Thursday, August 28, 2014

 India ’s Foreign Trade and Investments.

India’s foreign trade has shown strong signs of recovery during the recent months. July exports growth in consistent with the previous month posted positive growth at 7.3%, however, trade deficit is registered at US$ (-) 12.2 billion as compared with US $ (-) 11.8 billion in June 2014. Trade deficit, though increased for the month of July but cumulative trade deficit from April – July 2014 is registered at US $ 45 billion which is relatively less as compared with US $ 60 billion registered during April-July 2013. The trade balance in services remained in surplus at  US $ 5.7 billion for the month of June 2014.

The FDI equity inflows in the month of June 2014 are estimated at around US$ 1.9 billion as against about US$ 3.6 billion in May 2013, posting a growth (Y-O-Y) of 34%. According to a global deal tracking firm Mergermarket, Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in India witnessed a significant rise to US $17.1 billion, with a growth (Y-O-Y) of 47% in the first six months of the current year.

According to Economic Survey 2014-15 ‘External Sector’ of India reported positive developments. Agricultural exports from India rose by 5.1% in FY2014 and India ’s service sector is recognized as the second fastest growing services sector in the world with a CAGR of 9%. CAD in proportion to GDP declined from 4.7% of GDP to 1.7% of GDP.  India ’s foreign exchange reserves also posted a rise to US $304.2 billion at end March 2014.

External debt remains within manageable limits due to prudential external debt management policy. In contrast to these developments, Capital flows registered a sharp decline to US $ 47.9 billion in FY2014. Rupee was also depreciated significantly from Rs. 47.92 per US dollar in FY2012 to Rs. 60.50 per US dollar in FY 2013-14. While, overall BOP position recorded a significant improvement on account of measures taken by the Government and the RBI.

Budget 2014-15 announcement pertaining to India ’s External Sector are also positive and optimistic. Composite cap of FDI to be raised to 49% is announced to promote FDi in several sectors. SEZ will also be given special focus for their revival and strengthening. Basic Custom Duty of several items is reduced significantly inclusive of LED TV Panels, steel products etc.

With respect to WTO developments, WTO has raised questions over India ’s move to subside exports of sugar. While, WTO dispute panel report finds US CVD on India ’s steel products exports inconsistent with WTO law on subsidies. The most significant development at the global trade system was the holding of Trade Facilitation Pact by India , until a permanent solution on public stockholding for food security is found.

A historic signing by BRICS economies was done for establishing the New Development Bank (NDB) in Fortaleza , Brazil . The primary purpose of the bank is to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Bank shall have an initial authorized capital of US$ 100 billion.

Zee TV’ Neelee Chatriwala : Tune into your Inner Voice …


Tune into your Inner VoiceZee TV’s light-hearted, slice-of-life drama explores
man’s journey of self-discovery through conversations with God

We have all wondered at one point or another what would happen if we meet God on earth? What if He has no miracles in store for you? What if He has more questions that make you introspect and listen to your own inner voice … How will your life change? These are just some of the questions faced by Bhagwan Das, the protagonist of Zee TV’s next weekend fiction show ‘Neeli Chhatri Wale Powered by Vinod Intelligent Cookware’ who has the privilege of meeting and befriending God.
Produced by Ashwini Dhir, the director of successful comedy films such as Son of Sardar & Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge,Neeli Chhatri Wale follows the life of Bhagwan Das, the quintessential common man based out of Kanpur, constantly torn between his personal and professional life. Forever bullied either by his wife and father at home or his boss in the office, Bhagwan Das is always at the receiving end of flak. His kids are ashamed that he works as a salesman at ‘Titu Underwear and Baniyan’ and his wife constantly compares him to their neighbor who is better off in life. And then one day out of the blue, a handsome young man toting a blue umbrella emerges in front of him … a man only he can see … a man who embodies God! ‘Neeli Chhatri Wale’ is a light-hearted, slice-of-life drama highlighting Bhagwan Das and his relationship withShivaye – not as the hallowed, much revered divine avatar but as a smart, contemporary youth – conversing with whom puts Bhagwan Das in touch with his inner voice!

Noted for his critically acclaimed performances and serious roles across Hindi mainstream films, Yashpal Sharma will be seen playing Bhagwan Das in ‘Neeli Chhatri Wale’.  This will be a complete departure from his usual, dark brooding image and he will be seen as the much harried and hassled Bhagwan Das. Playing Shivaye is the strikingly handsome Himanshu Soni, noted for his impressive portrayal of the title role in Zee TV’s historical show ‘Buddha’. A friend philosopher and guide to Bhagwan Das, Himanshu will be seen essaying God like He’s never been presented before. Adding some spice and drama to Bhagwan Das’s life will be his nagging wife Bobby played by the famous Gujarati theatre actor Disha Savla, his Bauji played by veteran actorMithilesh Chaturvedi and his corrupt brother-in-law Govardhan Das played by Anoop Sharma.

