Monday, June 12, 2017


In the wake of implementation of GST in the Country from 1st July,2017, the preparedness at the level of small businesses is one of the major challenges. The proposed GST taxation system is entirely based on technology where not even a single paper will be used. The basic fundamentals of raising invoices, procedure of availing input credit, integration of goods & services, compulsory rating of each entity registered under GST are some of the key issues which are entirely different from current VAT tax regime. 
On the other hand nearly 60% of small businesses in the Country have been devoid of digital technology and the basic challenge is that at a time when everything will be routed through digital technology under GST, how these large number of traders will be able to comply with GST from 1st July,2017. Empowerment of such large number of traders with technology in such a short span of time when only 19 days are left is quite impossible.
Calling it is as one of the major challenge, Mr Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) which is strongly advocating GST in the Country said that education and empowerment of small businesses with basic fundamentals of GST and that of technology is certainly an important issue even from the fact that GST is a destination based taxation system where Consumer has to pay the tax and traders are the only last mile connect with Consumers and as such they have a significant role to play under GST.
Mr. Khandelwal said that till the time traders across Country are equipped with technology, some in between measures needs to be adopted to help the traders in compliance of GST through digital technology. He has suggested that Government should take Trade Associations across Country can be used as GST Facilitation Centre . Being in the markets itself, these locations would be much preferred by the traders. There is a need for the Government to reach out to Trade Associations. He has also suggested that Computer Kiosks can also be installed in commercial markets enabling the traders to do compliance against a nominal fee.
However, CAIT has suggested Trade Associations across Country to make clusters of 30 to 50 traders and connect them with an Accounting Professional who should assist traders in performing compliance obligations of all traders under the respective cluster.


The French Language, Education and Vocational Training (CLEF) service at Institut français India (IFI) has three main objectives, as defined by the French M

inistry of External and European Affairs:

International mobility: Cooperation in the field of education between France and India is embodied by the numerous school exchanges that have been established to meet the increasing demand of Indian schools. IFI also promotes international mobility through its two flagship programmes:
The English Language Assistants Programme – In this programme, Indian students are sent to France to teach English in French schools as assistant English teachers for a period of 7 months.
The French Language Tutors in India Programme – Under this programme, French university students are invited to teach French in Indian universities for a period of 9 months.

Programme “English Language Assistants in France”

You have a good command of English and French. You can:
– Teach English in France.
– Attend classes in French universities.
– Discover France.

You need:
– IELTS (Academic – score 7.5+)
– B1 level of French or a B.A. French

This program of the Ministry of Education in France is managed, internationally and in India, by the International Centre for Pedagogical Studies (CIEP) and the Embassy of France in India. As part of this program, 40 to 50 Indian students are recruited as English language assistants in French public schools. The program allows these Alliance française or Indian university students to experience French language and culture, while providing their schools with their language skills and their rich culture.

The English Language Indian Assistants’ stay in France covers a period of seven months, from 1 October to 30 April of the next year. Appointed to secondary and primary schools, they provide support to English-language teachers.

Applicants must:
  1. Be an Indian citizen,
  2. Have student status (enrolled in a university or an Alliance francaise in India)
  3. Not have benefited from the “Indian English-language Assistants” program in the past,
  4. Hold a bachelor’s degree (or be enrolled in 3rd year)
  5. Be under 35 years of age on 1 October 2016.
  6. Having obtained the IELTS certificate (British Council/ IDP academic test) of English proficiency with a score above 7.5,
  7. Have a good level of French: minimum certification level B1 (DELF, TCF, TEF, etc.) or have received French B.A. French Honours from an Indian University.

The programme’s objectives:
  1. Support English-language teaching in French public schools.
  2. Linguistic and Cultural Discovery, immersion in a professional situation.
  3. Getting to the pedagogical practices of the French schools, especially for language teaching; assistants must indeed be integrated in schools and build an educational tender in accordance with instructions given by their English teachers.
  4. Strengthening ties and mutual understanding between French and Indian cultures.
  5. Education: Assistants are advised to attend classes, insofar as their professional obligations allow, at a French university.

