August 1

NITI Aayog to host Investors’ Conference for the Holistic Development of Islands
NITI Aayog will host an Investors’ Conference in August 2018 at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra for the Holistic Development of Islands. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog. It will attract investment for the sustainable development of eco-tourism projects in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands.
The 11 anchor tourism projects are proposed to be implemented with private sector participation under suitable risk-sharing model and through open-competitive bidding. NITI Aayog, along with the respective UT Administration is organizing an Investors’ Conference on 10th August, 2018, with stakeholders.
About the Holistic Development of Islands & Investors’ Conference
Sustainable development of islands and overall maritime development has been accorded high priority by the Government. Island Development Agency (IDA) an apex body, under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Home Minister, was constituted in June 2017, while NITI Aayog has been mandated to steer the Holistic Development of Islands program, along with the respective UT administration/ State Governments. Under the program in the first phase 10 Islands in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep have been taken up for holistic development.

August 2

India, US hold military cooperation meeting in New Delhi
A two-day Indo-US Military Cooperation Meeting began as a prelude to 2 plus 2 Dialogue between the two countries scheduled next month.
The meeting was co-chaired by Lt Gen Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) and Lt Gen Bryan Fenton, Deputy Commander, Indo-Pacific Command.
External Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman would meet their US counterparts in 2 plus 2 meeting next month, a first such initiative between the two countries that will focus on strengthening defence and strategic ties.
India and the US were also working to have a joint drill of all the three armed forces of the two countries.

August 3

Meghalaya hosts show to strengthen trade ties with ASEAN countries
Meghalaya recently hosted fifth act east business show to strengthen business ties between ASEAN countries northeastern states.
The show was organised by the Indian chamber of commerce in association with Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER). The show witnessed active participation of delegates from ASEAN countries including Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam, etc. It was organised to explore the enormous potential of hill state and its neighbors.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma while inaugurating the show laid emphasis on establishing collaboration with South East Asian nations to tap the underlying potential of the region.

August 6

International Conference on Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling inaugurated by Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari
NITI Aayog’s International Conference on “Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling: Policy Prescriptions” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri. Nitin Gadkari at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in the capital.
Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog Shri. Rajiv Kumar, CEO, NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant and renowned experts from all over the world in material recycling took part in the deliberations at the conference. The daylong conference brings together a host of experts for identifying policy prescriptions for the development and growth of material recycling in India towards creating more jobs, reduce dependence on exports, protect the environment and take steps towards adopting circular economy concepts.
The day-long conference has 5 technical sessions on
''Circular Economy in Material Recycling''
''Infrastructural Issues in Recycling Industry''
''Standardization and certification in Recycling Industry''
''Environmental Benefits of Material Recycling''
''Financial and Taxation issues in Recycling Industry''
''Financial and Taxation issues in Recycling Industry” respectively''

51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meet in Singapore
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called on the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to stay united against protectionism and brace multilateralism at the opening ceremony of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Singapore.
A series of meetings that include the China-ASEAN foreign ministers meeting, the foreign minister meetings of the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN-China, Japan and Republic of Korea (10+3) foreign ministers' meeting will be held in Singapore to discuss multilateral trade, Internet security, counter-terrorism, smart cities, regional security and people-to-people exchanges.

August 10

President inaugurates 'One District One Product' Summit in Uttar Pradesh
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated 'One District One Product' Summit organised by the Uttar Pradesh government to promote traditional industries in every district of the state.
During the summit, with a tagline of 'Nayi Udaan, Nayi Pehchan', the President distributed loan sanction papers to some artisans.
Loan papers amounting to Rs 1,006.94 crore are to be distributed to 4,085 artisans from 75 districts in the summit.
The summit, which aims to give boost to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), will be a corollary of the UP Investors Summit held in the state capital in February this year, followed by the groundbreaking ceremony for the launch of 81 projects in July.

