1. Flat 20% off on Diamond Jewellery starting at Rs. 40,000 at CaratLane – A Tanishq Partnership in Paschim Vihar
  3. Rosy Ahluwalia – Khadi designer presentations in Grand finale of Delhi Runway week 2019
  4. Delhi Runway week 2019
  5. Ministry of HRD is going to launch the world’s biggest program for teacher training to train 42 lakh teachers across India on 22 August 2019
  6. India will participate in WorldSkills International Competition 2019 at Kazan, Russia from August 22 – 27, 2019
  7. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day
  8. India’s Largest Rural Sanitation Survey Launched
  9. Prime Minister joins prayer meeting in remembrance of late Smt. Sushma Swaraj Ji
  10. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship announces fourth edition of National Entrepreneurship Awards, 2019
  11. Controlling Medicine Prices Through DPCO 2017 Saved Over INR 12400 crores
  12. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi paid tributes to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
  13. 2nd India Tourism Mart in September-2019
  14. TCL launches its new range P8 Series
  15. AIWA enters Indian market with New-age Consumer Electronic Products
  17. Affle (India) Limited’s IPO to open on July 29, 2019 with a Price Band of Rs. 740 – Rs. 745 per Equity Share each of Face Value of Rs. 10 each
  18. RHINO’s gym opened at City Centre Mall, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi
  19. Punjab National Bank announced a net profit of Rs.1019 crore during Q1 Financial Year 2019-20
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  22. Launch of Global Innovation Index 2019 on July 24, 2019 in New Delhi
  23. GSLV MkIII-M1 Successfully Launches Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft
  24. “Energy Horizons 2019” conference organized by Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  25. Awards Ceremony – India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0
  26. 8th Agrochemicals Conference 2019 organized by FICCI
  27. ‘Odisha Tourism Roadshow 2019’ organised by FICCI
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  32. Vice President calls for National Innovation Movement
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  34. Ms Plus Size India 2019 Illuminates Body Positivity in New Delhi
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  36. Tusshar Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat Launched ALTBalaji’s BOOO….SABKI PHATEGI
  37. CEL celebrated its 45th Annual Day
  38. Sports Minister felicitates victorious women’s hockey team, assures them of all support for Tokyo 2020
  39. Coolpad appoints Fisher Yuan as its India CEO
  40. Achhacart takes Miniso Online with its launch
  41. Wrangler Flags off the True Wanderers 8.0 from New Delhi
  42. Canon augments its flagship PIXMA G-Series portfolio with its latest high-speed Ink Tank printers
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  44. Colgate Palmolive India launches the Keep India Smiling mission
  45. Criteo App Install Completes App Marketing Product Suite Allowing Marketers to Find and Convert New & Existing Customers
  48. Taiwan Expo 2019 at Pragati Maidan Hall 11, New Delhi
  49. BCL Delhi Drangons team in Delhi
  50. Spring summer collection 2019 unveiled by Sparx
  51. Delhi Sports Journalists Association presented Awards to Rishabh, Rani Rampal
  52. ‘Pride of Cows’ premium milk launched by Parag Milk Food
  53. BLK Super Speciality Hospital provides treatment for Sports injuries
  54. WOW air offers the lowest fares ever between India and North America

New Delhi, July 16, 2019: Mr P. Raghavendra Rao, Secretary (Chemicals and Petrochemicals), Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals today said that India faces a big challenge in meeting its food needs and thus requires a focused attention on various fronts. Speaking at the ‘8th Agrochemicals Conference 2019 – Role of Agrochemicals in Sustainable Farming’, organized by FICCI, jointly with the Department of Agriculture and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India, Mr Rao said that India has done well in agrochemicals, but a lot needs to be done.

“By 2022, India will become the most populous country in the world overtaking China. And, the rate at which urbanization is taking place, the requirement of food to meet the needs of the country will be enormous. It’s a big challenge,” he said.

Mr Rao further added that all stakeholders in the food business from farmers to industry and government will have to dwell on the challenges and make concerted efforts to address the issues like falling water table, degradation of land and productivity.

He said that going by the current rate at which India is importing chemicals, from slightly above Rs 1,000 crore in 2004-05 to net import of Rs 1,40,000 crore in 2018-19, the country’s net import of chemicals may cross Rs 3 lakh crore by 2024-25, he noted.

“It’s very scary. Though India holds 6th position in the world’s chemical sector, its total contribution is 3% of the entire world market whereas China contributes more than 39%. We need to think of ways to reduce this import dependency,” he added.

Mr Jaidev Shroff, Global CEO, UPL Limited highlighted that in order to achieve Prime Minister’s vision of India becoming a $5 trillion economy, the chemical sector has to double itself. In days to come, food import will be a bigger problem than oil import, he warned.

Dr D. Kanungo, Former DDG, Ministry of Health and Chairman, FSSAI Committee on Residue Network, allaying fears of harmful chemicals entering the food chain, said that pesticides in the country are well regulated and not a single pesticide causes cancer. “Pesticides are judiciously used in India. Farmers are falsely accused of using high pesticides and fertilizers whereas it is among the lowest compared to some of the developed and developing countries. Besides, there is a large margin of safety,” he said.

Mr Rajan Gajaria, Executive Vice President, Business Platforms, Corteva Agriscience called for a combined effort to dispel the mistrust on chemicals in food. He stressed on gaining consumers trust, convergence of different technologies and collaboration of all stakeholders namely government, regulators, NGOs, companies and consumers.

Mr R.G. Agarwal, Chairman, FICCI Sub Committee on Crop Protection Chemicals and Group Chairman, Dhanuka Agritech Ltd said that food security, nutrition security and health security are the topmost priorities of any country, and that New India cannot be made ignoring the farmers and the agriculture sector.

FICCI-Mott Macdonald Knowledge Paper on Indian agrochemical industry titled ‘Role of Agrochemicals in Sustainable Farming’ was released during the conference.

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