Friday, December 13, 2013

ASUS Unveils ‘Three-in-One’ Transformer Book

ASUS Transformer Book Trio featuring two processors, two operating systems, two batteries and two separate memory allotments further also functions as a tablet, a laptop and even a desktop PC. ASUS  tags Transformer Book Trio, in the Indian market for Rs 98,099.
ASUS in its media interaction talked of the Transformer Book Trio, a new ultraportable device with a two-part dock able design.This novel product can be used as a laptop, as a separate tablet and desktop PC further has the ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android at the press of a button. ASUS Transformer Book Trio is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor and the 11.6″ display detaches from the PC Station keyboard dock and can be used as a multi-touch Android tablet, powered by its own Intel Atom dual-core processor with up to 64 GB of solid-state storage.
Hence with display docked, Transformer Book Trio can switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 with the dedicated Trio key on the keyboard, and the data can be shared between the two operating systems through the tablet’s internal storage. Furthermore it can  offer external display connected via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, the PC Station can then be used as a self-contained desktop PC with Windows 8, which means Transformer Book Trio can be used by two people, in two different places, at the same time.


State of the art shooting range inaugurated at Manav Rachna

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State of the art shooting range inaugurated at Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46, Gurgaon.

Gurgaon campus will now offer world class shooting range for students of Manav Rachna and sports enthusiasts around the region

“Sports education promotes academic learning, builds self esteem, develops cooperation, teamwork and concentration, and promotes a healthier, physically active lifestyle. Shooting needs to be become a popular sporting event right from the school level. I hope that in the time to come, more and more schools in India take inspiration from MREI and include shooting as part of their major games programme. The 10 meter shooting is the base of the categories under the rifle shooting sport, I am sure this shooting range will help many young rifle shooting aspirants solidify their talent.”,  Gagan Narang at the launch of the shooting range at MRIS

GURGAON, December 12, 2013: The nation aspires to be an Olympic sporting nation, and shooting has given us hope to catapult us there. The key in competitive world sports lies in catching them young and Manav Rachna adhering to its core principle of holistic growth of personality takes yet another decisive step in that direction. In Athens, Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore gave us the belief that we can win medal in shooting. In Bejing, Abhinav Bindra gave us the first individual gold in our Olympic history. In London Olympics, Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang proved that shooters success is not flash in the pan. Can we produce more of these champions? On the eve of the inauguration of the world class shooting range in Manav Rachna International University in Gurgaon, Olympian shooters and key administrators answered volley of such questions from media persons and shooting enthusiasts. 
Manav Rachna International School, situated in Sector 46- Gurgaon, today inaugurated a 10 meter indoor shooting range at its campus. The state-of-the-art range will have modern equipment and qualified instructors who will oversee and train students.

The 10 meter rifle shooting sport is the basis of all the categories under the rifle shooting, be it double trap, Rapid Fire Pistol, Air Rifle, etc. Every Rifle shooting athlete trains through this category before progressing to the other categories of rifle shooting and this Shooting range at MRIS has been set up with the intent to strengthen the aspirants from the grass root level and will be beneficial in preparing world class athletes representing the country. 

Raninder Singh, President, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), inaugurated the shooting range in the presence of dignitaries likeBaljeet Singh Sethi, (Advisor – NRAI), Dr.Prashant Bhalla(Chancellor – MRIU) Dr. Amit Bhalla , (Vice – President- MRIU), Sarkar Talwar (Director – Sports, MREI), Olympians Vijay Kumar, who bagged the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Gagan Narang, who won a  bronze medal at 2012 Summer Olympic Games, along with Shweta Choudhary and Anisha Khan, other well known names in the world of shooting.

Dr. Prashant Bhalla, Chancellor, Manav Rachna International University (MRIU), said “I am delighted to introduce this world-class shooting range to not only the students of the Manav Rachna School, but also for students of other schools in Delhi/ NCR, as well as marksmen looking to hone their skills through regular practice. It has always been the endeavor of Manav Rachna Educational Institutions to take sports seriously for the well-rounded development of our students. We have a deep focus on sports as part of academics and offer world class infrastructure, gaming equipment and training by qualified experts through our dedicated Sports Academy. The new shooting range is a part of our effort to improve shooting as a  sport in India by spotting and grooming young talent early on and providing them state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment.”