August 13

World Congress of Philosophy opens in Beijing
The 24th World Congress of Philosophy (WCP) kicked off in Beijing. It is the first time that the once-every-five-year event is held in China.
Themed "Learning To Be Human," the event will include more than 1,000 activities, such as plenary sessions, symposia, lectures, and roundtables, according to the Chinese Organizing Committee of WCP 2018.
More than 6,000 philosophers and academics from 121 countries and regions have been invited to the event, which will end August 20.
Attendees will share diverse philosophical thoughts and take part in dialogues focusing on major issues confronting the development of the global civilization and challenges that mankind will face in the future.
The grand gathering also encourages philosophical reflections to become public discourses on recurrent human concerns, such as ecology, justice, and peace.
This year's event is organized by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) and Peking University.

August 14

World Congress of Philosophy opens in Beijing
The 24th World Congress of Philosophy (WCP) opened in Beijing. It is the first time that the quinquennial event is being held in China.
Themed "Learning To Be Human'', the event will include more than 1,000 activities, such as plenary sessions, symposia, lectures and roundtables, according to the Chinese Organizing Committee of WCP 2018.
More than 6,000 philosophers and academics from 121 countries and regions have been invited to attend the event, which will end August 20.

August 15

IIM & IIT Indore's i5 Summit to be held on 18-19 August 2018
The i5 Summit 2018, an entrepreneurship summit organised by IIM and IIT Indore, will be held at IIM Indore from 18 to 19 August this year. With over 5,000 attendees and 30 investors, startups participating in the event's 'Get Funded' program have already raised over Rs. 140 million. This year's speakers include ShopClues and Droom founder Sandeep Aggarwal among others.

August 17

International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) gets underway at IIFPT, Thanjavur
International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) got underway at Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur in Tamilnadu. The conference was inaugurated by Sh. Jagadish Prasad Meena, Secretary, MoFPI.
internationally renowned speakers will share their research experienceson food technology, Student Quiz, hackathon and Documentary on the various topics were held with total prize money of Rs.45000. transfer of new technologies to farmers and FPOs would take place
various MoUs with leading food industries have also been planned
It would be inaugurated by union minister of food processing industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
The theme of the conference is: ‘Doubling Farmers Income through Food Processing.

August 18

11th World Hindi Conference to begin in Mauritius
The 11th World Hindi Conference, an event aimed at expanding the reach of the Hindi language at a global level, will begin in Mauritius.
Mauritius Prime Minister Praveen Kumar Jagannath will inaugurate the conference in Port Louis. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other ministers are also reaching Port Louis to attend the event. This year the theme of the conference is "Hindi World and Indian Culture".
For the first time, a special flight was also arranged for official delegates. Around 290 delegates have already arrived at Port Louis. This is also the first time that representatives from all 29 states and Union Territories of Delhi, Chandigarh and Puducherry will be attending the conference.
The delegates from India and various countries of the world will deliberate on eight subtopics on Hindi World and Indian Culture during the three-day conference.

August 20

Conference on cartooning in Bengaluru
Ten years after it conducted the last State-level cartoon conference, the Karnataka Cartoonists Association is going to conduct the 41st conference in the city on August. The event will see established and up-and-coming cartoonists share a platform to promote to the art form.
On day one, a session will be conducted by H.A. Anil Kumar, art critic and faculty at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, on the history of cartoon in India. Another session will be conducted on cartoon in media by cartoonist B.N. Haneef. On the second day, there will be a workshop on theme-based cartooning by Prakash Shetty.

August 23

President inaugurates sixth edition of International Buddhist Conclave 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the sixth edition of International Buddhist Conclave 2018. Addressing the event, the Buddhist Circuit in India is an important and revered set of destinations for the approximately 500 million-strong community of Buddhists that lives across Asia and other parts of the world.
Buddhism has been among India’s greatest spiritual traditions. Many great locations associated with the life and teachings of Lord Buddha are found in India.
The Conclave is being organized by the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the State Governments of Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh 2018 at New Delhi and Ajanta (Maharashtra), followed by site visits to Rajgir, Nalanda and Bodhgaya (Bihar) and Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh).
The first International Buddhist Conclave took place in 2004 in New Delhi and Bodhgaya.

