Daily Archive: January 3, 2019

QED Group, LLC Announces Collaboration with Hansraj College, University of Delhi to Build Data Visualization Capacity and Strengthen Culture of Data Use Globally

QED Group, LLC (QED) announced today it will be working with Hansraj College, University of Delhi under the umbrella of the Center for Global Data Visualization (CGDV), an initiative led by The QED Group, LLC designed to build data visualization capacity and strengthen a culture of data use in international development.

“This initiative represents a tremendous opportunity for our students to develop their skills in data visualization and establish a professional network in the critically important and exciting areas of international development viz. health, education, economic development, agriculture, environment etc.

The acquired skills and network, both, will make our students more marketable and help them bridge the gap between getting a degree and employability when they graduate” Said, Alka Kacker, associate professor, Department of Economics, Hansraj College, University of Delhi.

While common place in the world of business, data analytics is underutilized in the design, implementation and evaluation of international development programmes. The CGDV aims to address this by providing a unique platform for collaboration, offering opportunities for training, networking, publishing and professional development in data analytics and visualization. CGDV will mobilize the power of university students to offer insights into some of the greatest challenges facing many low- and middle-income countries today.

“With the onset of the digital revolution, we find ourselves with new tools and technology that enable us to quickly analyze and visualize data easily – more than we could have ever imagined even five years ago. Data visualization software technologies such as Tableau have been transformative, revealing insights we never could have otherwise understood or appreciated in the data,” said Neelima Grover, President and CEO, who founded QED 20 years ago with the vision to transform lives through knowledge-based solutions.

Grover said, “We are excited for Hansraj College to join us on this journey and look forward to seeing the great contribution that students can make in helping to promote data visualization and data use for development programs in the Indo-Pacific region and in countries like Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam. In fact, we’ll soon be visiting Vietnam to enlist the help of more institutions to serve as collaborating organizations with the CGDV."

IT Dept. raids 28 business establishments in UP

Lucknow: The Income-Tax department raided 28 business establishments in the state capital and Kanpur on Thursday, officials said.

The IT sleuths raided the shops of a famous sweet chain in the state capital.

Heavy police deployment was seen during the raids, while IT officials remained tight-lipped about the seizures made.

According to sources, the raids were conducted after the department received information about tax evasion by the establishment.

A team of 31 officials were engaged in the raids.

Similarly, the IT department raided the establishment of franchise owners of a popular paan masala brand and its stockists.

More details are awaited.


Government to stop printing of Rs 2000 notes : Report

The Rs 2000 note that was introduced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a surprise move announced, demonetisation of all Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes on November 8, 2016, is going out of circulation soon. Centre has stopped printing them a bid to slowly stop their circulation as per a report in The Print.

As per a highly placed source in the government, quoted in the report, Modi-led NDA government has decided to stop the printing of the Rs 2000 notes on suspicion that the banknote was being used for hoarding, tax evasion and money laundering. Worth noting is that PM Modi had justified the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 on the same lines.

The Modi government underwent faced heat over the decision as the Opposition alleged that the decision was taken out of the blue without proper planning and motive. The RBI annual report for the year 2017-18 proved to be shot on their arm as it revealed that Rs 15.31 lakh crore worth currency notes were returned, meaning about 99.3 percent of the total currency notes which went out of circulation on a single day.


PM delivers inaugural address at 106th session of Indian Science Congress

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today delivered the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress.

Reflecting on the theme of the event this year – ‘Future India: Science and Technology’ – the Prime Minister said that India’s true strength  will be in connecting  its science, technology and innovation, with its people.

He recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including Acharyas J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S.N. Bose, and said that they served the people through “minimum resources” and “maximum struggle.”

“The life and works of hundreds of Indian Scientists are a compelling testament of integration of deep fundamental insights with technology development and nation-building.  It is through our modern temples of science that India is transforming its present and working to secure its future,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister recalled our former Prime Ministers Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri ji and Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. He said that Shastri ji gave us the slogan: “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” while Atal ji added “Jai Vigyan” to it. He said that now the time has come to take a step further, by adding “Jai Anusandhan.”

The Prime Minister emphasized that the pursuit of science is fulfilled through the achievement of two objectives: generation of  profound or disruptive knowledge; and use of that knowledge for socio-economic good.

As we boost our discovery science ecosystem, we must also focus on innovation and start-ups, the Prime Minister said. He said that the Government has launched the Atal Innovation Mission to promote innovation among our scientists. More Technology Business Incubators have been established in the last four years than in the forty years before that, he added.

“Our Scientists must commit themselves to addressing problems of affordable healthcare, housing, clean air, water and energy, agricultural productivity and food processing. While Science is universal, technology must be local for providing solutions relevant to local needs and conditions,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said that big data analysis, artificial intelligence, block-chain etc should be utilised in the agricultural sector, especially to help the farmers with relatively small farm-holdings.

He urged the scientists to work towards ease of living for the people. In this context, he mentioned issues such as drought management in low rainfall areas; early disaster warning systems; tackling malnutrition; tackling diseases among children such as encephalitis; clean energy; clean drinking water; and cyber security. He called for time-bound solutions through research, in these areas.

The Prime Minister mentioned major achievements of Indian science in 2018, including:

• production of aviation grade biofuel;

• Divya Nayan – a machine for visually impaired;

• inexpensive devices for diagnosis of cervical cancer, TB and dengue

• a real-time landslide warning system in the Sikkim-Darjeeling region.

