Sudhakar Jayant wins gold at World Masters Weightlifting Championships


Indian Army’s Lt Colonel Sudhakar Jayant completed a hat trick of titles after clinching the gold medal for the third time at the IWF World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Competing in 62kg weight category, the 45-year-old Indian lifted a total of 185kg. In snatch, Jayant lifted 85kg while in clean and jerk he came up with a best effort of 100kg.
Finland’s Huuskonen Jari won the silver medal with a total lift of 170kg, while Frederic Robert of France who lifted 145kg bagged the bronze medal.
In 2013 at Italy, Jayant had won the gold medal with a lift of 192 kg. His lift of 87kg in Snatch was also a Games record. He also won the gold medal when the Championship was held at Ukraine in 2012.
The World Masters Weightlifting Championships which started at Copenhagen on August 30th and will conclude tomorrow.

Sania Mirza,Bruno Soares lift Mixed Doubles trophy of US Open Tennis

Sep 6,
India’s Sania Mirza and her Brazilian teammate Bruno Soares have lifted the Mixed Doubles trophy of the US Open, the fourth and final Grand Slam of the season. In the title clash Friday night, the top seeded Indo-Brazilian pair defeated the American-Mexican team of Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1, 2-6, 11-9. This was Sania’s maiden US Open and career’s third Mixed Doubles Grand Slam title.
In the Singles, America’s world number one Serena Williams stormed into the finals to remain on course for a third consecutive US Open trophy. Six-time winner at New York, Serena defeated Russian Ekaterina Makarova, in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki also made it to the finals after China’s Peng Shuai had to retire following a leg injury. The match ended, 7-6, 4-3. The final will be played tomorrow.

Govt approves 22 proposals of FDI worth Rs 3,951 crore


The government has approved 22 proposals of Foreign Direct Investment,FDI, worth 3,951 crore rupees. The proposals were recommended by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in its meeting held last month.
KSK Energy received the largest FDI with a warrants issue of 1,050 crores to its foreign promoter company. Norway based Telenor mobile communication got the government’s nod to increase its shareholding from 74 per cent to 100 percent, worth 780 crores. Other firms including Baxter India, Verdant Telemetry, Tikona Digital, Shalina Laboratories, ARKRAY Healthcare and Ahlcon Parenternals have also received FIPB approval for FDI.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono named in a corruption trial

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been named in a corruption trial for allegedly giving 22,000 dollars to a politician as a gift for their support for his second term presidency. The President’s spokesman has already denied the claim. The trial relates to the government tender to build the multimillion-dollar Sports Centre, south of Jakarta. Anas Urbaningram was the Chairman of the President’s Democratic Party, but resigned last year after being named as a suspect in the case.

EU : Set new package of economic sanctions against Russia


The European Union, EU, has agreed on a new package of economic sanctions against Russia, despite a ceasefire between government forces and pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine. The sanctions tighten existing measures imposed in July, targeting more individuals with travel bans and asset freezes, as well as tightening access to capital markets for Russian oil and defence companies.European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barros said in a letter to European leaders that the new measures were an effective tool to reinforce the principle that EU sanctions are directed at promoting a change of course in Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
US President Barack Obama told reporters on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Wales Friday that sanctions against Russia may be lifted if a long term sustainable ceasefire is reached in Ukraine.

Sarbananda Sonowal: Skill development need to be integrated with School


Government says skill development initiatives need to be integrated with secondary and intermediate level education to address the challenge of low education levels and also provide school dropouts with employability skills. Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said in New Delhi, his ministry is committed to work towards the development and execution of programmes that will ensure that the vision of the Prime Minister for Skill India is achieved.

Lt.General P.K.Rathgets clean hit in Sukhna land deal case


The Armed Forces Tribunal has quashed the court martial of Lt. Gen. PK Rath who was punished for his alleged role in a land dealing in West Bengal. In 2011, a court martial had found Rath guilty in the alleged scam for issuing a no-objection certificate to a private builder for building an educational institution on a plot adjacent to the military cantonment in Sukna in West Bengal. The land deal came into the open in mid-2008 when former Army Chief Gen. VK Singh was the Eastern Army Commander and had initiated the court of inquiry in the alleged land scam.
The Tribunal imposed a fine of 1 lakh rupees on the Army for harassment and loss of honour for Lt. Gen. Rath in the case in which he became the first serving three-star rank officer to face disciplinary action.

Tony – Modi signs nuclear deal


The decks for the import of uranium by India have been cleared with India and Australia inking a pact on civil nuclear energy deal. The pact was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott in New Delhi this evening.
The nuclear deal will form a high point in the ongoing transformation of India-Australia relations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the signing of the nuclear deal as a historic step and a new chapter in the Indo-Australian relations. In his opening remarks, Mr Modi said, both the countries agreed to further deepen bilateral relations.
He said, Australia is India’s important strategic partner and can play a pivotal role in its development. He said there is enormous scope of cooperation in manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.
Mr Modi said India and Australian must prioritize promoting peace and prosperity in the India Ocean and Asia Pacific region. Mr Modi said, both the sides will strengthen their economic relationship and India welcomes Australian investment.
He said, India and Australia will increase their security cooperation to counter terrorism, cyber threats and other security challenges. The two sides agreed on bilateral maritime exercise to be next year.
The Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott said, his country signed the nuclear deal with New Delhi as it trusts India to do the right thing in this area. Mr Abbott acknowledged India as emerging democratic superpower.
AIR correspondent reports, the efforts to sign civil nuclear deal were underway since 2012 after Labour party in Australia reversed its decision to ban the sale of uranium to India because of New Delhi not being a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT.
The negotiations took place on uranium sales after Canberra lifted a long-time ban on exporting the valuable ore to Delhi to meet its ambitious nuclear energy programme.
India is not a signatory to the NPT, but Austrialian Prime Minister Abbott has stressed that Australia will ensure adequate bilateral safeguards. After the failure to conclude a civil nuclear deal with Japan during Modi’s visit to that country, the pact with Australia will boost India’s energy sector.
Australia has about a third of the world’s recoverable uranium resources and exports nearly seven thousand tonnes of it a year.
Official correspondent reports that three other agreements were signed in the areas of water resources management, sports and technical and vocational education and Training.

Flash floods in J&K


Nearly 100 people killed on Friday, the death toll in the worst floods in Jammu and Kashmir in nearly six decades has reached 90. To review the flood situation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and MoS in the PMO Jitendra Singh arrived J&K today. As many as 64 persons have died in the Jammu region Friday in flash floods, house collapses and landslides, while four have lost their lives in Kashmir. Twenty people died in Rajouri in flash floods, landslides and house collapses. In Poonch district, 19 people died Friday in house collapse incidents. In Reasi district, four people died Friday taking the toll to 10 while one died in Udhampur district and the bodies of two people who were washed out have been recovered from a canal in Jammu. Four people were washed away in Kashmir on Friday.
As many as 6,000 people were rescued from flash floods in various areas by teams of Army and Indian Air Force. Over 3,000 people from 20 villages have been evacuated from Pargwal and Munawar Tawi belt in view of areas getting inundated by swollen Chenab River in Jammu and one thousand from other districts thereby dislocating and displacing 10,000 people.
The Bus which remained trapped in flood water of Jameer Nallah in Lam area of Nowshera, was retrieved by the Army and Police Friday. The district administration Friday confirmed the death of about 63 persons in the tragedy as per list provided by their family members. While fourteen bodies were found trapped in the bus, 11 others were recovered during the search operation during the last two days. The bus was carrying a total of 67 passengers in which four had survived.

