SEMINARS - MEETINGS - 2017 September

September 1

Narendra Modi inaugurate annual conference ‘Rajaswa Gyan Sangam’ in New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the annual conference, Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The conference, jointly organised by the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Central Board of Excise and Customs.
Modi inaugurated the function in the presence Union Finance Minister and Ministers of State (Finance). The Prime Minister addressed the tax administrators during the conference.
The conference would host several Joint Sessions of the officers of the two Boards
One of the plenary sessions will be addressed by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on the first day. He would be speaking on ‘Inner Engineering – Technologies for well being’.
Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary would be addressing the joint session on the second day.
Discussions will also be held on issues arising in the implementation of policies and strategies to achieve targets in core functional areas.

September 2

International Hindu Conference held in Nepal
The three-day International Hindu Conference began with an aim of reinstating Kathmandu as the global capital of Hinduism.
Hindu scholars, religious leaders, Hindu activists and officials from different countries including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the US and the UK are attending the conference with the theme of ‘Emerging spiritualism: Renaissance of Hinduism’
The aim of the conference is to make Kathmandu the global capital of Hinduism.
The conference will discuss papers on various contemporary issues including, scientific basis of Hinduism, climate change and global warming.
Some 500 delegates, including two dozen foreign delegates, are taking part in the conference.

September 3

Sushma Swaraj attended Indian Ocean Conference held in Colombo
Sri Lanka welcomed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to the nation to attend two-day Indian Ocean Conference.
India Foundation, a Delhi-based think tank, will host the Indian Ocean Conference 2017 (IOC) in collaboration with Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore, and National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), Colombo–both research and study centres–and the theme of the conference is peace, progress and prosperity.
It will see participation from around 35 countries and have speakers from 25 countries.
There will be ministerial representation from Bangladesh, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Vietnam and the conference will also be attended by senior officials from the USA, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Germany, Kenya, South Korea and Afghanistan among others.

September 5

9th BRICS summit held in Xiamen, China
The 9th BRICS summit was held in Xiamen, China. The theme of the summit was “Stronger Partnership for brighter Future”. It was for second time the summit was hosted in China after 2011 summit. At the end of summit, BRICS leaders adopted Xiamen declaration.
Four documents were signed in presence of BRICS Leaders. They are
Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation
BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation (2017-2020)
BRICS Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation
MoU between BRICS Business Council and New Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation.
Features of Xiamen declaration
Strive towards broad partnerships
BRICS local currency bond markets
R&D and innovation in ITC
Cooperation on energy
Promote effective use of fossil fuels
BRICS Agriculture Research Platform
Broad counterterrorism coalition
People-to-People exchanges

September 9

21st GST Council meet in Hyderabad
The 21st meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council was held at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, in Hyderabad.
During the meeting, the Telangana Government will highlight the demands that it made earlier on reduction of tax slabs on certain products and services.
Telangana Government asked for rollback of GST on its developmental projects. It has also opposed the 12% tax on its pet projects such as Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya.
Apart from the projects, Telangana has requested tax reduction for certain products such as granite, beedi and 33 such products.
The issues discussed in the GST Council meet were – increasing tax for luxury products, lowering tax for commonly used products like idli& dosa batter, dried tamarind, custard powder and kitchen gas lighter, operation of GSTN (GST Network), tax on khadi and handicraft items etc.

September 10

10th Medical Technology Conference held in New Delhi
Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel was inaugurating the 10th Medical Technology Conference organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi.
The Government is committed to support the industry which help in providing affordable healthcare to masses and also help India to become a major manufacturing hub.
The Commerce Ministry is also supporting the Health Ministry is setting up medical devices manufacturing units.
Patel also mentioned in her speech that the web based health management system introduced by the Government at the states’ levels is creating a strong infrastructure for monitoring the progress made in the health sector.
In the medical technology manufacturing sector 100% FDI is allowed and the new medical devices parks anticipated in States like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu etc would augment the production.
The medical technology industry is increasing manifolds and is expected to grow from 4.5 Billion US Dollars currently to 14 Billion US Dollars in 2022.

