Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MUMBAI CITY FC go down 1-5 to Chennaiyin FC 

Mumbai, 28 October 2014: Mumbai City FC had to endure a heavy 1-5 loss against the hosts Chennaiyin FC at the Nehru stadium in Chennai on Tuesday evening.
Elano Blumer (9 and 69 min), Jeje Lalpekhlua (26) and John Stiven Mendoza Valencia (41 and 44) scored for Chennaiyin FC while Syed Rahim Nabi scored the consolation goal for Mumbai City FC three minutes from time in the 5-1 loss for the visitors.
Mumbai City FC had once more more of the possession but could not find the goals to show for their effort as Chennaiyin's FC cleverly used their chances to score.
The visitors were a bit unlucky at the start of the match and the combination of errors and bad luck meant that they were constantly trying to catch up with their opponents.
“I don’t want to take anything away from our opponents. They played superb football, and it was a tough game for us,” Mumbai City FC coach Peter Reid said after the match.
The first bit of bad luck struck in the sixth minute when an outstretched leg of Manuel Friedrich hit Columbian Mendoza while trying to clear the ball and Elano Blumer scored from the ensuing penalty despite custodian Subrata Pal diving in the correct direction.
The early goal meant that Mumbai City FC was forced to press higher to seek an equaliser and that left more space for the hosts to exploit on the counter. Though Subrata came up with a couple of great saves to keep the Chennaiyin strikers at bay, Jeje Lalpekhula managed to sneak one past the custodian in the 26th minute and then Mendoza Valencia added a brace to make the task all the more difficult for the visitors. Chennaiyin FC were leading 4-0 at the break.
On the other side, Mumbai City FC were making some promising moves with Frenchman Nicolas Anelka, who was making his Indian Super League debut, showed some of his magic as he came up with a couple of defence splitting passes for Subhash Singh but his attempts were blocked by Chennaiyin FC custodian Shilton Paul. Mumbai City FC came back stronger in the second half and put pressure on the home team and were duly rewarded when skipper Nabi nodded home from a corner. But that was too little too late.
“We definitely need to work on our defence. We need to be a lot tighter at the back, and we need to work on our passing at the back as well,” Reid admitted.
The coach, however, said that criticizing individuals is not right. “It’s a team game, you can not point fingers at individuals (for the loss). We are going to train harder, we are going to work harder, and we would fight back,” the coach said.
Reid was also satisfied with Nabi’s show and said the man has shown some consistency. “Nabi and Anelka are important, and I am expecting a lot from them in the future games. Nabi has been consistent, and that is an important thing for us,” he added.
Result: Chennaiyin FC 5 (Elano Blumer 9, 69; Jeje 26; John Stiven Mendoza Valencia 41, 44) bt Mumbai City FC 1 (Syed Rahim Nabi 87);
Hero Man of the Match: Elano Blumer; Swift moment of the Match: John Stiven Mendoza Valencia; Fittest player of the Match: Subhash Singh; Emerging player of the Match: Jeje

Khattar & Fadnavis EXPERIMENTAL Chief Ministers

Khattar & Fadnavis EXPERIMENTAL Chief Ministers
Ravinder Singh
To and 356 more…
Today at 9:55 AM
Khattar & Fadnavis EXPERIMENTAL Chief Ministers
October29, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh
Picking people who have neither Qualification nor Experience to head
important states is a tragedy of India. In spite of Deng Xiaoping like
Control of Gujarat under Modi it remained just above average state. It
contributed 7% to India GDP in 1990, 2002 & 2014.
At an event Tarun Vijay was all praise for Development in China and
was reminded that China government has all top Engineers, Scientists
who had run big industries as their Political Leaders – which is
absolutely rare in any government. I had always told BJP friends that
until BJP engages Qualified & Experienced Engineers in KEY positions
it shall not be able to achieve above average results.
Till date idiots like Suresh Prabhu – were its Chief Development
advisor and is replaced by Uma Bharti or Piyush Goel in Water and
Energy sector most crucial to India at present.
BJP can’t be running GoI and states with people of Lame Duck abilities.
The problem with Fadnavis or Khattar is that they are dependent on
advisors like dubious Inventor SAM PITRODA for policy and decision
making which like Worms in Stomach makes the state weak from within.
Example: – Earlier Indira Gandhi had Maheshwar Dyal as advisor on
Energy & S&T around 1983. Nephew of President Zail Singh was given a
Contract to install Solar Water Heating system of biggest hotel in
Delhi – I was introduced to him and I told him of some BLUNDERS in the
design approved by Maheshwar Dyal – All the 450 SWH were connected in
series means all the Circulating Water had to pass each one of them
was the worst. It was Rs.2.5m project with 50% subsidy to be approved
by Maheswar Dyal. I told him I shall as a Consultant help him execute
the project in 2 months against two year term of contract . Even after
a decade he had a Small Scale Unit in Okhla making Tandoors when he
might have been executing big projects all over India and exporting
also. He was very close to Rahul Gandhi also – five Mobiles were
imported by India and he had one of them to be connected with Rahul
Hundreds of Critical Technologies couldn’t be implemented in India
Partly because of Corrupt or Incompetent MINISTERS, Secretaries,
CORRUPT CSIR & NRDC Other GoI Departments and Crippling of PATENT
OFFICE. All developed and advanced countries have Robust Patent Office
Technologies are Commercialized Rapidly and Companies invest 2% to 10%
of their revenue on R&D.
Recently I reported how Rajan Gupta, LANL was trying to Influence GOI
with his Foolish Energy Skills and GOI had already appointed an Idiot
as Chief Economic Advisor. He was advocating rise in GHG emissions
from 0.66 Billion Tones in 1990 to 5 BT 1932 largely based on Coal
Fired Power, when I advocate GREEN Energy avoiding 3 BT of GHGs.
GOI need ‘Chief Technical & Inventing Officer’ to enable application
of latest technologies in most economical & productive manner.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.




Presentación: “Neruda pregunta a los niños de la India”

Project launch: “Pablo Neruda asks questions to the Indian children’s”
      El Instituto Cervantes de Nueva Delhi y la Embajada de Chile en India, tienen el placer de invitarle a la presentación de:
“Neruda pregunta a los niños de la India”
Un proyecto que llevará a numerosos niños de escuelas indias los poemas del premio Nobel, traducidos al hindi, bengali y marathi. El acto contará con la presencia del Subsecretario de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile, D. Edgardo Riveros,  el próximo viernes 31de octubre a las 4:30 pm en el Instituto Cervante de Nueva Delhi (+)
The Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi  and the Embassy of Chile in India have the pleasure to invite you to:
“Pablo Neruda asks questions to the Indian children’s”
A project that will give access to a selection of poems written by the Nobel Prize (translated into Hindi, Bengali and Marathi) to many childrens of several schools in India. The event will presented by the Chilean Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Edgardo Riveros, next Friday 31st October at 4:30 pm at Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi. (+)
30/10/2014Kamani Auditorium, International Dance & Music festival, ICCR, a las 6:30 p.m.Danza: “Soul Pait” por Dani Panullo Dance Theatre Co.Sinopsis: Cual moderno explorador Dani Pannullo se sitúa ahora en Trivandrum la capital del estado de Kerala al sur de India. Apasionado durante años por una forma de lucha ancestral nacida en esta zona del país, el Kalaripayatu, conocida por los expertos como “la madre de todas las artes marciales”. La practica natural de la compañía dirigida por Pannullo es difundir y estudiar las diferentes tradiciones dancísticas universales que son el eje y raíz de sus espectáculos. El lenguaje base de este director ha sido siempre la danza urbana contemporánea, razón por la cual al ser una forma de baile nacida en las urbes e influenciada desde sus comienzos por la artes marciales nos lleva directamente a India y no a China o Japón como otros podrían suponer. La experiencia artística y la vivencia, tanto para los bailarines españoles que se trasladaran a Kerala, como para los jóvenes indios practicantes de esta disciplina, fomentará unos lazos que, según la firme convicción de este director, serán fructíferos para las futuras relaciones culturales entre ambos países. (+)
Dance Performance: “Soul Pait” by Dani Panullo Dance Theatre Co.
: The modern adventurer Dani Pannullo travelled in 2013 to Trivandrum, the capital of state of Kerala in southern India. For years he has been fascinated by the age-old regional fight form Kalaripayattu, known to experts as the mother of all martial arts. Common practice for the company run by Pannullo in Madrid (Spain) is to study carefully the different dance forms at the root of their performances. The preferred language of this director has always been urban contemporary dance. Although this style of dance came into being in the metropolitan areas, it has been influenced by martial arts since its very beginning. Therefore, Pannullo’s search for inspiration has taken him in this occasion to India, and not China or Japan, as could otherwise have been presumed. The experience of the Spanish dancers living in Kerala and working together with the young Indian Kalaripayattu fighters would, according to the firm conviction of this director, inevitably strengthen cultural ties between both countries and stimulate further artistic creations in the future.
Free entry

