Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FY2014 FDI grows around 8%



The FDI equity inflows for the month of March 2014 are estimated at around US$ 3.53 bn as against about US$ 1.53 bn in March 2013, posting a growth (Y-o-Y) of around 131%. The growth in FDI equity inflows stands at around 12% in Feb 2014, 1.5% in Jan 2014, 0.1% in Dec 2013, 55% in Nov 2013 and (-) 37.7% in Oct 2013

       Trend in growth of FDI equity inflows over the months                                                                          (in %)      
 Source: PHD Research Bureau compiled from Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion.

The total FDI equity inflows, in the period April-March 2013-14 are estimated at around US$ 24.3 bn; representing positive growth of around 8% over the FDI equity inflows of about US$ 22.4 bn for the corresponding period last year.

Recent trend in FDI equity inflows (FY 2014)
Financial Year 2013- 2014 (April-March)
Amount of FDI equity inflows
(In Rs. Crore)
(In US$ mn)
Jan- 14
2013-14 (from April-March2014)
2012-13 (from April- March 2013)
%age growth over last year
(+) 21%
(+) 8%
Source: PHD Research Bureau compiled from Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion.

Mauritius tops the chart as an investing country, with the top investing sectors being the services sector (includes financial, banking, insurance, non-financial / business, outsourcing, R&D, courier, tech. testing and analysis). Also, Mumbai and New Delhi are observed to be the cities attracting the highest FDI equity inflows.

Service sector and construction development constitute the highest share in attracting FDI equity inflows during April 2000 – March 2014 of around 18% and 11%, respectively. Telecommunications posted share of 7%, Computer software & hardware posted share of 6% and drugs & pharmaceuticals constitute about 5% during the same period. Automobile Industry registered growth of 5%,   Chemicals (other than fertilizers), Power and Metallurgical Industries constitute share of about 4% in FDI equity inflows and Hotel and tourism constitute share of about 3% during the same period.

Sector wise contribution in FDI equity inflows                                                                                                                   (%)
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion.
The data represents share of sector in total FDI equity inflows for the cumulative period of April’00-March 2014
Note: ** Services sector includes financial, banking, insurance, non-financial / business, outsourcing, R&D, courier, tech. testing and analysis

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma
Chief Economist


AirAsia & AirAsia X to shift operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 at Taiwan Taoyuan

AirAsia & AirAsia X to shift operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
SEPANG, 21 May 2014 – AirAsia & AirAsia X’s operations at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) will be shifted from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 effective 16 June 2014.
Both AirAsia & AirAsia X check-in counters will be located at Row 11 & 12 at Terminal 1 of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. All existingflights from/to Taipei will retain their original schedule and will operate as normal.
Affected guests will be notified via email about this change of terminal. AirAsia & AirAsia X strongly encourages all guests to update their member profile so that the airline can reach them easily.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is located in Dayuan, Taiwan, 50 kilometers from the capital of Taipei and in the Top 30 busiest airports in Asia hosting over 25 million passengers each year. The airport Terminal 1 has two concourses, A & B which just recently finished a complete renovation.
AirAsia currently operates daily flights to Kota Kinabalu and Airasia X operates twice daily flights to Kuala Lumpur from Taipei. The airlines also fly to popular destinations such as Penang, Langkawi, Phuket, Bali, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and many more via its Fly-Thru service.


Charla homenaje a García Márquez / Tribute to García Márquez

Instituto Cervantes de Nueva Delhi
To Me
Today at 2:57 PM


Charla homenaje a García Márquez

Tribute to García Márquez
22/05/2014IGNCA Reference Library, 1st floor, CV Mess, Janpath, New Delhi, 110001 
El Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts tributa un homenaje al recientemente fallecido Premio Nobel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez en su ciclo mensual de “Charlas en la biblioteca”. Prabhat Ranjan (academico, escritor y biógrafo de Garcia Marquez), dialogará con el director del Instituto Cervantes en Nueva Delhi, Carlos Varona, sobre el impacto de García Marquez en India y el mundo. 
The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts pays tribute to legendary writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the May series of the monthly ‘Library Talks’. Prabhat Ranjan (Academic, Writer, biographer of Gabriel Garcia Marquez), and Carlos Varona (Director, Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi) will talk about on Marquez’s impact in the Indian and global context.

