Saturday, May 4, 2013


  1. March core infra grows at 2.9% 

    The core infrastructure grows to 2.9% in March 2013 as compared to 3% growth in March 2012. The marginal decline in growth in March, 2013 was on account of negative growth witnessed in the production of Natural Gas and low growth recorded in the production of Coal and Crude Oil.

     Sector wise trend in monthly production                                                      (% growth)
    Sector
    Weight in IIP
    February’13
          March’13
    Crude Oil
    5.22
    (-) 4.0
    0.2
    Natural Gas
    1.71
    (-) 20.1
    (-) 17.7
    Petroleum Refinery Products
    5.94
    4.3
    5.6
    Coal
    4.38
    (-) 8.0
    0.3
    Fertilizer
    1.25
    (-) 4.0
    3.6
    Electricity
    10.32
    (-) 3.7
    3.0
    Cement
    2.41
    3.1
    6.6
    Steel
    6.68
    0.5
    6.6
    Overall
    37.90
    (-) 2.4
    2.9
      Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

    In cumulative terms core infrastructure industries registered a growth of 2.6% during April-March 2012-13 as against 5% during the corresponding period of the previous year.


    Sector wise trend in production                                                                                 (% growth)
    Sector
    Weight
    Apr-Mar 2011-12
    Apr-Mar 2012-13
    Crude Oil
    5.22
    1.0
    (-) 0.6
    Natural Gas
    1.71
    (-) 8.9
    (-) 14.5
    Petroleum Refinery Products
    5.94
    3.1
    6.9
    Coal
    4.38
    1.3
    3.3
    Fertilizer
    1.25
    0.4
    (-) 3.4
    Electricity
    10.32
    8.1
    4.0
    Cement
    2.41
    6.7
    5.6
    Steel
    6.68
    10.3
    2.5
    Overall
    37.90
    5.0
    2.6
    Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India
    Electricity generation grew by 4% during Apr-Mar 2012-13 as against 8.1% growth during Apr-Mar 2011-12, while steel production grew by 2.5% during Apr-Mar 2012-13 as compared to 10.3% during Apr-Mar 2011-12. The production in crude oil grew by (-) 0.6% during Apr-Mar 2012-13 as compared to its growth at 1% during Apr-Mar 2011-12, whereas petroleum refinery production registered a growth of 6.9% during Apr-Mar 2012-13 as compared to 3.1% growth during Apr-Mar 2011-12. Fertilizer production grew by (-) 3.4% during Apr-Mar 2012-13, compared to its growth at 0.4% during Apr-Mar 2011-12 and cement production grew by 5.6% during Apr-Mar 2012-13 compared to its growth at 6.7% during Apr- Mar 2011-12.
    Trend in growth of steel, cement, electricity and coal and overall      (%)
    Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India


    Warm regards,

    Dr. S P Sharma
    Chief Economist
    ________________________________________________
    PHD Research Bureau
    PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    August Kranti Marg, New Delhi – 110016
    Tel 91 11 49545454, Fax 91 11 26855450,
    E mail – research@phdcci.in
    Website www.phdcci.in

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  2. INSTITUTO CERVANTES DE NUEVA DELHI  -  CULTURA  -  5 de MAYO 2013  -  Web

    Cine: "Miradas múltipes. La máquina loca"

    Cinema: "Multiple looks. The crazy machine"

    La Embajada de México en India y el Instituto Cervantes en Nueva Delhi tienen el placer de invitarle a la proyección del documental "Miradas múltiples. La máquina Loca".
    Gabriel Figueroa fue el más famoso cinefotógrafo en México, durante el siglo XX. Sus películas fueron la inspiración de los más famosos fotógrafos del mundo, quienes dan testimonio del trabajo de Figueroa y la forma en la que cada uno se aproxima al proceso de la creación de imágenes. 
     

     
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  3. Issues & Challenges to India’s Manufacturing Sector
    A survey based empirical study

    Manufacturing sector has emerged as a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of the Indian economy over the last five decades. The sector plays an imperative role in the progressive growth and development of the economy. This is evident with the fact that the sector contributes 15.24 per cent of the country’s GDP, and provides employment to over 6 million persons. This sector has huge potential and has the ability to take the Indian economy to higher growth trajectory.

