SEMINARS & MEETINGS - 2019 FEBRUARY

February 1

BESAFE’s 3rd Annual Conference on ''Measurable impacts of behavioral based safety implementation in Indian Industry'' held in New Delhi
BESAFE'S Third Annual Conference on "Measurable Impacts of Behavioral Based Safety Implementation in Indian Industry" was held at New Delhi in collaboration with the Indo American Chamber of Commerce and VisionOSH, New Delhi.
The conference would enable Indian Industry to achieve zero harm criterions to save life as well as business. During the conference Indian companies implemented BBS will share the results achieved towards zero harm mission.

February 2

International conference on 8th century sage held to mark 50 years of India-Bhutan ties
This conference was organized by the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP) and was titled ‘Life and Legacy of Guru Padmasambhava’.
Scholars from both countries participated in the conference and discussed about the Guru who was born in India and moved towards Bhutan in the 8th century to spread Buddhism and Buddhist teachings all across the Himalayan region.
Next on phase to conference, an art exhibition showcasing rare artifacts associated with Guru Padmasambhava was also held.
ICT Academy Bridge 2019’ conference inaugurated in Chennai
Dr. M. Manikandan, Minister for Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu, inaugurated 'ICT Academy Bridge 2019' conference in Chennai.
Organized by ICT Academy, the 37th edition of the conference is the largest Industry-Institute Interaction Event of Asia.
Themed "Fostering India for Industry 4.0", the event brought together industry experts, academic leaders and government policy-makers to address the challenges faced by India Inc.

February 3

2019 International Spice Conference 2019 held in Hyderabad
All India Spices Exporters Forum came up with the International Spice Conference to provide a platform for all stake holders of the industry including the business houses, the spice associations, the policy makers, the farmers and the end users, to address and interact.
The fourth edition is planned in the CITY OF PEARLS, the silicon valley of India, Hyderabad; the capital of Telangana, India.
The theme for the conference is ‘Challenges of Change, Redefining the Value Chain’.
India-Monaco Business Forum Held in New Delhi
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, said that there is vast scope for cooperation between India and Monaco in several sectors including tourism.
Bilateral trade between India and Monaco in 2017-18 was USD 3.01 million, and there is immense potential to scale up the bilateral trade between the two nations. Monaco is ranked 106th among foreign direct investor in India (since April 2000 to June 2018) with USD 2.51 million FDI equity inflow.
Bangalore To Host Aero India 2019, Confirms Centre After Row Over Venue
The Government has decided to hold the Aero India 2019 in Bangalore. This five-day event will combine a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with public air shows.
Aim of Aero India 2019: To provide a significant platform in bolstering business opportunities in the international aviation sector.
Tagline of Aero India 2019: ''The Runway to a Billion Opportunities''.

February 4

Summit of Indian Ocean Rim Association
The Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is organizing a meeting of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Cluster Group on Disaster Risk Management (DRM).
Indian Ocean Rim Association is an inter-governmental organization and has many disaster-prone countries among its 22 members and nine dialogue partners.
DRM is one of its priority areas and its Action Plan (2017-2021) has specific goals to improve resilience in IORA countries.
The two-day meeting will feature interactive sessions and will focus on development of a draft Work Plan for DRM in IORA.

February 5

Bhubaneswar hosted the 12th Regional Standards Conclave
This conclave will have an onlooker on industry, regulators and experts sharing their views on the importance of Standards for Global trade, with focus on Odisha.
The Theme ''Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Startup'' of the MSME International Trade Fair-2019, the 12th Regional Standards Conclave Odisha was organized on the day-4 of the event.
This conclave was organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with the Department of Commerce, Government of India, MSME Department of the Odisha, National Accreditation Board of Certification Bodies (NABCB), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), and Centre for Research in International Trade (CRIT) and Export Inspection Council (EIC).