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of the Government of India has given consent to include rifle shooting as a competitive sport in its sports calendar for affiliated schools. This is a great boost to the sports of shooting in India that would help nurture talent at an early age.

Raninder Singh, President, NRAI, added: “There is a need to inculcate sports excellence among students from the childhood. I wish more universities and schools in India would share the enthusiastic attitude towards sports that MREI has. Indian shooters have begun to do very well in the Olympics and international shooting competitions of repute. I am sure this world-class shooting range will make many students interested in the sports of shooting and, who knows, some of them may go on to participate in the Olympics and bag a medal for India! I thank Manav Rachna for adding to the sports infrastructure of the country.”

Manav Rachna believes in integrating sports with the curriculum to enable students to develop strong, well-rounded personalities. The sports facilities available at the Manav Rachna campus are world-class, complete with state-of-the-art infrastructure and training provided by national-level coaches in sports such as badminton, shooting, table tennis, carom, chess, volleyball, basketball, lawn tennis, swimming, golf, skating, billiards, football, and kick-boxing.

About Manav Rachna International School
Manav Rachna International School is a new-age, co-educational school in India. It offers its students and staff a pristine environment for learning and developing in all spheres of life. The school focuses on producing people of substance, dedication and values, and above all good human beings. MREI has grown to become one of the best in the country and has built a reputation for excellence in professional education and research. MRIS is part of the futuristic and 12 years old MREI Group, now also encompassing an international university with numerous institutions sprawling over 75 acres in Aravalli hills, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

For more information;
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Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India has kindly consented to inaugurate the function and present the NATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION AWARDS and the NATIONAL PAINTING COMPETITION PRIZES in the gracious presence of Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge).

Please find below the details in the enclosed and attached invite.

Important note:
1.       PIB accredited journalists can enter the venue by showing their PIB accreditation card. Entry will not be permitted otherwise.
2.       Non-PIB accredited journalists will require a non- transferable invitation card to attend the function. We request you to reply to this e-mail with the name of the journalist confirmed to attend the event  by Friday, tomorrow  
3.       Anticipating delays in security checks, we request you to be seated, no later than 4pm.  Entry will not be permitted post 4pm.

Thanks & Regards,
Kanika Mittal Bansal
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Pradeep Kumar Sinha
Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Power
cordially invites you to the 

at 05.00 pm on Monday, the 16th December 2013

Shri Pranab Mukherjee
President of India
has kindly consented to inaugurate the function and present the

and the

in the gracious presence of

Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia

                                                            Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge)


Oct 2013 IIP at (-) 1.8% and November CPI Inflation at 11.24%

Dear All,

Growth in industry output, as measured in terms of IIP, for the month of Oct 2013 is estimated at (-)1.8% as compared with 1.9% during Sep 2013. The cumulative growth for the period April-Oct 2013-14 stands at 0.0% as compared to 1.2% in the corresponding period of the previous year.

The growth in the three sectors mining, manufacturing and electricity in Oct 2013 stands at (-) 3.5%, (-) 2%, 1.3% as compared 3.3%, 0.6% and 12.9% during Sep 2013 respectively. The cumulative growth for the period April-Oct 2013-2014 in the three sectors mining, manufacturing and electricity over the corresponding year stands at (-) 2.7%, (-) 0.3% and 5.3% respectively.

   Recent growth pattern in IIP                                                                               (% growth)
Industry Group
Weight in IIP
Apr- Oct
Use based classification
Basic goods
Capital goods
Intermediate goods
Consumer Goods
Consumer goods
a) Consumer durables
b) Consumer non-durables
Overall IIP

     Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

The growth in Basic goods stands at (-) 1.6% during Oct 2013 as compared to 5.3% in Sep 2013. The cumulative growth during April – Oct 2013-14 stands at 0.7% as compared to 2.9% during the corresponding period of last year. Consumer goods have grown at (-) 5.1% during Oct 2013 as compared to 0.7% during Sep 2013. Consumer durables have grown at (-) 12% during Oct 2013 as compared to (-) 10.7% during Sep 2013, while consumer non durables have grown at 1.8% during Oct 2013 as compared to 11.5% during Sep 2013.