PM’s Statement to Media after delegation-level talks with the Australian PM


आस्ट्रेलिया के प्रधानमंत्री श्री टोनी एबोट 05 सितंबर, 2014 को नई दिल्ली में राष्ट्रपति भवन

Your Excellency, Prime Minister Tony Abbott,मीडिया के मेरे मित्रो,
- प्रधान मंत्री Tony Abbott की भारत यात्रा पर उनका स्वागत करने में मुझे अत्यंत प्रसन्नता हो रही है। मेरी सरकार के वे पहले State Visit के माननीय अतिथि हैं। यह हमारा सौभाग्य है क्योंकि भारत ऑस्ट्रेलिया को बहुत महत्वपूर्ण साझेदार के रूप में देखता है, और इन संबंधों को और गहरा बनाना चाहता है।
- हम दोनों शांतिप्रिय लोकतांत्रिक देश हैं। दोनों देशों में विविधता है। हिन्द महासागर से हम दोनों जुड़े हुए हैं। भारत के विकास में आस्ट्रेलिया एक बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण योगदान दे सकता है, क्योंकि भारत Resource Constrained देश है और भारत की आवश्यकताएं बहुत हद तक आस्ट्रेलिया पूरी कर सकता है। Infrastructure और Manufacturing में भी विशाल संभावनाएं हैं। आने वाले समय में भारत Highly Skilled Human Resources का बहुत बड़ा स्रोत बन सकता है।
- शिक्षा, विज्ञान और skill development के क्षेत्रों में व्यापक सहयोग है। ऑस्ट्रेलिया में चार लाख से भी अधिक भारतीय समुदाय के निवासी जो समाज में महत्वपूर्ण योगदान दे रहे है और दोनों देश के संबंधों को गहरा कर रहे है।
- हिन्द महासागर क्षेत्र में और Asia Pacific में शांति और विकास को आगे बढ़ाना है, तो भारत और आस्ट्रेलिया को आपसी सहयोग को प्राथमिकता देनी होगी और अन्य देशों को इस काम में जोड़ने में नैतिक जिम्मेदारी लेनी होगी।
- प्रधान मंत्री Abbott और मैंने इन सभी क्षेत्रों में अपने संबंधों को और गहरा करने के उपायों पर सार्थक बातचीत की है।
- सबसे पहले 125 करोड़ भारतियों की तरफ से मैं आभार प्रकट करता हूं कि उन्होंने भारत से चुरायी हुई दो प्राचीन मूर्तियों को स्वयं साथ लाकर भारत को वापस सौंपा है। जैसे उनकी सरकार को इन मूर्तियों के बारे में पता चला तो उन्होंने बहुत शीघ्रता से यह निर्णय लिया था। Prime Minister Abbott ने केवल हमारी संपत्ति का ही आदर नहीं किया है बल्कि हमारी संस्कृति की ओर सम्मान की भावना प्रकट की है।
- आज संपन्न हुआ Civil Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement एक ऐतिहासिक कदम है। यह हमारे आपसी विश्वास और भरोसे का बहुत बड़ा प्रमाण है। हमारे सहयोग में एक नए अध्याय का शुभारंभ करेगा। परमाणु ऊर्जा भारतीय अर्थव्यवस्था की कार्बन पदार्थों पर निर्भरता कम करेगी।
- हम अपने राजनीतिक संवाद और रक्षा क्षेत्र में सहयोग और मजबूत करेंगे। इस क्षेत्र में हम ऑस्ट्रेलिया को एक महत्वपूर्ण पार्टनर मानते हैं। जनप्रतिनिधियों के बीच Exchanges भी बढ़ायेंगे।
- 1986 के बाद भारत का कोई प्रधानमंत्री ऑस्ट्रेलिया के दौरे पर नहीं गया है। मैं नवंबर मेँ G-20 Summit के बाद द्विपक्षीय दौरा करूंगा। हम दोनों का प्रयास रहेगा कि जब भी हो सके आपसी बातचीत का सिलसिला जारी रहे।
- मंत्रियों और वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों के स्तर पर भी हम अपने संवाद को बढ़ायेंगे – राजनैतिक, आर्थिक और सुरक्षा क्षेत्र में। साथ ही साथ हम Indian Ocean Region Association और East Asia Summit जैसे Forums में अपने संवाद और सहयोग को गहरा बनायेंगे।
- अगले साल हमारी पहली द्विपक्षीय सामुंद्रिक अभ्यास होगी। आने वाले समय में हम इसे और आगे बढ़ायेंगे। हिंद महासागर क्षेत्र में विभिन्न तरह से, जैसे Humanitarian Assistance है, हम बहुत योगदान दे सकते है। हम प्रथम विश्वयुद्ध, जिसमें हमारे सैनिक कंधे से कंधा मिलाकर लड़े थे, के 100वें साल के अवसर पर आयोजित समारोह में भाग लेंगे।
- आतंकवाद, Cyber Threat और अन्य समस्याओं के खिलाफ भी हमारी साझेदारी बढ़ेगी।
- हमारे बीच व्यापार और निवेश संबंधों को और मजबूत करने की विशाल संभावनाएं मौजूद हैं। भारत की कंपनियां, जो ऑस्ट्रेलिया में निवेश करना चाहती है, उनको PM Abbott की सरकार ने सहायता दी है और उन्होंने मुझे आज आश्वासन दिया है कि निवेश निर्णयों को तेजी से संपन्न करेंगे। हम भारत में infrastructure, high technology और अन्य क्षेत्रों में ऑस्ट्रेलियाई कंपनियों द्वारा निवेश का स्वागत करेंगे।
- पिछले कुछ वर्षों में हमारे द्विपक्षीय व्यापार में कुछ कमी आ गई थी। हमने तय किया है कि हम जल्द से जल्द Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CECA) को संपन्न करने का प्रयास करेंगे।  मुझे खुशी है कि आज हम Australia India Strategic Research Fund के लिए fresh funding की घोषणा कर रहे हैं। इस Fund का उपयोग हम ऊर्जा, खाद्य, जल, स्वास्थ्य एवं पर्यावरण जैसे महत्वपूर्ण क्षेत्रों में अनुसंधान परियोजनाओं के लिए करते हैं।
- PM Abbott ने भारत में युवा ऑस्ट्रेलियाई छात्रों की पढ़ाई के लिए एक New Colombo Plan की घोषणा की है। युवाओं के आदान-प्रदान से आपसी समझ और मित्रता बढ़ेगी।
- प्रधानमंत्री Abbott ने skill development, जो मेरे लिए एक प्राथमिकता का विष्य है, में हमारे सहयोग को एक नए स्तर पर ले जाने का आश्वासन दिया है। हमनें यह भी निर्णय लिया है कि शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में, विशेषकर की विश्व-विद्यालय के स्तर पर, हमारे सहयोग बढ़ें ताकि भारत के युवाओं के लिए World Class शिक्षा के अवसर बढ़ें।
- क्रिकेट और हॉकी से तो हम दो देश जुड़े ही है। पर मैंने आग्रह किया है कि भारत में Sports Universities बनाने में ऑस्ट्रेलिया का सहयोग मिले।
- विद्यार्थियों और दोनों देशों की बीच पर्यटको की बढ़ती संख्या हमारे people-to–people ties का विस्तार कर रहे हैं।
- Multilateral forums में हमारे बीच घनिष्ठ सहयोग है। UN Security Council की स्थाई सदस्यता के लिए भारत की उम्मीदवारी को ऑस्ट्रेलिया के समर्थन की हम सराहना करते हैं।  मैं Brisbane में G-20 Summit की राह देख रहा हूं। मुझे विश्वास है कि Prime Minister Abbott के नेतृत्व में G-20 वैश्विक चुनौतियों के समाधान में एक महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभा सकेगा। 2015 का आगामी क्रिकेट वर्ल्ड कप के आयोजन के लिए भी शुभकामनाएं देता हूं।
- मैं इस शिखर सम्मेलन से बहुत संतुष्ट हूं। मुझे विश्वास है कि आज की मुलाकात के बाद इन संबंधों को नई गति मिलेगी। आज हमने कई विषयों पर बात की है जो नवंबर के शिखर सम्मेलन में उसे हम और आगे बढ़ाने में सफल होंगे। और मुझे पूरा विश्वास है कि आने वाले दिनों में ऑस्ट्रेलिया भारत के look east policy का एक बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण भाग होगा और हर क्षेत्र में एक मजबूत साझेदार होगा।