21/05/2014Sala de exposiciones. Instituto Cervantes, a las 7:00 p.m. 
Instalación fotográfica: “Indian PALabras” por Rafa Gassó
Sinopsis: Interesado por las posibilidades pictóricas de la fotografía o el expresionismo de las palabras, Rafa Gassó ha tratado de plasmar, con un teléfono móvil y a través de las redes sociales, geografías y momentos de la India desde la óptica del retrato. (+)Entrada libre.
Photographic Installation: “Indian PALabras” by Rafa Gassó
Synopsis: Always interested on the pictorial possibilities of photography and the expressionism of words, Rafa Gassó has tried to capture, with a smartphone, geographies and moments of India through the philosophy of portrait. (+)
Free entry.
23/05 a 14/06/2014Aula 5. Instituto Cervantes, de 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. 
Taller de teatro para niñosSinopsis: Partiendo de cero, el taller tiene como objetivo llevar a los niños en un viaje en el que hacer algo de la nada. La nada se ve como un lugar vacío, tal vez con miedo; sin embargo en el teatro es un lugar lleno de inmensas posibilidades. Los niños comenzarán a explorar estas posibilidades a través de sus propias experiencias, expresadas y articuladas a través de una serie de ejercicios teatrales. Otras posibilidades se explorarán a través de historias, fijándonos en lo que hace una buena historia y el tipo de historias que nos emocionan. El taller hará hincapié en el viaje y tiene como objetivo exponer a los niños a las formas lúdicas de como contar historias. (+)Theatre Workshop for Kids
Synopsis: Starting from scratch, the workshop aims to take children on a journey to make Something from Nothing. Nothing is seen as an empty, perhaps scary place; in theater it is a place filled with immense possibilities. Children begin by exploring these possibilities through their own experiences, expressing and articulating them through a range of theater exercises. More possibilities are explored through stories; we look at what makes good stories and the kinds of stories that excite us. An attitude of Playfulness is essential to any kind of making and games of various kinds underpin this process of playmaking. The workshop emphasizes the journey and aims to expose children to playful and artful ways of making and telling stories. (+)

Del 1 al 21/06/2014
Auditorio. Instituto Cervantes
Ciclo de cine y fútbol
Soccer and Cinema Film Series
Instituto Cervantes
Día E 
E Day 
Auditorio. Instituto Cervantes
Teatro: Ciclo “Mujer X Mujer” 
Theater: Women x Women Series
Madrid: Encuentro con Emilio Aragón (+)
Madrid: Meet the film director, actor, musician and producer Emilio Aragón (+)
foto cervantes mundo
Paris: Exposición “Juan Gris. Dibujos satíricos” (+)
Paris: Exhibition “Juan Gris. Satirical drawings” (+)
INSTITUTO CERVANTES DE NUEVA DELHI  |© Instituto Cervantes, 2013. Reservados todos los derechos


Modi quits Gujarat CM, Anandiben to take over

Anandiben Patel, Gujarat’s revenue minister and a close aide of prime minister-designate Narendra Modi, has been elected chief minister of Gujarat. Narendra Modi on Wednesday resigned as the Gujarat chief minister to take over as the prime minister. Modi handed over his resignation to Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal after he was felicitated during a special session of Gujarat assembly.


