Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shankar Das maintains lead on day three of BILT Open

Anura Rohana a close second

New Delhi, October 9, 2014: Kolkata’s Shankar Das maintained his lead in round three of the BILT Open 2014, the fifth PGTI Super Series event of the season. Shankar posted a three-under-69 in the penultimate round of the Rs. 1 crore event at the Delhi Golf Club to stay ahead by one stroke. Das’ three-day total read 12-under-204. Sri Lankan Anura Rohana fired an error-free 68 to be one off the lead in second place.

Shankar Das (69-66-69), the overnight leader by one shot, continued on top of the leaderboard in round three after a clinical 69 that included five birdies and two bogeys. The 31-year-old Shankar, a four-time winner on the PGTI, was quick off the blocks on Thursday as he collected four birdies on the first eight holes. He knocked down birdie putts from 20 feet and 10 feet on the first and second respectively. The ever-smiling Das also landed it extremely close for birdies on the sixth, eighth and 14th. Shankar however, struggled with his favourite club, the 3-wood, as both his bogeys came as a result of poor 3-wood tee shots on the ninth and 18th.

Das said, “I started really well today as I was four-under after eight holes. However, my strongest club, the 3-wood, let me down on the ninth and 18th. A one-shot lead doesn’t count for much at the DGC so I’ll have to be at my best in the final round in order to have a chance of winning. My target in the final round will be a score of around three-under to four-under. I’ve had three top-5s this year and now I’m eager to win as I last won over a year back. I’ve been working a lot on my physical fitness and that has helped my game this year.”

Anura Rohana (67-70-68) climbed from overnight third to second place after his bogey-free round of 68 on day three. The 41-year-old Rohana, a two-time winner on the PGTI, made brilliant up and downs for birdies on the first and eighth before draining a 10-footer for his third birdie on the 13th. Anura finally missed an eagle by a whisker from 15 feet on the 18th and had to settle for his fourth birdie of the day.

Rohana said, “I didn’t make any bogeys today but missed some short birdie putts. I’m quite pleased with the effort today as it keeps me in the hunt. Besides Shankar, Rashid and Chiragh will also be tough contenders in the final round as they are playing on their home course. I’ll need a good start on day four to mount a serious challenge.”

Delhi golfers Rashid Khan and Chiragh Kumar continue to be in contention as they occupy tied third place at eight-under-208. While defending champion Rashid shot a 68 on day three, Chiragh, a former BILT Open champion, carded a 69.

Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa and Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow are in tied fifth at seven-under-209.
Ericsson white paper: Mobile Broadband to drive India’s digital vision
·         White Paper talks about the role of government and industry towards bringing the Networked Society to life in India by the year 2020
·         India can reach 600 million mobile broadband subscribers with 20 percent of mobile broadband subscriptions on 4G in 2020

·         Data share in overall revenue of telecom operators to rise from 10-12 percent in 2013 to 35-40 percent in 2020

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today released a White Paper entitled “India 2020: Bringing the Networked Society to Life” on the role of government and industry towards making ‘Digital India’ a reality by the year 2020. According to the Ericsson White Paper, to fulfill the Indian Government’s Vision for broadband inspired growth, operators will need access to more spectrum from the government and will themselves need to build new network capabilities and new revenue models so that a viable, long-term strategy can be evolved.

Heterogeneous networks with a mix of macro cell sites, small cells and Wi-Fi hotspots will be fundamental to manage coverage, capacity and quality of performance for users.
Smartphone prices are expected to fall by 40-50 percent over the next three years. As a result, the number of subscribers able to afford smartphones and services are expected to reach over 700 million by 2020, up from 110 million in 2013. The number of mobile broadband subscribers is expected to grow from 70 million in 2013 to 600 Million subscribers in 2020, with 20 percent of the mobile broadband subscriptions expected to be 4G in 2020.

The increasing number of subscribers, growing affordability of smartphones, and government initiatives such as the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) will drive internet connectivity in India. User demand for internet access will drive WCDMA/HSPA population coverage from 20 percent in 2013 to 90 percent in 2020. Ericsson estimates that the estimated blended data usage per subscriber in 2020 will be 600-850 MB.

