SEMINARS - MEETINGS - 2017 November

November 1

President of India inaugurates Global Clubfoot Conference
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated Global Clubfoot Conference organized by CURE India in partnership with Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in New Delhi. 500 doctor’s from20 countries and 29 Indian states are attending the conference.
It is one of the most common orthopaedic birth defects where one or both feet are rotated inwards and downwards. It describes range of foot abnormalities usually present at birth in which your baby’s foot is twisted out of shape or position. In clubfoot, tissues connecting muscles to the bone (tendons) are shorter than usual.

November 2

Goa hosts inaugural India-US Ocean Dialogue
The India-US Ocean Dialogue, hosted by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, began at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in Goa.
The India-US Ocean Dialogue is aimed at promoting sustainable development of the Blue Economy. Blue Economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Judith Garber leads a high-powered American delegation.
Discussions would be held on the Blue Economy, cooperation in sustainable marine resource management, fisheries governance, marine pollution, maritime law enforcement, and scientific research.

November 3

7th Asia Ministerial Energy Roundtable held in Bangkok
The 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7) was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Government of Thailand hosted the 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7). It was co-Hosted by the United Arab Emirates.
Theme for AMER7 was ‘Global Energy Markets in Transition: From Vision to Action’.
India is the current chair of International Energy Forum (IEF) which is promoting the AMER. The Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the AMER7.

November 4

4th JWGACTC meeting held in India
The 4th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Co-operation (JWGACTC), constituted under the auspices of the Indo - US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative, was organised in India.
A 13 member US delegation, headed by Rear Admiral Brian Antonio.
During this meeting, US-India discussed future co-operation under various aspects of aircraft carrier technology
The US delegation visited various key strategic locations in India including Shore Based Test Facility at Goa, Mazagaon Dock Limited, Naval Base at Karwar, INS Vikramaditya at sea and Headquarters of Western Naval Command.

November 6

Three-Day International Conference 'FIPSPHYSIOCON 2017'
“FIPSPHYSIOCON 2017”, Conference on Human Physiology is inaugurated at Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI), University of Delhi.
The theme of the conference is “Integrating Physiological and Biomedical Science Approaches to Improve Performance, Health and Safety”.
The conference is being organized along with VII Congress of Federation of Indian Physiological Societies (FIPS) and XXIX Annual Conference of the Physiological Society of India (PSI).
Conference is being organised by Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Science (DIPAS) of DRDO.
The objective of the conference is to update the scientific community about most recent advances in human Physiology in extreme environments, Neuroscience, Yoga, Sport Physiology and translational research.
The conference will have technical sessions including keynote address, 16 sessions, 118 lectures and 140 posters by the 300 delegates from India, USA, UK, Kyrgyz Republic and Malaysia.
It is notable that the FIPS is a scientific federation of all the physiologists of this country and Dr. Shashi Bala Singh is its president in present.

November 7

COP23 climate change summit held in Bonn,Germany
23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begun in Bonn, Germany.
COP23 was opened by Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe ‘Frank’ Bainimarama.
Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe ‘Frank’ Bainimarama called for a sense of urgency in implementing the 2015 Paris accord on combating climate change as Fiji is already suffering the impacts of global warming.
Diplomats from 195 nations, as well as scientists, lobbyists and environmentalists are participating in this event.
During the course of this event, negotiators will focus on thrashing out some of the technical details of the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

November 9

Second meeting of Island Development Agency held in New Delhi
The second meeting of Island Development Agency (IDA) was held in New Delhi. It was chaired by Rajnath Singh. It reviewed concept development plans and detailed master plans for holistic development of 9 islands.
These 9 islands include four in Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Smith, Ross, Long, Avis) and five in Lakshadweep (Minicoy, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam, Suheli).
In the meeting, it was decided that naval air station at Shibpur near Diglipur in northern Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be co-used as Joint User Airport.  It was also decided to develop PPP package including airport (Joint User Airport) at Minicoy Island, to unlock the tourism potential.
It was agreed to promote tuna fishing industry for improving livelihoods in Lakshadweep. All concerned agencies were directed to expedite implementation of ongoing key infrastructure projects in islands and develop community based tourism in consultation with local stakeholders.

November 10

International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial meeting held in Paris
International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial meeting was held in Paris, France
Energy security, clean energy technology and government-industry dialogue on investment and digitalization were the key focus areas for this meeting.
Indian delegation to IEA Ministerial Meeting, Paris was led by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar Singh.
During the course of this event, India signed joint work programmes with IEA and other member countries of IEA viz. Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and Thailand.
Mr. Raj Kumar Singh also had a delegate level discussion with the French Minister of State for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Ms. Brune Poirson on the side lines of this event.
He also held discussion with US Secretary of Energy, Mr. James Richard Perry on various issues of Power and New & Renewable Energy.