For more information contact Jatinder Singh at sends e-mail)
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The Embassy of France and Institut français India are proud to announce this year’s
English Language Assistants programme in France:
79 Indian students selected for the academic year
October 2017 – May 2018
New Delhi, 08 June 2017
The French Embassy in India is happy to send 79 young Indian students to France, from October 2017 to May 2018, under the English Language Assistants programme supported and financed by the French Ministry of Education.
The worldwide assistants programme gives the opportunity to 6500 students from 60 different countries to spend one academic year in a school abroad. This programme was launched 20 years ago between France and India. In the framework of their bilateral cooperation in education, France and India have agreed to support the mobility of students, encouraging the internationalisation of their higher education training courses.
The 79 Indian students taking part in the teaching experience in France have been selected on the basis of their outstanding level of both French and English languages. They will be assisting English language teachers in primary, secondary and higher-secondary schools in France, by offering them a rich and dynamic understanding of a foreign language throughout the whole academic year. They will help develop links between French and Indian schools, teachers and students. They will also discover a new country, a new culture, while sharing their own culture with their students.

Students will gather In Delhi for an Information and Training Day led by the French Institute in India on 17 September 2017. They will also leave to France that evening.
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Libraries play an important role in the mediation of culture and ideas. Yet they often do not have a lot of visibility. As part of its programme “The Other Thought: French-Indian Encounters on Innovation and Creativity”, the Institut français India shed light on the importance of libraries as mediators.
The three-day workshop kicked off on May 9, 2017 where 15 librarians represented 14 libraries in the French network in India. Each presented their work and their challenges through interactive and participative workshops. The workshop brought together librarians from the entire network in a rare face-to-face interaction. Librarians brought forth their expertise to provide non-prescriptive solutions. The workshops – which included enactments, and a comics workshop – kept users (library-goers) at the centre.
On the second day the network of libraries in India, DELNET, hosted the French network of libraries, signaling a promising Franco-Indian cooperation. Deepalaya Community Library, a free, community library managed by author Mridula Koshy that was open to all, provided an example as an open and interactive space. Meanwhile, French expert Heloïse Courty invited participants to imagine “The Third Space Library” – a space for creativity and innovation that was not work or home.
Finally on the third day, participants put their hands to clay modelling to create spaces for a “French Digital Corner” – an existing program that introduce students to France and French culture and ideas.
Finally, these workshops strengthened the connection of the French network of libraries to each other, and also to other libraries in India. Institut français India in term partners with them in their important role in mediating culture and ideas.
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Institut français India proudly announces
The Other Library: Médiathèques XXI
Library and Mediation training and special workshop for actors of libraries in India
in the framework of
“The Other Thought: French-Indian Encounters on Creativity and Innovation”
Tuesday May 9 to Thursday May 11, New Delhi

New Delhi, 9 May 2017
As part of its programme to modernise the French library network in India, Institut français India organised “The Other Library: Médiathèques XXI” – a three-day closed-door workshop on Library and Mediation trainingThese training sessions, supported by Institut français Paris, Alliance française in India and DELNET, which were conducted by French consultant, Ms. Héloïse Courty, specialised in the modernisation of libraries from May 9-11 in New Delhi.

The Other Library: Médiathèques XXI

Alliance Française Delhi India
Tuesday, May 9, 8:30 AM

DELNET (Developing Library Network)
Wednesday, May 10, 9:30 AM.

Institut français India and Bikaner House
Thursday, May 11 at, 8:30 AM

This program marked the first step of Plan Médiathèques XXI aiming to modernize the French library network in India (Alliance Française Delhi, Institut français of Pondicherry, Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities). Médiathèques XXI: Library and Mediation special training and workshop was a key moment in this plan to enhance cooperation between libraries in India, and the impact of libraries in India.

This event was a continuum of trainings begun in 2016 for media libraries to rethink strategies in terms of means, attendance rates and optimal use of their spaces. The aim was to prepare media libraries to participate in the third edition of Bonjour India (November 2017- February 2018) the platform for innovation and creativity and Indo-French partnership in the upcoming decade.