6th National Conference on Digital Commerce
29th May, 2014 • Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Dear N. K.,
We, at Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), are organising the 6th National Conference on Digital Commerce on 29th of May, 2014 at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi. IAMAI has been organizing this Conference since the year 2009 with great success and glory. Click here to book your seat at the Conference.
Following are the confirmed Speakers for the Conference:
  • Ajit Balakrishnan, , Founder & Chief Executive Officer,
  • Amber Krishan, User Experience Strategist, Human Factor International
  • Arjun Basu, Co-Founder and Director,
  • Beerud Sheth, Chief Executive Officer, Webaroo
  • Bipin Preet Singh, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MobiKwik
  • Brijesh Agarwal, Co-Founder & Director, IndiaMART
  • Gautam Pande, Vice President- Mobile,
  • Mahesh Narayanan, Managing Director – India, Sociomantic Labs
  • Manesh Mahatme, General Manager & Product Head, Airtel Money
  • Manish Saini, Vice President- Online Business Ferns ‘N’ Petals
  • Mausam Bhatt, Director – Mobile Marketing, Flipkart
  • Mithun Sacheti, Chief Executive Officer, CaratLane
  • Pranav Bhasin, Director Innovation & Content, MakeMyTrip
  • Pushpinder Singh, Co-founder & CEO,
  • Ravi Sundarajan, Chief Operating Officer, Webaroo
  • Sameer Maheshwari, Co- founder,
  • Swati Bhargava, Cofounder, Cashkaro
And many more…
For more details on the event, click here.
Ahmar Zaman,
Asst. Manager,
Internet and Mobile Association of India,
406, Readymoney Terrace, 167, Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Mumbai – 400018.
Tel: 022 24954574 
Mobile: 91 9158542448


United Muslims Front file complaint with the Chairperson of Press Council of India

Today i.e., on 21.05.2014, united Muslims Front has filed a written complaint with the Chairperson of Press Council of India against English Daily Newspaper Hindustan Times for continuously using objectionable, slanderous and provocative words in reporting news items regarding the terrorist activities of a terrorist organisation based in Nigeria and referring them as Islamist Group or Islamic Militants/Islamic Terrorists.
United Muslims Front took a serious note of the matter and found the same not only defamatory, offensive and objectionable but also violative of section 153-A and 153-B IPC, which are punishable offences under the provisions of Indian Penal Code.  
United Muslims Front initially requested and thereafter warned the editor in Chief of Hindustan Times not to use such defamatory, offensive and objectionable words, but to no avail. considering the conduct of Hindustan Times as an act of causing hatred against Muslims, being left with no other option, United Muslims Front had filed a complaint and requested the Press Council of India to look into the matter and to issue necessary directions for restraining Hindustan Times from Using such words and for passing direction for registration of FIR against the Editor of Hindustan Times and the reporter of such news.
Copy of the complaint is enclosed.
SHAHID ALI (Advocate)
President United Muslims Front 




Slum dwellers start Satyagraha asserting their right to shelter: Aam Aadmi Party to support

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) condemns the unlawful eviction of 600 people and brutal demolition of 130 homes that took place at 90 ft. Road, Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar, Mulund (E), Mumbai today.

In January 2013, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had set up an enquiry commission to curb corrupt practices plaguing 6 SRA (Slum Rehabilitation Authority) projects and Re-development plans in slum areas of Mumbai after local residents had exposed the irregularities. The commission was led by Mr.Debashish Chakrabarty, Principal Secretary (Housing).

It is after1 year and 5 months of investigation that Mr Chakrabarty submitted his report to Chief Minister in which it is concluded that the slum dwellers should approach the Additional Collector for getting the eligibility issue resolved, and for other issues they are asked to submit their application to the SRA who would give an hearing and settle the issues. All this is yet to happen. It is also not clear that whether the CM has approved the report however the report is recently received by NAPM and the NAPM was to act on the same. It is therefore absolutely unjustifiable that the houses are demolished without serving the purpose of the enquiry itself.

While the enquiry is extra-ordinarily delayed, Samarth Spark Developers have used this opportunity to their own advantage, which is grabbing land by displacing the poor. First, they have cleverly manipulated the law by prompting Ashtabhuja Society to file a case against them (vide writ petition 647/2014 date. 03.04.2014) as a result of which the High Court has ordered demolition of these houses. Whether the court was kept in dark about the enquiry commission or not, its judgement has led to the demolition even before the enquiry’s final findings. Then, in cahoots with the local administration, they’;ve carried out the demolition before the victims could take recourse to law.

Demolitions were carried out in the early hours of morning by Tehsildar Smt. Dalvi under direct orders from Deputy Collector Ravi Patil.

Out of the 136 demolished homes, 16 were unsurveyed and hence didn’t qualify for demolition.