February 6

6th meeting of Mission Steering Group of National Health Mission was held in New Delhi.
Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare chaired the 6th meeting of the Mission Steering Group of the National Health Mission (NHM) in New Delhi.
The meeting highlighted that the centre is providing funds to all the 36 states/ UTs to provide essential drugs free of cost in public health facilities and to set up IT-backed systems for drug procurement and quality assurance.
Various agenda points of the meeting included enhancement of reach, outlay and facilities within components of the NHM, Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis, Immunization, Comprehensive Primary Health Care, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
5-Member Committee to Promote Dairy Farming was set up by Punjab to Boost Farmers Income
Punjab government headed by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh decided to constitute a 5 members high-powered committee to prepare a comprehensive action plan for boosting the dairy sector with the aim of supplementing the income of farmers in a result-oriented manner.
The committee will be comprised of including Chairman State Farmers Commission, Director Animal Husbandry, Director Dairy Development, a representative of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).
The role of the committee will be to recommend measures for promoting diversification of agriculture with the aim of enhancing farmers’ income from allied sources.

67th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference is being organized by AFMC, Pune
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune is organising the 67th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference. The conference was inaugurated by Lt Gen Bipin Puri, Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services.
The four-day conference will discuss a wide spectrum of professional issues concerning the Armed Forces Medical Services.
The conference commenced with awards for excellence in academics in postgraduate and in-service training courses, which were presented by the DGAFMS.
This was followed by presentation of award-winning AFMRC research projects.
This year also marks the platinumjubilee year of the Medical Journal Armed Forces India (MJAFI).

20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav inaugurated in New Delhi
Minister of state for culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has inaugurated the 21 day long nationwide theatre spectacle in New Delhi.
It is the International theatre festival of India organized by National School of Drama (NSD).
The 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav(BRM) comes with 111 national and international acts in its basket that includes folk and other theatre forms invitee plays and production by the students of NSD.

February 7

2019 Asia LPG Summit organized by World LPG Association
The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas ShriDharmendraPradhan has inaugurating the WLPGA 2019 Asia LPG Summit in NewDelhi.
This two-day event will focus on 'LPG – Energy for Life'.
India is the second largest consumer of liquefied natural gas (LPG) in the world under the flagship ‘Ujjwala’ scheme, and intake of LPG in households is providing access to cleaner cooking fuel .
2nd Joint Secretary Level Meeting To Review India-Nepal Trade Treaty Begins
The second meeting of comprehensive review of Trade Treaty between India and Nepal has started in Pokhara, Nepal.
During the two day meeting India will respond to Nepal's proposal of updating treaty submitted in the first meeting held in New Delhi.
The Indian delegation is headed by Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, Joint Secretary (South Asia), Department of Commerce, while Ravi Shankar Saiju, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies is leading the Nepalese side.
Research and Development (BPRD) organized the 2nd National Conference of Micro Missions of National Police
Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) will organize the 2nd National Conference of Micro Missions of National Police Mission (NPM) in New Delhi.
The two day Conference will discuss the issues of Skills and Competence at grass-root level, Attitudinal Changes in Police, Gender Sensitization, harnessing technology and Community Policing.
Inaugurated byFormer Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri N.N. Vohra.
CBI forms 10-member team to probe chit fund scams in Bengal, will reach Kolkata
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has formed a 10-member team that will investigate chit fund scams in West Bengal.

52nd Boori Boot Yullo festival celebration in Arunachal Pradesh
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, along with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein attended the 52nd Boori Boot Yullo festival at Dollungmukh.
It is performed by Nyishi tribes in February to welcome the spring and a successful harvest.
Nyishi is the largest community in Arunachal Pradesh, and are mainly settled in Daporijo, Upper Subansiri Locale and Raga and Dollungmukh ranges of Lower Subansiri Region of Arunachal Pradesh.

February 8

5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meeting in New Delhi
The 5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meeting was held in New Delhi.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh Dr. Abdul Momen co-chaired the meeting.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Mrs. Swaraj and Mr. Momen took stock of progress in security, defence, trade and connectivity, development partnership, water, power and energy sectors and consular and cultural cooperation.
The last Joint Consultative Committee Meeting between the two countries was held in October 2017 at Dhaka. Earlier, Mrs. Swaraj held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Momen.

American members of US-India CEO Forum announced
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced the names of the American private sector members of the US-India CEO Forum among who are MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga and Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf.
The first meeting of the forum will be held in New Delhi on February 14.
The US-India CEO Forum is critical to the fruitful commercial relationship and strong economic ties between the two great nations.

