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Bengaluru: Women Science Congress begins

women science congress

The Women Science Congress was inaugurated at the ongoing Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru. DRDO Aeronautical Systems Director General Tessy Thomas who is known as Missile Woman of India graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Recalling the contribution of women in different spheres, the status of women in the country is changing as their growing presence is seen in many areas of expertise.

Indo-Iranian Writers’ Meet organized in New Delhi

In continuation of the cultural exchange programme between India and Iran, Sahitya Akademi in collaboration with Embassy of Iran organized an Indo-Iranian Writers’ Meet in New Delhi. The objective of the meet is to further deepen cultural ties between the two nations and heighten literary awareness among the readers at both sides.

The meet was also aimed at providing a platform for meaningful-dialogue between writers of both countries. Culture Counsellor of Iran Mohammad Ali Rabbani, Secretary Sahitya Akademi K Sreenivasarao and eminent writer and scholar Nasera Sharma were present in the meet. The events also witnessed a panel discussion on Indo-Iranian Cultural Bonds.

5th Asia Pacific drosophila research conference in Pune, Maharashtra

The 5th edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5) is being held in Pune, Maharashtra. The conference is being conducted in India for the 1st time.  It is organised by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).

The aim of the conference is to promote the interaction of Drosophila researchers in the Asia-Pacific region with their peers in the rest of the world. It will bring together scientists from all over the world who use the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model organism to address basic and applied questions.

New Delhi will host ITTF executive committee meeting

New Delhi will host the two-day Executive Committee meeting of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) beginning January 10th. This will be the second time the country will be hosting such a meeting. The EC meeting, to be chaired by ITTF President Thomas Weikert, will discuss the development of table tennis in India, among other issues.

The previous EC meeting of the ITTF was held in New Delhi way back in 1987 when Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) played host to the World Championships in Delhi. TTFI has evinced interest in hosting the 2024 World Championships (team events), besides seeking to organise a Platinum Championships in 2021. The bid for hosting the Worlds is yet to open.

India – Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers’ Meet 2020

The India-Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers’ Meet 2020 was held in New Delhi on 14th January. India’s Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar and Bangladeshi counterpart Muhammad H Mahmud were representing their respective countries in the meet. The meeting was concluded with the signing of some MoU’s between the two countries. During the meeting, the two ministers signed MoU for content exchange programme between Prasar Bharati and Bangladesh Radio Betar. According to the MoU, Indian content will be aired on Bangladesh Radio Betar and reciprocally All India Radio will air content of Bangladesh Radio Betar.

India’s National Film Development Corporation and Bangladesh’s Film Development Corporation has also signed MoU to jointly produce a film as the biopic of Bangladesh’s first president Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and will be directed by the noted Indian Director Shyam Benegal. The biopic is planned to be released in March 2021 on the occasion of centenary celebrations of Banga Bandhu. Bangladesh will also celebrate “Mujib Year” from March 17, 2020 to March 17, 2021 to commemorate the centenary year of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. During the Meet, India also announced to extend its support for the establishment and development of ‘Bongobondhu Film City’.

3rd North Zone Conference of Media Units held in Jammu

The 3rd edition of North Zone Conference’ of Media Units of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, is being held in Jammu. The two-day Conference is organised by the Regional Outreach Bureau, Jammu and Kashmir region.

Joint Secretary Vikram Sahay asked the IIS officers to work in coordination and effectively promote programmes and policies of the Union Government. He stressed upon the young officers to learn and disseminate information in regional languages.

Nityanand Rai inaugurates Conference on Census 2021 in New Dekhi

A Conference of the Chief Secretaries and Administrator State and Union Territories on Census 2021 and updating of National Population Register, NPR was held in New Delhi. The conference was inaugurated by Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai. He also inaugurated the Official Mascot for Census 2021.

The data collected in the Census helps in framing policies for the welfare of the people of the country. Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla remarked on the vastness of this exercise and involvement of the State functionaries. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India Dr Vivek Joshi made a brief presentation on the Strategy for Census 2021.

IIM Kozhikode hosts ‘Globalising Indian Thought’ conclave

An International Conclave on ‘Globalising Indian Thought’ was held from 16th to 18th January, 2020. The conclave was hosted by The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM Kozhikode). The three-day Academic conclave was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through video conferencing, witnessing representations from renowned academicians, public figures and the presentation of more than 100 world-class research papers.

IIM Kozhikode embraced Globalizing Indian Thought as its institutional mission a decade ago. Over the years, the Institute has fostered and nurtured various elements of Indian ethos in management and leadership. The conclave was the perfect platform for the congregation of academics discussing India’s contribution to the world and how India as a country can re-imagine itself and re-shape worldviews in the current context.

Rajnath Singh at 12th South Asia Conference

12th South Asia Conference

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh delivered the inaugural address at 12th edition of the annual South Asia Conference which was held in New Delhi. India’s “Neighbourhood First” Policy: Regional Perceptions was the theme of The South Asia Conference 2020.

India to organize EAS conference in Chennai

EAS

India is set to organize an East Asia Summit conference in Chennai with a concentration on maritime security cooperation and tackling challenges in the maritime domain.

National Water Conference organized in Madhya Pradesh

National Water Conference

National Water Conference was launched by Chief Minister Kamal Nath in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The importance and revival of traditional water sources, right to water, river rejuvenation campaign in Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi organizes “Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking”

Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has hosted the two days BIMSTEC’s Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking in New Delhi. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Home Affairs.

Difficult Dialogues 2020 begins in Goa

Difficult Dialogues 2020

The 5th edition of Difficult Dialogues began in Panji, Goa. Difficult Dialogues (DD) is an yearly forum examining issues of contemporary relevance in South Asia. Difficult Dialogues 2020 will focus on the “State of Law”.