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Aircel plans to buy back previously sold telecom towers to GTL Infrastructure
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Aircel plans to buy back previously sold telecom towers to GTL Infrastructure
Malaysia’s Maxis-owned Aircel, which has received badly needed cash infusions from its parent over the past few months, is considering buying back the telecom towers it sold in 2010 to GTL Infrastructure, said two people familiar with talks. “The conversations are preliminary, but there is a thought that it may be better to own the network….more
N Chandrasekaran reappointed TCS CEO
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has re-appointed N Chandrasekaran as the CEO and MD for another period of five years effective October 6, subject to necessary approval of shareholders, the company said in a BSE filing on Wednesday.… more
SAB TV to re-structure business to focus on broadcast, publication
Sri Adhikari Brothers Television Network LtdBSE 0.87 % (SAB TV) today said it will rejig its business to sharpen focus on broadcast, content and publication businesses. Favourable market and competitive dynamics have opened up opportunities….. more
HTC announces Desire 820 with 8MP front camera, two-tone design
After striking a nice mid-range note with the Desire 816, HTC is back with a follow-up, the Desire 820. Announced here at IFA, there’s some carry over from the Desire 816, including the 5.5-inch screen and plastic body, but the Desire 820 features….. more
India violating privacy of Internet users
A report launched by the Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC) titled ‘India’s Surveillance State’at the Internet Governance Forum, currently underway in Istanbul, said the Indian state is violating the privacy of its citizens through use of internet….. more
Tata Communications CFO Sanjay Baweja to resign
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Nvidia Sues Qualcomm, Samsung Over Graphics Patents
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Data Wind joins hands with Spice Retail

Data Wind joins hands with Spice Retail
Expands India retail footprint
National Capital Territory of New Delhi, 05 September’ 2014:DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW), maker of the Aakash and Ubislate tablets, and a leading provider of wireless web access products and services in India, announcedtoday that it has partnered with Spice Retail, the largest mobile device retail chain in Northern India.  Adding this distribution partner increases DataWind’s reach to customers in Northern India and expands its national retail footprint to more than 1000 sales locations.

In the first phase of the roll out, Spice Retail will make DataWind products available in the National Capital Territory of New Delhi and soon thereafter expand the distribution to cover its entire chain of 320+ stores spread across Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Crisis and Criticism: the predicament of global modernity by Arif Dirlik

India China Institute
Sep 5 at 11:24 PM
The India China Institute presents
Crisis and Criticism:
the predicament of global modernity
by Professor Arif Dirlik
WHEN: Monday, September 08, 2014, 4:00 PM
WHERE: 66 W 12th St., 7nd Fl. (room 712 Orozco), New York, NY
Renowned sinologist and social theorist, Arif Dirlik, will be giving a talk entitled Crisis and Criticism: the Predicament of Global Modernity.
“That we are living through a time of unprecedented crisis is widely acknowledged. What is less certain is whether this crisis is one of the crises endemic to the capitalist world system, an outcome of systemic transformations at work that suggest an impending hegemonic shift (with the People’s Republic of China [PRC] as the up-and-coming claimant), or a terminal crisis that signals the collapse of life as we know it as unbridled capitalist development in its various competing versions runs up against the ecological limitations of the earth.”
Arif Dirlik was on the faculty at Duke University and more recently was the Knight Professor of Social Science at the University of Oregon. He has published extensively on the formation of the Chinese Communist Party, the history of Chinese anarchism, and post-colonial globalism. Some of his published works include:Revolution and History: Origins of Marxist Historiography in China, 1919-1937, University of California Press;Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution, University of California Press; Postmodernism and China, Duke University Press; and Global Modernity: Modernity in the Age of Global Capitalism, Paradigm Press.

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Media Launch of UNCTAD’s 2014 Trade & Development Report

PRESS INVITATION: Media Launch of UNCTAD’s 2014 Trade & Development Report on Wednesday, 10 September 2014
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Global Governance and Policy Space for Development

at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 10 September 2014
UN Conference Hall, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi

The Report will be presented to the press by
Dr. Jayati Ghosh
Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University


  • The ‘new normal’ in advanced countries is neither new nor normal and risks repeating

    • past policy mistakes

  • Developing countries need sufficient space to make macro and industrial policies work effectively to support structural transformation
  • International and national action needed to combat tax evasion and avoidance
  • Multilateral institutions need to focus on promoting the public interest as much as boosting market confidence and reducing financial risksUNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2014 examines the health of the global economy and asks whether current conditions and policies are fit to sustain growth and support an ambitious development agenda after 2015. It calls for more policy coordination at the global level and more policy and fiscal space for developing countries to pursue an inclusive and sustainable trade and development agenda.Subtitled Global Governance and Policy Space for Development, the report also reflects on the seventieth anniversary of the Bretton Woods Conference and the fiftieth anniversary of UNCTAD, and their efforts to make multilateralism more; Phone: 46532242


India and Japan to come together for LNG imports 

PM, Mr. Narendra Modi and his counterpart Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have decided to extend their cooperation in LNG buying.
Recognizing the critical dependence of both the economies on imported energy sources, coupled with the vulnerability of supply, the two Prime Ministers affirmed to strengthen their cooperation in energy sector, by signing the Tokyo Declaration for global partnership.
As per the declaration, head of states, share the commitment to explore a higher level of collaboration in the global oil and natural gas market through joint procurement of LNG and joint efforts to promote flexible LNG markets.

La Trobe Univ inks MOU with Kings XI Punjab & Univ of Mysore


La Trobe University, Australia inks MOU with Kings XI Punjab & University of Mysore
MOUs were signed in presence of Mr. Tony Abott, Prime Minister, Australia

New Delhi, 5th September’ 2014: La Trobe University (LTU), Australia’s senior delegation is currently in India as part of their South Asia Tour with special focus to further enhance the existing relations between the two countries.
The senior delegation is headed by Professor Leigh Drake, Executive Dean for Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe University. Also accompanying the delegation isMs. Liz Stinson – Executive Director, La Trobe International; and Dr. Suzanne Zyngier – Associate Dean of Faculty of Business Economics and Law and Mr. Amit Malhotra, Manager- La Trobe International
While interacting with audiences here, they spoke about creating new and improved opportunities for the students of both countries and endless avenues for them through various study and exchange programs.
La Trobe amongst World’s Top Most 
  • Corporate Knights 2013 Global Green MBA survey ranked La Trobe Business School in the top ten
  • The school remains the only Australian institute to be included in the rankings.
  • La Trobe MBA  received highest  5 star rating from General Management Association of Australia
  • It’s also ranked in the top 2 in Victoria
LTU signed a Research MOU with the IPL team Kings XI Punjab in presence of Hon’ble PM of Australia, Mr. Tony Abott.

