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  • PM addressed the Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy on 7 August through video-conferencing. The conclave was organized by the Ministry of Education along with the University Grants Commission (UGC). Also, the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched UGC’s guidelines to offer internship-embedded degree programmes. Highlights: ♦ The Prime Minister urged all to work towards the implementation of a new national education policy. ♦ National Education Policy was approved after 3-4 years of extensive deliberations. ♦ The new policy is expected to benefit the country’s education system. ♦ The policy aims to provide all the students an opportunity to achieve their goals. ♦ The policy was launched as the mapping of interest, ability, and demand was needed.  ♦ The NEP has the potential to not only change the education system but to also transform the entire nation. It will be the foundation of the New India. ♦ Directors of Institutions, Vice-Chancellors of universities, Principals of colleges and other stakeholders participated in the programme.

    Prakash Javadekar represented India at the 6th BRICS Environment Ministers Meeting

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    Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar participated in 6th Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) Environment Ministers’ Meeting. Environment Ministers of the five BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa participated in the 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meeting on 31st July 2020 through a video conference under the presidency of Russia. Highlights: ♦ Prakash Javadekar highlighted that the aspiration of BRICS countries is similar. ♦ India proposed for the sharing of best practices among the BRICS nation towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals. ♦ He stressed the need to implement the various initiatives under the BRICS and for the speedy implementation of the BRICS MoU.  ♦ India extended an invitation to the BRICS nations to participate in the BRICS environment meetings.  ♦ The meeting witnessed the adoption of BRICS Environment Ministers’ Statement. ♦ India is expected to assume the BRICS Presidency in 2021.

    Piyush Goyal inaugurated CII National Digital conference on Ease of Doing Business for Atmanirbhar Bharat

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    Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Digital conference on Ease of Doing Business for Atmanirbhar Bharat. The conference highlighted a single-window system for industrial approvals which will soon be in place.  Highlights: ♦ Under this the industry and government will work as partners and urged the industry to play a proactive role in helping the government identify the tax evaders and violators. ♦ India's service sector to serve global clients was discussed.  ♦ India’s exports are almost 88% of the last year’s level while imports are almost 75% of the same period in 2019.  ♦ The government of India is working with States for easier labour law, the soft launch of land bank portal, single-window clearance for investments. ♦ Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) aims to find a way that does not impact exports. ♦ The Ministry aims to promote finance for investments in the country as it has already identified 20 industrial sectors for giving focused push.

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended 5th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of AIIB

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    Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman attended the 5th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) through video conference in New Delhi on 28 July. Highlights: ♦ The Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) meet to take key decisions that impact the Bank’s future every year.  ♦ The ministers discussed the meeting broadly covered official business including the election of the President of the AIIB. ♦ The discussion was based on the theme 'AIIB 2030-Supporting Asia’s Development over the Next Decade'. ♦ India appreciated AIIB's efforts for fast tracking financial assistance of about $10 billion to its member countries including India to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  ♦ India also highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of creating a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for SAARC Nations and the country's participation in the “G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative”.

    Ministry of Rural Development held video conference on Strengthening of the Risk Based Internal Audit of Rural Development Programmes

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    Ministry of Rural Development held a video conference on Strengthening of the Risk-Based Internal Audit of Rural Development Programmes on 24th July. Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the conference. The programme sought to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth of India's rural population.  Also Narendra Singh Tomar released a Financial Management Index for Rural Development Programmes. The new initiative is to rank the performance of the States on few parameters namely: Annual plan preparation projecting the requirement of funds for the financial year, the expeditious release of State’s share, timely utilization of the funds and submission of the Utilization Certificates, etc. Optimum implementation of Public Financial Management System (PFMS) & Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Internal Audit Social Audit Participants: The Minister of State (MoS) for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Secretary, Rural Development N.N. Sinha and senior officers from the Ministry of Rural Development participated in the conference. The Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary, Rural Development, and senior officers from 10 States namely Assam Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal participated in the event.

    Dr. Harsh Vardhan represents India at SCO Health Ministers Digital Meet

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    Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, virtually participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Health Minister's Digital Meet on 24th July. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Mikhail Murashko, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation.  Highlights: ♦ The Ministers discussed the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, as it was the key topic of discussion. ♦ India proposed to set up a Sub-Group on Traditional Medicine under the existing Institutional Meetings of the SCO Health Ministers to fulfill the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023.  ♦ India also suggested to reinforce the effective implementation of the joint statement on cooperation in combating epidemics signed at the Qingdao Summit in 2018. ♦ GoI's report stated that, so far, India has reported 1.25 million cases and more than 30,000 deaths due to COVID. It also stated that at 864 cases per million and less than 21 deaths per million of the Indian population, India has one of the world’s lowest infection and death rate.

    Indian Air Force Commanders Conference inaugurated on 22 July

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    The Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh on 22 July 2020 at Air Headquarters, Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi. The AFCC conference will be held for 3 days.  IAF's Measures: ♦ IAF is proactively bolstering its operational capabilities over the past few months. ♦ Amid the pandemic, IAF is supporting the nation’s response to COVID-19 pandemic and the role played during several HADR missions.  ♦ IAF has enhanced the synergy and integration within the three services since the appointment of Combined Defence Services (CDS) and the creation of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). ♦ IAF has adapted to changes in technology and adopting emerging capabilities in Nano Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber and Space domains.  Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC): ♦ The theme of the AFCC is ‘IAF in the Next Decade’. It aims in enhancing efforts towards indigenization in the future.  ♦ During the three day conference, the commanders will review the current operational scenario and deployments before deliberating on building the IAF capabilities in the next decade to tackle all emerging threats.

    Indo-US Strategic Energy Partnership meeting held

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    Virtual Ministerial meeting of Indo-US Strategic Energy Partnership was held on July 17, 2020. India and the United States have announced new areas of research on transformational power generation based on supercritical CO2 (sCO2) power cycles and advanced coal technologies, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). Highlights: ♦ During the meeting, the Ministers discussed new areas of research on transformational power generation based on supercritical CO2 (sCO2) power cycles and advanced coal technologies, including CCUS. ♦ They discussed the implementation of Smart grids and energy storage by consortium comprising of 30 Indian and US entities ♦ They also discussed the common priorities for collaboration evolved in Clean Coal Technologies, sCO2 Power Cycles and CCUS technologies. ♦ They also discussed the policy directions for the societal acceptance of smart grid concepts, Distributed Energy Resources, impact and value of the integrative solutions and emerging role of utilities as Distributed System Operators.

