SEMINARS - MEETINGS - 2017 APRIL

April 1

19th commonwealth forestry conference starts in Uttarakhand.
Scientists and experts from 49 member countries of the Commonwealth will gather to participate in a five-day forestry conference. It is for the second time India will host the conference. In 1968, Delhi hosted the event.
The 19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference at Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute will focus on biodiversity conservation and management, livelihood and economic security from forests, diversification, multiple use and sustainable harvest, forest and climate change.
Over 500 delegates will share their ideas and researches on 'Forests for Prosperity and Posterity' in consonance with Aichi targets of the UN Convention on Conservation of Biological Diversity (UNC-CBD) and Sustainable Development Goals.
Aim at extracting information and ways of dealing with these issues through this event.
The event will witness four plenary sessions and altogether 21 technical sessions. There will be a global forestry conclave to deliberate on the role of forestry in implementing international agreements in Commonwealth members and beyond.

April 2

Meeting held between Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who is leading the Indian Parliamentary Delegation to the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Dhaka, called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
India attaches the highest importance to the relations with Bangladesh and believes that a strong, stable and prosperous Bangladesh is in its best interest.
India fully supports Bangladesh's policy of zero-tolerance against terrorism and stands by its fight against the forces of militancy and terrorism.
Mahajan addressed the delegates at the debate on the meet's general theme "Redressing Inequalities: Delivering on Dignity and Well-being for all".

April 3

The South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Finance Ministers meeting in New Delhi.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will chair the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Finance Ministers meeting.
The meeting to be held in Shahjehan Hall, Taj Palace Hotel, will be attended by the seven Finance Ministers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka besides officials from these countries and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
As a part of the SASEC initiative, the member countries have come up with SASEC Vision for the economic growth of the sub-region, which will be launched by Jaitley during the meeting. It will be followed by consideration of the Joint Ministerial.
The event will be a unique opportunity for the member countries to discuss and exchange ideas and strive to foster better cooperation in the sub-region. Myanmar has joined the SASEC programme as its seventh member and will be officially welcomed during the event.
Shaktikanta Das, Secretary Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance of India, will deliver the welcome address at the event.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting SASEC in this endeavor. The Vice President of ADB will also address the gathering on this occasion.

April 5

National conference on Communicating starts in New Delhi.
The 2017 National conference on Communicating India has held in New Delhi on April 5, 2017. The three main themes for the conference are 'Telling India's story to the world', 'Communicating via Journalism' and 'Dialogue with Diaspora'.
The one-day conference has been organized by the Vivekananda International Foundation in collaboration with the India Media Centre, University of Westminster, London, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication with the association of Prasar Bharati.
Addressing the function, Member of Parliament Jay Panda GST is the single biggest economic event in the recent times which is going to turn the country into a single market. India is seen as a beacon with its fast growing economy.

April 6

Meeting held between Donald Trump, Xi Jinping in Florida.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping commenced a high-stakes summit at Trump’s Florida beach resort, with the urgent threat of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and tensions over trade on the agenda for the first meeting between the leaders of the world's two largest economies.
Xi and his wife were greeted by the president and first lady Melania Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate before making their way to dinner. The meeting kicked off amid suggestions the Trump administration was considering military action against Syria as it deliberated on how to respond to a chemical attack that killed more than 80 people.
The president pointed to the crisis in North Korea as a top priority in the meetings with Xi, Air Force One on his way to Florida that he thinks China will ''want to be stepping up'' in trying to deter North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
The two leaders will meet face-to-face for the first time for two days of talks at Mar-a-Lago. At the top of their agenda is North Korea, which launched a ballistic missile and may also be preparing for a nuclear test.

April 7

2-day national TB summit starts in Dharamshala.
The first national summit to fight against Tuberculosis (TB) began at this hill town on, with a team of actors led by Bobby Deol arriving for a T20 match against the members of parliament to raise awareness about the disease. The Bollywood actors, MPs and health experts plan to reach out to all so as to bring national focus on the issue and end TB in India by 2025, as aimed by the Government of India.
The summit will be inaugurated by Punjab governor V.P. Singh Badnore and Himachal health minister Kaul Singh Thakur.
The summit is being jointly hosted by International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s, Challenge TB project and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) as part of the call to action for a TB-Free India campaign.
The event aims to bring national focus on the issue of TB and get support and commitment from key stakeholders, governments, politicians, corporate partners and donors to pool in resources to end TB in India.
The match is part of two-day event, 1st TB-Free Summit, starting on April. The T20 match would be played on.

