Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GAIL’s first UNIPOL™ PE Process line starts operations in Pata

GAIL’s first UNIPOL™ PE Process line starts operations in Pata
Will produce 400,000 TPA polyethylene, total capacity now 8,10,000 TPA
New Delhi, September 20, 2016: In a step towards realizing the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India, GAIL (India) Limited has successfully started its first UNIPOL™ PE Process line with the capacity to produce 400,000 tons of polyethylene (PE) per year. The total production capacity of GAIL’s Petrochemical plant at Pata, UP is now 8,10,000 tons per annum.
GAIL’s flexible High-density polyethylene (HDPE)/ Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) swing plant provides access to a full range of resin applications which will allow GAIL and its customers to capture new market opportunities as PE market demands are changing.
The new process line gives GAIL the platform to expand its PE product capabilities, providing Indian PE converters with the high-quality, domestically-produced resin products needed for both large-volume markets as well as advanced performance applications.
Introduction of UNIPOL™ PE Resin products in the Indian market has started receiving positive feedback from customers. GAIL team at the project site appreciated the US-based Univation Technologies team for providing good support to the commissioning of the project right from the hook up and the start-up of the new plant.
About GAIL (India) Limited
GAIL (India) Ltd., is India’s principal Natural Gas Company with activities ranging from Gas Transmission and Marketing to Processing (for fractionating LPG, Propane, SBP Solvent and Pentane); transmission of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG); production and marketing of Petrochemicals like HDPE and LLDPE and leasing bandwidth in Telecommunications. The Company has extended its presence in Power, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) re-gasification, City Gas Distribution and Exploration & Production through equity and joint venture participations. GAIL owns and operates a network of about 11,000 km of Natural Gas high pressure trunk pipeline with a capacity to carry 206 MMSCMD of natural gas across the country.
GAIL is one of the leading public enterprises with a consistently excellent financial track record. The Company recorded a turnover of Rs. 51,614 crore and Profit After Tax of Rs. 2299 crore in the financial year 2015-16.
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India’s National Competitiveness Forum and Porter Prize 2015

Invitation for India’s National Competitiveness Forum and Porter Prize 2015
Dear Colleague,
It is a pleasure for me to invite you to the National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) and #PorterPrize event that is being organized on September 30, 2016, at The Leela, Gurgaon.
The event is co-designed by Mint, VIF, US Council on Competitiveness, India Council on Competitiveness & Institute for Competitiveness. The event is a discussion platform, aiming to set the agenda for India’s growth and competitiveness by engaging top leaders, renowned thinkers, and government functionaries. This year the event would focus on issues pertaining to Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights, Value Creation, Competitiveness, Social Progress, Creating Shared Value et al. We plan to make the day exciting with fruitful discussions, knowledge sharing and highlighting strategic issues through our deliberations.
The event towards the evening looks at honoring the best of firms in the country and unveils the winners of the #PorterPrize 2016. The central idea of the Porter Prize is to propel companies to compete on the basis of value creation, innovation and strategy and the corporates are awarded under the categories of distinctive positioning, tradeoffs, fit, industry architectural shift, etc.
The day starts at 2:00 PM with exciting line up of speakers as Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Bank of Baroda; Angshu Mallick, COO, Adani Wilmar; Bhaskar Iyer, MD, Abbott India; Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore; Dr Ajit Prasad, Director, IIM Lucknow et al. The day is punctuated with keynotes from Professor Michael Porter, Harvard Business School; Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Director, Roland Berger; Santhosh Babu, Managing Director, OD Alternatives and Dr. Arvind Virmani, Former Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India.
To confirm your participation kindly write to me or RSVP neera.vohra@competitiveness.in
The detailed agenda is available at http://porterprize.in/agenda-2016/
Look forward to having you with us at the event.
Dr Wilfried Aulbur
Chairman, India Council on Competitiveness
Managing Partner, Roland Berger Private Limited
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The India Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan and a non-governmental network of leaders from corporate CEO, University Chancellors and Civil Society leaders working to make India a competitive nation. he Council, created in collaboration with the U.S. Council on Competitiveness; is based in Gurgaon, India and is an association of distinguished members from industry, academia, think tanks, media and researchers. The mission of the India Council is to set an action agenda to drive Indian competitiveness, productivity and leadership in world markets to raise the standard of living for all Indians.
Institute for Competitiveness, India is the Indian knot in the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Institute for Competitiveness, India is an international initiative centered in India, dedicated to enlarging and purposeful disseminating of the body of research and knowledge on competition and strategy, as pioneered over the last 25 years by Professor Michael Porter of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Institute for Competitiveness, India conducts and supports indigenous research, offers academic and executive courses, and provides advisory services to the Corporate and the Governments. The institute studies competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions & cities and thus generate guidelines for businesses and those in governance; and suggests and provides solutions for socio-economic problems.