The revenue mix of Indian operators is expected to evolve to include a higher contribution from data-driven 3G and 4G service revenues in future. Data revenues will represent an increasing proportion of the total, and are expected to rise from 10–12 percent in 2013 to 35–40 percent by 2020, driven by a growth in data subscribers as well as usage per subscriber. Opportunities in emerging services such as m-health, m-education, m-commerce and m-banking are expected to have long-term potential as operators, regulators and other value chain players (such as device vendors, content providers and app developers) increase their focus and take initiatives to promote health, education and financial inclusion among the population.

Fueling and sustaining mobile broadband growth in India will require access to additional radio spectrum; it is the basic resource required for building efficient networks able to serve large numbers of subscribers generating large amounts of traffic.

Ajay Gupta, Vice President and Head of Strategy & Marketing at Ericsson India, says: “Mobile Broadband will be the platform on which the ‘Digital India’ vision can be delivered. For this we will need the release of additional spectrum in the relevant bands. This will contribute to affordability of services, and harmonization of spectrum will allow a lower-cost device ecosystem to evolve. Operators in India have far less spectrum than their peers globally with high mobile broadband penetration. Spectrum will play a key role in driving mobile broadband growth in India in the long run, and will be an increasingly important driver of capacity, user experience, and quality.”

The White Paper proposes that the Indian government’s broadband penetration target of 600 million connections by 2020 can be achieved if sufficient spectrum is made available in a timely way in globally harmonized bands. Additionally, industry and government must work together to ensure contiguity of spectrum to deliver higher bandwidth per user. The availability of sub-USD50 handsets, accelerated and streamlined spectrum allocation process, differentiated 3G and 4G networks based on high speeds, attractive data packages and good user experience will be critical to driving demand in India.
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NOTES TO EDITORS

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Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, businesses and societies to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.
Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud– are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.
With more than 110,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.   
Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2013 were SEK 227.4 billion (USD 34.9 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

Ericsson Launch of piocell and Radio Dot System in India

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Ericsson Launch of piocell and Radio Dot System in India Innovative indoor coverage solution
Ericsson small cell portfolio includes a range of indoor and outdoor small cells and carrier Wi Fi access points including Ericsson Radio Dot system and RBS 6402 picocell.  Ericsson the global leader in hardware of telecommunication  technology has introduced unique RBS 6402 is the first picocell small cell with the Radio Dot systems, Ericsson is redefining the concept of indoor small cells with the cost-effective indoor radio systems.
RBS 6402 is the first picocell to support LTE speeds of 300 Mbps with carrier aggregation. RBS 6402 is optimized for indoor environments up to 5000 sq meters.Ericsson small cell portfolio also meets the needs of telecom operators as they seek to expand their enterprise business.
Ericsson India head Chris Houghton said, “Broadband has the potential to bring inclusive growth in India by extending education, healthcare and financial inclusion to rural areas and lower income groups.”
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular service providers now has the options to be able to improve in-building tel-coverage further to enhanced and better  mobile customer experience.
Telecom network company  released a whitepaper titled, “India 2020: Bringing the Networked Society to Life.”




Energy Democracy: Bringing Power to the People

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Contact: Gaelle Gourmelon, ggourmelon@worldwatch.org , (+1) 202-745-8092, ext. 510
        

Energy Democracy: Bringing Power to the People


Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014
explores the restructuring of the energy sector to achieve social equity 

Washington, D.C.—     With the threat of climate change and the likely breach of planetary resource limits, human civilization faces an energy emergency of global proportions. In the Worldwatch Institute‘s State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, Sean Sweeney, co-director of the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University, exposes the abuses of the “extreme energy” agenda and suggests that emerging renewable energy technologies could lead to a more sustainable society(www.worldwatch.org/bookstore/publication/state-world-2014-governing-sustainability).

