13-year-old Sanchi Bansal from Delhi wins the She STEM Insta-reels challenge with her idea of using technology to produce clean energy and solve climate related issues

Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2021, which celebrated the #SHEStem Season 2 with Insta-Reels Challenge, revealed the winners’ names this week. The event was held in collaboration with the Indian government’s flagship program, Atal Innovation Mission, Office of Science & innovation & team Sweden, with support from the Sweden Consulate in Mumbai. #SheStem was started with the vision to create a platform that amplifies the voice of women & their achievements in the field of science & technology, entrepreneurship & innovation from both India and Sweden.


The event, which was held successfully for the second year in a row, centered around discussions over creating innovative offerings, coupled with creative, diversity and sustainable solutions for the ongoing global problems. The event began with a welcome address by H.E. Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India. 

In his opening remarks, appreciating the efforts and spirit of the event, Ambassador Klas Molin said, “We are happy to host an event which promotes representation of women in the field of Stem education and gives them vision and support to become future stem leaders. While there is no dearth of Stem graduates in the country, there definitely is a lot of room for young women to step into the Stem field and contribute significantly towards establishing a more diverse, equitable and progressive society. With the second #SHEStem event in a row, we showcase, together with India, our long-term commitment towards launching policies and development initiatives that bring growth to both genders equally. It is what we have been practising and professing for years on a global scale as part of our feminist foreign policy.”


Among the other dignitaries who attended the event were the stellar women from the fields of STEM and sustainability, including Dr VR Lalithambika, Director at Human Space Programme at India’s space agency ISRO, Darja Isaksson, Director General of Vinnova, Neha Satak, CEO of Astrome, Yasmina Ganse, COO of  Spowdi AB, Ayesha Chaudhary, OSD, Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India and Annica Sunnman, Managing Director, Nexer India. 


Sharing her inspiring journey of leading India’s first human space flight programme, Dr Lalithaambika said, “It is absolutely necessary that girls play an active and equal road in science, technology and innovation if we are to achieve the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations and this includes the domain of space as well.”


Further, adding to the spirit of the SHEStem event, Darja Isaksson said, “When women and girls provide their talent, their knowledge and their capabilities to science and technology on equal terms with men and boys, then we know that societies prosper and that innovation capacity actually increases. So for us, gender equality is an integrated part and an important aspect in everything that we do. ”The new-age social media challenge demanded students to fast forward themselves to 2040 and as STEM leader/s present to the world path breaking, progressive and inventive means to resolve issues through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.


As part of the program, the students had to record an insta-reel video as a response to the question, ‘Fast forward to 2040. As a STEM leader how are you making the world a better place through STEM?’ The Challenge which was open for 13 to 17 year olds, received an overwhelming response with over 600 entries. The videos, which offered a combination of imagination and ground realities, were judged based on the novelty of idea, articulation and sustainable outlook. The jury, which shortlisted 15 videos, comprised Dr Chintan Vaishnav of Atal Innovation Mission, Ambassador Klas Molin and Consulate General of Sweden, Mumbai, Anna Lekvall. 


The first prize winner (Sanchi Bansal) won a tablet while the recipients of the second prize (tied-up between Ankur Mukerjee & Sneha Rajesh Tiwari) and the third prize (Shaurya Karmakar) got goodies and vouchers. About 3000 people watched SHE STEM 2021.Winner Sanchi Bansal created a video posing as a 2040 SHEStem leader whose clean energy company, greentech Solutions, produced environmental-friendly technology. Two of her company’s projects involved producing network wires that don’t emit radiation and electricity-powered biodegradable fabric bags. With her futuristic mindset and Insta-creativity, she claimed the leading spot in the challenge. She was followed by two contenders, Ankur Mukerjee & Sneha Rajesh Tiwari both of whom earned second position. Ankur Mukherjee helped the world in solving the issue of melting glaciers, whereas Sneha Rajesh Tiwari, a 2040 Marine Biologist, works to protect sea vegetation as she explores ways of reducing co2 gasses released in oceans. Shaurya, the winner of the third prize, gave the healthcare industry a unique solution by introducing a chip tracking human health, along with solar flying ambulances with doctors.