“5thIndia Minerals & Metals Forum”

Indian Chamber of Commerce
5thIndia Minerals & Metals Forum”
Ferrous& Non Ferrous
21stSeptember 2016, Hotel Shangri-la, New Delhi
Asyou are aware, the year 2015 was marked by deflation of commodityprices globally bringing down steel prices. In the Indian context,the drop was steeper than that of other raw materials, leading to asevere pressure on operating margins of steel plants. Besides, weakdemand in major steel producing countries such as China, Japan andSouth Korea led them to focus on exports at aggressive prices,including India, adversely impacting the domestic industry. It hasled to prices of some products coming to a ten-year low in the Indianmarket.
TheGovernment of India has taken several prudent steps to protect thedomestic steel industry, including raising import duties on long andflat products. But duties for steel imports from countries with FreeTrade Agreements (FTA) – such as Japan and South Korea – are muchlower at 1 per cent.
Further,the non-ferrous metals industry (Aluminium, Copper, Zinc, Lead, Tinand Nickel) is looking for a level-playing field against the surge inimports due to inverse duty structure as well as dumping of cheapsubsidized goods from China. The situation has been aggravated byIndia having the FTAs with ASEAN countries, which allows duty freeimports of finished goods. This jeopardizes domestic producersincluding SMEs, and has already caused a substantial number of plantsin the country to shut down. However, Union Budget 2016-17 hasaddressed the rising import issue by increasing Customs Duty onprimary aluminium from 5% to 7.5% and Basic Customs Duty on otheraluminium products from 7.5% to 10%.
Withthe above measures in place, the Industry certainly, is expected tohave a promising future in the coming times.
Againstthis background, the IndianChamber of Commerce(ICC)is organizing the 5thIndia Minerals and Metals Forum on the 21stof September, 2016 in New Delhi. TheSummit, over the years, has evolved as one of the most prominentConferences on the metal and mineral Industry in the country.
MrBirender Singh, Hon’bleUnion Minister of Steel, Government of India will grace the occasionas the “ChiefGuestofthe summit.
Thedignitaries who will be attending the programme as Guestsof Honourare MrAnil Swarup,Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India, MrBalvinder Kumar,Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India andDrAruna Sharma,Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India.
Othereminent dignitaries MrMalay Chatterji, CMD,KIOCL, MrS K Acharya, Chairman& Managing Director, Neyveli Lignite, MrSunil Duggal,CEO, Hindustan Zinc, MrHemal Shah, Partner,Ernst & Young, MrS K Roongta,Chairman, ICC National Expert Committee on Minerals & MetalsandMrVishal Agarwal, Chairman,ICC Odisha State Council and VC & MD, VISA Steel will alsoaddress the summit.
Onthis occasion, E & Y has prepared a Knowledge Document whichhighlights the overview of the Volatility in metal sector. The reportwill be released by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries presentduring the Inaugural Session.

Geeta Khanna’s opus, Style of India

dnaThe Embassy of France in India hosted the launch of stylist Geeta Khanna’s opus, Style of India, in association with her company Hirumchi Styling, and French publishers Hachette India. The launch took place on the Embassy of France premises on 16th September 2016.