The promised gains of job growth and security from “extreme energy” extraction methods, such as hydraulic fracturing and mountaintop-removal mining, have not emerged. Workers’ rights have also lagged, especially as extraction shifts into developing countries and the former Eastern bloc. Further, more than 1.3 billion people worldwide are still without electricity access.
“A timely and equitable energy transition can occur only with greater energy democracy, which requires that workers, communities, and the public at large have a real voice in decision making, and that the anarchy of liberalized energy markets is replaced with a comprehensive and planned approach,” writes Sweeney. In order to reach true energy democracy, he says, three broad strategic objectives are needed:
Resisting the dominant energy agenda. As of 2012, fossil fuel-producing companies and utilities represented 19 of the world’s 50 leading corporations. Their revenue and their critical role in the world economy lend them substantial political influence and staying power. Resisting the agenda of these companies and their political allies-through informed policy changes and opposition to projects that present serious risks to workers, communities, and the environment-is an indispensable part of a democratic approach. But this does not mean uncritically embracing the agenda of large renewable energy companies.
“Already, the indiscriminate pursuit of biofuels has led to devastating ‘land grab’ practices to secure land for large-scale renewable energy developments,” writes Sweeney.
Reclaiming the energy system for the public benefit. Privatization has led almost invariably to worsening working conditions, falling quality of service, and corporate oligarchies. But energy systems can be reclaimed to serve public interests, rather than focus on maximizing sales and profits. This method would return public control to parts of the energy sector that have been privatized and to public energy entities that are run like private companies, while reasserting the right to develop socially owned energy systems.
Restructuring the energy sector. Compared to the current centralized system, decentralized generation is likely to be more conducive to local control, opening up off-grid and mini-grid potential even for remote areas struggling with poverty. Renewable energy is poised to grow spectacularly in many countries, but the energy transition that the world desperately needs will happen only if changes in the energy system are carefully planned and coordinated nationally or regionally.
“So far the kind of global political framework that is needed to drive a truly green transition has failed to emerge,” writes Sweeney. Restructuring our energy systems is technically possible, he says, but it now needs to be made politically irresistible.
Worldwatch’s State of the World 2014 investigates the broad concept of governance for sustainability, including action by national governments, international organizations, and local communities. The book highlights the need for economic and political institutions to serve people and preserve and protect our common resources.
State of the World 2014‘s findings are being disseminated to a wide range of stakeholders, including government ministries, community networks, business leaders, and the nongovernmental environmental and development communities. For more information on the project, visit www.worldwatch.org/state-world-2014-governing-sustainability.
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Note to Editors:    
To schedule interviews or to obtain a review copy of State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, please contact Gaelle Gourmelon at ggourmelon@worldwatch.org.
About the Worldwatch Institute:
Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in more than a dozen languages. For more information, visitwww.worldwatch.org.




French expertise in smartcards to be showcased at SmartCards Expo 2014

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French expertise in smartcards to be showcased
at SmartCards Expo 2014
New Delhi – 14 th to 17th October , 2014

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India, in association with key French partners and Indian stakeholders, will be organising for the 4th consecutive year- a French Pavilion at SmartCards Expo 2014, held from the 15th to the 17th of October in New Delhi.  
The French Pavilion will bring together leading companies from the French AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) and Secure Technologies industries to showcase their technologies and solutions and evaluate business opportunities in the Indian market during SmartCards Expo 2014, the leading event in India on technologies, solutions and services related to smartcards, biometrics etc.
Around 800 French companies operate in the field of digital trust with around 100 solution editors, 100 equipment manufacturers and around 600 services companies. Among those, the biggest of those enterprises are worldwide leaders in chips and smartcards, ID management and biometrics, eGovernance, home security and payments; with SMEs pioneering in core technologies and niche markets. This sector also differentiates itself by its very high level of technology, with an average of 15% of revenues on digital trust re-invested in R&D by French enterprises (with even higher figures among equipment manufacturers and solution editors).
At the same time, India appears as a front-runner in terms of adoption of digital trust technologies especially in the field of AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture)through the implementation of strategic national projects making use of identification and secure technologies (Aadhaar, RSBY, MGNREGA, e-Driving licenses…) and the development of very innovative projects and concepts to tackle for instance financial inclusion (PMJDY…) and promotion of non-cash payment modes (Rupay Card…). A large number of initiatives have been undertaken by various State Governments and Central Ministries to usher in an era of eGovernance. In order to promote eGovernance in a holistic manner, various policy initiatives and projects have been undertaken to develop core and support infrastructure.
As such, the AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) market in India has, for instance, grown from USD 581 million in 2010 to close toUSD 1 billion in 2012 and nearly USD 1.3 billion in 2014 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22.37 percent according to Frost & Sullivan. Of the AIDC technologies, smartcards take the lions’ share with 2010 revenues pegged at USD 510 million and reaching USD 903 million in 2014, but biometrics and RFID/NFC are being expected to capture a larger share of the AIDC market in the near future.