    Prime Minister to address High-Level Segment of ECOSOC on 17 July

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    A High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) session is to be held on 17 July 2020. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is expected to deliver a keynote address virtually at the United Nations in New York. PM Narendra Modi will be speaking at the valedictory session along with the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Highlights: ♦ The annual High-level Segment convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from the Government, the private sector, civil society, and academia.  ♦ The theme of the 2020 High-level Segment, on the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UN, is "Multilateralism after COVID19: What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary”. ♦ The session is to focus on critical forces shaping the course of multilateralism and explore ways to bolster the global agenda through strong leadership, effective international institutions, a broadening of participation and enhanced significance of global public goods, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. India: ♦ This is the first opportunity for PM to address the broader UN membership since India’s overwhelming election as a non-permanent member of the Security Council on 17th June, for the term 2021-22. ♦ The theme of the High-Level Segment of the ECOSOC resonates with India’s Security Council priority, wherein it calls for ‘reformed multilateralism’ in a post-COVID-19 world.  ♦ PM had earlier delivered the keynote address virtually at the 70th anniversary of ECOSOC in January 2016.

    National Fish Farmers Day 2020 Obseved on 10th July

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    63rd National Fish Farmers Day India celebrates 10th July every year as the "National Fish Farmers Day" to honor the fish farmers, aquapreneurs& fisher folks in recognition of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution in the growth of the fisheries sector in the country. This year it was 63rd National Fish Farmer's Day. On July 10th, the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day. Background History: Every year, on 10 July, the National Fish Farmer's Day is celebrated in memory of scientists Dr. K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who successfully demonstrated induced breeding (Hypophysation) technology in Indian Major Carps on 10 July 1957 at the former CIFRI Pond Culture Division in Cuttack, Odisha. (presently Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, CIFA, Bhubaneswar). The event aims to draw attention to changing the way the country manages fisheries resources to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy ecosystems. The event is celebrated every year by congratulating outstanding farmers, aquapreneurs, and farmers in appreciation of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution to the development of the country's fisheries sector. Apart from officials, scientists, professionals, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders, fishermen, and fish farmers from across the nation will participate in the event. About NFBD Webinar: On  July 10th the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day. Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri P. C. Sarangi, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Dr. Rajeev Ranjan, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India and senior officials from the Department of Fisheries graced the occasion. Interacting with fishermen, officials, scientists, entrepreneurs at various locations across the country, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh observed that to consolidate the achievements of the Blue Revolution and pave the way from NeeliKranti to ArthKranti, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi The "Pradhan MantriMatsyaSampadaYojana" (PMMSY) has been launched with the highest investment ever of Rs. 20,050 crore over the next five years in order to realize its goal of doubling the farmer 's income. This scheme would tackle critical gaps in fish production and sustainability, efficiency, technology, post-harvest infrastructure and management, improving and enhancing the value chain, traceability, creating a comprehensive system for fisheries management and welfare for fishermen. Shri Giriraj Singh said that providing ‘Quality Seed’ of fish is very important in enhancing production and productivity in the country.  On the occasion of 'National Fish Farmers Day,' Shri Giriraj Singh announced that the NFDB, in collaboration with the NBFGR, will undertake the work of developing 'Fish Cryobanks' in various parts of the world, which will promote the availability of 'fish sperms' of desired species to fishermen at all times. This will be the first time in the world when "Fish Cryobank" will be created, which can bring a revolutionary change in the country's fisheries sector to boost fish production and productivity, thereby enhancing prosperity among the fishermen.  

    India-EU summit to be held on 15 July through video conference

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    The Fifteenth summit between India and the European Union (EU) will be held via video conference on 15 July 2020. The summit is aimed to deliver concrete benefits for the people in the EU and India.  Highlights: ♦ The summit will provide a platform to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership based on shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, and rule of law. ♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold extensive talks with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on a range of issues in the summit. ♦ The leaders will reaffirm to promote effective multilateralism and a rules-based multilateral order, with the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its core. ♦ The summit is aimed to deliver concrete benefits for the people in the EU and India. ♦ The leaders will discuss ways to boost cooperation in areas of security, climate, environment, trade, and investment, digital economy, and connectivity.

    India to lead Summit 2020 on 21st, 22nd July

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    The 45th annual meeting of the United States India Business Council (USIBC) will be marked with the 2020 India Ideas Summit. India will virtually host the event on 21st and 22nd July.  USIBC: ♦ Different sessions will be organized, with each session focusing on a particular issue related to India. ♦ The summit will showcase the importance of the positive outcome of the India-US economic partnership and the overall bilateral relationship between the two nations. ♦ USIBC summit is an outcome of the joint efforts of the United States Chambers of Commerce and USIBC.

    Meeting of the Heads of Tax Authorities of the BRICS countries was held on 29 May

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    Meeting of the Heads of Tax Authorities of the BRICS countries was held on 29 May 2020. The BRICS Countries that participated in the meeting are Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. The meeting was hosted by the Federal Tax Service of Russia, which currently holds the BRICS Presidency. Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Finance Secretary, Government of India, represented India at the meeting. Highlights: ♦ The authorities discussed the response of BRICS Tax Authorities to the COVID-19 pandemic and to explore potential areas of cooperation in tax matters.  ♦ The meeting was scheduled to be held in Moscow but was held through video conference in view of COVID-19. ♦ The tax heads of other BRICS nations shared the measures taken by their respective tax administrations. ♦ They discussed other important topics like tax challenges posed by digitalization and the exchange of information. ♦ A communiqué was issued by the tax heads at the meeting. ♦ The Finance Secretary shared the various measures taken by India to mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the taxpayers including deferment of compliance requirements, reduced rate of interest on delayed payments, and reduction in withholding tax rates.  ♦ Dr. Pandey also discussed the ongoing work in the OECD/G-20 project on addressing tax challenges posed by digitalization, underlined the need to ensure that the new tax rules are fair and simple.  ♦ He highlighted the need for adopting a “Whole of Government Approach” in dealing with cross-border financial crimes as they have ramifications in respect of various statutes, not only taxation. 

    Army Commanders Conference to be held on 27 May

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    The Army Commanders' Conference has been scheduled to be held in two phases amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase of the conference will be held from 27 to 29 May 2020 and the second phase will be held in the last week of June 2020. The conference was scheduled for April 2020 and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights: ♦ The Army Commanders' Conference is an apex level event which is held twice every year. ♦ The conference facilitates conceptual level deliberations culminating in important policy decisions. ♦ The high-level leaders of the Indian Army will brainstorm on current emerging security and administrative challenges. The will chart the future course for the Indian Army. ♦ The conference will ensure due diligence and decisions will be taken through a collegiate system comprising Army commanders and senior officers. ♦ During the first phase which will be organized at South Block. ♦ During the conference, the officials will discuss various aspects pertaining to operational and administrative issues including studies pertaining to logistics and human resources in the country.

    Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces hosted a webinar on Revitalising Museums and Cultural Spaces

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    Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces, Ministry of Culture, Government of India hosted a webinar on "Revitalising Museums and Cultural Spaces" on 18 May. The webinar aimed to celebrate the International Museum Day and kick start conversations around creating sustainable cultural organizations in post-pandemic India. Highlights: ♦ The webinar featured some of the best experts in the museum and cultural spaces domain including Founder Trustee of Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bengaluru Shri Abhishek Poddar, President of Kochi Biennale Foundation Shri Bose Krishnamachari, Founder and CEO of Cuseum Shri Brendan Ciecko, Managing Director of  Teamwork Arts Shi Sanjoy K Roy and CEO of Museums and Cultural Spaces, Ministry of Culture, GoI (Moderator) Shri Raghvendra Singh. ♦ The objective aims to identify the possible policy actions that will help alleviate the short and long term effects of the crisis on museums, cultural spaces, and their broader ecosystems. ♦ Discussion on impact, innovations, and post-COVID-19 crisis planning in the context of Museums and cultural spaces were held. ♦ The cultural spaces were reimaged to introduce innovative ideas to maximize the social and economic value of cultural heritage and to build capacity in order to engage with local audiences and tourists. ♦ The discussion aimed to prepare policy paper and get agreement on whatever is practical and feasible.

    India participated in 73rd WHA

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    India participated in the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) on 18 May. India was represented by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare through video conference. WHA addressed Global Vaccine Plan, polio eradication, and neglected tropical diseases other than COVID-19. Highlights: ♦ On this platform, the health leaders committed to fighting COVID-19 pandemic together, in unity, in solidarity.  ♦ Australia initiated the COVID-19 investigation during the conference. China showed its opposition to investigate. ♦ The committee decided to work on the transmission routes of the virus to find out the possible host and look for solutions to prevent such outbreaks in the future. World Health Assembly: WHA governs the World Health Organization (WHO) is governed by its member states. WHA is the world's highest health policy body. It has been composed of the health ministries from its 194 member states.   Note: On 11 March, WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. According to the WHO's latest data, so far, more than 4.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 307,000 fatalities.

    Minister Piyush Goyal participated in 2nd G-20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting

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    Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated in the second G-20 Virtual Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting. The meeting focused on immediate and concrete actions that can ease the distress being faced by people all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second G20 Ministers Virtual Meeting was held under the Saudi Presidency.  Highlights: ♦ The Ministers agreed to provide diagnostic and protective equipment and health care professionals across borders where they are most needed. ♦ India suggested the G-20 nations to ensure access to essential medicines, treatments, and vaccines at affordable prices.  ♦ India has proactively partnered in global efforts to develop vaccines and effective treatment for this disease. ♦ The meeting also stressed the urgent need to build the digital skills and capacities of developing countries and LDCs.  ♦ Discussion on the need to make binding rules on digital trade and e-commerce, which will freeze the extremely non-level playing field against their interests, and deprive them of the opportunity to benefit from the immense potential in these areas was held.

    EAM S Jaishankar participated in the virtual meeting of Foreign Ministers of SCO

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    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participated in the virtual meeting of Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member countries on 13 May. The foreign ministers and diplomats from eight different countries attended the meeting. Highlights: ♦ The Meeting aimed to discuss the cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ♦ Discussion on the global challenges, preparedness, and response to the coronavirus crisis was held.  ♦ It focused on developing cooperation within the SCO, tropical regional and global issues, and particularly the spread of the novel coronavirus. ♦ They discussed the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Victory in WWII and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. ♦ They also discussed the SCO summit in St Petersburg and other events as part of Russia's SCO Presidency that is scheduled to be held on 9-10 June. ♦ The conference was held under the chairmanship of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    EU hosted online Coronavirus Global Response International pledging conference

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    Coronavirus Global Response International pledging conference was held virtually on 5 May. The conference began on 4 May and expected to end on 23 May. Around 40 countries participated in the online summit. The conference was hosted by the European Union (EU) and its partners. Aim: The conference aimed to raise €7.5 billion in initial funding in global cooperation. Highlights: ♦ The conference highlighted the requirement of global responsibility for the global coronavirus pandemic.  ♦ The need to develop and deploy effective diagnostics, treatments, and a vaccine against COVID-19 pandemic was stressed.  ♦ Countries and organizations around the world ensured the development of the life-saving vaccine.  ♦ Several world leaders and organizations pledged $8 billion (around Rs.60,000 crore) to manufacture a vaccine to combat COVID-19, the diseases caused by the novel coronavirus. The fund will be used to fund laboratories across the world that have promising leads to research and develop a vaccine. ♦ Romania contributed $200,000, Canada contributed $850 million. Other top donors were Japan, the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, France, and Saudi Arabia.

    PM Narendra Modi participated at the online Summit of NAM Contact Group

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the online Summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Contact Group was held on 4 May 2020 to discuss the response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The summit commemorated the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. Highlight: ♦ The theme of the online NAM Contact Group Summit was 'United against COVID-19.' ♦ The summit was hosted by the current Chairman of NAM, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan HE Ilham Aliyev.  ♦ The Summit aimed to promote international solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and to mobilize efforts of States and international organizations to address the pandemic. ♦ Over 30 other Heads of State and Government and other leaders, including from member States in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and Europe participated in the event.  ♦ The Summit was addressed by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Prof Tijjani Muhammed Bande, UN Secretary-General Mr.Antonio Guterres, African Union (AU) Chairperson Musa Faki Mahamat, European Union (EU) High Representative, Josep Borrell, and Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus. ♦ The leaders also discussed the creation of a 'Task Force' to identify the needs and requirements of Member States through the establishment of a common database that reflects the basic medical, social, and humanitarian needs in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

    PM to attend virtual summit of Non-Aligned Movement

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to participate in a virtual summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on 4 May. The summit aims to enhance the coordination of the member states in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also participate in the summit. Highlights: ♦ The summit will be conducted under the Presidency of Azerbaijan, who is the president of the NAM till 2022. The summit will be convened by President Ilham Aliyev. ♦ The summit will identify measures for enhanced coordination among NAM members in their common fight against COVID-19. ♦ The online session will conclude with a political declaration of the movement “uniting against COVID-19." ♦ The summit-level meeting will witness the participation from representatives of international organizations such as the United Nations Secretary-General and Director-General of WHO. ♦ This summit will be the first NAM meeting that the PM will attend since becoming the Prime Minister in 2014. The Prime Minister has skipped both the NAM summit in 2016 and 2019. India was represented by the Vice president Venkaiah Naidu in the last two summits in 2016 in Venezuela and 2019 in Azerbaijan. NAM Summit: The Non-Alignment Movement was founded in 1961. The NAM summit was instituted based upon Bandung principles that were adopted at the Belgrade Summit in 1955. The Belgrade Summit was an Afro-Asian Conference. The movement works towards the attainment of independence for many countries. NAM marks the biggest grouping of countries outside the United Nations. It comprises 120 developing countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. India is one of the founding members of the NAM summit. The non-alignment principles constitute one of the basic tenets of Nepal's foreign policy NAM. The 18th NAM Summit was held in 2019 at the Island of Baku, Azerbaijan.