Under the agreement both sides shall work on joint programs, activities, projects and research in training and education in the areas of sport management and sport science. There will be staff professional development and research opportunities between the parties.

Professor Drake said “La Trobe University’s constant endeavour to keeping creating improved opportunities for students of both the countries has brought us back to India again this year.”
Talking about the MOU he said “Under the new MOU with Kings XI Punjab, we are undertaking research into mutually agreed topics such as fan engagement, marketing and promotional practices, and other areas of value for the franchise.”
In its continuous endeavour to broaden the scope for students, LTU has also assigned a MOU with University of Mysore in the area of student mobility under India connect program.

The University is additionally looking at opportunities to discuss tie-ups in more areas with partner institutes such as Lady Shriram College, Sharda University, XLRI Jamshedpur.

As an ongoing endeavour at La Trobe University, Australia students are encouraged to aim for higher studies. In this regard, special focus is always given by offering those Scholarships. For year 2015 too New Scholarships worth AUD$300,000 were announced which will be offered to high achievers and deserving students.
LTU signed an Articulation Agreement with Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology – Mohali in the area of sports. Under the agreement their MBA students after first year of their education with Gian Jyoti will have the option to enroll with La Trobe for 1 year and study Sports Management specialization with La Trobe, Australia.

The University officials also spoke about introducing New Online MBA for working professionals. The course includes 10 core subjects and two electives, allowing students to specialise in either Entrepreneurship or International Management. Students also complete two professional experience activities: an ePortfolio and a final boardroom simulation that brings together all the elements of their course.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law is seeing a significant demand for their Business courses among South Asian students and hence announced their decision to introduce October intake.

S.NoCourse name
1.Master of Professional Accounting
2.Master of Accounting and Financial Management
3.Master of International Business
4.Master of Financial Analysis
5.Master of Business Information Management and systems
6.Master of Management
7.Master Marketing Management
8.Master of Management – (Human Resource Management)
9.Master of Financial Analysis (Investment)
10.Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management)
11.Master of Management(Sports Management )
12.Master Financial Analysis /Master of Professional Accounting
13.Master of Engineering Management
14.Master of Management (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
15.Master of Financial Analysis /Master of International Business
16.Master of Financial Analysis /Master of Business Administration

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
  • Master of Management (Project Management) -October intake available
  • Master of Management (Corporate Governance and Risk) – October intake available
  • Juris Doctor
Mr. Roshan Kumar from India won the Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship recently. His research topic is: “Social Media aiding Healthcare Communication in India: A Knowledge Management perspective.”

Dr. Suzanne Zyngier is a co-supervisor of the recipient of first Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship.

About La Trobe University
La Trobe University is multi-campus university based in Victoria, Australia. Named after the first Lieutenant Governor of Victoria, La Trobe University has been at the forefront of higher education in Australia for the past forty seven years. La Trobe is renowned for its academic excellence and research achievements. It has five campuses in Victoria, in the south-east of Australia. More than 140,000 students have graduated from La Trobe University and have gone on to achieve great things in all walks of life, giving La Trobe its well-deserved reputation. For details, please 
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:Leading in the 21st Century” with Uday Kotak

“The CEO Series:Leading in the 21st Century” with Uday Kotak | September 16, 2014 | WWF Auditorium, New Delhi
Ananta Aspen Centre
Today at 6:35 PM
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The CEO Series:
Leading in the 21st Century
Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak 05-09-14
Ananta Aspen Centre, as a part of its CEO Series, invites you to join us for a conversation withMr. Uday KotakExecutive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited.

Uday Kotak is the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014. Uday was picked from among the 60 country finalists vying for the title from 51 countries, each of whom has already been named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in their home countries. In his own words, “I am a believer that the India story has tremendous opportunity. When I think about the Banking business in India, in a country where barely 400 million people have a bank account out of 1.2 billion, the size of the opportunity and the challenge is what excites me.”
Participation is restricted and will be by prior registration only.​
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 11:00 AM  – 12:30 PM
(Registration: 10:30 AM)
WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by 9 AM
Mr. Uday KotakExecutive Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited
As a young 26-year old entrepreneur in 1985, Uday Kotak started Kotak Capital Management Finance Ltd. (which later became Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd). The vision was to eventually become a banking company. Private Indian banks were not even a speck on the horizon at that time. On 22nd March 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. became the first non-banking financial company (NBFC) in India’s corporate history to be converted into a bank. Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (KMBL) is regarded as one of the most efficient and high performing banks in India, built on the principles of simplicity and prudence. Uday remains unfazed by market euphoria and his ‘basics of banking’ approach has ensured that the loan book is of high quality and the bank is well capitalised. In a journey spanning nearly three decades, Uday’s sharp business acumen, innovative mindset and path-breaking actions have not only helped the company grow to this scale but also earned tremendous respect. Today, Kotak Mahindra Group, a first generation enterprise, with revenue of US$ 2.8 billion, has a global presence, employs over 27,000 people and is recognised as one of the topmost employers in India. The group has the distinction of providing a 48% CAGR to its shareholders over a 28 year period. Uday has a strong focus on community development and inclusive growth which is reflected by the Group’s initiatives to provide low cost services to rural customers and its welfare programmes. Uday feels strongly that education is key to the alleviation of the social malaise afflicting India’s under-privileged. In a bid to address this issue, he has established the Kotak Education Foundation that focuses on the educational needs of underprivileged children. Uday holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
•    Won ‘Transformational Business Leader Award’ at the AIMA Managing India Award 2014
•    Won Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the  Year 2014 Award
•    Won Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Award (India)
•    Felicitated with ‘Financial Leadership Award’ at NDTV Profit’s Business Leadership Award 2011
•    Recognized as CNBC Asia’s Business Leader of the Year in 2008
•    Featured as ‘Global leaders for tomorrow’ at the World Economic Forum’s annual meet at Davos in 1996
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In a communication sent today to Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, the Action Committee For Formal Finance For Non Corporate Sector has urged him that in pursuance of his announcement made in the Union Budget for providing financial architecture for non corporate sector, the Joint Committee of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of MSME and RBI may be formed immediately. The Action Committee has said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has already initiated process of financial inclusion  with inauguration of Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojna on 29th August and in line of the same the financial inclusion of non corporate sector shall prove to be a further big and constructive step of the Government.

 Mr. Praveen Khandelwal, National Coordinator of the Action Committee in his communication to Mr. Jaitley has also urged him to include representatives from non corporate sector and banking & financial experts so that the said Committee may study the ground relaties and also the participation of non corporate sector in drawing financial architecture is ensured.

It is remembered that Mr. Jaitley in Para 102 of his budget speech said that SMEs form the backbone of our Economy. There is a need to examine the financial architecture for this sector and in this regard he proposed to appoint a Committee with representatives from Finance Ministry, MSME Ministry and RBI to give concrete suggestions in three months.