He said that strong pathways to commercialization, are needed to leverage   our Research & Development achievements, through industrial products.

The Prime Minister called for research, which is a fusion of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science and Technology.

Noting that our strengths in research and development are built on the backbone of our national laboratories, central universities, IITs, IISC, TIFR and IISERs, the Prime Minister said that a strong research ecosystem must be developed in the State Universities and Colleges, as well.

He announced that the Union Government has approved a National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems with an investment of over Rs. 3600 crore. The Mission will cover in a seamless way, R&D, Technology Development, Human resources and Skills, Innovation, Start-up Ecosystem and strong Industry and International Collaborations, he added.

Speaking on achievements in the space sector, the Prime Minister mentioned the success of Cartosat 2 and other satellites. He said preparations are underway for sending three Indians into space, through the Gaganyaan in 2022. He expressed happiness that research has begun to find an effective solution for sickle cell anaemia.

He said that the ‘Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council’ will help formulate appropriate Science and Technology interventions, catalyze collaborations across stakeholder Ministries and implement multi-stakeholder policy initiatives.

We have launched the ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellows’ Scheme under which, a thousand bright minds from the best Institutions in the country will be offered direct admission in Ph.D. Programs in IITs and IISc, the Prime Minister said. The scheme will catalyze quality research and address shortage of faculty in the premier Educational Institutions, he added.



India Pharma 2019 & India Medical Device 2019 to be held in Bengaluru on 18th– 19thFebruary

Endevour of Government is to provide Affordable Quality Healthcare for All and boost Indigenous Pharma Sector through ‘Make in India’: Shri Sadananda Gowda

Shri Sadananda Gowda to hold Roundtable of Pharma and Medical Devices CEOs to discuss Government policy and Challenges facing the Industry

“Endevour of the Government is to provide affordable quality healthcare for all and boost indigenous pharma sector through ‘Make in India’. In this direction, Cabinet has given approval for 100 % FDI under automatic route for manufacturing of medical devices”, said Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Statistics & Programme Implementation, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda while addressing the media during the Curtain Raiser Press Conference for India Pharma 2019 & India Medical Device 2019, here today.

The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), is organising the 4th International Conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device sector on 18th – 19th February, 2019 in Bengaluru. The theme for India Pharma 2019 is ‘Enabling Quality Affordable Healthcare’ and that of India Medical Device 2019 is ‘Med-Tech India: Gearing up for Ayushman Bharat’.

Shri Gowda will inaugurate the two-day event, which is India’s biggest Global Conference on Pharma Industry and Medical Devices, and address the distinguished gathering in the presence of Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya.

During the Curtain Raiser, Shri Gowda said that the flagship event would bring key stakeholders of the pharma and medical devices sectors under one roof and provide an opportunity to discuss Government policy and challenges facing the Industry. Government is striving to make the processes in the sector as transparent and easy as possible, he added.

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya informed the gathering that the 4th edition of the event will have brainstorming sessions on  various aspects of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device sector and in its 4th edition the event will help in resolving the bottlenecks of growth in the sectors. He invited the industry, media and the healthcare fraternity to participate in a big way at the event.

Talking on the rationale of holding the annual conference, Secretary (Pharmaceuticals), Shri J.P. Prakash said that the event is held annually to get new and innovative ideas from all stakeholders in the conference. This helps the department to prepare the annual action plan for the Pharma and Medical Device Sectors. During the Conference, the annual action taken report on the issues raised at the last edition of the event, along with new areas of concern, will be discussed, he added.

In the main event in Bengaluru, over 150 CEOs of the global pharma and medical device industry are expected to participate. International Drug Regulators from 15 countries have been invited to the event for interaction with Indian Drug Regulators and Industry Regulatory Officers. Ambassadors & Commercial Counsellors of more than 50 countries have been invited for close interaction with Government of India and participating Industry.

Thematic sessions will be held on areas of Artificial Intelligence in Pharma, Import Export issues, Biologicals, Biopharmaceuticals and New Chemical Entities (NCEs) for the Pharmaceutical Sector. For the Medical Devices Sector, thematic sessions will be held on Diagnostics Ecosystem, Ease of Doing Business and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Framework. Technical workshop by World Health Organization will help in addressing key challenges before the industry and will also provide tremendous business linkages to the participating companies.

The annual India Pharma & Medical Device Awards will be conferred by Department of Pharmaceuticals for various categories including India Pharma Leader Award, Innovation of Year Award, Bulk Drug Company of the Year Award and Medical Device Company of the Year Award.

Other dignitaries present on the occasion today included JS (Pharmaceuticals), Shri Navdeep Rinwa and Shri Rajneesh Tingal; Ms. Shubhra Singh, Chairperson, NPPA; Dr. S. Eswara Reddy, DCGI; and Shri Dilip Chenoy, SG, FICCI.

The Social Media handles of the event are as follows:

India Pharma 2019: HASHTAG: #IndiaPharma2019

Website – www.indiapharmaexpo.in

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/indiapharma/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/indiapharma19

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/indiapharma19/ 


India Medical Device 2019: HASHTAG: #IMD2019


Website – www.indiamediexpo.in

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/indiamedicaldevice/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Indiamedicaldev

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/indiamedicaldevice/


Registration for Media persons for both the events has been opened on both websites. Kindly register on either of the links below to stay updated on latest updates regarding the event:


India Pharma: http://www.indiapharmaexpo.in/media-registration.php

India Medical Device: http://www.indiamediexpo.in/media-registration.php