India Current Affairs 2018

4th International Ayurveda Congress held in Leiden, Netherlands

Fourth International Ayurveda Congress (IAvC) was held in Leiden, Netherlands from September 1 to 2, 2018. It was inaugurated by Minister of State, (IC), for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik. The Congress was jointly organized by International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation, Netherlands; All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi and International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune in association with Indian Embassy in Netherlands.

Key Facts

The congress focused on promotion and propagation of Ayurveda in Netherlands and its neighboring countries of Europe. On sidelines of this congress, Indian Embassy also had organized special seminar titled “India-Netherlands collaboration in Healthcare, including Ayurveda”. Special Seminar titled “India-Netherlands collaboration in Healthcare, including Ayurveda” was also organized by Indian Embassy on sidelines of this conference. This seminar was jointly addressed by AYUSH Minister and Dutch Minister for Medical Care and Sport Bruno Bruins highlighting benefits on traditional knowledge of India such as Yoga and Ayurveda for healthy living and aging.

AYUSH

India has long history and culture running over 5000 years of using traditional medicines for health care and developing them with modern scientific outlook. AYUSH is acronym of tradition medical systems that are being practiced in India such as Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy which are collectively abbreviated as AYUSH.

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MOVE Cyclathon organized by NITI Aayog to promote clean mobility

National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog flagged off cycle rally MOVE Cyclathon to spread message of clean mobility to the Indian public and promote cleaner, accessible modes of transport. The cyclathon was held in run up to MOVE: Global Mobility Summit scheduled to be held on September 7, 8 in New Delhi.

Key Facts

The event was aimed at promoting cycling for healthier life & less polluting city and spread message of a shared, connected, and zero-emission mobility in the country. It was organized as part of ‘Mobility Week’ which will see 17 events in seven days from 31 August to 6 September 2018. These events are aimed to facilitate interactions with various stakeholders across the mobility domain.

MOVE: Global Mobility Summit

It is the first of its kind summit to be organized by NITI Aayog, in collaboration with various ministries and industry partners to promote new cleaner, accessible modes of transport.  It is aimed at bringing together and engaging with key stakeholders within rapidly transforming global mobility landscape and evolve public interest framework for shared, connected, zero emission agenda for the future. It also aims to encourage synergies between indigenous industries such as automobile manufacturing, information technology, electronics, telecommunications to integrate with global supply chains. It also envisages mobility as key driver for generating employment, providing innovative solutions to improve efficiency and efficacy of transport sector and accelerate economic growth. It will help to drive government’s goals for vehicle electrification, renewable energy integration and job growth and also speed up India’s transition to a clean energy economy.

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