The Action Committee has lauded the announcement of the Finance Minister since for the first time any Government has officially spelled out importance of the non corporate sector and has announced concrete steps for its financial inclusion. The non corporate sector consisting of Traders, Transporters, Truck Operators, SMEs, Self Employed Groups, Hawkers, Women Entrepreneurs and other sections is providing employment to about 46 crore people in the Country. If a viable financial architecture is given to this sector, its present contribution of 45% to national GDP can rise to any extent. Further in such an event the domestic exports will get a boost which will help in curtailing the current account deficit.

The non corporate sector of the Country compliment Shri Jaitley for such a landmark step and assure its utmost cooperation to the Government in designing a strong financial architecture for non corporate Sector.

Salmon Growse’s architectural improvement of Bulandshahr 1878-1886’

NMML Weekly Seminar_Dr. Venugopal Maddipati _9 September, 2014
Today at 7:04 PM
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to the Weekly Seminar
at 3.00 pm on Tuesday, 9th September, 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
‘On Being Familiar:
The vitalism of Frederick Salmon Growse’s architectural improvement of Bulandshahr 1878-1886’

Dr. Venugopal Maddipati,
Former Fellow, NMML.
Paradoxes abound in Frederick Salmon Growse’s (1837 — 1893) text titled Indian Architecture of Today as Exemplified in the New Buildings of the Bulandshahr District(1886). On the one hand, Growse, the then district collector of Bulandshahr, wrote inIndian Architecture of Today… about his intimacy with the architectural fabric of the towns of the district. As is evident in the photographs and the texts accompanying them in Indian Architecture of Today…, Growse sought an adequate representational measure of his own familiarity with the architecture of the towns of the Bulandshahr district.  On the other hand, even as Growse wrote about his familiarity with the architecture of the towns of the district, he also simultaneously projected himself as an indissociable aspect of the very world with which he was familiar. Indeed, the very bearer of feelings of intimacy was himself constituted, as an architectural agency, in the very heart of his own intimacy.  How, then, did Growse become a part of the very world of people and objects that he strove to see? How did the person who sensed become the sensible in Indian architecture of Today…? How, in essence, does one project oneself as an integral bodily part into the very space of the body that one envisages? In this study, then, the speaker strives to explore how the politics of district governance in the latter part of the nineteenth century, or, more specifically, the short duration of collectors’ administerial tenures, provided the very grounds for the emergence of Growse’s difficult and tortuous double vision. More significantly, the talk examines how Growse’s comprehension of Indian architecture as a living, vital art began to have a bearing on his conception of the part he had played in the improvement of the town of Bulandshahr, how Vitalism as an architectural discourse drew Growse into difficult debates on the nature of his own presence within the spaces of the towns of Bulandshahr and Khurja.

Dr. Venugopal Maddipati, an architectural historian, is assistant professor at the School of Design, Ambedkar University, Delhi. He received his B-Arch at the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi and an M.A. and a PhD. in art history at the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota. He is particularly interested in the architecture of Islamicate societies and nineteenth and twentieth century philosophies of temporality, hospitality, organicism and urban evolution. He has also published essays on themes such as temporality and coercion, in late twentieth century and contemporary art and architecture. He is currently working on a monograph on Gandhi, architecture and ecology in Wardha and an edited volume, with Dr. Sugata Ray at the University of California, Berkeley, on water systems and spatiality in South Asia. He initially worked as an artist and continues to paint.

Hrithik Roshan shoots 21 hours at a stretch for HRX!

Superstar Hrithik Roshan , the poster-boy for health and fitness in the country recently shot for a commercial for HRX , a brand inspired by the Bollywood superstar';s style and philosophies, embodied in the tagline `Push Your Extreme.

Despite being in the midst of the Bang Bang promotions, Hrithik Roshan took time out of his busy schedule and shot for the HRX “Active Wear” Commercial for 21 hours at a stretch at a popular suburban hotel– What’s more is that, this will be the first time the superstar will be seen bare bodied for a commercial.

Says a source, “While known to be a thorough professional and perfectionist, Hrithik had everyone present on the sets impressed with his dedication as he shot at a stretch for over 21 hours for the Active Wear HRX commercial…Since he will be bare bodied in a couple of scenes in the tvc , he would shoot a scene then work out on the set and return to the frame when the camera rolled”.

Hungarian Centre: Poetry Evening with Musical Interludes

Poetry Evening with Musical Interludes on Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 6.00 p.m. at India International Centre, Annexe
hicc.delhi New Delhi
Robinson Robert
Today at 5:01 PM
Dear Friends,
We are pleased to invite you for an Evening of Poetry with Musical Interludes 
on  Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 6 pm at India International Centre, Annexe, Lecture Room II.
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Poetry Evening with Musical Interludes
Hungarian Centre
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Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre
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Prashant Bhushan files complaint against the CBI director Ranjit Sinha PM Modi

Letter to PM seeking CBI director’s removal
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Please find enclosed a copy of the complaint against the CBI director Ranjit Sinha to Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi by Aam Aadmi Party leader and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
In his complaint, Prashant has pointed out that Ranjit Sinha indulged in gross improprieties and compromised his position as CBI director by meeting the main accused of the 2G telecom spectrum and the coal blocks allocation scams.
Prashant has requested the Prime Minister to immediately remove Sinha as CBI director and initiate appropriate disciplinary and criminal action against him for having abused his official position to protect the  accused involved in high profile corruption cases.

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PGTI signs partnership with

5092014 becomes ‘digital partner’ of PGTI

The Professional Golf Tour of India announces as the tour’s official digital partner to promote the players and the sport through its website and social network, domestic and international reach.

PGTI with every partnership looks to expand the horizons of its dedicated efforts towards growing the sport of golf and promoting its players to audiences in India and brings that edge to the partnership in growing awareness about the game.

Announcing the tie up, Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “Our partnership provides us a strong platform to promote Indian professional golf in the digital space. With the importance of social media growing by the day, we seek to further enhance our reach and visibility through our partnership with” is run by India’s award winning journalist and golf enthusiast Shaili Chopra, who said, “The news world is now digital and if the world must be Indian golf’s audience then this one stop website on the sport promises to achieve global attention and accolades for golf.”

Samsung Electronics appoints Former CEO of Lok Sabha TV, Rajiv Mishra as VP Media


New Delhi, September 4, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced the appointment of Mr. Rajiv Mishra as Vice President, Media. In his current role at Samsung, Rajiv will be responsible for overseeing the entire media mandate for the organization across the country.