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Considering the relevance and rising importance of such technologies and solutions in today’s world, the French Pavilion at the SmartCards Expo 2014 on the 15th to 17th of October will gather 5 renowned companies[1] offering avant-garde applications in the fields of smartcards, biometrics, eGovernance, secure e/m-Payments and secure documents: GEMALTO, NBS TECHNOLOGIES, OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES, SMARTWAREand SPS RELIABLE TECHNOLOGY. The main objective of these French companies is to present and promote their latest technological developments in their area of expertise while working out partnerships with key Indian stakeholders and industry players.
The mission of this trade delegation will start on the 14th of October in New Delhi with an Indo-French Seminar on e-Governance, Secure Transactions and Digital Identification and Security which will include presentations of key Indian stakeholders -both from the Indian digital trust industry and public agencies- addressing the status of digital trust in India and the advancement of the most significant initiatives taken by the Government of India in the fields of secured identifications, eGovernance and payment systems. Their round of presentations will be followed by a session dealing with latest technological developments in those fields and their opportunities for future.
About UBIFRANCE and the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India:
UBIFRANCE is the French agency for international business development, a key public partner in export for French companies. Its complete range of services includes providing information (on markets, legal, regulatory, international financing, calls to tender, sector watch), export consulting, sales actions (prospecting missions, partnership meetings, trade events abroad, communication in the international press, etc.).
To support French companies of all sizes and all sectors in their development on foreign markets, UBIFRANCE mobilises the expertise of 1,400 persons in France (Paris and Marseille) and in 70 other countries through its French Trade Commissions UBIFRANCE and a network of Press Offices. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts.
UBIFRANCE’s know-how and experience are globally recognized with a worldwide network of 80 Trade Commissions.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Karishma WANVARITrade OfficerNew Technologies – Innovation – Services DepartmentFrench Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in IndiaConsulate General of France, MumbaiTel.: +91 (0)22 66 69 40 87Email: karishma.wanvari@ubifrance.fr




31ST YOUTH NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – DAY TWO AND THREE

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(Vishnu Ravi Shankar) Chandigarh, 8th-9th October 2014: Defending champions for the boys, team Delhi, remain unbeaten as we head into day 3 of the 31st Youth National Basketball Championship here in Chandigarh. The Delhi boys used their size and height to their advantage beating the Kerala boys by a 16-point margin, 75-59, today morning. 2013 runners up for the boys, team Rajasthan, played a fast paced game, with plenty of steals and breaks, to beat the Madhya Pradesh boys 81-69 yesterday evening. The last game yesterday evening was a thrilling contest between the boys’ teams of Chandigarh and West Bengal. The home team, Chandigarh, came away with a 89-75 victory, banking on the play of Amit, who erupted for 43 points with 17 makes out of 37 attempts from the field.

There were no real surprises in the girls matches, with the stronger teams picking up easy victories. The Chhattisgarh girls thrashed West Bengal 90-37 – team captain Mahima top scored for Chhattisgarh with 31 points. Kerala picked up an easy win against Uttar Pradesh on a balanced scoring effort, beating them 66-22.

A complete list of results of the matches held after 5.30 p.m. on 8th October 2014 and up to 11.30 p.m. on 9th October 2014 is as follows:

Girls:

8th October 2014 (5.30 p.m. to end of day)

  1. Chhattisgarh (Mahima 31, Gulabsha Ali 13) bt West Bengal (Paramita Gosh 21, Swagata Mal 8) 90-37 (22-18, 25-4, 24-8, 19-7)
  2. Andhra Pradesh (M.L. Sravanti 19) bt Odisha (Urbashi 15) 58-42 (11-7, 11-14, 13-12, 13-9)
  3. Delhi (Gurkiran 16) bt Jammu and Kashmir (Aashima 5) 28-12 (6-3, 4-1, 8-4, 10-4)

9th October 2014 (beginning of day to 11.30 a.m.)