November 11

23rd GST Council Meet held in Guwahati, 28% Tax Only For 50 Items
23rd meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council headed by Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley was held in Guwahati, Assam.
Decisions taken during this meeting of GST council has brought in a comprehensive overhaul of GST rates. Besides return filing has been eased and more relief has been provided to small and medium enterprises.
GST rate on 177 items has been reduced from 28% to 18%. Now only 50 items, mostly demerit, sin and luxury goods will attract 28% GST rate.
This decision will have a revenue implication of Rs 20000 crore annually.
Some of the items for which GST rate has been reduced from 28% to 18% include chewing gum, dental hygiene products, chocolate, aftershave, detergent, marble, custard powder, deodorant, nail polishes and creams.
Besides, 13 items have been moved from 18% to 12% slab, 6 items from 18% to 5% slab, 8 items from 12% to 5% slab and 6 items from 5% to nil.

November 12

Second Meeting of Economic Advisory Council held in New Delhi
The second meeting of the Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister Narendra Modi (EAC-PM) was held in New Delhi.
The meeting was chaired by Bibek Debroy. It was attended by renowned economists Dr. Surjit Bhalla, Dr. Rathin Roy, Dr. Ashima Goyal, Dr. Shamika Ravi and Member Secretary and Principal Adviser NITI Aayog, Ratan P. Watal.
In the meeting road map towards skill development, job creation, enhanced resource investment in the social sector– including for Health and Education and for boosting Infrastructure financing were discussed.
Recommendations for framework of Fifteenth Finance Commission, incentivisation of states for achieving health, education and social inclusion outcomes were formulated.
Improvements in exports and employment potential were also discussed, including through transformation of India’s Gold Market.

November 13

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates ‘India Disaster Response Summit’ in New Delhi
The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju has inaugurated the ‘India Disaster Response Summit’ in New Delhi. The summit was organised jointly by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Facebook
The summit focuses on how best to leverage social media platforms to 'prepare, respond and recover' for, during and after a disaster. This partnership is a benchmark and first of its kind as the Government has partnered with Facebook on disaster response.
During the Summit, Facebook introduced a Disaster Information Volunteers (DIV) programme. Under DIV, a network of trained volunteers would provide supplementary information on disasters in their local communities. This information would assist Government in carrying out relief work.

Mumbai to host Asian Bankers Association summit
For the first time, Mumbai is to host the 34th annual conference of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA).
The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) summit will be hosted by State Bank. The theme for this year’s summit is ‘Asia’s turn to transform’.
The event is expected to be attended by more than 160 domestic and international bankers. Some of the foreign speakers at the event are ADB’s Noritaka Akamatsu, Chikahisa Sumi of IMF and Cheng Cheng-Mount of Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan.
The this year’s summit will discuss the impact of the ongoing global downturn on the outlook of the Asian economies, economic consequences of the Brexit in March 2019 on Asia, the America-first policy of the Trump administration, implications of fintech on banks, etc.

November 14

First ever International AYUSH Conference and Exhibition held in Dubai
The International AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Conference and Exhibition 2017 is held in Dubai.
Minister for AYUSH Sripad Naik is on a three day visit to UAE to participate in the first ever International Ayush Conference and Exhibition in Dubai.
This is the first ever conglomeration of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy practitioners, policy makers, industrialists, researchers and students across the world.
Indian government has committed to provide 100 non-Indian students full scholarship if they study AYUSH in any of the public deemed universities across India.
AYUSH ministry is also in touch with the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) to set up an AYUSH chair in Dubai.

November 15

Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit held in Vietnam
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was held in Da Nang, Vietnam.  The theme of summit was ‘Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future’.
Leaders of 21 Pacific Rim countries attended this meeting. This was second time Vietnam hosted APEC summit, having hosted the event previously in 2006. Next year’s APEC summit will be held in Papua New Guinea.
The summit laid emphasis on collaborative activity, such as provision of support for small businesses, promoting sustainable growth and deepening economic integration.
US and China, two economic powers in the region held opposing views on deepening economic integration. China expressed support to further globalization; US called for support to ‘fair trade’.