The cumulative growth of consumer goods during Apr-Oct 2013-14 stands at (-) 1.8% as against 4.2% during the corresponding period last year. Consumer durables have shown a cumulative growth of (-) 11.2% during Apr-Oct 2013-14 as against 5.7% during the corresponding period last year, while consumer non durables have shown a cumulative growth of 6.7% during Apr-Oct 2013-14 as compared to 2.8% during the corresponding period last year.

Some of the  important  items showing  high  positive  growth  are: ‘Cable,  Rubber Insulated’ (143.1%), ‘Air Conditioners (Room)’ (54.7%), ‘Ayurvedic Medicaments’ (48.6%),  ‘Steel Structures’ (28.8%), ‘Transformers (Small)’ (24.6%), ‘Tractors’ (22.2%), ‘Razor Blades/ Safety Blades’ (21.5%),  ‘Motorcycles’ (21.3%), ‘Dyes’ (21.0%) and ‘Scooters and Mopeds’ (20.9%).

Some of the  important items show ing high negative  growth  are ‘Sugar (including sugar cubes)’ [(-) 71.4%], ‘Earth Moving Machinery’ [(-) 51.2%], ‘Boilers’ [(-) 47.2%], ‘Gems and Jewellery’ [(-) 39.3%], ‘Aluminium Conductor’ [(-) 34.6%], ‘Sugar Machinery’ [(-) 32.7%],  ‘Generator/ Alternator’ [(-) 27.0%], ‘Colour T.V. Sets’ [(-) 25.2%], ‘Kerosene’ [(-) 24.2%], ‘Telephone Instruments (incl. Mobile Phones & Accessories)’ [(-) 23.5%], ‘Pens of all kind’ [(-) 23.3%] and ‘Commercial Vehicles’ [(-) 22.6%].

  Trend in IIP growth                                                                                                      (%)
  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

Capital goods have grown at 2.3% during Oct 2013 as compared to (-) 6.6% during Sept 2013. The cumulative growth of capital goods stands at (-) 0.2% during April-Oct 2013-14 as compared to (-) 11.6% during April- Oct 2012-13.

Trend in the growth of capital goods                                                                              (%)
  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

November CPI Inflation at 11.24% – The all India general CPI (Combined) for Nov 2013 stands at 11.24% as compared to 10.09% for Oct 2013. The inflation rates for rural and urban areas for Nov 2013 are 11.74% and 10.53% respectively as compared to 10.11% and 10.20% respectively for Oct 2013.

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma
Chief Economist


Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, cordially invites you to an action-packed day of activities.

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                                Dear Sir/Madam,

As we inch closer to race day, Procam International, promoters of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, cordially invites you to an action-packed day of activities.

1.45 p.m: .Donovan Bailey and International Elite Athletes will travel from Le Meridian to the Media Centre in a BMW Motorcade, along with Frank Schloder – Director Marketing, BMW and Vivek B Singh, Jt Managing Director, Procam International.

2.15 p.m.: Meet & Greet session with Event Ambassador & Former 100m Olympic & World Champion and 100m World Record holder Donovan Bailey. 

3.15 p.m:. Meet & Greet session with Reebok Running Squad along with the cricketing star Gautam Gambhir.

Day & Date:              Thursday, December 13, 2013

Time:                         From 1.45 p.m

Venue:                      Media Center, 1st Floor, Jawaharlal    
                                               Nehru Stadium (Gate no.1)
                                Procam International
                                Deepak M Pilankar
                                +91 85279 91266 / +91 98207 98135

                                 Concept PR
                                Animesh Biswas +91 9891789639 / Abhay Pratap Singh +91 9818413169.