In his remarks, Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, said, “At this important juncture where technology & science has become an integral part of our lives, it is inevitable for the young generation to pursue Stem education, even if they don’t wish to pursue a career in the field. Over the last three years, a number of girls enrolling in Stem courses has gone up by 50 thousand more students. This wave of positive change brings in hope and tremendous opportunities for women to grow and command their place as leaders in the field, which so far has been dominated by men.” 

He added, “I am proud to be associated with initiatives like SHEStem, which work towards achieving gender parity by supporting girls to study Stem subjects. It further encourages them to believe in themselves and go for their dreams of creating wonders through the power of science and technology.” 

The event showed it is important that countries, societies, organizations come together to create avenues allowing children to experiment, imagine, innovate and follow their dreams. This year’s #SHEStem specifically focused on inculcating a creative and solution-oriented mindset among young earners and innovators towards solving the problems enveloping society, some of which are endangering present and future generations of humans and other beings.

Writer Information to jointly deliver Unified Cyber Threat Prevention Platform in UAE & Africa through its tie-up with Morphisec

Writer Information, a unit of Writer Business Services, India’s largest and most comprehensive information management company, has announced its cyber security services partnership with Morphisec, to offer its cyber threat-prevention platform in the GCC region and Africa. This partnership aims at offering Morphisec ’s patented ‘Moving Target Defense technology’ across advanced endpoints, virtual desktops, cloud workload and servers.

Morphisec is the latest entrant into Writer Information’s compelling and complementing offerings in the cloud and data portfolio in cyber security, data, network and application management. It uses the power of moving target defense, a wholly innovative approach to prevent cyberattacks and threats. Morphisec solutions deliver operationally simple, proactive prevention unbound by the limits of detection and prediction. They protect businesses around the globe from the most dangerous and sophisticated cyberattacks.

Cyberattacks have become a menace globally and according. As per the UAE Government Cyber Security, UAE has seen at least 250% increase in cyberattacks during the pandemic period. In Africa, according to an Interpol report, 90% of African businesses are operating without necessary cybersecurity protocols and over 61% of companies have faced ransomware attacks in 2020, resulting in financial losses.

To combat an impending crisis, businesses are investing millions of dollars in boosting cybersecurity systems to prevent attacks, which they may experience. With this partnership, Writer Information’s customers in the GCC region and Africa will now be able to access solutions protection to businesses around the globe from the complex and sophisticated cyberattacks.

“We are delighted to partner with Morphisec and enable our customer’s access to their patented Moving Target Defense technology and Incident Response Services as part of our bundled offerings. Through Morphisec products, we can help our clients to have the best possible protection against unknown cyber threats of ransomware & malware. With the rising number of cyberattacks and higher priority given to cyber security, the business ecosystem will benefit from our best-in-class and proactive protection services,” said Mr. Satyamohan Yanambaka, CEO, Writer Information.

Mr. Ajit Pillai, Managing Director – India & SAARC, Morphisec, was excited about this association. He said,

“Writer Information has been a force in the markets they operate, and it gives us immense pleasure to be linked with a data lifecycle and data protection enabler that boasts of a rich ecosystem. Writer Information’s distinctive industry-focused strategies match perfectly with our product roadmap. We look forward to this alliance and believe that this would help to enhance our market position in the years to come.”

The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week (SINMW)

The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week (SINMW), which is now in its 14th edition, is an annual event organised by the Embassy of Sweden, the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and other Team Sweden actors including Swedish companies operating in India. Though the actual week is from December 6-10, 2021, events under the Nobel umbrella have started in November and will go on till Dec 15.


It is the second year where the event takes place virtually due to the pandemic. 


Ambassador Klas Molin said:

We are happy to present the 14th edition of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week, one of the Embassy’s true flagship events. It celebrates Alfred Nobel and his profound legacy in the fields of science, research, innovation and the arts. Here in India, it is a reminder of the long-term commitment of Sweden and Swedish companies, our sponsors.