31/10/2014Siri Fort Auditorium, Delhi Jazz Utsav, a las 6:00 p.m.
Concierto: Diego Amador Trío.
 Así como el flamenco nació con las vanguardias, junto a otras manifestaciones artísticas como la fotografía o el cinematógrafo, Diego Amador es la vanguardia del flamenco. Se acerca con desparpajo, sin complejos y sin renunciar a su alma flamenca a otras expresiones musicales, fundamentalmente —aunque no sólo— al jazz y, también, deja que esas otras músicas se acerquen, a través de él, al flamenco. Autodidacta y sin haber pasado jamás por un conservatorio, Diego Amador ha tenido los mejores maestros que se pueden tener: su familia y su propia inquietud artística. Es ésta la que hace de él un artista total, en sentido renacentista. No sólo compone, produce e interpreta sus propias obras, sino que domina múltiples instrumentos en los que deja su personal sello. A la batería, al bajo o al piano se une algo que, a buen seguro, dará mucho y muy bueno que hablar: su voz (+)
Entradas a la venta en: Steakhouse en Jor Bagh Market, The Piano Man en Basant Lok Market, y la web Descuento especial para socios de la biblioteca del Cervantes.

Concert: Diego Amador Trio.
Synopsis: Diego Amador represents the avant-garde of Flamenco music. He plays and mixes styles in a natural way, flirting with confidence with other musical traditions – especially Jazz – but never forgets his flamenco roots and soul. As a self-trained artist, he never received formal training from any music school. He had the best possible teachers: his family and his own artistic curiosity. That is how he became in a complete artist, in a Renaissance way. He writes, produces and plays his own music, besides of playing several instruments in his always special manner. Drums, bass guitar and the piano are accompanied by his surprising and astonishing voice. (+)
Book your tickets in: Steakhouse at Jor Bagh Market, The Piano Man at Basant Lok Market, and the website Special disccount for Cervante’s Library members.

02/11/2014Auditorio, Instituto Cervantes, 6:30 p.m.Teatro: “Crónica de una muerte anunciada” basada en la novela de Gabriel García MáquezSinopsis: Crónica de una muerte anunciada, basada en la novela de by Gabriel Garcia Marquez es una obra colaborativa de Manjari Kaul y Promona Sengupta. La actuación es una combinación inusual del uso de las técnicas narrativas y testimonios en primera persona, algunos discordantes, coincidentes, a veces temblorosos o detallados al minuto, sobre el asesinato de Santiago Nasar. Minestras los personajes estrujan su memoria o siguen doliéndose de la herida abierta por el asesinato de Santiago, el sombrío relato del pasado en la narrativa épica de García Márquez se revela a sí mismo en mágicos y fantásticos visuales. (+)
Theatre: “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.” based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez”Synopsis:Chonicle of a Death Foretold, based on the novella by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a collaborative work by Manjari Kaul and Promona Sengupta. The performance is an unusual combination of the use of storytelling technique and characters’ first person accounts that are sometimes varying, some similar, some shaky, at times minutely detailed and some fading recollection of the murder of Santiago Nasar. As the characters strain their memory or pour out a still open wound from Santiago’s murder, the shadowy recounting of the past in Garcia Marquez’s epic narrative reveals itself in magical and fantastic visuals. (+)
In English.

11/11/2014Instituto Cervantes
V Aniversario del Instituto Cervantes de Nueva Delhi5th Anniversary of Instituto
Cervantes in New Delhi

11/2014Instituto Cervantes
Centenario de Nicanor Parra
Nicanor Parra’s 100th anniversary
23/11/2014World Percussion Festival
Oreka Tx
Oreka Tx
Río de Janeiro: Ciclo de cine peruano (+)

Rio de Janeiro: Peruvian Film Series(+)
Roma: La muerte tiene permiso. (+)