Out of the demolished houses 111 didn’t qualify under the 1/1/95 cut-off for slum dwellings but they were to be in the process of getting declared as eligible since the government had decided to increase the 95 cut-off to the year 2000. [‘Free housing for slum dwellers till 2000’ |TNN | Jan 3, 2012]. The Deputy Collector was well-informed about this process but went ahead with the demolitions showing clear bias for the builder fraternity at the cost of urban poor. It is thus clear that the election promises to the urban poor in Mumbai have already forgotten and the politicians are back to their injustice& illegal practices.

Ten households which were legal structure, but had denied rehabilitation in transit camps were also evicted. Their inability to move into the transit camp was again an administrative blunder as the camp was situated on disputed land (public playground). In any case the transit camps are in a very bad condition and while others are compelled to stay there these households had demanded a legal and liveable transit accommodation. Such high-handedness is unacceptable in any civilized society and can only lead to further disenchantment of the people from administrative machinery and alienation from recourse to law. Other households have been demanding their inclusion in the housing scheme of ashtabhuja society as project affected person (PAPs) since this was accepted by the ashtabhuja society when they were granted the land for the housing project inspite of about 600 families living on the land at the time of allotment.

Ms Medha Patkar had called and spoken to Chief Minister asking him to intervene in the matter and not to permit eviction and demolition of houses till the process of enquiry is completed and justice is assured. He had promised to do the same but with no avail.
Eviction notices were handed out on 19th May, 2014 at 1 PM. showing exemplary promptness and utmost loyalty to their builder benefactors, officials carried out demolitions much before the stipulated deadline of 24 hours was over. At 9.30 AM, 600 families including children, senior citizens and a large number of women were thrown on the streets. Their personal possessions lie buried in the rubble and in the scorching heat and an impending monsoon, all these citizens of Mumbai have been cruelly left at the mercy of nature.

In the past 11 years, SRA plans have shown little progress. The CAG report for Maharashtra (Civil) dated 31st march 2011 clearly indicates the failure of this scheme.

It is important for media to note the fact that in the past, Chief Promoter of the SRA – Moreshwar Koli and aides of Samarth Spark Developers led by Dattaji Desai and Raju Salve have taken violent measures to take over the land. They are responsible for not just intimidation, but goons were hired on 10th July, 2011 to inflict serious assault on members of Ambedkar Basti.

At this hour of extreme injustice, we seek the support of all citizens of this country who believe in the basic right of shelter for all human beings. Demolition is an act of violence with official sanction; its victims are poor who are living in shanties not out of choice. By criminalizing hard-working women and innocent children, Mumbai will only become a city but without a heart.

Sumit Wajale (9892727063)
Altamash Shaikh (7738991699)               
Poonam kanojiya

Ajay Palande 
Santosh Thorat Jameelbhai.


History gets written at the first auction for the Pro Kabaddi League

8 franchises buy the best of Kabaddi for the largest spectacle in India’s oldest sport

20 May 2014, Mumbai: In a historical day for Indian sport, 8 pioneers scripted a new chapter in the future of Kabaddi. Bidding for the world’s finest Kabaddi talent, under the hammer of the traveling gavel, Bob Hayton, at the first ever Pro Kabaddi auction.

With 8 franchises pitting their tactics and strategies in a tightly contested battle for the best, the Bengaluru Bulls, drew first blood winning the bid for star raider, Asian Indoor Games 2013 Gold Medalist, Ajay Thakur for INR. 12,20,000. Drawing inspiration from the Bulls, Patna went all out and brought home World Cup Gold Medalist from 2007, Rakesh Kumar, with a whopping INR. 12,80,000, recording the highest bid of the day. Joining the bidding brigade was Delhi, who won the bid for 2010 Asian Beach Games Gold Medalist, Surjeet Narwal at INR.12, 20,000.

Having picked their marquee players from Category A, team owners did not hold back in their raid for category B players, with The Telugu Titans setting the tone for the afternoon with an astounding winning bid for young blood from Jharkand, Deepak Niwas at INR. 12,60,000, capitalizing on the depth of young talent in Category B. The Puneri Paltans, who closed their bids in category A as one of the lowest spenders, were fearless when they bid and won the strong defense of Manoj Kumar at INR.9, 10,000.