Our countries have very strong bilateral ties in so many sectors, with a strong focus on innovation and sustainability, which along with gender equality are the underlying themes of this year’s Nobel Memorial Week. With COVID protocols in mind we have have tried to curate a smaller number of safe events for this year. Looking ahead to 2022, we hope to come back with at least a hybrid Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week!

The highlights of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2021 (SINMW2021) are: 

She STEM: Following the astounding success of its launch last year, She STEM is back in a slightly new avatar for the Instagram generation! She STEM is a joint initiative between the Embassy of Sweden in India and the Atal Innovation Mission which emphasises the importance of STEM education for young girls and women. For 2021, She STEM was launched with an Insta reels challenge for 13-17-year-old students who were invited to apply their creative side to scientific solutions for a contest which asks them to ‘Fast forward to 2040’. Students were expected to come up with Insta reels on how to make this world a better place to live as a STEM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics) leader.
A jury will pick the winners. The prize distribution takes place along with a panel discussion amongst leading female voices on leading STEM & sustainability on Dec 6 at 14:30.
The online event is open to all. Please register on https://t.co/hpJo32bDEH

MoU/LoI with IIT Delhi, IIT Madras & IIT Bombay

  1. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Business Sweden-The Swedish Trade and Invest Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in the field of Clean Air and Green Energy.

The MoU was signed by V Ramgopal Rao, director, IIT Delhi, and Cecilia Oskarsson, Trade Commissioner of Sweden to India, and aims to identify mutual collaboration 


opportunities, introduce innovative solutions to the industry and academia, considering continuity of India Sweden Innovations Accelerator Programme and Sustainability by 


Sweden Showroom and Platform in India.The aim is also to promote university-level collaboration by connecting IIT Delhi with leading research universities and institutes in Sweden especially under upcoming research and Innovation calls between India and Sweden. The MoU entails expertise exchange between India and Sweden through discussion forums and faculty exchanges. 

  • IIT Madras and IIT-Bombay 

In an endeavour to co-create innovative and sustainable clean water solutions, Business Sweden India and Swedish Energy Agency also signed a Letter of Intent with Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT Madras) and International Centre for Clean Water (ICCW).

Similarly, another LoI will be signed next week with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) for collaboration in the area of smart grids and e-mobility. With these agreements, these institutes have academic and research partner to the Sustainability by Sweden ecosystem and showroom in India, which is a joint initiative of Swedish Energy Agency and Team Sweden.


These collaborations are important milestones towards setting up a strong ecosystem of Swedish and Indian entities that will continuously work towards building a climate-neutral future for both countries 


Mahindra Group

Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm, it’s about doing more good. On behlf of the Sustainability by Sweden ecosystem, Business Sweden will sign a LoI with the leading Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group and will onboard them an Industry partner.   


Nobel Prize Teacher Summit: As part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2021, the Consulate General of Sweden, Mumbai will be organizing a ‘Nobel Prize Teacher Summit’ on December 7, 2021 in association with a local partner Idobro Impact Solutions. The ‘Nobel Prize Teacher Summit’ is an international teacher conference by the Nobel Prize Museum supported by Swedish Institute. The theme of the summit this year is ‘In the Flood of Facts’ to provide Teachers with teaching strategies to navigate towards knowledge between scientific facts, personal values and conspiracy theories. The Nobel Teachers material will be disseminated physically and digitally with attending teachers. Teachers are expected to use this material in their classrooms to spread awareness about the Nobel prize, summit and the purpose of the theme among children. Thus, starting conversations on ground about disinformation and sharing ways to curb it before it ends up harming communities.

Innovation Lecture Series on Sustainable Development Goals: The Sweden Alumni Network India, Bengaluru Chapter – in association with a local partner Acharya Institute – is organising the Innovation Lecture Series on the side-lines of SINMW2021.