Rajiv’s career spans over 22 years during which he has held several leadership positions. Prior to joining Samsung, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Lok Sabha TV. In this role he led the overall functions of the channel including marketing, sales, distribution,producing, hosting and telecasting a complete array of programmes of general interest on issues relating to democracy, governance, social, economic and constitutional issues as well as citizens’ concerns.
He has worked for leading media companies like the Hindustan Times, Star TV, TV Asia of USA, BAG Films & Media. He is also the nominated Member of various Media Advisory bodies in various Ministry of Government of India.
He is also the founder and first President of Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) and also the first President of Association of Regional Television Broadcasters of India (ARTBI), the industry representative body of regional Broadcasters of India. He has recently been nominated as member, expert committee of Information & Broadcasting Ministry to develop papers on copyright issues.
He is a Masters in Broadcasting from IAB, Montreux, Switzerland and MBA in Media Management from MCNY, USA.
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IGATE Inaugurates IGATE Corporate University


One of Asia’s largest Corporate Universities to have exclusive tie ups with
world’s renowned varsities and the academia

Bridgewater NJ and Pune, India – September 4, 2014

IGATE Corporation, the New Jersey-headquartered integrated technology and operations solutions provider, today launched the IGATE Corporate University – the Company’s sprawling training and development facility in Pune. As one of Asia’s largest corporate training Universities, the IGATE Corporate University will focus on building custom training programs and methodologies in association with leading global varsities. The University will also have the tutelage of renowned Professors collaborating with the corporate faculty to create a differentiated class of IGATORs who are best placed to address the ever-dynamic business challenges of clients.
Spread across 37 acres of land on the foothills of the picturesque Western Ghats, the facility can accommodate more than 750 trainees simultaneously with residential facilities and world-class co-curricular and extra-curricular amenities such as club house, swimming pools and food courts.
The expansive training facility in Hinjewadi Pune was inaugurated by Harry Kenyon-Slaney, chief executive Energy, Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and metals company and one of IGATE’s key clients.

Inaugurating the facility, Mr. Kenyon-Slaney said, “IGATE is our strategic partner for the state-of-the-art Rio Tinto Innovation Centre. The centre, which is also based here in Pune, is crucial to supporting the global growth and development of our Mine of the Future™ program. We look forward to seeing the IGATE Corporate University play a leading role in the development of the next generation of world-class talent and technical capabilities in India.”

Ashok Vemuri, President and CEO IGATE, said, “It is a seminal moment for us. People are our biggest assets and we believe in richly investing in them, nurturing them to become the leaders of tomorrow. I foresee the IGATE Corporate University significantly enabling our employees to be best prepared for our journey of growth.”
“Learning is an integral part of our mission statement. As individuals and as a Company, it is important for us to stay ahead of the dynamic changes taking place in technology and processes, for us to leverage to the benefit of our clients,” he added.

Dr. Srinivas Kandula, EVP and Chief People Officer, IGATE, said, “We have collaborated with BITS Pilani, Symbiosis and XLRI to begin with and are well on course to have tie ups with several globally renowned educational institutions. The focus will essentially be on developing Leadership Quotient, Technology Quotient, and Social Quotient in the real world.”
Apart from state of the art class rooms and innovation labs, the University also has a customer experience center in the campus allowing the trainees to get a first-hand interaction with IGATE’s client fraternity. A 14-storeyed development facility, with a capacity of seating 5000 people, in the same campus, enables the trainees to get rich experience of a technical and development environment.

IGATE is a global leader in providing integrated technology and operations-based solutions, headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey. As a trusted partner to corporations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, IGATE provides solutions to clients’ business challenges by leveraging its technology and process capabilities, underwritten by an understanding of domain and industry imperatives. With revenues over US$1.1 billion, and a global employee talent capital of over 34,000, IGATE offers productized applications and platforms that provide the necessary competitive and innovation edge to clients across industries, through a combination of speed, agility and imagination. IGATE is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol IGTE.
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Bike Festival of India reaches Mumbai, achieves first Milestone


The longest Safety Ride which will map all corners of India in an effort to promote safe biking today covered 1705kms
4 September 2014, Mumbai: The National Safety Ride, an initiative weaved under the ambit of the Bike Festival of India, South Asia’s largest Bike Festival in association with Rhiti Sports Management and Event Capital today completed its first leg after reaching Mumbai. With the mission to create awareness on safe riding in the city, the Riders visited iconic locations in the city and halted at the Triumph Motorcycle Dealership in Andheri to interact with the biking enthusiasts. So far the riders have covering 1705 kms in just a week. The cities covered so far are Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, and Vapi.
From here the riders will be heading to Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Kolkata and Chandigarh. During this exciting awareness ride, the riders will be covering a total of 8000 + kms over a span of 30 days. BFI will also host ‘Brotherhood Safety Meet’ across the cities, where various motorcycle clubs will meet & greet the STAR Riders.
BFI National safety ride is a month long safety awareness ride which was successfully flagged of on the 31st of August by Ishant Sharma, Indian Cricketer in New Delhi and will end at the Budh International Circuit, Greater Noida on 29th September. The National safety Ride includes six male and three female bike enthusiasts on Triumph Motorcycles – the official bike partner of National Safety Ride – in a nationwide ride in an attempt to spread awareness on safe biking. The official BFI ‘National Safety Riders’ riders are Rahul Sharma, Rohan Monga, Jaspreet Aiden, R Venkat Raman, Sheetal Bidaye, Urvashi Patole, Pratish Ambekar,  Anjaly Rajan and Sunil Gupta.
India’s cricket legend and bike aficionado, MS Dhoni is the face of the Bike Festival of India. He owns the only Hellcat in the whole of Asia along with a range of other super bikes which will also be unveiled for bike enthusiasts and Dhoni’s fans during the Festival. Being a passionate biker himself, MS Dhoni owns a Ducati, Harley Davidson, Ninja Kawasaki, Yamaha Thundercat, Enfield Mechismo & a Yamaha RXZ-135. MS Dhoni will be present at the end of the Safety Ride to felicitate the riders with a badge & certificate that shall be a lifetime memory with the riders.
Bike Festival of India (BFI) is a unique platform for biking enthusiasts to come together, to be a part of this first-of-its-kind biking adventure in India that accentuates on the importance of safe biking. South East Asia’s leading biking festival will bring together over 120 biking communities from across the nation to participate in a series of events as part of the festival whose finale will be held in October this year at the Mecca of motorsports in India– the Buddh International Circuit.
Mr Arun Pandey, CMD, Rhiti Sports said, “Through BFI National Safety Ride will touch every nook and corner of the country with an aim to promote safe biking and most importantly use of helmets. The youth of our country form an integral part of the biking community and play a crucial role in spreading the awareness on abiding the safety norms. The rider during the safety ride will be interacting with youth of every city and biking enthusiasts and encourage them to ride safely”.
Mr Alok Jalan, MD, Laqshya Media Group, quoted, “We intend to create the largest IP in the biking space which caters to the whole biking community in India and take this to a much larger level. This IP is not only biking and adventure but also lot of entertainment and fun for the youth and biking enthusiasts.”
Mr Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India Pvt Ltd, commented, “Triumph Motorcycles is proud to associate with BFI as the official safety ride sponsor. Owning a motorcycle is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship, riding safe ensures that relationship last forever.  We at Triumph want riders to be well aware of the importance of safe and responsible riding, I think it is a great opportunity to educate and make more and more bikers ride safe every day”
 Mr. Vikram Shankar and Ikjot Singh, convenors of BFI, “Through National safety ride, we not only create awareness on safe biking but also get an opportunity to engage with bikers across the country thus building our community and gearing them up for the mega bike festival which will take them to an international platform.”

Porter Prize and India’s National Competitiveness Forum

 Invitation for Porter Prize and India’s National Competitiveness Forum on September 26, 2014 at Radisson Bl
Wilfried Aulbur
Sep 4 at 5:05 PM
Dear Colleague,
It is a pleasure for me to invite you for the India’s National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) and Porter Prize event on September 26, 2014 at Radisson Blu Plaza, Mahipalpur, Delhi. The gathering kick starts in the morning at 0800 hrs with registrations and breakfast, followed by keynotes, panel discussions, awards ceremony and closes over dinner. We have an action packed agenda ( for you with keynote from Professor Michael E. Porter.

