Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sangma quits NCP to contest Presidential poll

Contest for Presidential poll looks imminent as former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Sangma quit Nationalist Congress Party on Wednesday to fight the election.

Sangma is the declared candidate of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her Orissa counterpart Naveen Patnaik.
He is being seen as a likely NDA candidate as well, against ruling UPA’s Pranab Mukherjee.
The NDA however is yet to take a decision in this regard.
Sangama’s resignation was announced by Janata Party President Subramanyam Swamy who met Sangama on Wednesday.
"I hereby tender my resignation from the primary membership of NCP with immediate effect. I place on record my deep gratitude to the President, other office bearers and rank and file of NCP for the courtesies extended to me by them at personal level while I was a member of the party," he wrote in his resignation letter.
In a statement, Sangma said he had "no option but to resign" from NCP "without any personal intent whatsoever of embarrassing the party and its leadership".
Talking about the circumstances in which he had to quit, the 64-year-old leader said, "disinclination of the NCP to endorse my candidature amounts to a denial of the aspirations of the tribals of the country."
He noted that his candidature had been projected by the Tribal Forum of India and he cannot "ignore the feeling of the tribals that Raisina Hill (Rashtrapati Bhavan) should not continue to be a distant dream for them."
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has meanwhile said the party has accepted Sangma’s resignation.
NCP had opposed Sangma’s candidature and had also hinted at disciplinary action if he refused to toe the party line.
NCP office bearers are scheduled to meet on Thursday, to further discuss the issue of presidential polls.
NDA undecided
Meanwhile, leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, Janta Party President Subramanyam Swamy and BJP leader Jaswant Singh met at the residence of senior BJP leader LK Advani on Wednesday evening.
The meeting discussed the strategy to be adopted for the Presidential polls. The meeting discussed the strategy to be adopted for the Presidential polls.
NDA is likely to decide by Thursday on whom to support for the race to Raisina Hill.
Pranab is suitable candidate, says Yeddyurappa
Estranged BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee is a “suitable man” for the post of President, but the party central leadership would take an appropriate decision on the issue.
Left parties to meet tomorrow
Top leaders of Left parties will meet in New Delhi on Thursday to take a decision on the issue of supporting UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.
Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury and S Ramachandaran Pillai from CPI-M,  A B Bardhan, Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja from CPI, Debabrata Biswas and G Deverajan from Forward Bloc and TJ Chandrachoodan from RSP will attend the meeting.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has arrived in Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro to attend Rio+20 summit on global development to rally the world behind a common environmental blueprint amid economic woes and discord.

Dr Singh flew in here to attend the summit after a 10-hour flight from Los Cabos in Mexico where he attended the 7th G-20 summit.
He is due to return home on Saturday night after an overnight halt at Pretoria, South Africa.
Rio summit to make fresh bid to tackle environment woes
A crucial summit on global development kicks off in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday with nearly 20 heads of state and government, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in attendance in a fresh bid to rally the world behind a common environmental blueprint amid economic woes and discord.
As calls go out to world leaders to commit to reaching an accord that addresses the most pressing environment and social woes, Dr Singh will pitch for the principle of common but differentiated responsibility during the meeting, 20 years after the first Earth Summit was held in this Brazilian city.
US President Barack Obama and leaders of Germany and Britain -- Angela Merkel and David Cameron -- are not attending the two-day Summit, officially called the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading the US delegation.
India will be negotiating to make sure that the Rio principles are reaffirmed and all sustainable development will be viewed with the approach of equity and common but differentiated responsibility so that developing countries can have their share of development.
India is also expected to voice its opposition to the Green Economy norms as propagated by the European Union.
The proposed "sustainable development goals," is a loose tripod of economic, environmental and social objectives that proponents believe could help guide global development.
Indian officials feel that while EU might be quite ambitious about the Green Economy, it has put undue focus on environmental dimensions ignoring socio-economic issues.
It is feared that EU's position will slow down the economic growth of India through environmental restrictions.
India is also apprehensive about the moves by the West on adopting sustainable development goals without any international financing, terming it as an attempt to blunt competition from developing countries.