SANI (Sweden Alumni Network India) Awards Night: The Swedish Institute Alumni Network includes more than 15,000 talented individuals from over 140 countries. These are people that have studied or done research at a Swedish university, have participated in any of the Swedish Institute’s leadership programmes or taken part in Sida’s (Swedish 


Development Cooperation) International Training programmes. This year Sweden Alumni Network India (all its chapters in Bengaluru, Kerala, Maharashtra and Goa, New Delhi, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu) are awarded the title Alumni Network of the year 2021.
The reason for the Award is encapsulated in the motivation, which cites, ‘The Sweden Alumni Network India and its six chapters actively contributes to a fair and sustainable global development by arranging alumni activities – spread out geographically – strategically positioning the SDG’s from several different angles and broader perspectives. The alumni activities not only engage SI and Sweden alumni, but also local authorities, companies, school children and the general public highlighting the importance of how to reach our common goals. Collaboration, co-creation, reciprocity, and fellowship characterize the joint efforts by the network’s board.’

SINMW2022 hopes to be back in a physical or hybrid even in 2022. 

I quit time to hit the road

For some of us there is no life if we can’t be on the road. Its not merely traveling, it is the experience of so much beauty to behold and folks one can meet while enjoying the drive. I am not up for hitching rides, no I am an RV liver-at my age 71 I need creature comforts. I have been on the road for fourteen years and would hate to give it up, unfortunately health issues are getting in my way. They (doctors) tell me I have advanced cancer-what a pain.
What led me to see 29 states and 56 National Parks? Wonder! My wife (Pamela) of 24 years passed and I thought Jay why not? Before taking up the gypsy life I was a hairdresser, an organic farmer in the small town of Carpinteria CA, I was in the sales and marketing business in the trash hauling business, an antique dealer and now for the most part a full time writer, with 30 books under my belt.

Thing is being unwell and all my friends telling me I should be in a nursing home-to which my reply is- hell no I am going to let go in the woods-where I love so much.

Why am I writing this now, to encourage people to do what they love-no matter what we are all going to die, why not go out with love of life.
The most common question I get is where is your favorite place that you have been, everywhere I reply, but if I have to choose one -Glacier National Park is the cats meow.
Life seems to go by so fast, so please if you can take the opportunity – the road it’s the best way to live, just my opinion. Jay North
Jay North- no, not the child star can be reached at jaysbookshere@gmail.com, 805-794-9126

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Minister Ng announces Canada is ratifying the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement

Canada and the United Kingdom share a profound and positive relationship – one that is built on shared history and values, and strong economic and people-to-people ties.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, during a call with Elizabeth Truss, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Trade, announced that Canada is ratifying the Canada-United Kingdom (U.K.) Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA). This announcement follows the Royal Assent of Bill C-18: An Act to implement the Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the House of Commons.

The Canada-U.K. TCA will provide Canadian exporters and businesses with continued preferential access to the U.K. market and 98% of Canadian products will continue to be exported to the UK tariff-free. The agreement provides much needed predictability and stability, and will support workers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Canada and the U.K. are taking all necessary steps required to implement this agreement for April 1, 2021.

As the Canada-U.K. TCA is meant to be an interim measure, Canada and the U.K. look forward to engaging in future negotiations on a new, high-standard and ambitious free trade agreement that will best reflect the bilateral relationship and trade priorities.

In advance of this, Canada launched public consultations on March 12 to hear directly from Canadians on their priorities for the next phase of the Canada-U.K. trade relationship. These consultations will help define Canada’s priorities in future negotiations with the U.K., in the context of both a new, bilateral free trade agreement and the U.K. potentially joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

“Canada and the United Kingdom share a unique, and historic relationship. As we continue to address the pandemic, and look ahead, international trade will be essential to ensuring a strong, inclusive recovery that generates growth and creates good jobs and prosperity for Canadians. The Canada-U.K. Trade Continuity Agreement marks a new chapter in Canada-UK relations and provides stability for businesses and workers in both of our countries”

– Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade