SEMINARS - MEETINGS - 2018 JUNE

June 1

Thematic Seminar on ‘Water and Sanitation’ in a run-up to 3rd Annual Meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) begins in Pune
While India is making significant strides in Water and Sanitation Sector, what is needed is holistic and integrated approach and public participation in sustainability of outcomes opined various experts at the thematic seminar on Water and Sanitation which began in Pune, Maharashtra.
This was hosted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India in collaboration with Research and Information System (RIS) for Developing Countries as Knowledge Partner along with Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).
Given Pune’s importance of successful intervention in sanitation, this city has been selected for hosting the deliberations.
The Thematic Conference on Water and Sanitation is one of the eight events being organized by the Ministry of Finance and 7th in the series in a lead-up to the AIIB’s 3rd Annual Meeting which ,in turn, is scheduled to be held in June 2018 in Mumbai.

June 2

President of India to preside over Conference of Governors and Lt. Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will preside over a Conference of Governors and Lt. Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
This will be the 49th such Conference to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan and the second Conference to be presided over by President Kovind.
The first Conference of Governors was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1949. It was presided over by Shri C. Rajagopalachari, then the Governor General of India.
The 2018 Conference will discuss important thematic issues in various sessions.
The Conference will commence with the inaugural address by the President. The second session will see briefings and presentations on flagship programmes of the Government of India and on internal security.
During this session, presentations will be made by the Vice Chairman and the CEO of NITI Aayog as well as by the National Security Advisor. The Prime Minister will also address the gathering.

June 3

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik to inaugurate National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga in New Delhi
The Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik will inaugurate the 3rdNational Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga at Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) in New Delhi.
The Ministry of AYUSH is organizing this Conference in collaboration with the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY). This Conference on ‘Evidence Based Recent Innovative Research on Yoga – A Review of Yoga Research’ is being organized to mark the beginning of International Day of Yoga, which takes place on 21st June every year.
More than 100 Health Editors from National and Regional media organizations are expected to attend the conference.
The aim of the conference is to give insight to the media persons about the scientific aspects of yoga & its benefits for human health.

OUP to host 2nd South Asia Conclave
Policymakers, bureaucrats, academicians and journalists will discuss topics linked to politics, business and healthcare among others at the second edition of Oxford University Press' South Asia Conclave.
The conclave seeks to closely examine the key issues affecting Indian politics, business and politics, political finance, civil-military relations and healthcare policy and, become a major platform to discuss issues pertaining to South Asia and develop a deeper understanding.
Some of the speakers include Union minister Jayant Sinha, Congress MP Rajeev Gowda, former CEC SY Quraishi and journalist Shekhar Gupta.
The conference will be chaired by Ashutosh Varshney, professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia, Brown University, and co-chaired by Pradeep Chhibber, professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California.

June 4

State Environment Ministers Conference Inaugurated in the run-up to World Environment Day
The State Environment Ministers Conference in the run-up to World Environment Day was held in New Delhi.
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan delivered the inaugural address at the conference.
Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Erik Solheim, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Sushil Kumar Modi, Secretary, MoEF & CC, Mr. C.K. Mishra, Director General, Forest & Special Secretary, MoEF&CC, Mr. Siddhanta Das, Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC, Mr. A.K. Jain, etc. also addressed the gathering.
E.K. Janaki Ammal National awards on taxonomy were also presented on the occasion.
The awards comprise Rs. 5 lakh cash, a scroll and a medallion.

June 5

J&K to host first-ever 'global investor meet' on hydro-power
In a bid to boost the Jammu and Kashmir economy, the Mehbooba Mufti-led government is all set to host in July-end its first ever "Global Investors Meet", aimed at harnessing hydro power potential of 20,000 mega watts in the state.
Jammu and Kashmir has exploited only about 16 per cent of the estimated 20,000 MW of hydro-power potential for the past two decades even as the energy demand has been growing gradually, creating a wider demand-supply gap.

June 6

Shri R.K. Singh chairs ‘Review, Planning and Monitoring (RPM) Meeting’ with States and Power Utilities; asks States to speed up work under Saubhagya
Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh chaired the ‘Review, Planning and Monitoring (RPM) Meeting’ with the Secretaries of Power/Energy Departments of the States/UTs and Managing Directors of the Power Utilities.
The meeting discussed the progress of work under Saubhagya, Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna. This was the first RPM meeting after achieving the 100 per cent village electrification.
Shri R.K. Singh congratulated all States for achieving the 100 per cent village electrification and exhorted them to work further for universal household electrification under Saubhagya.
The Minister assured the States of all possible support in this regard. He also asked the State officials to give suggestions on the revised draft of tariff policy keeping in mind the long term health of the sector.
Addressing the meeting, Shri A.K. Bhalla, Secretary, Power asked the States to maintain the momentum generated by the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan.