November 16

India’s 1st Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit to be organised at Dantewada
India’s first Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit began in Dantewada, a district in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
The event has been organized by NITI Aayog in partnership with the government of United States of America. The event is a part of 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit being held in India.
The summit has been organized mainly with the motive to inspire, nurture and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in tribal youth. This ensures yet another step towards tribal-centric sustainable and inclusive development.
The summit will see the participation of tribal entrepreneurs from various sectors across the country and abroad. Several eminent speakers from NITI Aayog, health and agri-pharma sectors will also be speaking at the summit.
Overall, it not only provides a platform for the tribal youth but also addresses the issues faced by the tribal community in practical and progressive ways.
10th South Asia Economic Summit held in Nepal
The 10th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) began in Kathmandu, Nepal with the theme "Deepening Economic Integration for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in South Asia".
The three-day summit is being organized by National Planning Commission and Ministry of Commerce of Nepal and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal. It was inaugurated by Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.
The summit aims to identify and prioritise opportunities and challenges in deepening regional economic integration to serve the goals of inclusive and sustainable development in South Asia.
It is expected to witness participation from 200 dignitaries including ministers, member of parliaments, former MPs, ambassadors, government officials, Researchers, eminent experts and thinkers.

November 17

15th Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team Conference held in India
The 15th Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Conference was held in New Delhi. It is first ever conference to be held in India and South Asia.
It was organized by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the aegis of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
The theme of conference was “Building Trust in the Digital Economy”. 300 delegates from 21 economies especially from Asia Pacific region, USA, Europe, Industry, Academia, Government and Media attended the conference.
This conference covered contemporary topics around strategies of CERTs, Technology and Instruments for building trust in digitally evolving economies and best practices for handling cyber security in mobile and social media.

Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates AP AgTech Summit 2017 in Visakhapatnam
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a three-day AP AgTech Summit-2017, organised by the Andhra Pradesh Government in Visakhapatnam.
For over three days, the summit will discuss on innovative ideas, technologies and global best practices to push agricultural transformation in the state.
More than 50 stalls are set up to showcase latest agriculture technologies and products of companies.
This summit is being organised by the Andhra Pradesh Government in association with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Dalberg Advisors.
More than 1,500 global leaders from 61 countries including business heads, start-up founders, leading policymakers, progressive farmers, non-governmental organisation (NGOs), agriculture and technology experts attended the summit.

November 18

12th North East Business Summit inaugurated in New Delhi
12th North East Business Summit, a two day event, was inaugurated in New Delhi.
The summit aims to explore the scope for business opportunities in the North-Eastern region of India. Focus areas are Infrastructure and Connectivity with Public Private Partnerships, Skill Development, Financial Inclusion, Services Sector Development- Particularly in Tourism, Hospitality & Food Processing.
The Summit is being organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Manipur is the state partner for this event.
The conference includes technical sessions on development of infrastructure and connectivity in North East (NE): Focus on Regional Air Connectivity, Roads & Highways, Skill development in NE & Financing the services sector, Development of Food Processing Industry in NE with focus on Natural Organic and Super Foods from NE and Promotion of Tourism & Hospitality Sector in NE.

4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, Argentina
Plenary session of 4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child Labour was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This Conference was jointly organised by Government of Argentina and International Labour Organization (ILO).
While delivering the country statement at this conference, Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi stated that Indian Government is fully committed to continue working to eliminate child labour.

November 19

24th meeting of the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency (APRSAF-24) forum held in Bengaluru
The 24th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-24) was held in Bengaluru.
The theme for the 24th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-24) was ‘Space Technology for Enhanced Governance and Development’.
The event was co-organized by India’s Department of Space (DOS), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The General Co-chairs were Mr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Secretary of DOS & Chairman of ISRO and Ms. Mami Oyama, Deputy Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Japan.

November 20

12th International Conference of Society of Petroleum Geophysicists, Jaipur
12th Biennial International Conference & Exposition of Society of Petroleum Geophysicists (SPG) -India started in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The conference was inaugurated by Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan.
Theme of the conference was “Energy trough Synergy”.
Mr. Pradhan also released a special issue of SPG’s half yearly journal, ‘GEOHORIZON’
Several experts from the petroleum sector addressed the session on the first day of the conference.

