2020. ♦ Following the telephone conversation between the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the last G20 Special Leaders Summit was held in March 2020, and the leaders kept pace with the times.  ♦ The Group of 20 (G20) countries helped to contain the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic and form a globally coordinated response. ♦ The aim of the upcoming G20 summit will be the inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery from COVID-19. ♦ During the G20 summit, leaders will discuss pandemic prevention and ways to resume work.  ♦ Leaders will also share their vision for building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future. ♦ India will enter the G20 Troika, along with Saudi Arabia when Italy will take over the Presidency of the G-20 on 1st December, 2020.

    East Asia Summit Held in Vietnam

    67 days ago
    The 15th East Asia Summit was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 14, 2020. Highlights: ♦ The East Asia Summit is a major forum in the Asia-Pacific region, covering issues related to security and defence. ♦ Since its establishment in 2005, it has been playing an important role in East Asia's strategy, geopolitics and economic development. ♦ The East Asia Summit is regarded as a forum led by leaders to exchange views on strategic issues and compliance with international law, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, and promote a rule-based global order. ♦ It includes 10 ASEAN member states, as well as India, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia.

    PM Modi to Address The 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum

    68 days ago
    PM Shri Narendra Modi will deliver a speech at the 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum on 17th November 2020. Highlights: ♦Bloomberg New Economic Forum was established in 2018 by Mr Michael Bloomberg.  ♦It seeks to build a community of leaders for real dialogue, to provide feasible solutions to the serious challenges facing the world economy during the historic turning point.  ♦The first forum was held in Singapore, and the second annual forum was held in Beijing.  ♦These cover a range of topics including global economic management, trade and investment, technology, urbanization, capital markets, climate change and inclusiveness. ♦This year, as the world economy is struggling to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, the forum will witness discussions around refuelling and pointing the way for the future.

    PM to inaugurate Bengaluru Tech Summit on 19th November

    68 days ago
    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate Bengaluru Tech Summit on 19th November 2020 via video conferencing. Highlights: ♦The Bangalore Tech Summit is scheduled to be held from 19th to 21st November 2020. ♦The summit was organised by the Government of Karnataka along with Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS), Karnataka government’s Vision Group on Information Technology, Biotechnology &StartUp, Software ♦Technology Parks of India (STPI) and MM ActivSci-Tech Communications. ♦The Bangalore Tech Summit will invite H.E. Prime Minister of Australia Mr Scott Morrison, Vice Chairman of the Swiss Confederation Mr Guy Palmerin and many other internationally renowned figures.  ♦In addition to them, thought leaders, industry leaders, technical experts, researchers, innovators, investors, policymakers and educators from India and the world will also participate in the summit. ♦This year, the theme of the summit is "The next step is now."  ♦The summit will discuss the major challenges in the post-pandemic world, focusing on the impact of outstanding technologies and innovations in the fields of "information technology and electronics" and "biotechnology" ♦The summit will discuss the major challenges in the post-pandemic world, focusing on the impact of outstanding technologies and innovations in the fields of "information technology and electronics" and "biotechnology"

    India-Luxembourg Virtual Summit to be on 19 November

    68 days ago
    A Virtual Summit will be held between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Luxembourg H.E. Mr Xavier Bettel on November 19, 2020. Highlights: ♦This will be the first independent summit between India and Luxembourg in the past two decades.  ♦The leaders will discuss all aspects of bilateral relations, including strengthening cooperation between India and Luxembourg in the post-COVID world.  ♦They will exchange views on international and global issues of common concern. ♦Recently, India and Luxembourg continue to maintain high-level exchanges.  ♦The prime ministers of the two countries have met three times before.

    India Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited Meeting was on 12 November