February 9

2nd ASEAN – India Youth Summit concluded in Guwahati on 7th February
Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the 2nd ASEAN-India Youth Summit at Hotel Taj Vivanta in Guwahati.
The theme of the summit was ‘Connectivity: Pathway to Shared Prosperity’. Participants were from largest institutions from different countries including political parties, think-tanks, media and cultural organizations.
The summit is a step to facilitate Socio-cultural exchanges between the countries to further strengthen the values of tolerance, pluralism and diversity.
During the summit, Sonowal said the construction of Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBI) in Guwahati is the fastest way. It was a financial outlay of Rs. 1300 crore.

US President Donald Trump's 2nd summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet for a second much-anticipated summit in Hanoi, as preparations kick into high gear for the peace talks.
My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un

India to host 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals (CMS)
The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals (CMS), an environmental treaty under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme, is going to be hosted by India.
India has been a Party to the CMS since 1983. The COP is the decision-making organ of this convention.
Inaugurating the Logo and Mascot (GIBI) along with website for the international event, in New Delhi, Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
t will provide a global platform for deliberations on the conservation and sustainable use of migratory wild animals and their habitat

February 10

Great Indian Bustard (GIB) announced as the new mascot for the 13th UN Convention on the CMS COP-13.
The Centre announced the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) as the mascot for the 13th UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) (COP 13), scheduled to be held in Gujarat next year.
The Government also launched a website for the COP-13.
Important Migratory birds and animals in India – Amur falcons, Marine Turtles, Dugongs, Humpbacked whales.

February 11

PM Modi inaugurates PETROTECH-2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formally inaugurated three-day the 13th International Oil and Gas Conference - PETROTECH-2019 in Greater Noida.
The Prime Minister stressed on the need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for oil and gas to serve energy needs in an optimal manner.
The PETROTECH series of international Oil & Gas Conference is a biennial platform for national and international exports in the oil & gas industry to exchange views and share knowledge, expertise and experiences.

February 12

7th Annual World Government Summit 2019
The seventh annual World Government Summit is being held in Dubai (UAE). The Summit is being attended by 4,000 decision-makers from 140 countries including heads of state, ministers and business leaders.
The World Government Summit is a global platform dedicated to shaping the futureof governments worldwide.
The World Government Summit functions as a knowledge exchange platform for leaders in the public and private sectors to convene and collaborate with world-renowned experts to create a positive impact for citizens worldwide.
The Theme of World Government Summit-2019: The Year of Tolerance.
The 1st LAWASIA Human Rights Conference was concluded in New Delhi.
The first LAWASIA Human Rights Conference was organised by LAWASIA, in association with the Bar Association of India recently in New Delhi.
The conference aims to provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and associated professional members to exchange insights and expertise on topics of significant importance to all.
Theme: “State Power, Business and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges”.
It is a regional association of lawyers, judges, jurists and legal organizations and it advocates for the interests and concerns of the Asia Pacific legal profession and it provides a platform to promote the cross-jurisdictional exchange to legal knowledge as a voice of the legal profession.
Surging Silk, Mega Event Held in New Delhi
BuniyaadTasar Silk Reeling Machines were distributed to women reelers from tribal areas at a function organised by the Ministry of Textiles and Central Silk Board in New Delhi.
It is planned to eradicate thigh reeling and replace it with Buniyaad reeling machine by end of March 2020.The machine is priced at Rs. 8,475/- per unit excluding taxes and transportation charges. 
Smriti Zubin Irani launched the mobile app e-cocoon that will help quality certification in silk worm sector.

February 13

Two day Conference on Unani Medicine for Public Health inaugurated at New Delhi
Unani Medicine can offer the right solution for many health challenges we are facing due to lack of treatment of many diseases and paucity of resources.
The two-day National Conference on Unani Medicine organized by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) as a part of 3rd Unani Day celebration here in New Delhi.
Theme of the conference was ‘Unani Medicine for Public Health’.
Unani Day is observed annually on 11th February to mark the birth anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan.
KSIDC Conducted First Investor Conference ASCEND 2019 in Kochi
Kochi hosted the first investor conference ASCEND 2019 to showcase industry friendly initiatives. The conference displayed landmark administrative and policy reforms that improved ease of doing business in Kerala.
The objective behind the launch of ASCEND 2019 is to bring into sharp focus a governance that is simplified, efficient and transparent, and facilitates business and investments by clipping a plethora of irksome bureaucratic procedures.
National Council of Applied Economic Research conducted “NCAER -State Investment Potential Index 2018 (N – SIPI)” in which Kerala comes as an Achiever.

