Connect Canada Jan 2016

  • Independence Day - 15 August 2017

    The 71st Independence Day of India was celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm at the Consulate General of India, Vancouver on 15 August 2017 at 0930 hrs.

    The event began with the unfurling of the National Flag by Consul General Abhilasha Joshi followed by the singing of the National Anthem. The Consul General read out the President’s address to the nation on the occasion.

    The event was graced by the distinguished presence of Hon’ble Jinny Sims, Minister for Citizen Services of the Government of British Columbia (BC) and Mr. Raj Chauhan, MLA and Deputy Speaker of the BC Assembly. A group of Ex-servicemen of Indian armed forces also added patriotic fervor to the event along with a large gathering of around more than 150 members of the Indian diaspora, Friends of India, office bearers of Indian Associations and ethnic Indian media. The Consul General, in her brief remarks, welcomed the gathering and highlighted the new policies and flagship projects of the government of India like Namami Gange, Swachch Bharat, India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians, Make in India, etc. to connect the diaspora with the process of nation building.


    The Consulate General of India, Vancouver wishes all the members of the diaspora A Happy Independence Day and thanks all those who participated in the event.

  • VASTRA- An International Textile & Apparel Fair 2017

    Indian textile industry is the second largest manufacturer and exporter in the world. 

    Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO), a Government of Rajasthan undertaking, with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), is organizing the 6th annual edition of International Textile and Apparel Fair "VASTRA- An International Textile & Apparel Fair 2017" (VASTRA-2017) from 21st to 24th September, 2017 at Jaipur (Rajasthan). Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India is supporting the event. A brochure of the fair is available on our website More details of the fair are also available at

    VASTRA, is a comprehensive trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel. The products on display range from Fibre to Fashion - covering the entire textile value addition chain. VASTRA, primarily a B2B trade fair where foreign buyers and Indian Buying Houses participate, has emerged as an important trade fair in the calendar of international event on Textiles and Apparel in India. In the last edition VASTRA-2016 held in October, 2016, 179 exhibitors and 85 foreign buyers participated.

    Quality importers of textile products and textile associations may contact Mr. B. K. Nayak, Dy. Director, FICCI (Mail ID Mob. No. +91 9945790735). It may be mentioned that foreign buyers will be hosted in VASTRA-2017, and the level of hosting / hospitality would vary from buyer to buyer, depending upon their business profile and other details.

  • 12th International Railway Equipment Exhibition- Global Platform for Railway Technology & Services, 11-13 October 2017, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

    • The 12th International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE 2017) is being organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the Ministry of Railways, Government of India from 11-13 October 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
    • IREE is the largest event for the Railway Sector in India with active participation of India Railways in the Exhibition, Conference and networking initiatives. IREE 2015 witnessed a large number of Indian Railway production units displaying the future requirements and offerings from Indian Railways. Senior officials from these units of the Indian Railways were also present for discussions and networking throughout the exhibition period.
    • As technological up-gradation is the top priority of Indian Railways and many areas have been thrown open for private sector participation, IREE 2017 will facilitate partnerships, joint ventures, technology transfer initiatives and create an ideal platform for manufactures and service providers.
    • Detailed brochure on IREE 2017 is available on our website For more information about the exhibition, please visit

  • India in Vancouver!


    Canada's Premiere Indian Classical Music and Dance event, the 6th Annual Mushtari Begum Festival, is taking place once again on Saturday, September the 30th 2017at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster, with Cassius Khan, Amika Kushwaha, Ustad Amarjeet Singh, Abhishek Iyer, Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan, Prajakta Trehan, Sharanjeet Singh Mand, Disha Mehta and many more, such will be the passion and enchantment they create, intoxicating the soul with ancient melodies and rhythms, that undoubtedly, your ears will begin to see and the eyes listen.

  • Indian Davis Cup Team will play in Canada in Edmonton 15-17 September 2017

    There to cheer for them. Your help is requested in spreading the word and support for the Team. Tickets available at Ticketmaster .

  • Centre of Excellence (NCoE) for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (AVGC)

    Last date – 24 August 2017
    Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is setting up a National Centre of Excellence (NCoE) for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (AVGC). It is inviting bids from international academic institutions of repute to be International Academic Partner for the NCoE-AVGC. The bid document can be accessed through these links:

    IIMC Website: 

    Central Procurement Portal: -

  • EIMA Agrimach 2017 7-9 December 2017 at New Delhi

    Although India is one of the top countries in agricultural production, the current level of farm mechanization, which varies across states, averages around 40%. The agriculture equipment market in India is presently valued at 6.5 billion USD and has enormous potential for further growth. 

    EIMA Agrimach India 2017, is the only business to business event of its kind offering a single venue interface between Indian and global players in the agri-machinery sector. It is the most important trade show in India on agricultural machinery with visitor numbers reaching 40,000. Organised jointly by FICCI, FederUNACOMA in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the event is inspired by EIMA International, the second largest exhibition and conference on farm mechanisation in the world.

    The fourth edition of EIMA Agrimach India organized in 2015 got a brilliant opening and received an overwhelming response. The exhibition witnessed participation from over 400 Indian and International companies including Country Pavilions from Italy, Japan, Spain and Turkey and direct participation from USA, Australia and Turkey. For Brochure, pls. visit the Notice Board of the Consulate’s website For more event-related information and queries pls. contact: Shri Jasmeet Singh, Head, Agriculture, FICCI; Tel. No. 00911123487503; Mobile No. 9818724323; E-mail id:


    Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India, in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), will be organizing the 3rd edition of International Exhibition & Conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Industry – INDIA PHARMA 2018 & INDIA MEDICAL DEVICE 2018 - at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka from February 15-17, 2018. 

