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Talk: India’s Inflation Story by Dr. Gangadhar Darbha, 27th April 2014
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India’s Inflation Story

27 April 2015 at 11:30 a.m
Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Abstract: Compared to immediately preceding years, that is, its own recent history, India’s inflation became unhinged (thereby reversing creditable performance) from as far back as 2006. The paper puts forward an empirical framework to analyse the time series and cross-sectional dynamics of inflation in India using a large panel of disaggregated sector prices for the time period 1994/95 to 2012/13. This allows us to rigorously explore issues that have been, at best, loosely posed in policy debates such as diffusion or co-movement of inflation across sectors, role of common and idiosyncratic factors in explaining variation, persistence, importance of food and energy price changes to the overall inflation process, and contrast the recent experience with the past. We find, inter alia, that the current period of high inflation is more cross-sectionally diffused, and driven by increasingly persistent common factors in non-food and non-energy sectors compared to that in the 1990s.

The paper has also introduced a novel measure of inflation, viz., Pure Inflation Gauges (PIGs) in the Indian context by decomposing price movements into those on account of: (i) aggregate shocks that have equiproportional effects on all sector prices; (ii) aggregated relative-price effects; and (iii) sectorspecific and idiosyncratic shocks. If PIGs, in conjunction with our other findings, for example, on persistence had been used as a measure of underlying (pure) inflationary pressures, the monetary authorities may not have been sanguine regarding the timeliness of initiating anti-inflationary policies. 

Dr. Gangadhar Darbha has more than 15 years of research and investment banking experience. His areas of professional expertise include fixed income analytics, algorithmic trading and high-frequency quantitative trading strategies, quantitative Risk capital allocation strategies, and macro-economic modeling. Gangadhar Darbha is currently employed with Nomura securities as Head of Algorithmic Trading Strategies and Execution Services. Previously he was employed in Royal Bank of Scotland, Morgan Stanley in London; Indian School of Business, Hyderabad; National Stock Exchange of India Ltd, Mumbai; National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi; University of Pretoria, South Africa; and Free University, Amsterdam. He was a member of Committee on Financial Benchmarks and Urjit Patel committee on Monetary Policy framework set up by the Reserve Bank of India. He is also a Director on the Board of Nomura Structured Finance Limited, and a member of the academic council of BSE Institute Limited. He is a regular columnist in Mint/Walstreet, Financial Express and Economic Times. Gangadhar Darbha holds Post-doc in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and PhD in Economics from IGIDR, Mumbai.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today with 85-year old Holocaust survivor Avraham Niederhoper, originally from Romania. When he was 11, he was taken on a freight train to Moldova and from there to the Shargorod ghetto in Ukraine. Niederhoper told the Prime Minister that after surviving the Holocaust he walked back to Romania. Upon coming to Israel he worked at the Construction and Housing Ministry as an engineer and a construction supervisor.
Prime Minister Netanyahu had invited Niederhoper to today’s meeting in the wake of the latter’s request via the Prime Minister’s Office.
At the end of their meeting, the Prime Minister presented him with a copy of Rabbi Phil Chernofsky’s book “And Every Single One Was Someone”, which he had received several years ago, in which the word “Jew” is written 6 million times.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “There is only one word in this book – Jew, repeated six million times. I keep it here to remember, not only to remember, but to prevent. What they did to you, they want to do to us. Today it is possible to fight; then it was not.”
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Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Delhi.

Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Delhi.
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UPCOMING EVENT – Apr. 16, 2015 (all day)

breakfast and lunch provided
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India China Conversations: Symposium for Emerging Scholars

See detailed event schedule below:
The Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies is part of ICI’s continuing commitment to build a community of scholars who are engaged in research that focuses on new and innovative approaches to understanding India-China relations. Presenters selected for this symposium share a broad interest in India-China relations in a globalizing world. The symposium will provide a platform for a select group of early career scholars from India, China, and the United States to present their work and to participate in multi-disciplinary investigation and deliberation with distinguished scholars.
When discussing the work of each of the presenters, we hope to identify relevant methodological and substantive questions, and where possible answers, through a productive confrontation of diverse disciplinary perspectives. Relevant cross-cutting themes will include that of the role to be played by received and privileged spatial and institutional frames, such as that of the nation-state, in scholarly analyses within the field, and that of how to relate historical and contemporary concerns while avoiding anachronistic fallacies.
We hope that the symposium will provide a milestone in the intellectual definition and institutional development of the field, enhance the sense of community within it, and help to foster more productive directions for teaching and scholarship.
The Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies is generously supported by the Starr Foundation.

