The UK-India Strategic Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research held their second meeting in New Delhi today to discuss mutual research priorities to tackle AMR, an increasingly serious global threat.  They also assessed progress made by the UK-India partnership in AMR, since its launch last November by the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson and Indian Minister for Science & Technology, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan.


The UK-India AMR collaboration is led by the UK Research Councils and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT). Both RCUK and DBT are nodal agencies coordinating this initiative with other research funding partners in India like the Department of Science and Technology, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

The strategic group commended the progress, which has since its first meeting in November 2016, successfully commissioned a mapping report on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research in India, which was released by the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson and Indian Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y S Chowdary at an event in New Delhi last week. Also present at this event were Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel laureate and President of the Royal Society, Professor K VijayRaghavan, Secretary DBT and Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India.


The report is available on the RCUK India website.


Both Ministers welcomed the joint report and the RCUK – DBT partnership addressing AMR. The report identifies gaps in our understanding, especially in countries with high disease burdens, and highlights that we can use multi-disciplinary research to fill key areas of potential action including the environment, industrial waste, farming practise, and how people use and understand valuable antibiotic drugs.


The strategic group also welcomed AMR research experts from the UK and India who will be participating in a UK-India sandpit-style workshop this week to develop outline proposals for AMR research. This workshop is organised by RCUK and DBT from 7th – 10th November in Delhi NCR, and will serve as a platform to build interdisciplinary research teams and joint outline proposals for research into various aspects of AMR.


Up to £13 million joint funding, under the Newton Bhabha Fund, will be utilised on projects funded as a result of this workshop.


Professor K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, DBT said: “The challenge AMR poses is enormous from India’s perspective because it revolves not only around the use of antibiotics, but also around enforcement, industrial waste and use of antibiotics in the livestock industry, all of which, in turn, affects the food chain and public water supply, thereby causing major health risks. Our research efforts are addressing the detection, diagnosis and prevalence of AMR. Our international partnerships are crucial to help scale up these efforts.”

Professor Stuart Taberner, Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research, RCUK, said: “Global challenges such as AMR can be addressed by strong, collaborative research partnerships, such as the one the UK-India are demonstrating through various initiatives in AMR. While the joint mapping report identifies gaps in our understanding, I am hopeful that some of proposals that will be developed at the interactive workshop will help address these gaps.”


World Brotherhood Day Will Be Celebrated on December 18th

World Brotherhood Organization (WBO) will mark its Annual World Brotherhood Day on December 18th. As an international, voluntary, non-profit, non-political social organization, WBO is making a qualitative difference to the society since its foundation in 1999. By reawakening the spirit of solidarity and brotherhood on the basis of humanity, WBO propagates peace, progressiveness and better coordination between individuals and societies. Their work positively impacts people from all walks and spheres of life, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.


The Annual Day Celebrations on December 18th will be graced by the presence of many dignitaries including, Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi, MP from New Delhi, Mr. Udit Raj, MP from North West Delhi and Mr. Joginder Singh, Ex CBI Director. As this event also marks the celebration of Christmas and New Year, several Ambassadors, High Commissioners, renowned singers and artists shall also grace the occasion with their presence. The Annual World Brotherhood Day is marked every year on the Sunday preceding Christmas.


This year WBO is also initiating The WBO Rattan Awards for people who made outstanding contributions in their respective fields in 2016. The list of awardees includes, Dr. D.S. Rana, Kidney Specialist and Chairman, Sir Gangaram Hospital; Mr. Abhinav Bindra, World Champion & Olympic Gold Medalist, Mr. Mahashya Dharampal Gulati, Founder, MDH Spices and Mr. Kuldeep Singh Channa, Social Worker for upgrading and managing cremation grounds as well as in other fields.


Mr. SS Marwah, Hony. Secretary General, WBO shares his gratification resolve for the future, “We seek to provide a common platform to people of diverse backgrounds. We urge them to come forth and work for the betterment of the society as a unit and foster brotherhood, harmony and unity among all religions and communities as we look forward to working towards a better and brighter tomorrow, effused with the light of hope and peace. A Very Happy 2017 to all!” WBO aspires to foster ‘Sarva Dharma-Sambhava’, which translates to respecting the equality of all religions and developing mutual respect for all and to step aside from the narrow, parochial and communal or religious overtones which unfortunately are plaguing society today.


The Annual Day Celebrations at Marwah Farm, New Delhi will commence at 11 AM with a painting competition for children up to 12 years, followed by a fancy dress competition for children up to 6 years and several dance and cultural programs. The felicitation of awardees will be preceded by lunch. The event will culminate with a lucky draw competition with lots of prizes to be won.

Indraprasth Sanjeevni NGO in association with Ministry of Urban Development launches a new initiative under Swachh Bharat Mission

Indraprasth Sanjeevni NGO in association with The Ministry of Urban Development has launched a new initiative today under the Swachh Bharat Mission. As part of the initiative, households and residential colonies in various parts of Delhi will display a  ‘SwachhaGrahi’ nameplate outside their houses. The purpose of displaying the nameplate is to reinforce the message of keeping one’s house and surroundings clean amongst the residents of India and in the process encourage the citizens to contribute towards cleanliness and green environment.