    69 days ago
    The 33rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (IREDA) of India Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) was held on November 12, 2020. The meeting emphasized that the country’s green energy mix continues to grow in quantity and quality. Highlights: ♦ The meeting emphasized that the quantity and quality of the country's green energy continue to grow. It is expected to be further promoted through various government policy measures, such as the PM-KUSUM plan, solar and wind energy hybrid technology, ethanol and compressed biogas (CBG) and other biofuels, electric vehicles and related infrastructure, coastal wind energy, solar roof plans, etc. ♦ The Ministry of New Energy and Renewable Energy launched the "Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha even Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Program", which aims to install solar pumps and grid-connected solar and other renewable energy power plants in the country for farmers. ♦ The target of the plan is to increase the production capacity of solar and other renewable energy sources by 25,750 MW by 2022, with the total support of Rs. Rs 34,422 crore, including service fees to implementing agencies. The plan consists of three parts: ♦ Component A: Decentralized ground-mounted renewable power plants of 10,000 MW. The scale of a single power plant does not exceed 2 MW. Component B: Install 17.5 million independent solar agricultural pumps, the capacity of a single pump is up to 7.5 HP. Component C: The single pump capacity of Solaris 100 thousand grid-connected agricultural pumps does not exceed 7.5 HP. ♦ The plan will have a significant impact on the environment in terms of saving carbon dioxide emissions. Together, all three components of the plan may save about 27 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. ♦ In addition, the measures in Part B of the plan regarding stand-alone solar pumps may result in annual savings of 1.2 billion litres of diesel fuel and foreign exchange savings due to reduced crude oil imports. ♦ The plan has direct employment potential. In addition to increasing self-employment, the proposal may also create jobs equivalent to 63.1 trillion working years for skilled and unskilled workers. IREDA: IREDA (Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency) is India's leading financial institution dedicated to clean energy expansion. Since its establishment in 1987, IREDA has provided the largest share of funding for renewable energy projects in India. The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is a non-bank financial institution under the administration of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

    Summit of SCO Council Was Held on 10 November

    70 days ago
    The 20th Summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) Council of Heads of State was held on November 10, 2020. Highlights: ♦ The summit was chaired by the President of the Russian Federation Mr Vladimir Putin. ♦ Other Member States were represented by their Presidents, while India and Pakistan were represented at the level of Prime Minister. ♦ Other participants were-Secretary General of the SCO Secretariat, Executive Director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, the Presidents of the four Observers (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia) of the SCO. ♦ It is the 1st meeting in Virtual Format and third meeting that India participated after becoming a full-time member in 2017. ♦ India (a non-permanent member of the UNSC) beginning from 1 January 2021, will focus on the theme of 'reformed multilateralism' to bring about desirable changes in global governance. ♦ India’s firm belief in regional peace, security&prosperity, raising voice against terrorism, smuggling of illegal weapons, drugs and money-laundering.  ♦ India's strong cultural and historical connection with the SCO region and reiterated India's strong responsibility towards fortifying network in the district with activities like International North-South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port and Ashgabat Agreement.  ♦ India likewise stretched out full help to noticing the twentieth commemoration of SCO in 2021 as the "SCO Year of Culture". ♦ Prime Minister congratulated President EmomaliRahmon of the Republic of Tajikistan for assuming the chairmanship of SCO next year and assured full cooperation from India.

    PM Modi addressed the 17th ASEAN-India summit

    74 days ago
    The 17th ASEAN-India summit was held on 12th November 2020. The Summit was co-chaired by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. PM Modi addressed the virtual Summit. The 17th summit took place amid the India-China standoff in eastern Ladakh. Highlights: ♦ The summit focuses on measures to recover from the economic turmoil triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to further broad base the strategic ties.  ♦ The participating leaders will review the Asean-India strategic partnership and taking stock of the progress on connectivity. ♦ The summit will highlight the maritime cooperation, trade, and commerce, education and capacity building between the countries. ♦ They will also discuss ways to strengthen ASEAN-India engagement and will note the adoption of the ASEAN-India Plan of Action for the year 2021-2025. ASEAN: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is one of the most significant groups in the region. Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, are its members. The dialogue partners of ASEAN are India, the US, China, Japan, and Australia.

    Agriculture Ministry organizes virtual meet on Value Chain Creation for Kiwi Fruit Farm to Fork

    74 days ago
    Union Ministry of Agriculture and Central Institute of Horticulture, Nagaland organized a virtual meeting on 'Value Chain Creation for Kiwi fruit – Farm to Fork' on 11th November 2020. The meeting focused on the popularity of the Kiwi fruit that has tremendous commercial potential. The virtual meeting was chaired by the Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and other officials of the Ministry and State of Nagaland participated in the event. Highlights: ♦ The move by the Ministry of Agriculture is to provide handholding support to Kiwi farmers across the country.  ♦ It is in line with the call of ‘Vocal for Local’ which will reduce dependence on imports and building a sustainable market for locally produced Kiwi fruit variants. ♦ This programme of Kiwi Production enhancement will prove to be a milestone in the years to come. Kiwi Products: Himalayan Sub-Temperature climate is suitable for Kiwi production. This has led to the need to introduce high yielding cultivars. The commercial cultivation of Kiwi fruit has been extended with extensive research and development support from the Sub - Himalayan Regions of India to the mid hills of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Nilgiri Hills, and Sikkim.  At Present, India is producing 13,000 MT of Kiwi in an area of about 4,000 Ha in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh. India also imports 4,000 tonnes of Kiwis from New Zealand, Italy and Chile. 