February 14

New Delhi hosted the 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum
The one-day event through panel discussions and parallel sessions focuses on challenges, solutions and necessary framework conditions of air pollution control, waste management and circular economy as well as implementation of NDCs and SDGs based on Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 of UN respectively.
Theme: "Cleaner Air, Greener Economy"
Inaugurating the forum Union Environment Minister of India and Germany have had a rich cooperation engagement for the last 60 years which extends to sectors such as natural resource management, urban environment protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation and innovative green technologies.
“India’s development trajectory focuses on 5 Ps that is People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership.
The Forum provided a platform for the bilateral exchange of high-level policy-makers and other key players on international environmental and climate policy and cooperation between the two countries.
The bilateral cooperation in future should focus on marine litter, SDG and NDC implementation, climate change adaptation and Forestry.

Special National Standards Conclave Held in Mumbai
A Special National Standards Conclave was organized by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in Mumbai.
This conclave association with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Export Inspection Council (EIC), Centre for Research in International Trade (CRIT) and National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB). Commerce Secretary, Shri Anup Wadhawan inaugurated the conclave.
Department of Commerce of keynote address underlined the importance of avoiding conflict of interest among regulators policy environment and implementation bodies to achieve quality ecosystem and mentioned mentioned that the Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS) is a dynamic document and needs to get more ambitious as time and technology advances.
The conclave deliberated INSS for the effective implementation on the first day and the market access and industry aspect of utilising this strategy on the second day.The Special Standards Conclave also saw launch of voluntary certification and rating scheme for private security services developed by QCI.

Asia’s biggest early childhood conference Held in Jaipur
The two-day ‘EarlyEd Asia 2019’ is aimed at providing a platform for learning, networking and sharing the best practices of early childhood education in Asia.
Conceived and presented by Early Childhood Association (ECA) and ScooNews under the patronage of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur.
It will bring together the brightest minds in early childhood education to discuss the latest trends in teaching and research to provide a stronger foundation to our children.
It is the first time that a conference of this magnitude is organised around early childhood education in India.Over 600 eminent early childhood educators, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders from India and foreign countries will be attending the conference.

Indian Army carried out the annual exercise named ‘Exercise Topchi’
Ultra light Howitzers and indigenous Swathi weapon-locating radar, Indian Army on Tuesday demonstrated its artillery firepower at the annual ''Exercise Topchi'' held near Nashik.
The precision of delivering the explosives in the target area, the coordination and timings of the firepower stunned all those present.
Latest ultra light Howitzer M-777, self-propelled gun K-9 Vajra and indigenous Swathi weapon-locating radar is testimony to the increasing lethality and technical threshold of our Army.
The Army's aviation assets included the indigenous advanced light helicopter, light combat helicopter, Cheetah & Chetak helicopters.It not only showcased the artillery firepower, but also the aviation and surveillance capabilities. In addition to the gun fire, the display of rockets, missiles, surveillance and target acquisition radars, remotely piloted aircraft and hi-tech equipments was awe-inspiring.
Nation’s first Aqua Mega Food Park commissioned in AP by Harsimrat Kaur
Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park, first aqua mega Food Park was commissioned by Harsimrat Kaur Badal in Bhimavaram of West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.
The park is set up on 57.81 acre of land and the facilities at its Central Processing Centre (CPC) includes pre-processing line, freezing and cold storage of fish and shrimp, an ice plant and food testing laboratory.
The modern infrastructure is set to benefit farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas and boost the growth of food processing sector in the state.
The park, promoted by Godavari Mega Food Park Private Limited (GMAFP) has been set up at a cost of Rs. 122.60 crores.

February 16

World Sustainable Development Summit 2019 held at New Delhi
The World Sustainable Development Summit is the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
World Sustainable Development Summit is the sole Summit on global issues taking place in the developing world. It provides a platform for global leaders and practitioners to discuss and deliberate over climatic issues of universal importance.
It strives to provide long-term solutions for the benefit of the global community by assembling the world’s most enlightened leaders and thinkers on a single platform.
It is continuing the legacy of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) which was initiated in 2001 with the aim of making ‘sustainable development’ a globally shared goal.
Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, was honored with the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2019 for his outstanding contributions towards sustainable development in Fiji.
WSDS 2019 theme: ‘Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise’

5th International Dam Safety Conference 2019 begins in Bhubaneswar
The fifth International Dam Safety Conference 2019 was inaugurated by state Water Resources Minister Niranjan Pujari and Union Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Secretary UP Singh.
The two-day conference is being held under the aegis of the ongoing World Bank assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) as a part of institutional strengthening.
The conference was a part of the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) assisted by World Bank envisages rehabilitation of 223 dams in seven States. 26 large dams in Odisha are covered under DRIP for rehabilitation including construction of an additional spill way for the Hirakud dam at Rs 600 crores.