Event Schedule
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Orozco Conference Room (A712)| 66 W 12th St., 7th Floor, New York
9:00-9:30 Registration (light breakfast and coffee will be provided)
9:30-9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ashok Gurung, Senior Director of India China Institute
Mary Bryna Sanger, Deputy Provost and Senior Vice President, Provost Office, The New School
9:45-12:45 Session I: Regional Flows and Exchanges
Chair: Jianying Zha
Writer, ICI China Representative
Paper 1 – Yang Lu, Lecturer, Heidelberg University
“Ontological Security and India-China Relations: From Border War to ‘News War’”
Paper 2 – Jingfeng Li, Assistant Researcher, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences “Driving force and constraints behind BCIM Economic Corridor ”
Paper 3 – Amen Jaffer, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Forman Christian College, Lahore “The Sufi Shrine Revival in India Punjab”
Paper 4 – Marina Kaneti, PhD Candidate, Politics, New School for Social Research “Leveraging Capital: Trade, consumption, and migration in the age of the unequal treaties ”
Sanjay Ruparelia, Assistant Professor of Politics, Faculty Advisor, India China Institute, New School for Social Research, Former ICI Fellow & Faculty Advisor (Paper 1)
Nimmi Kurian, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, Former ICI Fellow & ICI India Representative (Paper 2)
Sanjay Chaturvedi, Punjab University, Chandigarh, Former ICI Fellow (Paper 3)
Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India (Paper 4)
Question and Answers (60 minutes)
12: 45-14: 00 Lunch
14:00-16:15 Session II: Historical Narratives and Contestations
Chair: Mark Frazier, Professor of Politics, NSSR and Academic Director of ICI
Paper 5 – Joe Thomas Karackattu, Assistant Professor, China Studies Centre Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras
“India-China border dispute: assessing boundary-making from 1895-1914 and its impact on shaping of material realities”
Paper 6 – Yuan Zhang, Research Fellow, Sanskrit Centre of Institute of Foreign Literature, China Academy of Social Sciences
“Comparative Studies on 32 Mahapurusa Laksasas (primary marks) and 80 Anuvyañjana Laksasas (secondary marks) of the Buddha, and the Unique Appearances of Chinese Saints, Animals and Emperors”
Paper 7 – Barnali Chanda, research fellow at the department of comparative literature, Jadavpur University, Kokatta
“Discussing the ‘strange and fantastic’ with special reference to the literary motifs in Indian and Chinese narrative traditions”
Jian Liu, Senior Professor, China Academy of Social Sciences (Paper 5) Rebecca Fu, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania (Paper 6)
L.H.M. Ling Professor, Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, Former ICI Fellow & Faculty Advisor (Paper 7)
Question and Answers (45 minutes)
16:15-16:55 Issues & Challenges call on India and China Studies – Round Table Discussion
Co-chair by Ashok Gurung, Senior Director, ICI, The New School and Mark Frazier, Professor of Politics, NSSR and Academic Director of ICI
16:55-17:30 Closing Remarks
Ashok Gurung, Senior Director, ICI, The New School
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Plan your Summer Holidays and Witness 8th New Wonder of the World
– Great Wildebeest Migration –
All India, 15th April 2015 : The Great Annual migration of Wildebeest in Kenya is the most exhilarating East African safari event that tops the list of a wildlife spectacle like no other. This annual natural event takes place between the months of July to September and involves millions of wildebeest accompanied by hundreds of zebra, antelope species of gazelles, impala and elands with their newly-born young as they attempt to cross the vast Tanzania’s Serengeti plains northwards into Kenya’s Maasai Mara National reserve in search of food and water.
It’s a tough journey, and every year an estimated 250,000 wildebeest don’t make it. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive. The Maasai Mara form what no other reserve in Africa can! It is incredible, it is magic and it is indescribable.
Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration. The animals have to cross the Mara River in the Maasai Mara where crocodiles prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive.
The migrating herds undergo all manner of challenges and hardships as they move from region to region. They are constantly under attack from predators, none more so than from Africa’s big cats and the notoriously huge crocodiles that lie in wait at various river crossing points. But still every year, the cycle is repeated, with the animals following their strong migratory instinct and attempting to defy crocodile-infested rivers, wild currents, and flocks of predators lying in wait.
There are plenty of well-located accommodations in the Maasai Mara to enable the tourists to experience the migration, and nearly all scheduled tours and safaris to the country include excursions into the conservation areas.
July to October, the grazing animals take a four-month-long trek towards the Mara River. In desperate need of water to drink and grass to graze, the countless herds need to cross the river to reach the lush, green grasslands in Maasai Mara. The world’s most spectacular sight is the mass crossing of the swollen Mara River.
Wildebeest Migration is a sight to behold when on your wildlife safari and it’s even more awesome watching it on the ground or with Mara balloon Safaris. Watching this wonder from the sky is a life time experience. Maasai Mara Balloon safari is known as one of the best safari experiences in the world & watching the migration there is simply great. Hot Air balloon provides an aerial view of the “Greatest Game Show on Earth”.
The wildebeest migration phenomenon is so huge that satellites miles away in space are able to capture the surge as a black moving mass on the plains of East Africa. Going on safari to view & witness the Wildebeest migration is the ultimate safari experience that Kenya has to offer.
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IIT Bombay Alumni Association launches
Global Business Forum