Rome: Death has permission

Eminent Citizens Write to Prime Minister

Eminent Citizens Write to Prime Minister Calling for Review and Discussion on Sardar Sarovar Dam in the National Interest
New Delhi, October 29 : Former National Advisory Council Members, retd bureaucrats, academics, artists, activists and others led by Justice (Retd.) Rajinder Sachar, in an open letter to Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi has urged him to call for a Review and Discussion on Sardar Sarovar Dam in the National Interest. Mr. Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the construction work at the Dam Site and Garudeshwar Weir on October 31, after the decision to raise the height of the dam was given on June 12th.
The letters says, “the decision to raise the height of the dam further, will affect 44 additional village communities and one whole township, upto 214 kms long area in the Narmada basin, with 45,000 families. This will be done in violation of the NWDT Award and SC Order, since the resettlement and rehabilitation of the people are not complete yet on the ground.” They further added that, “the fact that completion of this particular project has been priority for Mr. PM, however, as the Prime Minister of the nation, he is expected to look after the welfare of all the citizens, and ensure that the lakhs of oustees, especially in Madhya Pradesh, belonging to the farming, fishing and working classes do not face destitution.”
They urged that the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had given assurance to the Supreme Court in 2006 that as per law, all the project affected people will be rehabilitated first and then only the dam will be completed. Mr. Modi is bound both by virtue of his good office and by law to keep up this promise. It is in this light that Prime Minister, should call for a discussion and review of the ground situation on resettlement and rehabilitation in the larger national interest.
Shri Narendra Modi,
The Prime Minister of India,
Date: October 28th, 2014
Subject : Calling for a Review and Discussion on Sardar Sarovar Dam in National Interest
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
We are writing this letter with much agony and enormous concern regarding the formidable impact increase in height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada will have. It will adversely impact the lives of adivasi (tribal) & rural communities, submerge precious natural resources – land, water, tree cover, fish and kill the pure and pious river, Narmada. Narmada – home to the oldest of human civilizations with rare archeological monuments. We request your personal attention and intervention to to stop this wanton destruction.
We know and most of us have witnessed the fact that at the present height of the dam, 122 m, itself there are 35,000 and more families residing in the submergence area and hence yet to be rehabilitated. The decision to raise the height of the dam further, erecting 17 meters high gates, to the full reservoir level, i.e. 138.68 meters, will affect 44 additional village communities and one whole township, upto 214 kms long area in the Narmada basin, with 45,000 families. Submergence of highly fertile agricultural land, thousands of houses, wells, schools and other amenities, temples, mosques and at least a million trees, should not be imposed without full, fair and legal rehabilitation. The adivasis, dalits and others in the Valley should not be evicted, and their property should not be evicted without complying with the Supreme Court’s directive and NWDT Award. Moreover this human tragedy and man-made disaster cannot ever be acceptable.
We are further informed that immediately after the decision was announced by the NCA on 12th June, the oustees and their representatives met the concerned Ministers at Delhi and appraised them of all the facts, ongoing legal and judicial processes, pending litigation, inquiry into corruption and non-compliance of the orders of the Grievance Redressal Authorities; urging them to put the decision on hold. The Ministers were not fully aware of the project and the ground realities but assured review of the matter.
We realize that the decision is to keep the gates open for the time being, however, erecting the gates itself is akin to raising the height of the dam, which is to be unlawful. The backwater levels now shown to be reduced, after 30 years since the original surveys before 80’s, are not scientifically drawn and hence any construction beyond the present height cannot be pushed today as drowning and destruction of houses and fields in the large farming belt of Nimad, M.P. has also begun since last few years and will be worse.
We are not unmindful of the fact that completion of this particular project has been priority for you. However, as the Prime Minister of the nation, you are now expected to look after the welfare of all the citizens, and ensure that the lakhs of oustees, especially in Madhya Pradesh, belonging to the farming, fishing and working classes do not face destitution. You must be aware that your predecessor, former Prime Minister Shri. Manmohan Singh Ji, committed to the Hon’ble Supreme Court in 2006 that rehabilitation, as per law, would precede any further construction and your are certainly bound both by virtue of your good office and by law to keep up this promise.