Keynote Address: Prof. Michael E. Porter*

Michael E. Porter is a leading authority on competitive strategy, competitiveness and economic development of nations, states and regions, and the application of competitive principles to social problems such as health care, environment and corporate responsibility. Professor Porter has been identified in a variety of rankings and surveys as the world’s most influential thinker on management and competitiveness.
Porter Prize*
Porter Prize is named after the renowned Harvard faculty member, Father of the modern strategic field and Thinker Professor Michael E. Porter. The central idea of the Porter Prize is to propel companies to compete on the basis of value creation, innovation and strategy. Similar to prior years, we are recognizing organizations operating in India who have shown exemplary strategic acumen under the categories such as distinctive positioning, tradeoffs, fit, industry architectural shift, creating shared value and healthcare.
This year we have had some exceptional applications from corporations like Hindustan Unilever, Yes Bank, Sobha Developers, DHL Express India, Dow Chemicals, Tech Mahindra, National Insurance Limited, Siemens Technology and Services Private Limited, CESC Limited et al. Recipients of the prestigious Porter Prize award in the past years were Bharti Airtel, GroupM, Godrej Industries, HDFC Life, MakeMyTrip, Mother Diary, ICICI Lombard, Uninor etc.
India’s National Competitiveness Forum
The India’s National Competitiveness Forum looks at bringing private sector leaders, renowned thinkers and civil society leader on a common platform to discuss the solutions to the pressing and emerging issues the country faces at this time. This year the conference would focus on issues pertaining to Economic Geography & Competitiveness, Technology & Competitiveness, Enabling Industrial development and Realigning Institutions. The conference chairs are Deborah L. Wince-Smith, Ray O. Johnson and Wilfried Aulbur and some other renowned experts are going to share their views at the conference.

Conference Chairs

Deborah L. Wince-SmithPresident and CEO, US Council on Competitiveness
Ray O. Johnson
CTO, Lockheed Martin
Wilfried AulburManaging Partner and CEO, Roland Berger – India


William C. BatesExecutive Vice President and Chief of Staff, US Council on Competitiveness
Etienne Benet
CEO, Nestle India Limited
Mark Goyder
Founder Director, Tomorrow’s Company
Sanjiv MehtaCEO and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited
Vipul ShahPresident, CEO and Chairman, Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd.
Gerd HoefnerManaging Director and CEO, Siemens Technology India
Richard Rekhy
CVL Srinivas
CEO, GroupM South Asia
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Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Harvad Business Publishing
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President & CEO
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New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse — and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world.

“These are uncomfortable facts — no government or parent will want to see them,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “But unless we confront the reality each infuriating statistic represents — the life of a child whose right to a safe, protected childhood has been violated — we will never change the mindset that violence against children is normal and permissible.  It is neither. “
The UNICEF report “Hidden in Plain Sight” draws on data from 190 countries, documenting violence in places where children should be safe: their communities, schools and homes. It details the lasting, often inter-generational effects of violence, finding that exposed children are more likely to become unemployed, live in poverty and be violent towards others. The authors note that the data is derived only from individuals who were able and willing to respond, and therefore represent minimum estimates.

Major findings include:
  • Sexual violence: Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 worldwide (about 1 in 10) have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts, and one in 3 ever-married adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 (84 million) have been victims of emotional, physical or sexual violence committed by their husbands or partners. The prevalence of partner violence is 70 per cent or higher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea, and approaches or exceeds 50 per cent in Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In Switzerland, a 2009 national survey of girls and boys aged 15 to 17 found that 22 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively, had experienced at least one incident of sexual violence involving physical contact. The most common form of sexual violence for both sexes was cyber-victimization.
  • Homicide: One fifth of homicide victims globally are children and adolescents under the age of 20, resulting in about 95,000 deaths in 2012. Homicide is the leading cause of death among males between 10 and 19 years old in Panama, Venezuela, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia. Nigeria has the highest number of child homicides – 13,000. Among countries in Western Europe and North America, the United States has the highest homicide rate.
  • Bullying: Slightly more than 1 in 3 students between the ages of 13 and 15 worldwide are regularly bullied in school; in Samoa, the proportion is almost 3 in 4. Almost a third of students 11 to 15 years old in Europe and North America report bullying others – in Latvia and Romania, nearly 6 in 10 admit to bullying others.
  • Violent discipline: About 17 per cent of children in 58 countries are subject to severe forms of physical punishment (hitting on the head, ears or face or hitting hard and repeatedly). Over 40 per cent of children 2 to 14 years old experience severe physical punishment in Chad, Egypt and Yemen. Globally, three in 10 adults believe physical punishment is needed to raise children well. In Swaziland, 82 per cent say physical punishment is necessary.
Attitudes towards violence: Close to half of all adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 (around 126 million) believe a husband is justified in hitting his wife under certain circumstances. The proportion rises to 80 per cent or more in Afghanistan, Guinea, Jordan, Mali and Timor-Leste. In 28 of 60 countries with data on both sexes, a larger proportion of girls than boys believe that wife-beating is sometimes justified. In Cambodia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Rwanda and Senegal, girls are around twice as likely as boys to think a husband is sometimes justified in hitting his wife . Data from 30 countries suggest that about seven in 10 girls 15-19 years old who had been victims of physical and/or sexual abuse had never sought help: many said they did not think it was abuse or did not see it as a problem.

UNICEF points to six strategies to enable society as a whole, from families to governments, to prevent and reduce violence against children. They include supporting parents and equipping children with life skills; changing attitudes; strengthening judicial, criminal and social systems and services; and generating evidence and awareness about violence and its human and socio-economic costs, in order to change attitudes and norms.

“Violence against children occurs every day, everywhere.  And while it harms individual children the most, it also tears at the fabric of society — undermining stability and progress.   But violence against children is not inevitable. It is preventable — if we refuse to let violence remain in the shadows,” Lake said.  “The evidence in this report compels us to act — for the sake of those individual children and the future strength of societies around the world.”

About the #ENDViolence initiative:
UNICEF launched the initiative on 31 July 2013 to urge collective action to end violence against children, highlighting the fact that violence is everywhere, but often happens out of sight or is tolerated due to social and cultural norms. Under the banner ‘Make the invisible, visible’, the initiative aims to raise awareness as a first step toward modifying attitudes, behaviours and policies. The initiative also supports efforts to build evidence of what works, and reinforces the idea that violence can be prevented by highlighting successful efforts and movements at all levels of society. Some 70 countries from every region of the world have formally joined #ENDviolence, strengthening efforts to identify, track and report violence against children in all its forms.
For more information visit:

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

For more information please contact:
Melanie Sharpe, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 485 3344,
Rita Ann Wallace, UNICEF New York, Tel.: 1 212 326-7586, Mobile: +1 917 213 4034,