Japan to be country partner for Make in Odisha Conclave-2018
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that Japan will be the country partner for the Make in Odisha Conclave-2018.
The conclave is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 11-15.
This will provide new impetus to the relations between Odisha and Japan and open up varied sectors for collaboration.

August 24

India Banking Conclave 2018 held in New Delhi
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the government Think Tank NITI Aayog organised two-day 'India Banking Conclave' (IBC) in New Delhi 2018.
Focus:- On reform in the banking sector.
CEPR is network of over 1100 researchers who are based mainly in universities throughout Europe and collaborate in research and its dissemination.
It aims to enhance quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond.

August 25

Vietnam to host Indian Ocean conference
With successive two years in its bag, the third edition of Indian Ocean Conference is set to begin on August 27 at Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
The theme of the two- day conference will focus on 'Building Regional Architectures', particularly with regards to trade and commerce, security and governance.
This year's conference will see 43 countries as participants while 28 ministers and officials are set to address the event. The key speakers include Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Vietnam H.E. Pham Bihn Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health & Population, Nepal, H.E. Upendra Yadav and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, H.E. Vivian Balakrishnan along with other notables. Representatives from Indian and foreign Think Tank will also grace the conference.
This year, the Indian Ocean Conference will emphasise on better cooperation, strategic collaboration and governance architectures. This conference will serve a platform to the countries to come closer and exchange better views on the economic and strategic importance of the region and neighbourhood.

August 26

Fourth Asian electoral stakeholders forum (AESF-IV) to begin at Colombo in Sri lanka
In Sri Lanka, the fourth Asian electoral stakeholders forum (AESF-IV) will begin in Colombo to discuss the state of elections and democracy in the region. The two-day forum is being held for the first time in South Asia with support from the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and the Asian network for free elections (ANFREL). The AESF will be attended by more than 250 delegates from 45 countries.
The theme is, 'Advancing Election Transparency and Integrity: Promoting and Defending Democracy Together'. The forum gives an opportunity for Asian election commissions, election observers, non-government organizations, and interstate bodies to gather and discuss the state of elections and democracy in the region. India is being represented by Chief Electoral Officer of Maharashtra Ashwini Kumar and an NGO.

August 27

G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting held in Salta, Argentina
The G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting was held in Salta, Argentina from 23 to 24 August, 2018. It took place as part of Sherpa Track for 2018 G2 Leaders’ Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina by end of 2018. The theme of the meeting was ‘Building consensus for fair and sustainable development‘.
Its three key issues for the agenda were future of work, infrastructure for development, and sustainable food future. It concluded with adaptation of declaration that reflects G20’s commitment towards promoting policies and actions that catalyze digital transformations.
The meeting was attended by 33 heads of delegation- ministers, senior officials and representatives from invited countries and international organizations like EU, UNCTAD, ITU etc. India was represented by Union Minister for Electronics and IT & Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad.

August 28

8th India – Kenya Joint Trade Committee meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya
The Eighth Session of the India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee meeting was held in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya from August 22-25.
Addressed the India-Kenya Joint Business Council in the presence of industry leaders & business representatives from both countries. Invited Kenyan businesses to invest in India and urged Indian businesses to research key priorities & design products specific to Kenyan needs.
The two sides also deliberated upon issues like Kenya's readiness to join the International Solar Alliance, implementation of Lines of Credit of over USD 220 million, extended by India in power transmission, SMEs development, revival of the Rivatex factory and agricultural mechanisation.

