Current Affairs Summits

 The 6th edition of the mega industrial exhibition ‘Engiexpo 2020’ is being organised in Vadodara, Gujarat from February 15 to 17, 2020. The three-day mega exhibition will be organised by the Federation of Small Scale Industries (FSSI), to promote ‘Made in India’ products. Over 10,000 industrial products will be showcased in more than 300 stalls. Several companies from Uzbekistan are also participating in the exhibition.

 National Conference on e-Governance 2020 was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Mumbai Declaration was adopted on the concluding day of the National Conference on e-Governance. The theme of the conference is: India 2020: Digital Transformation. The National e-Governance Awards 2020 were also presented during the conference. The National Conference on E-Governance was organised jointly by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India and Department of Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra. In the National Conference on e-Governance 2020, use of digital technologies in transforming the governance was discussed along the issues, opportunities and challenges faced during this transformation process. During the conference, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh stated that the e-Governance is very essential to achieve good governance.
  • National e-Governance Awards 2020:
The National e-Governance Awards 2020 were also presented during the conference to recognize the exemplary implementation of e-Governance initiatives and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives.
Awards are presented every year:
  • To recognize achievements in the area of e-Governance.
  • To disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives.
  • To encourage incremental innovations in successful e-Governance solutions.
  • To promote and exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success.
Awards winners are as follows:
  • Under the category of “Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering for Digital Transformation”, National Health Authority, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was awarded with Gold award for Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
  • IIT Roorkee’s Satellite-Based Agriculture Information System: An Efficient Application of ICT has won the Gold Award for Outstanding Research on Citizen-Centric Services.
  • Under the category of “Excellence in providing citizen-centric delivery”, Antyodaya Saral Haryana of Department of IT, Haryana was awarded with the Gold award.

 The 5th edition of Dhaka Art Summit was inaugurated in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This summit was inaugurated by State Minister for Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh KM Khalid. More than 500 artists, sculptors, architects and art professionals from various countries are participating in the Summit. The Summit will also feature live events, panel discussions and puppet shows among other things. This year’s programmes also include a special exhibition on the life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to pay tribute to Bangabandhu on the occasion of his birth centenary. Dhaka Art Summit is the premier art festival of Bangladesh.

 The World Sustainable Summit 2020 is an annual event organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) at New Delhi. This year theme of the event is: ‘Towards 2030: Making the Decade Count’. The Summit includes Sustainable Action Dialogues, Regional dialogues, corporate conclaves, IFAT Delhi 2020 (Exhibition of Clean Technologies), Youth Volunteer Programmes. The event has become a premier international event focusing on developing actions.

  The 3rd Global Potato Conclave-2020 begins today at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conclave through video conferencing. The Conclave will provide an opportunity to bring all stakeholders at one common platform. Gujarat is one of the leading producers of Potato in the country. Netherland is the partner country of this conclave. The mega event will have three major components, which include the Potato Conference, the Agri Expo and Potato Field Day. It is a unique event to expose different stakeholders of the country to the frontiers of knowledge and innovations in potato research. This conclave is being organized by the Indian Potato Association (IPA) in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research ICAR, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla and International Potato Center, Lima, Peru.

 The 2nd edition of NIC Tech Conclave-2020 begins today. The Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate this conclave in New Delhi. These event is being organized by the National Informatics Centre. This conclave will contribute immensely to the capacity building of Government officers across the country and help in delivering high-quality citizen-centric services. This year conclave theme is “Technologies for Next-Gen Governance”.

  India will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Government meeting 2020. The meeting is held annually at the Prime Minister’s level and it discusses the SCO’s programme and multilateral economic and trade co-operation. All 8 members and 4 observer states and other international dialogue partners will be invited to the meeting. SCO member countries are Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazhakstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Observer countries are Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Belarus.

 The India-Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Ministers’ Meet 2020 was held in New Delhi. 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. The biopic will be based on his life and his works 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’. The above MoU’s are expected to cement the existing relations between the two countries and to take the development in the two countries to an advance level.

 The 5th edition of the prestigious Raisina Dialogue will begin in Delhi. This is India’s flagship global conference on geopolitics and geo-economics Raisina Dialogue. This conference is jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation, will bring together 700 international participants from over 100 countries. The 12 foreign ministers, including from Russia, Iran, Australia, Maldives, South Africa, Estonia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Latvia, Uzbekistan and the EU are participate in it.

  India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the nodal body for the country’s pulses trade and industry on announced that the 5th edition of “The Pulses Conclave 2020”, will be held from February 12-14 in Lonavala, Maharashtra. The conference aims at increasing exports, processing efficiencies, protein extraction, value addition and post-harvest management.

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