                                Warm Regards,
                                Bruno Goveas,
                                Director Media Relations,
                                Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2013 


Workshop on Public Space, Territorial Breaches and Emotions: Passengers in the Metro by Martin Aranguren

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Delhi, are delighted to invite you to a Workshop on Public Space, Territorial Breaches and Emotions: Passengers in the Metro by Martin Aranguren of  EHESS, Paris. 
Date:               Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Time:               3.45 p.m.
Venue:             Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021
A basic dimension of face-to-face interaction in public places is territoriality. Drawing on ethology, anthropologist Edward T. Hall and sociologist Erving Goffman called attention to the cultural norms that govern interpersonal distance in everyday encounters, pointing out the emotional nature of territorial breaches (e.g., being vehemently jostled by a stranger). On the other hand, emotion research has become more sensitive to naturalistic studies of emotional processes in real-life situations. Emotions are not just private “feelings”, but also observable patterns of interaction with the environment that transform situations.
The workshop will present the results of a study conducted in the Paris subway metro, based on a novel methodology for studying territoriality and emotions in crowded settings. Among others, the protocol uses field observation and describes passenger’s facial behaviour with the anatomically-based Facial Action Coding System and conducts sequential analysis. The same protocol will be used in a study of the Delhi Metro, to examine the extent to which emotional patterns related to territorial violations in crowded situations vary across cultures. This includes the appraisal of a breach, i.e., the class of events that are perceived as territorial violations, as well as the consequent interactional management of perceived territorial violations. Do Delhi metro passengers respond emotionally to territorial breaches in the same way as users of the Paris subway?

Martin Aranguren (PhD, EHESS-Paris) works on emotions in face-to-face interaction. His dissertation developed a methodology for studying emotional processes in real-life situations and for integrating emotions to sociological analysis. He has studied sociology in Argentina, political science in France, philosophy in Germany, and completed the Research Training Programme at Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata. His current research is part of the larger EMOPOLIS project hosted by the Centre d’Études sur l’Inde et l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS, EHESS-CNRS, Paris).  He received his PhD from EHESS, Paris.  




“Growing the Club Culture”

DATE:                        Friday, 13 December 2013
TIME:             9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
VENUE:         Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
                        Entry from Gate No.3 on Vardhman Marg

10 – 11.30            Keynote Speaker: NITIN KUKREJA, President (Sports), STAR India
                                “THE GAME CHANGER”
KNOWLEDGE SESSIONMaking the Right Changes on the Ground to Grow the Club Culture
  • NITIN KUKREJA, President (Sports), STAR India
  • RAGHU IYER, CEO, Rajasthan Royals
  • LARSING MING SAWYAN, CEO & MD, Shillong Lajong FC
  • JAMIE STEWART, Founder & CEO, Commune Sports & Entertainment
  • SUKHVINDER SINGH, Managing Director, Libero Sports India

11.30 – 11.45      TEA / COFFEE
11.45 – 1 p.m.    Keynote Speaker: YANNICK COLACO, Managing Director-India, NBA

KNOWLEDGE SESSIONGetting the Fans Hooked, Building Communities, Talent Development
  • YANNICK COLACO, Managing Director-India, NBA
  • KUSHAL DAS, General Secretary, AIFF
  • SANTANU CHARI, Vice President, Rajasthan Royals
  • SUPRATIK SEN, National Head-Sports & Events, Red Bull
  • VIVEK SETHIA, CEO, Arsenal Soccer Schools India

1.00 – 2.00           LUNCH
2.00 – 3.00           Keynote Speaker: SANTOSH DESAI, MD & CEO, Future Brands
                                “GROWING SPORT IN INDIA… THE BIG PICTURE”
KNOWLEDGE SESSIONBuilding a Sports League… The IPL Template and Beyond
  • SANTOSH DESAI, MD & CEO, Future Brands
  • HRISHIKESH SHENDE, Head-Sports Marketing, adidas India
  • RISHI NARAIN, Founder Promoter, RN Golf Management
  • RATHINDRA BASU, VP & Head of Sales – India, IMG Media
  • VINIT KARNIK, National Director, GroupM ESP