NGO Indraprasth Sanjeevni based in New Delhi will be providing the nameplate free of cost to various residential colonies in Delhi and work closely with RWAs under this initiative. The NGO will be starting this campaign from Karol Bagh on 25th December 2016 on the Birthday Anniversary of Bharat Ratan Shri.Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Former P.M.of India).

Speaking at the occasion, Shri Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary MoUD and Mission Director, SBM (Urban) said, “I want to thank NGO Indraprasth Sanjeevni, Daler Mehendi for this initiative and for spreading the message of Swachh Bharat. We hope this will encourage more citizens to be a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.”

Mr. Sanjeev Arora, Chairman Indraprasth Sanjeevni NGO said ‘Swachh Bharat mission is a mass movement and will be fulfilled with individual participation. With this initiative, we will work with various residential societies, RWAs including households in middle and lower middle class homes and encourage people to display the nameplate and become a ‘SwachhaGrahi.”

Promoting the initiative, Daler Mehndi, Pop singer, music composer, songwriter said“I am happy to be associated with the Swacch Bharat mission. As an ambassador I  hope to encourage my followers to imbibe the spirit of a Clean India ,motivate them to become Swachha Grahi and join hands on-ground to participate in mission activities.”


The Swachh Bharat Mission, which aims to make India open defecation free, has now become a mass movement among civil societies and individuals, towards promoting use of toilet and hygiene. Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across country are working round the clock to educate, engage and make aware its population about ill effects of open defecation on children and society.


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Jo Johnson MP, UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, announced a number of initiatives along with Indian Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harshvardhan at the India-UK TECH Summit in New Delhi. The bilateral announcements are aimed to deepen collaboration between the UK and India in the science and technology space. Jo Johnson is in New Delhi from 8-10 November 2016.


The UK is country partner at this years’ TECH Summit, which is India’s premier science and technology showcase. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the partnership between the two countries during his visit to the UK in November 2015. The TECH Summit has brought together leading star speakers, British businesses, science and technology experts to India to show best of what UK has to offer.


Speaking at the Summit, the Science Ministers announced a number of new UK-India Newton Fund research programmes, worth up to £80 million, in areas including: water quality; anti-microbial resistance; and women and children’s health. This takes the joint investment in research programmes through the Newton Fund in India to up to £200 million until 2021 (£104 million from UK match funded by Indian partners) to jointly address global societal challenges.


The UK Science Minister also launched the first annual £1 million Newton Prize, which will recognise the Newton Fund’s best science or innovation that promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries. For 2017, the Prize is open to existing Newton Fund programmes in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam which focus on the grand societal challenge of public health and wellbeing, covering issues such as anti-microbial resistance, disease, healthcare, and nutrition.


Jo Johnson said:

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:


“The future of science and innovation depends on collaboration and India continues to be a vital science partner for the UK.


“Through the Newton Fund we’re working together to improve the lives of millions across the world we are continuing to look at opportunities to expand this partnership to include funding for social science and humanities programmes.”


Jo Johnson will open the first meeting of the Research Councils UK-Department for Biotechnology Strategic Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) on 9th November, which will work towards accelerating development of new drugs and diagnostics

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosts the Press Meet for Swachh Paryavaran Campaign

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Walking in the footsteps of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and carrying forward his vision of a clean India, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has initiated the Swachh Paryavaran Campaign supported by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India which was announced to the media in a press meet organized by them.

The objective is to establish an awareness driven campaign with the primary aim to elucidate the importance of CLEAN ENVIRONMENT through the school children and the youth. Children bear the most ill-effects of environmental problems such as air-pollution and harmful effects of usage of  plastics, polythene and other toxic pollutants, causing grave danger to their health, as they are the most sensitive to their surroundings. The adverse effects to human health remain a topic of fierce controversy, though a growing consensus is emerging that plastics and their additives are not always the benign companions we once assumed them to be.

This campaign has been orchestrated to create a general awareness among the youth of our country about the impact of the perilous condition that we are living within and its repercussions few years down the line” says Mr. G S Singhvi, Chairman Organizing Committee.

The campaign emphasizes on along with being informative, it is the need of the hour. We want the children to be aware about their actions and the impact they have on the environment and to take a pledge to conserve it for there is an urgent need to add to the environmental inheritance that we’ll be bestowing on our future generations to come.

The panel members comprised of Mr. G S Singhvi, Chairman Organizing Committee, Swachh Paryavaran Campaign, Mr. Gopal Jiwarajka Sr. Vice President, PHD Chamber, and Mr. Alok B. Shriram, Former President PHD Chamber, Mr. Anil Khaitan VP PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rtn. Dr. Subramanian, Rotary Governor District 3011 and Mr. Saurabh Sanyal, Secretary General, PHD Chamber  who successfully addressed the media on the theme of conserving and protecting resources and environment.

Swachh Paryavaran aims to address the severe crisis of foul air and contaminated water on a war footing, which is also the major reason behind the depletion of vital nutrients among growing children. The Campaign which is designed from November 2016 to April 2017 will have the youth, school students, PSU’S, corporate houses, government organizations, UNIC, UNESCO, and NGO’S actively participating.

