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  • NITI Aayog to organize SDG Conclave 2020 in Assam

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    Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Conclave 2020: Partnerships, Cooperation and Development of North Eastern States has been scheduled to be held from 24-26 February at Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati, Assam. The conclave will be a part of NITI Aayog's continuous efforts towards fostering partnerships at the sub-national level. Organizing Team: The conclave will be organized by NITI Aayog in association with North Eastern Council, Assam government, Tata Trusts, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). Events: ♦ The conclave will host technical sessions that pertain to SDG localization in the northeast, climate adaptive agriculture, economic prosperity, and sustainable livelihoods, health, and nutrition, education and skill development and entrepreneurship, infrastructure development & inequality and exclusion. ♦ The sessions are expected to take stock of progress and discuss and deliberate on the way forward for the region in the aforesaid areas. ♦ NITI Aayog will review the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national levels. Participant: Delegates including NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar, DoNER minister Jitendra Singh, Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator, India, and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura will participate in the conclave.

    Sanjay Agarwal inaugurated 4th National Conference on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Udaipur

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    Secretary of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (FW) Sanjay Agarwal inaugurated the 4th National Conference on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Udaipur, Rajasthan on 17 February. The conference was held from 17-18 February.  Highlights: ♦ The conference was aimed to create awareness at the grassroots about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. ♦ Discussions were held to ensure effective consultation amongst all the stakeholders, namely the State Governments, the Banking sector, and the Insurance sector, for the smooth implementation of the scheme that benefits farmers. ♦ The conference highlighted the need to understand the direction that the scheme forays into and individual roles thereof and to cross-learn from other institutions to resolve all the issues. ♦ It directed the need of the Insurance companies to address grievances raised by the farmers on social media within a stipulated timeframe. Participants: Delegations including Shri Malay Kumar Poddar, CMD, Agricultural Insurance Company of India Limited, Dr. Om Prakash, Commissioner, Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan and Ms. Priya Kumar, Head Agri-Business, HDFC ERGO Ltd. participated in the conference. More than 140 members representing different states, banks, insurance companies, RBI, NABARD, among others participated in the two-day national conference Note: The first three editions of the National Conference was in Lucknow, Bangalore, and Guwahati respectively. It was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

    Bio Asia 2020 is being held in Hyderabad

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    The 17th edition of Bio Asia 2020 is being held in Hyderabad, Telangana. It is considered as Asia's largest Biotechnology and Life Sciences Forum. The forum is being held from 17-19 February 2020.  Organizing Team: BioAsia 2020 is organized by the Government of India in partnership with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of MSME; Department of Biotechnology, Department of Pharmaceuticals and its state partners including Assam, Kerala, Odisha, and Gujarat. Theme: The theme of the BioAsia forum is "Today For Tomorrow". The theme focuses on innovation in the past years. The countries aimed to bring the life sciences together and drive significant developments in the life sciences industry globally. Highlights: ♦ It provides a platform to discuss new opportunities and developing strategies to succeed. ♦ It showcased the infrastructure of the state to the global leaders who get the first-hand experience of the ecosystem which helps them in their decision on investments. ♦ The exhibition will feature an Incubator Pavilion with about 15 incubators focused on life sciences and healthcare. ♦ About 175 exhibitors featured Start-up Stage. About 75 start-ups from India, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK were shortlisted to show the innovativeness of the product or solution, development stage, and market readiness. The top 5 start-ups will be awarded at the end of the event.  Switzerland as a partner: Switzerland holds a global reputation in an extremely specialized production location for innovative life science products. Switzerland became a partner for its strong academics in applied sciences and financially sound and research-based pharmaceutical companies. Participant: Over 2,000 delegates from 37 countries are participating in the annual flagship event in the presence of most eminent personalities and industry stalwarts from life sciences sectors across the globe.

    Srinagar to host 2020 Global Investors Summit

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    Srinagar is to host a three-day Global Investors' Summit 2020 for the first time. The objective of the summit is to invite investments to the newly formed Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir. Aim: The aim of the Global Investors' Summit is to exhibit investment opportunities that are available in the Jammu & Kashmir in different sectors including horticulture & post-harvest management, tourism, film tourism,  Mulberry production for silk, Agro and Food Processing, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, IT/ ITes, Renewable Energy, Infrastructure and Real Estate, Handloom and education. Pre-Summit Investors' Meet: A Pre-Summit Investors' Meet and curtain-raiser were held on 20 January in New Delhi as a precursor to the mega event. The event showcased 14 focus sectors that are available for investment opportunities to boost manufacturing and employment generation in the region. Over 350 delegates from various sectors and leading organizations participated in the event where more than 45 Business to Government (B2G) meetings took place. The event was organized by J&K Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO). It is the nodal agency that functions under the Industries and Commerce department Government of J&K.

    Nitin Gadkari to represent India at the 3rd High-Level Global Conference on Road Safety

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    Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari is representing India at the 3rd High-Level Global Conference on Road Safety for Achieving Global Goals 2030 in Stockholm, Sweden. Organizing team: The conference is organized in active collaboration with the World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other agencies who aims to strengthen the capabilities of various institutions. Aim: The aim of the conference is to bring road safety on the global agenda and renew the world community's commitment to safer roads.  Highlights: ♦ Leaders from participating countries will prepare ways to reach the United Nations' goal set under the UN Decade of Action of reducing road crashes by 2030. ♦ The conference highlights the sharing of the expertise by the nations which have gained experience in road safety management with those who are behind in the learning curve.  ♦ The developing countries are focusing on certain specific issues and challenges facing them on account of a significant number of their motorized vehicles consisting of two-wheelers.  Background: The conference is a follow up of the 2nd High-Level Global Conference on "Traffic Safety-Time of Results" in 2015 in Brazil. Gadkari signed the Brasilia Declaration on behalf of India at the 2nd High-Level Global in 2015. The declaration committed the world community to reduce the number of deaths in road accidents.

    PM Modi inaugurated COP-13 on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 13th Conference of Parties (COP-13) on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) at Gandhinagar on 17 February. The 13th edition is being hosted in India. The conference will be held from 17-22 February 2020. Theme: The theme of COP-13 CMS is "Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home". The CMS COP 13 logo was inspired by Kolam, a traditional art form from southern India. The Kolam art form in the logo is used to depict key migratory species in India like Amur falcon, humpback whale, and marine turtles. COP-13: ♦ The conference will include the Stakeholder Dialogue, High-Level Segment Meeting, and the Champion Night Award Ceremony.  ♦ Other side events and Working Group meetings will also be held. ♦ Several international and national organizations will showcase the best practices in wildlife conservation in the exhibition area. ♦ As India is hosting the event, India shall be designated as the Presidency during the intersessional period following the meeting. Participants: Representatives from over 130 countries, conservationists and international NGOs working in the field of wildlife conservation are participating in the conference. India CMS: Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is an environmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). India has been a signatory to the Convention on CMS since 1983. GoI has been taking the necessary actions to protect and conserve migratory marine species. So far, Seven species that include Dugong, Whale Shark, Marine Turtle (two species), have been identified for the preparation of the Conservation and Recovery Action Plan.

