Friday, April 5, 2013


New Delhi.April 04,2013. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in India will now be able to buy or sell their intellectual Property  rights with the help of  online IPR Exchange, which was has been setup by industry body Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME) with support from the British High Commission was launched in New Delhi on Thursday. Be it intellectual property rights of Technological inventions,literary and artistic works, symbols, names,images and designs or copyrights of poems, films,music,painting or radio or TV recording,each of them can be traded online on the IPR Exchange set up by the Federation of Indian Micro,Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME).
MSME Secretary, Madhav Lal the chief guest inaugurated the launch said,in a 30 million strong sector MSME in a billion plus strong country, we need initiatives that could be scaled up to make appreciable impact.”  This is an important initiative where SMEs can buy and sell intellectual property. If you see the number of patents which are being generated in other countries now, including China, and if you compare that with India then we are way behind,” MSME Secretary, Madhav Lal said in his address after the launch of the exchange.  He said in a 30 million strong sector in a billion strong country, “We need initiatives that could be scaled up to make appreciable impact.”  This online IPR Exchange, the first in India, not only offers a platform to buy or sell IPRs, but would also provide e-vaults duly protected through secure passwords for safe storage of their unique invention, designs, trademark or other creations.  It would also help SMEs to assess valuation of their IPRs through a specialised service.
 FISME President, D Gandhikumar said, “A business case – evaluating a decision from the perspective of profitability, demands that for the protected Intellectual Property to be bought, sold, assigned or transferred like any other physical property, its value ought to be ascertained through a market-based mechanism. The proposed IPR exchange aims to do just that.”  Gandhikumar said FISME is taking more initiatives in the area of IPR. These include consultation programme in the industrial clusters for proprietary technologies and IP audit services

First-Ever Campaign for Tourism Promotion in West Bengal Launched

5 04 2013
New Delhi, April 4, 2013:  To project the tourism potential of West Bengal, attract more domestic and foreign tourists and facilitate better interaction with investors and industry stakeholders, the first-ever month-long intensive Promotional Campaign for Tourism of West Bengal commenced today.
The launch kick started with the unveiling an advertisement panel at the DTC bus shelter in front of the office of the West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre (WBICC) by Shri Krishnendu Nayaran Choudhury, Hon⢬e Minister for Tourism, Government of West Bengal.
As part of the campaign, with the alluring catch-line of 㼢>Chalo Chalen Bengal䊨LetⳠVisit Bengal), picturesque and high-quality advertisement panels depicting premier tourist attractions of the State have been displayed in 15 such bus shelters across Delhi, apart from the New Delhi International airport and key railway stations.
ࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠ In lieu with the multi-dimensional approach to present the tourist-friendly atmosphere of the State, the Hon⢬e Minister also inaugurated a new state-of-the-art tourism information centre at the WBICC office.
In the area of tourist infrastructure, the West Bengal government has moved forward through the PPP Mode with projects on offer to the tune of Rs. 3,700 crore, including Gajoldoba Tourism Hub, The Kolkata Giant Wheel, Sylee Tea Tourism Hub, Kunjanagar Nature and Adventure Park and Eco-Tourism in Jhadkhali, Sundarbans.
To spread the message at home and abroad, Resident Commissioners of all States and Envoys of various countries were present for the promotional campaign, organized by the Tourism Department, West Bengal. Various stakeholders of the Indian tourism industry, including representatives of the Indian Association of Tour Operators༯span>(IATO) and Adventure tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) were also part of the event.
Minister of Tourism, West Bengal, Shri Krishnendu Narayan Choudhary stressed on ᓵstainable Tourism⠡nd said that, 㔨ere is a  need to adopt “Pro-poor tourism” for increasing net benefits to the poor and ensuring that tourism growth contributes to poverty reduction. Tourism plays a key role in socio-economic progress through creation of jobs, enterprise, infrastructure and revenue earnings.伥m>
༯span>Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, West Bengal,  Shri Vikram Sen emphasize on how the State Government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is making all efforts to provide special impetus to meet the immense growth potential of tourism in Bengal.
In the current fiscal year, Bengal has earmarked an amount of INR 120 crores to Tourism, leading to a 33 per cent increase in the tourism budget as compared to last year.༯span>


Zoya Surana
Mutual PR
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3rd SAARC ministerial meet on poverty alleviation begins today

Representatives from eight SAARC countries including India will be participating in the third ministerial meet on Poverty Alleviation, set to start on Friday in Nepal.