  • 13 participating countries: As UK, USA, Australia, Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Japan, Qatar, Singapore, UAE, Thailand and Switzerland

  • 1500 attendees: Eminent global IITB alumni, faculty, researchers, policy makers, bureaucrats, investors, entrepreneurs, chief technical officers, top industrialists, central cabinet ministers and state chief ministers

  • 200 industry partners
  • 50 global experts

New Delhi, April 15, 2015: IIT Bombay Alumni Association (IITBAA) announced the launch of Global Business Forum (GBF). The Forum is a platform that will showcase original technology businesses and research from IIT Bombay community – alumni, faculty and students – with an aim to improve collaboration/partnerships between business, governments and academia and thus drive innovation.
Endorsed by Hon. Defence Minister also an eminent alumnus of IIT Bombay, Shri Manohar Parrikar, GBF was launched at a press conference in presence ofProf. D.B. Phatak, educationist and distinguished professor of IIT Bombay, Dr. Ajit Ranade, President and Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group and Mr. Ashank Desai, Founder and former Chairman, Mastek Limited.
Endorsing the initiative, Shri Parrikar said, ‘This Forum, in a way, reflects a perspective that has guided my approach as well.  Even as India continues to face enormous challenges, even as many Indians still endure problems of a nation in transition, even as we work together to meet those challenges, we cannot lose sight of the new India that’s emerging.

I want to see this Forum grow from strength to strength. I want industry, academia, governments, nations and the IIT Bombay community to come together and commit themselves to ‘interactions, insights and impacts through innovative technology and business’ which is what GBF stands for.’
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Phatak said, ‘In its quest for leadership in technology and manufacturing, India must strive for closer ties between its education sector, industry and government. Development, now a days, seems to have become the agenda only of the government. We need to change that. Our trilogy, academia, industry and government needs to align themselves to make it everyone`s agenda. It should be a people`s movement. 