February 18

DEPWD organised conference on DDRS Scheme
A Regional conference on Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) was held at Kolkata, West Bengal.
It was organised by the Department of Empowerment of persons with disabilities (DEPwD).
Under this scheme, every year more than 600 NGO’s are provided with financial assistance for running their projects for the rehabilitation of persons with disability. About 26% of total NGOs under DDRS and 46% of Special School for Children with Intellectual Disabilities are from Eastern and North-Eastern States.
This conference provided a wonderful opportunity for interactions with all stakeholders ranging from the Central Government to the implementing agencies. An in-depth understanding of the scheme would enable better outreach in terms of better facilities to end beneficiaries, i.e. persons with disabilities.

February 19

4th Agri leadership Summit 2019 inaugurated by Radha Mohan Singh
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Radha MohanSingh, inaugurated the 4th Agri Leadership Summit 2019 at the India International Horticulture Market (IIHM) in Ganaur, Sonipat district, Haryana.
The main objective of the summit was to provide a platform to the progressive farmers, Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO), Agri-input and Agri-produce processing industries of the country to interact with policy-makers, scientists and technologists in order to increase the income and quality of life of the farmers and to attract investments in agriculture related industries of the State.
Theme: “Entrepreneurship & Agri Business; Agri Allied – A Promising Sector and Agri Service- Direct Marketing”.
Progress Harmony Development Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) was the Institutional Partner at the summit.

February 20

Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the One Health India Conference 2019 in New Delhi
Union Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the 2-day long One Health India Conference 2019 in New Delhi.
The conference plans to launch India's new One Health Initiative - an intersectoral approach to tackling the most urgent health threats in India as well as in low and middle income countries across South and South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The main objective of the conference was to formulate a roadmap for the response, preparedness, and management of current regional, national and global health challenges using a One Health collaborative approach.
The conference deliberations are focused on identifying needs and opportunities and developing a strategy map to addressing major human and animal diseases of concern including Brucellosis, Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), together with biosafety, biosecurity, burden of disease and inter-sectoral collaboration considerations.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAH&VB) of the Karnataka Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and The Pennsylvania State University, USA will be collaborating with the partners of the One Health Initiative.
14th Agricultural Science Congress inaugurated in New Delhi
Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated the 14th Agricultural Science Congress – 2019 in New Delhi.
More than 2000 delegates including foreign agri scientist and researchers organised jointly by the Indian council of agriculture research (ICAR) and the National Academy of Agricultural Science (NAAS).
The Agricultural Science Congress marks the confluence of researchers, intellectuals, creativity and the custodians of global food security. It is nothing short of an Agri-Research Kumbh.
The government recently announced a new scheme PM-KISAN for assured income support to the farmers. A direct income support of Rs. 6,000 per annum to the farmers will be provided. Around 12 crore farming families will be directly benefitted from this scheme.
Theme: “Innovations for agricultural Transformation”

Three Day International Conference and Exhibition on Energy and Environment to be inaugurated by President of India.
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated a 3 day international conference and exhibition on energy and environment- Challenges and opportunities (ENCO-2019) in New Delhi.
The 3 Day conference aims to deliberate and identify the research and developmental need to innovate new techniques, technologies and applications for clean, safe, symbiotic, sustenance of society, environment, energy and industries in post-2020.
Around 1000 delegates from India and abroad are participating in the conference.
During the conference, an industrial exhibition is also organized in the Vigyan Bhawan lawns, which will run in parallel with the technical sessions.