    The events would comprise of an International Exhibition and a Conference along with a series of concurrent events, such as CEOs Forum, Investors Meets, International Drugs Regulatory Meet, Buyer- Seller Meet, etc. 

    The 2nd edition of the event held in February 2017 witnessed over 275 exhibitors from the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Device sectors and hosted Buyers from over 24 countries. International Drug Regulators from 8 Countries and 29 Embassy/High Commission officials apart from 10,000 Business Visitors visited the event during the 3 days. Government of Karnataka participated as the Host State while the Government of Chhattisgarh was the Partner State in the last event 

    The 3rd edition will have the following components: 

    • Exhibition
    • Conference
    • Reverse Buyer Seller Meet
    • International Regulators Meet
    • Investors Meet
    • CEO’s Forum with the Hon’ble Minister
    • India Pharma & India Medical Device Awards

    For further information on the events, you may refer to event website:

  • Royal Canadian Air Cadets Graduate from Advanced Aviation Courses


    Two deserving Cadets were awarded the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Cadet Medal of Merit

    One hundred and twenty Royal Canadian Air Cadets from across Canada celebrated graduation at Canadore College Friday morning. 

    The Cadets received a certificate of achievement from the Canadian Forces after completing 142 hours of instruction in the Advanced Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Airport Operations programs at Canadore. 

    Comprehensive training included courses in airport safety, air traffic control, ground services, and meteorology to name a few, and was delivered six days a week for eight hours each day. 

    The Cadets, aged 12 to 18, began their training in early July. More than 700 applications were received from squadrons across Canada each year for this prestigious training. Candidates compete for the coveted spots based on academic merit, essays, community service and interviews. 

    The ceremony was held at Canadore College’s Aviation Technology Campus. Guest speakers included Don Berrill, president of the Air Cadet League of Canada and major Melissa Wordragen CD, officer commanding Advanced Aviation Technology Courses (AATC). 

    Two deserving Cadets were awarded the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Cadet Medal of Merit (ANAVETS). Cadet Navyatha Pottumutu from Victoria, B.C. and Cadet Mahdi Rida from Laval, Que. were chosen for demonstrating overall achievement in their courses, strong leadership qualities, above average dress, a high level of motivation and consistent cooperation with others.

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – 6-28 October 2017

    India is hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 in October 2017 in Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata and New Mumbai. The Opening Ceremony of this event will be held in New Delhi on 6 October 2017 while the final match will be held in Kolkata on 28 October 2017. Hon’ble Prime Minister will be presiding over the Opening Ceremony of this event. 

    The teams from following countries will be participating in the event: USA, Colombia, Ghana, Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey, Iran, Guinea, Gurmany, Costa Rica, Korea DPR, Niger, Brazil, Spain, Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France, Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England.

  • News from India

    Women officers to carry India's naval ambitions

    Vartika Joshi has crammed her laptop with movies and has picked books to carry for an eight-month stint riding sea waves. But those idyllic-sounding distractions are only to keep her sane. For the most part, she'll be leading a mission unlike any undertaken by Asian women. Joshi is one of six women officers from the Indian Navy who will set off from Goa in the first week of September to circumnavigate the earth on a sailing boat in a bid to create history and lend greater heft to India's burgeoning naval ambitions.



    IIT Guwahati develops silk patch to repair damaged heart tissue

    The 3D patch has high cell density, a foremost requirement for heart tissue.

    Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have fabricated a 3D cardiac tissue patch using silk protein membranes seeded with heart muscle cells. The patch can potentially be used for regenerating damaged heart tissue.

    Cardiac tissue gets permanently damaged when oxygen supply is reduced or cut off during a heart attack. The damaged portion gets scarred and does not contract and relax, which over time leads to a change in the shape of the heart and reduced pumping capacity.

    While currently available grafts fail to mimic the structure and the function of the native heart tissue as well as maintain high cell numbers, the patch developed by the IIT Guwahati researchers scores over these on many counts. The results were published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.



    After ISRO launches its satellite successfully, Chile looks to work with IIT

    The 3D patch has high cell density, a foremost requirement for heart tissue.

    Cheaper and credible launches and India’s overall expertise is driving South American countries towards the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) for launching their satellites. For launching its first homemade palm-sized satellite, the University of Chile got a ride onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C38 rocket recently. The faculty of the university is in talks with professors at IIT-Madras for doing joint missions.

    Confirming the launch, Indian ambassador to Chile Anita Nayar told FE: “One launch, of SUCHAI, the nano-satellite of the University of Chile, was successfully accomplished by ISRO at the end of June 2017. The SUCHAI project is a standardised satellite of Cubesat type of 1 litre of volume and 1 kg of weight. It is the first satellite built in Chile by students at the university.”

  • Children (SPDC) - Scholarship Programme for Diaspora

    Government of India launched a scheme called “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC), in the academic year 2006-2007, for the children of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes. 

    Under the scheme financial assistance for specific undergraduate courses in Professional and Non-Professional courses (except Medical and related courses) is provided towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services. Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) for the academic year 2017-18 has been launched on 17th July, 2017. The online portal for the scheme is The last date of submission of applications online is 30.09.2017.

    SPDC is applicable to Children of NRIs/PIOs/OCIs in 66 countries [Canada is one of them] for undergraduate programmes. The scheme is applicable to the following four categories: 

    • Children of Persons of Indian Origin
    • Children of Non-Resident of Indians
    • Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries studying abroad &
    • Children of Indian workers in ECR countries – studying in India

    Of 150 scholarships under SPDC, 50 are reserved for category (c) and (d) above. The complete guidelines have been uploaded on our website’s notice board

Source from(Connect Canada)