Shri Piyush Goyal inaugurates Smart Railway Conclave organised by FICCI, in New Delhi
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal, inaugurates Smart Railway Conclave organised by FICCI, in New Delhi. In his opening remarks, he reiterated Government’s commitment to ensure a smart Railway and a smart nation so that every citizen of India gets a better future. He also emphasised on smart planning, smart project implementation being put into effect holistically in Railways.
The best strategies are being explored so that instead of sudden traffic blocks, Railways can have smarter time tables. With competitive bidding, efficiency takes centre stage both ways, in the Railways and industry. A protectionist approach cannot be adopted because the country is not going to pay for inefficiency.

August 29

First SAARC Agri Cooperative Business Forum begins in Kathmandu
The First South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Agri Cooperative Business Forum began in Kathmandu. The theme of three-day Forum is the 'Organizing and Strengthening Family Farmers’ Cooperatives to attain the Sustainable-Development-Goals-1 and 2 in South Asia'. It is being co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Asian Farmers’ Association with the support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
The Forum brings together representatives both from the government and non-governmental entities from the Member States of SAARC as well as from regional and international organizations.
Addressing the inaugural session of the Forum, the Secretary-General of SAARC Amjad Hussain B. Sial informed that South Asia is home to around a quarter of the global population and majority of whom live in the rural areas and depend on natural resources like land, freshwater, coastal fisheries and forests.

August 30

HRD Ministry launches third edition of ‘Smart India Hackathon’
The third edition of world’s biggest open innovation model ‘Smart India Hackathon 2019’ was launched by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.
The 2019 edition is a nationwide initiative, which aims to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems faced by people in their daily lives and thus, inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving.
The SIH-2019 is expected to witness participation from over 1 lakh students from around 3000 institutions across the country.
The students will get the opportunity to work on challenges faced by the public sector organisations and the union ministries.
For the first time, the event will also include problem statements from the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

6TH RCEP Ministerial Meeting begins in Singapore
Union Minister of Commerce& Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, is leading the Indian delegation for the 6th RCEP Trade Ministers’ Meeting which begins in Singapore.
The Minister will participate in the meeting consisting of 10 ASEAN countries and six ASEAN FTA partners namely, India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The meeting is being held August 2018. India has been constructively engaged in the RCEP negotiations with an aim to work towards a high quality, balanced and inclusive outcomes that take into consideration sensitivities and interests of member countries. The Ministers will give guidance to the Trade Negotiating Committee of RCEP to enable negotiations move forward.
On 1stSeptember 2018, Suresh Prabhu will take part in the 6th East-Asia Economic Ministers’ Meeting(EAS-EMM), attended by Trade and Economic Ministers of 10 ASEAN countries and 8 Dialogue Partners of ASEAN including India, China, US, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The Ministers will deliberate onthe current global economic situation and exchange views on promotion of rule-based multilateral trading system and its importance to the stability and effective functioning of the global economic order.

August 31

ICAR organizes two-day conference on Motivating & Attracting Youth in Agriculture (MAYA)
In order to meet the challenge of providing sustainable livelihoods for a rapidly growing population and to motivate and attract youth in agriculture, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), inaugurateda two-day conferenceat NASC, New Delhi 2018 on Motivating and Attracting Youth in Agriculture (MAYA).
Youth plays a vital role in transforming Agriculture in India. There are emerging challenges of empowering the youth to improve their skills and to enable them to stay in the agricultural enterprise in rural situation.
Under this scheme, special efforts are being taken up to attract the rural youth under the age of 35 years in agriculture so that the increase in the migration of rural youth towards cities is controlled.
Dr. R.S. Paroda, Chairman, TAAS, urged to mainstream youth in agriculture. He emphasized that youth should to be trained as employer rather than employment seeker. The farmers in India need one stop solution for all their problems like a multi-speciality hospital. Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, the father of green revolution in India, addressed online and that youth have potential to revolutionize agriculture in India. Dr Ravi Kheterpal, Executive Secretary, APAARI youth want to get involved in glamorous jobs. If such jobs are created in agriculture, it will bring revolution.