  1. Kerala (Nimmi George 13, Aswathi J. 13) bt Uttar Pradesh (Pooja Yadav 10, Shreyasi Vats 5) 66-22 (21-2, 14-4, 18-5, 13-11)

Boys:

8th October 2014 (5.30 p.m. to end of day)

  1. Rajasthan (Abbas Ali 22, Yogendra Singh 22) bt Madhya Pradesh (Rishabh S. 15, Rajendra S. 14) 81-69 (30-19, 23-13, 21-16, 7-21)
  2. Punjab (Rahul Mehla 38, Ajit 28) bt Uttar Pradesh (Dheeraj M. 15, Gopal Yadav 14)80-53 (12-13, 20-13, 22-18, 26-9)
  3. Chandigarh (Amit 43, Gary 24) bt West Bengal (Shaw A.K. 28, Shaw B. 23) 89-75(13-17, 23-19, 25-23, 28-16)
  4. Himachal Pradesh (Kartik 11, Sahil 7) bt Jammu and Kashmir (Inderjeet 5, Nirbhay 4) 38-18 (10-2, 10-9, 14-2, 4-5)
  5. Odisha (Suman 18, Aftabuddin 14) bt Mizoram (Zorinsanga 22, Chuaudingliana 21)66-61 (13-11, 15-17, 10-8, 18-20, OT 10-5)
  6. Assam (Akshay Das 15) bt Puducherry (Vinod 11) 53-26 (13-4, 14-7, 12-7, 14-8)

9th October 2014 (beginning of day to 11.30 a.m.)

  1. Gujarat (Steve 19) bt Goa (Nayaab 19) 58-46 (11-12, 12-14, 21-12, 14-8)
  2. Tamil Nadu (Prakhar S. 8, Vishal K. 12, Shrey P. 14) Uttarakhand (Vaibhav G. 15) 57-24 (22-6, 18-4, 9-16, 8-8)
  3. Delhi (Sombir S. 28, Hansraj H. 19) bt Kerala (Sudarsan T. 14, Wilson E. 10, Jacob J.J. 10) 75-59 (16-17, 12-16, 27-10, 20-16)
  4. Bihar (Govind 10, Abhinandan 10) bt Jharkhand (Attavl 16, Rahul 10) 41-40 (6-8, 16-11, 2-8, 17-13)

The tentative schedule for the rest of the day of 9th October 2014 is as follows:

Date:09-10-2014 (THURSDAY)
COURT – 1
NoTeam “A”VsTeam “B”GroupTiming
45MAHARASHTRAVsPUNJABGA09.30 AM
46MAHARASHTRAVsANDHRA PRADESHBA10.45 AM
47GOAVsGUJARATGC12.00 PM
48TAMIL NADUVsWEST BENGALGB01.15 PM
49RAJASTHANVsUTTAR PRADESHBB02.30 PM
50HARYANAVsMADHYA PRADESHGB03.45 PM
51MADHYA PRADESHVsKARNATAKABB05.00 PM
52CHANDIGARHVsJAMMU & KASHMIRBD06.15 PM

COURT –2 (GOVERNMENT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN SECTOR NO 42)
NoTeam “A”VsTeam “B”GroupTiming
56HIMACHAL PRADESHVsWEST BENGALBD04.00 PM
57ODISHAVsPUDUCHERRYBF05.15 PM
58ASSAMVsMIZORAMBF06.30 PM

COURT –3(GOVERNMENT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN SECTOR NO 42)
NoTeam “A”VsTeam “B”GroupTiming
59BIHARVsHIMACHAL PRADESHGD07.00 AM
60DELHIVsPUDUCHERRYGE08.15 AM
61ASSAMVsJAMMU & KASHMIRGE09.30 AM
62ANDHRA PRADESHVsJHARKHANDGF04.00 PM
63RAJASTHANVsODISHAGF05.15 PM