Namit Sharma, Programming Head – Zee TV says, “After two successful fiction launches – Kumkum Bhagya and Jamai Raja this year, we now bring our viewers a weekend fiction property that delves into a subject so universal that it’s bound to appeal to viewers, cutting across all demographics. Neeli Chatri Waale is Zee TV’s initiative towards creating a differentiated weekend slot with original programming for the entire family. The show will be the first amongst several launches that will be a part of a special weekend ‘family unifier’ strategy.  Neeli Chhatri wale explores what happens when its protagonist meets and befriends God – it captures his journey of tuning into his own inner voice through conversations with God. Instead of giving him answers or delivering miraculous solutions, God throws questions at him, making him introspect and view life like he’s never seen before. We hope to take our viewers on a fascinating journey of self-discovery with this show!”

Producer Ashwini Dhir said, “The proposition of meeting God has always excited man. While most look at it as an opportunity for wish fulfillment, our show highlights how a relationship with God isn’t just about that … That God isn’t here to merely deliver miracles, but to question the way you think and get you to do some soul-searching. The conversations our protagonist has with this modern embodiment of God puts him in touch with his inner voice. We’ve got some interesting characters at the heart of our story … people that viewers can easily identify and relate with. Moreover, the tonality is light-hearted and entertaining.”

Neeli Chhatri Wale is being aggressively promoted by Zee TV using a media mix of print, radio and a comprehensive television plan, comprising a bouquet of channels spread across genres. A three phase digital campaign has been planned to engage with digital audiences. The first part of the digital campaign started with the introduction of #MyInnerVoice, sparking off conversations in the digital space about the moment when people felt most tuned into their inner voices. The entire promotional campaign for the show will aim at making God accessible to one and all by spreading the message of ‘Listen to your #InnerVoice.’

Starting 30th August, catch Bhagwan Das on a journey of listening to his inner voice through conversations with God every Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM, only on Zee TV.


From: shabnam hashmi  Wed, 27 Aug ’14 7:03p
To: shabnam hashmi
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August 27, 2014

Dear Sir/ Madam,

ANHAD is organizing a press conference tomorrow on August 28, 2014 at 12 noon at IWPC, 5, Windsor Place, New Delhi.

We are quite alarmed at the way the right wing is using ‘Love Jihad’ to polarize people and spread hatred between communities.

The term ‘Love Jihad’ is being used as a dangerous weapon. Messages on whatsApp and face book are flying and relating the phenomenon as an international conspiracy of the Muslims. Communal politics, communal violence all over uses women’s bodies as the site of contestation and community honour. Women’s sexuality is sought to be controlled as they are seen as the repository of culture, values, faith and honour.

Such campaigns against inter-religion, inter-caste marriages are not only against the spirit of a diverse and plural society they also aim to control women’s sexuality and polarise the society along communal lines for electoral and political purposes.

The speakers at the press conference will speak about different aspects of “RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND POLITICS OF ‘LOVE JEHAD”.

Speakers include: Vrinda Grover, Jagmati Sangwan (AIDWA), Annie Raja(NFIW), Manisha Bhalla( researcher) & Teesta Setalvad( social activist).

Kindly depute a reporter and a photographer to cover the press Conference.

Yours sincerely

Bhavna Sharma

PGTI Feeder Tour, Faridabad: Dinesh Kumar sets the pace

Dinesh Kumar sets the pace in round one, makes two eagles in opening round of 71

Faridabad, August 27, 2014: Dinesh Kumar of Delhi shot a one-under-71 to take the round one lead in the PGTI Feeder Tour event being played at the Aravalli Golf Club in Faridabad, Haryana. Delhi’s Aditya Raj Kumar Chauhan, Karan Vasudeva, Ajay Baisoya and Gurgaon-based Deepinder Singh Kullar were one shot behind the leader in joint second place.

The highlight of Dinesh’s round were his two eagles on the third and 16th. Kumar landed it within a few inches for a tap-in eagle on the third and chipped-in for eagle on the 16th. He also had four birdies on his card including a conversion from 20 feet on the 18th. However, the 50-year-old seasoned pro, dropped seven strokes as a result of five bogeys and a double-bogey on the 14th.

“My driving and putting was top-class. I hit it well and made some long putts. The two eagles really boosted my morale. It’s a great start to the tournament. I just want to continue playing in the same manner,” said Dinesh.

Aditya Raj Kumar Chauhan, Deepinder Singh Kullar, karan Vasudeva and Ajay Baisoya shot matching scores of 72 to be tied second.

Local lad Ramesh Kumar was in joint sixth place at two-over-74 along with Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh and nine other golfers.

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