Commenting on his extreme fortune at taking home the highest pay, Rakesh Kumar was overjoyed when contacted  “This was a wonderful initiative by the federation for the benefit of all players and the sport across the globe. This is a real game-changer in the field of professional Kabaddi and is a huge step in building an infrastructure that will allow people to make a living through a sport they all love. While being delighted to receive a phone call from Mr. Chaturvedi letting me know of my good fortune, I also look forward to the quality of play that I shall be exposed to.”

Adding his thoughts on the auction, President International Kabaddi Federation, Janardan Singh Ghelot said “I am happy to be witness to this day. This is a huge boost of confidence for the Kabaddi fraternity across the globe. The financial backing that the league promises is a great sign to come. We are inching closer to our mission of making Kabaddi an Olympic sport.”

“Today is a landmark day, a phenomenal start, for what should be a memorable three months to follow. Every franchise has contributed immensely towards the development of sport by injecting a massive dose of belief, commitment and respect that the sport has always deserved. We at Mashal may have started the crusade but are delighted to now be joined by a very impressive list of reputed organizations.”

On the background of this revolution in sport, Arjuna Awardee Raju Bhavsar commented, “It is heartwarming to see how far this sport has progressed, the difference almost night and day! I never thought, that in my lifetime I would be witness to a moment where a Professional Kabaddi player would be valued at such high numbers – truly worth his while. This day will go down in the history books in gold – this is the new dawn for Kabaddi.”


The cricket pitch of Zee 20 Cricket League saw TV stars reuniting and bonding over selfies



Zee stars click union selfies!
The cricket pitch of Zee 20 Cricket League saw TV stars reuniting and bonding over selfies

From having been paired together during various awards shows to auditioning for the same roles to having met socially at parties, a vast majority of Zee TVⳠactors who were roped in to play seem to have crossed paths and bonded in the past. With the action-packed lives daily soap stars lead and the grind of delivering episodes on time, there seems to be little time on hand for these actors to stay in touch with each other. However, Zee TVⳠZee 20 Cricket League was an exception which not only allowed these actors to cool their heels and take a break from their routine daily soap schedule, but also allowed them to connect with their old friends and make some new ones too.

Whether it was Shabbir Ahluwalia (Abhi of Kumkum Bhagya), Karanveer Bohra (Aahil of Qubool Hai), Suresh Menon (Gangs of Hasseepur) and Ashish Chaudhary (Raghav of Ek Mutthi Aasman) who connected after ages or Surbhi Jyoti (Sanam of Qubool Hai) and Neha Marda (Urmi of Doli Armaanon Ki) who met each other for the first time, these actors seemed to have a gala time during the three day shoot of the Cricket League. While they shot for this extravaganza of drama and cricket, they also ensured that they did not miss out on having some fun themselves. The one thing that stood out as a trend was how they all huddled together for group selfies! Supriya Shukla, the adorable mother Sarla Arora of Kumkum Bhagya coined a term for it She said, 㔨ese are Reunion Selfies!䊼o:p>

While this cricket league got a lot of actors to reconnect with each other, there were certain actors like Lauren Gottileb who also got a chance to bond with her fans 妮bsp; check her clicking a selfie with her fans roaring in the background !

Do not miss the Zee 20 Cricket League, this Saturday, 24th May from 6 9 PM, Only on ZEE TV!