November 21

13th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting begins in Nay Pyi Taw
Two-day 13th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 2017 begun in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar
The meeting was inaugurated by Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar.
The meeting was held with an objective to boost cooperation between Asia and Europe in political, economic, social and cultural spheres.
Representatives from 51 countries including Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) participated in this meeting.
Discussions on ongoing Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar also took place during several bilateral meetings held on the sidelines of 13th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

November 22

IAF eastern commanders 3 day meet begins in Shillong
Conference of all Commanders of Eastern Air Command was held at Shillong.
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa addressed the EAC Commanders. The conference was hosted by Air Marshal Anil Khosla, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command.
Mrs. Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) also participated. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was also presented to the CAS on his arrival at Shillong.
During the conference, the Air Chief Marshal awarded Trophies to the Commanders for achieving excellence in the fields of Operations, Maintenance and Administration.
Air Force Station, Chabua was awarded the ‘Pride of EAC’ Trophy, for standing best in overall performance. Air Force Station, Laitkor Peak was awarded the ‘Best Non-Flying Station’.

November 23

International Seminar on Indian Space Programme held in New Delhi
The International Seminar on Indian Space Programme: ‘Trends and Opportunities for Industry’ was inaugurated in New Delhi.
The seminar was organized by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Antrix Corporation Limited (the commercial arm of ISRO) in coordination with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
The objective of the two-day conference was to Deliberate on the best practices and Pursue ongoing discussion process to support further work of India's Space Sector.
Facilitate arriving at a rational framework where in India's Space Sector can start expanding the domestic and global opportunities through enhanced partnerships and collaborations.
The seminar mainly aims to highlight the achievements and major milestones of Indian Space Sector in recent past and the future programs and plans.

November 24

8th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit-2017 will be held at Hyderabad
The 8th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit-2017 will be held at Hyderabad.
The summit is being co-hosted by India and the USA. For the first time, it is being held in South Asia. The theme of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit-2017 is ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’.
The event will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. It will focus on four areas- Energy and Infrastructure, Digital Economy and Financial Technology, Health and Life Sciences and Media and Entertainment.
It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Advisor to the US President, Ivanka Trump will lead the US contingent to the event. The summit will have participation from 150 countries and women from 127 countries would participate.

November 25

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates two-day conference on National Law Day in New Delhi
President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the 2-day conference on National Law Day which among other things will see deliberation on collegium system and balancing the separation of power between judiciary and Parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the valedictory address at the end of 2-day conference which is being organised by the Law Commission and the Niti Aayog to mark the National Law Day.
There will be four sessions on relevant issues concerning the country's judicial system. These include 'judicial review and parliamentary democracy - balancing the separation of power' and 'appointments to higher judiciary - constraints of collegium system and reforms ahead'.
There will also be sessions on themes like 'structural reforms for overcoming delays in justice delivery' and 'scope of judicial powers; judicial activism'.
The National Law Day is celebrated on November 26, the day on which the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.

November 26

Rajnath Singh chairs 12th meeting of Standing Committee of Inter-State Council (ISC) held in Delhi.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 12th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council (ISC).
In the meeting, the recommendations of the Punchhi Commission on the Centre-state relations will be discussed.
Prior to this, the 11th meeting of the standing committee of the ISC was held after a gap of 11 years.
The members of the standing committee include Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley, Minister of Road, Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot.

November 27

Delhi to host International Geological Congress (IGC) in 2020
The 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) is to be held in Delhi in the year 2020.
The International Geological Congress is held under the control of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).
A high level delegation of the IUGS consisting its President Prof Qiuming Cheng, Secretary General Prof S C Finney, and Treasurer Prof H Kitazato visited India to discuss the preparatory aspects of the 36th International Geological Congress.
The event is being jointly funded by the Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Earth Sciences with the active support of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), and the Science Academies of the other neighbouring co-host countries, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

November 28

Ivanka Trump Arrives for Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad
The first South-Asian edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which is being organised by the NITI Aayog in partnership with the government of the United States of America, started in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  U.S. President Donald Trump’s Adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump, who is leading the US delegation for GES 2017 attending the summit at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC). This year’s Summit will highlight the theme "Women First, Prosperity for All".

November 29

India-New Zealand Cyber Dialogue
The first India-New Zealand Cyber Dialogue held in New Delhi. The Indian Delegation led by Mr. Sanjay Kumar Verma. the New Zealand delegation led by Mr. Paul Ash.
Areas of discussion included domestic cyber policy landscape, cyber threats and mitigation, new technologies, mechanism on bilateral cooperation and possible cooperation at various international fora and regional fora. Both sides shared the view that they will deepen the dialogues at various levels.
Both sides agreed to hold the next India-New Zealand Cyber dialogue in New Zealand in 2018.

November 30

Two-days annual SCO meeting begins in Russian city of Sochi
The annual meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) begins in the Russian city of Sochi.
The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will represent India in the two-day summit which is likely to discuss regional security scenario, including situations in the Gulf and Afghanistan.
She will also attend the reception to be hosted by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.