February 21

8th World CSR Congress 2019 in Mumbai
World Corporate Social Responsibility Congress (World CSR Congress 2019) promotes Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Social Development. The 8th World CSR Congress was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The theme of the year 2019 is ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ to focus on corporate strategies, innovation, and strategic alliances. Dr. Soumitro Chakraborty won ‘CEO of the year’ award.
He has been recognized for implemented various programmes in partnership with various corporations and NGOs in the field of health, environment, education and livelihood.
4th India-ASEAN Expo Summit Begins in New Delhi
Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, inaugurated the 4th India-ASEAN Expo and Summit 2019 in New Delhi.
The core idea behind organising this 4th India -ASEAN Expo and Summit is to build upon the success of the previous events and carry forward the momentum of the relationship built up over the years.   He said that this Summit is a testimony of India’s dedicated efforts towards Act East policy.
India and ASEAN represent fast moving economies. The global headwinds have caused a softening of the global growth from 3.1% in 2018 to 3.0% in 2019.
World Economic Situation and Prospects Report 2019, India and ASEAN are set to outpace the global growth. India continues to be the fastest growing major economy and is expected to grow at 7.2% in 2019.
'International Vision Zero Conference' to promote Occupational Safety and Health inaugurated in Mumbai, Maharashtra
Shri Heeralal Samariya, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment inaugurated the 3-day Conference on the VISION ZERO and its relevance to Occupational Safety and Health being held in Mumbai.
The concept of ‘Vision Zero’ is fast gaining international acceptance and is expected to leverage the efforts of the Government of India to raise the occupational safety and health standards in the country so as to improve the occupational safety and health situation.
The concept of Vision Zero is based on four fundamental principles viz. life is non-negotiable, humans are fallible, tolerable limits are defined by human physical resistance, and people are entitled to safe transport and safe workplaces.
The Conference was organized by Directorate General Factory Advice and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Ministry of Labour and Employment, German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Germany along with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and International Social Security Association – Manufacturing, Construction and Mining. It was inaugurated by Shri Heeralal Samariya, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment.
4th edition of India’s biggest Global Conference on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices held in Bengaluru
The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), is organising the 4th International Conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device sector in Bengaluru.
Indian Pharma 2019 Theme: Enabling Quality Affordable Healthcare’ and that of India Medical Device 2019 is ‘Med-Tech India: Gearing up for Ayushman Bharat’.
The aim of the conference was to highlight and facilitate the growth of the medical devices sector and its role in provision of cost-friendly access and healthcare to the citizens
Endevour of the Government is to provide affordable quality healthcare for all and boost indigenous pharma sector through ‘Make in India.
Cabinet has given approval for 100% FDI under automatic route for manufacturing of medical devices.

February 22

Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 5th IDA Meeting held in New Delhi
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the fifth meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA). The meeting was called to review the progress made towards the "Holistic development of islands" program.
Bids for private sector participation in three tourism-based projects have already been invited by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration. They include eco-tourism projects in Smith Island and Long Island and tent city project in Aves Island.
Lakshadweep, Three projects have been identified for the issue of bids. These include tourism projects in the islands of Kadmat, Minicoy and Suheli Cheriyakara.
Environmental Clearance (EC), Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Clearance and all other clearances required for these projects are being obtained upfront, on priority, to attract more number of reputed bidders.
The potential of Tuna Fish, 10 deep-sea modern fishing vessels are being procured by Lakshadweep administration from Cochin Shipyard Limited.
Export of sea food and coconut products is being encouraged to generate more employment opportunities in the islands.
NITI Aayog organised the conference on Future of Indian Banking
NITI Aayog co-hosted a conference on “The Future of Indian Banking” with the Foundation for Economic Growth and Welfare (EGROW Foundation). Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, inaugurated the event.
The conference aimed to increase and elevate the discourse on the banking sector in India, and help develop insights to inform the continued evolution of the Indian banking sector for optimally supporting the growing credit needs of the Indian economy.
The event is expected to host 200 domestic and international participants, including policy makers, academicians, researchers, professionals, and students from various banks, universities and institutes.