3.00 – 3.15           NEW LEAGUE: Elite Football League of India (EFLI)
3.15 – 4.15           KNOWLEDGE SESSION: In Cricket’s own Country, Football Expands Second Base
  • VIJAY RAJPUT,  Chief Operating officer, Star Sports India
  • VIVEK SINGH, Joint MD, Procam International
  • LARSING MING SAWYAN, CEO & MD, Shillong Lajong FC
  • CHIRAG TANNA, Head-Operations, Pune FC
  • WASIM HAQ, Head-Sports Practice, Asia, Odgers Berndtson
  • ARUNAVA CHAUDHURI, writer and commentator
4.15 – 4.25           TEA / COFFEE
4.25 – 4.30           SportzPower-GroupM ESP INDIA SPORTS SPONSORSHIP REPORT


AirAsia Receives RNP-AR APCH Operations Approval

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The airline becomes the First Malaysian Operator to Fly New Efficient Flight Paths

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 December 2013 – AirAsia, the world’s best low cost airline for five consecutive years received the approval to flyRequired Navigation Performance Authorisation Required approach (RNP-AR APCH) flight paths in Malaysia from the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA), aviation regulator and air navigation service provider.

The DCA granted AirAsia the nation’s first RNP-AR APCH operations approval after successful validation of the flight paths in Penang. Track mile savings at Penang could save AirAsia nearly 12 nautical miles per approach.

AirAsia has collaborated with GE Aviation, and DCA on the nation-wide flight path program since 2012 to improve operational efficiency at 15 airports in Malaysia. GE Aviation’s Flight Efficiency Services group has delivered procedures at Penang, Kuching, Langkawi, Johor Bahru, Miri, Sibu and Kota Bharu airports. AirAsia expects to begin flying the procedures in its fleet of A320s in the coming weeks.

Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad said, “This is a remarkable achievement for AirAsia and we are proud to be the first airline in Malaysia to be granted the RNP-AR APCH Operations approval. We constantly innovate and do our best to contribute more to the country and elevate the aviation infrastructure. By achieving significant mile savings, we are able to save on fuel costs and this could be translated to more low fares for our guests.”

“We would like to thank the DCA, specifically its respective Flight Operations, Airworthiness and Air Traffic Control divisions and other relevant government agencies for recognizing AirAsia’s operational capability and giving us the approval and trust to operate RNP-AR APCH flight paths in Malaysia. Special thanks to our partner, GE Aviation for the technical support and expertise to make this a reality. Kudos to all AirAsia team members involved in this great undertaking, whose hard work marks another significant milestone for us,” she added.  

Performance-based Navigation (PBN) technology allows pilots to use onboard technology to follow a precise track, independent of ground-based navigation beacons that limit where the aircraft can go. RNP-AR APCH procedures, an advanced form of PBN technology, can be designed to shorten the distance an aircraft has to fly en-route, and to reduce fuel burn, exhaust emissions and noise pollution in communities near airports.  Because of RNP-AR APCH’s precision and reliability, the technology can help air traffic controllers reduce flight delays and alleviate air traffic congestion.

AirAsia received support from its aviation partner GE, which has a suite of service offerings that increase an aircraft’s overall operational efficiency and is harnessing the power of the Industrial Internet and using software and analytics to make its machines smarter and more efficient. GE used data analytics to identify ways to reduce operating costs, increase aircraft utilization and improve the business of flight for AirAsia.

“The RNP-AR APCH flight paths can save up to 23 nautical miles at Kuching Airport and 18 nautical miles at Kota Bharu, compared to the standard terminal arrival,” said Giovanni Spitale, General Manager of GE Aviation’s Flight Efficiency Services. “Many of the new flight procedures, including Langkawi, now provide aircraft an instrument approach procedure with vertical guidance to runways that did not previously have any.” Once the flight paths are in place at the 15 airports, AirAsia expects to save up to RM1 million a year from reduced fuel costs.


Aga Hussain elected as an Executive Committee Member of ARFU


Phnom Penh – Cambodia : Aga Hussain, who is the Vice President of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), was elected for a 2nd term to the 10 member Executive Committee of Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU). In 2011, he had made history when he became the first Indian ever to be elected to this position. The election took place at the Council meeting of ARFU in Phnom Penh on Sun 8th December ’13.