Dear Prime Minister, we hope you are aware of the fact that Justice Jha Commission, appointed by the High Court of Madhya Pradesh is investigating thousands of land registries which are forged and fake, and also corruption in payment of grants to thousands, allotment of house plots and construction at the resettlement sites. Fraud in all these has been proved, and the final report is soon likely, that crores of rupees are wasted and rehabilitation is far from complete.
We are also informed that the Report by the expert committee appointed by the Ministry of Environment till 2012 clearly concluded that most of the conditions related to the severe impacts on the natural resources in the Narmada Valley and compensatory measures are not fulfilled. Those include impacts on the health, forest, fisheries, seismically risky region, the catchment and siltation as also the command area in Gujarat. Without compliance on these, the Dam cannot and should not be pushed ahead, as you will agree.
You are certainly aware that the waters in Sardar Sarovar are also being used for the industries and new projects, such as Coca Cola plant (30 lakh liters/day), the car industry in Sanand alone (60 lakh liters/per day) and many others. Also that a few lakh hectares of land in the command area is now being diverted and reserved as industrial areas. All this indicates the change in the original plan and that there is absolutely no urgency to raise the Dam at the cost of people and the nature. Let the people receive all entitlements and natural losses be prevented and mitigated and then the Dam can be raised to completion.
You may have also been informed that the oustees in the SSP-affected areas are now legal owners of the acquired lands and houses, as per Section 24(2) of the recently passed “Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013”; since they continue to remain in possession of the acquired properties, till date. It would thus be unlawful to continue with further construction that is bound to lead to submergence and interference with the property and human rights of the owners.
We, therefore, urge you Sir, to hold a multi stakeholder consultation at the earliest, involving the people in the Valley, struggling since decades who have made a difference to the struggle by the Project affected people for their rights, across India. We expect that you will take a new democratic initiative, to know the truth and respect law, democracy, human values and human rights.
We call upon you to withhold the decision to raise the height until such a review exercise is concluded, and not to carry out any construction at the dam site.
We hope you will take a just and fair decision and respond to this appeal at the earliest.
Thanking you,
Yours’ Sincerely,
  1. Justice (Retd.) Rajinder Sachar, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court
  2. Aruna Roy, Former National Advisory Council member
  3. Swami Agnivesh, Bandhu Mukti Morcha
  4. Admiral (Retd.) L Ramdas, Chief of Naval Staff
  5. Madhu Bhaduri, IFS (Retd.)
  6. Dr. B.D. Sharma, IAS (Retd), Fomer Commissioner SC/ST Commission
  7. Harsh Mander, IAS, former National Advisory Council Member
  8. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, IAS, Secretary, Government of India (Retd.)
  9. Pushpa Bhave, Feminist, Socialist, Maharashtra
  10. M. Illango, Chairperson, National Fishworkers Forum 
  11. Prof. K.B. Saxena, IAS (Retd.) Secretary to Government of India
  12. Sandeep Pandey, Asha parivaar, Magsaysay Awardee 
  13. Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy,  Jawahar Lal Nehru University
  14. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, Council for Social Development, New Delhi 
  15. Prof. Jean Dreze, former National Advisory Council Member
  16. Arundhati Dhuru, Uttar Pradesh State Advisor to Supreme Court Commisioner on Right to Food
  17. Sanjay Kak, Filmmaker, New Delhi
  18. Kumar Ketkar, Political Analyst
  19. Suhas Borkar, Working Group on Alternatives
  20. Sumit Chakravarty, Editor, Mainstream 
  21. Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan Odisha
  22. Prof. Rohan D';souza, Jawaharlal Nehru University 
  23. Dr. Sunilam, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti MP
  24. Gautam Bandopadhyay – Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh
  25. Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation
  26. P ChennaiahAndhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union (APVVU)
  27. Jatin Desai, Journalist, Mumbai 
  28. Sister Celia - Domestic Workers Union, Karnataka
  29. Vimal Bhai, Matu Jan Sangathan, Uttarakhand
  30. Suhas Kolhekar, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
  31. Mahendra Yadav, Kosi Navnirman Manch
  32.  Ashish Ranjan and Kamayani Swami, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan (Bihar) 
  33. Rohit Prajapati and Anand Mazgaonkar, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Gujarat
  34. Swati Desai, Editor, Bhumiputra
  35. Jyoti Bhai Desai, Senior Gandhian
  36.  Vilas Bhongade – Gosikhurd Prakalpgrast Sangharsh Samiti, NAPM, Maharashtra;
  37. Gabriele Dietrich, Pennurium Iyakkum , Tamilnadu
  38. Sanjeev Kumar, Delhi Forum
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Italian Cultural Centre: Film, Talk and Concerts

