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Welcome to the May 2016 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

India successfully launched the seventh satellite to complete the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), creating its own 'GPS'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated  the team of Scientists and dedicated the system to the nation as "NavIC" (Navigation Indian Constellation). 

Stories of "Hope" highlight the strength of India's traditions and ingenuity in addressing climate change.
Commerce Minister Launches 'Twitter Seva' for Business
India's Commerce and Industry Ministry launched a new service, 'Twitter Seva,' to facilitate business and operations for startups, exporters and importers, and other stakeholders. Comprised of a special Twitter division institutionalized in the ministry, Twitter Seva will be manned by a set of dedicated officers and will aim to respond to inquiries within two to three business days, helping to bring any issues to the ministry's attention in real-time. The ministry will specifically address inquiries related to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), special economic zones, among other matters.

'Quantico' Star Priyanka Chopra Wins Prestigious Indian Award
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has won global acclaim for her role as FBI agent Alex Parrish on ABC's "Quantico," received India's fourth-highest civilian honor for her contribution to Indian cinema. Chopra received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi, saying that it was "the best award I have ever received." The former Miss World ventured into Hindi cinema in 2003 with the film "The Hero: Love Story of a Spy" and "Andaaz." In her role on "Quantico," Chopra plays an Indian-American whose fledgling FBI career and freedom are in jeopardy after a New York terrorist attack. 

Embassy of India Celebrates Baisakhi      

On April 23, the Embassy of India in Washington, DC, hosted its annual Baisakhi reception, which included musical and dance performances. 

"The Jungle Book," based on a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, earned more than $24 million in ticket sales during its first two weeks in Indian theaters, making it the highest-grossing Hollywood film of all time there. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton recently visited India, spending five nights there. That might seem like a short amount of time to travel such a long distance, but, as Kate and William are no doubt aware, when you have young kids, it's hard to get away for any longer. The 19-year old me wouldn't have considered it worth getting on a long haul flight for a trip of anything less than a month or two. The 42-year-old, parent-of-three that I have now become, by contrast, couldn't wait to board the Jet Airways flight from Heathrow, watch movies and read a book for eight whole hours uninterrupted. Were we in India long enough? Of course not. Would I go to India for a week again? You can bet your last rupee on it.