September 11

First National Canine Seminar organised by NSG in Haryana
The Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju attended the first National Canine Seminar organized by National Security Guard (NSG), in NSG Campus, Manesar (Gurugram), Haryana. The NSG, popularly known as "The Black Cats" of the country is organizing this two-day seminar.
The theme of the two days National Canine Seminar is ''Canine as Tactical Weapon in Fight against Terrorism'' with an objective to discuss and deliberate on the techniques of dog training and strategies of deploying the dogs in Counter Terrorism/Counter Insurgency scenario. On the second day of the seminar, a workshop on ''Emerging Tools and Practices of Canines Training'' will be organized, followed by demonstrations of the various nascent equipments by GIGN, the France Special Force.
On this occasion, in a separate function Kiren Rijiju also flagged off "the NSG's Motorcycle Expedition, 2017" from NSG Campus, Manesar. It commemorates the NSG’s 33 years service to the nation. The Expedition team will traverse major cities of the country including NSG's regional hubs at Gandhinagar /Mumbai /Chennai / Hyderabad /Kolkata to cover a distance of 7000 kms with an objective of spreading a message of collective responsibility towards the fight against terrorism.

September 12

Kochi to host summit on coastal shipping and waterways
Kochi will host the fifth edition of Coastal Shipping and Inland Water Transportation Business Summit 2017 at Hotel Crown Plaza.
The summit will be an initiative to explore the immense potential of coastal shipping and waterways as well as an effort to build a shared commitment and decipher the role that each stakeholder will have to play in integrating the coastal and waterways transport infrastructure.
The seminar will create a platform to discuss various topics like Indian Coastal Shipping & Inland Water Transport: Policies, Current Updates & Vision, IWAI’s perspective to propelling India’s trade and economic growth, with particular focus on Kerala, understanding the cargo owners perspective to align, engage and forge a commitment towards an instant modal shift and reviving coastal shipping; call to move and handle domestic cargo on the coast waters and river-borne trade.

September 13

Sushma Swaraj attended Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached Russia's Vladivostok to participate in the third Eastern Economic Forum.
Swaraj's visit reflects the importance attached by India to the emerging opportunities in the Russian Far East, and to its strategic partnership with Russia.
During her visit, she will participate in the opening ceremony of the forum as well as hold bilateral meetings with the Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Governors of some of the Far Eastern Regions, among other engagements.
The high-level Indian participation in the Vladivostok Forum follows the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Guest of Honour at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2017.

September 14

Fifth EAS Economic Ministers’ Meeting held in Philippines
5th East Asia Summit Economic Ministers Meeting was held in Pasay City, Philippines.
Members of ASEAN were congratulated on the 50th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN, by other EAS ministers.
The Ministers supported the strong trade and investment relations among the EAS countries.
Global economic growth is predicted to increase to 3.5 % in 2017.
There are risks and uncertainties, but the strong macroeconomic fundamentals of EAS countries would help East Asian countries to face challenges.
The Ministers also highlighted the importance of trade agreements being open, transparent, and WTO (World Trade Organisation) consistent.
The Ministers committed to continue to fight against all unfair trade practices.
The Ministers appreciated the ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia).
The ERIA is used to exchange information and knowledge between ASEAN and East Asian countries.

September 15

Commerce & Industry Ministry organized State Startup Conference in New Delhi
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India organized the second State Startup Conference in New Delhi.
Inaugurated by the Minister of State, C.R. Choudhary, the event saw in attendance several senior dignitaries from states, Union Territories, incubators, accelerators, funding agencies, VCs, angel investors and startups.
The conference was held mainly to deliberate on issues including incubation facilities and making regulations easier for budding entrepreneurs.
The conference is expected to provide a significant impetus to the creation of an enabling Startup Ecosystem in the country.

September 16

India-Afghanistan Second Strategic Partnership Council Meeting 2017
The second edition of India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Council was held in New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.
During the meeting, both countries exchanged four pacts in areas of health, transport (motor vehicles agreement), space and new development partnership.
The Council discussed a range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest and shared understanding and convergence of views on them. They agreed to strengthen security cooperation between the two countries.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Conference on Sustainable Landscapes & Forest Ecosystems
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the two-day Conference on “Sustainable Landscapes & Forest Ecosystems: Theory to Practice”
The objectives of the conference include – exploring issues and opportunities for ecosystem approach to land management in India; discussing how the approaches and tools developed under the Forest-PLUS programme can be used to improve forest management in India and to document and disseminate that learning with a wider group.
Dr Harsh Vardhan urged on planting more trees, to bring more areas under forest and tree cover.
He highlights the need of new and out of the box ideas and solutions on increasing the forest cover much beyond the stipulated 33 per cent.
Government’s commitment to increase the country’s forest cover from 24% to 33% of the geographical area and creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in forests.

September 17

Two-Day Regional Conference on Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices begins in Goa
The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India is organizing a two-day Regional Conference on Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices in collaboration with Government of Goa.
The theme for this year’s Conference is Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices.
The Conference is an effort to create a common platform to share experiences in the formulation and implementation of citizen centric governance, improved public service delivery through e-Governance, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly effective administration.
Delegates from 25 States/UTs (of Southern, Central, Eastern, North Eastern Regions and 5 other States/UTs) will be participating in the conference. The event brings together national and state level organisations along with other stakeholders including intelligentsia and media on the same platform.

September 18

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates first National Conference on “Uniformed Women in Prison Administration” in NewDelhi
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju will inaugurate a two-day National Conference on 'Uniformed Women in Prison Administration.
The conference, being organized for women officers of the rank of Jailors to Deputy Superintendents of Prisons, will aim to bridge the gap between theory and practice through exchange of ideas.
More than 90 delegates from 25 States/UTs, representatives from various NGOs working in the field of Prison Reforms, and universities and academia, especially in the NCR Region are attending the Conference.

September 19

Third meeting of India–Kuwait Joint Ministerial Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held in Kuwait.
M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs is leading an Indian delegation for the Third Meeting of India–Kuwait Joint Ministerial Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation being held in Kuwait.
This is his first official visit to Kuwait at the invitation of the Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mr. Anas Khaled Al-Saleh.
The relations between India and Kuwait are marked by regular high-level visits. These visits have sustained the necessary momentum in further cementing mutually beneficial ties encompassing a wide range of political, commercial, energy and diaspora related issues.
Kuwait has been an important trading partner for India with a total trade of US$ 5.95 billion in 2016-2017. It is also the seventh largest crude supplier to India in 2016-17. Several Indian EPC companies are working in Kuwait. Over 900,000 strong Indian Community in Kuwait has been contributing to the development of their host country.

September 20

India Japan US Trilateral Foreign Ministerial Meeting held in New York
The Foreign Ministerial meeting among India Foreign Minister, US Secretary of State Tillerson and Japanese FM Kono held in New York.
The Ministers emphasized the need for ensuring freedom of navigation, respect for international law and peaceful resolution of disputes.
They also exchanged views on maritime security, connectivity and proliferation issues.
The three Ministers directed their senior officials to explore practical steps to enhance cooperation.
Swaraj will also participate in a high-level meeting on UN reforms, hosted and chaired by US President Donald Trump.
India is among the 120 countries which have supported the reform efforts of the UN Secretary General.
It brings the importance of basing them on universally recognized international norms, wise financing and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity was highlighted.

September 21

First National Conference on ‘Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition’ held in New Delhi
The Ministry of Women and Child Development hosted the first ever National Conference in New Delhi on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.
The conference was organized by the WCD Ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, keeping in mind the goal of “Malnutrition Free India-2022”.
The main reason behind holding the conference was to give focused attention on the issue of under-nutrition and for the same purpose, the WCD ministry has identified 113 most backward districts across the country based on the composite index of NITI Ayong and prevalence of stunting from NFHS-4 data.
The composed list includes at least one district from each State/UT so that the action taken in the selected district can be followed in other districts as well.
The conference mainly aims to sensitize the District-level officers on a large number of topics relating to stunting, under-nutrition and wasting and the key strategic interventions which are urgently required.

September 22

61st IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria
Dr.Sekhar Basu, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy attended the 61st IAEA General Conference held in Vienna, Austria.
The 61st Annual IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) General Conference is conducted at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna, Austria.
Representatives of IAEA Member States discuss various issues in the Conference. Scientific Forums and Exhibitions are also conducted.
Dr. Sekhar Basu has announced that India is collaborating with Russia to build the Roppur power plant in Bangladesh, at the IAEA General Conference. This is the first time India and Russia are making a joint deal for an atomic energy project in a third country. Also this is India’s first atomic energy plant abroad.
The Roppur Atomic energy project would be Bangladesh’s first atomic energy project.

September 23

IAAH 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health coming to India
India will host the World Congress on Adolescent Health. It is the biggest global event in adolescent health.
The 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health, theme is investing in Adolescent Health the Future is now.
The event is being organized with the support of the Ministry of Health and MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child is hosting the World Congress with an association of partners.
The areas of global adolescent health which include leading causes of death among adolescents, together with road traffic injuries and self-harm, interpersonal violence, communicable diseases and teenage pregnancy.
The World Congress is anticipating around 800 international and national delegates including adolescent health experts from across the globe, representatives from ministry of health, national and global representatives of UN organizations and national and international NGO among others.

September 24

State start-up conference in Delhi
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion organized the Second State Startup Conference in New Delhi.
The conference was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Mr. C.R. Choudhary.
Higher Officials from various States and Union Territories, Incubators, Accelerators, Funding agencies, Venture capitals, Angel investors and Startups attended the conference.
The following topics were discussed:
Reforms to be made by state governments for Startups
Role of State Governments in developing incubation centres for Startups
Role of State Governments in setting up funds for Startups
Making regulations easier for Startups
Developing a ranking system for states and union territories based on the initiatives taken to promote Startups was also discussed.

September 25

7th ASEM Economic Ministers Meeting held in South Korea
The 7th ASEM (Asia–Europe Meeting) Economic Ministers’ Meeting was held in Seoul, South Korea.
Theme for this year’s meeting was ‘Innovative Partnership for Inclusive Prosperity’.
The meeting was conducted under the Chairmanship of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea.
Economic leaders from 30 European and 21 Asian countries participated in the meet
51 member countries signed a Joint Statement on Supporting the Multilateral Trade System. Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu represented India.

September 26

72nd session of United Nations General Assembly
72nd Regular Session of UN (United Nations) General Assembly (UNGA 72) was held at UN Headquarters, in New York.
The President of the 72nd session of the UNGA is Mr.Miroslav Lajcak.
A general debate on the theme ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’ was conducted.
External Affairs Minister of India Ms.Sushma Swaraj addressed the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly.
50 countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Brazil was the first country to sign the treaty.
The countries that have signed the treaty would be banned from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons ‘under any circumstances.’

September 30

NITI Aayog to host Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 in Hyderabad
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog in partnership with US Government is going to host 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2017) in Hyderabad (Telangana).
The theme for this year is “Women First, Prosperity for All” to celebrate entrepreneurship in all its strength, diversity and entirety. This is the first time GES is being held in South Asia.
GES 2017 aims to empower Indian entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, and create innovative products and services that will transform societies for better future. It will not only bring global best practices to India, but also create irreplaceable place for India in global entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The four primary focus areas of GES 2017 are Digital Economy and Financial Technology, Health Care and Life Sciences, Energy and Infrastructure, and Media and Entertainment.


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