    Thirteenth Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference was Introduced

    75 days ago
    The yearly Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo is a leader function held under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.  Highlights: ♦ The beginning of Urban Mobility India (UMI) is from the National Urban Transport Policy of the Government of India, 2006 (NUTP), which lays an extremely solid accentuation on building abilities at the State and city levels ♦ The conference will address the issues related to the metropolitan vehicle and embrace the assignment of creating manageable metropolitan vehicle frameworks.  ♦ India is seeing the appearance of another age of portability talks, which are nuanced enough to give supportable metropolitan versatility.  ♦ The Ministry has given an itemized warning, regarding how the country needs to push forward in these testing times. It lays on three columns:  -    Advancement of public vehicle framework  -    Utilizing innovative progressions  -    Entrance of NMT (non-mechanized vehicle) frameworks in the metropolitan vehicle worldview  ♦ Different examinations show that around 16-57% of metropolitan suburbanites are walker and around 30-40% of workers use bikes in the nation relying upon the size of the city.  ♦ Thinking about this as a chance, lifting the need of these modes gives voyagers another private vehicle elective, which is spotless, safe, made sure about especially on the off chance that it is coordinated with different modes and moderate for all.  ♦ The non-mechanized vehicle will involve the prime, non-debatable, position in each type of metropolitan versatility talk and intercession.  

    Virtual Summit between India and Italy

    80 days ago
    A Bilateral Summit between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Italy Prof. Giuseppe Conte was held virtually on November 06, 2020. Prof. Giuseppe Conte visited India in 2018 and appreciated the rapid growth in the India-Italy relationship in the recent past. PM Modi was invited to visit Italy as soon as conditions permit. Highlights: ♦ The Summit made an opportunity for the two prime ministers to review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship comprehensively.   ♦ The two leaders reaffirmed their responsibility to strengthen cooperation against common global challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic. ♦ They discussed a wide range of technological, space and defence cooperation & political, economic and social issues. ♦ India & Italy will be part of the G20 Troika from December, 2020.  Italy will assume the G-20 Presidency in December 2021, later by India in 2022.  ♦ 15 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs)/Agreements in various sectors such as energy, fisheries, shipbuilding, design, etc. were signed coinciding with the Summit.

    The 8th Meeting of India-UAE High-Level Joint Task Force

    81 days ago
    The eighth meeting of the UAE - India High-Level Joint Task Force on Investments was hosted by India, in virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights: ♦ The Joint Task Force (JTF) was created in 2012 as a forum for further deepening the already strong economic ties between the India and UAE ♦ The mechanism has assumed importance as the two countries entrench the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement signed in January 2017. ♦ The two countries noted the good outcomes achieved by the Joint Task Force (JTF) expressed satisfaction with the level of bilateral trade and investment to date. ♦ Both countries also agreed to maintain their dialogue and further build on the considerable achievements of the Joint Task Force. ♦ And also they discussed problems related to the development and operation of UAE-based funds to invest in India. ♦ Other points of discussion at the meeting focused on opportunities for cooperation and potential investments in key sectors in India including the pharmaceutical industry, mobility, and logistics,  healthcare and food and agriculture, energy and utilities, and others. ♦ Joint Task Force (JTF) is an integral component of our strategic partnership with the UAE. 

    Housing Ministry Organizes Urban Mobility India Conference

    81 days ago
    The 13th Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference is being organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The first Urban Mobility India UMI Conference was held in 2008 in New Delhi. Highlights: ♦ The annual UMI (Urban Mobility India) Conference is an event held under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India (GoI). ♦ The genesis of UMI (Urban Mobility India) is from the NUTP (National Urban Transport Policy) of the Government of India, 2006, which lays an extreme emphasis on building capabilities at the State and also at the city level to address the problems associated with urban transport and undertake the task of developing sustainable urban transport systems. ♦ The theme of the UMI (Urban Mobility India) Conference 2020 is "Emerging Trends in Urban Mobility." ♦ The conference's primary objective is to disseminate information to the cities, whose officials attend the conference, and keep up-to-date with the best urban transport practices. ♦ The conference provides an opportunity for key decision-makers and delegates to interact with other professionals, experts, academia, industry, civil society, technology, services providers, and other stakeholders in Urban Transport, both domestic and international, so that the delegates can carry home ideas to develop their urban transport along a sustainable path. ♦ It is also a forum to discuss key issues relevant to the sector and suggest measures to address them.    