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. With that as it’s guiding principle, GBF will act as a trusted partner for all communities to collaborate, catalyze and integrate global, regional and industry transformation processes.’
Through GBF, representatives from national and international businesses, trade delegations, academia and governments  will be able to link directly with latest innovations in technology, explore collaborations and seal partnerships through a single platform. Every stakeholder present can therefore cut across layers of processes, procedures and red tape to connect, collaborate and close deals.
GBF by design is a multi-disciplinary platform that works through its Special Interest Groups (SIGs). This continuous round the year interaction culminates in an annual, by-invitation only event. This year the Forum will be held between 16 and 18 October at the scenic beach capital – Goa.
It will be attended by 1500 eminent global IITB alumni, faculty, researchers, policy makers, bureaucrats, investors, entrepreneurs, chief technical officers, top industrialists, central cabinet ministers and state chief ministers. The Forum will feature participation from 13 countries such as UK, USA, Australia, Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Japan, Qatar, Singapore, UAE, Thailand and Switzerland. GBF 2015 will also comprise 200 industry partners and 50 global experts.
Many of India’s developmental challenges can be addressed through innovation and enterprise but it would require a new business model based upon improved dialogues between its education sector, government and the market place.
A recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report on India has identified technologies in six sectors of the economy: financial services, education and skills, healthcare, agriculture and food, energy, and infrastructure that would have a combined economic impact of $550 billion to $1 trillion a year in India by 2025. Given the importance of these sectors to India’s developmental goals, GBF 2015 will also showcase technological innovation and expertise in Energy, Education & Skill Development, Healthcare, Environment (Water), Infrastructure, Smart Cities, Information & Communication Technology and Make-in-India (Manufacturing).
The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) ensure greater focus by facilitating continuous yearlong engagements and interactions. Attendees and participants may express interest in more than one SIG. The SIGs therefore retain flexibility for the future and are not boxed into strict vertical/horizontal segments.
Established in 2001, IIT Bombay Alumni Association creates and maintains a life-long connection between the Institute and its alumni, who number more than 35,000. In collaboration with an extremely dedicated volunteer board of directors, the Alumni Association works to connect alumni, support students and build an unforgettable Institute experience through a diversity of events, programming and services. The mission of the Association is to foster strong bonds between alumni, students and the Institute, to keep alumni informed, and create a network enabling them to remain engaged with their alma mater and help shape it';s future through the Association';s programmes and services.
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Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury

On AAP MLA Rakhi birthday gift the Scorpio bidlan & fiercely ruckus,

AAP विधायक राखी बिडलान को उनको जन्मदिन पर गिफ्ट में मिली स्कॉर्पियो, बर्थडे पार्टी में जमकर हंगामा, मारपीट
दिल्ली में आम आदमी पार्टी की सरकार बनने के बाद ‘आप’ विधायकों को महंगे-महंगे उपहार मिलने लगे हैं. पार्टी के विधायक जो खुद को आम बताते है वो अब ख़ास बन गए है. बीती रात “आप ” विधायक का जन्म दिन था और इस मौके पर राखी बिड़लान को स्कोर्पियो गाड़ी गिफ्ट में भी मिली. विधायक के जन्मदिन में भव्य पंडाल लगाकर पार्टी भी हुई.
दिल्ली में आम आदमी पार्टी की विधायक राखी बिड़लान की बर्थडे पार
AAP MLA Rakhi to their birthday gift in Scorpio bidlan, barthade party fiercely ruckus, abusing co-star
In Delhi, the Government of the party after becoming the common man ‘ you are getting expensive-expensive gifts to legislators. Party legislator who himself explains that have become very common now. This was the birth of night “you” legislator and this spot was in the scorpio car bidlan Rakhi gift. With lavish birthday party in legislature was pandal.
In Delhi, the common man party MLA Rakhi bidlan became barthade party of the last battleground. Rakhi to berth in a Scorpio car gifted de gift given. Grand party at the pandal wishing kiradi MLA rituraj came too. Rituraj upon arriving at the party of the people of the area started the ruckus. The murder case to oppose the people kiradi rituraj triggered uproar. Both sides began to scramble and pushing fiercely mukki.
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