February 23

National Conference on Logistics Policy held in New Delhi
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, addressed the first stakeholder consultation on the draft logistics policy prepared by the Department of Logistics of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in New Delhi.
On this occasion, Commerce Minister launches the “SAFAR” Mobile App. This app will help to gauge the actual issues faced by transporters on the road.
The app tracks the incidence of a number of parameters faced by transporters and automatically records the location of the issue. Transporters, truck drivers, and general public may use the app for reporting their logistics issues to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The app is available in 8 languages.
The logistics business in the country is worth USD 160 billion and is growing at 7% - 8% every year. The key objectives of the policy are to reduce logistics cost from 14% to 10% of GDP, create additional 10-15 million jobs in the sector, become a single point for all logistics & trade facilitation and reduce losses in agriculture to less than 5%, by facilitating agri-logistics in the country.
Two-day Regional Maritime Safety Conference 2019 begins in Mumbai
The Regional Maritime Safety Conference 2019, being organized by India for the first time held in Mumbai.
The two-day conference will deliberate on issues related to assuring maritime safety in the India-ASEAN sub-region, safeguarding our shores and promoting maritime trade.
The conference will address a range of issues that affect regional maritime safety, including transport safety, maritime law, ship building, transportation of hazardous goods, marine oil spill, pollution and environmental safety.
UnionShipping and Water Resources Minister, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated an upgraded version of e-commerce portal Port Community System (PCS) called ‘PCS1x’, developed in record time by the Indian Ports Association, based on feedback from stakeholders using PCS.

February 24

PM Modi addressed the Global Business Summit in New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for continuation of his government’s policies, which ensured high growth and contained inflation, in the election year at a Global Business Summit in New Delhi.
He announced that India would be a 10 Trillion-Dollar Economy- the Third Largest in the world.
The government would provide conducive environment for start-ups and promote renewable sources of energy.
He highlighted the role of the government in establishing the highest post-liberalisation growth rate of 7.4% and lowest inflation of less than 4.5%.
Regional Maritime Safety Conference 2019 held in Mumbai
The 2-day Regional Maritime Safety Conference organised by the National Maritime Foundation (NFM) in coordination with Ministry Of Shipping And Ministry Of External Affairs in Mumbai.
The conference will address a range of issues that affect regional maritime safety, including transport safety, maritime law, ship building, transportation of hazardous goods, marine oil spill, pollution and environmental safety.

February 25

Health Minister inaugurates 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda along with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated the 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit in New Delhi.
The Global Digital Health Partnership is an international collaboration of governments, government agencies and multinational organisations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their citizens through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies
The government is committed to secure Universal Health Coverage for the underprivileged and deprived section of the society.
The summit will provide an opportunity to support governments and health system reformers to improve the health and well-being of their citizens through digital technologies.
44th Global Summit of International Advertising Association held in Kochi
The International Advertising Association (IAA) will be hosting the IAA World Congress at the Grand Hyatt Lulu International Convention Centre.
The New York-based IAA has a presence in 55 countries, and consists of advertisers, advertising agencies and the media. The World Congress is held every alternate year in various destinations around the world.
Three days of intellectual stimulation from a galaxy of speakers that rarely graces a single platform.
The conference lasted for 3 days. It involved sessions from a wide variety of speakers-ranging from a spiritual guru, industrial leaders to technology experts and so on. The highlight of the event was a robot trying to answer theme-based question-“Brand Dharma, What’s coming next?”
PM Modi delivered the keynote address ar ‘Rising India Summit 2019’ in New Delhi
The Rising India Summit is a showcase of India’s unbounded potential as well as a celebration of its significant achievements. Over two days of the summit, people of eminence and exceptional achievements from various walks of life come together in New Delhi to celebrate India’s successes and deliberate the future.
The summit is taking place against the backdrop of the upcoming general elections, necessitating the theme ‘Beyond Politics: Defining National Priorities’.

February 26

Kim Trump summit: Leaders in day of nuclear talks in Vietnam
US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have begun a crucial final day of talks in Vietnam on nuclear disarmament.
Their meeting comes eight months after the historic summit in Singapore, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, which failed to produce concrete results on a path to denuclearisation.
During their two days of talks, the two leaders are expected to have several rounds of discussions in multiple settings, including a one-on-one, aimed at normalising ties and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
They are also likely to review the progress made after their first historic summit in Singapore last summer.