June 11

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Qingdao to attend SCO summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on a two-day visit to attend the SCO summit which is set to deliberate on several pressing global issues, including the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the impact of US sanctions on Russia and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.
It is Modi's second visit to China in little over five weeks after he travelled to Wuhan in April end for an informal summit with President Xi Jinping during which both sides had decided to take steps to solidify bilateral relationship, which was hit by last year's Doklam standoff.
The prime minister's visit to this picturesque coastal city of China's Shandong province is seen as an indication of efforts by both countries to maintain the momentum in ties.
It is for the first time the Indian prime minister will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit after India along with Pakistan became a full-fledged members of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.

Mauritius to host global Hindi meet
The upcoming 11th World Hindi Conference in Mauritius is likely to produce directives to increase the popularity of Hindi globally.
Work on the international meet from August 18 to 20 is under way in the External Affairs Ministry, even as some prominent Hindi literary figures expressed their disappointment at the way the event has shaped up over the years.
The conference will cover both classical and modern elements of Hindi, and we intend to get delegates and scholars of Hindi from all over the world.
The World Hindi Conference is a major event organised every three years by the External Affairs Ministry.

June 12

International Conference on ICT to be held in Kathmandu
An International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be held in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The Theme of two day conference is “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society”.
The conference is organised by the Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN). According to organisers around 500 delegates, including ICT users, trainers, professionals, experts, and researchers from Japan, China, Korea, India and Nepal will attend the event.
The conference will provide a common platform to participants to exchange their knowledge and discover new insides.
The conference aims to bring government and private sector together for developing a plan of action using sustainable ICT applications. It also seeks to unleash the prospects of SMART Nepal by 2030.

June 13

Shri Thawarchand Gehlot chairs ''3rd Meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens''
Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment chaired the “3rd Meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSrC)” convened by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Lal Krishna Advani, Member of Parliament, Smt Neelam Sawhney, Secretary, M/o SJ&E and Members of the Council participated in the Meeting.
The NCSrC advises Central and State Governments on the entire gamut of issues related to welfare of senior citizens and enhancement of their quality of life. The NCSrC meets at least twice a year.
The newly launched “Rashtriya Vayoshree Yojana” provides Physical Aids and Assisted Living Devices to Senior citizens belonging to BPL category.

June 14

Conference on implementation of National Pension System (NPS) by the Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) in national capital
A Conference on Implementation of National Pension System (NPS) by the Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) was organized by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) in the national capital.
The prime objective was to provide a forum to all the Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs), where the progress in the implementation of NPS with respect to compliance of timelines in various NPS related activities could be brought to the fore and a way forward could be provided. Officials from most of the Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) attended the Conference.
Shri Ajay Narayan Jha stressed upon all the participants on the need of becoming sensitive and responsible towards employee-subscribers currently covered under NPS in order to protect their interest, while monitoring various NPS related activities.

June 15

Indian Science Congress to be held at LPU, Narendra Modi to inaugurate
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate ‘106th Indian Science Congress’, to be held at Lovely Professional University from January 3 to 7, 2019. The theme for the five-day science congress is ‘Future India: Science & Technology’.
About 15,000 delegates, including 300 top scientists and Nobel Laureates from across world are expected to attend the congress.
The science congress will comprise of 18 plenary sessions, including those of medical, chemical, environmental and other science domains. There will also be four parallel mega events, including the children’s science conference; women’s science conference; science communicators’ meet; and, science exhibition.
The exhibition will see participation from the national and international science companies, especially from the US, Australia, Germany and Switzerland.

June 17

PM to chair 4th meeting of Niti Aayog's Governing Council
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the fourth meeting of Niti Aayog's Governing Council to discuss various issues, including measures taken to double farmers' income and progress of flagship schemes.
Besides, development agenda for 'New India 2022' is expected to be approved in the meeting.
The council, apex body of Niti Aayog, includes all chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials.
The Governing Council is expected to discuss important subjects, including measures taken to double farmers' income; progress of flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush; development of aspirational districts; and celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