Cultural Program
Oct 28 at 3:00 PM
We request you to kindly take note of the events organized by Italian Cultural Centre and warmly invite you to all the events.
Wednesday, 29th October @19.00
 Film Screening
Benvenuti al Nord / Welcome to the North
Comedy, 2012, 110 min.
Director: Luca Miniero
Cast: Claudio Bisio, Angela Finocchiaro, Alessandro Siani, Paolo Rossi, Valentina Lodovini,
Venue: Tessitori Hall, Italian Cultural Centre, New Delhi
Free Entry upon presentation of valid ID.

Thursday, 30th October @19.00

Venue: Tessitori Hall, Italian Cultural Centre, New Delhi
Free Entry upon presentation of valid ID. Parking outside the Italian cultural centre will be available.

Friday, 31st October, @18.00
Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi

Entry by tickets. Tickets may be purchased online on or at Steakhouse, Jor Bagh and The Pianoman, Basant Lok and Gurgaon. 10% rebate to the first 100 members of the Italian Cultural Centre who come to buy tickets at Steak House and The Piano Man with their membership cards.

Tuesday, 4th November, @19.00
Music Concert  

Venue: Tessitori Hall, Italian Cultural Centre, New Delhi
Free Entry upon presentation of valid ID.

All the vents scheduled to take place at Italian Cultural Centre are open to everyone. Free Entry upon presentation of valid ID. Parking outside the Italian cultural centre will be available.
Concert by Cafiso Duo scheduled at Siri Fort on 31st October is a ticketed event.
We look forward to seeing you at all our programmes.
Best Regards,

Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50-E, Chandragupta Marg
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
Phone: 0091-11-26871901/03/04
Fax: 0091-11-26871902
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Special address by H. E. Mr. Shimon Peres

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Special address by
H. E. Mr. Shimon Peres
Former President of Israel
“Creating a Second Green Revolution in India”
Friday, November 7, 2014 | 10:30 AM  – 1:00 PM
Ballroom, The Lalit, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
India’s agricultural sector contributes 16% of total GDP & 10% of export earnings in the economy. Despite being largely self-sufficient in food production, Indian agriculture currently faces a slew of problems–its growth is much slower than other sectors of the economy; productivity is in decline and the income gap between farmers and the rest of the workforce is widening. India is predicted to become by 2030 the world’s most populous country. This increase in population, and rapid urbanization, coupled with rising incomes and prosperity, and with unpredictable climate changes, will put added pressures on land and water. The need of the hour is to work towards a second Green Revolution, as envisioned by successive governments.
Ananta Centre in collaboration with Tel Aviv University and Pratt Foundation invite you to Panel discussions on Challenges and Opportunities of Creating a Second Green Revolution in India and Increasing India’s Food and Water Security  to discuss the issue of Food Security and opportunity for collaboration between India-Israel-Australia on Water & Food.
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 9:45 amRegistration
(Please be seated by 10.15 am)
10:30 – 11:30 am“Creating a Second Green Revolution in India”
SPEAKERS:Shimon PeresFormer President of Israel
Jamshyd GodrejChairman, Ananta Centre & Chairman of the Board, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Ltd.
Anthony Pratt,  Chairman, Pratt Foundation & Chairman, Visy Industries Pty Ltd.
CHAIR:T N NinanChairman, Ananta Aspen Centre & Chairman, Business Standard
11:45 am – 1:00 pm“Increasing India’s Food and Water Security”
PANELISTS:Ashok GulatiChair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), India
Danny A. ChamovitzDean of  the Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Ross FitzgeraldBoard Member, Visy Industries Pty Ltd. Australia
MODERATOR:Abheek Singhi, Senior Partner and Director, Boston Consulting Group (Invited)
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Ballroom, The Lalit, Barakhamba Road New Delhi
Tuesday, 4th November 2014 by 5 PM
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About Ananta Centre
Ananta Aspen Centre is an independent and not-for-profit organisation that seeks to foster positive change in society through dissemination of knowledge. The Centre facilitates discussions on issues of international significance, values-based leadership and cross-sector outreach by engaging the civil society, government, private sector, and other key stakeholders.
About Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv University (TAU) represents Israel at its best – dynamic, innovative and forward-looking. Ranked number one in Israel in the number and impact of research publications, TAU offers a spectrum of sciences, humanities and arts together with Israel’s biggest medical teaching and research complex. Recognized centers of collaborative excellence are in brain studies, environmental studies, nanoscience, renewable energy, cyber security, genomics, bioinformatics, biophysics, archeology, Jewish studies, and film, among others. The goal of the University is to continue providing optimal conditions for interdisciplinary cooperation through the establishment of umbrella research centers and shared equipment facilities.
About Pratt FoundationThe Pratt Foundation is the philanthropic foundation of Anthony Pratt and his family. Anthony Pratt is the Executive Chairman of Visy Industries Pty Ltd, the world’s largest family-owned recycling, paper and packaging company. The Pratt Foundation is one of the leading sources of philanthropy in Australia and Israel. Increasingly, the Pratt Foundation seeks to empower the development of international multi-stakeholder networks of co-operation in the Indo-Pacific ( especially India) to address the integrated challenge of food, water, energy security, climate change