    Prakash Javadekar stresses on climate finance in first virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue

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    Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar represented India in the first virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue on 28 April. The first virtual Climate Dialogue was the eleventh session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue. It has been hosted by Germany since 2010. Highlight: ♦ The Dialogue aims to provide a forum for informal high-level political discussions.  ♦ The meeting focused both on international climate negotiations and the advancement of climate action. ♦ Ministers and representatives of about 30 countries participated in the dialogue. ♦ Minister Javadekar urged to have climate technology as open-source which must be available at an affordable cost. ♦ He suggested adopting more sustainable consumption patterns in line with the requirement of sustainable lifestyles, as was first initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP). ♦ The Union Minister also participated in an Indo-German bilateral meeting with Ms.Svenja Shulze, Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany. The bilateral meeting was held through a video conference just before the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.

    EAM Jaishankar to participate in BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting on response to COVID-19 pandemic

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    Union Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar joins his counterparts from Brazil, Russia, China, and South Africa for a meeting on 28 April. The foreign ministers of BRICS member countries will hold an extraordinary video conference to discuss ways to jointly combat the coronavirus pandemic. The event will be chaired by Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister.  Highlights: ♦ The Ministerial video conference will be hosted by Russia, who is the current rotating head of the BRICS.  ♦ The meeting will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international relations and possible joint measures in the fight against the highly dangerous and fast-spreading contagion.  ♦ The BRICS presidency was passed from Brazil to Russia from 1 January 2020. ♦ The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide amounts to 30,40,709 death. Out of which 2,10,842 deaths were reported and 8,93,872 recoveries. Note: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are the BRICS countries.

    G20 Health Ministers Meeting deliberated on steps to control COVID-19 pandemic

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    Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan participated in the video conference of the Health Ministers of G20 countries. During that conference, Forge cooperation and mutually respectful and useful collaborations to deal with COVID-19 disease. The 19-member countries apart from European Union (EU) of G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America and India. Highlights: ♦ The global community has tackled threats to the health of the people, by a collective sense of purpose, support and collaboration with each other.  ♦ The meeting called for cooperation between nations to attain normalcy. ♦ In the meeting, the Minister highlighted India's fivefold approach to combat COVID-19 namely: (i) Maintaining a continuous situation awareness, (ii) Pre-emptive and proactive approach, (iii) Graded response as per continuously evolving scenario, (iv) Inter-sectoral coordination at all levels, and lastly, but most importantly (v) Creating a people's movement to combat the coronavirus disease. ♦ He also stated that India has decided to focus on building exclusive infrastructure for the management of COVID-19 patients so that there is no intermingling of COVID-19 patients.  ♦ In India, all the people who are tested positive are treated in one of three types of dedicated COVID management Centres: COVID Care Centres (CCCs) for mild symptomatic cases, COVID Health Centres (CHCs) for moderate cases and COVID Hospitals (CHs) for severe cases. These dedicated COVID facilities are mapped to each other in the design of a referral network architecture for dynamic movement of patients as symptoms evolve so that optimal clinical care can be provided timely, commensurate to symptoms.

    Narendra Singh Tomar addressed the 2020 National Conference on Kharif crops

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    The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar addressed the "National Conference on Kharif crops 2020" through a video conference. Highlights: ♦ All States were directed to achieve the Kharif target as doubling of farmers' income should be taken up in mission mode.  ♦ The Central govt. assured the States that the Government of India will remove any obstacles that the States are facing. ♦ The main aim of the National Kharif Conference was to discuss various issues and list out steps in consultation with the States about preparedness for Kharif cultivation in view of the lockdown situation. ♦ The Minister urged the state's leaders to explain the two schemes namely PM Fasal Bima Yojana and Soil Health Card scheme to each farmer in the State. ♦ They also discussed ways to accelerate the production and productivity of agriculture and horticulture sectors for ensuring food and nutritional security in the rural areas.

    Nirmala Sitharaman attended the 2nd virtual session of G20 FMCBG

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    Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the virtual session of the 2nd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting on 15 April. The meeting was held under the Saudi Arabian Presidency. The Ministers discussed the global economic outlook amid the evolving COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Highlights: ♦ Saudi Arabia was appreciated for its tireless efforts in delivering on the outcomes as mandated by the G20 Leaders during the Extraordinary Leaders' Summit. ♦ As per the direction, Saudi prepared the G20 Action Plan in Response to COVID-19. ♦ The Action Plan was prepared with an aim to protect lives, safeguard jobs and incomes. It also included measures to restore confidence, preserve financial stability, revive growth and recover stronger. ♦ The plan included providing help to countries that need assistance, coordinate on public health and financial measures and minimize disruption to the global supply chain. India: ♦ Finance Minister highlighted the role of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in safeguarding the lives and livelihood of people while maintaining macroeconomic stability in a sustainable manner.  ♦ Sitharaman stated that India has disbursed financial assistance amounting to $3.9 billion to more than 320 million people on direct benefit transfer through digital technology so that the exposure of beneficiaries to public places is minimized.  ♦ The monetary policy measures undertaken by GoI, Reserve Bank of India and other regulators have helped de-freeze the market and catalyze credit flows. Background: FM Nirmala Sitharaman had represented India in the Extraordinary Virtual G20 FMCBG Meeting held on 31 March 2020. In the meeting, she discussed the importance of international cooperation and coordinated actions in ensuring that the financial system continues to support and quickly revive the global economy.

    Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the G20 Extraordinary Energy Ministers' virtual Meeting

    121 days ago
    Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, participated in the G20 Extraordinary Energy Ministers' virtual Meeting on 10 April 2020. The meeting was hosted by Saudi Arabia, it is the President of G20 countries.  Participants: The meeting was chaired by Saudi Arabia Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz. The meeting was attended by Energy Ministers of G20 countries, guest countries and heads of international organizations including Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Energy Forum (IEF). Meeting Highlights: The G20 Energy Ministers' focused on ways and means to ensure stable energy markets, which are affected due to demand reduction in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing surplus production-related matters. Dharmendra Pradhan highlighted PM's Ujjwala scheme, to provide 80.3 million poor families free LPG cylinders, as part of a 23 billion dollars relief package. He also highlighted the Government of India’s efforts to fill in our Strategic Petroleum Reserves. The G20 Energy Ministers' meeting is to adopt a Joint Statement, which inter alia, proposes to establish a Task Force to advise the G20 Energy Ministers on the next steps, and agreed to remain engaged in the future.

    Finance Minister participated in G20 meeting of Finance Ministers

    130 days ago
    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the 2nd Extraordinary G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting. It was hosted under the Chairmanship of Saudi Arabian on 31 March. The Ministers discussed the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and coordinate efforts in response to this global challenge. The meeting was a follow up on the discussion of the 1st virtual meeting and to discuss the follow-up in line with the statement made by G20 Leaders during the G20 Virtual Leaders Summit held on 26 March. Highlights: ♦ The G20 members will provide an opportunity to all G20 members to not only share their individual experiences but also to work in better coordination. ♦ The meeting was held virtually on a regular basis to continue discussions on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. ♦ They also discussed the impact on markets and economic conditions and take further actions to support the economy during and after this phase. ♦ The Ministers recommended a G20 Action Plan in Response to COVID-19 and asked a close cooperation with relevant international organizations. ♦ It aimed at providing an opportunity for immense cross-learning and critical insights.  ♦ Discussions regarding regulatory and supervisory measures to support and quickly revive the economy was held.  ♦ It was suggested that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can develop innovative and ingenious methods to meet COVID-19 related financing requirements given that policy space is severely constrained in most countries in these unprecedented circumstances.

    G20 to inject USD5 trillion into World economy

    136 days ago
    The G20 nations agreed to collectively inject $5 trillion into the world economy. The move by the countries is to counteract the social, economic and financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The video conference summit was held on 26 March.  G20 Summit Highlights: ♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi represented India in a video-conference of G20 economies. ♦ PM Modi stressed on a new concept of "globalization that focusses on humanity and collective welfare" rather than individual interest. ♦ The leaders of the G20 countries has agreed to make collaborative effort to develop therapeutic solutions including vaccines, make diagnostics more effective and make testing kits and other equipment more freely available. ♦ The leaders agreed to ensure the flow of medical supplies and critical agricultural products across borders and work together to facilitate international trade. ♦ The countries reaffirmed their commitments to WHO's mandate to fight the pandemic. The members countries agreed to provide resources to poorer countries and come up with a Covid Solidarity Response Fund. ♦ The leaders urged to boost funding for a vaccine for coronavirus. ♦ So far, the coronavirus has infected close to 5,00,000 people across countries and claimed more than 22,000 lives. G20 Summit: G20 was founded in 1999. It is a group of 20 countries. The members of the group include Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, the US, and EU. The aim of the group is to promote international financial stability. The 2019 summit was held in the Osaka summit. 

    Saudi Arabia proposed to convene virtual G20 Leaders Summit on 26 March

    137 days ago
    Saudi Arabia proposed to convene a virtual G20 Leaders' Summit on 26 March. Saudi Arabia is to advance a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications. Saud Arabia holds the chair. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will chair Summit. Summit Participants: ♦ Leaders from countries namely Spain, Jordan, Singapore, and Switzerland and several international organizations including United Nations (UN), World Bank Group (WBG), the World Health Organization (WHO), International Labour Organization (ILO), World Trade Organization (WTO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Financial Stability Board (FSB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will participate in the summit. ♦ Regional organizations will be represented by South Africa the Chair of the African Union (AU), Vietnam the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Arab Emirates the Chair of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and Rwanda the Chair of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). G20: The G20 (Group of 20) is an international cooperation forum on financial and economic issues. It includes 19 of the world's largest economies and the European Union. It is a primary platform for global economic governance.

    UK Confirmed as 1st co-chair in India-Led Climate Change Initiative CDRI

    140 days ago
    The United Kingdom (UK) was confirmed as the first co-chair of the governing council of India-led global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).  Governing Council of CDRI is the highest policy-making body of the society. The council is co-chaired by India and a representative of another national government nominated by rotation every two years. The UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, represented the UK at the first council meeting. The minister is President of the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). He held a meeting with Pramod Kumar Mishra, the Indian Prime Minister's Principal Secretary, over videoconference. The UK will host COP26 in Glasgow in November 2020. CDRI: The proposal to establish CDRI was initiated and approved by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 13 August 2019. The supporting secretariat was set up in New Delhi, India. The memorandum and regulations of the CDRI society was prepared by the National Disaster Management Authority. CDRI is a voluntary international grouping, linking governments, UN agencies, banks, private sector groups, and academia to develop the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks. CDRI aims to bring together the largest number of state heads to generate commitments to combat the effects of climate change and resulting disasters. India has announced Rs.480 crore to the CDRI for the next five years. It will help fund technical assistance and research projects, setting up offices and covering recurring expenditures under the initiative.

    Wings India 2020 began in Hyderabad

    151 days ago
    Wings India 2020, an International conference and exhibition on the Civil Aviation sector, has begun on 12 March in Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad, India. The conference will be held from 12-15 March 2020. Organizing Team: The biennial event is organized by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India (AAI) along with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Highlights: ♦ Wings India 2020 aims to connect the Buyers, Sellers, Investors, and other stakeholders. ♦ The conference will provide a congenial forum catering to the rapidly changing dynamics of the sector. ♦ It highlights new business acquisition, investments, policy formation, and regional connectivity. ♦ The event focuses only on Civil Aviation Industry. ♦ The conference host an exhibition area of more than 5,000 sq.m. ♦ Over 150 exhibitors are participating in the event. ♦ It will witness the performance of Sarang, the helicopter aerobatics team of Indian Air Force (IAF), and the Global Stars team of British pilots on fixed-wing aircraft. ♦ It hosts conferences between various company heads and a CEO's forum. Participants: Over 1000 participants, including Airports agencies, Flight Operations/ Transportation Government, Flight/Simulator Training, Head of Department, among others, are participating in the event.