India-Bangladesh joint military exercise 'Sampriti 2019' in Tangail
A joint military exercise Sampriti 2019 between India and Bangladesh will be conducted at Tangail in Bangladesh.
Exercise Sampriti-2019 is an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavor between India and Bangladesh and this will be the eighth edition of the exercise which is hosted alternately by both countries.
The exercise is aimed to strengthen and broaden the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the armies.
The exercise will involve tactical level operations in a counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment under the UN mandate.
Cobra gold, one of world’s largest multinational military exercise. Held in Thailand
Thailand and the United States hosted the annual Cobra Gold military exercise, the biggest activity of its type in the Asia-Pacific region with 29 nations taking part as participants or observers.
Around seven countries who participated in the exercise were India, Singapore, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea. The Indian Army participated in the military training exercise with a 14-member contingent.
Thai Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri and the commander of the U.S. Army First Corps, Lt. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, representing the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command attended the opening ceremony.
About Cobra Gold It is a military training exercise to improve the coordination between the armed forces of the United States and Thailand in both hostile and humanitarian efforts and has been held in Thailand annually since its inception in 1982.
India test fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile off Odisha coast
India successfully test fired a Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from a test range off the coast of Odisha. The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the India Army.
The air defence system, QRSAM, was test fired from a rotatable truck-based launch unit at Chandipur in Odisha's Balasore district.
The missile is an all-weather, all-terrain missile with electronic counter measures against jamming by aircraft radars. The missile can be mounted on a truck and is stored in a canister. The missile is also capable of tracking.
QRSAM uses solid-fuel propellant and has a range of 25-30 km. The Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile test fire has come hours after the Indian Air Force (IAF) launched airstrikes at various terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC).

February 27

Rising India Summit 2019 held in New Delhi
Prime Minister NarendraModi addressed News18Rising India Summit held in New Delhi.
The News18 Rising India Summit is a showcase of India’s unbounded potential as well as a celebration of its significant achievements.
Over two days of the summit, people of eminence and exceptional achievements from various walks of life come together in New Delhi to celebrate India’s successes and deliberate the future.
This year, the summit is taking place against the backdrop of the upcoming general elections, necessitating the theme ‘Beyond Politics: Defining National Priorities’.
By framing it as beyond politics, we aim to put the spotlight on issues beyond the proximate and train the discourse on the larger message – that of a Rising India and its inevitability.

February 28

BioAsia 2019-Asia’s largest Life-sciences and healthcare forum held in Hyderabad
With the intent to strengthen a robust ecosystem for Lifesciences, Biotech, Healthcare enterprises, Telangana State Governor, Mr. E.S.L. Narasimhan inaugurated the 3-day 16th Edition BioAsia 2019 – Asia’s largest Biotechnology and Life-sciences forum to be held in Hyderabad.
The Partner Country for the event is South Korea. South Africa and Spain are the international partners for the event.
The event has over the years emerged as the most preeminent technology and bio-business convention in Asia for Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.
A Vaccine Skilling Program of Telangana Government was launched to rope in skilled professionals for the growth of the industry.
Genome Valley Excellence Award 2019 was presented by the organising committee of BioAsia 2019. It was awarded to Dr. Don W Cleveland of the University of California. The award felicitates his work in cancer genetics.
Theme: Life Sciences 4.0: transforming health care in India’
The report discusses the disruptive impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) on the health care ecosystem in India.
Swaraj leaves for China; to hold meetings with foreign ministers of China, Russia
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left for China to attend a meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, India and China.
Her visit comes in the wake of growing tension between India and Pakistan after Indian Air Force carried out strikes on a terror camp in Pakistan in a pre-dawn operation.
Counter-terrorism is on the agenda. EAM Sushma Swaraj departs for Wuzhen, China for the 16th Foreign Ministers Meeting of Russia, India and China. Apart from attending the trilateral meeting, EAM will also hold bilateral discussions with Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers.
The air strike, the Pulwama terror attack and the listing of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN are expected to figure prominently at the Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers.
Sushma to reach Abu Dhabi to take part in OIC meet
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will reach Abu Dhabi this evening to take part in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meet.
The plenary session of the OIC is, where India has been named as the “Guest of Honour”. This is the first time that India will participate in the OIC meet.
The agenda will include a number of political, social, and economic topics, along with challenges facing the Muslim world.
The session's agenda, which is being held under the theme '50 years of Islamic cooperation: Road map for prosperity and development', includes the follow-up of aspects of economic coordination that will push the level of cooperation and raise it towards new horizons.
The 2-day conference, which coincides with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the OIC, the foreign ministers will discuss a range of issues regarding peace and stability in the Muslim world, as well as the integration and cooperation among the OIC members.


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