It will review achievements in the sector in the South Asian region.
Regional poverty profile, SAARC Development Goals, regional and sub-regional investment projects as well as the vision of SAARC Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are expected to be discussed during the ministerial meeting, according to SAARC Secretariat.
A five-member Indian delegation will be joined by representatives from seven other SAARC countries in the meeting, according to Dhan Bahadur Oli, Nepal Director at SAARC Secretariat.
At least six Finance and Economic Development ministers from the SAARC region are expected to take part in the meeting. Despite, efforts made at the regional level to reduce poverty, the number of poor people have increased to 600 million in the SAARC region mainly due to lack of labour intensive production policy and growing income disparity among the people of the region, according to SAARC Secretariat.
Prior to ministerial meeting, SAARC Secretary-level meeting will also be held in Nepal on Thursday.
Addressing a press meet on the eve of the meeting, SAARC Secretary General Ahmed Saleem expressed the hope that Nepal will be able to host the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu later this year despite the ongoing political transition in the country.
"SAARC Summit has not been held for the past one and half year since the Maldives Summit and I hope the next summit will take place in Kathmandu later this year," he said.
The meeting will review achievements in the area of poverty alleviation in the south Asian region and recommend future course of action, said the Secretary General.
The last ministerial meeting of SAARC on Poverty Alleviation was held in 2008 in Maldives, while the fourth secretary level meeting was held in 2011 in Pakistan.

WishTel's launches IRA Capsule - a convertible - Tablet Laptop

It’s Time for Capsule–WishTel’s – IRA Capsule
Powered by 1.6Ghz dual core processor and 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5MP camera, built-in 3G, the all-new 10.1” Jelly Bean is a convertible - Tablet Laptop
Will be available from April 2013 and is competitively priced at Rs.16000
New Delhi, 04th April 2013– WishTel, one of the top 10 tablet manufacturers in the country (CRM TopX Series 2013)increases its portfolio in the tablet – pc segment with the launch of WishTel IRA Capsule – a convertible tablet laptop.
Text Box: Key features of IRA Capsule

ü 10.1” LED Full touch display

ü Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

ü 1.6GHz Dual  Core Processor


ü 16GB internal Memory storage 

ü 5MP rear camera

ü Screen resolution of 1024*786 HD

ü 8000 mAH battery

ü Wish Learning, Wish Studio, Wish TV, Wish News, Wish video calling

The convertible redefines technology advancement and promises to deliver superior quality graphics, smooth multi tasking capabilities and enchanced performance. With powerful features like the 10.1” LEDMulti Touch Capacitive type touch screen,Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1.6ghz dual core processor, IGB RAM,screen resolution of 1024*786 HD, battery life of 5 – 6 hours with super powerful 8000 mAH battery,bluetooth,3G& Wi-Fi connectivity, IRA Capsule aims to be an aspirational product.
Announcing the launch of IRA Capsule, Milind Shah, CEO, WishTel shares; “At WishTel, we always aim to create a products that are not only innovative and use advanced technology, but are also affordable, deliver high performance and meet the growing demand and needs of the consumers.With the launch of IRA Capsule, WishTel only wishes to reinforce  the company’s vision to bridge the technology barrier and create innovative and highly effective products. Recognising the needs of the consumers and offering them the touch mode of Eject and enjoy will only enhance their comfortability, of using this device for both business and personal use”.
“The first year of our foray into the tablet market has been really a great experience for the brand and we have launched some really promising  products in the market. With this launch, WishTel aims to become the most soughted tablet PC manufacturing company in the country and the most preferred tablet PC brand for our consumers.We aim to maintain the momentum and introduce newer innovative products for our consumers”adds Milind Shah.
The IRA Capsule comes with metallic casing and aims to replace Laptops and enter the portable, convertible tablet PC market. Its designed slim and is durable and built to sustain the mobile environment. It is designedwith built-in Sim slot for 3G data connectivity. The device is bundled withwireless LAN and MiCRO SD card expandable upto 32GB.The device comes with a full complement of ports, including USB, SD Card, audio and HD video to simplify the use of industry standard peripheral solutions.. It has a 0.3 MP CMOS Front camera, 5.0MPrear-facing documentation camera to support image capture, video conferencing and collaboration.
IRA Capsule comes pre-loaded with many applications that include Wish Learning, Wish Studio, Wish TV, Wish News, Wish video calling, and many more apps. The tablet comes engineered with a 8000 mAh battery, which can give users browsing time of approximately 5 hours.
The IRA CAPSULE will be available from the first week of April 2013, next month and will be distributed through a strong network of 350 distributors across 35 cities in the country and is likely to be made available at a highly competitive price of Rs 16,000
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Salient features of the IRA CAPSULE are as follows:
·      Screen Type: 10.1” LED (LCD), Multi Touch Capacitive
·      Operating System: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
·      Processor & Ram: Dual Core 1.6Ghz Processor& 1GB RAM
·      Memory: 16 GB internal memory and expandable upto32GB
·      Battery: 8000 mAh, 5 hrs Usage
·      Ports / Sockets: 10 pinUSB Mini / Micro SD Card Slot / (1080p)HDMI / 3.5MM Earphone / Mic Port/Sim Card
·      Camera Mode: 0.3MP CMOS Front camera,5.0MP Back Camera
·      Gravity Sensor: 4 Dimensional gravity sensor
·      Connectivity: Inbuilt 3G Sim support, Bluetooth,WiFi
·      HD Ready: Capable of accepting and displaying a high quality content at 1080p using a component video or digital input as well as HDMI output.
·      Music Player: MP3, WMA, MP2, OGG, AAC, M4A, MA4, FLAC, APE, 3GP, WAV etc
·      Video Player : Max 1920*1080pixels mp4, AVI, MKV, DAT,PMP,MPEG, MPG, FLV, 3GP, Support Flash 10.2, Support HTML5 Video Play, 1080P HD
·      Gaming:  Play all latest games like angry birds, temple run
·      Colours:-  Black & Metal
·      Document Formats: Open DOCs, Spreadsheets ,Presentation,PDF,TXT
·      Applications: Internet Browser, MSM, Open Office, Media Player, e-Book Reader, Skype, Photo Viewer, Games , Gtalk,  Google play
·      WishTel Applications: WishLearning, WishStudio, WishTV, WishNews, WishGames, and WishLibrary
Karnataka MLAs compare with those from other Southern States.

