Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Akbar’s Choodiwala Look …

Akbar dresses up in disguise, stand ups  against child-marriage in Jodha-Akbar…

Fighting for the cause of child-marriage, this week in Jodha-Akbar, viewers will see Akbar in a completely new and different look on the show. Going against all odds to help save a 14 year old girl from being forced into child marriage, Akbar will dress in disguise as a choodiwala in order to get to the root of the matter.

Understanding that a 14 year old girl from his kingdom is about to get married to a man double her age, Akbar along with some help from Jodha takes up the cause of putting an end to the regressive tradition of child marriage in his kingdom. In order to investigate who the man is, Akbar dresses up as a choodiwala so as to not to be recognized by the henchmen of his kingdom. In his attempt to unearth the truth behind this child marriage, Akbar discovers that it is none other than his evil step-brother Adham Khan who has forced the marriage upon the poor girl by offering her greedy father the lure of riches.

Donning a completely different look for the sequence, actor Rajat Tokas as the ‘choodiwala’ is a stark departure from his usual look of Emperor Akbar. Wearing a long robe and sporting a scraggly beard, Rajat looks quite convincing as a Mughalchoodiwala.

About this special sequence, Rajat said, “I had no idea what a choodiwala back in the Mughal era looked like until I donned this unique look … I quite enjoyed getting into this character as it was quite different in terms of get-up, body language, demeanor and style of dialogue delivery … It is intriguing that an emperor should go to such great lengths to get to the bottom of a serious issue and take a strong stand against malpractices in his kingdom. The subject of child marriage is a very interesting track on the show and has captivated the audience attention.”

Akbar will be joined by Jodha to fight the cause and eradicate child marriage from his kingdom. Will Akbar’s strong stand against Adham Khan and child marriage irk mother Mahamanga and evoke her to act against him?

Do not miss Jodha-Akbar, Every Monday – Friday, from 8 – 8:30 PM, Only on Zee TV!


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December 2013  
Dear citizens and guests of Zagreb!
With the arrival of December, a festive atmosphere descends upon the metropolis and the build-up to Christmas brings out the big child in most of us; a stock is taken of our successes in business, tourism and sports…
Dear friends and business partners,
Once again, December is upon us. For many, this is the most beautiful month of the year. In addition to the host of cultural and entertainment events, guests have yet another reason to visit Zagreb: Advent in Zagreb!
Advent in Zagreb
The magic has begun!
In December, the build-up to Christmas starts in earnest. An increasing number of guests from Croatia as well as abroad are lured to Zagreb by its mesmerizing holiday atmosphere. The time of Advent, between Christmas and the New Year, truly is magical in the Croatian capital.
10th Audi FIS Ski World Cup Vip Snow Queen Trophy 2014
The best skiers once again on Sljeme
With the beginning of each year Sljeme lives and breathes skiing. This winter, slalom races of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Vip Snow Queen Trophy will take place between January 4th and 6th 2014 for the 10th consecutive time.
our pick
:Centar Cvjetni Shopping Centre – An adventure at Santa Town
:The Metal Scene – Iced Earth at the Pogon Jedinstvo
:Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall – A Music Spectacle to Mark the 40th Anniversary
:Take me Home – Souvenirs with signatures of Croatian designers
:New entertainment at the Parapark – Solve mysteries to escape from a locked room
:The Museum of Arts and Crafts – An exhibition: Saša Šekoranja – Polyphonies
:The only performance in the region – Neutral Milk Hotel at Tvornica Kulture
:V Starem Melinu – As if time had stopped
:A themed two-hour evening tour – Advent in a different way
Tel: +385 1 48-14-052 / 053 
e-mail: info@zagreb-touristinfo.hr 
Romanian TV’s film about Zagreb wins first prize
Viewed through the camera lens of a Romanian TV crew, Zagreb was portrayed in a film which won first place at the Baku International Tourism Film Festival. It shows how objective observers, Zagreb’s guests, view the city.
International concerts
Simple Minds at Dom Sportova Sports Hall
On March 4th 2014, the legendary Scottish band, Simple Minds, will once again hold a concert at the Dom Sportova Sports Hall as part of their Greatest Hits tour. Tickets are already on sale at very affordable prices.
Zagreb Eye – Number One Tourist Attraction in Town
All of you who come to visit Zagreb do not miss the opportunity to climb the Zagreb Eye observation deck. Not only has it been ranked number one tourist attraction in town but it also offers various entertainment events for all generations.