Alexei Navalny, the critic of President Vladimir Putin, was detained.
He was on his way to a planned anti-Kremlin rally in the heart of the Russian capital.
A police cordon at Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow is blocking people from going to Tverskaya Street. They are being asked to proceed either to the metro station or neighboring streets.
Police are urging people not to disrupt public order or break the law
Opposition demonstrations have been held in major Russian cities, as the country marks its national day. The Moscow protest location was changed from the authorized Sakharova Street to an unauthorized location on the eve of the event.
At the unauthorized protest on Tverskaya Street, police have made some “selective detentions,” RIA Novosti reported, citing the head of Moscow’s regional security department, Vladimir Chernikov.
Provocateurs” who had been shouting slogans, climbed street signs and “behaved inadequately in the crowd” were detained, Chernikov told RIA Novosti.
Several thousand people have taken part in authorized opposition rallies in the Urals region. The protests have been peaceful and with no incidents, local police say.
2,000 people took part in an authorized rally in Yekaterinburg. In Chelyabinsk Region, around 2,500 protesters participated in protests, police said, with several hundred people also protesting in Tyumen, Kurgan, Surgut, and Nizhnevartovsk, among other cities.
The sanctioned opposition protest on Sakharova Street in Moscow concluded without incident, according to the Moscow police press service. Around 1,800 people participated in the event, according to police estimates.
“Police and National Guard maintained public order and safety, no serious violations of the public order were registered,” the police said.
  • A sanctioned opposition protest has finished in the central Russian city of Belgorod, TASS reports, citing regional police spokesman Aleksey Goncharuk.
    “Ninety-five people attended the meeting, according to official information. As the organizers said, the event happened within the sanctioned bounds,” the spokesman told TASS.
  • Opposition protests sanctioned by the authorities have ended in the cities of Surgut and Nizhnevartovsk in the Ural region.
    “The events concluded without any incidents. No one was detained,” police spokeswoman Olga Abmaykina told Interfax-Ural news agency.
  • The police are urging people to leave the site of the unsanctioned protest on Tverskaya Street in downtown Moscow and move towards Pushkinskaya Square.
    RT news
April 2017 IIP grows at 3.1%

Growth in industry output, as measured in terms of IIP, for the month of April 2017 stands at 3.1% as compared to 2.7% in March 2017. The growth in the three sectors mining, manufacturing and electricity in April 2017 stands at 4.2%, 2.6% and 5.4%, respectively over April 2016.  The cumulative growth in these three sectors during April-March 2016-17 over the corresponding period of 2015-16 has been 5.4 %, 4.9 % and 5.8 % respectively. Primary goods growth stands at 3.4%, Capital goods growth stands at (-)1.3%, Intermediate goods growth stands at 4.6%, infrastructure/ construction goods growth stands at 5.8%, consumer durables growth stands at (-) 6.0% and consumer non-durables growth stands at 8.3% during April 2017 as compared to the  previous year.

                 Recent growth pattern in IIP                                                                                                   (% growth)

Weight in IIP
April-March  2015-16
April-March 2016-17
April -17
Use based classification
Primary goods
Intermediate goods
Capital goods
Infrastructure/construction goods
Consumer durables
Consumer non-durables
Overall IIP
                Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO
Some important items showing high positive growth during the current month over the same month in previous year include Digestive enzymes and antacids (incl. PPI drugs) (113.4%), Printing machinery (57.2%), Meters (electric and non-electric) (45.1%), ‘Bidi’ (38.7%), Tea (33.8%), HR plates of mild steel (26.6%), Industrial Valves of different types- safety, relief and control valves(non-electronic, non-electrical) (25.2%), HR coils and sheets  of mild steel (24.6%) and Steel frameworks or skeletons for construction of towers including pit props (21.3%).
Some important items that have registered high negative growth include Shelled cashew kernel, whether or not processed/ roasted/ salted [(-) 72.9%], Axle [(-) 60.3%], API & formulations of hypo-lipidemic agents incl. anti-hyper-triglyceridemics; anti-hypertensive [(-) 44.8%], Rice (excluding basmati) [(-) 39.9%], Plastic jars, bottles and containers [(-) 39.7%],  Air filters [(-) 31.9%], Tooth Paste [(-) 31.8%],  Air/ gas compressors of all types (incl. compressors for refrigerators) [(-) 31.6%], Stainless steel utensils [(-) 29.6%], Commercial Vehicles [(-) 28.8%], Aerated drinks/ soft drinks (incl. soft drink concentrates) [(-) 26.5%], Beer & other undistilled and fermented alcoholic liqueurs other than wines [(-) 26.1%] and Vaccine for veterinary medicine [(-) 24.2%].
Please contact for any query related to this mail to Ms. Areesha, Research Associate at with a cc to Dr. S P Sharma, Chief Economist at and Ms. Surbhi Sharma, Sr. Research Officer at , PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  

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