    All India Conference of CAT was held in New Delhi

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    The annual All India Conference of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) was held in New Delhi on 16 February 2020. The Conference was presided over by the Union Minister for Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad. Highlights: ♦ The jurists and experts deliberated on key issues related to the functioning of the Tribunal and priorities for 2020. ♦ The conference had two technical sessions that discussed issues related to the work of CAT, including structural and institutional issues, the functioning of administrative tribunals in other legal systems and methodology for the functioning of the tribunal. ♦ They discussed methods and measures to improve the quality of adjudication and rate of disposal, service condition of members and infrastructural aspect of the Tribunal's Benches. ♦ The conference aimed to bring a significant improvement in the disposal of cases despite the shortage of members in the Tribunal.  ♦ The importance of laying down judgments on service jurisprudence with greater clarity towards greater transparency in the governance was highlighted.  ♦ The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the functioning of the Tribunal was highlighted. Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT): CAT was established in 1985 under Article 323-A of the Constitution. CAT has 17 Benches and 21 Circuit Benches. It is headed by Chairman Sh. Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, former Chief Justice of High Court of Patna. CAT has been an essential organ of the government towards the achievement of a complaints-free delivery system in the past years. CAT has made significant changes in the Prevention of Corruption Act and other service matters.  Participants: Judicial and Administrative Members from all 17 Benches of CAT, members of the CAT Bar Association and eminent Jurists from across the country participated in the conference.

    National Conference on Policy Framework for Skilling of Women and Children was held in New Delhi

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    National Conference on Policy Framework for Skilling of Women and Children was held on 14 February in New Delhi. The Ministries of Women & Child Development (WCD) partnered with Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to enable and empower the women and youth of India with skilling in every segment where India is competent to make a mark. The announcement was made by the Union Minister of WCD and Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani.  Highlights: ♦ India's demographic dividend gives an opportunity for India to be the skill capital of the world.  ♦ Discussion on India's advantage in human capital the Skill India Mission to enable jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in sync with the aspirations and abilities of India's youth was held. ♦ The conference will discuss issues like strengthening skill and entrepreneurship landscape for women, promoting skills in traditional and non-traditional sectors, creating a secure environment for breaking the glass ceiling and promoting entrepreneurship for children from CCIs, women and special individuals. Participants: The conference was attended by officials of the Ministries of WCD, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of WCD from the States, industrial organizations, corporate houses, and institutions.

    Ministry of Steel to organize a workshop to foster steel usage in Railways

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    Ministry of Steel along with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is to organize a workshop on 17 February 2020 in New Delhi. The workshop will focus on fostering steel usage in the Railways and Defence sectors.  Aim: The aim of the workshop is to provide an in-depth discussion with the Railways and Defence sector to identify gaps and opportunities available in the supply of Steel and Steel Products.   The Workshop will focus on the following points: ♦ Present & Future requirement of Steel and Steel Products across Railways, Army, Navy and Air Force. ♦ Long term perspective plan of the user sectors with special reference to the requirement of steel. ♦ Challenges faced in procuring steel domestically. ♦ Quantity of steel being imported by Railways and Defence currently and reason for imports. ♦ Capabilities of Indian iron and steel industry in meeting the present demand, future expansion plans, manufacturing and R&D capabilities for developing new products.

    Amit Shah inaugurated BIMSTEC Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking

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    The Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah inaugurated the two-day Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) 'Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking' in New Delhi 13 February. The conference was organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He also released the administrative and operational manuals of NCB on the occasion. Highlights: ♦ The conference highlighted the need for all nations to join hands in fighting Drug Trafficking. ♦ The conference provided a platform to devise coordinated strategies in ending the evil from its roots. India's effort to combat drug trafficking: ♦ Government of India has laid out a strategy to increase coordination among the agencies of the Centre, States and has established a joint coordination committee to increase surveillance over drug trafficking. ♦ The Home Ministry has started an e-portal for the digitalization of drug data that may be utilized by various drug enforcement agencies.  ♦ Over 1.89 lakh Narcotics cases have been registered in India in the past 5 years. Over 2.31 lakh drug smugglers have been arrested by the agencies including over 1500 foreign nationals.

    The 43rd session of IFAD was held at Rome

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    The 43rd session of the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was held in Rome from 11-12 February 2020. IFAD of the United Nations (UN) aims to address hunger and poverty in developing countries. The council meet announced that with the current progress the UN's Sustainable Development Goals 2030 can not be achieved. Theme: The theme of the session is "Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030". It highlights the role and experience of IFAD in supporting sustainable, inclusive, nutritious and efficient food systems.  IFAD: IFAD was established in 1974 at the World Food Conference. It is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome. It aims to empower the rural people to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. The organization exclusively focused on transforming agriculture, rural economies, and food systems.

    India Action Plan 2020 Summit is being held in Delhi

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    India Action Plan 2020 Summit was held on 12 February in Delhi. The summit was organized by TV Channel Times Now, India's premium broadcast network. The keynote was delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Aim: The aim of the TIMES NOW Summit is to accelerate the 'New India' vision by taking a holistic approach in defining a constructive action plan for India.  Highlights: ♦ The two-day summit will have more than 25 sessions including topics such as social and economic progress, welfare, education, urban-rural divide, defence, sports, highlight need-gaps, identify solutions and set up the action plan for next year.    ♦ Leaders and policymakers will drive dialogues on topics such as India's data security challenges, Vision of New India, Delhi election results, environmental & climate challenges, women empowerment, Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) & National Register of Citizens (NRC), state's view on national policy, economy, etc. TIMES NOW: Launched on: 23 January 2006 Owned by: The Times Group Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra Language: English TIMES NOW has been ranked India's No.1 English News channel in the past decade. It stands for credibility and an unbiased approach in bringing news and reportage to the viewers. The channel engages with viewers in 100 countries across the globe.

    The 20th International Seminar on Comprehends the Evolving Contours of Terrorism is held in Haryana

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    The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the 20th International Seminar on "Comprehends the Evolving Contours of  Terrorism & IED Threat-Way ahead for the Security Community". The seminar was organized by the National Security Guard (NSG), at Manesar, Haryana 12 February 2020. It will be held on 12-13 February. Aim: The seminar urged the need of the global community to come together against terrorism across the world that faces the menace, suffering both economic and social losses. Highlights: ♦ The seminar highlighted measures to resolve and reaffirmed commitment to the policy of "Zero tolerance towards Terrorism". ♦ Discussion to quip for the next generation warfare, latest technology, and advanced weaponry as the terror modules are also evolving to survive through collaborations and adapting to changing dynamics. ♦ It highlighted the importance of improving IED detection and prevention has gained significant importance for the security forces these days, we need strategy and develop capabilities to prevent such attacks. ♦ It will cover a wide spectrum of Counter-Terrorism and Counter-IED issues in panel discussions.  Participants: Delegates from various countries and senior Police and security officers from various states and other stakeholders are participating in the Conference. 

    Amit Shah to inaugurate Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking

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    Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah will be inaugurating the two-day 'Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking' for Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Partner Nations, in New Delhi on 13 February.  The conference is in pursuance of the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 4th BIMSTEC summit held at Kathmandu in 2018. The conference is organized by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The platform will provide the opportunity to all the member nations to deliberate on the increased threats posed by drug trafficking and the collective steps that are required to negate the threats by learning from the best practices adopted by member countries. 