Dance matlab Boogie Woogie…


Dance matlab Boogie Woogie…
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Starts December 7th every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 pm
On Sony Entertainment Television

Mumbai, 2nd December 2013: It’s time to bring back the fun, the entertainment and the humour into dancing, as Sony Entertainment Television is all set to create a fresh legacy of dance, with the return of India’s original dance show, Boogie Woogie. The show that had cast a spell on viewers across the country, is back to sweep you off your feet! The new season startingDecember 7, 2013 will redefine your weekends as some of the most talented young dancers from across the country compete for the title of Boogie Woogie Kids Champion. 3 celebrated judges, 2 entertaining hosts and 16 dancing sensations will step on the dance floor, with only one mission – to provide the best entertainment to the entire country for the next 16 weeks. Selected from all corners of the country, this season’s participants will feature kids between the ages of 6 – 14, who will showcase natural, trained & innate talent and their unique prowess that will leave you spellbound. Their fun, masti and magic on the floor will liven up your spirits and put a smile on your face. 

Produced by R&N Productions, Boogie Woogie Kids Championship’s brand new season will once again mark the return of the hilarious trio of Jaaved Jaaferi along with Naved Jafri and Ravi Behl who will be reprising their roles as judges. The banter between these three judges will once again make you roll

on the floor with laughter. Also, for the first time in the history of the show, Boogie Woogie will not have one, but two hosts! Vivacious Sargun Mehta along with the cute 12 year old, Rakshit Wahi, of Parvarrish fame will anchor the show which will add a fresh layer of spunk and zest to the show.

After a nationwide hunt, the top 16 Boogie Woogie contestants are, the lovable and notorious 8 year old Preetjot Singh of Ranchi, hip-hop and B-boying dancer Mohammed Mumtaz of Delhi,Bharatnatyam dancer Abhishek Sinha of Jamshedpur, robotics dancer Aryan Patra of Ranchi,lyrical hip-hop dancer Urgen Tenzing Lama of Darjeeling, jazz and belly dancer Sneha Chauhan of Baroda, freestyle, hip-hop and ballet dancer Bebechana Gurung of Kursheong, Odissi and semi-classical dancer Chirasmita Rout of Balasore, contemporary and salsa dancer Smrity Panda of Rourkela, hip-hop and contemporary dancer crumping and B-boying dancer Harmi Darshan Patel of Navsari, bollywood and contemporary dancer Sachin Sharma of Faridabad, gymnastics and aerial dance expert Raini Patel of Navsari, locking and popping expert Tanya Bhushan of Ahmedabad, kathak and contemporary dancer Priyanka Tapadar of Asansol, contemporary and break dancer Ayush Singh of Howrah and salsa and folk dancer Sagar Mishra of Mathura.

Ms. Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television said, “We are delighted to present Boogie Woogie Kids Championship which will be launched at the 8.30-10 PM weekend slot. The show that has been the genesis for all dance reality shows in India is back with a fresh format. This season promises to be bigger and better as we present an eclectic mix of 16 electrifying dancers whose sole aim will be entertaining our viewers with their outstanding performances. We assure you a season of wholesome fun and entertainment.”

The show this season will have a bigger and glitzier set for the dancing stars of tomorrow to showcase their prowess. Scoring and elimination will be basis the judges scores (no public voting) and for the very first time judges scores will be shown to the public. The winner stands to win prize money of Rs.10 Lakhs and the coveted Boogie Woogie Kids Champion trophy.

Boogie Woogie premieres on 7th December, 2013 every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television!

About Sony Entertainment Television:
Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India’s leading Hindi general entertainment television channels is a part of Sony Pictures Television (SPT) backs Multi Screen Media Private Limited, which is India’s leading television network.  Since its launch in October 1995, SET has created a unique space for itself in the Indian Television industry. Pioneering new waves in television programming, with blockbuster movie premieres, big format non – fiction shows and an impressive array of fiction shows like Indian Idol, Kaun Banega Crorepati, Entertainment ke liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Kuch to Log Kahenge, Parvarrish, Maharana Pratap, CID and Crime Patrol.
SET is known for its innovative concepts and exciting formats and is the most preferred family entertainment channel which has been providing strong platforms for more than 700 brands to reach over 50 million households in India. In addition, Sony Entertainment Television is also available in the US, UK, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji Islands and Seychelles. In total, SET influences over 300 million viewers in the Indian sub-continent, and the South Asian Diaspora worldwide.

Sony Entertainment Television is a part of   the network of channels distributed by The One Alliance – a joint venture between Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. and Discovery Communications India. Other channels in the One Alliance network include SAB, MAX, PIX, MIX, SIX, AXN, Animax, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, DISCOVERY CHANNEL TAMIL, Discovery kids, AATH, Aaj tak, Headlines Today, Tez, Neo Sports, Neo Prime, TIMES NOW, MOVIES NOW, ET NOW, Zoom, SET HD, SIX HD AND DISCOVERY HD WORLD

For Further Information, please contact:

Sony Entertainment Television
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+91 9004921044

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October core infra grows at (-) 0.6%

The core infrastructure grows to (-) 0.6% (Y-O-Y) in October 2013 as compared to 8% (Y-O-Y) in September 2013. The combined index of Eight Core Industries stands at 155.2 in October, 2013 with a growth rate of (-) 0.6% as compared to 7.8% in October 2012. Crude oil and Natural gas registered a growth rate of (-) 0.8% and (-) 13.6% respectively in the month of October 2013

   Sector wise trend in monthly production                                         (% growth)
Weight in IIP
Crude Oil
(-) 0.8
Natural Gas
(-) 13.6
Petroleum Refinery Products
(-) 4.8
(-) 3.9
(-) 0.6
  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 Apr-Oct 2013-14 as against 6.8% during the corresponding period of previous year.

    Sector wise trend in production                                                                                 (% growth)  
Apr-Oct 2013-14
Apr-Oct 2012-2013
Crude Oil
Natural Gas
Petroleum Refinery Products

      Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

Electricity generation grew by 4.8% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 as against 4.9% growth during Apr–Oct 2012-13, while steel production grew by 4.4% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 as against 1.4% during Apr-Oct 2012-13. The production in crude oil grew by (-) 1.2% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 as compared to its growth at (-) 0.7% during Apr–Oct 2012-13, whereas petroleum refinery production registered a growth of 3.7% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 as compared to 29.7% during Apr–Oct 2012-13. Fertilizer production grew by 2.7% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 compared to its growth at (-) 4.5% during Apr–Oct 2012-13 and cement production grew by 4% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 compared to its growth at 8.8% during Apr–Oct 2012-13.
 Trend in growth of steel, cement, electricitycoal 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


Swati RamanathanofJanaagrahato be honoured as a‘Civic Innovator’


Swati RamanathanofJanaagrahato be honoured as a‘Civic Innovator’ by National Democratic Institute in Washington DC

Washington, Dec 3:  Ms Swati Ramanathan, co-founder Janaagraha is being honoured as a ‘Civic Innovator’ by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Washington DC,for her innovations in using technology, internet and social media to hold governments accountable,give citizens a voice and improve democratic governance.

At the dinner, and as a special honour, Swati Ramanathan, along with four other awardees, will take part in a panel discussion about how technology can increase citizen participation and help governments respond to citizens.

The awards will be presented at NDI’s 2013 Democracy dinner on Dec. 10 in Washington, D.C.

Among the leading civic Innovators to be awarded at the event include, Jared Cohen – Google Ideas, Jennifer Pahlka – co founder, Code for America, Rufus Pollock-  Open Knowledge Foundation , Tom Steinberg – Open Government Partnership,   Ellen Miller – Sunlight Foundation and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, The President of Estonia.

Jack Dorsey, chairman and founder of Twitter will deliver the keynote address while Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations will deliver the keynote remarks at the dinner event.

These civic innovators are using technology to crowdsourceideas for new legislation, increase government transparency, connect citizens and support freedom of information online.

NDI will presentits Democracy Award to the ‘Civic Innovator’ in recognition of an emerging class of creative andentrepreneurial individuals who are using technology to help advance and improve democracy in thedigital age.

The National Democratic Institute is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization based in the US, working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

For more details:

Contact: Kathy Gest, 202-728-5535, kgest@ndi.org


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Power Grid Corporation’s FPO opens December 3
Price band fixed between Rs 85 and Rs 90 per Equity Share
New Delhi, December 03, 2013: Navratna PSU Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID or Company), the country’s central transmission utility, is proposing a further public offer of 787,053,309 equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each (the “Equity Shares”) (the “Offer”).

The Offer will open on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013. The Offer will close on Thursday, 5thDecember 2013 for QIB Bidders and on Friday, 6th December 2013 for all other Bidders.

The Offer comprises a fresh issue of 601,864,295 Equity Shares by the Company and an offer for sale of 185,189,014 Equity Shares by the President of India, acting through the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The Offer comprises a net offer to the public of 784,053,309 Equity Shares (the “Net Offer”) and a reservation of 3,000,000 Equity Shares for subscription by Eligible Employees (the “Employee Reservation Portion”). The Offer would constitute 15.04% of the post offer paid-up equity capital of the Company and the Net Offer would constitute 14.99% of the post offer paid-up equity capital of the Company.

The Price Band has been fixed between Rs 85 and Rs 90 per Equity Share. The minimum bid lot has been fixed at 150 Equity Shares and in multiples of 150 Equity Shares thereafter. A discount of Rs 4.50 on the Offer Price is being offered to the Retail Individual Investors and the Eligible Employees bidding in the Employee Reservation Portion.

Mr R. N. Nayak, Chairman and Managing Director of POWERGRID said: “Power Grid Corporation of India Limited intends to utilize the net proceeds of the offer to meet the capital requirements for the implementation of certain identified transmission projects and general corporate purpose.”

SBI Capital Markets Limited, Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited, ICICI Securities Limited, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited and UBS Securities India Private Limited have been appointed as the book running lead managers to the Offer. Karvy Computershare Private Limited is the registrar to the Offer.

The Equity Shares offered pursuant to this Offer are proposed to be listed on the BSE Limited and the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE). NSE is the Designated Stock Exchange for the Offer.

Disclaimer clause of the NSE (The Designated Stock Exchange): “It is to be distinctly understood that the permission given by NSE should not in any way be deemed or construed that the Offer Document has been cleared or approved by NSE nor does it certify the correctness or completeness of any of the contents of the Offer Document. The investors are advised to refer to the Offer Document for the full text of the Disclaimer Clause of NSE.”

Disclaimer clause of the BSE: “It is to be distinctly understood that the permission given by BSE Limited should not in any way be deemed or construed that the Red Herring Prospectus has been cleared or approved by BSE Limited nor does it certify the correctness or completeness of any of the contents of the Red Herring Prospectus. The investors are advised to refer to the Red Herring Prospectus for the full text of the Disclaimer Clause of BSE Limited.”

Disclaimer: Power Grid Corporation of India Limited is proposing, subject to receipt of requisite approvals, market conditions and other considerations, to make a further public offering of its equity shares and has filed a Red Herring Prospectus with the Registrar of Companies, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Haryana, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), the National Stock Exchange of India Limited and the BSE Limited. The Red Herring Prospectus is available on the website of the SEBI and the websites of SBI Capital Markets Limited, Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited, ICICI Securities Limited, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited and UBS Securities India Private Limited, the BRLMs. Any potential investors should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk. For details, potential investors should refer to the Red Herring Prospectus which has been filed with the Registrar of Companies, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Haryana, including the section titled “Risk Factors”.

The Equity Shares have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act (“Regulation S”)) except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. The Equity Shares are being offered and sold (i) in the United States only to U.S. persons that are “qualified institutional buyers” (as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act (“Rule 144A”), in reliance on the exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act provided by Rule 144A or other available exemption  and (ii) outside the United States in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S. No public offering of securities is contemplated in the United States or any other jurisdiction outside India.

For More Details:

Concept Public Relations
Ranjan Pathak /Animesh Biswas



November 2013

The global economy is expected to continue expanding at a moderate pace over the coming two years as GDP growth in the world economy will grow at 2.7% in 2013 and accelerate to 3.6% in 2014, according to the OECD Economic Outlook. The OECD countries are projected to accelerate from 1.2% in 2013 to 2.3% in 2014 though there is a risk that tapering of asset purchases by the US Federal Reserve could bring a renewed bout of instability.

The pace of the global recovery is weaker than forecast last May, largely as a result of the worsened outlook for some emerging economies. Growth in the United States is projected at a 2.9% rate in 2014 and a 3.4% rate in 2015. In Japan , GDP is expected to drop to a 1.5% growth rate in 2014 and a 1% rate in 2015. The euro area is expected to witness a gradual recovery, with growth of 1% in 2014 and 1.6% in 2015.

Growth has begun picking up in China but will remain weaker than previously projected in most other major emerging market economies. A group of emerging OECD member countries such as Chile , Turkey , Mexico , Korea and Israel will continue out-pacing growth in other advanced economies.

On the manufacturing front, the rising output with increased retail sales suggests Europe ’s recovery from recession is broad based and self-sustaining though the business activity slowed in the European Union in October. Japan ’s industrial output increased in October while manufacturing sector grew at the fastest pace in China .

Merchandise trade tended to show diverging patterns among various nations in third quarter in 2013 as Euro Area, G7 and BRICS nations witnessed an increase in merchandise trade. However, China ’s merchandise trade surplus declined in the third quarter.

Unemployment situation remained stable in OECD countries though it tended to remain high in Euro Zone. Unemployment rate remained stable in Canada while it increased in the USA . Unemployment rate for the EU countries is forecasted to remain high through 2014.

To tackle the slump in inflation, European Central Bank reduced the interest to record low while China unveiled new set of reforms to stimulate growth of the economy.  

In light of the above scenario, it is essential to have clear and credible strategies for creating jobs, restoring public finances and fueling growth in the economies which will require a strong commitment to structural reforms in advanced as well as emerging economies.

GEM for the month of November 2013 is attached.

We welcome your suggestions and comments for the same.

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma
Chief Economist




Europe’s definitive urban rail event
Dear N.K,
Urban rail operators and their partners are coming to London, 1-2nd April 2014, to be a part of the 10th annual MetroRail Congress and its other affiliated events.
Here are 5 great reasons why we think you should join them:
  • Explore the future of urban transit in 50 years time, with a visit to the 2014 Innovation Lab research projects
  • Hear best-practice on upgrading existing networks, from RATP, TfL and Metrolink Manchester
  • Understand how to manage new large-scale projects, with insight from Crossrail, TTC and HART
  • Source the most exciting new technologies and how to use them, with round table debates from Siemens, Alstom, Bombardier and Hitachi Rail
  • Get behind the scenes at some of London’s most interesting PT sites, including the St Pancras redevelopment and Victoria Control Centre
This is just a taste of what’s on offer in 2014! To get the full picture have a look at the event brochure.
I hope you’ll join us for what promises to be the most interesting, informative and interactive MetroRail yet.
Best regards,
Daniel Boyle
Conference Director
MetroRail 2014
t/ +44 (0)20 7092 1237
PS. To secure the best rates make sure you book early. Details can be found here. 

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