Dr. Jitendra Singh announces a 4-day Northeast festival from April 9



Dr. Jitendra Singh announces a 4-day Northeast festival from April 9


A four-day mega Northeast festival will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 9th to 12th April and will possibly be the first of its kind, aimed at showcasing the vast resource and potential of the eight Northeastern States.



 On the directions of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Secretary (DoNER) today held a detailed meeting with Delhi-based Resident Commissioners of all the eight Northeastern States as well as senior representatives from the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Commerce, Food Processing, Culture, Information & Broadcasting, Agriculture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Skill Development. They discussed the modalities for smooth coordination of the event.

 Dr. Jitendra Singh mentioned that the festival focusing on Northeast will comprise exhibitions, displays, traditional Northeast cuisines, exclusive stalls of books, art pieces and photographs, archive collections based on freedom struggle in Northeast, screening of films in various Northeastern languages and a wide variety of cultural programmes.

 In the meanwhile, Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that letters of request to potential “Brand Ambassadors” have been dispatched and the name that is finalized will be disclosed after the formal consent is received.

 In order to make the festival professionally oriented, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that a series of Business summits and discussions on investment opportunities in Northeast will also be held at which entrepreneurs from Northeast as well as from other parts of the country will have an opportunity to interact with each other. The “Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM)” will also participate in the business summits, he added.

 On the fourth and the last day of the festival, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, a gala cultural programme will be held, the hallmark of which will be fusion music of the eight Northeastern States.

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European Commission Lifts Ban on Import of Mangoes from India


The European Commission having paid due cognizance to the audit findings in its meeting in Brussels on 20.01.2015 decided to lift the ban on import of mangoes from India. This news has been widely welcomed by farmers and exporters in the country as well as mango lovers in Europe, particularly in U.K.

    Specifying the efforts of senior officials of Ministry of Agriculture, Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the system of inspection and certification of fresh fruits and vegetables destined for the EU market was subjected to a complete overhaul. The phytosanitary inspectors, exporters, pack house operators, etc. were given intensive training by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 Senior officials visited pack houses located in all parts of the country to enforce necessary changes in infrastructure and in the procedures adopted for preparation of export consignments. State Governments, APEDA, exporters and perishable cargo handling facilities at international airports provided full support to the initiative lead by the Ministry of Agriculture.

 The Union Agriculture Minister raised India’s concern over the ban with representatives from Germany, EU, the Netherlands and UK.

 All deficiencies pointed out by the EU were removed by August, 2014. An Audit Team of the EU visited India on Government’s invitation in September, 2014. The EU auditors were briefed about the steps taken by India by a team led by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. This technical Audit Team spent 10 days in the country to carry out a detailed evaluation of the entire phytosanitary control chain. The audit report submitted by this team has recognized the significant improvements carried out in India in the phytosanitary control system.

 India has been exporting various fresh fruits and vegetables, prominent among them being mangoes, to countries of the European Union. In May, 2014 a ban was imposed by the European Commission on imports of mangoes, bitter gourd, egg plant, snake gourd and taro leaves from India on grounds of interceptions of harmful organisms leading to fears on account of biosecurity of the region.

 This decision of the European Commission led to adverse impact on farmers and exporters in India. The Ministry of Agriculture therefore initiated purposeful steps to address the concern of farmers.

GG:SB Fruits and vegetables 21.01.2015 

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Hope to achieve US$15 bn bilateral trade target by 2020: Vietnamese Dy. PM
 2nd Meeting of the India-Vietnam Joint Sub-Commission on Trade held in Hanoi


Shri Rajeev Kher, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India led a delegation consisting senior officials from the Ministries of Commerce, Textiles and the Department of Pharmaceuticals along with export promotion councils and companies from the textiles, pharmaceuticals, engineering, agriculture and leather sectors to Vietnam from 19-21 January 2015. Commerce Secretary co-chaired the 2nd Meeting of the India-Vietnam Sub-Commission on Trade with Vietnamese Vice Minister of Industry and Trade H.E. Mr. Cao Quoc Hung on January 20, 2015 in Hanoi.

 At the meeting, both sides reviewed the progress made since the first meeting and discussed measures to enhance cooperation in textiles, pharmaceuticals, agri-trade, investment, services and so on. The discussions focused on implementing decisions taken during Prime Minister of Vietnam H E Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to India in October 2014 wherein both Prime Ministers agreed to enhance economic and trade cooperation as a strategic objective.

 Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, while meeting the delegation, expressed his pleasure at the blossoming of trade and economic relations and his confidence that both sides would be able to achieve the target of bilateral trade of US$15 billion by 2020. He noted that there is great potential for trade and investment cooperation in textiles, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, leather, energy and oil and gas, and invited Indian companies to invest in Vietnam. He also accepted the Indian side’s invitation conveyed by Commerce Secretary to visit India this year.

 The Joint Sub-Commission on Trade was established in 2013 between India and Vietnam with an objective to boost bilateral trade and economic cooperation. The first meeting was held in November 2013 in New Delhi.

 Shri Kher also met Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development H E Mr. Vu Van Tan, Vice Minister of Health H E Mr. Pham Le Tuan and senior officials of the Drug Administration of Vietnam. He called on Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam H E Mr. Hoang Trung Hai in Hanoi and Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Peoples Committee H E Mr. Le Manh Ha in Ho Chi Minh City.

 The delegation also visited Ho Chi Minh City on January 21 to attend a business-to-business event jointly organized by both governments, with participation of around 100 companies from both sides.


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Parrikar Invites Russian Defence Industry to Join in ‘Make In India’ Plan


India and Russia re-affirmed today their commitment to the long standing friendship and cooperation in the area of Defence Cooperation. This was reiterated during the meeting of the visiting Russian Minister of Defence, Mr. Sergei Shoigu with Defence Minister of India, Mr. Manohar Parrikar.

 Both Defence Ministers recalled the discussions between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin last month which were constructive and fruitful. The two Defence Ministers resolved to carry forward the understanding reached during the summit meeting in order to further strengthen the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries. The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of defence cooperation. They expressed confidence that the cooperation would be taken forward and be further strengthened.

 Both sides reviewed the ongoing area of defence cooperation and projects. They fdecided to hold interactions at regular intervals to conform to project deadlines.In this context, Mr. Parrikar mentioned India’s policy of ‘Make in India’ and sought Russian defence enterprises’ participation in a big way. The two Defence Ministers also discussed possible future areas of cooperation in high technology defence platforms as well as armament for the three Services.

 Besides signing the agreed protocol, the two leaders also witnessed the signing of an Agreement on exchange of Flight Safety Exchange Information.

 The two Defence Ministers expressed satisfaction over the successful conduct of joint exercises conducted individually between Army, Navy and Air Force of both sides in 2014. This is the first time that all three Services have done joint exercises in a year. The two Defence Ministers also noted that both sides are working together to progress cooperation in the field of training.

 The two sides resolved to continue to meet at regular intervals to carry forward an already robust defence cooperation between the two countries.


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