Gujarat road show at Guangdong


20 June 2012, Guangzhou : The 12-member Vibrant Gujarat delegation visited China’s manufacturing and industrial hub – Guangdong,also popularly known as the “factory of the world”, where it presented Gujarat as the ‘next global business and manufacturing hub’ to a very enthusiastic Government officials, business and industry leaders. Guangdong province forms the backbone of ‘China’s industrial and manufacturing might’ with presence of diverse industries like heavy engineering and equipments, chemicals, ceramics, furniture, textiles, etc. After last year’s Economist’s description of Gujarat as India’s Guangdong, the business and industry in Guangdong looking towards Gujarat to provide them opportunities to make it their next destination. With China investing more than 60 billion US $ overseas during last year alone, they look towards Gujarat to make big-ticket investment and setting up join ventures in India, which will be mutually beneficial to India and China. The delegation being led by Mr. Bharat Lal, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of Gujarat held detailed discussion with the Department of Foreign Trade & Economic Cooperation and the Foreign Affairs Office on potential areas of cooperation between Guangdong and Gujarat. He was also accompanied by other delegates as well as the Consul General of India in Guangzhou Mr. Indra Mani Pandey. “The economy of Guangdong is in the process of transformation and challenges like rising space constraints and spiralling cost of labour are making industries look towards Gujarat for expanding their global reach. As highlighted by the Guangdong provincial Government, Gujarat with its inherent strengths in terms of location, infrastructure and governance is being looked at as a valuable partner. The Government authorities and industry leaders, who are aware of Gujarat’s conducive business environment with a vast pool of skilled manpower, entrepreneurial spirit of its people and access to markets in Gulf, Africa and Europe, showed their eagerness to collaborate as both provinces are industrial leaders in their respective countries and complement each other in several sectors.
The consulate of India also organized a seminar on Vibrant Gujarat – 2013 in Guangzhou in partnership with China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) which witnessed participation from Guangdong provincial government officials as well as representatives of several Guangdong based industries. Representatives from sectors like engineering and equipments, metals, machinery, renewable energy and other manpower intensive sectors, expressed their keen interest in setting up their companies in Gujarat for large scale manufacturing. They enquired about and the process for setting up their companies in Gujarat which is expected to generate huge employment opportunities to local youth. The Gujarat delegation explained to them in detail the process adopted in Gujarat for setting up of any enterprise or business and the proactive approach of the State Government. The Chinese companies with experience of working in Gujarat also lauded the procedures and systems institutionalized by the State Government of Gujarat as well as its commitment to facilitate development and business in the state of Gujarat.
Last year more than USD 60 billion investments were made by Chinese industries and enterprises in various countries of which a negligible amount came to India. With the visit of Gujarat Chief Minister to China in November, 2011 the investment from China to Gujarat has started in a big way and today’s deliberations and road show has given further impetus to big ticket investments from Guangdong to Gujarat. During the seminar, Executive Director of Gujarat Venture Finance Limited, Dr. Harish Patnaik also gave the details of proposed Investment Fund and discussion was held with Guangdong based banks and financial institutions to work for creation of such a fund to facilitate investment from China in Gujarat.
To strengthen the partnership and to push the on-going collaboration between Guangdong and Gujarat, the Governor of Guangdong province also extended an impromptu invite to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi to visit Guangdong in November, 2012 when Guangdong plans to host an international cooperation week and meetings with major leaders from across the world with whom they have strong relations, especially other BRICS countries, USA, Japan, France, etc.
Mr. Bharat Lal, extended an invitation to Guangdong’s government officials to participate in Vibrant Gujarat – 2013 along with their industry and business leaders which was accepted by the Director General of Department of Foreign Trade & Economic Cooperation as well as Department of Foreign Affairs. In the meeting, Guangdong officials also emphasized that they would look forward to the visit of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi to Guangdong as it is important for both the leading provinces of India and China to join hands and work together.
The delegation also visited Foshan, the ‘capital of ceramics industries’ in China and interacted with various industry representatives who explained to the delegation their operations and showcased various ceramic products. A symposium was organized in collaboration with Foshan Ceramics Industry Association and the Consulate.  In the symposium, presentations on Vibrant Gujarat and its ceramics industries was made. It was noted that India imported more than 60% of its ceramics from China and Gujarat, the leader of ceramics in India with its already present huge ceramic base, skilled man power and gas grid availability was best placed to attract investments from Chinese firms for setting up of local units in advanced ceramics. Many of these units are in sectors like glaze and frit manufacturing, ceramic machinery and other products that are currently being imported from China as also mentioned by the ceramic leaders of Foshan. Local units through joint ventures for these products will help Chinese firms in cutting down transport costs and are expected to accrue large scale benefits to the Ceramic industries in Gujarat.
After completion of China leg of Vibrant Gujarat promotion, today the delegation moved to Hong Kong and with the help of Indian Consulate, is holding two road shows on manufacturing and financial services as well meeting several top firms based at Hong Kong.
 Gujarat road show at Guangdong – the China’s manufacturing hub, makes high impact.Gujarat’s approach to business and development draws high praise from Chinese leaders and industry.Guangdong’s industries keen to make Gujarat their next manufacturing and business hub Guangdong provincialGovernment invites Gujarat to its International Cooperation week.Hon’ble Chief Minister’s last visit to China spurred the Guangdong based industries to move to Gujarat.Chinese business and industry looks towards Gujarat for Guangdong like ‘manufacturing and business.
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More soon,