Samsung Galaxy Devices based on KNOX platform


 Galaxy Devices based on KNOX platform are the First Consumer Mobile Devices NIAP-Validated and Approved for U.S. Government Classified Use

Samsung’s entry onto the Commercial Solutions for Classified Program Components List proves that Samsung devices and KNOX meet the most stringent and vital security standards

New Delhi  October 29, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced its solutions have been approved by the United States government as the first NIAP-validated consumer mobile devices to handle the full range of classified information.  After completing ten Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs), the government added the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Galaxy IPSEC Virtual Private Network (VPN) Client to the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List.

This accomplishment is the direct result of Samsung’s successful testing and certification under the U.S. government’s Common Criteria Mobile Device Fundamental Protection Profile (MDFPP) and VPN Protection Profile (VPNPP) programs. The listed Samsung devices are available for use with classified government networks and data. All devices and capabilities incorporate security features powered by Samsung KNOX.

“The inclusion of Samsung mobile devices on the CSfC list proves the unmatched security of Samsung Galaxy devices supported by the KNOX platform,” said JK Shin, CEO and president of IT and mobile business, Samsung Electronics. “At Samsung, we continue to address today’s increasingly complex security challenges, and are committed to delivering the most reliable mobile platform satisfying the needs of professionals in all industries, from SMBs and enterprises to governments and additional regulated markets.”

Earlier this year Samsung mobile devices were officially included on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Department of Defense Approved Products List for Sensitive But Unclassified use. The CSfC list for high security solutions supplements the DISA listing, enabling the U.S. government and its contractors to create composed solutions meeting the full range of U.S. government security objectives. Samsung is the only manufacturer with mobile devices on both lists.

The growing number of Samsung devices on both lists allows the U.S. government to enjoy cost effective and highly secured mobile experiences with a variety of options.


MARTEDÌ 4 NOVEMBRE 2014, 19.00

Free Entry upon presentation of valid ID. Parking outside the Italian cultural centre will be available.

Best Regards,

Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50-E, Chandragupta Marg
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
Phone: 0091-11-26871901/03/

Oriental Bank of Commerce Q2 Financial Results of FY 2014-15


                                                                                                        (Rs. in Crore)
% Growth (YoY)
Net Profit 291.41 251.4115.91%
Non Interest Income 392.64 311.8725.90%
Total Income5,328.564,987.716.83%
Book Value per Share (in Rs.) 445.22423.445.14%

                                                                                                               (Rs. in Crore)
 Sep,2014Sep,2013% Growth (YoY)
Business Mix3,26,6903,04,9197.14%
Total Deposits1,86,3901,75,1536.42%
Total Advances1,40,3001,29,7668.12%
Core Deposits1,60,3511,48,6647.86%
Retail Term Deposits
(less than Rs.1 Cr)
CASA Deposits46,34842,9807.84%
CASA as % to Total Deposits24.87%24.54%33 bps
Priority Sector Advances54,35046,43517.05%
Retail Advances16,50515,1978.61%
Business per Employee16.2615.624.14%

o   The Customer Base of the Bank stands increased to 23.9 million.

o   Capital Adequacy of the Bank under BASEL II : 11.70% (Tier I: 9.19%, Tier II:2.51%)

o   Capital Adequacy of the Bank under BASEL III: 10.88% (Tier I: 8.81%, Tier II: 2.07%)


Retail Credit grew by 8.61% (YoY) to reach Rs. 16,505.48 crore out of which:
  • Housing Loan Portfolio grew by 13.79% (YoY) to reach Rs.7,543.47 crore
  • Vehicle Loan Portfolio grew by 9.72% (YoY) to reach Rs. 1,627.29 crore

                                                                                                                            (Rs. in Crore)
 Sep,2014Sep,2013% Growth (YoY)
Total Priority Sector Advances54,35046,43517.05%
Total Agriculture Advances21,45217,47822.73%
Micro & Small Enterprises24,15921,32513.29%
Weaker Section13,94112,46311.85%
Minority Community8,4537,9985.70%


  • Total Recovery including Upgradation during the Half Year was                    Rs.1,217.95 crorecompared to Rs.794.50 crore in corresponding Half Year of previous financial year.
  • Gross NPA ratio at 4.74% and Net NPA ratio at 3.29%.
  • Provision Coverage Ratio stood at 58.96%.