1. India’s Living Legends Savants of Voluntary Action (English)
2. Voluntary Organisations Responsible Partners in National Building (English)
3. The Election Process –Voters Know-How (English & Hindi))
4. Voluntarism & Govt: Policy, Programme & Assistance 
5. Visioning Voluntary Sector in Emerging India: A Report on National Convention 2006 
6. Status of NREGA in Chattisgarh: Key Issues and Hard Options, A Report on State Tribunal 2006 (English & Hindi)
7. Civil Society Security and Aid in India : A report on Roundtable December 2006 (E&H)
8. National Policy on the VS & Eleventh Five year Plan 2007
9. Civil Society Accountability Principles and Practice (India Toolkit) (English)
10 Enabling environment for Voluntary Organisations A Global Campaign (Book)
11. Model Policies for International Good Governance in Voluntary Organizations 
12. The Hand Book in Good Governance for the Voluntary Sector 
13. Status of the Voluntary Sector in India A Report (English)
14. Status of the Voluntary Sector in India (Primer) English & Hindi))
15. Civil Society Engagement in Aid Effectiveness Discourse
16. Changing Dynamics Between VOs and Private Sector (English)
17. Involving Voluntary Organizations in Governments Plans and Projects (English)
18. India’s Global Footprints (English)
19. Revising the National Policy on Voluntary Sector and Need for a National Policy on volunteering (English & Hindi) 
20. Policy Brief No.1 (2014) Revising the National Policy on Voluntary Sector and Need for a National Policy on volunteering
(English & Hindi) 
21. Role and Contribution of Voluntary Organisations on Water & Sanitaton ( A Primer of the Study Report) English & Hindi
22. Contribution of CSR on Thematic Issues of Education, Health and Nutrition, and Water and Sanitation ( A Primer of the
Study Report) English & Hindi
23. Role and Contribution of Voluntary Organisations in Health & Nutrition ( A Primer of the Study Report) English & Hindi
24. Contribution and Challenges of Voluntary Organisations Working with Tribals ( A Primer of the Study Report) English
& Hindi
25. Contribution and Challenges of Voluntary Organisations Working with Dalits ( A Primer of the Study Report) English &
26. Contribution and Challenges of Voluntary Organisations Working with Minority ( A Primer of the Study Report) English
& Hindi
27. Contribution and Challenges of Voluntary Organisations Working with Women ( A Primer of the Study Report) English
& Hindi
28. Challenges of the Grassroot level Voluntary Organisations (A Primer of the Study Report) English & Hindi




National Consultation on Manthan: Reflections on the Future held on 13-14 March, 2014 at VYK, New Delhi
The last session, was paneled by Mr. Harsh Jaitli and Dr. Jayant Kumar. Speaking in context of the two day
consultation that was held, Mr. Jaitli opened the session by thanking everyone for contributing in the success
of the consultation. Commenting that the enthusiasm for the consultation had grown every year, Mr. Jaitli
said it was wonderful to see the valuable contributions being made in terms of suggestions and comments
offered during the sessions. Before giving the dais to Dr. Jayant Kumar to speak on the closure, Mr. Jaitli
appealed that the need to make the sessions more interesting were by having enriching feedback sessions
which would help in making the sessions more interesting in the coming future.
Dr. Jayant Kumar opened his address by thanking everyone who was present at the consultation. Dr Jayant
Kumar said that only through taking these suggestions forward would a fruitful future strategy emerge. Dr.
Jayant Kumar reiterated that the ultimate decision of implementation lay in the hands of the Working
Committee and Annual General Body of VANI. Opening the floor for suggestions from the participants, Dr.
Jayant Kumar enumerated that:
• VANI had diversified its activity and area of scope by being active in the rural areas.
• VANI had taken up issues which were of parochial nature by bringing them up in the national arena.
Labeling VANI as a potent platform, Dr. Jayant Kumar hoped to see VANI playing a much wider role in the
future in terms of negotiations with the government working on behalf of the voluntary sector. Mentioning
the relevance of convening this meet he stressed that the most important session was when the participants
gave their suggestions for improvements in the format of the National consultation.
A participant from Maharashtra thanked VANI for organizing the consultation, commenting that the
penetration of VANI into regional areas was a boon for many VOs limited to the parochial level. She also
commented that the creation MAHAVAN, catering to VOs in Maharashtra had been fashioned after VANI.
The participant suggested that future consultations should have cultural programs in order to educate others
about the diversity the consultation has.
Another participant from Madhya Pradesh while congratulated the success of the consultation, said it was
disheartening to see that many panelists had drawn out at the very end. The participant suggested selection
criteria in future for the selection of only those panelists who were committed to participating in discussions
regarding the voluntary sector. A second suggestion from the participant was the inclusion of young people
in the working committee so as to bring to VANI innovative ideas. Thirdly, it was suggested to have a date
fixed for the consultation somewhere in the mid of February not beginning of March as many organizations
were busy compiling their financial record statements.
A participant recommended that a consolidated directory of VOs should be brought out which can be
distributed to state level officers.
A participant from Jammu and Kashmir thanked the Facebook page of VANI for making him aware of the
existence of the organization. He commented a similar approach was being followed in the J&K where
alliances of VOs were collectively forming a platform.
A participant from North-east suggested VANI to hold one of its AGM in one of the seven states.
A participant from Bihar invited VANI to have one of its consultative meetings in Bihar.
Dr. Jayant Kumar thanked every participant for making the journey to Delhi and being part of the
consultation. Dr. Kumar noted that the suggestion regarding the format of the National Consultation will be
examined in the meeting of the working committee which be seen bearing in mind the optimum time when


Opening of “Indian PALabras”, exhibition by Rafa Gassó. Instituto Cervantes.