    Indo-Thai workshop on stellar variability and star formation was held at ARIES

    151 days ago
    Indo-Thai workshop on stellar variability & star formation was held at ARIES, Nainital, Uttarakhand. The one-day workshop was organized by Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Department of Science and Technology (DST), that functions under the Ministry of Science & Technology.  Aim: The workshop aimed to strengthen the ongoing collaboration and expand the Indo-Thai cooperation from stellar sources to other areas of astronomy and astrophysics such as extra-galactic astronomy and instrumentation. Highlights: ♦ The workshop deliberated on various topics, including stellar variability, star formation, stellar abundance, transient events, and instrumentation. ♦ The workshop hosted 14 talks by the scientists and students of both the countries.  ♦ It highlighted the setting-up of the cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology by DST and the Ministry of Science & Technology in Thailand after the sanctioned of two joint bilateral programs for joint research in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics. ♦ The workshop discussed the collaborations and joint ventures that help to exchange the knowledge of the investigators involved in the projects and gives the opportunity to train the young researchers. ♦ The importance of Indo-Thai collaboration in science and technology was strengthened. ♦ It also invited the astronomers from India and Thailand for cooperation in space science and instrumentation.  Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES): Established on: 20 April 1954 Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand ARIES is an autonomous body that functions under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology. The research institute specializes in Astrophysics, Astronomy, and Atmospheric Sciences. 

    CSW64 of UN adopted political declaration on womens rights

    153 days ago
    The UN's 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) was held on 9 March 2020 in New York, US. During the meeting, the United Nations adopted a stripped-down political declaration on women's rights. The declaration sought to preserve gains under threat but does not advocate new ways to ensure progress toward equality.  Highlights: ♦ CSW64 is the United Nations' largest gathering on gender equality and women's rights. ♦ It aims to build consensus and commitment to policy actions on this issue. ♦ The adopted declaration will be in line with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995, which sought to promote women's emancipation and advancement around the world. ♦ The declaration expressed the UN's concern that overall, progress has not been fast or deep enough, that in some areas progress has been uneven, and that major gaps remain. ♦ The session pledged to fight against human trafficking and modern slavery and other forms of exploitation. It also ensures just treatment and provide support services for all women victims of violence.

    Fourth International Diabetes Summit 2020 started in Pune by Chellaram Diabetes Institute

    155 days ago
    Fourth International Diabetes Summit 2020 inaugurated at JW Marriot Hotel Pune. Lt Gen Dr. Madhuri Kanitkar (Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff under the Chief of Defense Staff) was the Chief Guest, and Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan (Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi) was the Guest of Honour. The three-day conference was started with Shree Ganesh Aarti and Lamp Lighting Ceremony. Dr. AG Unnikrishnan (Endocrinologist and CEO of Chellaram Diabetes Institute) Prakash Bhoopatkar (Trustee and Vice-Chairman of Chellaram Foundation and Group), Lt General Dr. Madhuri Kanetkar (Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff under the Chief of Defense Staff), Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan (Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi), Vikram Chellaram (CEO of Mordril Properties), Dr. Brig A P Pandit (Chief Medical Director of Chellaram Diabetes Institute). International Diabetes Summit: The three-day International Diabetes Summit will be held from March 6 to 8, 2020, in Pune. In these three days, Over 2000 delegates are expected to attend this conference. Eminent international speakers and over 50 renowned faculty members from India are speaking at the summit. International Diabetes Summit will help to throw new light on diabetes management. The fourth International Diabetes Summit 2020 renowned international doctors and researchers spoke on advances and advancements in the field of diabetes. Insulin gives only 20 percent effective for diabetes patients the rest is given by patient education and not only by treatment. Chellaram Diabetes Institute (CDI): The Chellaram Diabetes Institute (CDI), well known for its commitment towards the fight against Diabetes organized International Diabetes Summits for three consecutive years with huge success.

    Jitendra Singh inaugurated a workshop on International Womens Day

    156 days ago
    Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Dr. Jitendra Singh, inaugurated a workshop on International Women's Day on 6 March.  Highlights: ♦ During the workshop, it was announced that New Vistas are opening up for Women under Shri Narendra Modi Government, which has a special preference and sensitivity for women folk in India. ♦ The workshop was announced by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). ♦ It aims to create reforms pertaining to women. ♦ They now seek opportunities and excel in administrative jobs and even in forces and defence.

    CCI organized the 5th National Conference on Economics of Competition Law

    156 days ago
    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) organized the Fifth National Conference on Economics of Competition Law at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on 6 March 2020.  Highlights: ♦ The Conference included two technical sessions where researchers presented papers on economic issues in competition enforcement and competition issues in digital markets ♦ A Plenary session on 'Competition for the Market' was chaired by Chairperson, CCI, and a Special Session on Economics of Contemporary Antitrust Issues. ♦ It highlighted the importance of market studies for facilitating an evidence-based approach to antitrust policy. ♦ The Conference discussed allowing various strategic market interactions in oligopolistic markets, which will help harness innovation for consumer welfare.

    GAF-2020 festival to be held in Kochi

    157 days ago
    The Fourth Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) will be held at Kochi in Kerala from 16-20 May. A curtain raiser event was organized in New Delhi for the GAF on 5 March. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the summit. Theme: The theme for the five-day event is "Ayurveda Medical Tourism: Actualizing India's credibility."  Agenda: ♦ GAF is expected to be the largest Ayurvedic event ever to be held anywhere across the world. The festival will witness the largest gathering of experts, stakeholders, and business explorers from the field of Ayurveda. ♦ Ministry of AYUSH is to hold the first International AYUSH Investment Summit in New Delhi in 2020.  ♦ More than 500 stalls will be showcased at the festival.  ♦ Ethnic food carnivals, exhibitions of rich medicinal plants, and workshops on Panchkarma will be the key highlights of GAF 2020.  ♦ The festival will witness the exhibition of Ayurveda Tourist Centres and Spas giving rejuvenation therapy and their potential curative aspects.  Participants: Over 5,000 international delegates and Ayurveda wellness providers from across the world will be participating in the festival.