June 18

NSG plenary meeting held in Jurmala, Latvia
The 28th Plenary Meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was held in Jūrmala, Latvia.
The NSG plenary meeting was chaired by Ambassador Jānis Zlamets of Latvia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs, welcomed the Participating Governments on behalf of Latvia.
The NSG reviewed the developments since the last meeting in Bern in 2017. Participating Governments exchanged information on global proliferation challenges.
They reiterated their support for the full, complete and effective implementation of the Treaty on Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
On the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Participating Governments noted the developments in the DPRK since the 2017 NSG Plenary in Bern.
On Iran, the Participating Governments noted the continued implementation by the E3/ EU+2 and the Islamic Republic of Iran of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

June 19

International Conference On ICT To Be Held In Kathmandu
An International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be held in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal from June 17.
The Theme of the two-day conference is “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society”.
The conference is organized by the Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN).
Around 500 delegates, including ICT users, trainers, professionals, experts, and researchers from Japan, China, Korea, India, and Nepal will attend the event.
The conference aims to bring government and private sector together for developing a plan of action using sustainable ICT applications. It also seeks to unleash the prospects of SMART Nepal by 2030.

June 20

Commerce Minister releases National Strategy for Standardization
To boost standardization of products, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu announced implementing the Indian National Strategy for Standardization in the 5th National Standards Conclave in New Delhi on June 19-20 2018.
Two reports were also released by the Minister, Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS) and CII-ASL Study on TBT/SPS Notifications.
This would boost both exports as well as domestic economic growth by realizing their value in Market.
INSS is the result of the combined efforts of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Consumer Affairs and industry stakeholders.
Objective is to achieve the highest quality standards in production and distribution of goods and services.
The INSS report addresses four broad pillars of Quality Ecosystem:
(i) Standards Development
(ii) Conformity Assessment and Accreditation
(iii) Technical Regulations and SPS Measures
(iv) Awareness and Education.

June 21

India, Australia to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation
India and Australia have agreed to further strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation, including cross-border terrorism, through exchange of information and capacity-building efforts.
According to a statement issued following the 10th Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism held, both sides assessed and exchanged views on prevailing terrorist threats in their respective regions including the problem of cross-border terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.
The two countries discussed contemporary counter-terrorism challenges such as radicalisation and violent extremism, use of internet for terror purposes, and foreign terrorist fighters and also ways to combat financing of terrorism.
The two sides agreed to further strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation through regular exchange of information, capacity building efforts, mutual legal assistance, sharing of best practices on countering violent extremism and cooperating in multilateral fora such as the United Nations and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force).
While Indian delegation was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary, Counter Terrorism, in the Eternal Affairs Ministry, the Australian side was led by Paul Foley, Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism.

June 22

Shri Nitin Gadkari to attend conference on “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028” in Tajikistan
Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari is scheduled to visit Republic of Tajikistan to represent India in the high-level Conference on “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” on 20-21 June 2018.
United Nations and Government of Republic of Tajikistan are jointly organizing the Conference to discuss key water related issues of sustainable development goals adopted by UN member countries.
Tajikistan is a strategic partner country in our extended neighbourhood. The country has a leading role in pioneering global water related issues. As a close partner country and a country which itself put great emphasis on sustainable use of water resources, India has decided to contribute to the forthcoming Conference in Tajikistan.
Minister is expected to participate in the Conference and interact bilaterally with Tajik dignitaries and others.
Shri Nitin Gadkari will also share the initiatives, solutions and best practices that Government of India is taking in the field of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Water Resource Assessment, Resource Distribution, Management, Conservation and Harvesting. He will outline key policy initiatives and flagship programs of the Government of India including juvenaretion of river Ganga.

June 23

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir inaugurates The 2 day 19th All India Conference of Directors of Finger Prints Bureau in Hyderabad
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir inaugurated the 19 all India Conference of Directors of Finger Prints Bureau in Hyderabad.
It will be a 2 day conference on Automatic Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS), usage experience of AFIS in Maharashtra and Telangana, integration of Finger Prints with CCTNS/ICJS
Two books entitled ‘Compendium of Fingerprint equipment 2018” & ‘Award of excellence in FP identification/ science competition – compilation of cases’ was released during the Conference.
Candidates holding first position in the All India Examination of Finger print experts would be awarded with ‘Aziz ul Haque Trophy’ and cash prize. The competition was conducted by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
NCRB, in cooperation with CMC Ltd., Secunderabad, developed the first indigenous AFIS called FACTS. This would help in matching the finger prints of more than a million individuals within seconds.
The world’s first finger print bureau was established in 1897 at Calcutta during British period.
Different countries started using Finger Print as unique identity for land registration, authentication, access control and many other ways. Even today although several other biometric like iris, face, DNA are available, mainly used authoritative mechanism is the Finger Print.


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