The Bank is implementing the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) in a mission mode The progress under the scheme as on 30th Sep ,2014 is as under:
  • No. of Accounts Opened : 11.69 Lac
  • Amount of Deposit in above Accounts: Rs.308 crore


  • No. of Villages Covered : 3288
  • No. of Rural Branches : 553
  • No. of Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts : 49.26 Lac


  • During the Half Year, 35 New Branches were opened & 321 New ATMs were installed.
  • The Total Delivery Channels of the Bank as on 30th Sep, 2014, stood at 4610 (2161 Branches and 2449 ATMs).


  • During the Half Year, Bank recruited 953 personnel including 529 Officers & 407 Clerks.


  • Festival offer on Home & Car Loans has been launched with 100% waiver in process fee. The offer is valid till 31st Dec, 2014.
  • The Bank has slashed the Rate of Interests on Home Loans. Now, all Home Loans irrespective of loan amount and tenure are available at Bank’s Base Rate i.e. 10.25% p.a.
  • Rate of interest for Vehicle Loan is reduced to BR+0.50% i.e. 10.75% p.a.                  for 7 years.
  • Bank has implemented National Unified USSD Platform through which mobile banking can be done without downloading any app, simply by dialing *99# from any mobile.
  • Door Step Banking – Accounts can be opened at the customer’s doorstep using Laptops and Bio-metric device.
  • A facility has been implemented where Advance & Smooth searching of Bank’s Branches/ ATMs / e-Lounges can be done on Bank';s web-site through Map My India.
  • New feature in Net Banking has been introduced wherein Bank’s Net Banking customers can e-file taxes through their Net Banking account.


  • Under Swachch Vidyalaya Campaign of Govt. of India, Bank has earmarked an amount of Rs. 2.00 crore for construction of toilets in various Govt. schools. The construction is being done in PAN India level on Priority and as focused CSR activity, leading towards the dream of a “Clean and Safe” India.
  • An amount of Rs. 2.40 Crore has been contributed by Staff towards Prime Minister National Relief Fund for ongoing flood relief work in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Donation has been given to Sabarmati Harijan Ashram Trust, Ahmedabad for renovation & maintenance of Primary Teacher College Building, Ahmedabad.
  • The Bank has donated equipments for a Resource Centre in the college premises of Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi for visually impaired students.
  • Under Child Welfare activities, Bank has given donation to Udayan Care, New Delhi and Sri Aurbindo Divine Life Trust, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan for meeting the expenses for Board, Lodging, Education, Medical and other miscellaneous needs of poor and needy children.

Place  : Gurgaon
Date   : 29.10.2014

Honda Celebrates its 800th Dealer Network


Accomplished fastest network expansion in the history of Indian 2wheeler Industry
Zooms to become the second largest 2 wheeler Dealer network in India
Inaugurated 800th dealer network at Karnataka
Total touch points reached- 3170 in India
New Delhi, 29th, October, 2014 – Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), the only Honda in Indian two-wheeler industry; with its aggressive network expansion plans, announced the opening of its 800th HEAD viz. Honda Exclusive Authorized Dealer with the inauguration of its new 4S (Sales/ Service/ Spares/ Safety) facility in the state of Karnataka.
Honda’s phenomenal network expansion is the fastest dealership spread ever in the Indian2 wheeler industry. With the expansion of sales capacity, Honda continued its spree of spreading wings in India and reaching out to customers through expanded network in an aggressive manner.

Mr. Y. S Guleria, Vice President – Sales & Marketing, HMSI said“At Honda, reaching closer to our customers has always been our top priority and we have been relentlessly following our ambitious targets for expansion in line with our product portfolio expansion. Today, we are delighted to announce the opening of Honda’s 800th 4S Dealer facility and welcome our new business partner to the Honda family. Through diligent network expansion we wish to cover the vast Indian landscape and thus, deliver our world class products & services to our valued customers closer to their place.”
HMSI dealers are present across 5 regions across the metros and hinterlands of India.

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