Over the Next few months PHD Chamber of commerce and Industry shall undertake cleanliness and awareness drive through various programmes under PHD Chamber Swachh Paryavaran campaign.

The Agenda of the Campaign comprises of:

  •  Inter-school short play competitions- November 2016
  •  Wall painting activity- December 2016
  •  Presentation of the pledge signed by One Hundred Thousand students to the Hon’ble President of India -December 2016
  •   Students Address by the Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi- January 2017
  •   Rally  at Rajpath of 5000 students- February 2017
  •   Plantation Drive- April 2017

“Swachh Paryavaran” entails not only ensuring cleanliness, but also a pledge to build a better tomorrow for our generations to come and thus PHD has crafted the statement of “Swachh Hawa Shudh Jal, Swastha Rahega Hamara Kal.


A major UK business delegation to the Global Investors Summit in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh will be led by Alok Sharma, FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific.


He will join representatives of 28 UK businesses at the event in Indore on Saturday (22 October 2016), which is a global platform for interaction with Indian industry leaders, policy makers, investors and businesses.


The visit follows shortly after the announcement that Prime Minister Theresa May will lead a trade mission to India next month during her first major bilateral visit since taking office.


Speaking ahead of the Global Investors Summit, Alok Sharma said:


“Madhya Pradesh is one of the fastest growing states in India and a great example of how the UK and India are working together for both of our benefit.


“The UK has been a long-term supporter of the state, through aid and other partnerships, and it now has a vibrant economy. The Global Investors Summit will allow us to build and strengthen business links in thriving areas like tourism, rural development and a dynamic manufacturing and industrial sector.”


Mr Sharma will make the opening speech at the summit and will also meet with the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The UK is a country partner for the summit, which takes place every two years to showcase the industrial strengths of the state.


The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) began making major investments in Madhya Pradesh in 1999 which have improved governance, health and nutrition, rural livelihoods, urban reforms, financial services and civil society support.


The UK now has a partnership with the state providing technical assistance on issues including on Smart Cities and urban development. Indore is being developed as a role model Smart City, using the latest technology to maximise liveability for residents and effectiveness for businesses. The evolving relationship between the UK and the state reflects long-term reforms in India and the important role of both our countries on the world stage.


Prime Minister Theresa May will lead a trade mission of small and medium sized business from all regions of the UK when she visits India next month.


During her visit she will join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the first India-UK TECH Summit, a showcase for partnership in technological industries.

2 days National Plumbing Skills Conclave & Mela to be held in Delhi


Following the Central Government’s vision to make India Skillful and create employment opportunity for everyone, Indian Plumbing Skill Council under the Ministry of Skill Development is organizing 2 days (21& 22nd October 2016)  National Plumbing Skill Conclave and Skill Mela in Delhi. The event will be held at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Kalka Ji, Delhi and it would be inaugurate by Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Sh. Rajiv Pratap Rudy on 22ndOctober. The event would be attended by more than 2000 plumbers, architects, consultants, manufacturers and government bodies.  It is a platform for the plumbers to showcase their talents, learn new skills & technology, interact with industry experts and get the recognition from the authorized bodies and Government.

Commenting about the Skill Mela, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Mr P K Chaddha, Officiating CEO, Indian Plumbing Skills Council said“The Plumbing Industry faces the mammoth challenge of huge gap between the supply and demand of skilled workforce.  A very small percentage of the plumbing workforce is actually skilled in India. It becomes our duty as plumbing professionals, members of the Indian plumbing industry and other various plumbing related organizations and associations to ensure that skilled and certified manpower in adequate number is provided across industries using plumbing skills to raise plumbing standards in India to global levels. About 90% of the Plumbing industry workforce in India is not professionally trained. Most of the skill learning in the industry happens through unstructured, on-the job training (OJT)”.

In India we are striving to match the standards and change the mind-set towards Plumbers because Plumber is a “Nation’s Water Supply Protector”. Plumber is the first soldier in the line of defense against diseases. Through this Skill Mela & Conclave we are creating different types of competitions among plumbers and will select 6 teams from here and 6 teams from Hyderabad event. Out of these teams 1 winner team will participate in the World Skills Competition which will be held at Abu Dhabi on 14-19th October 2017, he also added.

Lack of professionally trained plumbers is a major drawback for country’s construction and related sectors. IPSC is endeavoring to address these issues and is making efforts to bring the skill levels of our Country to World Standards through such events.

With rapid mechanism of Plumbing / Plumbing related Industry, it is important that skilling of manpower focuses on the latest technologies and equipment. IPSC endeavors to create  National Occupational Standards (NOS),  Development of Training Contents and curriculum, develop the Job roles which are in demand in India and Globally  and also to give the recognition to Plumbing sector as an Individual trade as not the sub segment of Construction.

Plumbers and Contractors are required in majority in the Industries like Construction be it for Housing/Commercial, Water Treatment, Gas Supply, Fire Safety etc. Indian plumbing industry (manufactured products) is estimated at Rs. 20,000 Cr + market (G.I,PVC,CPVC & others) and growing over 15% CAGR.