    The Indian Government has taken numerous measures to promote the manufacturing industry, and in 2011 it launchedNational Manufacturing Policy (NMP) to give further boost to this sector. However, despite initiatives undertaken by the Government of India, the sector is suffering with various constraints of easy access to finance, technological up gradation, infrastructural support, complex regulatory system etc.

    With this backdrop to understand the role and challenges faced by the Manufacturing sector we have designed a structured questionnaire. We therefore request you to kindly share your views and experiences on this sector through this questionnaire. You may also circulate it amongst your contacts to widen the sample size of our study.

    We hereby request you to kindly support us in this endeavour by filling up the attached questionnaire latest by 10th May.

    Kindly revert back on shiva.kumra@phdcci.in

    Warm regards,

    Dr. S P Sharma
    Chief Economist
    ________________________________________________
    PHD Research Bureau
    PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    August Kranti Marg, New Delhi – 110016
    Tel 91 11 49545454, Fax 91 11 26855450,
    E mail – research@phdcci.in
    Website www.phdcci.in
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  4. Interactive Meeting & B2B with
    Hon’ble Mr Claudio Poggi, Governor, San Luis 
    &  accompanying Government and Business delegation 
     Monday, 9.45 AM; May 13, 2013 
    Federation House, 1, Tansen Marg, New Delhi 
     
    We are pleased to inform that a high powered government & business delegation from the Province of San Luis, Argentina led by the Governor, Hon’ble Mr Claudio Poggi, (equivalent to Chief Minister of Indian State) will be visiting India. 
     
    San Luis is an excellent hub for investment. Industrial growth in San Luis has been firm and constant in the last three decades and make up 30% of the active population. Industries represent over 40% of the Province’s total production. The Government has provided an exhaustive plan which allowed the Province to have 45% of all the highways in Argentina. San Luis develops most economic freedom and the highest level of competitiveness (positioned first in the national ranking of Fundacion Libertad). San Luis has been ranked as the best among efficiency, fiscal reliability, level of development, foreign trade and infrastructure for nine consecutive years (studies conducted by Delphos Investment, a private consulting firm)
     
    FICCI is organising an interactive session for Indian industry followed by B2B meetings with the visiting delegation at Federation House, New Delhi on May 13, 2013, with a view to increase market access of Indian products and technologies. Some delegates also wish to explore emerging joint venture and investment opportunities, particularly in the following sectors: 

    o    Agricultural & Irrigation Equipment
    o    Agro and Food Processing
    o    Manufactured Products 
    o    “Green” Technology–Solar & Wind Power
    o    Construction & Real Estate
    o    Information Technology 
    o    Electrical Machinery

    We have the pleasure in inviting you to join this interaction. Kindly logon to http://ficci-b2b.com/buyer-seller-meet/ to access the composition of delegation & use same link to register online.

    Registration fee :
    Rs 1,000.00 per person for FICCI members
    Rs 1,500.00 per person for Non-FICCI Members

    There is no fee for FICCI B2B Silver/Gold/Platinum Subscribers.

    Looking forward to your positive response and with kind regards,
     
    Yours sincerely,

    (Nirankar Saxena)
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  5. VHP-Bajrang Dal  demonstration at Jantar Mantar
    Act against Pakistan, says VHP

    New Delhi May 3, 2013. Vishwa Hindu Parishad & Bajrang Dal today held demonstration against Sarabjeet's Murder and demanding action against Pakistan and Pak Supporter Yasin Malik & his associates. Addressing protestors, the national spokesperson of Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) advocate Prakash Sharma said that that UPA Government must take stern action against terror state Pakistan, its supporter Yasin Malik and his associates so that no more citizen of our country should sacrificed like shri Sarabjeet & other who became victim of terrorism. VHP paid homage to the departed soul of shri Sarabjeet Singh by organizing a large yagn at Jantar Mantar. The devotees also prayed to the almighty God for wisdom to the UPA Govt at centre to ensure safety and security to its citizens.
    According to shri Vinod Bansal, Media Chief VHP Delhi the protestors lead by the state secretary General VHP shri Satyendra Mohan & convener Bajrang Dal shri Shiv Kumar were holding banners, saffron flags and play cards and burn the national flag of Pakistan. The state Vice President VHP shri Brij Mohan Sethi & Deepak Kumar, organising  secretary shri Karuna Prakash, secretary shri Ram Pal Singh, Rakesh Pandey, Bajarang Dal's Neeraj Dineria, Deepak Kumar, Shyam, Ashok Kapoor and Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta were amongst those who took part in the large gathering.
             
    REGARDS
    VINOD BANSAL
    (MEDIA CHIEF) 
    VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD, DELHI.
    M-9810949109
    M - 98109 49109
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    4th May, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
    Tessitori Hall
    Istituto Italiano di Cultura-New Delhi

    The last kiss (L'ultimo bacio) by Gabriele Muccino

    FOCUS ON: THE FAMILY IN ITALIAN CINEMA IN THE LAST DECADE

    L’ULTIMO BACIO
    His secret life
    2001, 115 min.
    Director: Gabriele Muccino
    Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Stefania Sandrelli, Martina Stella
    Giulia and Carlo are happy for three years, but Giulia's announcement that she is pregnant sends her into ecstasies of stroller-shopping and him into a secret panic. Terrified at his imminent entry into the adult world of irreversible responsibilities and dismayed by his best friend's horror stories of midnight baby bottles and shrill arguments, Carlo finds himself tempted by a bewitching 18-year-old girl he meets by chance. Meanwhile, Giulia's mother Anna, bored after 29 years in a solid, stodgy marriage, is shocked by the realization that she will soon be a grandmother and finds herself chasing what she perceives to be her vanishing youth.


    Regards,

    Istituto Italiano di Cultura-New Delhi
    (Italian Cultural Centre)
    50-E, Chandragupta Marg,
    Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110 021
    Phone:0091-11-26871901/03/04 
    Fax:0091-11-26871902
    www.iicnewdelhi.esteri.it
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  7. Undernourished population in India declines by about 35% from 1990-92 to 2010-12

    Around 217 million people are estimated to be undernourished in India in 2010-12 as against 240 million in 1990-92, while  about 868 million people across the world are undernourished in 2010-12 as against 1000 million in 1990-92


    Highlights of the report on ‘The State of Food Insecurity in the World’ by Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations

    Food Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) in its report titled “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012” said that the proportion of undernourished population across the word has marked a decline of around 33%. The proportion of undernourished in total world population stands at 12.5% during 2010-12 as against 18.6% during 1990-1992. While for India , the proportion of undernourished population has marked a decline of around 35%.  The proportion of undernourished in India ’s total population stands at 17.5% during 2010-12 as against 26.9% during 1990-1992.

    With almost 868 million people chronically undernourished in 2010–12, the number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high. The vast majority live in developing countries, where about 852 million people are estimated to be undernourished. Improved undernourishment from 1990, suggest that progress in reducing hunger has been more pronounced than previously believed. Most of the progress, however, was achieved before 2007–08. Since then, global progress in reducing hunger has slowed and levelled off.

    In order for economic growth to enhance the nutrition of the neediest, the poor must participate in the growth process and its benefits. Growth needs to involve and reach the poorthe poor need to use the additional income for improving the quantity and quality of their diets and for improved health services and governments need to use additional public resources for public goods and services to benefit the poor and hungry.

    Agricultural growth is particularly effective in reducing hunger and malnutrition-- Most of the extreme poor depend on agriculture and related activities for a significant part of their livelihoods. Agricultural growth involving smallholders, especially women, will be most effective in reducing extreme poverty and hunger when it increases returns to labour and generates employment for the poor.

    Economic and agricultural growth should be nutrition-sensitive --Growth needs to result in better nutritional outcomes through enhanced opportunities for the poor to diversify their dietsimproved access to safe drinking water and sanitationimproved access to health services, better consumer awareness regarding adequate nutrition and child care practices and targeted distribution of supplements in situations of acute micronutrient deficiencies. Good nutrition, in turn, is key to sustainable economic growth.

    Social protection is crucial for accelerating hunger reduction—Social protection can protect the most vulnerable who have not benefited from economic growth and also properly structured, can contribute directly to more rapid economic growth through human resource development and strengthened ability of the poor, especially smallholders, to manage risks and adopt improved technologies with higher productivity.

    Economic growth needs to be accompanied by purposeful and decisive public action to accelerate hunger reduction-- Public policies and programmes must create a conducive environment for pro-poor long-term economic growth. Key elements of enabling environments include provision of public goods and services for the development of the productive sectors, equitable access to resources by the poor, empowerment of women, and design and implementation of social protection systems. An improved governance system, based on transparency, participation, accountability, rule of law and human rights, is essential for the effectiveness of such policies and programmes.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. S P Sharma
    Chief Economist
    ________________________________________________
    PHD Research Bureau
    PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    August Kranti Marg, New Delhi – 110016
    Tel 91 11 49545454, Fax 91 11 26855450,
    E mail – research@phdcci.in
    Website www.phdcci.in
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    Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas, Gopal Rai, Sanjay Singh and many AAP volunteers observe a day’s fast in solidarity with the victims
    Demands:
    ·         The chargesheet related to FIR 67/87 should be filed in court
    ·         Criminal case should be filed against Rajiv Ranjan, the police officer responsible for suppressing the charegsheet
    ·         SIT should be formed to investigate into 1984 riots
    ·         An appeal in the present case in which Sajjan Kumar was acquitted should be filed in the High Court immediately and a verdict be passed within 3 months
    Nirpreet Kaur who lost her father during 1984 riots sat on an indefinite fast from today at Jantar Mantar to demand speedy justice for the victims of 1984 riots. The fast follows the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, ex Congress MP, by trial court on the grounds that there is no evidence against him. Ironically, based on the same eyewitness reports, 5 people were convicted but Sajjan Kumar was acquitted in the case. Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai along with many Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers observed a day’s fast in solidarity of her fast and victims of the 1984 riots. Manish Sisodia said, Aam Aadmi Party would continue to support the fast till the time 1984 riot victims get justice. He said, “We will extend all possible support to Nirpreet Kaur. We have appealed all our volunteers to join the fast everyday in large numbers.” All leaders of AAP would be present at Jantar Mantar till the time the fast ends.
    Even though 29 years have passed, justice has evaded the victims of sikh riots that resulted in the death of more than 10000 sikhs. Despite several eyewitness accounts Sajjan Kumar was acquitted because some chargesheets like the one related to FIR 67/87 was not presented in the court. This case pertains to the murder of 4 sikhs during the riots, in which the accused is Sajjan Kumar.
    Flashing the chargesheet, Arvind Kejriwal read out the last lines of the chargesheet which clearly mentions, “It is stated that on the basis of investigation and evidence, a challan is fit to be presented against Sajjan Kumar. But due to law and order problem he has not been arrested.” The victim and eyewitness in the case Gurbachan Singh has already undergone two heart surgeries and is very frail. Arvind Kejriwal asked, “Why has this chargesheet not been presented in the court? Is it waiting for the main witness Gurbachan Singh to die so that the case can be brushed under the carpet? What is the use of such a police that cannot arrest an accused citing law and order problem?”
    Rajiv Ranjan the police officer who suppressed the above mentioned chargesheet has now been promoted. Arvind Kejriwal demanded that a criminal case should be filed against him immediately. He also demanded that an SIT should be constituted to independently investigate into the case. He also demanded that an appeal should be filed in the present case where Sajjan Kumar has been acquitted in the high court and a verdict should be given within next 3 months.
    Addressing the people gathered Arvind Kejriwal said, "It was not only Sikhs who has bore the brunt of riots in Delhi, Muslims were massacred in Gujarat, Hindus were killed in Kashmir. The British divided us for their benefit, now the politicians have divided us for their votebank. Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs who have been affected are fighting for justice in their own ways. Now it is time for all of us unite and fight together for justice.”  He said, “today we have gathered here not just to demand justice for sikhs, but for ourselves. Such an incident can happen with any of us. We will stand with our sikh brothers shoulder to shoulder till the time they get justice.” He appealed to the people of Delhi to join the protest in large numbers.
    Commenting on the verdict, a prominent voice in the struggle for justice, Jagdish Kaur, said "I was horrified to hear the verdict. I felt that this day was a repeat of November 1, 1984 when I lost 3 family members including my husband and son." Narrating her story she said, "My family had contributed to the freedom struggle. But for three days, I ran from pillar to post so that the bodies could be cremated. No one helped, finally I had to cremate them in my home." With whatever strength was left she went to the Police Station to get her FIR filed. The first time she went she was told that a lot of sikhs had died and a lot more would die, all the cases would be filed together. The second time when she went she made sure that the name of Sajjan Kumar was included, the police officer asked her if she was in her senses to name people like Kumar. She said, "We were treated worse than animals."
    Many sikh families who were affected in the riots joined the fight for justice in large numbers and observed one day fast. Many people came forward to share their experiences.

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