    PM to chair Virtual Global Investor Roundtable

    81 days ago
    PM to chair Virtual Global Investor RoundtableThe Virtual Global Investor Roundtable(VGIR) is being organized by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and National Investment & Infrastructure Fund. Highlights: ♦The roundtable is an exclusive dialogue between leading global institutional investors, Indian business leaders & the highest decision-makers from the Government of India (GoI) and Financial Market Regulators. ♦The Roundtable will see participation from 20 of the world's largest pension & sovereign wealth funds with total assets of about US 6 trillion dollars. ♦The global institutional investors represent key regions including the US, Europe, Korea, Japan, Middle East, Canada, Australia, and Singapore. ♦The roundtable will witness the participation of key decision-makers of these funds, i.e., the CEOs and CIOs. ♦The Roundtable will also see participation of a number of top Indian Business Leaders. ♦VGIR 2020 will focus on India's economic and investment outlook, structural reforms & the government's vision for the path to a US 5 trillion dollars economy.   ♦The event provides an opportunity for leading global investors & Indian business leaders to engage and deliberate with senior policymakers on how to further accelerate the growth of international investments in India. ♦VGIR 2020 will also provide an occasion for all stakeholders to further cement the strong partnerships that have been built and to foster engagement with international institutional investors who are looking to increase their Indian investments.

    India and the Gulf Cooperation Council held meeting Virtually

    82 days ago
    Recently, India had a meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a leading regional organization comprising almost all Arab countries virtually. Highlights: ♦ India has asked the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members for the facilitation of the return of Indians who want to continue their work with the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions. This can happen through sustainable travel bubble arrangements.  ♦ Nearly 8 million and above Indians live and work in West Asia, in which a majority of them are within the region covered by the GCC, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. ♦ ‘Transport Bubbles’ or ‘Air Travel Arrangements’ are two temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits. ♦ Both countries affirmed their commitment to reform multilateral institutions to reflect the 21st century's realities and work together to address contemporary challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, sustainable development, and terrorism.  ♦ The GCC welcomed India's inclusion in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member from January 2021. ♦ India assured continuing the flow of food, medicines, and essential items to the Gulf region. Supply chains from India to the Gulf were not disrupted despite the lockdowns during the pandemic.

    Urban Mobility India Conference

    82 days ago
    The 13th Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference is being organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The first Urban Mobility India UMI Conference was held in 2008 in New Delhi. Highlights: ♦ The annual UMI (Urban Mobility India) Conference is an event held under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India (GoI). ♦ The genesis of UMI (Urban Mobility India) is from the NUTP (National Urban Transport Policy) of the Government of India, 2006, which lays an extreme emphasis on building capabilities at the State and also at the city level to address the problems associated with urban transport and undertake the task of developing sustainable urban transport systems. ♦ The theme of the UMI (Urban Mobility India) Conference 2020 is "Emerging Trends in Urban Mobility." ♦ The conference's primary objective is to disseminate information to the cities, whose officials attend the conference, and keep up-to-date with the best urban transport practices. ♦ The conference provides an opportunity for key decision-makers and delegates to interact with other professionals, experts, academia, industry, civil society, technology, services providers, and other stakeholders in Urban Transport, both domestic and international, so that the delegates can carry home ideas to develop their urban transport along a sustainable path. ♦ It is also a forum to discuss key issues relevant to the sector and suggest measures to address them.    

    Yoga and Ayurveda Medicine for Mental Wellness Webinar

    82 days ago
    AIIA - All India Institute of Ayurveda is organizing a webinar on November 5, 2020 partnering with Western Sydney University on the theme  named "Yoga and Ayurveda Medicine for Mental Wellness." Highlights: ♦ The webinar is focused on the opportunities for mental wellness through the strengths of Ayurveda and Yoga. ♦ This webinar may bring together the leading researchers in Yoga & Ayurveda from India, Australia, Italy, and Germany, and provide inputs through current international research. It will further promote international collaborations in scientific research related to Yoga and Ayurveda. ♦ This webinar will bring together scientists and researchers from different corners of the globe to discuss the recent concerns, advances, future strategies, etc. ♦ It is expected that the deliberations of the webinar will provide a strong lead for further research and for generating awareness among the public regarding scientific evidence of Ayurveda and yoga in mental wellness. ♦ Yoga for Mind-Body Wellness, an e-book of invited articles prepared by All India Institute of Ayurveda on the occasion of International Yoga Day-2020 will be released during the inaugural session. ♦ The AIIA is a perfect blend of Ancient Wisdom and Modern technology.  ♦ The Institute has partnered various national and international research organizations to validate the age-old concepts of Yoga and Ayurveda.  ♦ Western Sydney University is one such MoU partner who is in the top 2% of universities in the world. The university is committed to research and to making a positive impact on communities. ♦ During the past decade, Ayurveda and Yoga started attracting increased global attention for their potential benefits in health and wellbeing. 

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