Exhibition “Brno/ the city of bauhaus spirit”

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Exhibition
Czech Brno/the city of bauhaus spirit in the CEPT University, Ahmedabad
October 09 – October 15, 2014


Exhibition „Brno / the city of Bauhaus Spirit“ portrays functionalist buildings in Brno, second largest city of the Czech Republic, from the period 1918 – 1938 under the influence by Bauhaus style. The main architects of the period are Ernst Wiesner, Bohuslav Fuchs, Josef Kranza or Bedřich Rozehnal who managed to implement modern design into Brno city architecture. Exhibition presents the most important sites of the functionalist architecture of the City of Brno – villa TUGENDHAT and villa STIASSNI. The Brno Architecture Trails is a joint project by the City of Brno and the House of Arts of Brno with financial support from European Regional Development Funds.  Brno Exhibition Centre ranks among the largest exhibition centres in Europe (23rd in the world). The complex opened in 1928 and established the tradition of large exhibitions and trade fairs held in Brno.
For this reason, the Embassy of the Czech Republic decided to present the exhibition “Czech Brno”.The exhibition “Czech Castles” is organised by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi, in collaboration with the CEPT University Ahmedabad.
The exhibition „Czech Brno “has been presented with huge success in several cities in India and other countries, for instance in Chandigarh (Chandigarh College of Architecture).
In Chandigarh, the Exhibition was officially inaugurated by Professor Predeep Bhagat (Principal Chandigarh college of Architecture and His Excellency Miloslav Stašek (Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India) at the Chandigarh College of Architecture – in Chandigarh on February 26, 2014.  The Exhibition stayed in the Chandigarh College of Architecture until March 23, 2014, and was visited by 1-2 thousand visitors daily.
This time, the exhibition „ Czech Brno “will attract the audience in the CEPT University in Ahmedabad from October 09, 2014, until October 15, 2014. The Exhibition will be inaugurated on October 09, 2014, at 18:00 Hrs., in CEPT University in Ahmedabad by Dr. Bimal Patel, The president of CEPT University, Professor Vladimir Slapeta , Dean Emeritus of the Department of Architecture  and Mrs. Andrea Kucerova , Deputy head of Mission/Political Affairs Embassy of the Czech republic in New Delhi.
The exhibition “Czech Brno” is organized within the greatest cultural project ever performed by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in India called “2014 – The Year of Czech Culture in India”, that encompasses broad promotion campaign to highlight the Czech Republic as a country of immensely rich history and culture and also highly attractive touristic destination in the heart of Europe. As part of “2014 – The Year of Czech Culture in India” project, the Embassy of the Czech Republic presents series of exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows, food festivals, film screenings and other cultural events in India.


Miloslav Stašek
Ambassador of the Czech Republic



For more information, please contact:
Mr. Vikas Sharma
Culture & Public Relations Officer
Embassy of the Czech Republic
50-M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021
D : 91 11 24155260 or M : 91 8130893803





AVIAREPS to represent Xiamen Airlines in India

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AVIAREPS to represent Xiamen Airlines in India
-A SkyTeam Alliance Member Airline-

Mumbai, 9th October 2014: Xiamen Airlines,ࠡ prize-winning airline based in Xiamen, a coastal city located in the southeast of China, has appointed AVIAREPS as its General Sales and Service Agent (GSSA) in India. The AVIAREPS India office headquartered in Mumbai will act as its extended office and be responsible for maximizing exposure, penetrating new markets and promoting Xiamen Airlines as a favorable airline for Indian travelers.

Xiamen Airlines currently has three major hubs in China, i.e. Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou. In addition Xiamen Airlines  also has hubs in, Tianjin, Changsha and Beijing. The airline presently has 56 destinations with 457 daily flights. It operates 218 domestic routes in China and 26 international routes (Including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Seoul ,Macau, and Taiwan). Xiamen Airlines is the only major Chinese carrier with an all Boeing fleet of 109 aircrafts including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Xiamen Airlines is the only Chinese civil airline that has maintained profitability for 27 consecutive years and has been a ‘SkyTeam Alliance’ member since 2012.