    National Water Conference was held in Madhya Pradesh

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    National Water Conference was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Well-known water experts in the country have expressed concern over the growing water crisis. The Conference was inaugurated by Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Highlights: ♦ The inaugural session was addressed by the State Water Resources Minister Sukhdev Panse and Rajendra Singh, known as Jal Purush. ♦ The experts discussed that water conservation technological development should be included with traditional means to solve the growing water crisis.  ♦ They discussed the importance and revival of traditional water sources, the right to water, river rejuvenation campaign in Madhya Pradesh. ♦ Discussions are aimed at amalgamating new technologies that could solve future problems.

    India to host COP-13 of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

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    India is hosting the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). The conference will be held during 17-22 February 2020 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The announcement was made by the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi. Theme: The theme of CMS COP13 is "Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home". The CMS COP 13 logo is inspired by 'Kolam', a traditional art form from southern India. The Kolam art form in the logo is used to depict key migratory species in India like Amur falcon, humpback whale, and marine turtles. COP-13: ♦ Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conference on 17 February 2020. ♦ The meetings will include the Stakeholder Dialogue, High-Level Segment Meeting, and the Champion Night Award Ceremony.  ♦ Side Events and Working Group meetings will be held. ♦ Many national and international organizations will showcase best practices in wildlife conservation in the exhibition area. ♦ As India is hosting the event, India shall be designated as the Presidency during the intersessional period following the meeting. Participants: Representatives from over 130 countries, conservationists and international NGOs working in the field of wildlife conservation will be attending the COP. India CMS: Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is an environmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). India is a signatory to the Convention on CMS since 1983. GoI has been taking the necessary actions to protect and conserve migratory marine species. So far, Seven species that include Dugong, Whale Shark, Marine Turtle (two species), have been identified for the preparation of the Conservation and Recovery Action Plan.

    African Union summit was held in Addis Ababa

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    The African Union (AU) summit was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Heads of state and government officials from across Africa gathered in the summit.  Theme: The theme of the summit is "Silencing the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africa's development".  Highlights: ♦ The focus of the summit was to end regional violence, including the conflicts in South Sudan and Libya. ♦ The summit highlighted three challenges namely eradicating poverty, tackling the climate crisis and silencing guns in Africa. ♦ AU announced that it is to host two summits in May on conflict resolution and on implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area. ♦ The Democratic Republic of the Congo will replace South Africa as AU chair in 2021.

    National Conference on e-Governance concluded in Mumbai

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    The 23rd National Conference on e-Governance was held in Mumbai from 7-8 February 2020. The conference was held under the theme "India 2020: Digital Transformation". Organizing Team: The conference was organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology along with the Department of Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra. Highlights: ♦ The conference included discussion on the rich deliberations on issues, opportunities, and challenges in transforming governance using digital technologies.  ♦ e-Governance is the key to the future of India's developmental journey in the 21st century. ♦ Mumbai Declaration on e-Governance was unanimously adopted at the conference. ♦ The National e-Governance Awards 2020 were presented.  ♦ Under the category of Excellence, the National Health Authority of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare received Gold for Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. It allowed the government to process re-engineering for Digital Transformation. ♦ Antyodaya Saral of Department of IT, Haryana was awarded Gold for Excellence in providing citizen-centric delivery.  ♦ IIT Roorkee's Satellite-Based Agriculture Information System: An Efficient Application of ICT received the Gold Award for Outstanding Research on Citizen-Centric Services. Participants: Several officials from the Central government and state governments, including IT secretaries and IT Directors and delegations from the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Department of Information Technology of Maharashtra State government participated in the conference.

    DGQA conducted a seminar DGQAs Role in MoD Schemes for Incentivizing Defence Manufacturing

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    Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA) conducted a seminar to spread awareness about the various Schemes of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to facilitate the domestic defence industry on 7 February 2020. The seminar was conducted during the 11th edition of the biennial mega defence exhibition DefExpo 2020 at Lucknow.  DGQA's seminar: ♦ The theme for the seminar was "DGQA's Role in MoD Schemes for Incentivizing Defence Manufacturing".  ♦ It showcased the proactive role played by defence Ministry under the PM's vision of 'Make in India'. ♦ A Knowledge Book highlighting and showcasing following DGQA Schemes was launched by the Department of Defence Production. Other launches: ♦ Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti Scheme was launched. It aimed at inculcating IP culture in the Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem. ♦ Self-Certification & Green Channel was launched with an aim to qualify the Indian firms is expected to cut down on inspection timelines and costs in foreseeable future. These schemes are meant to target mature products where the domestic defence industry has gained reasonable expertise in the technology deployed. ♦ Defence Export Promotion Scheme (DEPC) was launched during the seminar with an aim to provide an opportunity for indigenous manufacturers to market their products globally and to enhance annual defence exports to 35000 crores by the year 2025. ♦ Third-Party Inspection Scheme was launched. Under this Scheme Third Party Inspection (TPI) agencies will undertake Quality Assurance functions for defence stores manufactured by the private industry within India. ♦ Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) was launched with an aim to facilitate in setting up about 6 to 8 state of the art test facilities by providing a Grant in Aid of Rs.400 crore. Participants: The seminar was attended by delegations including Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, the Captains of Industry, senior government officials and delegates from industry associations and academia.

    India, African countries agreed to combat terrorism

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    India and several African countries have agreed to deepen cooperation to combat the growing threat of terrorism at first India- Africa Defence Ministers' conclave which was held during the Defexpo 2020. India- Africa Defence Ministers' conclave Highlights: ♦ The Ministers adopted a joint deceleration to preserve maritime security by sharing information, intelligence, and surveillance ♦ India agrred to provide a range of military hardware to African countries. ♦ The dialogue emphasized the need for stronger international partnerships to counter-terrorism and violent extremism. ♦ The Ministers agreed to strengthen the UN Counter-Terrorism mechanisms and ensured strict compliance with the UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regime on terrorism. ♦ It urged the international community to envisage the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UNGA ♦ The Lucknow Declaration urged all countries to root out terrorism in all forms and manifestations, terrorist infrastructure, and eliminate financing channels and halting the cross-border movement of terrorists.  Participants: India- Africa Defence Ministers' conclave was attended by 12 Defence Ministers. Over 38 countries were represented at the conclave.

    NIDM organized Conference on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

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    A one-day National Conference on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Pathways for Inclusion and Action for Resilience was held on 5 February in New Delhi. The conference was a run-up to the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) in May 2020.  Organized by: The conference was organized by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) in collaboration with the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE). Highlights: ♦ The conference brought together the stakeholders from Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and disability inclusion to deliberate on actions and strategies for mainstreaming disability-inclusion in the DRR process. ♦ It highlighted the need for the development of a holistic approach for disability-inclusion in DRR. ♦ NDRF emphasized on the need for training of the first responders of disaster management to achieve disability-inclusion. ♦ The conference prioritized the need for capacity building programs for mainstreaming disability inclusion at all levels. ♦ The conference had three technical sessions titled Disability inclusion in DRR: Need for a Holistic Approach, Mainstreaming Action in Local level Action, Participation of PwD's in Disaster Risk Reduction Process. Participants: Delegations including Smt. Shakuntala Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), and Shri G.V.V Sarma, the  Member Secretary, NDMA, Shri Kamal Kishore, the  Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Shri S.N. Pradhan, Director General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Senior officials and representatives from various departments of various states and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) participated the conference. 