India-ASEAN boosting connectivity


New Delhi—5 September 2014: India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will intensify efforts to improve institutional and physical connectivity with ASEAN to further economic integration with the region and beyond.
With its “Look East Policy,” India hopes to forge closer economic relations with ASEAN and East Asia through domestic reforms that would facilitate trade and investment. However, the people-to-people connectivity is equally pivotal to strengthen the multidimensional cooperation.
These were the sentiments echoed during the one-day symposium to enhance India’s competitiveness and its linkage with East Asia was attended by senior Indian official and experts from India and ASEAN.
The symposium, the first organized jointly by the Indian Government and ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia), was opened with a key-note speaker by H.E.Nguyen Cam Tu, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam.
H.E. Nguyen Cam Tu said that the India-ASEAN relations have developed a good foundation for economic growth for the past two decades.  Both are also partners of the going negotiation on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He reiterated that connectivity will further increase economic growth and strengthen the production networks in this part of the world.
Senior Indian officials attending the symposium included Mr. Rajeev Kher, Secretary to Department of Commerce, Mr. Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs. Regional experts included Prof. Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, ERIA, Dr. Bibek Debroy, Economist, Center for Policy Research, Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director of South and South East Asia, Office, UNESCAP. Indian experts attending the symposium were Mr. Adil Zaidi, Director, Government and Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst and Young, India,Dr. Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Editor, The Nation, Bangkok, Dr. A. K. Krishna Kumar, Executive Director, Cluster Development Infrastucture Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), Mr. Madhu Kannan, Chairman, ASEAN Committee, CII, Dr. Jayant Menon, Economist, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Arvind Virmani, Economist, President, Chintan and Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution and Mr. Dhiraj Nayyar, Economist, Editor FirstPost & CEO, Think India Foundation, Network 18.
This joint symposiun also moderated & introduced by Mr. K. M. Chandrashekhar, Former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, Mr. Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Lord Meghnad Desai, Economist and Mr. Alok Sinha, Former Secretary, Government of India and Former MD & Chairman, Food Corporation of India (FCI).
Both Dr. Rajeev Kumar and Mr. Anil Wadhwa further explained how the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi would pursue the foreign policy towards ASEAN and the whole gamut of connectivity.
Dr. Rajeev Kumar said that the trade volume between ASEAN and India will increase from $80 billion level with the conclusion of ASEAN-India Trade in Services and Investment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will intensify efforts to improve institutional and physical connectivity with ASEAN to further economic integration with the region and beyond.
At the symposium, Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura, Executive Director of ERIA and Ambassador Shyam Sharan, Chairman, RIS, also presented their joint study on “India’s Dynamism for East Asia Summit Country” to Mr. Rajeev Kher.
Prof. Hideto

Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Institute – 7:00 pm, Wednesday,10 September 2014

Cultural Program
Undisclosed Recipients
Today at 1:05 PM
Le regioni d’Italia al cinema/ Italian Regions in Cinema
Dal libro al cinema/From Book to Film
13 Agosto / August – 17 Dicembre / December 2014
Tutti i mercoledì / Every Wednesday @ 19.00

Mercoledi/Wednesday, 10 Settembre/ 10th September @19.00

Le regioni d’Italia al cinema: SICILIA
Italian Regions in Cinema: Sicily

Terramatta / Terramatta
Documentario / Documentary
2012, 75 min.
Regista / DirectorCostanza Quatriglio
Cast: Roberto Nobile
TERRAMATTA (Terramatta)
Vincenzo Rabito è un siciliano analfabeta che racconta il Novecento in maniera appassionata e commovente, attraverso pagine dattiloscritte raccolte in quaderni legati con la corda. Paesaggi di oggi e di ieri, filmati d’archivio e musiche elettroniche, terre vicine e lontane fanno da sfondo a una lingua inventata, né italiano né dialetto, musicale ed espressiva come quella di un cantastorie./Vincenzo Rabito, an illiterate Sicilian, a striking storyteller, through a blend of imaginary, musical language – neither Italian nor dialect, recounts Italian twentieth century history through thousands of dictated, tightly written, rope-bound pages, tracing the extremes of a century marked by poverty and economic boom, disgrace and redemption.  Sharing their dream, Rabito gives an impassioned and unique autobiographical perspective on a complicated part of Italian history.
Venue: Tessitori HallItalian Cultural Institute, New Delhi
Entry Free: For security reasons please show your valid Photo Identity Card.
For more information, please visit our

Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50- E, Chandragupta Marg (Entry from Nyaya Marg)
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
Phone: 0091-11-26871901/03/04

Modi’s Ceremonial welcome for PM Tony Abbott.

Narendra Modi added 6 new photos to the album Ceremonial welcome for PM Tony Abbott.
4 hrs ·
A warm welcome to PM Tony Abbott! I am sure his visit will further strengthen ties between Australia & India.
Narendra Modi's photo.
Narendra Modi's photo.
Narendra Modi's photo.
Narendra Modi's photo.

Rani Mukerji visits anti-sex trafficking NGO, Apne Aap



Rani Mukerji visits anti-sex trafficking NGO, Apne Aap, chats with survivors, and supports Apne Aap campaign for protection of frontline anti-trafficking activists
Apne Aap trafficking survivor activist Fatima championed by Rani Mukerji
New Delhi, September 4, 2014: Bollywood star Rani Mukerji today visited victims, survivors and girls and women at risk to prostitution at the New Delhi office of anti trafficking NGO, Apne Aap Women Worldwide.
Responding to an invitation by Apne Aap survivor activist Fatima, Rani Mukerji changed her schedule to meet with the girls and women. The Bollywood star had met Fatima Khatoon at the KBC show where she helped her win Rs. 25 lakh.
“I have invited Rani Mukerji to help publicise my appeal to Indian government. I beg the Indian Government to protect me from the traffickers. I have received seven death threats from them after I spoke against sex-trafficking in KBC. Earlier, when I exposed a trafficking ring in Forbesganj, Bihar, a corrupt police officer picked up my 14-year-old daughter and kept her in police custody all night. They also arrested my colleague on false charges. I appeal to the government to drop the false charges against my colleague. I ask police to become honest like Rani ji in Mardaani,” said Fatima Khatoon.
 Rani Mukerji while interacting with media personnel in the press conference said, “I was always sensitive towards this issue but after doing this film, I have got more attached and emotional towards the cause of fighting against human trafficking. Today, when I interacted with the girls here, I was extremely touched when they said that they also want to do something big in life and they too want to be a ‘Mardaani’ like me. I am happy that my film has touched the right chord. And I appeal to all the journalists to take the issue forward.”
Rani Mukerji also posed for a Facebook selfie and asked others to join the Apne Aap campaign ‘Cool Men Don’t Buy Sex’.
Ruchira Gupta founder of Apne Aap thanked Rani Mukerji for her support. “Rani is the first Bollywood star who has taken the trouble to involve trafficking survivors in the spin-of-publicity from her movie, Mardaani,” said Ruchira Gupta. Mardaani is based on the issue of human trafficking and Rani Mukerji has played the role of a tough cop fighting against child trafficking.  
Fatima has been working with Apne Aap Women Worldwide as a survivor-leader since 2005 and has helped in rescuing 35 girls, who were trafficked into prostitution and getting traffickers arrested. Interacting with the media, during the press meet she said, “I wanted to talk about my past, to tell women not be ashamed. After all, the shame is not ours but of those who exploit us. I also wanted to talk about my present- how a struggle makes you strong. I formed a circle with other oppressed women under the banner of our anti-trafficking NGO, Apne Aap Women Worldwide (AAWW).”
The discussion highlighted the need for collective efforts to address this scourge that persists across the country.
Apne Aap women worldwide works with more than 20,000 victims ,survivors and their families to dismantle the prostitution system by increasing choices for girls and women and decreasing choices for pimps and customers.


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