Commenting on this alliance Joseph Fernandes, General Manager AVIAREPS India, said “We are exhilarated to be representing one of Chinas top notch airlines and a SkyTeam Alliance member airline. India is currently witnessing a massive boost in both business and leisure traffic to China. Given the agent friendly policies of the airline and the fantastic award winning services, Fleet, and strong network level of service that XiamenAirlines offers we expect a very positive response for Xiamen Airlines from the Indian market”

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Hu Bin, General Manager  of Passenger Marketing and Sales Committee, Xiamen Airlines, said “We are looking forward to foray into this new and emerging market with extensive outbound travel potential. For Xiamen Airlines, this is a strategic, long-term investment. By collaborating with AVIAREPS India, a professional airline GSSA with extensive knowledge of the Indian market and the aviation industry, we are sure to reach our goals”

Xiamen Airlines concluded the year of 2013 with a passenger number of 18.57 Million, and a profit of 1520 million CNY (about 245 million US dollars or 15.2 million British Pounds). It is the 27th consecutive year of profit for Xiamen Airlines since 1988. With the long consecutive profit record and high profit rate, the airline was regarded as one of the most profitable airlines in the world.

French expertise in smartcards to be showcased at SmartCards Expo 2014

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French expertise in smartcards to be showcased
at SmartCards Expo 2014
New Delhi – 14 th to 17th October , 2014

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India, in association with key French partners and Indian stakeholders, will be organising for the 4th consecutive year- a French Pavilion at SmartCards Expo 2014, held from the 15th to the 17th of October in New Delhi.  
The French Pavilion will bring together leading companies from the French AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) and Secure Technologies industries to showcase their technologies and solutions and evaluate business opportunities in the Indian market during SmartCards Expo 2014, the leading event in India on technologies, solutions and services related to smartcards, biometrics etc.
Around 800 French companies operate in the field of digital trust with around 100 solution editors, 100 equipment manufacturers and around 600 services companies. Among those, the biggest of those enterprises are worldwide leaders in chips and smartcards, ID management and biometrics, eGovernance, home security and payments; with SMEs pioneering in core technologies and niche markets. This sector also differentiates itself by its very high level of technology, with an average of 15% of revenues on digital trust re-invested in R&D by French enterprises (with even higher figures among equipment manufacturers and solution editors).
At the same time, India appears as a front-runner in terms of adoption of digital trust technologies especially in the field of AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture)through the implementation of strategic national projects making use of identification and secure technologies (Aadhaar, RSBY, MGNREGA, e-Driving licenses…) and the development of very innovative projects and concepts to tackle for instance financial inclusion (PMJDY…) and promotion of non-cash payment modes (Rupay Card…). A large number of initiatives have been undertaken by various State Governments and Central Ministries to usher in an era of eGovernance. In order to promote eGovernance in a holistic manner, various policy initiatives and projects have been undertaken to develop core and support infrastructure.
As such, the AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) market in India has, for instance, grown from USD 581 million in 2010 to close toUSD 1 billion in 2012 and nearly USD 1.3 billion in 2014 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22.37 percent according to Frost & Sullivan. Of the AIDC technologies, smartcards take the lions’ share with 2010 revenues pegged at USD 510 million and reaching USD 903 million in 2014, but biometrics and RFID/NFC are being expected to capture a larger share of the AIDC market in the near future.