Rugby India has grown from strength to strength. It has hosted the 12 Nation Asian Women’s Sevens Championship in Pune three years in a row and The HSBC Asian Men’s Sevens Series, in Mumbai twice.

Aga Hussain, who led the country in its very first International tournament in 1998, has worked tirelessly to popularize and develop the sport of Rugby in India. A game that was enjoyed only in a few metros until recently, has spread across the country. At ARFU, he would continue to serve on the high profile Tournament Committee which is in–charge of organizing and executing Rugby tournaments across Asia, for the next 2 years. Aga Hussain, who was pleased with the outcome said, “I am honored to have been re-elected and thank the 28 member Council for their confidence in me. I am committed to highlight issues of all the developing Rugby Nations in Asia and to ensure an equal representation of their views in all policy decisions. ”

The Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) is the governing body of Rugby in Asia under the authority of the International Rugby Board (IRB). Founded in 1968 by eight charter nations, ARFU today has 28 members across Asia, stretching from the Jordan in the West to Japan in the East and from Mongolia in the North to Indonesia in the South.


Kipyego, Kipsang, Kabuu looking to record personal bests at ADHM 2013

New Delhi, 12th December 2013: Jos Hermens, one of the most respected figures in the world of distance running, talent management and coordination of elite athlete participation described the field assembled for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on December 15 as one of best in the world. Speaking to the media while introducing the first group of elite athletes, Hermens said, 㴨e best runners in the world are participating in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2013 and this yearⳠevent will be one the best of the season.伯span>

Speaking on the elite field, Hermens said Edwin Kipyego of Kenya was in good form and would attempt to defend his title here. Kipyego set his personal best at this yearⳠPhiladelphia Half Marathon, where he finished third. KipyegoⳠfellow countryman Geoffrey Kipsang will be his closest rival in the run, added Hermens. Kipyego set his personal best in the RAK Half Marathon, which ranks him No. 1 in the IAAF top lists. In womenⳠcategory, worldⳠfastest women of 2013 Lucy Kabuu of Kenya, and Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia may set new records in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, said Hermens.

Defending champ Kipyego felt the cool weather in Delhi would play a big role in faster timings on Sunday. ㉠am thankful to the organisers to pushing the event to December. The weather is very cool and good for the runners.  Last year it was quite hot and humid and some of the participants found it hard to cope with the conditions. The participants are very strong this time, but I am hopeful that I⬬ run my personal best here,䠳aid Kipyego.

Kipsang, the fastest male of 2013 in the half marathon said, ㉠participated here in 2011 and  I think this yearⳠfield is stronger than previous seasons. This is a good time to run and I am fully prepared for this event. I am aiming to better my performance and give my best.”

Lucy Kabuu, the  fastest woman of 2013 is also making her second appearance here, having won the event in 2011 and is confident of doing well inspite of having just recovered from illness.

㉠have recently recovered from Malaria and initially, my condition was not satisfactory. But my daughter insisted and encouraged me to participate in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and win it.

She always comes first in her school and she expects the same result from me. The weather is good in Delhi and I am hoping for my personal best here,䠳aid Kabuu.

For further information, please contact:

Animesh Biswas +91 9891789639
Abhay Pratap Singh +91 9818413169


IDSA unveils Annual Survey Report FY 2012-13

2 left to right-Mr. Saurabh Sanyal, Ms. Chavi Hemanth, Mr. Amarnath Sengupta, Dr. S. P. Sharma