    DefExpo 2020 attracts more than 1,000 companies for defence by Rajnath Singh

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    Proceeding with the act of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defense minister moving the biennial DefExpo resistance hardware presentation to their home state, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will commence DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow on 5th February 2020. In 2016, at that point, resistance serves Manohar Parrikar moved DefExpo from New Delhi to Goa during enormous restriction from natural activists. After two years, Nirmala Sitharaman moved DefExpo 2018 to Chennai.  DefExpo 2020 Like Parrikar and Sitharaman, Singh guaranteed on 4th February that the present form of DefExpo had broken every single record. Tending to the media in Lucknow, alongside his co-have, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the resistance serve expressed that more than 1,000 safeguard firms — including 856 Indian and 172 remote organizations — would take part in Defexpo.  "In the DefExpo 2018, held in Chennai, 702 organizations had taken an interest. Along these lines, this has become by a wide margin the greatest ever DefExpo to held in India," expressed the resistance service in an official discharge on 4th February 2020. The service likewise asserted that exhibitors had booked 42,800 square meters of display space this year, 60 percent higher than the 26,774 square meters booked in Chennai. Guard priests and military head of 40 nations will go to the occasion this year, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said. 200 memoranda of undertaking (MoUs) are required to be inked, producing new business coordinated efforts.  Just because, the nearness of the nearby boss priest recognizably overshadowed that of the barrier serve. Adityanath's appearance embellished all the publications on equivalent terms with that of Singh. The safeguard pastor's pre-occasion question and answer session were not gone to by a solitary formally dressed military official. Instead, with Adityanath sharing the stage, UP cops and civil servants were all over.  They guaranteed a world record in that 56 percent of the state's populace of 220 million was of working age. The country has 53 colleges, 345 schools, and 168 polytechnics, they expressed. Adityanath talked up the UP Defense Industrial Corridor, which would give a foundation spine to the guard business, which would come up around nine hubs: Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Kanpur, Agra, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, and Meerut.  UP has set a land securing objective of 25,000 sections of land for guard industry. The first period of this was at that point well in progress, with near 3,000 sections of land previously recognized. Singh said the DefExpo would give a chance to the military to get acquainted with changing worldwide innovation.    After a casual beginning to DefExpo 2020 on 5th February 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to initiate the show toward the evening officially and expected to run till Sunday, with the most recent two days being available to open.

    CJI inaugurated the 79th Foundation Day Celebrations and All India Members Conference of ITAT

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    The Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice S.A. Bobde inaugurated the 79th Foundation Day Celebrations and All India Members' Conference of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) on 24 January in New Delhi. The conference was held from 24-25 January. Highlights: ♦ CJI stated that Tax Invasion is a Social Injustice to fellow citizens and arbitrary or excessive tax also results in injustice to taxpayers. ♦ They discussed introducing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) which can play a significant role in judicial functioning as it is very helpful in docket management and decision making.  ♦ The two-day event held several sessions of interaction in which eminent speakers will address and variety of subjects. Participants: The delegation included the President, ITAT, Mr. Justice P.P. Bhatt, the Solicitor General of India, Shri Tushar Mehta, the Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Shri Anoop Kumar Mendiratta, the Vice President, ITAT, Delhi Zone, Justice P.P. Pannu, among others participated in the event. Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT):  Established on: 25 January 1941 Headquarters: India President: Mr. Justice P. P. Bhatt It functions under the Department of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Law and Justice.

    International Summit on Women in STEM was held in New Delhi

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    An International Summit on Women in STEM - Visualizing the Future: New Skylines on 23-24 January 2020 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Organized by: The 2-day international summit was organized by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology.  Aim: The Summit was organized with an aim to boost the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields for the development of scientific careers.  Highlights: ♦ The summit provided a good platform for young students and researchers to interact and network with leaders in the field, to develop ideas and generate a future action plan for making a career in STEM fields. ♦ The summit held different sessions including mechanisms of leadership building, empowering women through networking, career opportunities and interactive exercises with scientists.  ♦ The summit showcased successes of women in STEM as real-world examples of successful women scientists, doctors, and engineers. They demonstrated the excitement of being in the STEM fields and the rewards associated with it. ♦ Discussions and interactive sessions were held between aspiring young, mid-career and senior scientists in the STEM field to hold them understand the future requirements of women's employment and career progression. ♦ Renowned women scientists in STEM from different countries, young and established women scientists, science communicators and entrepreneurs from India shared their views and ideas. ♦ Posters were presented by women scientists and students. Participants: Around 350 participants including scientists, socialists, entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers, and students, from different STEM fields across the globe, participated in the event.

    ECI organized 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture

    28 days ago
    The Election Commission of India (ECI) organized the 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture on 23 January. The lecture was organized as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India. The memorial lecture was hosted to mark the 70th year of inception. Former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivered the inaugural lecture on electoral processes of India and the challenges of the electoral systems. Sukumar Sen: Sukumar Sen was the first Chief Election Commissioner of India. He served from 21 March 1950 to 19 December 1958. Sh Sukumar Sen commendably conducted the first two Lok Sabha elections of India held in 1952 and 1957 simultaneously with the Legislative Assembly Elections. The elections were based on a universal adult franchise under challenging circumstances.  Election Commission of India: Formed on: 25 January 1950 Chief Election Commissioner: Sh. Sunil Arora  Election Commissioner: Sh. Ashok Lavasa, Sh. Sushil Chandra ECI is responsible for administering election processes in India. ECI Secretariat is located in New Delhi. It conducts elections at national, state and district levels. It administers Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, state Legislative Assemblies, state legislative councils, and the offices of the President and Vice President elections in the country.

    National Conclave on Emerging Opportunities in Natural Gas sector held in New Delhi

    29 days ago
    The national conclave on Emerging Opportunities in the natural gas sector was held on 23 January in New Delhi. It was graced by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. The present share of gas in the energy basket of the country is 6.2% and the target is to take it to 15% by 2030.  In India, Gujarat has a 26% share of gas-based energy.  Highlights: ♦ The conclave focused on CBG which is a great initiative that has the potential to generate wealth from waste, provide employment, protect the environment, and give a boost to the economy. ♦ The States discussed to adopt qualification packs developed by Hydrocarbon Sector Council in their Vocational Training Institutes. ♦ The conclave witnessed an exhibition which was inaugurated by the Minister. It highlighted various developments and initiatives in the gas sector.

    ECI to host 10th Annual Meeting of FEMBoSA at New Delhi

    29 days ago
    Election Commission of India (ECI) is to host the 10th Annual Meeting of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) and an International Conference on Strengthening Institutional Capacity.  Theme: The theme of the 10th annual meeting of the forum is Strengthening Institutional Capacity. Highlights: ♦ There will be three sessions during the Conference focusing on Election Management Bodies and international organizations. ♦ The meeting aims to Strengthen Institutional Capacity of EMBs in various countries.  ♦ The January 2020 issue of ECI's quarterly magazine Voice International will be released during the meeting. It will carry articles on the theme of Innovative Methods of Voter Registration.  ♦ The EBM representatives will share their experiences, best practices, and initiatives in the meeting. Participants: Representatives from the Election Management Bodies (EMBs) and International Organisations are expected to participate in the event. FEMBoSA: FEMBoSA was initiated at the 3rd Conference of Heads of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries held at New Delhi from 30 April to 2 May 2012 through a unanimously adopted resolution on 1 May 2012 to establish the Forum. The Conference unanimously adopted the Charter of the Forum. The FEMBoSA meeting is held by rotation among the members every year. The 9th annual meeting of FEMBoSA was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in September 2018. 