The book launch, powered by Institut français India, was well attended, with over 200 guests: Intellectuals and writers, media and fraternity of art, culture and design, as well as fashion enthusiasts. His Excellency Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France delivered the welcome speech, throwing light on the many historic exchanges that took place between France and India, in fashion as well as in other key areas. According to the Ambassador, Paris being the globally-acknowledged fashion capital of the world, Embassy of France would be the right venue to host an event that revolved around style and its historic trajectories.

Well-known for her endeavour to preserve and promote the unique arts, crafts and heritage of India, Geeta Khanna has brought out a book that combines extensive research with lavish visuals. The result is a remarkable volume that spans India’s fashion and style history from the Harappan civilization to contemporary Indian fashion.

Following the launch, there was a panel discussion on Geeta Khanna’s journey as a first-time author, and the inherent necessity for a book on fashion and style in India. The panel comprised of respected names in style such as Sunil Sethi, Geeta Khanna and Tarun Khiwal. The discussion was moderated by Fatima Karan, BTVi Anchor.

The President of Indian Designers Association Sunil Sethi lauded effort of Geeta Khanna and her team to make the book valuable both in historic content as well as design.

The panel speakers touched about the potential for India to become a global leader in fashion, given its unique culture of using fabric not only for its obvious uses but also as a base for narratives.

Geeta Khanna, who also writes as Geeta Josie Khanna, is Founder and Managing Director of Hirumchi Styling Company (HSC). Educated in Delhi University, the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi, and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, she has honed her skills under Carlos Campos and Marc Jacobs in New York City.

Style of India is her first book. It is the result of her vision and travels through India to research and photograph the plethora of styles and expressions the country has to offer.

Praise for Style of India

‘A sumptuous work drawing on immense research, this volume is a remarkable view of the evolution of style in India – an ambitious and instant magnum opus that will change the way that we look at dress and fashion in the subcontinent.’ – Dr Amin Jaffer

Naresh — In this last week, polls have shown

Naresh —
In this last week, polls have shown a dramatic tightening of the race — some even show Trump winning. This comes on the heels of a very good August, in which Trump and Republicans raised $90 million. They’ve used that money to hire loads of staff and trained organizers spread out across America — it looks like they may start building a real field operation.
We’ve got a head start, but in order to maintain our lead we’re asking you to step up this weekend. We’ll be traveling to our neighboring state where the polls are especially tight, so your work will make a big difference.
The clock is ticking and voting is starting sooner than you think, so it’s more important than ever to get out there and have one-on-one conversations with our potential supporters and confirm they’re voting for Hillary.
When you join us for a day trip, you’ll have an awesome time meeting lots of new people (and even petting some friendly dogs or sampling some homemade cookies!). Most importantly, you’ll be a part of the team that’s making history.
Join us this weekend to make sure Hillary wins this November!
Hillary for New York
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Management Issues of Attack On Army Unit & Farm Labor


EU law safeguarding the internet for half a billion people:

Dear Avaaz movement,
For 7 years we’ve fought corporate giants to save the internet, and it’s looking like WE’VE WON!!!!!
First in the US, then Brazil, India and now here’s what the top French official (and key swing vote) told us last week before he announced the EU law safeguarding the internet for half a billion people:
Sebastien Soriano
“I must confess that some of these tweets and messages that I received made me emotional… people asking me to “Save the Internet” and “Stop corporate capture…” I really wanted to respond to them.”
— Sebastien Soriano, Head of French Internet Regulator ARCEP
Officials announcing the law showed charts of unprecedented numbers of public comments – up to 640 per minute, the overwhelming majority from Avaaz!
Corporations wanted a fast internet for the mega-rich, and a slow one for the rest of us. We fought for the principle of “net neutrality” – equal internet for all!
It was a global fight that ranged across 7 years and 4 continents:
Net Neutrality US
United States – 2.5 million of us join a US Senator who threatened to block discussion by reading our signatures out from the Senate floor! The legislation dies. WIN!
Net Neutrality India
India – Avaaz partners with national campaign groups, with tens of thousands of our Indian members joining a call to the Telecoms minister. WIN!
Net Neutrality Brazil
Brazil – Large numbers of parliamentarians actually join our campaign, helping to pass “the Marco Civil – the most advanced law to protect the internet in the world.” WIN!
Net Neutrality EU
Europe – Telecoms giants launch a massive push to get loopholes in our hard won net neutrality law. We stop them. The press doesn’t normally tell happy stories, but this is one they’re raving about. Read about the latest victory for people power inReuters,TagesspiegelPoliticoEFEEuractiv and the Wall Street Journal. WIN!
Net Neutrality Media
The internet is more than just another issue. It’s a profound empowerment of human beings to connect us to each other. Net inequality would have channeled that power to the rich few – their websites would have loaded much faster and worked better than small businesses, bloggers, or nonprofits like Avaaz.
But we used the power of our connection to defend connection itself, and net neutrality is now the standard for the internet everywhere.
And that’s a sign of hope for every challenge the world faces. Because as long as we stick together, and stay connected, we CAN build the world we all dream of.
With joy and gratitude,
Ricken, Alice, Ben, Luca, Pascal, Emma, Fatima, Wissam and the whole Avaaz team
P.S. Avaaz can only do all this because we are 100% funded by small individual donations — no corporate, government, foundation, or large donor money. To keep our work for Internet Freedom going, chip in here:https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet_donate/
* And a big THANK YOU and CONGRATS to all our amazing allies involved in winning these historic victories in each country, especially: Access Now, Digitale Gesellschaft, DemandProgress, EFF, EDRi, Fight for the Future, FreePress, Gilberto Gil, La Quadrature du Net, MoveOn, Save the Internet, World Wide Web Foundation, The Right to Know campaign and so many more!

BRICS Business Forum & B2B Meetings

BRICS Business Forum & B2B Meetings
12 – 14 October, 2016, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Greetings from FICCI!
As you may know, India has taken over the Chairmanship of BRICS from Russia onFebruary 15, this year. There are various BRICS related engagements that have been planned for this year in India on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit meeting in October 2016.
One of the key business engagements during the BRICS summit in India will be the BRICS Business Forum. BRICS Business Forum is a key platform for BRICS business and government leaders to discuss the economic agenda for furthering trade and investments amongst the BRICS nations.
During India’s Chairmanship, the Seventh BRICS Business Forum will take place on 13th October 2016 at the ITPO grounds in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. Some of the highlights of the Business Forum in India will be the participation of the Trade and Economy Ministers from the BRICS member countries and an interactive special session with the President of the New Development Bank, Mr K.V. Kamath, as well as sector focused sessions.
Delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa in the sectors of Agriculture and Agro Processing, Auto and Auto Components, Chemicals, Gems & Jewellery, Green Energy, Handicrafts, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, High Technology (Including Railways), Home Textile and Furnishing, Information and Communication Technology, Infrastructure (Including Urban Infra), Leather & Footwear, Mining and Metallurgical Industries, Skills Development, Start Ups, Sustainable Innovations, Textile, Apparel & Sportswear, Tourism etc are invited to participate.
The Business forum also provides opportunity to pre-fix your B2B meetings on 12th & 14th of October. Registered delegates would be able to view the profiles & business interests of all delegates/Exhibitors from India & abroad and would be able to fix their meetings with them.
Given the importance of this engagement and opportunity to interact with various stakeholders from the Government, industry and leading industry associations from the BRICS nations, I invite you to join us for the BRICS Business Forum.
For any further details on the BRICS Business Forum, please contact my colleague Amit Tyagi (amit.tyagi@ficci.com) and Samrat Soo (samrat.soo@ficci.com)
Please visit our website https://www.bricsbusinesscouncil.in/forum.php for further details and registration for the BRICS Business Forum.
Looking forward to your participation.
Kind regards,
Nirankar Saxena
Senior Director, FICCI

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