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

The United States will be be a partner country at the 2017 Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. The summit, to be held in January 2017, is the Gujarati government's biennial investors' summit that brings together global business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders and policymakers.

Relive India's two years of path-breaking diplomacy and its quest to map new frontiers.
India Executes Multi-Orbital Launch with Eight Satellites  
ISRO, India's NASA equivalent, launched a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle carrying eight new satellites - three each from India and Algeria and one each from the US and Canada - in its first multi-orbital launch, which means it will inject satellites into two separate orbits.

Indian Athletes' Inspiring Performance at Rio Paralympics
India's first Paralympic gold medal came from Mariyappan Thangavelu in the men's high jump, followed by javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia's gold medal. Shot-putter Deepa Malik became the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic medal with her second place finish. 

Navtej Sarna appointed as Indian  Ambassador to the US     

The Indian government appointed Navtej Sarna as the country's new Ambassador to the United States. The former Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarna is a career diplomat, author and former Indian Ambassador to Israel.

The White House's National Student Poets program featured several Indian American students this year, including 17-year-old Maya Eashwaran, whose poetry impressed First Lady Michelle Obama. 


The top 25 museums in Asia include five Indian museums, led by Leh's "Hall of Fame," which was ranked by travelers as India's "must-visit" museum.  The other four top rated museums in India are Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur, Victoria Memorial Hall (shown above) in Kolkata, Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad and Jaisalmer War Museum in Jaisalmer.  India's own top 10 list includes Pune's Darshan Museum, Shillong's Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Cultures and New Delhi's Gandi Smriti. China's Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horse topped the 25 best in Asia list.