    Mansukh Mandaviya participated in UNAIDS roundtable at WEF, Davos

    30 days ago
    The Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemical & Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya participated in the High-level roundtable of The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)  at World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland ion 21 January 2020. Theme: The theme of the roundtable is Access for all: Leveraging Innovations, Investments, and Partnerships for Health.  Highlights: ♦ The officials discussed the health needs that are to be accessible for all and innovative technologies and solutions can play a key role, including in bridging economic inequalities. ♦ Mansukh Mandaviya mentioned Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana and Ayushman Bharat aiming to Affordable Quality Healthcare for all. ♦ He also described various schemes initiated by the GoI under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi. Note: In 2015, had delivered his key-note address in United Nations on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also mentioned how the Government of India is changing the scenario of health-sector, and the policy changes driven by the Government for Affordable and Quality Health Access to All.

    Agriculture Ministry organized National consultative workshop

    30 days ago
    The Ministry for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare organized the first National consultative workshop on Strengthening Agri-Logistics in the e-National Agriculture Market (e-Nam) in New Delhi on 21 January 2020. The workshop was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Aim: The workshop aimed to strengthen agriculture and the rural economy as it will strengthen India to face challenges victoriously. The workshop is in line with the Prime Minister's vision of doubling farmers' income by 2022. Highlights: ♦ The participants discussed the greatest challenges faced during providing farmers the correct price for their produce. ♦ Discussion included introducing ways to strengthen the economy and infrastructure of rural areas so that every facility is available to villagers at their door-step. ♦ The workshop shared the output of the PM-Kisan Samman Yojana, MaN-Dhan Yojana, PM-Fasal Bima Yojana, which showed good results. Participants: Delegations including Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Purushottam Rupala and Agriculture Secretary Shri Sanjay Aggrawal were present in the workshop. The National Consultative Workshop witnessed the participation of more than 200 prominent professionals, educationists, practitioners of Agri-Logistics, Cleaning, quality management, Grading, productivity analysis, warehousing and transportation, and logistics start-ups and senior officials from various states across India.  e-Nam: Electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) is an electronic trading portal that creates a unified national market for agricultural commodities. It was established on 14 April 2016. e-NAM functions under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Government of India.

    Mansukh Mandaviya to participate in the 50th WEF Annual Meeting

    31 days ago
    The Union Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya is to represent Indian in the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting being held at Davos, Switzerland. The forum will be held from 21-24 January 2020.  Agenda: ♦ The Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will meet the various leaders of Industry, Investors and Entrepreneurs including IMO, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Minister of Qatar from around the world during his visit. ♦ He will hold bilateral meetings with Ministers of Qatar, Belgium, and SecretaryGeneral of International Maritime Organisation (IMO). ♦ He will participate in the WEF sessions, round table and bilateral meetings with CEOs of the Companies.  ♦ He will also take part in an informal WTO Ministerial gathering being held during this period. WEF Annual Meeting 2020: The meeting will include sessions like Medical Diagnosis: Back to Basics, Innovation for Impact: Engineering sustainable Plastics, Recharging International Trade, Chemicals & Advanced Materials Policy, Strategic Outlook: The Indian Ocean Rim, Informal gathering of World Economics Leaders (IGWE) Finding Resilience. The theme of the WEF Annual Meeting 2020 meeting is "Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World".

    The 2nd edition of NIC TechConclave 2020 to be held in New Delhi

    32 days ago
    The 2nd edition of NIC TechConclave 2020 is to be held on 21-22 January 2020 at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The conclave will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. Minister of State for Electronics & IT, Communications and Human Resource Development, Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao, the Secretary-MeitY, Shri Ajay Sawhney and the President, CISCO (India and SAARC), Shri Sameer Garde will also grace the occasion. Organized by: The two-day event will be organized by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).  Theme: The theme of the NIC TechConclave 2020 is Technologies for NextGen Governance.  Highlights: ♦ The conclave will discuss the steering application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at various levels in the Government. ♦ The Conclave will contribute immensely to the capacity building of Government officers across the country and help in delivering high-quality citizen-centric services. Participants: The speakers in the Conclave are experts from the IT industry who will share their expertise in various areas like Cyber Security, Design Thinking, Hyperscale Architecture, etc.

    Elecrama 2020 is being held in Uttar Pradesh

    32 days ago
    Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and R K Singh inaugurated Elecrama on 18 January 2020, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. It is being organized by the industry body the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA). The five-day event targets businesses worth Rs.30,000 crore. The event will be held from 18-22 January 2020. Aim: Elecrama 2020 focuses on energy storage, e-mobility, grid transformation, start-ups,  revenue security with special attention on small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Elecrama 2020: ♦ Elecrama provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and learning.  ♦ The event discussed the measures for the growth of Indian economies.  ♦ The event highlighted India's achievement of installing 367 gigawatt (GW) power generation capacity.  ♦ India is to be connected to one unified grid. ♦ Discussions to achieve the government's target of making India a $5 trillion economy ♦ It investors planned to explore business opportunities in the state in the sector.  Participants: Around 1,300 exhibitors are participating in the event. Among the participators, over 450 are exhibitors from 120 nations. Elecrama: Elecrama is a power industry event organized by IEEMA. It is organized once every two years. India is expected to become the 5th largest economy in the world by the end of 2025. The events plan and take measures to achieve the target.

    MSME-EPC organized summit to boost NE entrepreneurs

    35 days ago
    The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Export Promotion Council (MSNE-EPC) is organizing the first three-day summit from 17 January 2020. It is organized by the Assam state government.  Aim: The aim is to aspire entrepreneurs in the North East to pave the way for the development of entrepreneurship and businesses by women and youths of the region.  MSNE-EPC Summit: ♦ The international summit will focus on existing and aspiring start-ups in sectors like Agri and food processing, horticulture, tea, coffee, organic farming. ♦ The event will focus on motivating women, youths and artisans to become job-givers instead of being job seekers. ♦ Discussion on health wellness, Ayush, IT and electronics, biotech and bio plants, innovation, petroleum sector, culture and tourism, textile and handloom and tribal women livelihood clusters will be held. ♦ Entrepreneurs, business practitioners, innovators, banks and financial institutions, innovators, venture capitalists, consultants, policy makers, academicians, tax and company law experts will share their ideas in the particular fields of expertise.

    Ladakh Food Processing Summit gathers huge participation

    35 days ago
    Ladakh Food Processing Summit titled Building Partnerships for Inclusive Growth in Food Processing Sector was held on 16 January 2020.  Organized by: The summit was organized by the Department of Industries & Commerce, Ladakh in association with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and Invest India. Aim: Ladakh Food Processing Summit aimed to carry out a value chain mapping of food processing in Ladakh. It recommends strategies for integrating the local population into food processing and agriculture activities, to maximize the potential of the sector. Ladakh Food Processing Summit: ♦ The administration of UT Ladakh is making efforts to give a boost to the food processing industry in Ladakh. ♦ Food production added with value will reap maximum will benefit for the local growers.  ♦ Discussions to boost the interest and talent through expert guidance from the Government of India and supporting agencies were held. ♦ During the summit, Invest India presented various schemes to support the sector followed by presentations by representatives from the National Institute of Food Technology and Entrepreneurship Management (NIFTEM), Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) to provide required technical and skilling expertise. Participants: Over 170 participants including Food producers of Ladakh especially, apricots, barley, peas, apples, seabuckthorn, organic vegetables, Indian Army, bankers, farmers, entrepreneurs, cooperatives, bakers, dairy farmers, unemployed youths, milk, and meat both from Leh and Kargil district participated in the summit. Apart from officers from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), technology experts from NITFAM, Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Banks working in Ladakh, and also buyers from the Army participated in the summit.

    Raisina Dialogue 2020 Highlights

    35 days ago
    Raisina Dialogue 2020 was held from 14-16  January 2020. The inaugural session of the dialogue was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar attended the dialogue. This dialogue is India's annual global conference on geopolitics and geo-economics. The fifth edition of the Raisina Dialogue was held in New Delhi. Organized by: The Conference was organized by Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Aim: The dialogue aims to discover solutions, identify opportunities and provide stability to a century that has witnessed an eventful two decades. The Raisina Dialogue 2020 is titled Navigating the Alpha Century. Highlights: ♦ The conference included intensive deliberations with over 80 sessions and panel discussions on topics including The India Way: Preparing for a Century of Growth and Contest, Hacking Democracy: Defending Pluralism in the Digital Age Competing Nationalisms, Universal Norms: Street Power in 21st Century Diplomacy, Cracks on the Roof of the World: Growth, Stability and Assault Rifles in the Heart of Asia were held. ♦ The dialogue covered 5 thematic pillars namely: 1) the nationalist impulses challenging global institutions and collective action 2) the role of technologies in determining political 3) the debate on the global trading architecture, economic and military power 4) the global development agenda  5) the state-individual relationship in the age of digital communities and cyberspace. Participants: Over 700 international officials, of which 40% were women, participated in the event. Around 12 foreign ministers, including the foreign ministers of Australia, Maldives, Russia, Iran, Denmark, Africa, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, South, Uzbekistan and the European Union (EU), the National Security Adviser (NSA) of Afghanistan, the Deputy NSA of the United States and several other ministers of state were among others. Raisina Dialogue: Raisina Dialogue was initiated in 2016. It is a multilateral conference which is organized to address the most challenging issues facing the global community. The dialogue is held every year in Delhi. It discusses cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters. It explores prospects and opportunities for Asian integration and Asia's integration with the larger world.

    First session of India-Norway DIT was held in New Delhi

    35 days ago
    The first Session of India-Norway Dialogue on Trade & Investment (DTI) was held in New Delhi on 15-16 January 2020. The session was co-chaired by Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Nidhi Mani Tripathi, and Director General, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Erling Rimestad. Highlights: ♦ The Session was preceded by an industry interaction with the representatives from the Indian industry on 15 January 2020. The discussions included various areas of mutual interest like the blue economy, shipping & maritime, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), renewable energy, fisheries, and MSME.   ♦ Both the countries exchanged views on the available investment opportunities ♦ Presentations were made by the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) and Invest India. ♦ The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) highlighted various policy initiatives of the Government for promoting investment in the country. ♦ The session pointed out the dynamic nature of the commercial exchange between the two countries that will result in an increasing number of companies interested in establishing and gaining access to the markets in India and Norway. Participants: Representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and officers from Departments of Commerce, DPIIT, Fisheries, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Economic Affairs, Ministries of External Affairs, Food Processing, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, New and Renewable Energy, Power, Science and Technology, Shipping, Tourism and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship participated in the event. Background: The Session of India-Norway Dialogue was based on the Terms of Reference (ToR) signed between India and Norway on 8 January 2019 in New Delhi. It was signed during the visit of Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg. This first Session of India-Norway Dialogue on Trade & Investment (DTI) is the first meeting held after the signing of DTI. Norway: Capital: Oslo Monarch: Harald V Prime Minister: Erna Solberg Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)

    IIM Kozhikode to hosts an International Conclave on Globalising Indian Thought

    35 days ago
    An International Conclave on Globalising Indian Thought from 16-18 January 2020. It is organized by the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM Kozhikode), Kerala. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing. Globalising Indian Thought: ♦ The conclave will witness representations from renowned academicians, public figures and the presentation of more than 100 world-class research papers. ♦ It is expected that the keynote, plenary talks, panel discussions and paper presentations about Globalizing Indian Thought (GIT) will open ways for a deeper understanding of the concept and will advance the meaningful probe into its nuances. ♦ The thematic discussion features panelists Prof. Alok Chaturvedi of Purdue Indiana University, Scientist Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwale moderated by Shri Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director of The New Indian Express Group.  ♦ Best research papers will be awarded during the programme.

    Renewable Energy Investors Meet was organized by Indian Railways and REMCL

    36 days ago
    Renewable Energy Investors' Meet 2020 was held on 9 January in New Delhi. The meet was organized by Indian Railways and Railway Energy Management Company Ltd. (REMCL). Aim: ♦ The Investors' Meet aimed to disseminate information about the opportunities available under renewable energy in Indian Railways.  ♦ Various experience of developers with Railways and key benefits of partnering with Indian Railways was showcased during the meet. ♦ The investors shared their expectations of being partners in the journey of renewable energy of Indian Railways.  ♦ The participants acknowledged the efforts of Indian Railways in leading the development of renewable energy ♦ They re-affirmed their strong support to Indian Railways on the path of going green and achieving the net-zero carbon emissions target by 2030. Participants: Many leading financiers and institutions including Department for International Development, Government of United Kingdom (DFID), GIZ from Germany, AFD from France, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), Asian Development Bank (ADB), State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) were present in the event. Many leading renewable energy organizations including Softbank Energy, L&T, Renew Power, Gensol, Sembcorp, SunEdison, and Amplus Solar participated in the meeting.

    India-Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers Meet held in New Delhi

    38 days ago
    India - Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers' Meet 2020 is being held in New Delhi on 14 January 2020. Bangladesh Information Minister Muhammad H Mahmud is participating in the meeting. Agenda: ♦ The content sharing programme will be inaugurated by the Bangladesh official broadcaster Bangladesh Betar and All India Radio. ♦ Both the countries are expected to hold talks on the bilaterally planned biopic of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding figure of Bangladesh.

    Workshop-cum-exhibition on Bamboo-A wonder grass was held at Jammu

    39 days ago
    The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated a workshop-cum-exhibition on Bamboo-A wonder grass at Convention Centre, Jammu on 11 January. The workshop was held on 11-12 January 2020. Organized by: The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), North Eastern Council (NEC), Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, Assam, and Department of Social Forestry, Government of J&K. Highlights: ♦ The workshop discussed the bamboo cultivation that can revolutionize the industry in Jammu and Kashmir in a cost-effective manner and can open new gates for the young start-ups. ♦ The two-day Bamboo workshop-cum-exhibition put forth various recommendations for the growth of the Bamboo industry in J&K on the pattern of the North Eastern Region. 1) Identifying and increasing the coverage of appropriate species of bamboo in J&K through tissue culture research 2) Promoting bamboo-related farmers and organizations and bamboo clusters throughout the bamboo producing areas of J&K with the involvement of PRIs. 3) Capacity building of J&K farmers and bamboo entrepreneurs at Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) Assam. 4) A collaboration of CBTC with the J&K Government to set up of Common Facility Centers and Bamboo Technology Parks. 5) Promoting the use of bamboo as a construction material for eco-tourism, rural housing and community buildings in rural areas. 6) The partnership between North East Handicrafts & Handlooms Corporation Ltd (NEHHDC) and J&K Government to assist the J&K artisans for the promotion and marketing of bamboo products and handicrafts.

    World Future Energy Summit began on 13 January in Abu Dhabi

    39 days ago
    The World Future Energy Summit began at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi on 13 January 2020. The theme of the summit is Rethinking Global Consumption, Production, and Investment. The event will be held from 13-16 January 2020 in ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. Events: ♦ The four-day event includes exhibition and forum programs that address energy, solar, water, waste and smart cities. ♦ It also focuses on clean energy generation, water sustainability ♦ The summit discussed the ways in which digital innovation can help to improve the quality of life in an urban environment. ♦ Along with the summit, the Climate Innovations Exchange (CLIX) will be held. Participants: Around 35,000 people from 170 countries are participating in the summit. 90 speakers, including music star and philanthropist Akon, Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda and Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh, among others are the noted participants of the summit. World Future Energy Summit: World Future Energy Summit is an annual event. It was first held in 2011. The summit invites innovators, academicians, political leaders and industry leaders to creates new business and investment.

    Pulses Conclave 2020 to be held in Maharashtra

    42 days ago
    The Pulses Conclave 2020 (TPC 2020) has been scheduled to be held from 12-14 February 2020 in Lonavala, Maharashtra. The announcement was made by the India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the nodal body for India's pulses trade and industry on 9 January 2020. Events: ♦ The biennial global pulses conference 'TPC 2020' is in line with the Prime Minister's vision is to double the farmer's income by the year 2022. ♦ The Conclave programme various aspects including the dissemination of global and domestic pulses production numbers, global and domestic prices, supply and demand scenarios will be discussed  ♦ It aims to put together a roadmap to help the Indian pulses trade be able to contribute to the PM's vision of making India a $5 trillion economy through the retail sale of pulses, processed pulses, pulse derivates, and value additions, all of which will drive investments in the entire value chain. ♦ IPGA's programme aims to encourage its members to take advantage of the increased domestic production, balance imports vis-a-vis production and demand. It will ensure that the Indian consumer does not face any availability crunch nor high retail prices. Pulses: Pulses are the key source of proteins in India. India's pulses production has steadily grown from around 19 million tons in 2013-14 to 23 million tons in 201-19. The target has been for 2019-20 is 26.30 million tons.  India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA): IPGA is the apex body of India's pulses and grains industry and trade. It is headquartered in Mumbai. IPGA is registered under the Companies Act 2013 with a membership of over 270 including various regional associations of the Pulses industry. It aims to make Indian pulses and grains industry and trade globally competitive which in turn will help India's food and nutrition security.

    The 107th Indian Science Congress was held in Bengaluru

    42 days ago
    An Overview of the 107th ISC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC 2020) in Bengaluru on 3 January 2020. The Congress was inaugurated in the presence of top scientists, Nobel Laureates, dignitaries and students from across the country and the world at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The event was held from 3-7 January 2020. ISC provided the desired platform to the farmers who introduced innovations in agriculture.  Aim: The 107th Indian Science Congress aims to bridge the gap between the Indian farmers and tech-developers as the gap has resulted in the only partial exploration of the benefits. It focuses on rural development through science and technology.  Theme: The theme of the 107th ISC is 'Science and Technology: Rural Development'. It aims to boost agriculture in India. Many of the innovations have helped to enhance crop productivity, market access, and diversifying rural livelihood profiles. Events Highlights: ♦ The ISC 2020 covered 14 sectors in contemporary science. ♦ It included events like Women's Science Congress, Children's Science Congress, Science Communicators Meet, Yoga Science meet, and Farmer's Science Congress. ♦ The event hosted 4 public lectures and 26 plenary sessions.  ♦ For the first time, the Farmer's Science Congress provided a forum to the farmers to interact, share their experiences and showcase their innovative techniques and methods developed and followed by them in farming. ♦ A science exhibition titled 'Pride of India' showcased the latest developments in science and technology from all the world, path-breaking research, and developments (R&D) initiatives, leading products and services, schemes and achievements of the public and private sectors. Participants: ♦ About 15,000 delegates, including two Nobel Laureates, Stefan Hell, a physicist from Max Planck Institute, Germany and Ada Yonath, a crystallographer from Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel participated in the event. Many eminent scientists, policymakers, researchers, academicians, inventors, and politicians from across the world participated in the 5-day event. Note: Bengaluru hosted the science congress for the third time. It earlier conducted the event in 1987 and 2002.

    Kochi to host ASCEND 2020, the Global Investors Meet

    44 days ago
    Kerala is organizing the Global Investors Meet 'ASCEND 2020'. The meet will be held from 9-10 January 2020 in Kochi, Kerala. The meet will be organized by the Industries Department of the state government. ASCEND 2020: ♦ In the meeting, the government will highlight a Kochi-to-Palakkad integrated manufacturing cluster, a Rs.131 crore Defence Park at 60 acres in Ottapalam of Palakkad district and an electronic hardware park in Ernakulam district among 18 mega projects the state government. ♦ The meet will focus on integrated solid waste management systems at Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, and Malappuram.  ♦ It will focus on the medium density fiberboard plant in Perumbavoor. ♦ The organizers of the program will showcase 70 other projects classified as large, medium and small to provide jobs. ♦ The megaprojects require an estimated investment of more than Rs.100 crore. ♦ These projects are expected to give direct employment to at least 500 people. ♦ The proposed mega-projects also include a Propylene Oxide manufacturing plant of 2,00,000 MPA capacity in the vicinity of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)-Kochi Refinery, a Rs. 1,864-crore KINFRA-initiated Petrochemical Park of international standards at Ambalamugal in Ernakulam district and a Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) manufacturing facility of capacity 150,000 TPA. ♦ To showcase the meeting, the Kerala State government has launched the Invest Kerala Portal. It will provide a single-window facilitator for easy investment promotion under its Ease of doing business initiatives.

    Pune to host the 5th edition of Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference

    45 days ago
    Pune is to host the fifth edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5). The biennial conference is hosted for the first time in India. It is hosted from 6-10 January 2020. Organized by: APDRC5, one of the largest meetings of Drosophila researchers, is organized by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).  Aim: APDRC5 aims to promote the interaction of Drosophila researchers in the Asia-Pacific region with their peers across the world.  Events: ♦A total of 57 talks and 240 posters are discussed at the conference. Topics ranging from morphogenesis, and mechanobiology, gametogenesis and stem cells, hormones and physiology, infection and immunity, ecology and evolution and cellular and behavioural neurobiology will be discussed.  ♦The pre-conference symposium called "signals from the gut" in collaboration with the National Centre for Cell Science and pre-conference microscopy workshop on super-resolution microscopy is a part of the conference. ♦It features microscopes from fluorescence imaging to super-resolution imaging of range 50 nm resolution, which is vital for certain kinds of fly work. ♦The last 4 editions of this conference took place in Taipei, Seoul, Beijing, and Osaka. Participants: Around 430 delegates, 330 Indian and 100 foreign are participating in the 5-day conference. It also witnessed the participation of two Nobel laureates, professors Eric Wieschaus and Michael Rosbash. They are known for their seminal contribution to the fields of development biology and chronobiology respectively. Scientists working in diverse disciplines ranging from cell and molecular biology to ecology and evolution are participating in the event. The conference encourages undergraduates from various institutes of the world to participate in it.

    Kochi to host MECOS-3, the global meet on the marine ecosystem

    46 days ago
    Kochi to host the global meet on the marine ecosystem, MECOS-3. The 3rd international symposium on marine ecosystems-challenges and opportunities (MECOS-3) in Kochi from 7-10 January 2020. The meeting will be held at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, Kerala. Organized by: MECOS-3 is to be organized by the Marine Biological Association of India. It will be inaugurated by Petri Suuronen, Programme Director, Blue Bioeconomy Natural Resources Institute, Finland.  Aim: MECOS-3 will serve as a platform to hold discussions on a range of topics, including the impact of the climate crisis on marine ecosystems and the unusual warming of the Arabian Sea.  Events: ♦ The meeting will focus on the UN's sustainable development goal-14 (life underwater), recent developments in aquaculture, development of small-scale fisheries, eco-labeling and green fishing technologies. ♦ It will review the concerns involved in the marine ecosystem and formulate strategies for the sustainable utilization of marine wealth. ♦ It will also address issues such as the depletion of resources, marine pollution, extreme weather conditions, and rising sea surface temperature, among others, that pose a threat to the sustainable utilization of marine resources. ♦ It is expected that the symposium would come up with a roadmap to deal with these issues. Participants: Eminent oceanographers, scientists, researchers, fisheries researchers and marine biotechnologists from across the globe are expected to participate in the 4-day symposium.

    Yoga Science meet was organized in Bengaluru

    46 days ago
    The Yoga Science meet was organized as part of the ongoing 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) in Bengaluru on 5 January 2020. The meet was addressed by the head of SVYASA Yoga deemed University Dr. HR Nagendra. Highlights: ♦ The participants discussed the benefits of yoga.  ♦ They also shared ideas and views on Yoga research. ♦ The meeting discussed that meditation and yoga can compose the human body and mind and give relief from any anxiety and stress.  107th Indian Science Congress: The 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) is held from 3-7 January 2020 at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru, Karnataka. ISC will provide the desired platform to the farmers who introduced innovations in agriculture. Aim: The theme of the 107th ISC is Science and Technology: Rural Development. The 107th Indian Science Congress aims to bridge the gap between the Indian farmers and tech-developers as the gap has resulted in only partial exploration of the benefits. It focuses on rural development through science and technology. It aims to boost agriculture in India. Many of the innovations have helped to enhance crop productivity, market access, and diversifying rural livelihood profiles. Participants: Several policymakers, researchers, scientists, academians, inventors and politicians from across the world participated in the 5-day event. Two Nobel Prize winners, Stefan Hell and Ada Yonath also attended the congress and conducted lectures.

    ECI organized National Workshop on Accessible Elections

    63 days ago
    The Election Commission of India (ECI) organized a National Workshop on Accessible Elections on 20 December 2019.   Aim: The Workshop aimed to review the steps taken by ECI to make Elections Public Works Department (PwD) and Senior Citizens friendly. It aims to deliberate on steps still required to make the process more inclusive and accessible. Workshop Highlight: ♦ The workshop aimed to address more by the individual and the family, Accessibility is a problem that needs more institutional remedies.  ♦ The workshop focused to achieve the optimum level of awareness and optimum level of interventions on the ground.  ♦ From Booth Level Officers to ECI, each and every person was asked to work in tandem.  ♦ In January 2018, "Accessible Elections" was decided as the guiding theme for General Elections 2019.  ♦ Over 90% of PWDs were able to cast their votes in the recently held polling in Jharkhand.  ♦ ECI released a booklet titled "Crossing the Barriers-I Got Inked" that was released during the workshop. It provides on first-person accounts of voters who overcame all hurdles to participate in the largest festival of democracy.  ♦ It also witnessed the release of "Accessibility Report 2019". The document highlighted the work is done so far, recent initiatives, and recommendations from all States/UTs and various stakeholders.

    The 2nd National Conference on Uniformed Women in Prisons Administration was held in Bhopal

    63 days ago
    The second National Conference on Uniformed Women in Prisons Administration was held at Central Academy for Police Training, Kanhasaiya, Bhopal on 19-20 December 2019. It was organized by the Madhya Pradesh Jail Department in collaboration with the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), New Delhi. Conference Highlights: ♦ For the first time, this type of national conference of uniformed women is being held in Madhya Pradesh outside Delhi.  ♦ The first conference was held in Delhi in 2017.  ♦ In Madhya Pradesh, women have been given a 30% reservation in government services.  ♦ Currently, more than 900 uniformed women officers and employees are working in the jail department of the state. ♦ Discussions related to executing the work are held on gender discrimination-free workplace for uniformed women officers, employees working in the jail department and challenges at the workplace of uniformed women were held. ♦ In order to strengthen the officers and employees mentally and socially, sessions were held on areas like how to balance between work and family life of uniformed women officers, connecting uniformed women jail officers with the main activities and responsibilities of jail, workplace-related problems. ♦ Uniformed women officers and employees who successfully accomplished the challenging tasks during their tenure shared their ideas and opinion during the conference. Participants: The uniformed women police and employees from the post of Jail Warden to Inspector General Level of various states, members of non-government organizations, representatives of academic institutions and officers of other government departments participated in the conference.

    The 3rd edition of Conference on Wagon Development was held

    64 days ago
    Ministry of Railways organized the third edition of the Conference on Wagon Development for New Commodities on 19 December 2019. Aim: The objective of the conference is to provide innovative solutions for transportation challenges in the steel, automobile, cement, food-grain, and other special commodities segments. Conference Highlights: ♦ The major themes of the conference were Steel, Bulk Fly ash, transportation of Automobiles and Special Commodities. ♦ The Conference prepared a roadmap to exploit the market potential in the freight segment for the Indian Railways.  ♦ The meeting attempted to find workable solutions to transportation challenges pertaining to Railways by involving major stakeholders in freight operations.  ♦ It aimed to make 45% of the total freight movement in the country should be done by rail.  ♦ The center is planning to set up a Dedicated Freight Corridors. It is also expected that there will be a substantial increase in the speed of freight movement by the Railways.  ♦ Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) has been playing a vital role in the implementation of new designs of freight wagons.  ♦ Five designs were identified in the conference for wagon development Participants: Member of Rolling Stock, Railway Board, Shri Rajesh Agrawal, other Members of Railway Board, senior officials from Railways, RDSO, Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) and Industry Representatives participated in the conference.

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