Direct Selling Industry continues to aim high despite hurdles reaching at Rs. 7,164 crores
New Delhi, 12 December 2013:
Key Statistics
· Direct Selling Industry grew by 12.2% in 2012-13
· Industry Market Size reached at Rs. 7,164 crores for 2012-13
· Expected to attain Rs. 34,000 crores by 2019-20
· Average turnover of Northern region reaches at 27% in 2012-13 from 20%in 2011-12
· In Southern region, the turnover has declined to 30% in 2012-13 from 38% in 2011-12
· Growth of total distributor base reported 18.9% growth in 2012-13 over 2011-12
· Total distributor base reaches approx. 60 Lakhs
· Wellness continues to contribute highest to the sales revenue at 47%
· Fiscal contribution touches at about Rs. 987 crores
· Percentage of self-employed distributors base: Men-40.6% & Women-59.4% in 2012-13
Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry released Annual Survey Report 2012-13 on the Indian Direct Selling Industry today in New Delhi.
The survey report was unveiled by Ms Chavi Hemanth, Secretary General, IDSA ; Mr. Amarnath Sengupta, Chairman, IDSA ; Mr. Saurabh Sanyal, Executive Director, PHD Chamber and Dr. S.P. Sharma, Chief Economist, PHD Chamber.
Chavi Hemanth, Secretary General, IDSA stated $B!H(BIDSA in collaboration with PHD Chamber as an on$B!>(Bgoing process has benchmarked monitoring of the Direct Selling sector in India. These statistics are one of the imperatives from WFDSA (World Federation of Direct Selling Association)..$B!I(BFor more information on WFDSA, please refer
She further said, $B!H(BThe industry continuous to develop and has shown growth of 12% during 2012-13, expanding from Rs. 6,385 crores in 2011-12 to Rs. 7,164 crores in 2012-13. I am confident that we will continue to grow at an annual average of more than 20% for next 3 years. On account of regulatory hurdles specifically in the State of Kerala, the Southern region$B!G(Bs share in sales revenue has reduced to 30% in 2012-13 from 38% in 2011-12.$B!I(B
Mr. Saurabh Sanyal, Executive Director, PHD Chamber said that $B!H(BDirect Selling Industry is a rapidly emerging and boosting self employment opportunities, encouraging women empowerment and it holds immense importance to the overall economic system. However, presently the country is faced with several challenges to its growth. Notable among them are high inflation, stagnating manufacturing output, high fiscal deficit, widening current account deficit, volatility in the exchange rate scenario, a sluggish investment environment, poor availability of skilled manpower, slow employment generation and inadequate poverty alleviation which has impacted directly or indirectly the Direct Selling Sector. However, the industry is aiming high but there are several regulatory challenges which affect the growth of industry.$B!I(B
Mr. Amarnath Sengupta, Chairman of IDSA said, $B!H(BDirect Selling companies have been active towards the growth of the Indian economy by contribution to the exchequer and generation of self employment opportunities. The total tax paid by the member company$B!G(Bs amounts to Rs. 987 crore in 2012-13 as compared to Rs. 821 crores in 2011-12. With a growth of 20% in 2012-13 over 2011-12. For self employment opportunities, approx 60 Lakhs Distributors in India are associated with Direct selling companies in India.$B!I(B
He further stated that $B!H(BOut of 60 Lakhs Distributors, Women constitute 60% of total sales force. However the share of men has increased from 37.5% in 2011-12 to 40.6% in 2012-13. The analysis of the figures done to gauge the growing popularity of Menfolk in Direct Selling revealed that they are looking at Direct Selling Industry to provide them with a supplementary income.$B!I(B
Dr. S.P.Sharma, Chief Economist, PHD Chamber said $B!H(BThe Direct Selling Industry has been emerging as an alternative sales distribution channel in Indian market over the years and the growth prospects of the industry are bright which is set to take off as driven by strong consumer base, rising urbanisation, growing middle class population and expanding markets going forward. Though the industry has grown by 12% in the current FY2012-13 but the growth prospects of the industry is estimated to increase five fold by 2019-20 reaching up to Rs. 34,000 crores from Rs. 7,164 crores in 2012-13. Overall the industry is slated to grow at an average of more than 20% in the next three years.$B!I(B
Mr. Amarnath Sengupta, Chairman, IDSA has reportedly said that the government needs to strengthen the regulatory and policy framework for Direct Selling Industry which should completely weed out the fraudulent financial pyramid schemes out of the market.
Ms. Chavi Hemanth, Secretary General, IDSA focused on the key request to the Government for a separate legislation which should focus on money back guarantee, buy back guarantee and product return policies. She stated that once we have a clear policy in place, I can assure that the strength of Direct Selling Companies will manifold to an astounding turnover.
The forum was concluded by Ms. Chavi Hemanth, Secretary General and she expressed her delight with the association between PHD Chamber and IDSA.

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