From: Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi Comunicaci n  Tue, 20 May ’14 5:20p

​Dear friends,

I write for inviting you to the opening of the exhibition “Indian PALabras”, by Spanish photographer Rafa Gassó, tomorrow 21st of May at 7:00 pm in our exhibition room. I also attached you some of the pictures on display, so you can see for yourself the strength and beauty of India through Rafa Gassó’s camera.

Thank you very much for your attention. We hope to see you very soon.

“Indian PALabras is a work in progress between the entertainment and the need of recording in a more personal way -words & photography-, all the peasantry of these India that will never be published in Media.”
Raffa Gassó.

Joaquín Pérez Fuertes
Communications Coordinator
Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi
Hanuman Road 48, New Delhi 110001


Disturbing Truth About The Food You Eat – The Illusion of Choice [INFOGRAPHIC]

 Disturbing Truth About The Food You Eat – The Illusion of Choice [INFOGRAPHIC]
From: “Alex Hillsberg”  Tue, 20 May ’14 8:03p
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The Disturbing Truth About The Food You Eat – The Illusion of Choice [INFOGRAPHIC]
Hi Naresh Kumar,
When buying soft drinks, which brand do you choose: 7Up, Dr Pepper or Schweppes? It doesn’t matter. Your choice is just an illusion, since you’re still buying from a single company that makes all these brands – Dr Pepper.
The same is true for other product groups like coffee, butter or soda. In the competition for a slice of America’s $603-Billion grocery business there are only 4 big companies that count in each product category. We’ve analyzed food reports from US Department of Agriculture and other credible sources and gathered the findings in our newest infographic that paints a very grim picture of the food industry today:
Did you know that:
  • Quaker Oats, which you may view as a healthy food, is produced by PepsiCo, a company which is known for its notorious love for junk food.
  • ​91% of the soda market is owned by only Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Group?
  • Nestle is the world’s largest food company and owns almost 8,000 brands?
You can share this infographic and let your readers find out how little choice they actually have when grocery shopping for food. Do you think they will find this interesting? By the way, the infographic is free to use, but kindly credit us, the creators, as the source of the infographic.
Please share your thoughts.


Interactive Session with Ambassador, Embassy of Spain

Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings from PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry!!!

We cordially invite you for an Interactive Session with Ambassador, Embassy of Spain to be held on 27th May 2014. Please find the details below for your reference.

International Affairs Committee – Europe of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organizing an interface with Embassy of Spain on May 27th, 2014 at 4:00 pm at PHD House, New Delhi. H.E Mr. Gustavo Manuel de Aristegui y San Roman, Ambassador, Embassy of Spain would lead the delegation. He will be accompanied by Economic and Commercial Counselors & other senior members from the Embassy of Spain.

The focus areas of the delegation from the Embassy of Spain comprises of the following sectors:

•   Tourism
•   Information and Technology
•   Infrastructure 
(roads, airports, ports, railways)
•   Energy 
(renewable and non-renewable)
•   Agriculture and food processing

Spain is the 13th largest investor in India with a total of 140 Spanish companies having subsidiaries, joint ventures, projects or liaison offices and purchase offices in India. There are about 30 Indian companies in Spain in the fields of IT, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and road maintenance. However, there has been a drop in the bilateral trade in the year 2012, which is mainly due to reduced imports by Spain in a time of economic downturn. Thus, taking this forward, a round table discussion is being organized to identify key potential opportunities with the delegation of the Spain Embassy.

Hence, may we request you to kindly make it convenient to attend the above mentioned program to explore the business opportunities.

A line of confirmation from your end will be highly solicited at:  / /

With best wishes
Yogesh Srivastav

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