Highlights: Analysis of Karnataka's Cabinet Ministers

  • National Election Watch (NEW) h­­­­as analyzed the affidavits of 24 out of 27 cabinet ministers including the Chief Minister, submitted to the Election Commission of India from the state of Karnataka. Among the 24 analysed, V.SOMANNA of BJP is an MLC from 2010, rest all are MLAs.

  • 42% ministers i.e. (10 out of 24 analyzed) have self declared criminal cases as per their affidavits filed during the last held Assembly Elections in 2008. 2 ministers out of these 24 analyzed have declared serious IPC charges like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, theft etc. against them.

  • Among these 10 Ministers who have declared criminal cases against themselves, the following Ministers have declared serious criminal charges against them:  1) Balachandra Laxmanrao Jarkhiholi (of BJP from Arabhavi) has declared 1 case against himself including charges related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, theft etc., 2) C.T RAVI (of BJP from Chikmagalur) has declared 5 criminal cases including charges of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, residence, language etc.,

  • 18 out of 24 analyzed or 75% cabinet ministers are crorepatis.

  • Overall, 61% or 131 out of the 215 analyzed MLAs are crorepatis in Karnataka assembly 2008.

  • ANAND SINGH of BJP from Vijayanagara constituency has the highest assets (Rs. 88.66 Crores) among the Karnataka cabinet ministers followed by V.SOMANNA of BJP elected as MLC in 2010 with assets worth Rs.10.99 Crores followed by Asnotikar Anand Vasant of BJP from Karwar Constituency with assets worth Rs. 10.39 Crores among the Karnataka cabinet ministers.

  • The average asset of a minister in Karnataka assembly 2008 is 6.96 crores.

  • 14 out of the 24 ministers analysed were also ministers in Karnataka 2004 assembly. The average asset for these ministers was 91 Lakhs.

  • The growth in average asset per minister was 665% from 2004 to 2008.

  • The average asset per MLA in Karnataka assembly 2008 is 5.98 crores for 214 MLAs analysed out of 224 MLAs (Priya Krishna of INC from Govindraj Nagar with and asset of Rs. 767.61 crores has been excluded as his assets are clearly an outlier). In 2004 Karnataka assembly the average asset of 186 out of 224 analysed was 1.29 crores.

  • There was a growth of 364% increase in average asset of MLAs from 2004 to 2008 assembly elections.

  • Party-wise average assets in 2008 Karnataka assembly is 9.55 crores for INC (70 MLAs analysed), 4.43 crores JD (S) (26 MLAs analysed), 4.35 crores BJP (112 MLAs analysed) and 1.48 for Independent MLAs (6 MLAs analysed).

  • In 2004 Karnataka assembly, the party-wise average assets for INC was 2.30 crores (58 MLAs analysed), JD (S) was 96.30 lakhs (52 MLAs analysed)

  • The average assets per MLA is the highest i.e, 5.98 crores in the 2008 Karnataka Assembly  followed by 2011 Tamil Nadu Assembly with an average of 3.98 crores, 2009 Andhra Pradesh Assembly  with 3.78 crores and 2011 Kerala Assembly  with 1.43 crores.