President of India inaugurates first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit 2017.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit 2017 New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, the President who was happy that NIMCARE has taken the lead in organizing this Conference on World Health Day. The slogan of the first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit is, 'Unite for a Healthy Mind'.
He stated that lack of mental well-being contributes significantly to the total disability and morbidity burden across the world. Productivity of human beings, whether in workforce or in family situations, gets reduced significantly if one has any mental disorder.
Out of all the mental health disorders, depression is probably the most common. Depression affects people of all ages from all walks of life and in all countries. As per the National Mental Health Survey 2015-16 conducted by NIMHANS, 5.2 per cent of the Indian adult population suffers from depression in some form or the other.
The World Health Day Summit has begun in the right direction by launching the eCAP & SOL's Telepsychiatry application for the rural and urban population in need of mental health consultation.

April 9

Rajnath chairs 11th standing committee Meeting of interstate Council.
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council. The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Tripura, Shri Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath attended the meeting. The Ministers from states of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan represented these states at the meeting. Senior officers from the Union Ministries and from the state Governments also assisted the members of the Standing Committee in the discussion along with the officers from the Inter-State Council Secretariat.
The Standing Committee examined in detail various recommendations of the Punchhi Commission contained in Volume II & III. The Volume II of the provisions of the Constitution that are concerned with important aspects of Constitutional governance such as role of Governors, deployment of Central forces, federal balance of power, ensuring better coordination between Centre and States and other important issues of Centre-State relations. The recommendations in Volume III of the Punchhi Commission are related to Centre-State financial relations and cover the subjects of (a) fiscal transfers to states (b) Goods and Services Tax and (c) the Centre-State fiscal relations. The discussions centred around various aspects of Centre-State relations having implications for governance and flowing from Constitutional provisions.
The forthcoming meeting of the Standing Committee of Inter State Council will be examining the first three volumes of the Punchhi Commission's. The subjects expected to be discussed at the meeting include significant issues concerning Centre-State relations like Role of Governors, Centrally-sponsored schemes and financial transfers from the Centre to the States, Creation of a unified agricultural market for the nation, Measures to involve the States more closely in planning and delivery of services, Steps to be adopted to make Inter State Council more vibrant and measures directed towards better fiscal management by the Centre and the States.

April 10

G-7 Foreign Ministers meeting held in Italy.
Foreign Ministers from the Group of Seven major industrialized nations (G-7) will hold a meeting in Italy. The civil war in Syria is likely to dominate talks in the two day summit in the northwestern city of Lucca, with Italy hoping for a final communique that will reinforce United Nations' efforts to end six years of conflict. The fight against terrorism is also expected to be high on the agenda.
The meeting comes as the United States moves a Navy strike group near the Korean peninsula amid concerns over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and as the West's relations with Russia struggle to overcome years of mistrust. The Group of 7 (G-7) consists Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
G-7 foreign ministers will meet to send out a "clear and coordinated message" to Russia on Syria as Washington upped the pressure following a suspected chemical attack in the war-torn country.

CEOs hold underwater conference in Thiruvananthapuram.
In a first of its kind event across the globe, five CEOs went 6 metres under water to the ocean bed at Kovalam, a famed beach in Kerala, to do a 20 minutes conference, and took a pledge that they will do their best to protect marine life.
Clad in their scuba diving gears, the CEOs - Raja Gopal Iyer (Udaya Samudra Group of Hotels), Hema Menon (UST Global), Dinesh P. Thampi (TCS), Dr. Shyam Kumar (Neologix) and Rony Thomas (Avon Mobility Solutions), dived into the water some 50 metres off the Groove Beach in Kovalam to reach the U-shaped table set on the ocean bed for their brief conference.

April 13

BRICS Special Envoys on Middle East Meeting held in Visakhapatnam.
A two-day meeting of BRICS special envoys on Middle-East concluded in India after discussions on coordinated approaches to the crises in Syria, Iraq and Palestine-Israel tensions.
This was the second meeting of envoys on Middle-East from the five-nation group which included deputy foreign ministers and top officials. The meeting was held in the southern Indian port city of Vishakapatnam.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov had separate bilateral meetings with China’s special envoy on the Middle East Gong Xiaosheng and South African Deputy Foreign Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo.
Focused on the military-political situation in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya and prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement.
Amar Sinha, a senior official at the Indian Foreign Ministry the BRICS would work out an integrated approach to address these issues.


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