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Enigma electric bikes are ready to hit the roads


New Delhi, June 20th, 2012: Enigma Auto is a strategic business unit of Enigma Electricals Pvt. Ltd. It is formed with an aim of providing eco-friendly and unconventional means of transportation. It provides pollution free and economical e-bikes, which could drastically bring down an individual’s transportation expenses. On 20th June 2012, it unveiled three magnificent models, named Muscular, Crescent and Intense. These models are very competitive with existing models in the market and also have great value-add technical specifications and alluring features.
These bikes do not require any registration and license, as their maximum speed is 25 km/hr. Its low speed makes it a safer vehicle and with no engine it becomes quite lightweight, thus catering to be a product that can be accessible and useable by a massive chunk of people ranging under the age group of 13-65 years.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gulshan Batra, Director, Enigma Auto, said, “With a continuous hike in the fuel prices we decided to penetrate into the market of electric two-wheelers which indeed is a logical extension, as we believe that electric automobiles are the future of transportation.”
He also added, “Our mission is to establish ourselves as one of the best companies in this segment. We have initiated into this business with the promise to offer premium quality and excellent services.”
At this point in time, Enigma Auto is present in Delhi with 18 active distributors – and is soon planning to expand to others states of Northern region like UP, Haryana and Uttaranchal. Company is coming up with its highly equipped plant at Bhiwadi.
Enigma e-bikes emit zero percent carbon and have low maintenance cost, which make them efficient and environment friendly. The company has attained a certification from Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) as its products are pollution free and does not adversely affect the environment. The company is planning to make its space in electric three-wheeler market and also has plans to foray in four-wheeler market very soon.
Enigma Auto
Enigma Auto is an automobile company, initiated in the year 2011. A strategic business unit of Enigma Electricals Pvt. Ltd, It is formed with the aim of producing energy saving and consumer friendly products. Its vision is to provide easy to use, eco-friendly and economical means of personal transport. The company has stepped into the business with three models; Muscular, Crescent and Intense with each one of them having its own different features and specification. The products are based on rechargeable batteries replacing the conventional engine.
Apart from this, Enigma Auto has parental business backgrounds in Home appliances, Garments and Construction businesses. Enigma Auto has been certified by the DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee). It is soon planning to foray into public transportation system with its three wheelers followed by multi-utility vehicles and then four wheelers in the near future. The prototype for three wheelers as well as four wheeler have already been developed and are at the R&D stage for further improvisations and developments.

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