    International Conference on Nano Science and Technology is being held in Kolkata

    157 days ago
    "International Conference on Nano Science and Technology" (ICONSAT) is being held from 5-7 March at Kolkata. It was organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Nano Mission that functions under the Ministry of Science and Technology.  Conference Highlights: ♦ The conference aims to provide a potential platform for young researchers and students from within the country and abroad.  ♦ It will keep pace with the latest development in the emerging areas of Nano Science and Technology.  ♦ The conference will host an industrial session for the entrepreneurs and start-up companies for enhanced industry-academic interactions. ♦ The experts will discuss the broad areas under the topics Quantum Materials; Energy materials; Emerging materials for nanoscience and nanotechnology; Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics, Synthesis, Properties and Application of Nanomaterials; Theory and simulation of nanomaterials; Industrial nanomaterials; Nanotechnology for agriculture, biomaterials, tissue engineering, stem cell technology, etc. ♦ Scientists of the high caliber of international repute will cover topics in the recent advancement in modern nanoscience and nanotechnology. ICONSAT: The series of biennial international conferences "ICONSAT" has been held in India. It is organized by DST Nano Mission. The event provides a global platform for eminent scientists to bring recent advances in the area of nanoscience and technology. ICONSAT was earlier hosted by premier national institutes like CeNS Bengaluru in 2018, IISER-Pune in 2016, INST Mohali in 2014, ARCI Hyderabad in 2012, IIT Bombay in 2010, IIT Madras in 2008, IIT Delhi in  2006 and SINP Kolkata in 2003. The conference for the year 2020 is organized by the S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata

    Pragyan Conclave 2020 commenced in New Delhi

    158 days ago
    Pragyan Conclave 2020 commenced on 4 March 2020 at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. It will be held on 4-5 March. The two-day Indian Army International Seminar is being organized by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). Aim: The event aims to bring together a cross-domain national and international experts to deliberate on the complex subject of Changing Characteristics of Land Warfare and its Impact on the Military. Highlights: ♦ The seminar provides a platform for deliberations on emerging ideas that define the New Age Warfare, which is increasingly witnessing a change in its character and battlespace with the usage of new methods to pursue the ends.  ♦ The conclave emphasizes on the need for a comprehensive transformation of the Armed Forces by taking a wider view of the changing security dynamics. ♦ The experts deliberated on themes, namely "Evolving Warfare: An Insight into the Changing Realm," "the Technological Revolution - A Seminal Challenge," "Transformation in the Battle Spaces," and "Hybrid/Sub-Conventional Warfare." ♦ In the event, the Chief of the Army Staff felicitated the winners of the "Field Marshal Manekshaw Open Essay Competition on National Security", a flagship event of CLAWS to encourage strategic thinking in the youth of the country. Participants: The 2-day-conclave was attended by Raksha Rajya Mantri (RRM), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Chief of the Army Staff, General MM Naravane, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General SK Saini, officials from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), three Services, Central Armed Police Forces and leading Think Tanks & Academic Institutions of the country.

    India Pharma 2020 and India Medical Device 2020 Conference to be held in Gujarat

    158 days ago
    India Pharma 2020 & India Medical Device 2020 Conference & Exhibition has been scheduled to be held at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat from 5-7 March 2020. The conference will be inaugurated by the Chemicals & Fertilizers Minister Shri Sadananda Gowda. The fifth edition is organized for the first time in Gujarat. Organizing Team: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) that functions under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), is organizing the conference. Aim: The conference aims to encourage innovations to further reduce the cost of quality healthcare for all. It provides a platform to the global investment community to connect with stakeholders in Medical Device Sector in India, Central, and State Governments, leading business leaders and top executives from the industry, academics, and experts from the world. Theme: The theme of the conference is "India Pharma: Meeting Challenges of Affordable and Quality Healthcare and India Medical Device: Promoting Affordable responsible and Quality Medical Device for Universal Health Care". About the Conference: ♦ The event will promote consumer-centric manufacturing by involving Medical Electronics, Devices, Health Diagnostics, Hospitals, and Surgical Equipments, etc.  ♦ It will deliberate the technology demonstration towards constituting an ecosystem for empowering our Electronics Technology development and manufacturing base. ♦ The event will witness an exhibition on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices. Participants: Over 5,000 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals will attend the 3-day Conference. More than 200 Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices companies are expected to participate in the Exhibition. 

    The 14th Meeting of JWG on Counter-Terrorism

    163 days ago
    The 14th Meeting of Joint Working Group (JWG) on Counter-Terrorism on 28 February in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Mr. Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary for Counter-Terrorism, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the French delegation was led by Mr. David Bertolotti, Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic, Security and Disarmament Affairs of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Highlights: ♦ India and France agreed to deepen their counterterrorism cooperation in the meeting.  ♦ Both the countries stressed the need to deny safe havens and sources of funding to terrorists. ♦ The Ministers exchanged views on the challenges faced because of counter-terrorism including combating the financing of terrorism, countering radicalization, preventing the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, threats posed by internationally designated terrorist entities and cross-border terrorism in South Asian region.  ♦ The next meeting of the JWG on Counter-Terrorism will be held in France in 2021 on a mutually convenient date.  

    The 11th National KVK Conference 2020 was held in Delhi

    163 days ago
    The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurating the 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference 2020 on 28 February in New Delhi.  Highlights: ♦ The conference directed KVKs to serve not only the affluent, resourceful and Progressive farmers but also focus on the small and deprived farmers.  ♦ KVKs have a great responsibility by taking the fruition of the laboratories to the field. ♦ The experts discussed the R&D that has been done in the Agriculture sector ♦ KVKs have released superior crop varieties, 171 mobile apps developed for farmers and more than three lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs) opened. The conference was in line to fulfill the target set by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of doubling farmers' income by 2022. ♦ Single window service has been recommended to meet the farmers' various needs. Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK): The first KVK was established in the year 1974 in the Union Territory of Puducherry. KVKs are agricultural extension centres that are created by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). It aims to provide various types of farm support to the agricultural sector at the district level. It implements the On-farm testing to assess the location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems.

    CAPS-HQ MC Joint Seminar on Challenges of the Evolving Threats Facing India held in New Delhi

    163 days ago
    A Joint Seminar on the theme "Challenges Of The Evolving Threats Facing India" was held at Air Force Station Tughlakabad, New Delhi. It was organized by the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force (MC, IAF) on 25 February. The event was inaugurated by Air Marshal Shashiker Choudhary AVSM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, MC IAF. Highlights: ♦ The seminar hosted three sessions.  ♦ The first session focussed on 'Politico-Military Environment with respect to India-China Relations post-Wuhan and Mahabalipuram' and 'India–Pakistan Relations post-Balakot and Abrogation of Article-370'.  ♦ The second session covered on ‘New Challenges with respect to Trajectory of China’s Nuclear Weapons Programme & Safeguarding India’s Critical Information Infrastructure,' which was chaired by Dr. Shalini Chawla, Distinguished fellow, CAPS.  ♦ The third session was titled 'Capability building at Base Repair Depots and Equipment Depots of the IAF.' Participants: Delegations including Air Marshal KK Nohwar PVSM VM (Retd), Director General, CAPS; Dr. Shalini Chawla, Distinguished fellow, CAPS; Air Vice Marshal VC Wankhade AOES MC, IAF participated in the seminar. Also, Officers from Units under Maintenance Command IAF and Distinguished Senior Research Fellows from CAPS participated in the seminar. 

    India to conduct Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020 summit

    165 days ago
    The Government of India (GoI) has announced that it is to organize the mega event "Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020" (RAISE 2020). It will be India's first Artificial Intelligence (AI) summit. The event will be held from 11-12 April in New Delhi.  Organizing Team: RAISE 2020 will be organized by the Government in partnership with Industry & Academia.  RAISE 2020: ♦ The summit aims to exchange ideas and charter a course to use AI for social empowerment, inclusion, and transformation in key areas like Healthcare, Agriculture, Education and Smart Mobility amongst other sectors of great minds. ♦ The meeting will leverage responsible AI practices for enabling the masses.  ♦ It aims to utilize the power of AI to responsibly transform the social landscape for a better tomorrow.  ♦ RAISE 2020 focuses on facilitating an exchange of ideas to further create mass awareness about the need to ethically develop and practice AI in the digital era. ♦ The summit is expected to witness robust participation from global industry leaders, key opinion makers, Government representatives, and academia.

    ICoSDiTAUS 2020 concluded in New Delhi

    165 days ago
    An International Conference on Standardisation of Diagnosis and Terminologies in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha Systems of Medicine (ICoSDiTAUS-2020) was concluded in New Delhi. The conference was held from 25-26 February 2020.  ICoSDiTAUS-2020: ♦ ICoSDiTAUS-2020 is the biggest ever international event dedicated to the standardization of Diagnosis and Terminologies of Traditional Medicine in terms of the broad level of participation covering virtually all the continents. ♦ The conference highlighted the power of TM systems and their significance to address the public health challenges of the 21st century. ♦ The two-day conference adopted the "New Delhi Declaration on Collection and Classification of Traditional Medicine (TM) Diagnostic Data". ♦ The encounters occur during the Counting and classification of traditional medicine were discussed.  ♦ The experts discussed adapting ICD to TM Systems and their implementation. ♦ Relevance and regulation of Traditional Medicine in Health Systems were discussed. ♦ The conference took ahead of the objective of expanding the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) into the realm of Traditional Medicine systems at a conceptual level. ♦ The New Delhi declaration emphasized the commitment of the countries to Traditional Medicine as a significant area of health care. Participants: Delegations from over 16 countries namely Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Serbia, Curacao, Cuba, Myanmar, Equatorial Guinea, Qatar, Ghana, Bhutan, Uzbekistan, India, Switzerland, Iran, Jamaica, and Japan participated in the conference.

    Joint Ministerial Commission was held between India and Australia

    166 days ago
    The 16th Session of the Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) was held between India and Australia in New Delhi on 24 February 2020. The Session was co-chaired by Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal, Government of India and Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Government of Australia. Highlights: ♦ The countries acknowledged the considerable growth in the India-Australia economic relationship in strategic, trade and people-to-people links since the last JMC in June 2018. ♦ They agreed to elevate the bilateral economic relationship between the countries.  ♦ Both sides agreed to revive the negotiations on the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).  ♦ They considered the issue of harmonizing standards and regulatory barriers for products of interest to both sides. ♦ They discussed the important role of the private sector in building the bilateral economic relationship.  ♦ India sought an early resolution on the issue of taxing of off-shore income of Indian firms through the use of India-Australia Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and sought early resolution of the issue.  ♦ The countries agreed to work on market access issues in both directions to increase trade and on mutual recognition of educational qualifications ♦ The agreed to continue collaboration to encourage increased direct flights between Australia and India. Participants: From Indian side officials from Departments of Commerce, Revenue, Agriculture, Fisheries, Department of Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Ministry of External Affairs and from Australia side, officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade, Export Finance Australia and Australian High Commission participated in the meeting.

    NITI Aayog organized SDG Conclave 2020 in Assam

    168 days ago
    NITI Aayog's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Conclave 2020: Partnerships, Cooperation and Development of North Eastern States began at Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati, Assam on 24 February. The conclave aims to foster partnerships at the sub-national level. The conference will be held from 24-26 February 2020. Organizing Team: The conclave is organized by GoI's policy think tank 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 includes several 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 will discuss methods for progress 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 CEO Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar, DoNER minister Jitendra Singh, Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator, India, and  Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura are participating in the conclave.

    International conference on EMMDA at NCMRWF, Noida

    168 days ago
    An international conference on "Ensemble Methods in Modelling and Data Assimilation (EMMDA)" began on 24 February 2020 at NCMRWF, Noida, India. The conference will be held from 24-26 February. It was inaugurated by Dr.Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, Earth Sciences. Organizing Team: The three-day conference is organized by the National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) that functions under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI. Conference Highlights: ♦ The conference is aimed to provide a platform for discussions and deliberations on the present status, future prospects and optimum use of 'Ensemble Prediction System' (EPS). ♦ The major themes of the conference are ensemble methods in Data Assimilation, Global Weather Prediction, Monthly and Seasonal Forecasting, Convection Permitting Ensemble Prediction Systems, Verification of Ensemble weather forecasts, Applications of Ensemble weather forecasts. ♦ Discussions in the include techniques used in Data Assimilation, Ensemble Methods, and use of Probabilistic Forecasts for developing new applications from Ensemble Products  Ensemble Prediction System (EPS): Remarkable success has been achieved to improve forecast skills. In order to quantify the forecast uncertainty, EPS was developed. It provides probabilistic forecasting of weather. The high-resolution forecast from regional and global EPS will provide more accurate probabilistic forecasts of extreme weather events. It will help planners and administrators in taking timely actions. In India, there are two global EPS that have the highest resolution in the world and also a regional EPS of horizontal resolution 4km which covers the Indian region.

    Vice President inaugurated 2nd Edition of Exhibition and Conference on Agri-technology and Innovation

    169 days ago
    Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 2nd Edition of Exhibition and Conference on Agri-technology & Innovation at Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University in Hyderabad on 22 February 2020.  Highlights: ♦ The scientist and researchers were urged to come up with new innovations and ideas to find solutions to the challenges faced by the Indian farmers. ♦ The agriculture universities were directed to focus on developing new varieties including the pest resistant and climate-smart variants, apart from enhancing the productivity levels. Collective efforts were focused to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, that a country like India should not depend on imported food security. ♦ It emphasized the need for post-harvest management and providing support to the farmers.  ♦ The conference highlighted e-NAM should be expanded to all regions in every state.

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