  • R. Varthur Prakash with assets worth 2 lakhs has the lowest assets among all the ministers analysed in Karnataka.

  • Among all the 24 ministers analysed, none of them is a woman.

Please find enclosed the following reports that contain the analysis of self-declared information provided by the MLAs in the 2008 Karnataka Assembly:

  1. Analysis of criminal,financial and average growth in assets of cabinet ministers of Karnataka Assembly 2008
  2. Press Npte

Contact Details

Karnataka Election Watch (KEW):

Prof. Trilochan Sastry
M: +919448353285
 Hairsh Narasappa
M: +919886027804
Nitin Jagtap
M: +919845026693

National Election Watch/Association for Democratic Reforms:

Media and Journalist Helpline

+91 80103 94248
Anil Bairwal,
National Coordinator
National Election Watch, and
Association for Democratic Reforms
011 4081 7601,
+91 9999310100,
Prof Jagdeep Chhokar
IIM Ahmedabad
Founder Member National Election Watch, Association for Democratic
Prof Trilochan Sastry
IIM Bangalore
Founder Member,
National Election Watch,
Association for Democratic Reforms

Thanks & Regards
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Dear friends, supporters and colleagues,
The first quarter draws to a close and many exciting movements have taken place at EBTC! Enterprise Europe Network enquiries / technology offers and requests are increasing steadily, and we have also launched the official website for the India chapter of the network -
The first series of introductory webinars were held throughout the month of March, covering contemporary topics within our core thematic areas. For those of you who missed them, you can catch up on the Centre's new and official YouTube channel, EBTCIndia -
In this issue we're bringing you the latest developments about Aqua Q and Ciel et Terre's journey in bringing their technologies to India, alongside other news such as EBTC's deepening involvement with the Indian research community, EBTC's partnership with ETI Dynamics (UK) for the India Water Development Programme (IWDP) which will bring projects and all associated services to the benefit of EU water companies and technologies. Do join us for the official launch in the evening of April 11th 2013, in New Delhi.
And last but not least, we hope that you'll be able to join us at the Global India Business Meeting 2013 taking place in Belfast this June. For more information, view
Thank you all for your continued support, and do contact us with any queries you may have about doing business in India.
Poul V. Jensen – Director, EBTC


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Clean energy from algae biofuel:
Emerging opportunities for research and enterprising collaborations

The race is on for new types of fuel, and 2013 could prove to be a pivotal year. With the increasing price of oil, and the continued dependence on imported fossil fuels raising concerns over energy security, amongst the myriad of alternative renewable forms of energy, one that has been gaining interest amongst researchers and entrepreneurs globally is that of biofuels. Algae is one such solution in the quest for sustainable fuel as well as feedstock.
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In conversation with Dr. Sudhir Chowdhury & Mrs. Ulla Chowdhury, Aqua Q AB
Aqua Q AB from Sweden have been taking steps to bring their innovative water technology to India. Today, Aqua Q's strategy is looking towards manufacturing their products and processes in India. This interview explores their technology, its impact, and Aqua Q's journey to India so far.
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IPR issues in collaborative research and technology transfer
IPR is a crucial element in the transfer of technology from Europe to India, but there are a number of challenges faced. Research throughout 2012 uncovered a number of IPR issues commonly faced by European companies in India. In this issue, we briefly look at data security, research collaboration and technology adaptability.
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Selected news from each region:
• Smart Grid Knowledge Sharing Mission.
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• European Scientific Technological and Innovation (STI) Platform in India.
• Roundtable on Private-Public-Partnerships in Research-Innovation & Economic Diplomacy: Building on Synergies between Portugal-India and EU-India.
• India Water Development Programme (IWDP) - EBTC & ETI Dynamics (UK) enter into a partnership to restore India's water bodies.
• 10th Anniversary of Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE).
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Building business ecosystems in Eastern India:
• Floating solar PV takes another step closer to reality in Eastern and North-Eastern India.
• Inspiring confidence to manufacture in India: Aqua-Q's clean water technology to be adapted and manufactured in India soon.
• Exploring technology transfer possibilities from Slovenia to West Bengal.
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• Incubation, Technology management and cooperation with IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
• Deeper involvement of the Indian research and academic community: EBTC signs an agreement with Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE), Madurai.
• Facilitating Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Technology Management and Indigenization.
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• Urban Development Vision 2020.
• RUDiCON 2013.
• Worldwide Intercluster Initiative for New materials and processes focused on clean technologies (WIINTECH).
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• Global India Business Meeting: 23rd – 25th June 2013, Belfast, United Kingdom.
• The 6th EuroIndia Summit & Mission: Rescheduled to 16th – 23rd October 2013, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh & Gujarat (TBC)

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