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Considering the relevance and rising importance of such technologies and solutions in today’s world, the French Pavilion at the SmartCards Expo 2014 on the 15th to 17th of October will gather 5 renowned companies[1] offering avant-garde applications in the fields of smartcards, biometrics, eGovernance, secure e/m-Payments and secure documents: GEMALTO, NBS TECHNOLOGIES, OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES, SMARTWAREand SPS RELIABLE TECHNOLOGY. The main objective of these French companies is to present and promote their latest technological developments in their area of expertise while working out partnerships with key Indian stakeholders and industry players.
The mission of this trade delegation will start on the 14th of October in New Delhi with an Indo-French Seminar on e-Governance, Secure Transactions and Digital Identification and Security which will include presentations of key Indian stakeholders -both from the Indian digital trust industry and public agencies- addressing the status of digital trust in India and the advancement of the most significant initiatives taken by the Government of India in the fields of secured identifications, eGovernance and payment systems. Their round of presentations will be followed by a session dealing with latest technological developments in those fields and their opportunities for future.
About UBIFRANCE and the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India:
UBIFRANCE is the French agency for international business development, a key public partner in export for French companies. Its complete range of services includes providing information (on markets, legal, regulatory, international financing, calls to tender, sector watch), export consulting, sales actions (prospecting missions, partnership meetings, trade events abroad, communication in the international press, etc.).
To support French companies of all sizes and all sectors in their development on foreign markets, UBIFRANCE mobilises the expertise of 1,400 persons in France (Paris and Marseille) and in 70 other countries through its French Trade Commissions UBIFRANCE and a network of Press Offices. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts.
UBIFRANCE’s know-how and experience are globally recognized with a worldwide network of 80 Trade Commissions.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Karishma WANVARITrade OfficerNew Technologies – Innovation – Services DepartmentFrench Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in IndiaConsulate General of France, MumbaiTel.: +91 (0)22 66 69 40 87Email: karishma.wanvari@ubifrance.fr

Exhibition “Brno/ the city of bauhaus spirit”

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Exhibition
Czech Brno/the city of bauhaus spirit in the CEPT University, Ahmedabad
October 09 – October 15, 2014


Exhibition „Brno / the city of Bauhaus Spirit“ portrays functionalist buildings in Brno, second largest city of the Czech Republic, from the period 1918 – 1938 under the influence by Bauhaus style. The main architects of the period are Ernst Wiesner, Bohuslav Fuchs, Josef Kranza or Bedřich Rozehnal who managed to implement modern design into Brno city architecture. Exhibition presents the most important sites of the functionalist architecture of the City of Brno – villa TUGENDHAT and villa STIASSNI. The Brno Architecture Trails is a joint project by the City of Brno and the House of Arts of Brno with financial support from European Regional Development Funds.  Brno Exhibition Centre ranks among the largest exhibition centres in Europe (23rd in the world). The complex opened in 1928 and established the tradition of large exhibitions and trade fairs held in Brno.
For this reason, the Embassy of the Czech Republic decided to present the exhibition “Czech Brno”.The exhibition “Czech Castles” is organised by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi, in collaboration with the CEPT University Ahmedabad.
The exhibition „Czech Brno “has been presented with huge success in several cities in India and other countries, for instance in Chandigarh (Chandigarh College of Architecture).
In Chandigarh, the Exhibition was officially inaugurated by Professor Predeep Bhagat (Principal Chandigarh college of Architecture and His Excellency Miloslav Stašek (Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India) at the Chandigarh College of Architecture – in Chandigarh on February 26, 2014.  The Exhibition stayed in the Chandigarh College of Architecture until March 23, 2014, and was visited by 1-2 thousand visitors daily.
This time, the exhibition „ Czech Brno “will attract the audience in the CEPT University in Ahmedabad from October 09, 2014, until October 15, 2014. The Exhibition will be inaugurated on October 09, 2014, at 18:00 Hrs., in CEPT University in Ahmedabad by Dr. Bimal Patel, The president of CEPT University, Professor Vladimir Slapeta , Dean Emeritus of the Department of Architecture  and Mrs. Andrea Kucerova , Deputy head of Mission/Political Affairs Embassy of the Czech republic in New Delhi.
The exhibition “Czech Brno” is organized within the greatest cultural project ever performed by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in India called “2014 – The Year of Czech Culture in India”, that encompasses broad promotion campaign to highlight the Czech Republic as a country of immensely rich history and culture and also highly attractive touristic destination in the heart of Europe. As part of “2014 – The Year of Czech Culture in India” project, the Embassy of the Czech Republic presents series of exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows, food festivals, film screenings and other cultural events in India. 

Miloslav Stašek
Ambassador of the Czech Republic 

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Vikas Sharma
Culture & Public Relations Officer
Embassy of the Czech Republic
50-M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021
D : 91 11 24155260 or M : 91 8130893803

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